OK, so I didn't intend to post again on my Iran Iraq War project so soon. I am going to be very busy getting ready for our attendance at Cold Wars 2011 and finishing up the work on our next release, Man Among Men, a supplement for Seek Out Close With and Destroy detailing troops and equipment for gaming Rhodesia. I took the time to inventory the vehicles I have for both my Iranian and Iraqi forces. Now, for the Iraqis, there are "mass quantities" of vehicles available in 20mm, 1/72, and 1/76, especially the Soviet armor. For the Iranians, things are a little scarcer. In the later war, I will have an easy time working in some Soviet or PRC vehicles to support my Pasdaran. My early war regulars, on the other hand, need Chieftains, M60A1s, and M113s. The gripping hand: those M60s.
Years ago, in a convention flea market, I bought some resin kits produced by Cromwell, the Combat Ready series. Amongst some other stuff, I picked up 2 Chieftains and 2 Scorpions specifically to support my Falklands era Guards in the event they had to be deployed to Europe with the BAOR (my 80's era Soviets get frisky now and again). I didn't think about it at the time, but I believe these Chieftains were meant to be P variants used by Iran, though I painted them up for British service.... and they have proved too useful at knocking out Soviet T-55s and BMPs for me to repaint them now! Plus, I'm lazy. These are excellent models, I'd recommend them to anyone, and I'd buy them again. You might notice a few nice Combat Miniatures from FAA, painted up as Scots Guards.
Now, for some happy news to finish. Probably like some of you out there, for me its not always the biggest or baddest toy in your army that you get the most excited about. Sometimes, its just something that catches you the right way. For me, for the Iranians, its a pair of 106mm RR armed jeeps I purchased from Liberation Miniatures. They are not "armor" but its my blog. Likely these poor fellows will eat it from small arms fire in every game, but I like the idea of very fast tank killers, even if they have no protection. I should find some dirtbike models and make RPG-7 tank killer teams too, they would fit in perfectly with the way I like to game. These jeeps won't see painting or assembly until well after Cold Wars.