I am riding a wave of activity (which will soon run out of steam, I am afraid)... and have hurriedly finished my platoon of Iraqi Republican Guard.
These are all Liberation Miniatures, 20mm, and painted more for the late 80's early 90's with the dark dull green uniforms. I was really REALLY tempted to paint these guys in various "duck hunter" style camo, but argued myself into the more homogenous look you used to see on TV footage. I still feel these are useful for the entire set of Gulf Wars, from 1980 through 2003.
You see them backed by their "normal" support, T-72s. These are 5 Unimax diecast vehicles, which I bought years ago (except for one that I obtained in a lot purchase sometime last year). I painted one of the T-72s with a camo to match some of the other vehicles I have, like the trio of BMP-1s (which can serve as the IFV for these Republican Guard). Also, the re-done T-72 can easily serve as a "command" vehicle as it stands out.
|the ear muff looking things are radio headphones, they don't show up too well in the photo|
Because I decided to keep the Republican Guard painted in this uniform, using identical colors to some of the Iraqi "regulars" I painted earlier this week, I get to do a little mix and match as needed...
So I suddenly can field separate formations, or mixed formations, and it will still work visually. Also, now I may not need to buy additional RPGs or LMGs for either force, I can just "borrow" them from each other. I could get some heavier weapons, with crews in berets, but I probably would get more crews in helmets. I have not painted specific unit insignia on the helmets (like those red triangles you frequently see), to let them be a little more "generic". Once I mix in a few miniatures in the maroon berets, they look like Republican Guard anyway...
Unfortunately, it is likely to be a bit longer until I finish up the next platoon of troops, I will be busy for a couple of weeks (probably). But I definitely need something, with TWO platoons of Iraqis, and plenty of vehicle support, there is no way I can't find someone to attack.
Until next time, watch the berms.