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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Falklands: Comandos Anfibios, Argentine Special Forces


Some time ago, I painted a number of Special Forces units for the Falklands, including British SAS. SBS, MAW and Royal Marines, plus Argentine 602 Commandos, as detailed here.

 I still had a large number of Argentine Comandos Anfibios (using the Argentine spelling) to finish up, having painted 5 many many years ago.  These amphibious commandos were employed during the initial invasion,attacking the then empty Moody Barracks, and fighting for Government House.

 Pictures of these distinctive looking bunch, in watch caps, cold weather gear, faces smeared with grease, and holding weapons on Royal Marine prisoners, made quite an impression on the Argentine and British public...

I had 4 packs of the old Hotspur / Combat Miniatures Argentine SF (5 miniatures a pack), plus 8 figures from Platoon 20 (all 20mm miniatures).  The Combat Miniatures are superior to the Platoon 20 ones, in my opinion.  The weapon mix from the Combat line included 1 MAG, 1 FAL w/ rifle grenade, 1 FAL, and 2 sound suppressed Sterlings in each pack.. the Platoon 20 are 4 of the same FAL and 4 of the same suppressed Sterling.

I found painting the grease on their faces kind of difficult, trying to make it clear I did paint the faces, but still get the right look... I used mostly an up or down "V" shape looked the best.  Overall, I think they turned out decent, a little sloppy (and the camera does not take good pictures as usual), but there is no doubt who these guys are.

Now, 4x MAG LMG is a bit much for only 28 miniatures, and personally I would prefer more FALs and less Sterlings, but still, this is plenty for the small actions these guys participated in.... and enough to fight some larger apocryphal battles too.  I especially like the clearly detailed rifle grenadier.

Believe it or not, I still have stuff to paint for the Falklands!  Maybe in the next 10 years I will complete this project.  Until then, hope you enjoy, thanks!



  1. Lovely work. Nice force for a little skirmish.



    1. Thanks. I am thinking about Government House this April... or maybe a "what if" fight elsewhere during the initial invasion. We'll see :)

    2. You know, whatever happened with the blog interactions is really annoying, it seems much more difficult to keep track of other blogs.

  2. Great work. I'm going to have to pick up some of those Stonewall figures to go along with my RH Models and Elhiem figures. Very nice work on the face paint, a V-shape seems to work well.

    Cheers, Andy

    1. Thanks. Hope it works for you too!

  3. I am argentinien. My respet fallen británico , argentine soldier .The falkland for ever from two flag.