Vietnam – Men and Vehicles Painting Guides – 20MAY2015

Men and Machines

More Vietnam madness – last year I built tons of Vietnam terrain, bought tons of Vietnam minis, and crafted & painted like a fiend.  The previous Vietnam blog focused on the terrain while this one aims at the men and machines that fought the war.

Marines in a Hot LZ!

 The Forces

For this project, I painted 120 Americans and 110 Vietnamese.

Wanting a USN flavor I acquired, built and painted this Mekong fleet:

  • 1 USN PBR (Old Glory)
  • 1 USN Monitor (Old Glory)
  • 1 USN ATC (Old Glory)
  • 1 USN ATC(H) (Old Glory)
  • 2 USN Launches (Anisty)
  • 3 Sampans (Anisty)

US Navy Mobile Riverine Force (MRF) – PBR, ATC, & ATC(H)

I commissioned someone to build and paint:

  • 2 USMC Huey Hogs (Revell)
  • 1 USN A-1H Skyraider (Tamiya)
  • 1 USN OV-10A Bronco (Testors)

USMC Huey Hogs

I bought these very nice painted vehicles:

  • 4 USMC M-48s (Corgi)
  • 1 USMC Mutt (Corgi)
  • 1 USMC M-106 Mortar Carrier (Corgi)
  • 1 USA M-113 ACAV APC (Corgi)
  • 2 USMC CH-46 Sea Knight (New Ray)
  • 1 Sampan (Miniature Building Authority)

Riverine Base guarded by Marine armor

US Forces:

Most of the US forces are from the West Wind “Nam” Line:

Since I needed more M-14s and flak jackets for my early war Marines, I added a seasoning of minis from The Assault Group “Up Country” line:

  • US Army in Flak Jackets
  • US Army with M203s & M60s
  • US Grunts with flak jackets
  • US Army with M14 (no packs)
  • US Army with rucksacks and M14

The TAG minis are a bit beefier and the kit is a little different.  I contemplate that some Marines have swapped a bit of their gear with their Army buddies. Also, the minis are styled a bit different, so I mostly group either the WW or the TAG by themselves in 4-man fire-teams.

Vietnamese:

NVA commander calls in mortar barrage

West Wind comprises the bulk of my Vietnamese folks augmented with some dead folks from Battle Honors and some civilians from Pulp Figures and Eureka

West Wind “Nam” Line:

Battle Honors:

  • I used their NVA and VC casualty packs.  These are very small miniatures.

Pulp Figures:

Eureka Miniatures:

  • Vietnamese Civilians
  • Ox Cart with load of thatch plus Lady with bike
  • Ho Chi Minh Trail

    Painting Guides

    US Forces:

    I painted roughly 60% of the US forces as Caucasians and 40% as African Americans to reflect the outcome of the draft and effect of student deferments. I made a point of having an even slightly higher ratio of African American NCOs recognizing the role of the US military in providing upward mobility in the 1960s (and today).

    Marines M-60 lays down suppressive fire

    US Marines:

    • Prime – Krylon Camouflage Olive
    • Uniform – Vallejo 920 German Uniform – Dry-Brush with GU + GW Bleached Bone
    • Flak Vest, Web Belt, LBE Suspenders, Holster, Canteen Cover, Ammo Pouch, Fanny Pack, Aid Bag, Leg Knife Sheath – Vallejo 892 Yellow Olive – Dry-Brush with YELLOW OLIVE + Bleached Bone
    • K-Bar Knife – Sheath / Hilt – Vallejo M135 Beige Brown
    • Radio – Vallejo M086 Luftwaffe Camo Green / Handset – Reaper Adamantine Black
    • Boots – Reaper Adamantine Black and Vallejo M082 Olive Green uppers
    • Grenades – GW Loren Forest
    • Weapons  – Reaper Adamantine Black
    • M-14 – Stocks – Vallejo 984 Flat Brown / Metal – Vallejo Gunmetal Gray
    • Glasses – Reaper Adamantine Black
    • Helmet Covers – Vallejo M082 Olive Green with splotches of Vallejo M086 Luftwaffe Camo Green and Vallejo M135 Beige Brown
    • Helmet Straps – Vallejo 892 Yellow Olive
    • Skin Tones  – Vallejo MSP Flesh, Vallejo Chocolate Brown, GW Doombull Brown
    • Magic Dip

    Flight Crews:

    • Prime – Krylon Camouflage Olive
    • Flight Suit Uniform – Vallejo Olive Green + Vallejo Yellow Olive – Dry-Brush with GU + Yellow Olive + Bleached Bone
    • Flak Vest, G-suit, Straps, Holsters – Vallejo Yellow Olive – Dry-Brush with Yellow Olive + Bleached Bone
    • Oxygen Mask – Reaper Adamantine Black
    • Boots – Reaper Adamantine Black and Vallejo Olive Green uppers
    • Weapons  – Reaper Adamantine Black
    • Glasses – Reaper Adamantine Black
    • Helmet – Vallejo Luftwaffe Green or Vallejo Yellow Olive
    • Helmet Straps – Vallejo Yellow Olive
    • Face Shield – Reaper Adamantine Black with Dry-Brush Vallejo Gunmetal Gray
    • Skin Tones  – Vallejo MSP Flesh, Vallejo Chocolate Brown, GW Doombull Brown
    • Magic Dip

    USN Mobile Riverine Force (MRF) Sailors & SEALs:

    I used minis with Berets for the MFR forces, cutting off a bit of gear, and trying to find minis with either field jackets or just flak vests.  For the SEALS, I painted the minis with solid green uniforms and Boonie Hats or Berets:

    • Prime – Krylon Camouflage Olive
    • Uniform – Vallejo 920 German Uniform – Dry-Brush with GU + GW Bleached Bone
    • Flak Vest, Web Belt, LBE Suspenders, Holster, Canteen Cover, Ammo Pouch, Fanny Pack, Aid Bag, Leg Knife Sheath – Vallejo 892 Yellow Olive – Dry-brush with Yellow Olive + Bleached Bone
    • K-Bar Knife – Sheath / Hilt – Vallejo M135 Beige Brown
    • Radio – Vallejo M086 Luftwaffe Camo Green / Handset –  Reaper Adamantine Black
    • Boots – Reaper Adamantine Black and Vallejo M082 Olive Green uppers
    • Grenades – GW Loren Forest
    • Weapons – Reaper Adamantine Black
    • M-14 – Stocks – Vallejo 984 Flat Brown / Metal – Vallejo Gunmetal Gray
    • Glasses – Reaper Adamantine Black
    • Helmet Covers – Vallejo M082 Olive Green with optional splotches of Vallejo M086 Luftwaffe Camo Green and Vallejo M135 Beige Brown
    • Helmet Straps – Vallejo 892 Yellow Olive
    • Berets – GW Chaos Black
    • Skin Tones – Vallejo MSP Flesh, Vallejo Chocolate Brown, GW Doombull Brown
    • Magic Dip

    Sampan river trade

    You may also spot some older Pulp Figures and Cannon Fodder Miniatures – China Station Sailors working the docks in dungarees, chambray shirts, and Dixie Cups covers. Old Pappy still sports his 1930s Tin-Hat and Tommy gun. He has seen war in China, the Pacific, and the Nam – what was good enough then is good enough now.

    Tango Boats: ATC, ATC(H), & Monitor and PBR

    • Prime – Krylon Camouflage Olive
    • Over-spray – Testors Olive Drab
    • Dry-brush – Vallejo Yellow Olive with Highlights of Yellow Olive + GW Bleached Bone
    • Canvas – Vallejo Yellow Olive + Vallejo Olive Green with Highlights of Yellow Olive + Yellow Green + GW Bleached Bone
    • Tires & Weapons – Reaper Adamantine Black
    • Lines – GW Bleached Bone

    Vietnamese:

    Peoples Army of Vietnam (PAVN)  / North Vietnamese Army (NVA)

    • Prime – Krylon Camouflage Tan
    • Uniform – Vallejo 70884 Stone Grey – Dry-brush + GW Bleached Bone
    • Radio – Vallejo M086 Luftwaffe Camo Green / Handset – Reaper Adamantine Black
    • Boots – Reaper Adamantine Black and Vallejo M082 Olive Green uppers
    • Grenades – GW Loren Forest
    • Weapons  – Reaper Adamantine Black / Vallejo Gunmetal Gray
    • AK-47 – Stocks – Vallejo 984 Flat Brown / Metal – Vallejo Gunmetal Gray
    • Pith Helmet – 70884 Stone Grey
    • Pith Helmet Webbing – 70988 Khaki
    • Pith Helmet Chip Strap – 875 Beige Brown
    • Canteen caps – Reaper Adamantine Black
    • Canteen Cover, Satchels, Ruck Sacks, Webbing – 70988 Khaki
    • Magazine Pouches – 70892 Yellow Olive
    • Holsters – 875 Beige Brown
    • Rocket Launcher & Rockets – 70920 German Uniform
    • Rocket Pouches – 70892 Yellow Olive
    • Skin Tones  – Reaper Tanned Flesh
    • Magic Dip

    National Liberation Front / Viet Cong 

    Viet Cong Patrol

    Kit the same as NVA with the changes below:

    • Uniform – 70988 German Gray – Dry-Brush GW Bleached Bone (with alternate 70884 Stone Shirts or Pants – Dry-Brush GW Bleached Bone)
    • Floppy hats – 70988 Khaki
    • Straw hats – 70913 Yellow Ochre or 70914 Green Ochre
    • Sandals – Reaper Adamantine Black

    Local VC open up with WWII era heavy machine gun

    The Magic Dip – 1:1:1 – Windsor Newton Peat Brown Ink + Pledge Future floor wax + Water.

  • Photo Log

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