Finished up my 15mm Somalis and US Rangers. The project only took about six weeks, and the Force on Force rules only need a few dozen soldiers on each side. I wanted to do a lot of civilian mobs as well, since they seem to be an unfortunately integral part of modern urban combat. My 2'x2' board is crowded with the buildings I made and/or painted, which is good as the parts of Mogadishu where the events surrounding the "Black Hawk Down" incident were a real tangle of houses (check out Google Maps if you don't believe me). I just need to do some road blocks and debris markers, which should be fun.
Yep, those are Vietnam-era Hueys rather than Black Hawks. Deal with it. They're pencil sharpeners I got off eBay for about $1.50 each. They painted up pretty nice, if I say so myself.
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The cheapo buildings I made from foamcore and painted with textured spraypaint blend in surprisingly well with the resin building I got from JR Miniatures. They're a little bigger, but the mix of sizes and styles looks right to me.
Here come the Rangers, escorting one of their Humvees. I have not decided yet whether my Somali buildings need the Minwax/varnish treatment. It looked really good on my WWII buildings, but I don't want to chance the loss of the gleaming white walls on the mosque and a few other stucco buildings. Furthermore, I worry about the minwax stain pooling on the flat rooftops.
Don't mess with technicals. Speedy little insurgents, ain't they.