I have recently completed my Iranian Pasdaran forces for the Iran Iraq War. The Pasdaran are the Revolutionary Guards of Iran, as a different military force from the regular Iranian Army. The Pasdaran have control over the Basij, which are a voluntary revolutionary militia.
In the back are 3x Chieftain MBTs..... these are Airfix models, and were pretty beat up when I bought them in a large mixed lot. With a little paint, including Iranian rondels, they don't look too bad, but not as nice as the rest of the force. Still, those 120mm main guns might come in handy when fighting these guys here.
A little about the equipment.... the Shah had been provided with American equipment, including M60 tanks, M113 APCs, Cobra gun ships, and a variety of US artillery. The regular Iranian army at the start of the war was armed with West German small arms, G3 rifles and MG3 lmgs, but as the war was fought large amounts of Chinese and sometimes Soviet equipment was bought and used to arm the various Revolutionary units. Also from the time of the Shah, there were a number of Chieftain and Scorpion tanks.
For these infantry, I bought from three lines of miniatures.... primarily, from the multi-purpose range "Headbands with Beards" miniatures, using Soviet type weapons. These guys definitely look the part for Iranian Pasdaran. I mixed in some "Bandana" figures, also from the multi-purpose range. I simply painted the bandana like a headband, and now I had "youthful" Iranians without beards. Finally, I also used Iraqis in M1 helmets.... the Iranians used M1 helmets, and a whole slew of kit, so painted to match the other Pasdaran, they really fit in. Because RH Models has such a wide range of things to buy from, this kind of mixing and matching is really easy.
You might notice a number of figures with blue-grey clothing... this was my attempt at the blue grey rain gear frequently seen in color images. Granted, that represents only a limited portion of the overall war, but it is so distinctive, I thought it a nice touch to include.
Strangely, after starting with the Iranian regular army, they are the only force for the Iran Iraq War I don't have finished! After painting Iraqi regulars and Republican Guard, and now the Pasdaran, I am tempted to strip the Iranian regulars and re paint them. We shall see.
I have some thoughts about additional forces for the Pasdaran.... but I think I will hold off for now.
Hope to see some Iran-Iraq War gaming soon... thanks for reading!