Thursday, September 24, 2015

Send in the SEALs!

Whether it is a covert smash and grab or a kill or capture high value target mission behind enemy lines, who do most Americans think of? The Navy SEALs. While they are no longer officially called SEAL Team Six as an organization (They're called DEVGRU, now), there are few military units that garner public awe and attention. This is why we see half of the retired SEALs these days writing books that people gobble up like candy.

And here they are:






I think I will go for a little more contrast on the camo next time I do the desert pattern as the colors don't really show all that well. You live and learn I guess!

And the painting template:

Item or Area
Color
Base Coat, Boots, Helmet and Uniform
Vallejo (VMC) Pale Sand
Skin
Vallejo (VMC) Basic Skintone
Rifle
Vallejo (VGC) Black
Brown Splotches
Vallejo (VMC) Tan Earth
Full Figure Wash
Agrax Earthshade
Full Figure Drybrush
Vallejo (VMC) Pale Sand

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Army Mules

While I personally feel that the true Army Mules are the logistics branch (Who make everything the grunts do possible), the US Army infantry carries the largest burden in kinetic operations while on deployment. The Marines get all the attention and, arguably, the hardest work, but the Army does the most of it. When America wants light shock troops focused on quickly subduing an enemy through sheer hoorah and infantry training, they call the Marines. When they want the most versatile and resilient troops, they call the Army. Though overall slower to react when called up (Besides the Rangers and 82nd Airborne), the Army can bring the fight.

These guys were my first attempt at painting multi-cam and as such I was not super happy with them. However, I was not unhappy enough to repaint. Rest assured that my next Army squad will be much closer quality-wise to my Brits.

Here they are:
 Full Squad
 Alpha Team
 Bravo Team
 Squad Leader
 Team Leader
 SAW Gunner
 Grenadier
 Rifleman
 Grenadier
Rifleman
 Team Leader
SAW Gunner


Here is the color template:


Item or Area
Color
Base Coat, Boots, and Uniform
Vallejo (VMC) Pale Sand
Skin
Vallejo (VMC) Basic Skintone
Rifle
Vallejo (VGC) Black
Brown Splotches
Vallejo (VMC) English Uniform
Light Green Splotches
Vallejo (VMC) Golden Olive
Black Splotches
Vallejo (VMC) German Camo Black Brown
Dark Green Splotches
Vallejo (VMC) US Dark Green
Full Figure Wash
Agrax Earthshade
Full Figure Drybrush
Vallejo (VMC) Pale Sand

Monday, September 14, 2015

Little Green Men

Today I bring you guys another squad of Empress moderns. This time it is a squad of mechanized Russian infantry. I do not have the vehicle for the squad yet (I'm not sure that I will even get one any time soon). This squad is what would constitute the dismounted element of the whole unit. There are another 2-3 men in the BMP that functions as a flanking/support element. Unlike the US Army, the Russians use their vehicles independently of their dismounts and they would often not be close enough to the infantry to even be on the table.

So here they are:

Full Squad
Squad Leader
RPG-26 Team
RPK Gunner
Rifleman
Rifleman

Item or Area
Color
Base Coat
Vallejo Pale Sand(90)/Golden Olive(10)
Skin
Vallejo (VMC) Basic Skintone
Rifle, Boots
Vallejo (VGC) Black
Brown Splotches
Vallejo (VMC) Pale Sand
Green Splotches
Vallejo (VMC) Russian Uniform
Black Splotches
Vallejo (VMC) German Camo Black Brown
Full Figure Wash
Agrax Earthshade
Full Figure Drybrush
Vallejo (VMC) Pale Sand

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Three is a Crowd: USMC Squad

This time I have a unit of US Marines for you guys. Once again they are Empress miniatures. I am not as pleased with them overall as the Brits and PLA, but I can't be bothered to correct the issues I have with them. I will make sure I fix things next time. Here are the mistakes I made: Vest should be Coyote Brown and the camo should be more brown (I covered the brown too much while stippling them). I know some may say that the woodland uniform was not used in Afghanistan, but they would be incorrect as command allowed them use the woodland camo in the Green Zone so they blended in better. While the desert camo is more versatile for Afghanistan and Iraq, I plan on using these guys for post Afghanistan and other things, so I wanted to do woodland.

Also, before anyone attacks me, they have the M27 rather than the M249 as they are meant to be current.

Here we go! Here is the full squad:

 Alpha Team




 Bravo Team




 Charlie Team




 And the Squad Leader

Let me know what you think! I will have a new post up in a day or two.




Item or Area
Color
Base Coat, Boots, and Uniform
Vallejo (VMC) German Camo Orange Ochre
Skin
Vallejo (VMC) Basic Skintone
Rifle
Vallejo (VGC) Black
Tan Splotches
Vallejo (VMC) Pale Sand
Green Splotches
Vallejo (VMC) Golden Olive or GW Warpstone Glow (I used Golden Olive for these guys, but I think I may switch)
Black Splotches
Vallejo (VMC) German Camo Black Brown
Full Figure Wash
Agrax Earthshade
Full Figure Drybrush
Vallejo (VMC) Pale Sand

Friday, August 28, 2015

Two is Better Than One

Post number two! This time it's my first section of British Infantry. These guys are in MTP, which puts them towards the later parts of Afghanistan, but it also allows them to be used for any ultra-modern, what-if scenarios. They will definitely be fighting the Taliban in Helmand province for the time being, though.

Also, if you guys want ORBAT's along with the minis when I post, just let me know.

But anyway, enough of me rambling, on to the good stuff!

 Full section of eight.

Alpha Team
Bravo Team.

Now on to the single figures.





"I'm ready for my close up, let's take it over here by the trees."


I pretty much followed Dougie's method of painting the figures, but I simplified it as I always do. I am providing you guys with the link to the post on the Skirmish Sangin Blog.

Here is the color template:


Item or Area
Color
Base Coat, Boots, and Uniform
Vallejo (VMC) Pale Sand
Skin
Vallejo (VMC) Basic Skintone
Rifle
Vallejo (VGC) Black
Brown Splotches
Vallejo (VMC) English Uniform
Light Green Splotches
Vallejo (VMC) Golden Olive
Black Splotches
Vallejo (VMC) German Camo Black Brown
Dark Green Splotches
Vallejo (VMC) US Dark Green
Full Figure Wash
Agrax Earthshade
Full Figure Drybrush
Vallejo (VMC) Pale Sand

Let me know what you guys think!