Thursday, May 30, 2013

More Ia Drang Playtesting

Huey Hogs complete with smoke adding their support to front line American troops in Ia Drang scenario playtest.  F100 and Sky Raider aircraft are pulling up after dropping their assets.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

New Miniature!

My wife and I are new proud parents of Paige Alizabeth Elder who arrived May 23, 7 lbs 3 ozs, 19 inches. 

Although, not wargaming related, I thought I'd pass along the good news.  This is our first child.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Battle of Ia Drang playtesting

I'm finishing up the terrain and starting playtesting the Vietnam scenario "Battle of Ia Drang."  I'm using the Cold-War Commander ruleset with 10-12mm miniatures from Minifigs and Pendraken.  The F100 and Sky Raider planes are both from F-toys (1/144 scale).  I thought I'd share some photos.  The dry creekbed is not complete; I haven't decided what I'm going to do for that yet.

A Company commander made excellent support rolls and all the artillery and air support was called in against attacking NVA troops.  One air attack was aborted due to AA damage.  Maybe I should have used a flash for this photo.


The aircraft stands and rods by Corsec Engineering are great.  I recommend them.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Elephant Grass Terrain for 10mm Wargaming

For my Ia Drang Vietnam scenario I read there was elephant grass in the battlefield, so I did my research how I was going to create the long grass.  It seems that the best way to represent long grass or wheat people are using is using faux fur.  I struggled to find faux fur at my nearby fabric/hobby stores.  I ended up finally finding it at a decent fabric store in town (Denver Fabrics).  The sales clerk got a kick out of me buying the fur during a snow storm that day, saying I could use it to keep warm leaving the store.

The fur itself is too long for my 10mm scale battle, so I had to figure out how to trim it.  Also I did not find much help online regarding painting, but figured spray paint would work.  So I gave it a try originally with Krylon Camouflage ultra-flat olive green but found it was too dark.

Below is what I came up with.  I might add some more shades to the current green, but it is start.

Piece of faux fur cut as a terrain feature.

Hair trimmer with a 3/8" attachment to trim the fur.

After trimming.

Krylon emerald green gloss spray paint used on fur.
The faux fur after spray paint.  I did spray a lot of paint trying to cover all beige colour.
It starts to get glossier the longer you spray the fur, which I think is okay because it is supposed to be grass.
Elephant grass with 10mm NVA figures.  I might try adding some lighter green spray paint patches to tone down the uniform green colour.


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Custom Huey Modification

Minifigs and Pendraken do not make a Huey Hog helicopter.  I have not found any plastic model kits in 1:144 scale either.  Well...I think I saw some really expensive ones.  I could not wait for Pendraken to potentially release the Huey customization pieces to make a Huey Hog, so I went ahead and came up with a simple solution.  I used some balsa wood and plastic rods.

Here are some pictures of what I came up with using my Minifigs Hueys.  The models are not painted yet.  I decided to not go fancy.  I think this will do the trick.

Hueys waiting for their rocket upgrades to be painted.


Example of Huey Hog (