Thursday, March 25, 2010

Force on Force: 20mm Korean War (WIP 1)

During my second or third FoF game with my friend Pat back in Montana, he made an offhanded comment in regards to how the rules would make for a good set to play the Korean War with. I have painted up a lot of 15mm Marines and Chinese, but for FoF I’ve really liked my 20mm moderns. With the upcoming release of HBO’s The Pacific I began to think about painting 20mm marines, and the Imex Korean War box sets appealed to me as a cheap and easy way to get communist forces done. Around the time I found several diecast 1/72 T35/85’s for $7 bucks a piece I decided that I’d at least make a small foray into 20mm Korean War gaming. As a result I’ve been doing some painting:

Fantassin 1/72 Marines  Fantassin 1/72 Marines

These are Fantassin miniatures WWII Pacific Marines. I wanted my Marines to be suitable for either Korea or WWII, and I was especially drawn to the extra equipment on these miniatures. I bought the Boxed set and then an additional six riflemen, and I’ve been pretty impressed with the miniatures. The helmet covers have turned out especially well.

Imex Korean War Chinese Chinese with PPSH's

Up next are some communists, miniatures from Imex’s Korean War Chinese boxed set. I was initially planning to do North Koreans instead, but a sale of $5.00 for a box of 50 Chinese changed my mind, and I grabbed two boxes. They’ve painted up decently, though the faces have been a pain in the ass, and I’m still not that happy with them, but that’s one of the disadvantages of plastics.

Forces of Valor T-34/85s

Finally, here are the T34/85’s I picked up (Forces of Valor models). I’ll be repainting them so that they’re more generic communist tanks with just a red star (because I have a sneaking suspicion 20mm WWII Russians may be in my future), and I may remove one of the tank commanders if I can get the hatch to close. From what I’ve read the Chinese never had armor, but the NKPA did, so I’m going to assume that perhaps the Chinese got a little support for the time being and at $7.00 a vehicle they were hard to pass up.

Now to get everything painted.

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