Thursday, 6 January 2022

Hollywood style N.V.A.

A quick win with this post insomuch as it was one of the drafts that I alluded to previously.  That said it certainly hasn't been 'quick' in the making as a cursory glance at the date stamp for this draft reveals that it was started on the 6th September 2020!  I had even penned some thoughts that I am going to include as they are a record of how I was thinking at the time...

My apologies one and all, real world issues have seen nearly all hobby time evaporate before my very eyes as we wrestle with the protocols and procedures of returning to school.  As I write this it is clear that the pandemic is going to have lasting implications on our institution, which may yet impact further.  That said, we are well and for that I am grateful.  I haven't picked up a paintbrush in two weeks, nor had the chance to write up a post or indeed catch up with the many splendid weblogs that I subscribe to.  The reality of this is that the situation is unlikely to improve any time soon and so I am faced with a dilemma.  Do I mothball, '28mm Victorian Warfare', shroud it in virtual dust sheets and wait for calmer waters or post intermittently with a reduced presence in and around our cosy corner of the blogosphere? 

Clearly I decided to mothball the blog and here we are, well over a year later, showcasing these lovely sculpts from 'Empress Miniatures'.  My 'In Country' project never really got started, although rule sets were investigated and some troops assembled.  At the time there were two growing collections of miniatures available, the aforementioned 'Empress Miniatures' and some amazing sculpts from 'Gringo 40s', the big decision was which way to go?  There were definite scale discrepancies and so I purchased packs from both companies with the intention to paint them up and see if they were compatible.  I had an inkling that I was going to come down on the side of 'Empress Miniatures', simply because they were producing more of the special forces units that were probably going to feature in my skirmish level games.  That said when you see the amazing game boards of Dave Docherty Esq., he of 'One Man and his Brushes' fame it's hard to resist the Gringo's miniatures - they just look superb!  For the time being, I shall put off making any decisions, returning instead to more familiar territory as I look towards a project to get on the table for the summer holidays.
Here then, painted in a Hollywood style, were my first attempts at assembling a force for the North Vietnamese Army.

40 comments:

  1. Great looking models Michael, with lovely attention to detail.
    Interesting in the thoughts that you foresaw a to return to normal wouldn't happen anytime soon, as is still the case now, but every step we can take towards it will help with everyone's mental state.

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    1. Thank you Dave. My woes are compounded by a massive investment in infrastructure and having to work around that. Ultimately it will be wonderful, but it is certainly trying everyone's patience at the moment.

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  2. lovely miniatures, painted to the high standards we have come to expect from your esteemed self, not to worry about mothballing the blog, the best of us have taken a year out here and there 😉.

    Great to se you back in any way shape or form. I'd say I hope things calm down soon, but it's not looking likely!

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Thank you, as always, Roger. It is interesting seeing how similar other people's predicaments have been and what solutions they have come up. Just do what you can seems to be the way to go.

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  3. And very nice the aged figures look too Sir M!

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    1. Thank you my good man, although I have noticed a simplifying of style recently. Probably die to my fading eyesight.

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  4. Great looking NVA, Michael. Great to see your artistry as always.

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  5. Beautiful work sir!
    Great to see your new posts!
    Best

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  6. Great stuff. Me and Dave have played some great games. Both empress and gringos are fantastic figures but not compatible. Also look at full metal miniatures

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    1. Thank you so much Martin. I really loved the look of your games, just amazing! I have just finished off a Gringo's mortar team and I was offering up for scale purposes with the Empress stuff and they do jar a bit.

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  7. Nice to see your posting again Michael! An odd niche period to focus on for sure, but there is the bonus of it being great for small unit actions! Love the small leafy plants you used on the bases. Are they purchased or made?

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    1. Thank you Terry, not sure it will go anywhere fast, it was more of a palette cleanser after all the Castle work. As for the tufts I get them from a chap online: Tajima1.co.uk

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    2. I should add that they have a wonderful variety and top quality too.

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  8. Nice to see your painting style back in play 😀

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    1. Thank you so much Matt, need to keep the momentum going now though.

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  9. These look fab Michael! Hope to see more added to your Viet regulars collection!

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    1. Might be a while yet Dai, but have lots of bits and pieces to share in the meantime.

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  10. Great looking figures Michael, looking forward to more posts.

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    1. Thank you so much Willie, hopefully more to follow soonish.

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  11. Welcome back Michael nice to see the NVA reach the blog.
    Cheers
    Stu

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    1. Thank you Stuart, great miniatures as they are the thought of painting masses of them leaves me a little cold at the moment.

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  12. Hello Michael! Nice figures and nice painting.Nice to see you are back on track.

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    1. Thank you so much, looking forward to catching up with everyone over the coming weeks.

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  13. Great to see you back in the blogosphere my friend!

    Lovely "Victor-Charlies" you have there! I've also been eyeing off the Gringo-40s range for some time; for that region but in a different time - the French in Tonkin!

    Looking forward to seeing this and other projects progress at a suitable pace

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    1. Thank you Paul, it does feel great to catch up with everyone although not sure I am fully back in the saddle yet. As for Tonkin, that could be great fun. I have painted some of the Gringo's range now and they are really good, solid miniatures not dissimilar to the Redoubt Miniatures range in the appearance. They are certainly heavier than the current trend but all the more forgiving to the painter as a result. I notice they also do a Flashman character, so what's not to like.

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  14. You blog was a great loss to the community and I'm very pleased to see its return. 2020 is almost a complete blank to me and 2022 is a off to a good start with this post. I have a small collection of Vietnam figures but nowhere near the superb standard of these figure, such detail and colours which although you label them 'Hollywood' they're how I imaging the NVA looking.

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    1. Thank you so much Joe, I have certainly missed being around the community. Empress take a great pride, justifiably so in the accuracy of their miniatures and at the same time get bags of character in to the sculpts, a great balancing act in my humble opinion.

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  15. Smashing work Michael and 1 draft down out of the back log, the first step on the road back 👍

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    1. Thank you! Lots more to come, if I can keep up the momentum.

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  16. Very well done Michael! They look the part. And while personally I‘d take Paul Hicks sculpts over almost anyone else’s work it always pays off to try as many options as possible… and in the end buy them all

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    1. Thank you Nick. Not sure Mrs. Awdry will support buying them all, but like you I am a sucker for a Paul Hicks sculpt.

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  17. Lovely looking NVA, good to see you back posting!
    Best Iain

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  18. Those are some fine looking NVA troops Micheal!

    Christopher

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  19. Wonderful to see you back Michael! These NVA are very find indeed and I very much look forward to your upcoming posts.

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  22. I like them a lot Michael! I have some NVA in 1/72 scale on my painting list for this year. Hopefully I can paint them as good as yours are.

    Greetings
    Peter

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  23. Nice bright color scheme for the soldiers.

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