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Made in gb
Fixture of Dakka






Glasgow, Scotland



A new project of mine. Following on from my miniatures collection set in the current War in Ukraine, I'm now moving over to another setting, this time the recent conflicts in the Middle East.

Currently the project is focusing on the forces of the Islamic State. These figures of course are a deal different than all the Multicam and Soviet era gear my Ukrainians have, though their technicals may be distant cousins (there's certainly the potential to do much weirder stuff with them). As would tactics in games differ, with these militants placing much more of a focus on VBIEDs, and generally being less professional.

For the moment I have plans to expand this force with more vehicles and militants, before moving onto possibly Kurdish Defence Forces, Russians or some Private Military Contractors (who seem like the best opportunity for some cool stuff like MRAPs which I haven't been able to touch yet with my existing collection). Its definitely an interesting area to look at with modern games, though something which a few modern miniatures companies have started to produce miniatures for in the past few years.

The bulk of pictures and discussion for this project's over on my blog right now. Ah, as I'm not sure how other sites will treat the topic. Regardless, I thought I'd share it with you guys.









 
   
Made in gb
Regular Dakkanaut





UK

You gotta get a Toyota Hilux

Old warriors die hard

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Made in gb
Fixture of Dakka






Glasgow, Scotland

Damn, don't tell me that. Yeah, the 1/50th scale diecast market in the UK has mostly focussed on British and European vehicles, so the majority of the pickup trucks and jeeps which I've been able to source have been Land Rovers.

Currently a few companies like Empress Miniatures, Special Artizan Service Miniatures and Spectre Miniatures do Toyota pickup trucks. However ...diecast land rover pickups go for £1 each here. One of those resin Toyotas cost almost £20. So whilst it may be more realistic to have Toyotas (hell, read up on the "Toyota War"), I'd rather spend that £20 on something like an M-RAP or tank, or carry about a dozen diecasts.

We'll see. I have silliness like this planned...


 
   
Made in gb
Leutnant




Somerset uk

Evil bear miniatures do a pick up that’s not bad. Think it cost me about 6 quid, it’s quite a nice resin cast and will be putting it together soon for my spectre mena forces.
Although I think his web site is down you can find him on Facebook.
   
Made in nz
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Villanous Scum






Interesting project. Look forward to seeing where you go with it (and hilarious technicals!).

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Made in gb
Fixture of Dakka






Glasgow, Scotland

I believe that the Evil Bear pickup's closer to 1/43rd scale, at least from the comparison shots I've seem. Similar to the Antenocitis Workshop Toyota Hilux which I'd already bought.

Its bad enough that modern vehicles are 1/50th scale, and are so large that the 28mm soldiers feet can't reach the peddles. At 1/43rd the figures can't see over the bonnets. I'll make do with diecasts for the moment, and use 30mm scale figures for the actual crew so they don't look so weird.

 
   
Made in gb
Leutnant




Somerset uk

The evil bear on is on the smaller side but it works for me plus beats having a look around the super markets for something to use I guess. But yeah I’m with you on the fact that I don’t want to pay 20 quid for a pick up in resin.
Ps forgot to say nice figs by the way but I hope they get capped by the good guys real fast on the table top lol,,,,

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Made in gb
Fixture of Dakka






Glasgow, Scotland

Personally I buy all my diecasts second hand from car boot sales, charity shops, etc. Most of the cheap modern diecasts which I find in shops these days are 1/43rd scale, whereas the older ones are closer to 1/50th (if I was into smaller scales I'd come home with barrels of these things...). I don't need that many vehicles, and already have a tonne, that I'm not really eating at the bit to go buy the more expensive options - though wouldn't mind some Toyota pickups just for the aesthetic, so we'll see.

The plan for this New Year is to work out a way to play more modern games. I need a rule set, and whilst I did back two modern rules Kickstarters (for the models more than anything), till those turn up I'll need something. I'm not really willing to learn something new either, nor would another rule set likely be adopted among my player group, so I'll maybe look into modifying Ogre or Star Wars: Legions for this setting. We'll see, but I would like actual games with these things. Out of my Ukrainian collection I've played like two games, and at most the vehicles are used for post-apocalyptic games, as there just isn't the following right now for 28mm moderns (smaller scale Cold War games however...). In part because we tried Spectre: Operations, and it wasn't taken very well by the guys who had been interested in getting into the setting (for too serious for casual play).

 
   
Made in gb
Leutnant




Somerset uk

 Wyrmalla wrote:
Personally I buy all my diecasts second hand from car boot sales, charity shops, etc. Most of the cheap modern diecasts which I find in shops these days are 1/43rd scale, whereas the older ones are closer to 1/50th (if I was into smaller scales I'd come home with barrels of these things...). I don't need that many vehicles, and already have a tonne, that I'm not really eating at the bit to go buy the more expensive options - though wouldn't mind some Toyota pickups just for the aesthetic, so we'll see.

The plan for this New Year is to work out a way to play more modern games. I need a rule set, and whilst I did back two modern rules Kickstarters (for the models more than anything), till those turn up I'll need something. I'm not really willing to learn something new either, nor would another rule set likely be adopted among my player group, so I'll maybe look into modifying Ogre or Star Wars: Legions for this setting. We'll see, but I would like actual games with these things. Out of my Ukrainian collection I've played like two games, and at most the vehicles are used for post-apocalyptic games, as there just isn't the following right now for 28mm moderns (smaller scale Cold War games however...). In part because we tried Spectre: Operations, and it wasn't taken very well by the guys who had been interested in getting into the setting (for too serious for casual play).


There’s a mod out there in the internet realms for bolt action to play modern games, could be worth looking for it bud.
   
Made in gb
Fixture of Dakka






Glasgow, Scotland

I'd invested in Bolt Action for some World War Two games, but the rules never grabbed me, and I'd since sold off all my rules. Its not there isn't rules out there, its just finding one which both fits the style of play I want, and one which would be accepted by my group.

 
   
Made in us
Longtime Dakkanaut




South New Jersey

You may want to check out Battlefield from Bombshell Games. It's a pretty interesting ruleset for modern combat that emulates first- and third-person shooters on the tabletop. You got classes and loadouts, along with vehicles, spawn points, and game modes.

   
Made in gb
Leutnant




Somerset uk

There’s also Force on Force from Ambush Alley games. You might have tried them already though but word had it that a second edition was in the works.

On a side note has anyone tried the skirmish sangin rules out of interest.

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Made in gb
Fixture of Dakka






Glasgow, Scotland

Its been another week, and I've managed to make some headway into more figured for my new modern project. Once more its posted over on my blog for those who want to check it out. For the moment its just more WIP images and discussion, till I have time to paint any of this new stuff which has just arrived.



A highlight goes out to finally getting around to making a mould for a set of Kontakt-1 ERA. Its been a long time coming, but this stuff will be great for all kinds of military and improvised vehicles.


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Made in gb
Fixture of Dakka






Glasgow, Scotland

I'm apprehensive about posting much outside of the regular sites I haunt, as it tends to be a bit too weird for most. Quietly uploading stuff to Dakka's gallery's worked for the past while, but well, here's another thread (even if its just links to a blog as ...well all that HTML is an arse).

I'll be cross posting a thread to that blog at some point in the next few months which should work here. ...If I can work out which board it should go onto. The setting has enough tentacles that Dakka may be into it more than well, Russian tanks and the Elder Scrolls.


 
   
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That's a shame to hear, though the boards this far down do tend to get a loss less traffic. Always enjoy your stuff though, hope to see more!

On parle toujours mal quand on n'a rien à dire.
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Made in gb
Leutnant




Somerset uk

 Wyrmalla wrote:
I'm apprehensive about posting much outside of the regular sites I haunt, as it tends to be a bit too weird for most. Quietly uploading stuff to Dakka's gallery's worked for the past while, but well, here's another thread (even if its just links to a blog as ...well all that HTML is an arse).

I'll be cross posting a thread to that blog at some point in the next few months which should work here. ...If I can work out which board it should go onto. The setting has enough tentacles that Dakka may be into it more than well, Russian tanks and the Elder Scrolls.



Please keep going on here bud, while very quiet on here it really is welcomed.
   
Made in gb
Fixture of Dakka






Glasgow, Scotland

Over the past few weeks I've been working on a number of projects, which has delayed this post somewhat. Regardless, here's batch two in my Syrian Civil War collection.



I'd talked about the unpainted WIPs and background on these vehicles in an earlier post over on my blog, so check that out if you're looking for more info on they're background (which I linked in an earlier post here, though didn't write the thing out in full, but chalk it up to forgetfulness, sorry guys). Here's these kits now painted up.


BMP-1 SVBIED




Spectre's BMP-1 converted into a SVBIED. I went for a generic Syrian military camouflage to indicate that it was taken from old depot or somewhere, which wasn't too dirtied up, as these vehicles don't really see much combat before they're deployed.




On the rear door's a serial number for a bit more character, indicating that this conversion was conducted by "The Workshop" out of Syria. Which may be a bit incongruous with the M113 later down in this post (as these conversion centres would supply their own catchment areas, and the M113 is more an ISIS in Iraq thing), however, today we're still seeing vehicles from that factory today, despite The Workshop being destroyed years ago.



For the moment that's the last of the SVBIEDs which I've built. Three may already be overkill for games, and they'll likely serve as terrain in one of those industrial buildings which I'm currently working on at the moment.


Captured M113 APC




A former Iraqi Army M113 (from Empress Miniatures) in use by one of the Jihadist group's branches. In my previous blog post I went into the choice of paint scheme, which is fictional to this particular region to an extent. The Iraqi military does paint its vehicles black, as does ISIS, however the real vehicle which this is base on is actually from Yemen. Regardless, its feasible, and is fun to look at.




Its difficult to convey the matte paint schemes that ISIS use in miniature. Or rather, I don't like how something like that looks. Entirely matte paint with little in the way of weathering doesn't really suite my own tastes, which is why even things like that SVBIED from my first post are tatted up a bit.

On this vehicle its more of an off black, which is a bit clearer if you look at the ISIS insignia which also has a black background. It turned out all right to my eye, but there's much much in the way of contrast I could manage when trying to emulate the real super basic paint jobs this group uses.


Rebels



More in the way of infantry. These are another set from Empress Miniatures, which at this point I believe I must have their whole Insurgent range for sitting unpainted at the moment.

The set has a bit more variety in clothing than the existing Warbanner: Modern figures I'd already painted. Whilst perfectly representational of ISIS, they could work for other groups too. So may offer me some generic fighters to suit other factions if there's call for it. I already have tonnes of Empress Taliban fighters too though, which with some black clothing (and head swaps) may be better suited to the stereotypical Jihadist fighter.


Local Operators



These are about the last batch of Warbanner: Modern Middle Eastern fighters I have. They're not actually Jihadists at all, but their American "Tora Bora" Hunters set. Representing American Special Forces wearing local Afghani dress.

I removed a few of the distinctive hats and swapped out some heads entirely to lessen the region specific style of clothing which they're wearing. Though having done that, they're still fairly distinctively looking like they're in Afghanistan. The intention with these was to do them up as either local rebels or PMCs, however, they've came out looking perhaps a bit more post-apocalyptic than anything.





Up next

Keeping things short on the text this week, that's what's been finished as of the moment. I do have some more modern figures due to be painted at some point over the next few weeks however.

Currently the short list is looking like:

* A T-72 with Improvised Armour. Done up in desert colours.
* More Empress Insurgent figures
* A set of Tiny Terrain Models Chechen Wars Russian figures with head swaps to look like some rebel faction

Which means that I may be starting work on a second faction for this setting already. There's enough figures for the Jihadists to offer a force for games, and if I can paint what I've listed above and add a technical or two, that would suit as an opposing faction. Meanwhile, the figures would be generic enough to both function as more Jidadists if I were to say make a Russian force, or perhaps another faction like the Syrian State forces or Kurds.


Besides this modern project, which I've barely begun, other projects have been distracting me lately. Currently I've made a return to my Alternative History WWII collection. With a start on producing some Soviet vehicles over the past week. For the moment I'm keeping my posts on that subject to my forum threads on Lead Adventure and here on Dakka Dakka, but head on over there if you're wanting to check any of that out (or for something a bit chillier than all this Middle Eastern stuff).





Last Week's Game

Finally, I would have posted a full battle report in the style of a previous The Walking Dead game post up over on my blog, however, was too distracted to ah, actually remember to take more pictures.

Here's the board from a game of The Walking Dead (set in a Favela somewhere South of the border). Its not strictly for any of these modern skirmish games, but the figures could have easily been swapped out for say local law enforcement going up against a gang (or as I'd suggested, PMCs fighting off aliens).

Set up wise there's not as much terrain as I'd like, and its a bit too liner, just for the sake of how zombies work in that game and their need for open spaces and line of sight to function properly. I have boxes of those shacks, and well, one day ideally we'll play a game with just tonnes of them. ...The problem with having a realistically built up shanty town though is that you can't fit your hands between the shacks.

The shacks are from my Fallout Miniatures collection (which I had a thread about here a good while ago). If yo want to know how I built these specifically here's a tutorial which I made years ago which may help. As far as the "dead" zombie figures, they're a set from TT Combat. Which I suppose work equally for post-apocalyptic and modern games, depending on how much the situation's deteriorated...











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Villanous Scum






Wonderful post, so much excellent stuff its hard to pick any of it out. Loving the table especially, have you tried any moderns games on it? Looks like it would be a blast to play on.

On parle toujours mal quand on n'a rien à dire.
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Made in gb
Fixture of Dakka






Glasgow, Scotland

To be honest I barely play with my own collection. At the moment I'm looking for the right set of rules for modern gaming, with a pair of sets coming along in the year which may work (Mother Russia from Tiny Terrain Models, and Ultracombat by Radio Dish Dash). I'm mot want for models, its finding rules which are easy and fun to play, and players who're willing to try something new (ah, and modern games aren't really the "in" thing around here, at not compared to sci-fi, but that's how its always been).

Anyhow, back to sticking a T-34/76 turret on the roof of a Sd.Kfz 251 with Panzer III track units. ...Because ...sci-fi.


 
   
 
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