Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Ukraine Conflict; Thoughts and Figures

Okay so first off I'd like to talk briefly about the fact that on most forums I have been told that discussing the current conflict in Ukraine is not allowed because it is affecting people who might frequent the forums and cause offense. I do not believe in "political correctness" but as Churchill once said "A gentleman never unintentional offends". Keeping that in mind I will keep my post on other forums regarding my project to re-create the current conflict on the table top battle field as vague as possible. However on here I will be very open with my thoughts and descriptions.

As a member of the US armed service I have had friends on colleges who have been affected directly by the conflicts in the middle east. Despite that I see no problem with war-gaming the theater as long as its done respectfully. I am drawn to the current conflict in Ukraine against Russian backed Separatists and in Iraq against ISIS because both are the closest there has been to a conventional war in my adult life time. The use of armor and regular (in the fighting sense) military units on both sides lends itself extremely well to the table top.

With that I have started on a number of Eastern European style buildings in 20mm as well as models to represent the Ukraine nation forces, Russian "Green Men", and Russian backed separatists. I have already finished a couple of buildings (found in last post) and will now share my Russian "Green Men"

These are some of the pictures I used as a reference for Russian Military units fighting in Ukraine


Here is my unit.
Modern Russians from Elhiem
Its enough to give me a leader, medic, squad of 8 (divided in to two teams of 4) and a MG team.
Here are some close up shots:

LtoR: Rifleman with optics, MG, Medic, Rifleman

LtoR: Rifleman with optics, Designated Marksman/Sniper, Grenadier

 LtoR: Rifleman with optics, Commander, Rifleman with optics

 MG gunner, assistant gunner

Close up of paint job.

Next batch of units to be finished will be the Ukraine National forces which have 6 more models left to be painted up.

1 comment:

Pete. said...

Nice work.

Interesting to hear your thoughts on gaming contemporary/ on going conflicts- especially as you are serving.