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Title: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Earther on February 05, 2019, 06:06:13 PM
[MOD CLARIFICATION]

Please note that this thread was originally opened by a person not affiliated with Empress Miniatures and thus did not require the "COMMERCIAL" tag. Since Empress were kind enough to continue using this thread to post pre-release pics and infos plus release news, it changed somehow and was thus labelled "COMMERCIAL".


In another thread, I promised to post pics of the US marines once they started to appear on the intertubes. Empress Vietnam goodness from the very talented Paul Hicks. Borrowed from the Empress FB page.

(https://i.imgur.com/Ovx3hBS.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/lxG2GTy.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/SVtnv6K.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/RBpG55j.jpg)

 :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on February 05, 2019, 06:08:30 PM
That is a delightful mini
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on February 05, 2019, 07:01:42 PM
I'm liking that a lot. I'd be most grateful if you wouldn't mind adding info here. If I ever had the money I wanted to commission a Paul Hicks' Vietnam range. Now it's actually happening!  :D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Juan on February 05, 2019, 07:15:50 PM
Very nice miniature! This range is going to be really interesting; too interesting...  :D :D :D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on February 05, 2019, 10:03:07 PM
Nice. The M16 could do with some improvement. The fairly prominent cocking handle at the rear of the receiver appears to be absent, the stock appears too high and rather bulky and the foregrips could do with some work. The figure is of Mr Hick痴 typical high standards but the weapon is rather crude. A little disappointing in light of his previous work on the Red Star/ FNG Indochina range.

Admittedly I知 more interested in seeing PAVN figures. Promising start but could be improved.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on February 05, 2019, 11:09:50 PM
I don't personally mind if the weapons are bulked out a little for robustness. As much as I like my Spectre miniatures, the firearms are very fragile. I'd rather have a little exaggeration and not have to worry about gluing stuff back on (although it is the stock you specifically referenced, which granted, is unlikely to fall off). Accuracy is great, but I'm not going to be put off if it's not an exact scale replica.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on February 05, 2019, 11:16:19 PM
I don't personally mind if the weapons are bulked out a little for robustness. As much as I like my Spectre miniatures, the firearms are very fragile. I'd rather have a little exaggeration and not have to worry about gluing stuff back on (although it is the stock you specifically referenced, which granted, is unlikely to fall off). Accuracy is great, but I'm not going to be put off if it's not an exact scale replica.

I知 with you on that Steve. I知 not keen on snapped barrels.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on February 05, 2019, 11:51:00 PM
I知 not keen on snapped barrels.
I do not think any of us are (I have written off all the Law Men from the Spectre starter set before they got painted).

I think what Carlos is describing is not the barrel, but have a look at the stock.

To borrow the M16A1 from the other thread.
(http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=114631.0;attach=92074;image)

Compare it with the one in the photograph:
(https://i.imgur.com/RBpG55j.jpg)
Nice. The M16 could do with some improvement. The fairly prominent cocking handle at the rear of the receiver appears to be absent, the stock appears too high and rather bulky and the foregrips could do with some work.
The stock certainly looks rather high (the cocking handle has been eaten by the stock!).

The figure certainly looks good.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on February 05, 2019, 11:53:06 PM
I知 not talking about bulk. I think we all recognise the trade-off between scale accuracy and fragility. What I知 talking about is shape and detail. Recognisable features on the original. Perfectly possible to incorporate without diminishing the robustness of the model.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: commissarmoody on February 06, 2019, 01:32:41 AM
I still dig the figure, but as pointed out the stock is to high and has swallowed the charging handle.
Good eye on catching that.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on February 06, 2019, 01:57:46 AM
Perfectly possible to capture in miniature.

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Marine0846 on February 06, 2019, 04:05:19 AM
I have to agree with carlos marighela.
The stock is off, should be easy to fix.
Love the figure, down to the flak vest.
Man, I hated wearing them.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: tomrommel1 on February 06, 2019, 07:47:15 AM
wonderful figure indeed
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on February 06, 2019, 08:17:26 AM


I think what Carlos is describing is not the barrel, but have a look at the stock.


Yes, I did point out that it was the stock that was being specifically referenced by Carol and that it was unlikely to break off (on this particular figure). It was more of a general comment regarding sacrificing a little accuracy for robustness with weapons. It is a fair point on the position of the stock. I hadn't actually noticed the missing charging handle until it was mentioned.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on February 06, 2019, 08:41:31 AM
I do not think any of us are (I have written off all the Law Men from the Spectre starter set before they got painted).

I think what Carlos is describing is not the barrel, but have a look at the stock.

To borrow the M16A1 from the other thread.
(http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=114631.0;attach=92074;image)

Compare it with the one in the photograph:
(https://i.imgur.com/RBpG55j.jpg)The stock certainly looks rather high (the cocking handle has been eaten by the stock!).

The figure certainly looks good.

Ah right, gotcha (and Carlos)  8)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on February 06, 2019, 10:20:21 AM
Guys,

Thanks for the opinions. The pictures of the initial figure were released over the weekend and then adjusted as we noted details in kit and stance. This series of pictures is the second attempt and NOT a completed figure. Having been away all weekend at the York show as well as building a new web site in the background I really did not get my head into gear with this until yesterday when issues were noted.

One of the concerns was the M16, which is being revisited. In sculpting weapons its always a compromise with some types between exact scaled copies and the manufacturing / damage in the post issues. Thus on some weapons flimsy barrels have to be slightly beefed up. Thus some of the design issues on this one. WHICH ARE CURRENTLY BEING SORTED!

However its not the only issue as some of you have spotted. My personal beef is the butt line which is high and the sight/ handle which is low. However as was explained on our Facebook page this sculpt is NOT a finished figure but a prototype. We rarely, if ever show our work in progress as it gets negative comments which are unnecessary, especially from some people who have their own personal agendas.

The reason that we showed this was the huge, and unprecedented, barrage of customers who went wild when we announced this range a few months ago so we thought we would show them that something is happening. Just over 10 years ago Keith and I planned a Vietnam game, wrote some rules called Purple Haze, which we never used, and looked for some figures. After a few weeks searching we could not find a range that we wanted to spend our time or money on. All available were lacking in our humble opinion and the project died until the Empress Christine having got bored with our whining told us to make our own range. Thus Empress Miniatures was born .....and we did Zulu War. Don't ask? Its a wargamers butterfly mind thing. Well inspired once again to revisit this conflict about a year back and working with both Red Star and FNG as we did for many years which ended in us owning the FIC range it seemed logical to progress our own Vietnam range.

The reason I tell you this is that do you really think that over 10 years later with still no good Nam range on the market and a very big scratch that we have to itch as well as a significant reputation that we have built up with Empress for quality we would release something as iconic as the M16 in anything less than good? 

Steady the Buffs and sit tight for the actual real release.

Cheers,
Paul     
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on February 06, 2019, 10:23:51 AM
I am sure that the team of Paul Hicks and Empress will produce the finest ever Vietnam range. :-*

I am also sure that I will buy some, and paint some, and probably even write a painting guide if I can find somebody to host it....
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Malamute on February 06, 2019, 11:10:30 AM
Excellent news, very much looking forward to seeing this range come together. :)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on February 06, 2019, 11:24:03 AM
Glad to hear it痴 all in hand. I知 looking forward to the range.  Nice to see you responding to feed back. For the record I have no 叢ersonal agenda. I like Mr Hicks works and have been an enthusiastic buyer of a number of Hicks sculpted Empress ranges via your Australian distributor.

You池e right there really isn稚 much in the way of quality 28mm Vietnam ranges, so this and the Gringo line are keenly anticipated. It痴 that keen anticipation and the quality of Paul痴 work that has raised expectations of accuracy.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Sparrow on February 06, 2019, 11:25:21 AM
Cheers Paul  - brilliant news!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on February 06, 2019, 11:29:27 AM
Most excellent - thanks Empress for the update  8)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: commissarmoody on February 06, 2019, 12:30:25 PM
Hear, hear! Thanks for responding. Happy to see it was already being sorted.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on February 06, 2019, 12:35:47 PM
Appreciate your input Paul, this is a very exciting range that I'll definitely be buying in to.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on February 06, 2019, 02:28:43 PM
Conincidentally, there痴 a Don McCullin retrospective coming to the Tate.

It includes many of his Hue 68 photographs.

https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/don-mccullin

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/feb/03/don-mccullin-giles-duley-photography-retrospective-tate-interview
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on February 06, 2019, 02:36:55 PM
Yes I saw that. Hope to get along to it. Great photographer not only of Hue  ;)

Thanks for all the support guys. We will not let you down. (No pressure in that statement  :? ) The new M16 is already in the mould and should be with Paul by this weekend.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Juan on February 06, 2019, 04:43:29 PM
Knowing this is a "work in progress" miniature, I am not worried about the M16, but I am very happy with the robustness of the weapons. Thanks a lot!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Marine0846 on February 06, 2019, 05:48:10 PM
Thanks Paul for the feed back.
That is what makes you guys and lady great.
You always put out top of the line figures.
I have been waiting for Marines at Hue for ever.
Can't wait to give you lots of my money. ;D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on February 06, 2019, 06:48:07 PM
Thanks for the update.

I echo Carlos' comment (well except for the Australian distributor ^__^).

I look forward to seeing how they turn out.

Now back to your Inter-war/Early War British that I have finally been able to undercoat...
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on February 07, 2019, 04:27:43 AM
Will there be separate heads or separate head packs for the range like the French Indochina range? I知 looking for fairly regular looking PAVN as my main interest is 1975 and beyond so separate packs of pith helmets would be great.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on February 07, 2019, 10:37:46 AM
The figures will come with attached heads mostly although my plan is to have a couple of packs with separate heads. Then head sprues so that maximum flexibility can be achieved. No reason why the more skilled cannot amputate heads and attach new heads on the other fixed head figures. Its pretty easy.

Weapons wise there will also be a big variation and not just the usual AK47 so that earlier vintage and French weapons will make an appearance, especially with militia types.

Also a significant civilian / militia number of figures. Many of these will be designed to work with both this and the FIC range.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on February 07, 2019, 02:29:13 PM
This sounds very promising, thank you for sharing the information.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on February 07, 2019, 11:16:40 PM
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The figures will come with attached heads mostly although my plan is to have a couple of packs with separate heads. Then head sprues so that maximum flexibility can be achieved. No reason why the more skilled cannot amputate heads and attach new heads on the other fixed head figures. Its pretty easy.

Weapons wise there will also be a big variation and not just the usual AK47 so that earlier vintage and French weapons will make an appearance, especially with militia types.

Also a significant civilian / militia number of figures. Many of these will be designed to work with both this and the FIC range.

Excellent news. If the intention is to provide a mix of weapons might I ask that some thought go into their distribution in packs, ie 4x AKM armed, 4x SKS armed or 4X various French and US rifles. Rather like what you did with your exquisite WW2 ranges. That gives both a desirable mix and also allows those of us who want some uniformity in equipment to purchase without having to buy multiples.

Any plans beyond PAVN, NLF, civvies and USMC? ARVN for instance. Hopefully one day you might contemplate Australians, admiitedly nowhere near Hue, save for a couple of members of AATV.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: AzSteven on February 08, 2019, 04:48:41 PM
Well shoot, between this and the new Pulp Minis ranges, I suspect my group will be doing some 28mm VietNam gaming in the near future.  My wallet apparently was unable to get a service deferment...
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on February 08, 2019, 07:48:39 PM
Bone spurs?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Paratrooper 42 on February 20, 2019, 01:40:38 AM
Looking forward to this range and getting back to some 'Nam gaming.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: axabrax on March 04, 2019, 07:07:48 PM
What痴 the timeline for this range? This year?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Paul Hicks on March 04, 2019, 07:28:03 PM
What痴 the timeline for this range? This year?

Deffo this year;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: jdp on March 06, 2019, 04:20:43 AM
Deffo this year;)
Excellent! Figs looking good so far, I am currently painting a reinforced platoon of your Empress Americans and am enjoying every fig.  Looking forward to this release.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on March 06, 2019, 10:29:50 AM
Excellent jdp.

The first 16 figures of this range are being sculpted and the range planned for further releases. Had an amazing amount of interest at last weekends Hammerhead show, which surprised me somewhat, but all good for the future of the range. YEHAW!!!!

Cheers, Paul
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on March 06, 2019, 05:53:25 PM
That's really encouraging that you've had such a positive response as it might mean you do more!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on March 06, 2019, 06:04:54 PM
This is a personal 'want' period of mine so the odds on we will do quite a lot  ;)

As I have said elsewhere Empress was originally set up to do Vietnam and then like good wargamers we got distracted. Eleven years on we are now here.

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: traveller on March 06, 2019, 06:08:34 PM
This is awesome  :-* :-* :-*

Any chance you could share the spec on the first 16 miniatures?
16 M16 armed infantry or something else...
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on March 06, 2019, 06:10:42 PM
There are a number of references in old LAF threads of me stating that my personal miniatures range would be a Paul Hicks sculpted Vietnam range. I'd have to have won the lottery though, so this way is much better  lol

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on March 07, 2019, 11:56:01 AM
8 x M16
3 x M60.  Plus extra figure in support.
4 x Blooper.

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on March 07, 2019, 12:22:47 PM
8 x M16
3 x M60.  Plus extra figure in support.
4 x Blooper.

Hopefully some figures with the golf bag (spare barrel for the M-60). Apart from the barrel it carried the tools and the asbestos mitt required to change the barrel.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: traveller on March 07, 2019, 12:31:40 PM
8 x M16
3 x M60.  Plus extra figure in support.
4 x Blooper.

Thanks! Great start with the basics, so that we can start building squads  ;D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on March 07, 2019, 03:00:21 PM
The packs are best for this period as weapons based. I think Carlos also mentioned that before.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on March 07, 2019, 03:06:37 PM
Hopefully some figures with the golf bag (spare barrel for the M-60). Apart from the barrel it carried the tools and the asbestos mitt required to change the barrel.

Yep sure. Its planned for the two man team in the first release. Plus the C ration tin attachment on the M60 to help the bullets run easily. Have to admit not found a pic of a Marine at Hue with it but it appears all over the place so at least one must have used it  lol
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Marine0846 on March 07, 2019, 03:26:33 PM
I like the selection of weapons in your first figures.
Can't wait to see the figures.
A question if I may.
Are you planing to do a 1/50 PBR down the road?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on March 07, 2019, 05:06:17 PM
By PBR do you mean the new replacement for the Humvee? If so out of context here and we do not discuss future plans usually.

But yes!

We are looking at vehicles for the Vietnam conflict and will be covering those in 1/50. Just started working through them. The M113 I am told is nearly complete.

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Matakakea on March 07, 2019, 05:19:53 PM
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By PBR do you mean the new replacement for the Humvee?
Quote

I'm thinking he might be referring to the Patrol Boat, River.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on March 07, 2019, 05:59:42 PM
I like the core packs, very useful for starting off. I'm guessing there will be command pack maybe? Perhaps an officer, Sgt, RTO and medic? That would be very useful. 81mm mortar team possibly?  :D

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on March 07, 2019, 06:07:55 PM
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By PBR do you mean the new replacement for the Humvee?
Quote

I'm thinking he might be referring to the Patrol Boat, River.

In that case yes as well. So many secrets being told.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on March 07, 2019, 06:08:53 PM
I like the core packs, very useful for starting off. I'm guessing there will be command pack maybe? Perhaps an officer, Sgt, RTO and medic? That would be very useful. 81mm mortar team possibly?  :D

Yep. This is only the very start.  ;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Sparrow on March 07, 2019, 07:00:08 PM
Brilliant news!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on March 07, 2019, 08:24:14 PM
Yep. This is only the very start.  ;)

Excellent news!

Really looking forward to this.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Paul Hicks on March 13, 2019, 03:49:44 PM
First 4 packs are on the Empress Facebook page.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on March 13, 2019, 03:50:09 PM
First 16 figures to the range.

These are in the shop for pre release sales. Not done this ever before but we have had such a huge reaction to the range and with Salute coming up we thought it best to do. Details on the current site here.

http://www.empressminiatures.com/userimages/procart56.htm

We are also in the process of opening a new web site so links may suddenly stop linking. Its all go at Empress.

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Malamute on March 13, 2019, 04:36:57 PM

Very nice indeed, I particularly like the crouching moving forward figures. :)

This is always how I imagine modern figures should look, keeping their heads down!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on March 13, 2019, 04:39:01 PM
Luvverly! :-* Those have come up a real treat! Hurry up and send them through to your Australian distributor please!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Dr De'Ath on March 13, 2019, 04:43:37 PM
Jolly Nice - very apt poses for street fighting too
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on March 13, 2019, 04:45:45 PM
Very impressed. Love the way the clothes hang - very reminiscent of the period imagery  8)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Marine0846 on March 13, 2019, 04:54:23 PM
Love the figures.
Just ordered 8 packs.
Now just have to wait till April for them.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on March 13, 2019, 05:49:09 PM
Great to see the figures. I'd echo what others have said about the general appearance, it's just like you see in the photos. Very impressive.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on March 13, 2019, 07:52:41 PM
They look good.

So will you have them at Salute?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: axabrax on March 14, 2019, 12:44:58 AM
Picked up 4 packs of rifles and 1 each of the special weapons to start. Echo the need for an HQ command pack. Anyone have a paint guide recommendation? Was the Marine uniform green different than the army green in this war?

Cheers and good luck!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: commissarmoody on March 14, 2019, 01:40:16 AM
Picked up 4 packs of rifles and 1 each of the special weapons to start. Echo the need for an HQ command pack. Anyone have a paint guide recommendation? Was the Marine uniform green different than the army green in this war?

Cheers and good luck!
Pretty much the same green, with the major difference being how weathered and sun bleached do you want them to be? Also look up ERDL pattern camo. It was the early version of the BDU patterns used in the 80s up tell the mid 2000s.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: M Blakey on March 14, 2019, 02:09:46 AM
So excited! I bought the new late war brits then saw these! So much money being spent on the hobby at the moment! Will be busy for a few life times ;D. Well done Empress Gang! Finally a proper decent Vietnam range.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on March 14, 2019, 02:11:40 AM
Picked up 4 packs of rifles and 1 each of the special weapons to start. Echo the need for an HQ command pack. Anyone have a paint guide recommendation? Was the Marine uniform green different than the army green in this war?

Cheers and good luck!

 No difference, except save as noted, the variations in fading. I had an old one which faded to a rather pleasant green. Naturally enough as items get replaced in the field there will be plenty of variation.

You can add a little more variation by painting one or two of the helmet covers in the old USMC spot pattern or the reverse 祖loud pattern mixed in with the Mitchell pattern covers and naturally you can adorn them with graffiti if you fancy.

No doubt command packs will be forthcoming, Paul is something of a completist. Just give the chap some time For support weapons and extras, I壇 rather see 60mm mortars over 81mm as those were what were carried at company level and really the only thing justifiable on a table with 28mm trooops.  M20 3.5 rocket launchers, a sniper and some engineers with breaching charges would be good. Hue saw extensive mouseholing of buildings in the house to house fight. A dedicated ANGLICO or FO team would be nice.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Poiter50 on March 14, 2019, 02:30:26 AM
ANGLICO ?? :?

No difference, except save as noted, the variations in fading. I had an old one which faded to a rather pleasant green. Naturally enough as items get replaced in the field there will be plenty of variation.

You can add a little more variation by painting one or two of the helmet covers in the old USMC spot pattern or the reverse 祖loud pattern mixed in with the Mitchell pattern covers and naturally you can adorn them with graffiti if you fancy.

No doubt command packs will be forthcoming, Paul is something of a completist. Just give the chap some time For support weapons and extras, I壇 rather see 60mm mortars over 81mm as those were what were carried at company level and really the only thing justifiable on a table with 28mm trooops.  M20 3.5 rocket launchers, a sniper and some engineers with breaching charges would be good. Hue saw extensive mouseholing of buildings in the house to house fight. A dedicated ANGLICO or FO team would be nice.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: commissarmoody on March 14, 2019, 02:38:48 AM
ANGLICO are Air/Navy radio controllers. Call for fire and other support from Air, Ship, or ground based assists.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Poiter50 on March 14, 2019, 02:53:39 AM
Roger that, out.

ANGLICO are Air/Navy radio controllers. Call for fire and other support from Air, Ship, or ground based assists.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on March 14, 2019, 07:51:48 AM
So excited! I bought the new late war brits then saw these! So much money being spent on the hobby at the moment! Will be busy for a few life times ;D. Well done Empress Gang! Finally a proper decent Vietnam range.

In fairness the Force of Arms range is a lovely range of figures, they're just not readily available anymore.

It feels greedy asking for more already, especially when Empress have delivered these so quickly, but in addition to an HQ pack, an NCO type pack for squad leaders could be very useful too?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on March 14, 2019, 08:25:55 AM
In fairness, the FoA range weren稚 marines, nor for that matter are TAG.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Dr. Zombie on March 14, 2019, 09:04:46 AM
I really like the poses on these guys. They look like they are in a firefight.

But I think there is something odd looking about the mags on those M16s they look tiny on the gun.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on March 14, 2019, 09:53:53 AM
They look good.

So will you have them at Salute?

Yes but we really advice that you e mail us a shopping list as sales are pretty extraordinary based upon the first 24 hours .

[email protected]
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on March 14, 2019, 10:02:10 AM
Morning all. Many thanks for the kind words and comments. Really great encouragement for the entire Empress team, especially when releasing a new range. Also many thanks for your help and suggestions.

The range will develop extensively so please do not fear about investing in it and yes officers, radios, journalist, etc, etc will be covered along the way as well as other types such as Vietcong, NVA, ARVN etc, etc, then Aussies, Air Cav, Paratroops,  and most importantly other periods and times in the conflict. When we were soldiers obviously needs so attention at some point. Huge amounts to do.

Special forces will obviously occur and lets not forget civilians which are already designed.

Vehicles are under way and the first nearly finished. All in 1/50 scale. This is our default Empress scale.

Just need a time machine to speed things along or clone Paul.

Once again many thanks for your supportive comments  :-*

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on March 14, 2019, 10:14:23 AM
All sounds great Paul.  8)

You probably have it in mind but can I also mention a couple of Corpsman poses (lots of stories from Hue about their bravery).
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on March 14, 2019, 10:23:08 AM
on the list ;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on March 14, 2019, 10:24:36 AM
Most excellent  8)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Paratrooper 42 on March 14, 2019, 01:47:16 PM
 :-* Wow, those are some seriously nice figures. Looking forward to seeing them at Salute (work permitting)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on March 15, 2019, 07:55:52 AM
Apologies if I've missed this somewhere already; are the new Hue figures comparable in size/scale etc to the French Indochina ones that Mr Hick's also sculpted? I have some of those so I can use them as a guide for comparison with my existing figures. Very much looking forward to seeing some painted examples.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on March 15, 2019, 08:36:27 AM
Morning all. Many thanks for the kind words and comments. Really great encouragement for the entire Empress team, especially when releasing a new range. Also many thanks for your help and suggestions.

The range will develop extensively so please do not fear about investing in it and yes officers, radios, journalist, etc, etc will be covered along the way as well as other types such as Vietcong, NVA, ARVN etc, etc, then Aussies, Air Cav, Paratroops,  and most importantly other periods and times in the conflict. When we were soldiers obviously needs so attention at some point. Huge amounts to do.

Special forces will obviously occur and lets not forget civilians which are already designed.

Vehicles are under way and the first nearly finished. All in 1/50 scale. This is our default Empress scale.

Just need a time machine to speed things along or clone Paul.

Once again many thanks for your supportive comments  :-*

That痴 excellent news. It would be nice to see decently sculpted ARVN and Australians. Hopefully other eras might include the early part of the war with Marines in OG-107 fatigues toting M-14s. I have always wanted to do Operation Starlite, the early part of the war is an interesting period and gives the opportunity to use all kinds of fun toys like LVTP-5s.

Please, please get the Australians right (I知 sure you will), they aren稚 just yanks in floppy hats. There are a number of folk on LAF who can give feedback on WIP.

By the by can I order some of the marines online and have them picked up at Salute? Nic has kindly offered to pick up some orders for me. Just wondering the best way to notify that they will be picked up not mailed.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Paul Hicks on March 15, 2019, 09:21:07 AM
Apologies if I've missed this somewhere already; are the new Hue figures comparable in size/scale etc to the French Indochina ones that Mr Hick's also sculpted? I have some of those so I can use them as a guide for comparison with my existing figures. Very much looking forward to seeing some painted examples.

I致e sculpted them on the same armature as the Indo-China figures. They will match.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on March 15, 2019, 02:27:55 PM
That's excellent, thank you for the reply.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: majorsmith on March 16, 2019, 10:59:20 AM
Wow these are amazing!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on March 16, 2019, 12:24:05 PM
That痴 excellent news. It would be nice to see decently sculpted ARVN and Australians. Hopefully other eras might include the early part of the war with Marines in OG-107 fatigues toting M-14s. I have always wanted to do Operation Starlite, the early part of the war is an interesting period and gives the opportunity to use all kinds of fun toys like LVTP-5s.

Please, please get the Australians right (I知 sure you will), they aren稚 just yanks in floppy hats. There are a number of folk on LAF who can give feedback on WIP.

By the by can I order some of the marines online and have them picked up at Salute? Nic has kindly offered to pick up some orders for me. Just wondering the best way to notify that they will be picked up not mailed.

Re the pre order  please e mail us and we will get them ready to collect. If you want to pay before collection we will send a Paypal request. [email protected]

Don't worry the Australians will be very good. Now that's a statement I hope I do not regret.  :? Weapons just being sculpted. Long Tan here we come.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on March 17, 2019, 09:17:55 PM
Wow, working on the Australians already! That makes me think there's a LOT going on behind the scenes. Looking forward to seeing what's next.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on March 18, 2019, 12:25:48 PM
Wow, working on the Australians already! That makes me think there's a LOT going on behind the scenes. Looking forward to seeing what's next.

There always is   ;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on March 22, 2019, 03:28:41 PM
The new packs have been cast and pre orders are now shipping out.  ;)

If you do plan to pop along to Salute we advice that you send us a pre show shopping list to ensure we save you some packs. We are on stand TE05.

More sculpts being worked on as we speak.

 
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Antonio J Carrasco on March 22, 2019, 03:48:45 PM
And being the sucker that I am for Paul' sculpts, I couldn't resist and put an order. Hopefully, they will arrive before Brexit and customs won't try to get its pound of flesh.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on March 22, 2019, 04:52:46 PM
Excellent. Motivation to do a bit more terrain this weekend.  8)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Marine0846 on March 22, 2019, 07:45:41 PM
Good news from Empress.
My order for Hue 1968 Marines have been shipped. :)
Was thinking that I would not get them until after Salute.
Thanks Empress, you are the best. :-*
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Timotl on March 23, 2019, 04:45:54 AM
Holy Smoke! Mine are shipped too! I'm really excited to get underway. Thanks to the folks at Empress! :D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on March 23, 2019, 01:28:41 PM
Thanks guys, kind words for the Empress team indeed.

Next sculpts for the next batch of figures is about to start. More USMC.

Empress usually plays its cards close to its chest on what we do but as you guys have been so helpful we can let you know;

Immediately following on from the next batch of USMC we thought some civilians, both armed and unarmed. Then ARVN, then NVA. How does that sound?????? Let us know what you reckon? Note a lot of NVA were fighting in civvies as well as their best newly issued uniforms. 
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: sakura11 on March 23, 2019, 01:34:06 PM
Just a note to also praise the company
Ordered figures and was delighted to receive then 2 days after postage
One pack was missing so phoned and had numerous apologies and figures sent out immediately
Courteous professional and exceptional ser ice
Well done and thanks for providing such a great range of eras and quality of figures and service.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Dr. Zombie on March 23, 2019, 01:46:33 PM
I would love some civilians that could be replaced with armed ones. Both male and female ones. I am already dreaming of a scenario where marines patrol through a neighborhood or village not knowing if it is hostile or not. Or indeed who is hostile and who is not.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: commissarmoody on March 23, 2019, 02:21:05 PM
I am down for some Civs. I need some for my French Indochina villages, so that works for me.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: traveller on March 23, 2019, 02:47:09 PM
Civilians and ARVN sounds great! There are few of those available in 28mm so that would be a welcome addition to the 28mm Vietnam scene. Regarding armed civilians it would be most welcome with some generic types that could both be used as low level VC as well as village militias organised by US\ South Vietnamese government. Preferably armed with outdated weaponry that could fit late WW2 and the French period. Ideally they would come with loose hands with weapons which would give a lot of flexibility.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on March 23, 2019, 02:53:36 PM
The civilians, armed and unarmed, are are brilliant idea and very welcome. No arguments from me about ARVN either. Excellent stuff from Empress.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Poiter50 on March 23, 2019, 03:01:57 PM
Looking forward to civvies as I just received 2 Printable Scenery jungle huts in 28mm.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: FreakyFenton on March 23, 2019, 07:04:30 PM
Lovely models!  :-*
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on March 23, 2019, 09:39:58 PM
Thanks guys, kind words for the Empress team indeed.

Next sculpts for the next batch of figures is about to start. More USMC.

Empress usually plays its cards close to its chest on what we do but as you guys have been so helpful we can let you know;

Immediately following on from the next batch of USMC we thought some civilians, both armed and unarmed. Then ARVN, then NVA. How does that sound?????? Let us know what you reckon? Note a lot of NVA were fighting in civvies as well as their best newly issued uniforms.

Sounds entirely sensible and civilians armed and unarmed is an excellent idea. Hopefully, given it痴 Tet themed so far, we will get some that aren稚 in sterotypical black pyjamas and nn l.

Keen as I am to get the ARVN (please, not all in flack jackets, it limits their usefulness) I suspect it will be better for maintaining general customer enthusiasm if you release the NVA first. Most gamers will want some opposition for their marines. Hoping we will also get some more marine riflemen, in firing poses, to provide variety to the existing packs.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on March 23, 2019, 09:46:07 PM
By the by, if and when you do get around to doing VC in typical peasant dress, you might want to consider separate heads. If you were to do a pack of heads in Mao caps then that would allow folk to model Khmer Rouge and Pathet Lao, extending the usefulness of the existing USMC, ARVN and PAVN troops.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: axabrax on March 23, 2019, 10:39:54 PM
+1

Start with the bread and butter (NVA) before you move onto the more thematic special theater related stuff or ARVN. You want players to be able to do a fairly generic game using nothing but Empress models ASAP rather than having to come up with special rules or use models from other companies.

Also second more rifle marine poses

Ax

Sounds entirely sensible and civilians armed and unarmed is an excellent idea. Hopefully, given it痴 Tet themed so far, we will get some that aren稚 in sterotypical black pyjamas and nn l.

Keen as I am to get the ARVN (please, not all in flack jackets, it limits their usefulness) I suspect it will be better for maintaining general customer enthusiasm if you release the NVA first. Most gamers will want some opposition for their marines. Hoping we will also get some more marine riflemen, in firing poses, to provide variety to the existing packs.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Antonio J Carrasco on March 23, 2019, 11:32:21 PM
Agreed with NVA/VC being the first in line. A mix of civilian and military clothes would be top.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: 88D on March 23, 2019, 11:52:44 PM
Thanks guys, kind words for the Empress team indeed.

Next sculpts for the next batch of figures is about to start. More USMC.

Empress usually plays its cards close to its chest on what we do but as you guys have been so helpful we can let you know;

Immediately following on from the next batch of USMC we thought some civilians, both armed and unarmed. Then ARVN, then NVA. How does that sound?????? Let us know what you reckon? Note a lot of NVA were fighting in civvies as well as their best newly issued uniforms.

Cannot wait for the ARVN, both early and later versions.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on March 24, 2019, 09:35:05 AM
I have to agree with Carlos et al, having two opposing forces (even if limited) from the start is probably better than completing one side. It might make production sense (both for the sculptor and the painter) but makes putting forces on the table more more difficult. That, at least I think, keeps the enthusiasm going and seeing them on the table (in person or photographs) prompts interest.

I know you have the VM from the French Indochina range.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on March 24, 2019, 11:21:40 AM
Enjoying this  ;)

Will respond properly tomorrow when more have expressed an opinion but on board with the comments so far. Got to cut the grass now for the first time this year  :o Real life can really ruin a chaps holiday. 
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: FreakyFenton on March 24, 2019, 01:31:50 PM
Hrm, I second the notion of having basic models for both sides! I'd like that a lot.  :D

But, some LRRP's would also be nice.....  ::)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: commissarmoody on March 24, 2019, 04:46:31 PM
I love the idea of civilians and ARVAN, but I won't be able to buy much of anything for the next few months. So maybe the NVA and VC might be the better option for those looking for a quick build of two opposing forces.  :`
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Juan on March 24, 2019, 05:37:08 PM
I would like to see, beside US Marines firing, one of your excellent "characters" pack with medic, radio operator, etc. And some opponents, perhaps armed civilians. In the meantime, I am readying my Vietminh forces (something of an Old Guard by the Tet, I think...).
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Marine0846 on March 24, 2019, 06:03:13 PM
My thinking is.
Marines, VC, ARVN, civilians, NVA.
That way you can collect and play quickly.
About 5 years ago I started on TAG figures.
Painted two squads  of US then VC.
A few weeks later had doubled the forces.
I my case, being able to play quickly,
kept me painting.
In a few months I had painted about 150 figures.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on March 25, 2019, 11:51:26 AM
Just a note to also praise the company
Ordered figures and was delighted to receive then 2 days after postage
One pack was missing so phoned and had numerous apologies and figures sent out immediately
Courteous professional and exceptional ser ice
Well done and thanks for providing such a great range of eras and quality of figures and service.

Huge thanks for this praise. Really means a lot, shucks we are blushing  :-*
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: arget8 on March 25, 2019, 04:51:15 PM
Not to be too demanding, but when can we hope to see some US Army?

If you're taking suggestions, I'd definitely encourage going with NVA before VC. VC was a common enemy for part of the war, but after Tet they ceased to be a real fighting force, meaning that the NVA was a far more prevalent enemy throughout the war.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Arrigo on March 25, 2019, 04:55:44 PM
If the target is Hue... VC are down on the list.

I think that doing Marines, ARVN (and also VNMC)  and Civilians first is a good approach, much better than a bit of everyone. Then do PAVN, then VC, then Australians. Not really understanding the need for armed civlians right now, actually more a need for US Army (or the 1st CAV units operating close to the city). All the AARs  on Hue I have read made plenty of reference to well equipped PAVN troops, few VC,  no armed civilians. The civilian clothes comments seems spurious to me, it was recently made by Bowden, but his book is not that great in my professional opinion.  Other source indicated the PAVN troops entered the city during the truce in civilian dress and then changed. Toward the end of the battle fresh uniform must have been tattered and probably looking like civilian clothes.


There are plenty of ranges already out providing nice VC and PAVN, okay not Paul Hicks' sculpt, but they already provide the opposition.

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You want players to be able to do a fairly generic game using nothing but Empress models ASAP rather than having to come up with special rules or use models from other companies.


very very GW/WG approach. Do not care for it. Also considering the range is marketed as Hue rather than generic the comment is quite 'contrarian'.  On the other hand I prefer to have the ARVN done as as soon as possible or the Marines completed rather than having the so called 'basic poses.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on March 25, 2019, 05:17:33 PM
I suspect that gamers will be drawn to this Hue range by Bowden痴 Hue book (and the forthcoming TV 宋ersion of it). As Bowden makes early reference to VC and to fighters in partial or complete civilian clothing, it might make commercial sense to prioritise them. By way of general example, p.51 of the 2018 paperback version gives descriptions that some gamers might expect to find in a range.  :)



Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on March 25, 2019, 05:55:04 PM
I still really like the idea of armed and unarmed civilians as I'm not intending on solely playing games set in Hue. It will be impossible to keep everyone happy with the planned releases but ultimately it's got to be commercially viable if they want to return anything on the investment, and it is also the range that Empress wanted to do for themselves so I don't doubt that they'll get round to doing something for everyone anyway.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: axabrax on March 25, 2019, 06:26:01 PM
This is a business person痴 approach  ;)   If you want to equate good business and making money with GW then so be it.  This range will not expand unless it makes money or the owners are willing to do it as a labor of love regardless of profits. Saying that we should use other manufacturer痴 models to get the toys we want first or niche models is a gamers perspective and easy to say if you池e not flitting the bill.  My suspicion is that using Bowden痴 book as a free marketing tool and catering to the story it tells is better for business than catering to more individual academic perspectives. Just my 2 cents...

 :)
If the target is Hue... VC are down on the list.

I think that doing Marines, ARVN (and also VNMC)  and Civilians first is a good approach, much better than a bit of everyone. Then do PAVN, then VC, then Australians. Not really understanding the need for armed civlians right now, actually more a need for US Army (or the 1st CAV units operating close to the city). All the AARs  on Hue I have read made plenty of reference to well equipped PAVN troops, few VC,  no armed civilians. The civilian clothes comments seems spurious to me, it was recently made by Bowden, but his book is not that great in my professional opinion.  Other source indicated the PAVN troops entered the city during the truce in civilian dress and then changed. Toward the end of the battle fresh uniform must have been tattered and probably looking like civilian clothes.


There are plenty of ranges already out providing nice VC and PAVN, okay not Paul Hicks' sculpt, but they already provide the opposition.
 

very very GW/WG approach. Do not care for it. Also considering the range is marketed as Hue rather than generic the comment is quite 'contrarian'.  On the other hand I prefer to have the ARVN done as as soon as possible or the Marines completed rather than having the so called 'basic poses.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on March 25, 2019, 08:03:25 PM
There are plenty of ranges already out providing nice VC and PAVN, okay not Paul Hicks' sculpt, but they already provide the opposition.
But will they be acceptable together, and if they are, why would you then buy the figures from Empress?
 
You want players to be able to do a fairly generic game using nothing but Empress models ASAP rather than having to come up with special rules or use models from other companies.

Also considering the range is marketed as Hue rather than generic the comment is quite 'contrarian'.  On the other hand I prefer to have the ARVN done as as soon as possible or the Marines completed rather than having the so called 'basic poses.
I suppose it depends on your definition of generic, I had assumed generic troops (on both sides) at Hue rather than "characters" from Hue (medics, officers etc.).
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on March 25, 2019, 10:56:27 PM
At the risk of upsetting people痴 叢rofessional opinions there were undoubtedly significant numbers of of PLAF/NLF (VC) troops deployed in the battle for Hue. They probably accounted for at least a third of the forces deployed and you don稚 need to rely on Bowden to come up with that figure.

 The only thing I can recall Bowden remarking on when it comes to attire is that the communist forces had been issued with new uniforms. Certainly there were local guides and a smallish number of students and locals joined the fray. Presumably they were not issued with uniforms.

Yes, the PAVN (NVA) formed the core of the US-ARVN opposition and on a personal note I would like to see them sooner but I recognise that the sculpter in any project needs to be given latitude to do what appeals to them. That way the project moves forward and you get the best work from them.

That there is significant enthusiasm for this range should not need saying. Personally, I致e always found the existing ranges somewhat lacking, I知 sure I知 not alone. The fact that a first rate sculptor is tackling what potentially is a huge subject has clearly inspired a lot of customers and potential ones.

It won稚 mean that we won稚 adapt or use existing figures where suited to our tastes, I知 already in the process of converting some figures, while I wait for the Empress range.

I say let痴 give 粗m their head and be very grateful they are doing this.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Arrigo on March 25, 2019, 11:02:38 PM
But will they be acceptable together, and if they are, why would you then buy the figures from Empress?

considering we are mixing figures together from the dawn of the hobby, especially in different units... I suspect plenty this habit is not dying soon despite the pearl of wisdom some business expert is throwing to pigs like me...

I buy figures from Empress because:

a) they fit in my collection
b) I like the sculpts and the attention to the detail
c) I like the chaps and chapesses (no I did not invent this... it came from Professor Brian Holden Reid... I just got brainwashed into using it) running the company!



 I think a much bigger show stopper is the fact that there are plenty of ranges around (thanks god none from Empress...) that started giving you a couple of basic packs for the opposing sides and then got nowhere.  The business' person approach that has been mentioned earlier is just one possibility.  In countless forums the merit of bit and dribbles, vs fully fledged force for new ranges have been debated, and, knowing how different each one of us is, basically both sides could be right and wrong at the same time, without the need of being lectured about 'business' approaches.

As the so called 'characters': you need officers, you need RTO, you need medics in games from squad to company size...

And I am sufficiently old to remember posts here bemoaning the lack of decent and complete ARVN offerings in 28mm... in this same forum...

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At the risk of upsetting people痴 叢rofessional opinions there were undoubtedly significant numbers of of PLAF/NLF (VC) troops deployed in the battle for Hue. They probably accounted for at least a third of the forces deployed and you don稚 need to rely on Bowden to come up with that figure.

sources would be nice... not something I am expecting from the poster too...

<rant mode on>
and I reiterate... Bowden's book is historical crap, and I am not an isolated academic in saying this. I am not saying that all his books are bad, but this one is.  Actually I find axabrax comments rather insulting and condescending, while I offered a simple professional opinion. While I can give him some recognition for having sprung some nice new miniatures, I sincerely hope that his arrogant pile of shit will not shape the range (of course not... we have been teased Australians!).  Said that we have gamed Hue before Bowden garnered money from it, and probably there will be more gamer doing it without even knowing about the book or the TV... I also doubt the book narrative will be such a driving force in the sales of a new Vietnam range... if it is... well probably I have to reconsider my idea of the intelligence of the average wargamer and bow to 'common wisdom' about our category (yes I read some of the usual comments on wargamers again...).
<rant mode off>
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on March 25, 2019, 11:29:00 PM
Ah, the Kevin Kiley school of argument is alive and well. Good oh!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Antonio J Carrasco on March 25, 2019, 11:33:40 PM
Man! Somebody woke up angry today!

Anyway, as long as the chaps at Empress do with the range the same they do with their Zulu War or ECW ranges, I will be perfectly happy.  Besides I am a slow -very slow- painter, so I guess that NVA/VC will be released before I finish painting whatever US/ARVN is released first.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Antonio J Carrasco on March 25, 2019, 11:39:52 PM
Bowden's book is historical crap, and I am not an isolated academic in saying this. I am not saying that all his books are bad, but this one is. 

To be honest I don't give a damn about the rest of your rant -it is personal with the other guy, so it's not my business- but this part of your comment got me curious. Why do you say that Bowden's book is crap? Would you point to a review that expands your criticism? I am not an expert in Vietnam War -read just a couple of books, besides Bowden's- so I am surely missing the problems in Bowden's book. 
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on March 25, 2019, 11:53:29 PM
徹n 30 January, some of the enemy shock troops and sappers entered the city disguised as simple peasants . With their uniforms and weapons hidden in baggage , boxes, and under their street clothes, the Viet Cong and NVA mingled with the Tet holiday crowds .* Many donned ARVN uniforms and then took up predesignated positions that night to await the attack signal..

US Marines in the Vietnam War, The Defining Year 1968, p166.

The USMC Official History.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on March 25, 2019, 11:56:56 PM
Knowing that I am not knowledgeable about the subject, I had to do a search on this site to find out who is this Bowden (his book is mentioned on the Gringos thread not this one).

"Knowledgeable Friend" warnings of course: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Bowden (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Bowden)

As they always say, YMMV.

Will the TV series have music by Jan Hammer?

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on March 26, 2019, 12:08:40 AM
I will not be mixing figures from the dawn of wargaming, my 30+ year old Platoon 20  figures are not much use ^___^.

Besides the Osprey Campaign book, I have read little on the subject (and I know this and admit it freely). I am more than happy to take into consideration any information anyone graciously offers me.

I bought the French paratroopers way back when they were released because I liked the figures (and bought them from Empress as I had liked their moderns). That (and the aforementioned Platoon 20) are probably the only figures I own over the this period.

So I will be looking for a range of figures that will interest me, and having one side makes it more likely that they will end up sitting in a box.

I understand the frustration in a purported range being advertised and not being delivered. I do wonder whether this has been due to interest fizzling out from the manufacturer or that they have not been financially viable.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: axabrax on March 26, 2019, 01:07:04 AM
My goodness someone痴 very intolerant of views other than his own and takes things very personally. I致e been on this forum for more than a decade and have just as much right to express myself here as you. I also preordered a bunch of the miniatures. Did you, or are you just wishlisting? This was a pleasant thread until you decided that no one is allowed to disagree with you without it being an affront. I tell you what, I will leave and you can have the floor entirely to yourself and convince everyone that yours is the only right view. Sheesh!

considering we are mixing figures together from the dawn of the hobby, especially in different units... I suspect plenty this habit is not dying soon despite the pearl of wisdom some business expert is throwing to pigs like me...

I buy figures from Empress because:

a) they fit in my collection
b) I like the sculpts and the attention to the detail
c) I like the chaps and chapesses (no I did not invent this... it came from Professor Brian Holden Reid... I just got brainwashed into using it) running the company!



 I think a much bigger show stopper is the fact that there are plenty of ranges around (thanks god none from Empress...) that started giving you a couple of basic packs for the opposing sides and then got nowhere.  The business' person approach that has been mentioned earlier is just one possibility.  In countless forums the merit of bit and dribbles, vs fully fledged force for new ranges have been debated, and, knowing how different each one of us is, basically both sides could be right and wrong at the same time, without the need of being lectured about 'business' approaches.

As the so called 'characters': you need officers, you need RTO, you need medics in games from squad to company size...

And I am sufficiently old to remember posts here bemoaning the lack of decent and complete ARVN offerings in 28mm... in this same forum...

sources would be nice... not something I am expecting from the poster too...

<rant mode on>
and I reiterate... Bowden's book is historical crap, and I am not an isolated academic in saying this. I am not saying that all his books are bad, but this one is.  Actually I find axabrax comments rather insulting and condescending, while I offered a simple professional opinion. While I can give him some recognition for having sprung some nice new miniatures, I sincerely hope that his arrogant pile of shit will not shape the range (of course not... we have been teased Australians!).  Said that we have gamed Hue before Bowden garnered money from it, and probably there will be more gamer doing it without even knowing about the book or the TV... I also doubt the book narrative will be such a driving force in the sales of a new Vietnam range... if it is... well probably I have to reconsider my idea of the intelligence of the average wargamer and bow to 'common wisdom' about our category (yes I read some of the usual comments on wargamers again...).
<rant mode off>
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on March 26, 2019, 02:22:35 AM
To be honest I don't give a damn about the rest of your rant -it is personal with the other guy, so it's not my business- but this part of your comment got me curious. Why do you say that Bowden's book is crap? Would you point to a review that expands your criticism? I am not an expert in Vietnam War -read just a couple of books, besides Bowden's- so I am surely missing the problems in Bowden's book.

Bowden makes the occasional error of detail and there is a definite and unsurprising journalistic approach to the subject. He is far more critical of some of the senior and not so senior leaders in the battle such as Tolson, LaHue, Westmoreland and battalion commanders like Gravel. It's by no means a definitive account but then one doesn't exist and likely never will. What you discern of his agenda or politics, if any,  I will leave up to you.

That said it is a very readable account and if only because of its timing, he holds the advantage of having accessed some Vietnamese participants. Something notably absent in Nolan's Hue 1968 or the official publications. Actually, it's a far better book than Nolan's effort, which IMO isn't as well written and is largely uncritical of any decision making by the marines.

YMMV.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Sparrow on March 26, 2019, 06:42:21 AM
Hi all

I知, sadly, in no position to argue whether the Bowden book was good or bad (not knowing enough about the subject.... yet) , and it would make a really interesting seperate thread, but can we keep to the subject of the range? From what I have read this thankfully looks like it痴 covering a lot more than just Hue (eg Australians?) so why not just let Empress have your wish list for the war? (A vote for Air Cav and NVA from me please!).

Can I just add,  Empress + Paul Hicks = fantastic long term project for me. Thanks to all involved! Hell - you bring them out in whatever order you want... just keep 粗m coming!

滴appiness is a cool LZ!

Cheers all!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ragnar on March 26, 2019, 06:58:43 AM
Aaand, just like that I am drawn to a period of history that I have never showed any interest in gaming before.

Even bought the Bowden book.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Antonio J Carrasco on March 26, 2019, 07:16:34 AM
Hi all

I知, sadly, in no position to argue whether the Bowden book was good or bad (not knowing enough about the subject.... yet) , and it would make a really interesting seperate thread, but can we keep to the subject of the range? From what I have read this thankfully looks like it痴 covering a lot more than just Hue (eg Australians?) so why not just let Empress have your wish list for the war? (A vote for Air Cav and NVA from me please!).

Can I just add,  Empress + Paul Hicks = fantastic long term project for me. Thanks to all involved! Hell - you bring them out in whatever order you want... just keep 粗m coming!

滴appiness is a cool LZ!

Cheers all!

Hear! Hear!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on March 26, 2019, 07:48:29 AM
This isn't a board I look after, but in the interests of keeping this thread about the miniatures from Empress and with my moderator's hat on, please do not turn it into an argument about personal opinions on Bowden's book, etc, etc. If you want to take it up on pm or some other way, that's up to you.

Let's get back to the figures.

Thank you
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Juan on March 26, 2019, 08:45:26 AM
Returning to the trail...
Thank you a lot, Empress Miniatures and Paul Hicks, for these really nice miniatures. Now, to buy, paint and play with them.  :)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Antonio J Carrasco on March 26, 2019, 08:49:49 AM
Just received an email from Empress, that my minis are on their way!

I need to find them a spot in my painting schedule. As they are not that many, I think that I will stop my other projects for a couple of weeks and paint the US Marines. Thus, I will be ready for the next release. 
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on March 26, 2019, 09:53:26 AM
WOW  :o This got exciting  lol

I very much enjoyed Bowdens book and look forward to the planned TV series. If it lives up to Band of Brothers I will be very happy.

HOWEVER o_o

The research for this range is not limited to one book or its impending TV series (if it actually happens.) The book is a very good read but is written to be readable to a wider audience than military historians. Its a real page turner. This is usually concerning as it means that the writer 'may' make his most important priority selling copies rather than writing the truth, which may be a little boring. I an not suggesting that this is what the writer did but the greatest complain that I have about the book is what is not mentioned much. That's the part the ARVN played in the battle. Was this because the writer believed his US audience would not be so interested? We can only guess. I like reading Stephen Ambrose books but they are clearly written in a popularist way. Nothing wrong with that but its always in the back of my mind when I read the books.

Please note that the range is not based upon the book but it has been inspirational.

The range is currently Hue. As time goes by it will be other areas of the conflict. If you look back in a few years I would hope that Hue would be a chapter within a large book (range)

However back to the question I asked and the many great ideas.

We are currently sculpting another 30 plus USMC. Next main section will be...................roll of drums............civvies/ armed civvies Fireworks please. 8) These will be carrying older weapons so that they also work for FIC. These will be in a mix of town and country clothes. 

Because of the way we work and to stop sculptors getting bored, we will be continuing USMC at the same time.

After that its whether its ARVN or NVA.    ???

Lastly please do not fall out but play nice. As a company Empress walked away from most forums because of all of the unnecessary attitude. This thread is us coming back for another go. Lets keep it fun Love you all  :) :-*

Cheers, Paul
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Antonio J Carrasco on March 26, 2019, 10:05:02 AM
WOW  :o This got exciting  lol

I very much enjoyed Bowdens book and look forward to the planned TV series. If it lives up to Band of Brothers I will be very happy.

HOWEVER o_o

The research for this range is not limited to one book or its impending TV series (if it actually happens.) The book is a very good read but is written to be readable to a wider audience than military historians. Its a real page turner. This is usually concerning as it means that the writer 'may' make his most important priority selling copies rather than writing the truth, which may be a little boring. I an not suggesting that this is what the writer did but the greatest complain that I have about the book is what is not mentioned much. That's the part the ARVN played in the battle. Was this because the writer believed his US audience would not be so interested? We can only guess. I like reading Stephen Ambrose books but they are clearly written in a popularist way. Nothing wrong with that but its always in the back of my mind when I read the books.

Please note that the range is not based upon the book but it has been inspirational.

The range is currently Hue. As time goes by it will be other areas of the conflict. If you look back in a few years I would hope that Hue would be a chapter within a large book (range)

However back to the question I asked and the many great ideas.

We are currently sculpting another 30 plus USMC. Next main section will be...................roll of drums............civvies/ armed civvies Fireworks please. 8) These will be carrying older weapons so that they also work for FIC. These will be in a mix of town and country clothes. 

Because of the way we work and to stop sculptors getting bored, we will be continuing USMC at the same time.

After that its whether its ARVN or NVA.    ???

Lastly please do not fall out but play nice. As a company Empress walked away from most forums because of all of the unnecessary attitude. This thread is us coming back for another go. Lets keep it fun Love you all  :) :-*

Cheers, Paul

Thanks for the heads up. Paul.

It looks like the range will be comprehensive. As you are focusing on Hue, will you plan including vehicles too? I am thinking Ontos, to be precise.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on March 26, 2019, 10:30:00 AM
Excellent post Paul
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on March 26, 2019, 10:31:13 AM
Yes, thanks for the information.

I can understand how it can be exasperating to watch a thread disappear down a fiery rabbit hole. We will try and behave.

I look forward to seeing how this range progresses.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on March 26, 2019, 10:50:29 AM
I have just bought a secondhand copy of "Ambush Valley: Vietnam 1965-1975 (Force on Force)" so that I can work out some army lists.

...then I will place an order.

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: steders on March 26, 2019, 11:46:59 AM
Anyone with TAG Nam figures and the new Empress marines fancy doing a comparison photo?
Really like the look of those marines but only if they look ok next to my NVA/VC
Cheers
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on March 26, 2019, 11:58:52 AM
@Steders
"Really like the look of those marines but only if they look ok next to my NVA/VC"

When you game with them, they will usually be at least a foot (30cm) apart, so I am sure that the difference in sculpting style will not be a huge problem.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: funky on March 26, 2019, 12:29:37 PM
ARVN miniatures are the real missing in action in the market.

and a good patton tank model
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on March 26, 2019, 01:08:27 PM
I have just bought a secondhand copy of "Ambush Valley: Vietnam 1965-1975 (Force on Force)" so that I can work out some army lists.

...then I will place an order.

Just be aware that while the authors were on fairly firm ground with the US forces, everything else should be taken with large grains of salt.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on March 26, 2019, 01:10:41 PM
Just be aware that while the authors were on fairly firm ground with the US forces, everything else should be taken with large grains of salt.

AGREED.  ;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on March 26, 2019, 09:17:38 PM
Just be aware that while the authors were on fairly firm ground with the US forces, everything else should be taken with large grains of salt.

I will make a note of that. I am thinking of it as a good starter to the period as I already know the rules.
(actually, it will take me a while to get back into the game and all those reaction effects)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Timotl on March 27, 2019, 12:14:31 AM
Well, I have loved everything I've seen of this range so far so I'm sure the rest will be great too! I'd love to get painting on those infantry....they look so damn good. I know others have asked for command and medics for the USMC, which I second. I'd also like to see some more "disheveled" looking Marines. Like they've been at it a while. Shirts off, no helmets, pants over their boots, that sort of thing. Could help to lend variety to the infantry too....
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: 88D on March 27, 2019, 02:50:42 AM
ARVN miniatures are the real missing in action in the market.

and a good patton tank model
Amen to that.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: commissarmoody on March 27, 2019, 03:07:50 AM
Amen to that.
Yep.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on March 27, 2019, 10:24:42 AM
'dishevelled' is planned in the next batch.  lol

 
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on March 27, 2019, 12:30:39 PM
'dishevelled' is planned in the next batch.  lol

There's no shortage of photos for inspiration. Really looking forward to seeing them.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Paul Hicks on March 27, 2019, 09:06:13 PM
Thank you everyone for all the positive comments on the figures so far. Looking forward to getting to grips with the next phase. I致e been watching PBS The Vietnam War documentary for primary source material for the battle of Hue to get the feel.

Thanks again

Pail
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ash on March 27, 2019, 10:13:32 PM
Not read Bowden's book yet, but for those looking for great reads about the Vietnam War then I can highly recommend:
 'A Rumor of War' by Philip Caputo, 'Chickenhawk' by Robert Mason & 'The 13th Valley' by John M. Del Vecchio
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: NurgleHH on March 27, 2019, 10:14:43 PM
Thank you everyone for all the positive comments on the figures so far. Looking forward to getting to grips with the next phase. I致e been watching PBS The Vietnam War documentary for primary source material for the battle of Hue to get the feel.

Thanks again

Pail
Don奏 forget Ёull metal jacket as a source for your figures
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: commissarmoody on March 28, 2019, 12:32:04 AM
phase line green was a pretty good book to about the battle of Hue.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Timotl on March 28, 2019, 04:57:51 AM
'dishevelled' is planned in the next batch.  lol

Cool. 1000 yard stare and everything, hopefully.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on March 28, 2019, 08:28:31 PM
I've started watching the Ken Burns series from the start. It's on Netflix. I'm about half way through the Bowden book.

If Empress are looking outside of Hue too, then the 1965 Ia Drang encounters during the Pleiku campaign could be a good basis? Hal Moore's book is a gripping (and in places harrowing) read.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on March 28, 2019, 08:36:22 PM
I've started watching the Ken Burns series from the start. It's on Netflix.
I will have to look out for that.

I finally found my 1990 Osprey Campaign book on Tet. I suspect there have been a lot of changes since that was published.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on March 28, 2019, 09:37:17 PM
Alongside the Bowden book - which I enjoyed simply because it gives a lot space to the perspective and actions of the National Liberation Front - a good accompaniment was the Eric Hammel photo book 溺arines in Hue City, A Portrait Of Urban Combat, Tet 1968. I got the electronic version.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on March 29, 2019, 12:07:37 PM
I've started watching the Ken Burns series from the start. It's on Netflix. I'm about half way through the Bowden book.

If Empress are looking outside of Hue too, then the 1965 Ia Drang encounters during the Pleiku campaign could be a good basis? Hal Moore's book is a gripping (and in places harrowing) read.

Yes that's one of the earlier fights we have targeted.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on March 29, 2019, 02:55:58 PM
Yes that's one of the earlier fights we have targeted.


Excellent! There are so many moments and people in that book for inspiration. Battalion HQ in particular! What a pack that would make.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on March 29, 2019, 03:08:56 PM
Yeah. I love the sergeant major.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on March 29, 2019, 04:32:53 PM
Yeah. I love the sergeant major.

Yes! Basil Plumley, he'd be very distinctive.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: NurgleHH on March 30, 2019, 01:32:59 PM
Received my parcel today, in real the figures look better. Wonderful and full of character. Great work from Paul again.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 01, 2019, 12:59:28 PM
Received my parcel today, in real the figures look better. Wonderful and full of character. Great work from Paul again.

Excellent news.  ;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: FreakyFenton on April 03, 2019, 09:31:58 PM
Placed an order  ::)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on April 03, 2019, 09:49:20 PM
Me too  :D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Paul Hicks on April 03, 2019, 10:53:14 PM
Working on the next batch of 8 M16s!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on April 03, 2019, 11:00:47 PM
Working on the next batch of 8 M16s!

Excellent
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Antonio J Carrasco on April 04, 2019, 07:22:04 AM
Working on the next batch of 8 M16s!

Brilliant!

Will be models with the M14 too?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 04, 2019, 10:12:32 AM
Brilliant!

Will be models with the M14 too?

Yes but for our earlier USMC range that will be done later.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Antonio J Carrasco on April 04, 2019, 12:17:01 PM
Yes but for our earlier USMC range that will be done later.

No problem. I am a very slow painter, thus I will have time to finish painting the chaps with M16s before the M14s are released.  :-*
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on April 04, 2019, 09:46:18 PM
Yes but for our earlier USMC range that will be done later.


I can die content at last! Early war, 1965 era marines has been a long held dream. Two for the price of one, you can use 粗m for the Dominican Republic.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: commissarmoody on April 05, 2019, 04:09:55 AM

I can die content at last! Early war, 1965 era marines has been a long held dream. Two for the price of one, you can use 粗m for the Dominican Republic.
Yes! I knew are years of waiting would pay off!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ragnar on April 05, 2019, 06:51:49 AM
Order placed.  :)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 05, 2019, 11:00:09 AM
Thanks guys. We have been pondering the idea that Empress Miniatures should branch away from its usual style of playing its cards completely close to its chest and write a mission statement (I hate that phrase o_o ) about where we plan to take the entire range.

We have a reputation for not doing things by half and we certainly plan to cover off a LOT of the conflict, which when linked to our French Indo China range will pretty much give customers huge options to fight the conflict over a very long period. Obviously many will not wish to dip more than a toe in the water and will wish to only concentrate on one section of the conflict, usually driven by external forces such as books, films, wargames club campaigns, etc.  Whilst the megalomaniacs like me will want everything!!!!

Plus we must be commercial in what we do which when added to the time constraints can make things appear to the outsider to be quite slow. (From inside its controlled mayhem.  lol )

It also allows customers to make their own commercial decisions as our range will be created to be stand alone. Obviously customers will/ may wish to mix manufacturers , as is their desire, but sometimes the simple fact will be that other companies products will just not work due to size issues. For example whilst sorting out vehicle options I am concerned that our traditional 1/50 scale vehicle scale may be just too big. 1/56th is too small so we are considering producing a range of vehicles to fit the figures. Probably somewhere in the middle of those scales. This concern came about when looking at the Corgi Patton which we expected to be perfect but is actually quite big. 1/48 scale will be huge to our mind.

 What do you think?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on April 05, 2019, 11:30:28 AM
My opinion on vehicle scale is to stick with 1/50 scale, partly this is selfish on my part because some of the models I want for other periods and partly because I suspect other customers will also be of a similar mind.

I assume your existing WW2 jeep is 1/50 and that looks fine with your existing post war figures.
(https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JswWk1244FI/WtTnKyatwPI/AAAAAAAADlg/wt2iiRq113covgGcr5D0PtcESOawcrupQCLcBGAs/s1600/empbritcrew2.png)
Your existing WW2 Jeep with your modern British vehicle crew.
(https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ysIizthMphY/WtTnKw7__2I/AAAAAAAADlk/6fe6KjgBitoK7Mq7Ox3mSZ_EgMVnm4nNACLcBGAs/s1600/empbritcrew3.png)

Tanks are big and should dominate the table.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Cypher226 on April 05, 2019, 01:10:12 PM
Cleaned up and based my first squad last night. Gorgeous minis.  Can't wait for more variety to fill out the platoon.

On vehicles I would agree with UVS - I would prefer 1/50th too :)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: funky on April 05, 2019, 01:40:24 PM
I haven't a real opinion about that apart that 1:48 simply is too big for 28mm.

I've the corgi patton, is beatiful and gorgeous

(https://scontent-mxp1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/56320442_641326286305501_7805961962214391808_o.jpg?_nc_cat=109&_nc_ht=scontent-mxp1-1.xx&oh=6ffc01b7da59eab6b048e7616bbbb14f&oe=5D3D3208)

but it simply doesn't fit to the scale (miniatures are tag's, baker's and some parfield's)

(https://scontent-mxp1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/56161749_641332689638194_3125004155731574784_o.jpg?_nc_cat=101&_nc_ht=scontent-mxp1-1.xx&oh=03b40652cb8b8edcd04391bb93f3fbff&oe=5D0AC0D3)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: traveller on April 05, 2019, 02:04:20 PM
I would also like 1/50 in order to be able to combine with other models. A properly based 28mm look perfect beside a 1/50 vehicle, even if the vehicle interior might be a bit spacious
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on April 05, 2019, 02:32:15 PM
My two pennorth worth is stick to 1/50. It works well enough with 28mm figures and it has definite advantages from a commercial point of view. You already have an established range of vehicles in 1/50. Wargamers, being the gadflies that they are, will likely mix things from your Vietnam and modern ranges for other conflicts. You already do M-113s, M-106s etc.

Customers are also likely to mix with other ranges. Solido, TAG and the new Gringo 40 ranges are all in the 1/48-1/50 bracket. Going somewhere else seems a bit perverse. Gaining leverage from other ranges seems sensible.

Personally, I知 not wedded to any given scale, I freely mix 創 match but that has more to do with availability than anything else. That said, given the choice I壇 like to see a standardised scale and 1/50 seems to be the choice of most existing manufacturers.

Dunno whether the Corgi sits high on its suspension (a problem with at least one well known 1/35 kit) but it is worth pointing out that the M-48 is a honking big vehicle.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Poiter50 on April 05, 2019, 03:45:49 PM
As one whose vehicle collection for Nam is mostly Corgi, I would be disappointed to see you change scales for other vehicles. I have hunted high and low for their M-48, trucks and Gun trucks only to find that their M113s and Jeep/Mutts were 1/43 and did not match in any way.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Marine0846 on April 05, 2019, 04:26:27 PM
Please go with 1/50.
I have a large number of Corgi 1/50 scale.
I find they go well with my TAG figures.
But, it does not bother me if the scale is a little off.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on April 05, 2019, 04:38:54 PM
I値l chime in as a contrarian without an existing NAM collection. I prefer smaller vehicles and so am unlikely to buy anything as 鼠arge as 1/50 (the civilian vehicles I致e already acquired are 1/55). TBH as I知 concentrating on max-platoon level street fighting in Hue, for scene setting and street cover civilian vehicles are perhaps more important to me though if there was a Mule (preferably in recoilless and supply/casevac versions) and an Ontos in a scale that worked for me I壇 almost certainly buy them.

As to where on the scale range the optimum market resides, I have no idea  :D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Paul Hicks on April 05, 2019, 09:44:21 PM
I shall be delivery another 8 M16 Rifleman to Empress Miniatures at Salute.

Paul
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on April 05, 2019, 09:46:16 PM
There is so much scope for this that it could keep you going for years.

I'd be happy with 1:50 for the vehicles too.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: funky on April 06, 2019, 10:07:35 AM
I shall be delivery another 8 M16 Rifleman to Empress Miniatures at Salute.

Paul

great news Paul
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Cypher226 on April 06, 2019, 11:38:32 AM
I shall be delivery another 8 M16 Rifleman to Empress Miniatures at Salute.

Paul

Fantastic 😀
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Paul Hicks on April 06, 2019, 12:53:45 PM
Figures delivered. I think these are better than the first lot!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: traveller on April 06, 2019, 12:54:29 PM
Figures delivered. I think these are better than the first lot!

Pictures!!! Please....  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on April 06, 2019, 01:51:02 PM
Figures delivered. I think these are better than the first lot!


 8)

Can't wait to see them.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: FreakyFenton on April 06, 2019, 04:05:40 PM
I think the usual scale of 1/56 would be nice. Could bolster some stuff with Warlord vehicles as well. But just my opinion!  ;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on April 06, 2019, 06:35:21 PM
I picked up a couple of packs a Salute.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 08, 2019, 09:58:04 AM
Still in recovery mode from Salute, which was its usual bonkers madness  :o

We will of course stick with 1/50th scale.

Got the next 8 Marines and the next 4 are finished and others being completed so the sausage machine is turning.

I will put pictures up of the new figures in a few days so enjoy the anticipation.  ;D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Cypher226 on April 08, 2019, 12:31:29 PM
Looking forward to the next packs being available.

If you can say, how many packs of '68 marines are you looking at? Or to put it another way, how many duplicated poses should we expect in a full platoon? Debating whether to bite the bullet when the next set of packs come out and order enough to fill out the platoon, or buy a few packs at a time and work squad by squad?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 09, 2019, 01:32:57 PM
Looking forward to the next packs being available.

If you can say, how many packs of '68 marines are you looking at? Or to put it another way, how many duplicated poses should we expect in a full platoon? Debating whether to bite the bullet when the next set of packs come out and order enough to fill out the platoon, or buy a few packs at a time and work squad by squad?

Got another 16 x M16 , 4 x Bloopers, 4 x M60.

Plus other packs.

Lock and Load. Another sculpt and lots more to come.

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: .:Gunslinger:. on April 09, 2019, 02:52:12 PM
Mighty fine and the range is growing super quickly!  :-*

I'm very tempted to get some of those, they have so much character and cool poses!

What does this imply for your other ranges though? I really hope to see a few more WW2 germans and brits  ;D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 09, 2019, 03:14:17 PM
Mighty fine and the range is growing super quickly!  :-*

I'm very tempted to get some of those, they have so much character and cool poses!

What does this imply for your other ranges though? I really hope to see a few more WW2 germans and brits  ;D

No more Brits due in about a month and more German planned in the months to come. All the equipment for the figures now sculpted across the ranges so no hold ups apart from the usual time constraints etc.

So start buying  lol
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on April 09, 2019, 05:29:34 PM
No more Brits due in about a month and more German planned in the months to come.
Not sure I quite understand.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on April 09, 2019, 05:30:04 PM
I really like that figure. With the new batch there's plenty of options for a platoon. I sense some command / character packs soon?  :D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on April 09, 2019, 05:33:12 PM
Nice figure.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on April 09, 2019, 05:37:01 PM
Not sure I quite understand.

I think it was "no, more Brits due in about a month", as in "no, we're no ignoring WWII, we will be on with more Brits in about a month".
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on April 09, 2019, 05:58:31 PM
I think it was "no, more Brits due in about a month", as in "no, we're no ignoring WWII, we will be on with more Brits in about a month".
Phew!

 Thanks.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Sparrow on April 09, 2019, 06:06:02 PM
There were designated spaces for lots more Nam and LW WW2 in the Empress display cabinet at Salute.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Marine0846 on April 09, 2019, 06:46:06 PM
My Marines came in the mail a few days ago.
Lovely figures.
Really like the new figure posted.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on April 09, 2019, 11:30:57 PM
Got another 16 x M16 , 4 x Bloopers, 4 x M60.

Plus other packs.

Lock and Load. Another sculpt and lots more to come.

I do like that figure. With a twenty round magazine.... Load! Cock, tilt, look.........

Hoping that the full range will bevin the hands of your Australian distributor in the not too distant future. I haven稚 been this excited about a new range in a long while although I do hope it doesn稚 prevent Paul sculpting some more Czechs for Emil.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Cypher226 on April 10, 2019, 08:18:15 AM
Excellent news, on both the USMC and late war Brits  :D

Now, when can we expect some NVA and VC for them to face off against ;D :D ?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 10, 2019, 08:24:37 AM
Excellent news, on both the USMC and late war Brits  :D

Now, when can we expect some NVA and VC for them to face off against ;D :D ?

NEWS UPDATE Just experimenting cloning Paul Hicks. The extra arms super glued onto him over the weekend did not work   :'(  lol

However here is another new Marine;

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: commissarmoody on April 10, 2019, 08:31:02 AM
I do like that figure. With a twenty round magazine.... Load! Cock, tilt, look.........

Hoping that the full range will bevin the hands of your Australian distributor in the not too distant future. I haven稚 been this excited about a new range in a long while although I do hope it doesn稚 prevent Paul sculpting some more Czechs for Emil.
Wait. Who makes/sales WW2 Czechs?
And lovely new Devil Dogs.  lol
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: v_lazy_dragon on April 10, 2019, 08:42:56 AM
Wait. Who makes/sales WW2 Czechs?
PM'd horcata/Bohemia troops link so as not to disrupt thread tooo much :)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: .:Gunslinger:. on April 10, 2019, 09:09:39 AM
It's getting better and better! Very dynamic and great little details! ;D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 10, 2019, 09:26:26 AM
Thanks guys lots more to come in the coming days. One figure per day as that seems to be the way these things are done.  8)

However I fear that actual release will be quicker than we can show the sculpts  lol
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 10, 2019, 04:36:28 PM
And another  ;)

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on April 10, 2019, 07:15:00 PM
The eight I have look great in the metal, the new ones look great.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Cypher226 on April 11, 2019, 08:19:35 AM
Some more great poses! Funnily enough I was watching the Ken Burns Vietnam series last night and think I may have spotted the inspiration for the helmet accoutrements of one figure in one particular scene in Hue - which is good as I couldn't work out from the figure what was going on there! :)

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: tomrommel1 on April 11, 2019, 08:26:48 AM
these are more then tempting! Were would you get the helis like the Bell UH from? Which scale would you use?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Poiter50 on April 11, 2019, 08:38:07 AM
Search on Ebay for Corgi Helicopters, the ones for 28mm are 1/48 scale.

these are more then tempting! Were would you get the helis like the Bell UH from? Which scale would you use?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 11, 2019, 08:43:44 AM
And another.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Paul Hicks on April 11, 2019, 09:03:37 AM
Some more great poses! Funnily enough I was watching the Ken Burns Vietnam series last night and think I may have spotted the inspiration for the helmet accoutrements of one figure in one particular scene in Hue - which is good as I couldn't work out from the figure what was going on there! :)

Bingo! Been pausing that episode a lot.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 11, 2019, 10:11:05 AM
Funny enough I was just watching the 1970 - 73 episode last night (2nd time) very political but incredibly interesting. Great documentary. Second only to his one on the ACW.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on April 11, 2019, 10:20:35 AM
these are more then tempting! Were would you get the helis like the Bell UH from? Which scale would you use?

Well for the marines, at least of this era you really want a CH-46 Seaknight. Luckily for you New Ray make one in 1/55. You値l have to repaint it but it痴 a decent toy. The marines did use the UH-1 E as a gunship and a C&C and general duties bird. It痴 essentially an aluminium version of the UH-1B and C. Revell make the gunship in 1/48, Hobby Boss make the slick version of the UH-1C in the same scale. It痴 a cheap option and a easy-build kit.

If you want earlier helos for when Empress do early war marines both Revell and Italeri make CH-34s as dies Academy IIRC. Academy also make the CH-46 but it ain稚 cheap or a quick knock together kit. Best off going with the New Ray toy.

Back on track, those poses keep getting better and better. I love this range.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 11, 2019, 10:28:15 AM
WOW great information on Choppers  lol Very useful.

We plan to do crew etc for them in a future section of the range - Air Cav.

Thanks for the supportive comments as well very much appreciated.  :-*
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: traveller on April 11, 2019, 11:12:52 AM
This is just getting better and better  :-* :-* :-*

Will you also offer platoon deals?

Otherwise I could see myself subscribing to all new Vietnam releases. Back in the Dark ages Guernsey Foundry had such a scheme when Copplestone did all the Darkest Africa miniatures.... just a thought...(I still have a hundred or so unpainted models from those days  :D )
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Suetonius Paullinus on April 11, 2019, 11:16:39 AM
Ooorah!

(https://i.ibb.co/pxdRvx5/DDEEBA61-87-F8-4855-A5-D2-30-FC2-D09070-F.jpg) (https://ibb.co/JKHyRKg)
(https://i.ibb.co/wY6hdkL/BFA42768-EDB7-4301-AA24-BB28-B8534527.jpg) (https://ibb.co/b7d5603)

My first attempt but I致e done some more already. I値l open a new thread for my Nam project later and update it as and when.
Lovely figures 😎

Cheers

Andy
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Keith on April 11, 2019, 12:16:08 PM
Love it! Great work on him  :-*
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on April 11, 2019, 12:21:50 PM
Great work Andy. :-*

Are you going to do a painting guide with colour references?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: traveller on April 11, 2019, 12:27:00 PM
Great work Andy. :-*

Are you going to do a painting guide with colour references?

second that, I would really like to have the recipe. He look like the real thing  :-*
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Paul Hicks on April 11, 2019, 12:37:07 PM
Great work Andy! Love to see the sculpts brought to life.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Suetonius Paullinus on April 11, 2019, 01:13:00 PM
Thanks all!
Love the sculpts, they really paint themselves.
I値l do a little tutorial for them later. It is fairly simple to get them look this way.

(https://i.ibb.co/GHyNK1P/ED0-EE72-C-08-CF-4588-8716-2983-EB129131.jpg) (https://ibb.co/Y0mwzKj)

Cheers

Andy
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 11, 2019, 03:53:26 PM
Lovely work  :-*
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on April 11, 2019, 04:36:24 PM
Really liking those paint jobs. A tutorial would be much appreciated, even though I'm not going to be able to match your quality!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Cypher226 on April 11, 2019, 06:08:44 PM
Fantastic paintwork. I said it on fb and I'll say it again here   :D

Can't wait to start painting my first squad tomorrow night!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on April 11, 2019, 06:23:35 PM
Nice figures again.

Nice paint job SP, I look forward to your thread.

Interesting about the choppers.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on April 11, 2019, 06:27:09 PM
Are you going to do a painting guide with colour references?
That would be helpful.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 12, 2019, 08:54:32 AM
Time for another sculpt preview.  ;)

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: .:Gunslinger:. on April 12, 2019, 09:03:23 AM
Excellent again! The details like the ripped cloth cover on the helmet are so good!

I must say also that I really love the daily picture of a new mini! Really gets the excitement going  :-* :-*
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on April 12, 2019, 09:23:46 AM
The only thing that I don't like about this range is the way that the packs are put together.

From the scenarios in Force on Force book "Ambush Valley", it looks like a typical unit is a lot of men with M16, plus one M60 GPMG and one with M79.

However, NAM 3 has 3 x M60 and NAM 4 is 4 x M79 grenade launchers.
I only need one or two of each. A mixed weapons pack would be more convenient.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 12, 2019, 10:10:23 AM
The only thing that I don't like about this range is the way that the packs are put together.

From the scenarios in Force on Force book "Ambush Valley", it looks like a typical unit is a lot of men with M16, plus one M60 GPMG and one with M79.

However, NAM 3 has 3 x M60 and NAM 4 is 4 x M79 grenade launchers.
I only need one or two of each. A mixed weapons pack would be more convenient.

With WW2 and Nam we looked at the conflict and decided that doing the packs by weapon instead of fire teams enabled gamers to pick what they want. Few rules systems seem to adopt the same stats for units and we have had issues in other ranges, eg moderns, and SCW where rules sets demand huge numbers of a certain weapons, way above any historic evidence. This way the gamer just buys what he wants. He can discard a few of the figures but to be honest if you look at actual battle pictures its very common to see blooper teams or multiple M60's in action. Especially in Hue.

Also some gamers like to use certain weapons such as MG's set up in action and separate figures moving.

Currently under production will be another 16 M16 sculpts plus 4 more bloopers and 4 more M60 's.

There will then be officers, RTO, specialist weapons, LAWS, personalities etc. When the Marines are finished it will balance pretty well.

Empress's aim has always to give gamers as much choice as we can so that their units look realistic we believe that this way of doing things achieves that. Plus we had a few customers on here especially ask us to do it so we had no option  lol

 
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: .:Gunslinger:. on April 12, 2019, 10:15:24 AM
Totally agree with that! I also like to have many different poses on.special weapons to avoid duplicates if I build a larger group.

Also these poses are often varied and it is nice to have a variety of poses to build little scenes (for LPL entries or blog posts).
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Antonio J Carrasco on April 12, 2019, 12:16:45 PM
Agreed with Empress. I ordered 1 pack each M79s and M60s; with that I will have enough for a couple of platoons. Also, the spares come handy to depict scenarios where you want a reinforced platoon, or perhaps a firebase under attack, ecc. Better to have more than less
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on April 12, 2019, 12:25:38 PM
I personally also like availability by weapon. The variation in rule organisation, etc makes it difficult to keep everyone happy otherwise.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on April 12, 2019, 02:14:03 PM
Multiple poses are good. It also means not having to buy the same pack multiple times for just one figure (mumble mumble early war, late war....).
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on April 13, 2019, 12:29:07 AM
I don稚 mind the weapons packs. There were, at TO&E paper strength, 3X M-79s in a USMC rifle platoon. Strictly speaking, there were no M-60s, these were attached from the company weapons platoon which held six, although, typically, they were parcelled out by pairs to each rifle platoon, two guns and crews to each of the three platoons.

If you want to field a full, TO&E, marine rifle platoon plus guns you are looking at around 55 figures by the time you add in the attached gun crews. With that in mind, having one extra M-79 and one extra M-60 hardly seems a great impost does it?

Having chaps firing LAWs/ SRAAWs is nice but I still think you would do well to sell an accessories pack or two with LAWS, extra water bottles, claymore bags and the like. Then folk can individualise the figures even further. No biggy if you don稚. There are existing sources for those of us that like doing conversions/ customisations.

Like the latest figure but one point, can we have less helmets with foliage bands? Photos of Hue and elsewhere do show them of course but typically, the Marines didn稚 use them, another distinction vis a vis the US Army.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Suetonius Paullinus on April 13, 2019, 07:26:13 AM
I quite enjoy the foliage bands as they look so typical for Vietnam.
But indeed in many pictures taken during the battle of Hue are marines without them. I definitely would like a set or two of separate heads so one can customise. Pretty please  :)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Paul Hicks on April 13, 2019, 07:47:36 AM
I quite enjoy the foliage bands as they look so typical for Vietnam.
But indeed in many pictures taken during the battle of Hue are marines without them. I definitely would like a set or two of separate heads so one can customise. Pretty please  :)

On it;) but not the separate heads.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Suetonius Paullinus on April 13, 2019, 08:46:23 AM
Attaboy!
 8)
But pleeeeeaaaase do separate heads as well. Just a few bare ones, generic covered helmets and boonie hats... :-*
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 14, 2019, 11:34:54 AM
Time for another sculpt.

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: huevans on April 14, 2019, 01:37:02 PM
I quite enjoy the foliage bands as they look so typical for Vietnam.
But indeed in many pictures taken during the battle of Hue are marines without them. I definitely would like a set or two of separate heads so one can customise. Pretty please  :)

I just assumed these sculpts were generic "grunts". Is there anything about them that makes them unauthentic for US Army?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on April 14, 2019, 01:49:22 PM
Someone more knowledgeable might correct me but IIRC, fragmentation vests and respirator cases are associated with the USMC in Hue.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Suetonius Paullinus on April 14, 2019, 01:49:58 PM
I知 not aware of army units wearing the M-1955 flak vest.
They had the M-1969 vest with the stand up collar later but I知 not sure army units would have been issued body armour as standard at this stage.
But I知 sure there are more qualified people here to answer your question  ;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on April 14, 2019, 04:12:58 PM
On the subject of respirators, will there be heads with respirators? Osprey's Campaign 4 mentions the use of CS grenades during Hue and hence the requirement to be wearing the masks.

Of course YMMV.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on April 14, 2019, 05:01:40 PM
Someone more knowledgeable might correct me but IIRC, fragmentation vests and respirator cases are associated with the USMC in Hue.

They are but only in the sense that they are associated with the marines, whose use of body army was widespread, near universal, for the whole war. There were instances of the marines not using body armour but for the most part they wore it, even in the face of the higher risk of heat casualties.

The army didn稚 wear the M-1955 vest for the simple reason that it was a USMC specific item. They did wear the not dissimilar M-1952 but far less frequently than the marines.

Respirator cases as a standard item seems less common from photographic evidence. That said the case could be used for carrying other kit, in the same way as used claymore bags could. As an aside I have an old claymore bag I used to use as a man bag.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: traveller on April 14, 2019, 05:10:39 PM
Just thinking about when Paul will start on the VC.....I understand they used armbands to identify themselves to the civilians of Hue. It would be great if you could sculpt these so that we don稚 need to attach them, it is really fiddly work  ;)....

(https://i.postimg.cc/9MJ6qD4m/245-F11-E0-1922-4-FA5-9556-8911-D1-D32-F5-E.png) (https://postimg.cc/47HLDNbq)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on April 14, 2019, 05:15:11 PM
They are but only in the sense that they are associated with the marines, whose use of body army was widespread, near universal, for the whole war. There were instances of the marines not using body armour but for the most part they wore it, even in the face of the higher risk of heat casualties.

The army didn稚 wear the M-1955 vest for the simple reason that it was a USMC specific item. They did wear the not dissimilar M-1952 but far less frequently than the marines.

Respirator cases as a standard item seems less common from photographic evidence. That said the case could be used for carrying other kit, in the same way as used claymore bags could. As an aside I have an old claymore bag I used to use as a man bag.

Thanks Carlos, for the correction/clarification and extra info 
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on April 14, 2019, 11:35:24 PM
Just thinking about when Paul will start on the VC.....I understand they used armbands to identify themselves to the civilians of Hue. It would be great if you could sculpt these so that we don稚 need to attach them, it is really fiddly work  ;)....

(https://i.postimg.cc/9MJ6qD4m/245-F11-E0-1922-4-FA5-9556-8911-D1-D32-F5-E.png) (https://postimg.cc/47HLDNbq)

Most seem to have used small coloured cloth strips pinned or sewn to their upper sleeve. The Catherine Leroy photos in Life Magazine bear this out. Three twists of greenstuff, three fine bits of lead foil or just paint. Bing, bang, bosh!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 15, 2019, 01:40:25 PM
To answer a few questions and no doubt miss some. :?

The NVA used coloured ribbons as Carlos says. In the scene in Full Metal Jacket there is a NVA corpse in a chair. If you look at his shoulder he has the ribbons stitched on.

Gas masks. The CS Gas was initially used in an unplanned way as a Marine officer found a CS gas mortar in a crate and thought it would be useful in house clearance. When he asked the assembled Marines if they had their gas masks only a few said yes. However it worked and they developed the usage. We thought about a simple head sprue of Gas mask heads. Saves on painting faces  lol

Helmet head bands were against Marine regs however there a lot of pictures of Marines with them on. The next sculpted batch will be without to balance the ratio....... however they do look cool.

Figure of the day;


 
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Paratrooper 42 on April 15, 2019, 02:10:40 PM
Brilliant range of figures!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: traveller on April 15, 2019, 02:27:54 PM
Thanks for the clarifications. Bing, bang, bosh, I like that  :D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on April 15, 2019, 02:33:10 PM
Thanks for the clarifications. Bing, bang, bosh, I like that  :D

I agree completely
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Marine0846 on April 15, 2019, 02:45:50 PM
In the early 1970's we had headbands for our helmets.
In fact in 1972 I found a black one inch rubber band
that I wore for about a year.
No one told me not to wear it.
In fact a number of officers wanted one.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on April 15, 2019, 07:24:35 PM
Yes, thanks for the clarification.

Head sprues will be useful.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Suetonius Paullinus on April 16, 2019, 08:08:27 AM
I second the need for head sprues  :)
Bare, helmets, boonie hats.
Please!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Paul Hicks on April 16, 2019, 08:46:06 AM
I second the need for head sprues  :)
Bare, helmets, boonie hats.
Please!

You would;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 16, 2019, 08:50:33 AM
And another  ;D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 16, 2019, 12:15:45 PM
Some 'action' pictures.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Lord Raglan on April 16, 2019, 12:37:25 PM
Very cool
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on April 16, 2019, 01:22:29 PM
Please can we have some more pictures of the buildings - they look very good and I want to make some. ;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on April 16, 2019, 02:02:53 PM
Great photos.

I was just wondering if there are there any plans for a huey crew? A pilot, co-pilot, crew chief and gunner would be good for scenarios and tabletop flavour.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Marine0846 on April 16, 2019, 02:18:35 PM
Excellent photos.
Love the new figures.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on April 16, 2019, 03:02:40 PM
Excellent photos.
Love the new figures.
Yes!

Are the buildings off the shelf, bespoke or a future range?

Are the fences Renedra?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 16, 2019, 03:16:17 PM
The fences are Empress.

One of the buildings is  sarissa but heavily changed. The rest are scratch built. I had planned to do a range in resin for French Indo China but never did. They would be in resin not MDF though.

Yes plans for Chopper crews. Probably when we get to Air Cav.

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on April 16, 2019, 03:26:34 PM
Yes, that would make sense to include the helo crew in the air cav releases.

Thanks for the reply.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 16, 2019, 03:32:41 PM
Please can we have some more pictures of the buildings - they look very good and I want to make some. ;)

some pictures of a game taken a few years ago that include the buildings plus others. 

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on April 16, 2019, 03:45:56 PM
Thanks for the info.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on April 16, 2019, 06:30:42 PM
Thank-you for the pictures
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Suetonius Paullinus on April 16, 2019, 08:47:07 PM
Chopper crew would be fantastic!
But do we get actual choppers as well or do we need to source them independently? 1/48 scale models?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Cypher226 on April 16, 2019, 09:30:04 PM
 looking excellent. Great pics
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Suetonius Paullinus on April 17, 2019, 12:50:55 AM
I think I found a ride for my Marines

(https://i.ibb.co/9YsRpYk/9-FE01-FAB-43-BB-4161-A17-B-4-B4-DF3-BC4-EFF.jpg) (https://ibb.co/886Fm8L)




Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: commissarmoody on April 17, 2019, 05:47:24 AM
I think I found a ride for my Marines

(https://i.ibb.co/9YsRpYk/9-FE01-FAB-43-BB-4161-A17-B-4-B4-DF3-BC4-EFF.jpg) (https://ibb.co/886Fm8L)
good kit, I have 3 of them.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on April 17, 2019, 07:35:34 AM
I think I found a ride for my Marines

(https://i.ibb.co/9YsRpYk/9-FE01-FAB-43-BB-4161-A17-B-4-B4-DF3-BC4-EFF.jpg) (https://ibb.co/886Fm8L)
Is that really trying to side lift a Mercury capsule?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on April 17, 2019, 08:32:28 AM
No, it痴 trying to drown Gus Grissom.  :)

H-34s were indeed what they used for recovering the Mercury capsules. The capsule was at the absolute limit of lift capacity, so when Grissom痴 capsule started filling with water it all nearly ended in tears.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 17, 2019, 10:19:02 AM
 lol
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: DaveL on April 17, 2019, 04:28:46 PM
I agree that separate heads would be an advantage and allow you to "customise" the figures
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Suetonius Paullinus on April 17, 2019, 06:33:43 PM
I agree that separate heads would be an advantage and allow you to "customise" the figures

Hear hear  :D

As bare headed alternatives the Spanish Civil War Range has some pretty good ones.
A bit hippy but that痴 1968 for ya!

(https://i.ibb.co/55HNc2f/2-FD28437-54-E9-4987-9-C27-7-A7-CEC05-C77-F.jpg) (https://imgbb.com/)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 18, 2019, 08:32:31 AM
Well the next 16 figures are nearly finished so that's a total of 40 figures in the range so far. Time for some specials after these.  ;)

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Suetonius Paullinus on April 18, 2019, 08:37:55 AM
A command pack please  8)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on April 18, 2019, 08:52:10 AM
Command pack would be good.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on April 18, 2019, 10:55:45 AM
Will these figures be available at the shows?

I will visit Carronade in Falkirk on 11th May.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on April 18, 2019, 11:10:13 AM
Well the next 16 figures are nearly finished so that's a total of 40 figures in the range so far. Time for some specials after these.  ;)

Well I have my TO&E drawn up (platoon plus two M60 crews) and am filling in the slots .... definitely need more riflemen and more M60 support crew plus the command bits  :D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Paul Hicks on April 18, 2019, 11:32:23 AM
Well I have my TO&E drawn up (platoon plus two M60 crews) and am filling in the slots .... definitely need more riflemen and more M60 support crew plus the command bits  :D

I have a feeling you will be happy.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on April 18, 2019, 11:33:04 AM
I have a feeling you will be happy.

 :D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 18, 2019, 12:17:01 PM
Very. ;)

Well we are anyway. I am particularly  lol

Huge thanks to those who have supported the range so far. Never seen any Empress Miniatures range go so huge so quickly.  :-*

Cheers, Paul

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on April 18, 2019, 12:34:25 PM
 :D

Regarding the pack composition that was debated earlier, my own take on is that it works. Of the 16 figures I have received, 14 have made it into my platoon: one M60 gunner was surplus and as I don稚 use prone minis he痴 gone off to a friend who does, while I致e kept back a blooper to convert or for parts.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on April 18, 2019, 01:25:18 PM
Very. ;)

Well we are anyway. I am particularly  lol

Huge thanks to those who have supported the range so far. Never seen any Empress Miniatures range go so huge so quickly.  :-*

Cheers, Paul

Never seen your Australian distributor stock a new range so quickly, so I sense that this will be a very popular range, which on the basis of the sculpts so far, it richly deserves to be.

Funnily enough, had I held off and waited for Elite to stock them rather than arranging a pick up at Salute, I would have had them in my hands earlier.  lol
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 18, 2019, 01:31:27 PM
Never seen your Australian distributor stock a new range so quickly, so I sense that this will be a very popular range, which on the basis of the sculpts so far, it richly deserves to be.

Funnily enough, had I held off and waited for Elite to stock them rather than arranging a pick up at Salute, I would have had them in my hands earlier.  lol

That's funny I wondered if you had got them yet  :?

The sad thing is that we were pretty slow in sending him the stock as we just got slammed for the stuff. Some of our international distributors got let down with short orders, which is so embarrassing. However we just stocked up .......and I have had to start another order immediately. Oh well its a good problem to have and will certainly help support the range. Paul is buried in research from me bless him. Especially on getting the personalities right which is always a concern.  ;D


Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Suetonius Paullinus on April 18, 2019, 04:24:55 PM
Can稚 wait to see the personalities. Judging by the Steiner figure set we should be in for a real treat  :-*
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 18, 2019, 07:01:40 PM
Can稚 wait to see the personalities. Judging by the Steiner figure set we should be in for a real treat  :-*

Oh they will be.  ;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 19, 2019, 09:21:05 AM
Time for a couple of the new sculpts.

This time an M60 team on the move.

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: M Blakey on April 19, 2019, 09:46:21 AM
I cant take it much longer. No new projects!  lol beautiful sculpts
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Sparrow on April 19, 2019, 10:24:37 AM
Lovely touch with the Thompson - very 滴ue! Gives a really individualistic feel to the figures!

Keep 粗m coming please! My wallet can take it..... honest!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Juan on April 19, 2019, 10:37:33 AM
These are very nice figures!!!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on April 19, 2019, 11:23:39 AM
Very nice sculpts.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Cypher226 on April 19, 2019, 12:02:57 PM
Bags of character. Can't wait to see what he does with the command types!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on April 19, 2019, 01:54:30 PM
Cracking stuff. Bit of a bugger though, I hadn稚 really planned on two platoons worth of gyrenes.  :)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Marine0846 on April 19, 2019, 05:31:43 PM
Some great new figures.
Looking forward to seeing the command guys.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Suetonius Paullinus on April 19, 2019, 08:59:14 PM
Gosh..the advancing M60 team is soo cool  :-*
I.Can稚. Wait.

Cheers

Andy
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 20, 2019, 10:26:38 AM
Thanks for the encouragement chaps. This batch will have less helmet bands and a bit more campaign to balance the ratios.

We will have more M60's and Bloopers in this batch to add variety. Its an Empress thing that we like to offer variations to the customer as a lot of ours buy them for model making and simply collecting. Its a detail thing.

Plus we like nice toys here  ;)

So best show a new sculpt today then; Difficult to choose but lets go with this guy;

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 20, 2019, 10:30:38 AM
I cant take it much longer. No new projects!  lol beautiful sculpts

Don't fight the urge  lol
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: funky on April 20, 2019, 11:14:20 AM
WOW
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on April 20, 2019, 11:47:29 AM
That's a belter.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on April 20, 2019, 12:19:14 PM
Hmmm. My memory might be failing but I知 pretty sure you can稚 break open an M-79 to that extent, unless you are disassembling it. The foregrip wouldn稚 be able to get past the receiver. Nice sculpt but Paul might want to throttle back on the angle. Otherwise another lovely bit of work.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 20, 2019, 12:33:54 PM
Hmmm. My memory might be failing but I知 pretty sure you can稚 break open an M-79 to that extent, unless you are disassembling it. The foregrip wouldn稚 be able to get past the receiver. Nice sculpt but Paul might want to throttle back on the angle. Otherwise another lovely bit of work.


You are correct sir which is why I have dropped the picture off. We will change the figure easily but unfortunatly we have had a number of sock puppet issues on our FB from a certain quarter and its detracting from the pleasure of releasing the range so do not wish to gift certain pathetic individuals who seem to lack professional standards an opportunity to make pathetic comments.  :?

As said we will change this chap and I will put anothe figure from the stack we have to show later  8)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: .:Gunslinger:. on April 20, 2019, 02:24:45 PM
Fantastuc miniatures once again! Really love the character of these miniatures and their gritty look!

Also good that the Community helps with insights regarding gear and equipment! Keep on going this really is a great range!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Sparrow on April 20, 2019, 02:35:20 PM

You are correct sir which is why I have dropped the picture off. We will change the figure easily but unfortunatly we have had a number of sock puppet issues on our FB from a certain quarter and its detracting from the pleasure of releasing the range so do not wish to gift certain pathetic individuals who seem to lack professional standards an opportunity to make pathetic comments.  :?

As said we will change this chap and I will put anothe figure from the stack we have to show later  8)

Ignore the idiots - it痴 very clear to most of us you are bringing the long awaited 鍍ouchstone Vietnam range to market - keep going. The ars*hole sock puppets making such stupid comments clearly have their own sad little agenda. Ignore them. This range is simply amazing - pat yourself on the back and keep bringing them out - we値l keep buying! Thanks for all you池e doing!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on April 20, 2019, 02:47:47 PM
Indeed, this really looks like being the benchmark range. I feel I miss nothing by having no social media presence save for a great deal more aggravation than I need.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Sparrow on April 20, 2019, 03:18:30 PM
Indeed, this really looks like being the benchmark range. I feel I miss nothing by having no social media presence save for a great deal more aggravation than I need.

Very much agreed!  ;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: commissarmoody on April 20, 2019, 05:08:56 PM
The pros of the internet is that every one gets to have their say. And this is also the biggest con of the internet. Try not to sweat the critics, your doing a great job with this range.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Paul Hicks on April 21, 2019, 09:31:06 AM
Hmmm. My memory might be failing but I知 pretty sure you can稚 break open an M-79 to that extent, unless you are disassembling it. The foregrip wouldn稚 be able to get past the receiver. Nice sculpt but Paul might want to throttle back on the angle. Otherwise another lovely bit of work.

Thanks for the heads up! Actually would have been easier to sculpt at the 45 degree than what I went for. I just thought it looked more dynamic!:). Thank you all for the positive comments. Planning to rectify the figure today.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on April 21, 2019, 09:56:34 AM
Cracking stuff. Bit of a bugger though, I hadn稚 really planned on two platoons worth of gyrenes.  :)

I find myself in the same situation  >:D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 21, 2019, 11:01:47 AM
Indeed, this really looks like being the benchmark range. I feel I miss nothing by having no social media presence save for a great deal more aggravation than I need.

Thanks Carlos. The support means a lot to the team. Its not the guys on here who have all been super supportive its the fact that its trade links acting openly as sock puppets that pretty sad. Oh well you think you know someone but then the truth will out.

Thanks also to Sparrow and Commissarmoody for all of their support over the years.

 
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 21, 2019, 11:03:05 AM
So time for another picture of an impending release.



Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on April 21, 2019, 11:37:03 AM
Nice. I can hear him shouting "Pull!" ^__^.

I suppose using an M576 round would be cheating.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/M576_40mm_grenade (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/M576_40mm_grenade)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on April 21, 2019, 12:38:53 PM
This is both a general and a specific range question.

What have they got tucked into the bands round their helmets?

My guess (from minimal research) is a radio of some sort, flask,  cigarettes, or a wound dressing (or combinations of the above).

Also, to add to the wishlist, please can we have some spare helmets as well as the separate heads? First for when converting to a bare headed figure, and second for adding to vehicles. Thanks.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: .:Gunslinger:. on April 21, 2019, 12:57:00 PM
Very cool pose once again! I really like the little ammo pouches everywhere as well!

What also would be great would be slightly wounded guys (bandaged heads, arms etc.) and medics (this would also be really really lovely for the WW2 ranges)!

Really looking forward to the next releases to finally place an order  o_o lol
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Marine0846 on April 21, 2019, 06:20:38 PM
Really like the new M-79 guy.

@Ultravanillasmurt

What was carried in the helmet bands?

Cigarettes, bug juice, gun lube,P-38s (Small can opener).
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on April 21, 2019, 07:01:41 PM
@Marine0846: Thanks.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Lord Raglan on April 21, 2019, 08:09:55 PM
Some of the best 28mm Nam miniatures I have seen  :-*
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Paul Hicks on April 21, 2019, 11:40:44 PM
Thanks for the heads up! Actually would have been easier to sculpt at the 45 degree than what I went for. I just thought it looked more dynamic!:). Thank you all for the positive comments. Planning to rectify the figure today.

All sorted;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ash on April 22, 2019, 09:15:17 AM
Great job on sculpting those 40mm bandoliers
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 22, 2019, 10:06:12 AM
And here is the changed figure.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: .:Gunslinger:. on April 22, 2019, 10:17:41 AM
Looks spot on now! Great pose!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on April 22, 2019, 10:33:08 AM
Perfect!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ash on April 22, 2019, 12:22:25 PM
Perfect!

Seconded; looks spot on. Well played.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on April 22, 2019, 01:20:04 PM
That was a very quick rework and it looks great.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 22, 2019, 04:05:53 PM
Thanks guys and well done to Mr Hicks.  :-*
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on April 22, 2019, 05:45:30 PM
Thanks guys and well done to Mr Hicks.  :-*

Absolutely, that's quick work and a great figure.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Juan on April 22, 2019, 07:24:34 PM
Fantastic figure now!!! This second batch is really tempting.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: mrcleh on April 22, 2019, 07:49:33 PM
Just chiming in to say that I absolutely love what Mr. Hicks and you are doing with this range! Can稚 wait to see more. ;)

And can稚 wait to see the miniatures in the flesh, I just placed an order. :D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on April 22, 2019, 08:07:29 PM
Nice figure.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: bergschotten on April 22, 2019, 10:26:26 PM
That is a super figure-it really captures a moment.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 23, 2019, 08:35:42 AM
Thanks guys. Lots more new figures to show and we have just started the first personality.

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 23, 2019, 11:39:52 AM
Semper Fi.

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on April 23, 2019, 11:53:30 AM
Thanks guys. Lots more new figures to show and we have just started the first personality.

Marines have personalities? Who knew? I thought they beat it out of them at Parris Island.  :)

Latest figure is another cracker. Finally worked out what I am going to do with all the duplicates. Paint them in ERDL camo to mix with the rest for late 1968 and beyond.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Juan on April 23, 2019, 12:04:05 PM
Finally, I am in!!!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 23, 2019, 01:10:24 PM
Finally, I am in!!!

Excellent. You will not regret it dear sir.

Empress currently have about another 13 figures sculpted we have not shown, but will. I have also seen the first personality which is nearly finished and to die for. USMC will continue rolling off the production line and will be joined in about a month or so by civilians for both town and country and almost immediately by armed civilians....Vietcong. Then either NVA or ARVN and of course vehicles. You can of course wait but to be honest if you are waiting for a finish to this range it will be a VERY long time coming.  lol

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: jasper on April 23, 2019, 05:14:01 PM
Those look great...

How many USMC figure packs will you have in total? I saw 4 packs on the website.

Oh man, i have 10mm and 20mm Nam, but I feel a third scale coming in.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on April 23, 2019, 06:16:00 PM
It is good to know there is a plan, and a long term one at that ^__^.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Paul Hicks on April 23, 2019, 07:07:45 PM
Those look great...

How many USMC figure packs will you have in total? I saw 4 packs on the website.

Oh man, i have 10mm and 20mm Nam, but I feel a third scale coming in.

I have delivered a further 24 USMC for Empress. They are in the moulding process. That will be an initial 10 packs to start with. 6 M16 and 2 each of Blooper and M60s.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Smillie on April 23, 2019, 07:58:20 PM
Cracking looking figures.....I feel a new period coming on.  ::)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Storm Wolf on April 23, 2019, 08:02:11 PM
Not my period but fantastic none-the-less :-*

But looking at your range, I can't but help think that you need an awfully big marine called Camouflage :o

If you know the song I'm refering too, again lovely stuff

Glen
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: serran on April 23, 2019, 09:03:03 PM
And he needs to be wielding a palm tree.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on April 23, 2019, 10:20:33 PM
Any clues on the character figures? There's no shortage of inspiration.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Storm Wolf on April 23, 2019, 10:23:45 PM
And he needs to be wielding a palm tree.

Swatting those Charlie's with it! 👍

Glen
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ash on April 23, 2019, 10:35:11 PM
Swatting those Charlie's with it! 👍

Glen

Things are never quite the way they seem...
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 24, 2019, 08:42:01 AM
Todays Marine is  ;D

 
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 24, 2019, 08:47:10 AM
Also they have released the first taster for a new film coming out on Long Tan. Called Danger Close, obviously copied from our rule set don't you know  lol

Looks good with some excellent attention to detail such as the rubber plantation and the small huts. It will be interesting to see how they cope with in the film with the incredibly heavy rain experienced during the battle.

Also have M16's mixed in with the SLR's plus an Owen SMG which is authentic. Excellent and we have them all made for our ANZAC range coming out in time for the films release if not earlier.  Currently deep in research for this range.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?fbclid=IwAR2eZzKxTWcljl7x-SPmiqkIVAUsBHCYuN-XnMNFyM1eASDrnuc1aPQH6RA&v=AyUqZLwOo2Y&app=desktop
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: .:Gunslinger:. on April 24, 2019, 09:16:27 AM
Todays Marine is  ;D

He aint messin about! Even git a hole in his trousers  :D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on April 24, 2019, 09:42:05 AM
Also they have released the first taster for a new film coming out on Long Tan. Called Danger Close, obviously copied from our rule set don't you know  lol

Looks good with some excellent attention to detail such as the rubber plantation and the small huts. It will be interesting to see how they cope with in the film with the incredibly heavy rain experienced during the battle.

Also have M16's mixed in with the SLR's plus an Owen SMG which is authentic. Excellent and we have them all made for our ANZAC range coming out in time for the films release if not earlier.  Currently deep in research for this range.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?fbclid=IwAR2eZzKxTWcljl7x-SPmiqkIVAUsBHCYuN-XnMNFyM1eASDrnuc1aPQH6RA&v=AyUqZLwOo2Y&app=desktop

Mind if I send you a PM on the topic of research ? It痴 a subject close to my heart. I know you will do the best job available, sadly those that have started Australian ranges in the past have buggered things up.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 24, 2019, 10:30:24 AM
Yes please. ;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on April 24, 2019, 12:21:42 PM
I値l collect my thoughts and pen you a missive.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 24, 2019, 12:51:48 PM
Best in e mail.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Suetonius Paullinus on April 25, 2019, 08:55:37 PM
I only got three more figures to paint gentlemen and am in need of reinforcements  :D
The next batch looks delicious and I can稚 wait to get my grubby mittens on them. Tell me when!!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 26, 2019, 08:45:37 AM
On there way never fear. Slight delay caused by Easter holidays and sickness but all coming through the never ending production process  ;)

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 26, 2019, 08:55:26 AM
In order to take stock of exactly where we are, mainly because I now have so many sculpts going through the system I have got slightly lost so here is what we have on the latest batch so far.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 26, 2019, 08:57:29 AM
More of the current batch shown so far.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 26, 2019, 09:06:32 AM
So to clarify there will be a release in a couple of weeks  of 24 figures with more coming through at the moment.

Another new sculpt for you to review.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on April 26, 2019, 09:12:11 AM
Exciting
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: traveller on April 26, 2019, 09:17:56 AM
Sweet  :-* :-* :-*

Any chance you will sell separate weapons (M16, M60, M79))?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on April 26, 2019, 09:18:11 AM
Fabulous stuff.  :-* Rush consignment to Elite Australia please!

Picking up my first lot tomorrow.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 26, 2019, 09:24:30 AM
You will finally get them  lol

Any issues give us a shout on [email protected] We export packed them but its been a long time  ;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: .:Gunslinger:. on April 26, 2019, 09:33:51 AM
Absolutely brilliant! These have so much character...the guy wih the Thompson is so cool!

Spar weapons, helmets and kit would be really cool to put on vehicles or dioramas etc.

Really exciting! :-*
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Splod on April 26, 2019, 09:46:07 AM
Fabulous stuff.  :-* Rush consignment to Elite Australia please!

Picking up my first lot tomorrow.

The lads at Elite are fantastic! I live close enough that they walk it to my mailbox from the store ;)

In discussions now with the Minister for War and Finance to acquire funding approval for a new period.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 26, 2019, 10:02:08 AM
Nathan at Elite is a great guy. Empress are proud he is on our team.

Carlos's figures went a different route though  ;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Splod on April 26, 2019, 12:01:37 PM
I am so disappointed to hear that; here I was thinking I'd stumbled upon another gamer in my vicinity!  :(

Ah well. Back to the drawing board while I wait for Paul to sculpt some OpFor to occupy the USMC.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on April 26, 2019, 12:16:10 PM
You will finally get them  lol

Any issues give us a shout on [email protected] We export packed them but its been a long time  ;)

Via Yorkshire and no doubt a few places in between as it happens. The way we went to Beachy Head by way of John o Groats. :D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 26, 2019, 01:09:59 PM
Their Marines they should travel, its their job lol
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on April 26, 2019, 08:16:48 PM
Their Marines they should travel, its their job lol

From The Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of er... Scarborough? Ey up!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Westfalia Chris on April 26, 2019, 08:44:45 PM
From The Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of er... Scarborough? Ey up!

Mind, if they take a wrong turn at Doncaster, they could end up in Hull...
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on April 27, 2019, 11:20:54 AM
Arrived today. Very happy, even nicer in the hand, can稚 wait to to put brush to figures. Serendipitously, I just discovered what seems to be the ideal base coat for them.  Vallejo Panzer Aces Splinter Strips. (348).

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: jasper on April 27, 2019, 12:19:46 PM
Oh no... I ordered the first 4 packs and could not resist the waterbuffelo's aslo.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Oldboy on April 27, 2019, 05:53:01 PM
So I'm being good. Going to be more restrained with my buying. Just purchased some Empress Zulu war as part of a new project. But this bloody thread just eats away. I have an idea. I happen to have the Giants in miniature Platoon figures. I will paint them up and all that olive drab will surely put me off. Just finished the two figures. Very pleased.
All four packs ordered as I knew I would. Sigh.
Two notes:- the Giants in miniature figure from Apocalypse Now is really a giant and if you haven't considered it the Games Workshop app is brilliant even if you don't use the paint's although they are very good for Vietnam type colours.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Oldboy on April 27, 2019, 06:57:49 PM
Sorry me again. So here it is rather old, painted forever but never played. Can anyone recommend solo rules I have been looking at the new FNG and Charlie Don't Surf. Bearing in mind I'm am an empress junkie so what best suits.
Help appreciated
Frank
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Sparrow on April 28, 2019, 05:09:03 AM
Sorry me again. So here it is rather old, painted forever but never played. Can anyone recommend solo rules I have been looking at the new FNG and Charlie Don't Surf. Bearing in mind I'm am an empress junkie so what best suits.
Help appreciated
Frank

What size game are you looking for (eg how many 鍍oys on the table)? No expert on rules for Nam but have tried test games over the last 12 months with Force on Force (aka Ambush Alley), Danger Close and the unofficial Nam adaptation for Chain of Command and all gave fun (but different) games. Perhaps we need a Nam Rules thread?

Cheers

Ian

(PS like you I知 an Empress junkie - currently working through their Viet Minh - wonderful figures. Once these are done it痴 forward 15 years to the USMC. Can杯 wait to see what they do with NVA and Air Cav !)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Juan on April 28, 2019, 07:46:47 AM
http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=115895.0

Here is the thread  :)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Oldboy on April 28, 2019, 08:34:33 AM
Thank you Juan I will read through the thread today and Sparrow in answer to your question I don't really know. There are 16 figures en route and at least another 24 promised then obviously some enemy. I think I want something that can grow with me as I understand the game more.
Regards
Frank
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Sparrow on April 28, 2019, 11:40:12 AM
http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=115895.0

Here is the thread  :)

Cheers Juan - let痴 move the discussion there.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: DaveL on April 28, 2019, 04:30:21 PM
Any ideas for a good set of rules to go with this project?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Juan on April 28, 2019, 09:16:16 PM
Jess...

Perhaps this can be useful, DaveL:
http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=115895.0
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 29, 2019, 11:11:59 AM
Arrived today. Very happy, even nicer in the hand, can稚 wait to to put brush to figures. Serendipitously, I just discovered what seems to be the ideal base coat for them.  Vallejo Panzer Aces Splinter Strips. (348).

excellent news.

Got the Aussie details and will have a good read with a cup of coffee.  ;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 29, 2019, 11:12:38 AM
Oh no... I ordered the first 4 packs and could not resist the waterbuffelo's aslo.

Its Nam. You needs lottsa buffalos.  lol
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 29, 2019, 11:13:53 AM
Thank you Juan I will read through the thread today and Sparrow in answer to your question I don't really know. There are 16 figures en route and at least another 24 promised then obviously some enemy. I think I want something that can grow with me as I understand the game more.
Regards
Frank

Trust me its gonna grow!!!!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 29, 2019, 11:15:59 AM
Todays model is Fred.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: FreakyFenton on April 29, 2019, 12:12:10 PM
Figures arrived today, and they look wonderful!  :D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 29, 2019, 01:45:34 PM
Excellent. ;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: .:Gunslinger:. on April 29, 2019, 06:07:08 PM
Excellent once again! The rolled up bedroll / parka (?) on the side is such a great addition! Really liking the 'rag tag' look of these (something I would also like to see on some of the late war GIs  o_o)

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Suetonius Paullinus on April 29, 2019, 08:32:43 PM
Verily lifelike pose  :-*
Is he out of ammo? I can see a magazine in his M16..
Which would explain the crouched position and the facial expression. Poor Fred. But no worries, I致e got a few of your mates who will put down some suppressive fire..keep your head down and come over to me buddy!  ;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Splod on April 29, 2019, 09:20:34 PM
Brilliant! That Mr Hicks is one talented bloke.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 30, 2019, 08:50:01 AM
Todays Marine is Henry. lol
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: mrcleh on April 30, 2019, 09:24:47 AM
Awesome, I really can't wait for the next packs to be released!

That said the first 4 packs should arrive today - Can't wait for that either. ;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 30, 2019, 09:37:59 AM
 ;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Dr. Zombie on April 30, 2019, 09:45:49 AM
I have started to stockpile plastic plants in order to build jungle terrain. Just because of this thread. Once I have mu jungle built I immagine all of these marines have been released.

So thanks for that.. As if I don't have enough projects...
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Munindk on April 30, 2019, 10:09:51 AM
Ahh yes, that bittersweet joy of looking at gorgeous miniatures that you know you really shouldnt buy because they dont fit into your existing projects, but know that you'll end up buying anyways.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: manchesterreg on April 30, 2019, 10:51:53 AM
Ahh yes, that bittersweet joy of looking at gorgeous miniatures that you know you really shouldnt buy because they dont fit into your existing projects, but know that you'll end up buying anyways.

Know what you mean, but ive decided to sell off my two other projects to fund this one lol
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 30, 2019, 11:06:17 AM
Know what you mean, but ive decided to sell off my two other projects to fund this one lol

That's what I like to hear  lol

SHHHH don't tell anyone but I did that myself a couple of years ago to fund a non Empress obsession. Only done that once before in 50 years of collecting. But sometimes you just have to do it.  ;)

 
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 30, 2019, 11:07:32 AM
I have started to stockpile plastic plants in order to build jungle terrain. Just because of this thread. Once I have mu jungle built I immagine all of these marines have been released.

So thanks for that.. As if I don't have enough projects...

Did that about three years ago. Spent the summer months making jungle terrain. Forward planning :o   
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on April 30, 2019, 12:14:28 PM
Latest figures look great but any chance of some slightly more vanilla advancing or firing chaps to bulk out the platoon? The last couple are so distinctive, they値l stand out as multiples. Thank gawd for the bits box.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on April 30, 2019, 12:59:19 PM
Latest figures look great but any chance of some slightly more vanilla advancing or firing chaps to bulk out the platoon? The last couple are so distinctive, they値l stand out as multiples. Thank gawd for the bits box.

Yes they are already done.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 01, 2019, 08:55:47 AM
This one if Joe.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: bergschotten on May 01, 2019, 09:07:18 AM
That is a really nice figure....it's all getting too tempting
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Dr. Zombie on May 01, 2019, 09:23:28 AM
Hey Joe, where are you going with that gun in your hand..
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on May 01, 2019, 11:36:53 AM
Maybe it痴 Country Joe?

And it痴 one, two, three, what are we fighting for?
Don稚 ask me, I don稚 give a damn
Next stop is Vietnam.......

Be the first one on your block to have your boy come home in a box.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Calimero on May 01, 2019, 01:40:30 PM

And it's five, six, seven,
open up the pearly gates
ain't no time to wonder why,
whoopee we're all gonna die
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 01, 2019, 03:16:39 PM
 lol

As many vets said they had a difficult war but the best sound track.

However worth noting is;

"44 Years Ago Today The Vietnam War Officially Ended! Take A Moment to Remember the 58,220 Lost!"  :'(

Note sure about that number as I have heard a lot higher figures for the US alone and it does not include the Vietnamese which is numbered in the millions nor I suspect the other allies. But still an interesting anniversary.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Calimero on May 01, 2019, 03:24:11 PM

That number could be right... IIRC, I致e hear the US suffers around 60000 casualties during the war.

Another number that seems a "little low", is from Ken Burn痴 Vietnam war documentary stating that "only" 20% of all US troops involved in the war where "combat units"...
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 02, 2019, 09:48:45 AM
This is Tony the Marine
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: smirnoff on May 02, 2019, 04:58:09 PM
Saw some in the flesh in bare metal and 1 painted up yesterday; luvverly.
When are the Viet Cong guerrillas turning up?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: jasper on May 02, 2019, 05:55:47 PM
Empress, I am really impressed. I ordered this weekend.
And today the miniatures allready arrived.

The usual order and shipping experiences I have from the UK to the Netherlands are at least 4 weeks. :o
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Suetonius Paullinus on May 03, 2019, 12:04:19 AM
 Loving this Your Daily Marine thing  :-*
You can keep this up pretty much indefinitely  :D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Slayer on May 03, 2019, 04:41:09 AM
spent all night reading all the pages and drooling over all the figures, now to buy them all and sneak them past the wife lol lol
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: manchesterreg on May 03, 2019, 09:43:30 AM
Just ordered a small group, start of the madness
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 03, 2019, 09:50:03 AM
Just ordered a small group, start of the madness

You will not be sorry  ;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 03, 2019, 09:51:50 AM
Saw some in the flesh in bare metal and 1 painted up yesterday; luvverly.
When are the Viet Cong guerrillas turning up?

All the figures are designed and weapons made and ready to start sculpting soon when we have done some special Marines. so a few weeks for the start.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 03, 2019, 09:52:49 AM
Empress, I am really impressed. I ordered this weekend.
And today the miniatures allready arrived.

The usual order and shipping experiences I have from the UK to the Netherlands are at least 4 weeks. :o

I will pass on your thanks to the Empress Christine  ;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 03, 2019, 09:54:58 AM
Todays Marine is Gerald.

He is slightly fuzzy due to in action shot and nervous combat photographer.

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: commissarmoody on May 03, 2019, 10:05:47 AM
Nice! And sent an order last night for some of these Leather necks.... And a few Late War Jocks.  lol
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 03, 2019, 11:35:28 AM
yeah saw that. ;) sent to you yesterday. You should have an e mail with tracking details?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: commissarmoody on May 03, 2019, 11:48:08 AM
Got it!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on May 03, 2019, 12:54:56 PM
Nice but Gerald deserves a caption.

禅his might be an uncomfortable way to tote a link belt but the joke is on the gunner. Can稚 wait to see the look on his face when he sees all the crap I致e dragged the belt through. Weapon firing, weapon stops. Carry out the IA. Repeat as necessary. 

:D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 03, 2019, 02:37:44 PM
 lol

That's what happens when they make someone lump the heavy stuff round and people shoot at him.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: AKULA on May 03, 2019, 08:30:08 PM
Damn it Paul, I知 selling my Vietnam stuff, but this range is making me want to buy it back again

 ;) lol
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Splod on May 03, 2019, 11:34:19 PM
Nice but Gerald deserves a caption.

禅his might be an uncomfortable way to tote a link belt but the joke is on the gunner. Can稚 wait to see the look on his face when he sees all the crap I致e dragged the belt through. Weapon firing, weapon stops. Carry out the IA. Repeat as necessary. 

:D

Weapon fires, weapon stops! That takes me back ;)

Another fantastic Hicks sculpt. I'm really excited to see the VC sculpt when they come, but really I'm busting for diggers!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on May 05, 2019, 09:40:55 AM
Just started putting paint to lead. These are truly wonderful figures, some of Paul痴 best work. Many thanks to all involved, I see hours of pleasure ahead, well given the usual demands of work, being the cook and dedicated chaffeur.

Now I must report a distinctly unpleasant experience. In between base coating the figures, I decided I should finally finish off my New Ray CH-46. It received a repaint last weekend and on Friday I received a set of 1/72 Print Scale decals. The bird being 1/55, for the most part they look about right. Farrrrrrrrkkkkkk. Applying decals is never my favourite hobby activity but these things were a royal pain. You only had to look at them to curl up. Applying them took me about two hours of precious painting time. Finally I got them all on bar a single buzz number that just imploded. Dried and a coat of varnish later and I知 pretty happy with the result but I doubt I値l be buying Print Scale decals again.  >:(

Hope the ones I致e ordered for the Skyhawk are easier to work with.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: mrcleh on May 05, 2019, 01:20:14 PM
I received the first four packs on tuesday and I have to say these are truly wonderful! I love the attention to detail, especially the stuff some of these guys have tucked under the helmet bands - My favorite has to be the guy with what I (I hope correctly) interpreted as a "troll doll" strapped to the back of his helmet - Is there a reference photo of that? I'd love to see it! :D

Anyway, here goes:

(https://i.imgur.com/XGc7tya.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/kq44BuE.jpg)

I am really looking forward to painting up the next pack - These are a joy to paint!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: FreakyFenton on May 05, 2019, 02:03:59 PM
I received the first four packs on tuesday and I have to say these are truly wonderful! I love the attention to detail, especially the stuff some of these guys have tucked under the helmet bands - My favorite has to be the guy with what I (I hope correctly) interpreted as a "troll doll" strapped to the back of his helmet - Is there a reference photo of that? I'd love to see it! :D

Anyway, here goes:

(https://i.imgur.com/XGc7tya.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/kq44BuE.jpg)

I am really looking forward to painting up the next pack - These are a joy to paint!

Wondered about the same thing! So also interested to any reference there may be.  :D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 05, 2019, 02:41:10 PM
Nice work.

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Post by: carlos marighela on May 05, 2019, 02:57:32 PM
I received the first four packs on tuesday and I have to say these are truly wonderful! I love the attention to detail, especially the stuff some of these guys have tucked under the helmet bands - My favorite has to be the guy with what I (I hope correctly) interpreted as a "troll doll" strapped to the back of his helmet - Is there a reference photo of that? I'd love to see it! :D

Anyway, here goes:

(https://i.imgur.com/XGc7tya.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/kq44BuE.jpg)

I am really looking forward to painting up the next pack - These are a joy to paint!

Superb work!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: traveller on May 05, 2019, 03:15:59 PM
Perfect look!  :-* :-* :-*

Would you share the paint recipe?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ash on May 05, 2019, 03:19:40 PM
Great result, spot on colour choices.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on May 05, 2019, 03:36:19 PM
mrcleh - those are outstanding :-*
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Juan on May 05, 2019, 04:56:19 PM
Wonderful painting work!!!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: .:Gunslinger:. on May 05, 2019, 05:10:48 PM
Fantastic painting on these! The different HUEs of green really make them shine!  :-*
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Marine0846 on May 05, 2019, 05:36:04 PM
Wonderful painting.
They look great.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on May 05, 2019, 07:43:46 PM
Excellent painting. I'd also be interested in your paint selection as it looks spot on.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Sparrow on May 05, 2019, 08:24:50 PM
Looking good!
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Post by: jasper on May 05, 2019, 08:42:49 PM
They look great.

Did you file the casted bases really thin or cut them loose or something?
Your bases look so thin.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: mrcleh on May 05, 2019, 09:05:25 PM
Wow, thank all of you guys for your feedback, very much appreciated! :o

They look great.

Did you file the casted bases really thin or cut them loose or something?
Your bases look so thin.

That might be an optical illusion. :D I didn't file the bases down, I use "Extra Heavy Gel" by Vallejo to smoothen out the transition between the cast on base and the actualy base before I cover the whole base in "Stirland Mud" by Citadel.

Perfect look!  :-* :-* :-*

Would you share the paint recipe?

Here are the paints I used:

Shirts and trousers:

1. Vallejo 893 "US Dark Green"
2. Wash with Citadel "Athonian Camoshade"
3. Highlight "US Dark Green"

Flak vests:

1. Citadel "Death World Forest"
2. Wash with Citadel "Athonian Camoshade"
3. Hightlight "Death World Forest"

Webbing, pouches, helmet band, fabric part of the boots:

1. Vallejo 887 "Brown Violet"
2. Wash with Citadel "Athonian Camoshade"
3. Highlight "Brown Violet"

Helmet cover:

1. Citadel "Straken Green"
2. Wash with Citadel "Athonian Camoshade"
3. Green camo spots Vallejo 894 "Camo Olive Green"
4. Broen camo spots Vallejo 983 "Flat Earth" (really just a few small patches, like 3 or so)

I hope that helps!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on May 05, 2019, 09:10:08 PM
Really useful, thank you.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: traveller on May 05, 2019, 09:11:53 PM
Excellent! Many thanks!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Sparrow on May 05, 2019, 09:25:46 PM
Many thanks!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ragnar on May 05, 2019, 09:54:15 PM
Nice pjs!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 06, 2019, 08:03:04 AM
Thanks for the paint details.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Splod on May 06, 2019, 09:05:01 AM
Here are the paints I used:

Shirts and trousers:

1. Vallejo 893 "US Dark Green"
2. Wash with Citadel "Athonian Camoshade"
3. Highlight "US Dark Green"

Flak vests:

1. Citadel "Death World Forest"
2. Wash with Citadel "Athonian Camoshade"
3. Hightlight "Death World Forest"

Webbing, pouches, helmet band, fabric part of the boots:

1. Vallejo 887 "Brown Violet"
2. Wash with Citadel "Athonian Camoshade"
3. Highlight "Brown Violet"

Helmet cover:

1. Citadel "Straken Green"
2. Wash with Citadel "Athonian Camoshade"
3. Green camo spots Vallejo 894 "Camo Olive Green"
4. Broen camo spots Vallejo 983 "Flat Earth" (really just a few small patches, like 3 or so)

I hope that helps!

Fantastic! These figures are really just Base/Wash/Highlight? They look like you've put significantly more effort into them than that. Well done :)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: mrcleh on May 06, 2019, 10:21:30 AM
Thanks! Yes, they really are just Base - Wash - Highlight. I find this approach works really well with these guys and to me it has the added benefit of actually getting stuff done in a reasonable amount of time. :D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Slayer on May 06, 2019, 11:52:30 AM
Fantasic looking figures, deff be stealing that paint scheme 😊😊
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Marine0846 on May 06, 2019, 04:44:00 PM
[email protected]

I found your "troll doll."
Was watching "the Vietnam War" by Ken Burns.
In part Six, "Things Fall Apart" at 43:50, there he is.
Marine firing an M-60 from the shoulder.
Paul Hicks may have taken it from there.
Got to love it, Number one in my book.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: mrcleh on May 06, 2019, 07:18:34 PM
[email protected]

I found your "troll doll."
Was watching "the Vietnam War" by Ken Burns.
In part Six, "Things Fall Apart" at 43:50, there he is.
Marine firing an M-60 from the shoulder.
Paul Hicks may have taken it from there.
Got to love it, Number one in my book.

Thank you for the heads up and good find!

I watched it about a year ago and thought about watching it again last week when I received these figures. Now I値l do it for sure!

EDIT:

Couldn稚 wait and just had a look at that particular scene. I think that it is very likely Paul Hicks inspiration. So it痴 not a 鍍roll doll but something locally made. I値l have to repaint that part. :D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Paul Hicks on May 06, 2019, 08:27:29 PM
Yep that痴 where us was from. Paul at Empress asked me to do it on one of the Marines. I would have responded earlier. Figures look fantastic!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Splod on May 06, 2019, 10:36:08 PM
Yep that痴 where us was from. Paul at Empress asked me to do it on one of the Marines. I would have responded earlier. Figures look fantastic!

Any chance of some insight as to what's on your desk at the moment?  :D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 07, 2019, 10:07:42 AM
Wondered about the same thing! So also interested to any reference there may be.  :D

WOW wonderful job on these .  :-*

Yes there is film of the chap with the doll in his helmet.



Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 07, 2019, 10:13:11 AM
Been a very busy weekend with one thing and another and did not get in from a concert in London until 2am this morning so kinda squidgy brained. :o

Here is todays Marines Dave and Bob.

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Slayer on May 07, 2019, 10:38:35 AM
so nice.... man this range is gonna cost me a fortune ...
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: mrcleh on May 07, 2019, 10:48:51 AM
Thanks for the clarification concerning the reference and your kind words Paul & Paul!  :)

Todays Marines look awesome - As usual! :D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on May 07, 2019, 11:27:32 AM
Yes there is film of the chap with the doll in his helmet.

Is that a Landy in the background?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ash on May 07, 2019, 01:04:55 PM
Is that a Landy in the background?

Certainly looks like it.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on May 07, 2019, 02:23:34 PM
Is that a Landy in the background?

I checked back against wider shot from the footage..... it isn稚 a Landy  :'(

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ash on May 07, 2019, 02:50:10 PM
... it isn稚 a Landy  :'(

Boo... so disappointed
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: mrcleh on May 07, 2019, 03:26:28 PM
Boo... so disappointed

You guys are in luck - Same episode, just a little later:

(https://i.imgur.com/hwNL43P.jpg)

Now that is a Landy for sure!


EDIT:

You can't make this up - I am currently reading "Fire in the streets" by Eric Hammel during my commutes. Just now on the way home I discovered this:

(https://i.imgur.com/5Y85jgS.jpg)

That sure does look like a Landy in the background as well. :D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ash on May 07, 2019, 05:39:18 PM
Couple of great shots there; I can see this thread devolving into Landy porn... I just hope no Land Rovers were harmed during the hostilities.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on May 07, 2019, 05:52:09 PM
 lol

Excellent observations - which mean I can add a Landy to my civilian fleet for hot-wiring by the Marines  :D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 07, 2019, 07:12:27 PM
it isn稚 a Landy  :'(
Now that is a Landy for sure.
Not sure about Landy porn, but possibly Landy Pantomime.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on May 07, 2019, 07:30:48 PM
Oh no it isn稚 .....
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Sparrow on May 07, 2019, 07:55:39 PM
Oh yes it is....
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ash on May 07, 2019, 08:13:02 PM
It's behind you ...
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on May 07, 2019, 08:23:40 PM
  :D

In an attempt to get back on track, this pink flashlight appears soon after. I don稚 recall if any of the minis have a flashlight but if not, then please do add to 奏he list   ;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: FreakyFenton on May 07, 2019, 09:43:05 PM
  :D

In an attempt to get back on track, this pink flashlight appears soon after. I don稚 recall if any of the minis have a flashlight but if not, then please do add to 奏he list   ;)

 lol lol lol
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on May 07, 2019, 09:53:28 PM
Landy schmandy! After discovering that the old New Ray 舛ity Cruiser line of diecasts are actually 1/48 not the advertised 1/43, I purchased a 1957 Pontiac Bonneville for the staggering price of $12.50 there are 66 model Pontiac and Fords out there too.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: mrcleh on May 07, 2019, 10:58:39 PM
@Silent Invader:

I noticed that pink flashlight as well. Would love a chance to paint that! :D

@Carlos:

Thanks for the heads up concerning New Ray. That might come in handy.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Paul Hicks on May 07, 2019, 11:39:55 PM
  :D

In an attempt to get back on track, this pink flashlight appears soon after. I don稚 recall if any of the minis have a flashlight but if not, then please do add to 奏he list   ;)

This guy will be used as inspiration in the next wave.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on May 08, 2019, 12:11:35 AM
This guy will be used as inspiration in the next wave.

Most excellent to hear  8)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 08, 2019, 02:24:23 PM
Marine Charlie, known as Chaz to his friends because it get confused in a firefight when everyone is shouting Charlie!!!! lol
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: .:Gunslinger:. on May 08, 2019, 03:13:57 PM
Does he surf though?   :D

Great one! Love the loads of extra gear on him and the determined pose!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: manchesterreg on May 08, 2019, 04:42:49 PM
When does Marine Charlie and the others arrive in-country :)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ash on May 08, 2019, 04:47:50 PM
I like the rolled up trousers, lots of photo reference with that look.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: jasper on May 08, 2019, 04:49:22 PM
And another great looking marine
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 09, 2019, 09:46:05 AM
Todays Marine is Paul.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 09, 2019, 09:46:38 AM
When does Marine Charlie and the others arrive in-country :)

Any day now.  ;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: .:Gunslinger:. on May 09, 2019, 09:56:04 AM
Auto-portrait?  lol

Really looking forward to ordering now...the credit card feels kinda full ;D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 09, 2019, 11:53:53 AM
Auto-portrait?  lol

Really looking forward to ordering now...the credit card feels kinda full ;D

Yeah. Me hiding behind a wall with a really big gun trying to stay safe.  lol
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Splod on May 09, 2019, 10:35:46 PM
I know I'm not going to need 8 M79 or 6 M60... But that's not going to stop me from going to the wall with the range ;)

I'm waiting for the next lot of sculpts to hit Australia before diving in. Got to space out the expenditure to keep the Minister for War and Finance happy!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on May 09, 2019, 11:01:48 PM
I know I'm not going to need 8 M79 or 6 M60... But that's not going to stop me from going to the wall with the range ;)

I'm waiting for the next lot of sculpts to hit Australia before diving in. Got to space out the expenditure to keep the Minister for War and Finance happy!

You poor sod! In the Vietnam era that would be Malcolm Fraser as your Minister for the Army and Billy McMahon as Treasurer. As I see it,you have two choices. Get their ears pinned back and learn to answer to Sonyaaaaaah or do a Harry Holt and bugger off in a Chinese submarine.  I壇 be searching Ali Express for the sub if I were you.  :D

Still, as Mal said:  鏑ife wasn稚 meant to be easy.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Sparrow on May 10, 2019, 05:56:59 PM
I'm waiting for the next lot of sculpts to hit Australia before diving in. Got to space out the expenditure to keep the Minister for War and Finance happy!

I promised my 都ocial events secretary no new periods but I think I can safely classify Vietnam as 溺oderns  :)  Well, it is post WW2? That痴 Modern isn稚 it?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Marine0846 on May 10, 2019, 07:48:25 PM
I promised my 都ocial events secretary no new periods but I think I can safely classify Vietnam as 溺oderns  :)  Well, it is post WW2? That痴 Modern isn稚 it?

Sparrow, I like how you think. lol
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ash on May 10, 2019, 10:11:58 PM
Placed an order for the M60 pack, just to have a taste...
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on May 10, 2019, 10:54:51 PM
I promised my 都ocial events secretary no new periods but I think I can safely classify Vietnam as 溺oderns  :)  Well, it is post WW2? That痴 Modern isn稚 it?

Until we reach the long promised point where each of us has a jet backpack and a flying car I shall continue to regard the late 20th C as being the modern age.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 14, 2019, 11:23:54 AM
Well we had best release some figure I suppose  ;)

The latest 6 packs are in the shop. This means that the range has 40 figures in it at this point in time and more on the way.

https://www.empressminiatures.com/us-vietnam-18-c.asp

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Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 14, 2019, 11:26:01 AM
And some more.   8)

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Post by: carlos marighela on May 14, 2019, 11:31:17 AM
 :-* Fabulous stuff! Paul has worked at a cracking pace to turn out that lot without any drop off in quality. Quite amazing really.

At the risk of sounding like some ungrateful tyke, when may we expect platoon command and company support weapons? I知 hoping to complete the platoon as quickly as I can.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: mrcleh on May 14, 2019, 11:36:09 AM
Order placed, to my great joy and the weeping sounds of my wallet. :D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Dr. Zombie on May 14, 2019, 12:19:04 PM
Oh come on give my wallet a break!

But on the other hand I did just finish the last order i received from you last friday...

When can we expect to see Charlie?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 14, 2019, 12:53:28 PM
:-* Fabulous stuff! Paul has worked at a cracking pace to turn out that lot without any drop off in quality. Quite amazing really.

At the risk of sounding like some ungrateful tyke, when may we expect platoon command and company support weapons? I知 hoping to complete the platoon as quickly as I can.

Command is currently being done and we will put some pictures up hopefully this week.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 14, 2019, 12:55:00 PM
When can we expect to see Charlie?

In a few months. First will be civilian types. NVA after that. 

Check the Vietminh in the FIC range. 
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on May 14, 2019, 01:55:36 PM
Very nice - ordered more riflemen  8)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: tomrommel1 on May 14, 2019, 01:59:45 PM
stunning figures indeed
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Marine0846 on May 14, 2019, 02:22:52 PM
Lovely figures.
I see an order coming for these guys around the first of the month.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Dr. Zombie on May 14, 2019, 02:24:19 PM
Lovely figures.
I see an order coming for these guys around the first of the month.

As do I.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 14, 2019, 02:37:07 PM
Nice.

I was going to holdout until Colours, but I feel my resolve weakening.

In a few months. First will be civilian types. NVA after that. 

Will there be scooters and vehicle drivers?

Check the Vietminh in the FIC range.
I have a pack undercoated.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on May 14, 2019, 02:54:48 PM
In pack 10, what are the tubes for being carried on the back of 3rd figure from the right?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 14, 2019, 03:45:19 PM
In pack 10, what are the tubes for being carried on the back of 3rd figure from the right?

Mortar rounds .......possibly bazooka rounds.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on May 14, 2019, 03:47:17 PM
Ta
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: manchesterreg on May 14, 2019, 05:11:15 PM
another 3 more packs ordered for a range i was not going to buy :)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 15, 2019, 09:03:18 AM
Thanks for the great comments everyone. Glad you like them. Lots more to come  ;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ash on May 15, 2019, 05:47:01 PM
I'm nearly done with my first four blokes, they are really nice. Definitely ordering more.

Just out of interest what would have been the make up of a standard marine section & platoon?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Oldboy on May 15, 2019, 05:53:17 PM
Great news. Payday on Monday. Also interested in the question posed by Ash. Although I intend to buy all of the figures as they are available so squad numbers here will depend. To a certain extent on Empress.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on May 15, 2019, 08:40:43 PM
I'm nearly done with my first four blokes, they are really nice. Definitely ordering more.

Just out of interest what would have been the make up of a standard marine section & platoon?

I think we did this before but for those at the back of the class and not paying attention paper strengths were

Platoon consists of a PHQ with an officer, platoon sergeant, RTO and a US Navy corpsman (medic).
Three squads, each of fourteen men, thirteen rifle armed, one with an M-79.

At Coy level there were six M-60s, six M-20 3.5燃Ls as well as a mortar section of three 60mm mortars. The mortars usually stayed with the weapons platoon under the direction of the Coy Cmdr, the M-60s were almost invariably attached to the three rifle platoons, two to each platoon. The rocket launchers were also attached the rifle platoons, as and when required.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on May 15, 2019, 08:48:29 PM
I think we did this before but for those at the back of the class and not paying attention paper strengths were

Platoon consists of a PHQ with an officer, platoon sergeant, RTO and a US Navy corpsman (medic).
Three squads, each of fourteen men, thirteen rifle armed, one with an M-79.

At Coy level there were six M-60s, six M-20 3.5燃Ls as well as a mortar section of three 60mm mortars. The mortars usually stayed with the weapons platoon under the direction of the Coy Cmdr, the M-60s were almost invariably attached to the three rifle platoons, two to each platoon. The rocket launchers were also attached the rifle platoons, as and when required.

Pretty much based on what you had said before plus some other reading*, I drew up the attached:


*Must admit the Platoon 賎uide seemed an oddity to me, not being familiar with the workings of the USMC. Is it one to drop 訴n combat?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: jasper on May 15, 2019, 11:03:06 PM
What weapon do the first and second marine from the left have in pack 6 ?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: FreakyFenton on May 15, 2019, 11:42:25 PM
@Jasper, looks like a Thompson with a stick magazine and a M60.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 16, 2019, 05:35:20 AM
@Silent Invader - would the squads be broken down into fireteams?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on May 16, 2019, 06:48:31 AM
According to the book they were. The Marines have been remarkably unchanged in terms of squad structure since the 1940s. Three fire teams. When they were M-14 armed one member of each team was provided with the modified M-14E1/ M-14A1 with the bipod and select fire capability to provide a base of fire for the team. The adoption of the M-16 made the distinction somewhat academic.

Like all such things, whether they actually operated as fire teams depended on squad numbers and tactical circumstance.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on May 16, 2019, 06:50:32 AM
@Silent Invader - would the squads be broken down into fireteams?

I don稚 claim to know very much at all  :D

I知 learning too  ;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Munindk on May 16, 2019, 07:00:41 AM
I found this page a not long ago while trying to talk myself out of starting a Hue collection:http://grunt-redux.atspace.eu/us_marines_forces1.htm (http://grunt-redux.atspace.eu/us_marines_forces1.htm)

It matches Silent Invaders very helpful chart, right down to mentioning that 2 M60s were often attached to a rifle squad.

Are there plans for corpsman, mortar and rocket launcher packs?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: jasper on May 16, 2019, 07:27:54 AM
Hi all, the empress m60's Come with an ammo belt. At one point it starts with a cylinder form.

I have not seen it in photo's. What is it for?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: mrcleh on May 16, 2019, 07:42:07 AM
I wondered about that too. Apparently these are field modifications to ensure proper feeding and reduce stoppages.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Juan on May 16, 2019, 07:54:49 AM
You can see them in a lot of pictures of the period. They are cans fixed to the MG, as mrcleh has said, to reduce stoppages.

A great touch from Empress/Paul Hicks. I was thinking about to make them, if they were not included with the miniatures.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 16, 2019, 09:28:04 AM
You can see them in a lot of pictures of the period. They are cans fixed to the MG, as mrcleh has said, to reduce stoppages.

A great touch from Empress/Paul Hicks. I was thinking about to make them, if they were not included with the miniatures.

Actually true credit should go to Ian Armstrong who did the weapons for this range as he mentioned it to me. Stating the obvious if you do not want to have the field modification on just cut it off the belt.

A little story;

We have a secret advisor in a way. In the village that we live in on the edge of the glorious Cotswolds also lives an American chap who potters about and looks after the village war memorial for the village. All unpaid. Lovely guy.  He chats to the Empress Christine when she is queuing up in the local post office. He was fascinated when she explained what was in all the boxes that she takes down every day and about 6 months ago he suggested we pop along to the village history group meeting as he was doing a talk on Vietnam. Intrigued we did and was welcomed by Pfc John Lindquist in his full Marine dress uniform. He then spent the evening talking about Tet and how he arrived at the very end and then did his tour in a firebase in the DMZ until he was bombed out then sent to recoup in logistics convoys of which he did over 100 journeys sitting in the lead vehicle. We now chat about the details of the conflict and he LOVES the figures. He especially liked the detail of the can on the ammo belt. He is currently checking out a special detail on the use of the 60mm mortar for us. Very useful contact and I am still stunned that we met in the village. Kismet?   ;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ragnar on May 16, 2019, 09:39:07 AM
What a great little story.  Nice bit of serendipity.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: mrcleh on May 16, 2019, 09:42:46 AM
Nice story indeed!

And now you got me all curious as to that little detail you mentioned in connection with the 60mm mortar use. ;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 16, 2019, 09:43:44 AM
I don稚 claim to know very much at all  :D

I知 learning too  ;)
Well my base of knowledge is (if put politely) limited and is affected by films and the writings of a former enlisted interrogator (not writing about Vietnam) so on a good day nothing ^___^.

Carlos mentions doctrine being largely unchanged since the '40s, I asked as from limited (WW2) reading individual initiative amongst the rank and file was limited. British squads broke down into two commanded by an NCO.

Was it that the USMC were better trained and four marines could be left to command themselves? Or am I misunderstanding the term "fireteam"?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 16, 2019, 09:47:25 AM
@Empress - please thank him from us for his insights.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 16, 2019, 09:55:43 AM
@Empress - please thank him from us for his insight.

Don't worry he will be bought a few pints. ;)

He told us some very funny stories about his time out there. For example when he was sent to recuperate from his nervous twitch he was ordered onto the columns. The sergeant sent him to get into a vehicle and he asked which one as they were all green! The sergeant said it was the one with the red container on the back!!!
He actually took a picture of it. When he asked the driver what was in it the driver said we lead the column so its red so they can see it and its full of bread. "What money?" ......"no white bread." It was considered totally expendable as everything else was necessary such as ammunition so was at the front to either find mines or get shot at.  Not sure how that helped his twitch. Tough love  lol 
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on May 16, 2019, 09:59:32 AM
Actually true credit should go to Ian Armstrong who did the weapons for this range as he mentioned it to me. Stating the obvious if you do not want to have the field modification on just cut it off the belt.

A little story;

We have a secret advisor in a way. In the village that we live in on the edge of the glorious Cotswolds also lives an American chap who potters about and looks after the village war memorial for the village. All unpaid. Lovely guy.  He chats to the Empress Christine when she is queuing up in the local post office. He was fascinated when she explained what was in all the boxes that she takes down every day and about 6 months ago he suggested we pop along to the village history group meeting as he was doing a talk on Vietnam. Intrigued we did and was welcomed by Pfc John Lindquist in his full Marine dress uniform. He then spent the evening talking about Tet and how he arrived at the very end and then did his tour in a firebase in the DMZ until he was bombed out then sent to recoup in logistics convoys of which he did over 100 journeys sitting in the lead vehicle. We now chat about the details of the conflict and he LOVES the figures. He especially liked the detail of the can on the ammo belt. He is currently checking out a special detail on the use of the 60mm mortar for us. Very useful contact and I am still stunned that we met in the village. Kismet?   ;)

Small world! As I child I lived in Bourton on the Water. Perfect spot for gamers. Laurie Lee, the SCW veteran and noted author used to take his constitutionals along the Windrush, Peter Scott, the chap that designed the Western Approaches camouflage scheme lived in the village and of course there was the model village. Mind you, I知 not suggesting you upscale to 1/16 figures to fight your way through the model village. :)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on May 16, 2019, 10:07:27 AM
Well my base of knowledge is (if put politely) limited and is affected by films and the writings of a former enlisted interrogator (not writing about Vietnam) so on a good day nothing ^___^.

Carlos mentions doctrine being largely unchanged since the '40s, I asked as from limited (WW2) reading individual initiative amongst the rank and file was limited. British squads broke down into two commanded by an NCO.

Was it that the USMC were better trained and four marines could be left to command themselves? Or am I misunderstanding the term "fireteam"?

If I can find it when I get home I値l dig out a paper on US Army squad organisation and the perambulations it took between the war and now. The central issue being span of control. Fireteams were in part something they picked up from the USMC but trial and error suggested that 12-13 man squads were too big for effective C&C.

On paper each of those USMC fireteams was headed up by a corporal (in the real world, what anyone else would call alance corporal). That痴 not to say they were independent entities any more than the rifle, scout or gun group of a contemporary Australian section were. They were more convenient groupings that could act in concert to create fire and movement.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 16, 2019, 10:10:38 AM
Small world! As I child I lived in Bourton on the Water. Perfect spot for gamers. Laurie Lee, the SCW veteran and noted author used to take his constitutionals along the Windrush, Peter Scott, the chap that designed the Western Approaches camouflage scheme lived in the village and of course there was the model village. Mind you, I知 not suggesting you upscale to 1/16 figures to fight your way through the model village. :)

How weird!!!

Bourton on the Water is a real tourist magnet so we rarely bother although it does have a good model train shop that sells terrain  ;)

The model village is still there although the house prices have increased a little  lol

The Windrush flows just below the bottom of our back garden. 
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 16, 2019, 12:11:15 PM
On paper each of those USMC fireteams was headed up by a corporal (in the real world, what anyone else would call alance corporal). That痴 not to say they were independent entities any more than the rifle, scout or gun group of a contemporary Australian section were. They were more convenient groupings that could act in concert to create fire and movement.
Thanks, that makes sense.

So the four man fireteams would be given separate "orders" (covering fire, overwatch, move etc.), but would have to remain in shouting distance of their NCO.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on May 16, 2019, 03:12:36 PM
You can see them in a lot of pictures of the period. They are cans fixed to the MG, as mrcleh has said, to reduce stoppages.

A great touch from Empress/Paul Hicks. I was thinking about to make them, if they were not included with the miniatures.

They a great bit of detail
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 16, 2019, 03:17:05 PM
Well spotted.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 16, 2019, 04:38:14 PM
Well here is the first of our command packs for the Vietnam, Tet offensive, Marines, with special emphasis on the battle of Hue 1968.

This pack includes, from left to right,

Lt Col. Cheatham who served as the CO of the 2nd Battalion 5th Marine regiment.

Dale Dye who became famous for his work in Hollywood epics such as Platoon, Saving Private Ryan, Band of Brothers and Last of the Mohicans etc.

Here are some interesting details of his service from Wikipedia (obviously its correct from that source! )
 Dale Dye did three tours of duty.

He had hoped to attend Annapolis but after failing the entrance exam three times "my math and science skills were weak, and my English skills were huge" and having exhausted his family's meager funds getting through military academy, he enlisted in the USMC in January 1964. His unit was among the first to deploy to Vietnam in 1965. Officers in the unit noticed his keen observational skills and literary interest and encouraged him to reclassify as a combat correspondent. He became one of a very few Marine combat correspondents. He sent stories to military publications and to the home town newspapers of fellow Marines. As a correspondent, he saw more battle than many low-ranking infantrymen. Dye developed an immense respect for the grunts who took the brunt of any action.

Dye was wounded during the Tet Offensive in 1968. While recuperating in a rear area, the 2nd Battalion 3rd Marines, the unit he had traveled with, was preparing for Operation Ford. Dye persuaded the battalion commander to let him accompany the battalion as a war correspondent. During the next week, the battalion engaged in a number of fire fights with units of the North Vietnamese PAVN. On 18 March 1968, Dye replaced an assistant machine gunner who had been killed. The machine gun position was isolated forward of the remainder of the battalion. Although he was wounded, Dye exposed himself to "intense enemy fire" to retrieve ammunition for the machine gun to help hold off PAVN soldiers during an all-night firefight. During other engagements, he exposed himself to enemy fire in order to rescue several wounded Marines and a Navy corpsman. As a result of his actions, he was awarded the Bronze Star with combat V for heroism.

Captain Christmas. His unit captured the Citadel and lowered the famous and one off North Vietnamese unification flag and raised the Stars and Bars.
 Next to him is Gunny Sergeant Frank Thomas who carried the Stars and Stripes and is seen getting it from inside his flak jacket.

We are also going to release two flag sheets for the Vietnam conflict that include these flags and some others. Details in the not to distant future.

I have also put up the reference pictures that we used.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ash on May 16, 2019, 05:22:32 PM
Awesome. Which weapon is Dale Dye carrying?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 16, 2019, 05:34:01 PM
M1 Carbine.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ash on May 16, 2019, 05:39:25 PM
M1 Carbine.

Nice. Loving all the details, in every figure. This was definitely a range worth waiting for, huge congrats to all involved.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Juan on May 16, 2019, 05:58:39 PM
Very nice figures, with a lot of character in them!

Well, they are characters...
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on May 16, 2019, 06:11:40 PM
Excellent!

This rather awesome fellow would make a great addition too.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Oldboy on May 16, 2019, 07:39:59 PM
I agree with the masses the figures a brilliant and usually when I have an 'if only' the paint mojo takes me 100 years in a different direction. But if you want an idea how about Sean Flynn and Dana Stone on motor bikes. Always loved and admired that Sean lived the life for real that his dad played on screen.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on May 16, 2019, 09:02:05 PM
Damn! I wasn稚 planning on buying battalion and company commanders but it looks like I will be buying every pack in the range. Oh well....
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Marine0846 on May 16, 2019, 11:20:28 PM
Wonderful new figures.
Love them.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 17, 2019, 09:00:39 AM
Many thanks guys.  ;)

Just doing the LAWS pack and two packs of Hollywood celebrities.

Then radios, mortar, engineers, and..........
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on May 17, 2019, 09:08:11 AM
......Rocket Launchers. Need those, even more than off table assets like mortars. Sniper team would be nice too.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Dr. Zombie on May 17, 2019, 09:15:24 AM
My original plan was to NOT start this period. Then my resistance wore down and I figured I can do a smallish squad based skirmish game. Just for fun. Then I thought well if I do a squad I might as well do a platoon. Then I could sneak in some choppers.
At the rate my resistance is crumbling I値l end up with an entire division before you are done releasing stuff.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 17, 2019, 09:24:17 AM
......Rocket Launchers. Need those, even more than off table assets like mortars. Sniper team would be nice too.

Sniper pack is planned.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 17, 2019, 09:24:44 AM
My original plan was to NOT start this period. Then my resistance wore down and I figured I can do a smallish squad based skirmish game. Just for fun. Then I thought well if I do a squad I might as well do a platoon. Then I could sneak in some choppers.
At the rate my resistance is crumbling I値l end up with an entire division before you are done releasing stuff.

 lol lol lol lol lol
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 17, 2019, 09:37:10 AM
...two packs of Hollywood celebrities.
Does that include Sullivan Groff, Kingpin and Jayne?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 17, 2019, 09:44:44 AM
Possibly. Certainly Joker, Cowboy, Animal, 8 ball and a couple of special friends that will be a little surprise that I had to have done.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on May 17, 2019, 09:59:46 AM
Possibly. Certainly Joker, Cowboy, Animal, 8 ball and a couple of special friends that will be a little surprise but I had to have done.

That is most excellent news
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 17, 2019, 01:15:39 PM
Possibly. Certainly Joker, Cowboy, Animal, 8 ball and a couple of special friends that will be a little surprise that I had to have done.
That is two out of the three....
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 17, 2019, 03:15:13 PM
Who is the missing one?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Oldboy on May 17, 2019, 03:57:36 PM
Sergeant Bilko
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 17, 2019, 04:10:47 PM
Wrong period. lol
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on May 17, 2019, 04:35:13 PM
Who is the missing one?

"So does this mean Ann Margret's not coming?"

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on May 17, 2019, 05:14:51 PM
"So does this mean Ann Margret's not coming?"

  lol lol lol
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 17, 2019, 05:33:20 PM
Who is the missing one?
Kingpin.
Pros: he does the "Title Drop".
Cons: he does not go.

Possibly as a gunnery minion in PTs.

https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TitleDrop (https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TitleDrop)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Splod on May 17, 2019, 10:06:02 PM
So this range is really shaping up to be fantastic!

I can't wait to see some OpFor, or ANZACs ;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: jasper on May 18, 2019, 11:31:25 AM
Pack 1-4 and buffalo's are based.
Pack 5-10 are ordered
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 18, 2019, 02:26:37 PM
Well done.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: FreakyFenton on May 19, 2019, 01:40:05 AM
Pack 1-4 and buffalo's are based.
Pack 5-10 are ordered

Along with the Wargames Illustrated Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore and Barnes and Taylor. Nice! Had the same train of thought!  :D :o
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on May 19, 2019, 02:21:23 AM
Barnes and Noble? Aren稚 they a bookshop chain? They appeared and rapidly went tits up in Australia.

As soon as these arrive in Oz, there will be a purchase of all the remaining codes, multiples of most.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: jasper on May 19, 2019, 08:45:20 PM
Along with the Wargames Illustrated Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore and Barnes and Taylor. Nice! Had the same train of thought!  :D :o

 :D


I also found this link: http://david.brubakers.us/Vietnam/index.html
Very useful information on all the gear.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 20, 2019, 07:59:46 AM
:D


I also found this link: http://david.brubakers.us/Vietnam/index.html
Very useful information on all the gear.

Oooggghhh good find. Everything in one place. Well done sir  ;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on May 20, 2019, 09:22:44 AM
Just beware that page is describing US Army items. Whilst the Marines by the late 60s were using quite a bit of kit from the US Army supply chain and certain items like uniforms were common to both services, many items, in particular rucksacks and flak vests, were not commonly used by the USMC.

When you get around to doing early war marines that extends to their web equipment, which was of a unique USMC pattern

This site has a more comprehensive overview of personal equipment used by both services.

http://www.vietnamgear.com/equipment.aspx?cat=8
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: tomrommel1 on May 20, 2019, 09:48:35 AM
Were do I find OOBs for the US Marines and the 101st air cavalry ? I need to know the Platoon composition or a company composition so i can order accordingly. Any help appreciated !
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on May 20, 2019, 10:01:46 AM
Carlos has covered OOB for USMC twice in this thread - not too far back  :)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on May 20, 2019, 11:26:49 AM
Were do I find OOBs for the US Marines and the 101st air cavalry ? I need to know the Platoon composition or a company composition so i can order accordingly. Any help appreciated !

Presuming you to mean the 101st Airborne Division, the answer is a little complex. Do you want the platoon structure for the infantry battalions or the aero-rifle platoons of the divisional Air Cavalry Squadron? Both are different. By the by, the current range of USMC troops aren稚 really suitable for depicting US Army troops so you will have to wait until Empress get around to the army.

For the platoons of infantry battalions, it痴 worth noting that there were probably a couple of dozen if not more individual variations to the TO&E but the basic paper strength pattern is as follows:

PHQ consisting of a platoon commander, a platoon sergeant, a medic and an RTO.

3X Rifle Squads, each of ten men, nominally divided into two fireteams, each of five men, four of whom carried M-16s with the fifth being a grenadier. Included in the numbers were a squad leader (sergeant) and an assistant squad leader (corporal).

1X Weapons Squad of nominally eleven men consisting of a squad leader, 2X machine gun teams, each of two men, one or two M67 90mm RCL teams of two men and another pair of ammunition bearers for the M-60s. The weapons squad was where much of the variation, official and semi-official took place. The RCLs were rarely carried on patrol, so as often as not the spare bodies were utilised as extra ammo numbers for the machine guns, that痴 when they weren稚 used as a pool of replacements or used to man base defences.

Mechanised units had a slightly different TO&E.

All US Army divisions had an air cavalry squadron as a divisional asset. The ground component consisted of Aerorifle Platoons which were organised very differently to the structure above. Let me know if that was in fact what you meant. To confuse things further, the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) had cavalry squadrons and troops and companies, organised as leg infantry as well as the Aerorifle platoons in its own Divisional Aircavalry Squadron.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: tomrommel1 on May 20, 2019, 01:49:04 PM
Army divisions had an air cavalry squadron as a divisional asset and thats what I am after indeed , my bad :(
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 20, 2019, 03:07:56 PM
Were do I find OOBs for the US Marines and the 101st air cavalry ? I need to know the Platoon composition or a company composition so i can order accordingly. Any help appreciated !
Carlos has covered OOB for USMC twice in this thread - not too far back  :)

Most recent items:
http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=114897.msg1464659#msg1464659 (http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=114897.msg1464659#msg1464659)

And here: http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=114897.msg1464662#msg1464662 (http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=114897.msg1464662#msg1464662)

Any chance of a sticky based on this type of information? I needed to find it again and I had read it before.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: jasper on May 20, 2019, 03:55:42 PM
Just beware that page is describing US Army items. Whilst the Marines by the late 60s were using quite a bit of kit from the US Army supply chain and certain items like uniforms were common to both services, many items, in particular rucksacks and flak vests, were not commonly used by the USMC.

When you get around to doing early war marines that extends to their web equipment, which was of a unique USMC pattern

This site has a more comprehensive overview of personal equipment used by both services.

http://www.vietnamgear.com/equipment.aspx?cat=8

Thank you Carlos  ;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ash on May 20, 2019, 05:20:13 PM
I also found this link: http://david.brubakers.us/Vietnam/index.html
Very useful information on all the gear.

Good link. Interesting to see just how different the 1960's M1 helmet was from it's WW2 counterpart, I'm surprised it didn't have an upgraded designation.`
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ash on May 20, 2019, 05:24:49 PM
Just beware that page is describing US Army items. Whilst the Marines by the late 60s were using quite a bit of kit from the US Army supply chain and certain items like uniforms were common to both services, many items, in particular rucksacks and flak vests, were not commonly used by the USMC.

When you get around to doing early war marines that extends to their web equipment, which was of a unique USMC pattern

This site has a more comprehensive overview of personal equipment used by both services.

http://www.vietnamgear.com/equipment.aspx?cat=8

Just a thought; would the USMC have been using 1967 pattern webbing in Jan '68? Seems a tad too soon for it to be issued
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: FreakyFenton on May 20, 2019, 07:09:22 PM
:D


I also found this link: http://david.brubakers.us/Vietnam/index.html
Very useful information on all the gear.

Just repeating the laudations, but very helpful link, thank you!  lol :D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 21, 2019, 09:42:44 AM
Todays Marine is 'Cowboy'

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: .:Gunslinger:. on May 21, 2019, 09:53:12 AM
Very well done! Especially the face really looks like Cowboy!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on May 21, 2019, 09:57:36 AM
Will he be part of a character pack?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 21, 2019, 10:33:16 AM
Will he be part of a character pack?

Sure will. We have a tsunami of sculpts on their way from Paul H. (PH bet me to use the word tsunami  lol )
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on May 21, 2019, 12:04:09 PM
OK, I will wait for the next wave of new miniatures.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 21, 2019, 12:21:44 PM
Well after that there will be another torrent, then a flood, then a.......etc so my advice Mick is to just grab the stuff when you can as this tap is not going to be turned off anytime soon. Oh and don't forget the vehicles to come soon. ;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: BlindFool on May 21, 2019, 12:41:17 PM
Have been following this thread with great interest. The figures as you壇 expect are outstanding.  I am looking forward to the direction it follows with its future releases...which leads me to a request if it hasn稚 already been raised...could we get a Don McCullin press photographer figure...I think it will be a worthy addition to this range in recognition of his haunting images that he took during the siege? 

For the future how about Larry Burrows and Tim Page?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on May 21, 2019, 12:44:18 PM
Todays Marine is 'Cowboy'

Outstanding
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 21, 2019, 12:55:34 PM
Have been following this thread with great interest. The figures as you壇 expect are outstanding.  I am looking forward to the direction it follows with its future releases...which leads me to a request if it hasn稚 already been raised...could we get a Don McCullin press photographer figure...I think it will be a worthy addition to this range in recognition of his haunting images that he took during the siege? 

For the future how about Larry Burrows and Tim Page?

Yes there is a journalist pack on the list.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: mrcleh on May 21, 2019, 01:20:31 PM
Well after that there will be another torrent, then a flood, then a.......etc so my advice Mick is to just grab the stuff when you can as this tap is not going to be turned off anytime soon. Oh and don't forget the vehicles to come soon. ;)

Please excuse my question as it has probably been answered somewhere in this thread already, but:

What vehicles can we expect aside from M113s?

I am really hoping for a good M35 truck, as to my knowledge there is none in this scale. Might also work as a base for gun trucks, two of which, equipped with quad 50s, apparently featured quite heavily in the early part of the MACV relieve efforts in Hue.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ash on May 21, 2019, 02:15:52 PM
Yes there is a journalist pack on the list.

If it was a four piece pack, my 'fantasy-press-pack' would include: Don McCullin, Catherine Leroy (both at Hue), Larry Burrows & Horst Fass

(https://i.ibb.co/9h3nhkQ/Don-Mc-Cullin.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/2syTqb9/Catherine-Leroy.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/XpVTgkS/Larry-Burrows.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/PwfM28n/Horst.jpg)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 21, 2019, 02:39:03 PM
Please excuse my question as it has probably been answered somewhere in this thread already, but:

What vehicles can we expect aside from M113s?

I am really hoping for a good M35 truck, as to my knowledge there is none in this scale. Might also work as a base for gun trucks, two of which, equipped with quad 50s, apparently featured quite heavily in the early part of the MACV relieve efforts in Hue.

Not currently discussing vehicles although based on some of the chats at PARTIZAN this weekend some of you have already guessed what we are doing  lol
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 21, 2019, 02:39:38 PM
If it was a four piece pack, my 'fantasy-press-pack' would include: Don McCullin, Catherine Leroy (both at Hue), Larry Burrows & Horst Fass



Couldn't possibly comment  ;D ;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: jasper on May 21, 2019, 04:10:55 PM
How many figure will the whole Nam range be? Than i can plan how much i have to reserve for it  ;D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 21, 2019, 04:25:38 PM
How many figure will the whole Nam range be? Than i can plan how much i have to reserve for it  ;D

I seriously cannot even estimate. At the moment there are 40 Marines with nearly 10 more sculpted and more to come.

Then Vietnamese civilians then armed civilians then NVA then Australians then ARVN, then we start on another section within the conflict etc, etc, etc etc, etc, etc, etc

Did I mention vehicles?

This really is not going to be a small range......unless of course no one buys the stuff.......however as its the biggest sales release we have seen in the history of Empress (and we have experienced some biggies over the years)  that's really doubtful  lol

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: jasper on May 21, 2019, 04:45:51 PM
Okay, that works enough, if you release them evenly through the year i think i can controle my hobby adhd and won't start to many other projects  :D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: manchesterreg on May 21, 2019, 05:45:27 PM
If you release them all at once, i can just have both Kidneys and a Liver out on the same day to pay for them. :)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 21, 2019, 06:15:35 PM
I seriously cannot even estimate. At the moment there are 40 Marines with nearly 10 more sculpted and more to come.

Then Vietnamese civilians then armed civilians then NVA then Australians then ARVN, then we start on another section within the conflict etc, etc, etc etc, etc, etc, etc

Did I mention vehicles?

This really is not going to be a small range......unless of course no one buys the stuff.......however as its the biggest sales release we have seen in the history of Empress (and we have experienced some biggies over the years)  that's really doubtful  lol
Plus US Army.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 21, 2019, 06:25:09 PM
Please excuse my question as it has probably been answered somewhere in this thread already, but:

What vehicles can we expect aside from M113s?

I am really hoping for a good M35 truck, as to my knowledge there is none in this scale. Might also work as a base for gun trucks, two of which, equipped with quad 50s, apparently featured quite heavily in the early part of the MACV relieve efforts in Hue.
Campaign 4 mentions two M42 SPAAGs were part of  'A' Company's convoy, plus M48A3s.

It also has an illustration of an M35A2 with the quad M2 turret.

Of course for that Full Metal Jacket look, M41s would be useful.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 21, 2019, 06:26:53 PM
Plus US Army.

Third section so next year.  Spring time.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: mrcleh on May 21, 2019, 10:45:29 PM
Campaign 4 mentions two M42 SPAAGs were part of  'A' Company's convoy, plus M48A3s.

It also has an illustration of an M35A2 with the quad M2 turret.

Of course for that Full Metal Jacket look, M41s would be useful.

That is the convoy, Alpha 1-1. Apparently two Dusters of 1-44th and two quad 50s of G-65th accompanied them, plus the Pattons you mentioned they met on the way. Would be nice to recreate that in 28mm. :D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 22, 2019, 09:45:02 AM
That is the convoy, Alpha 1-1. Apparently two Dusters of 1-44th and two quad 50s of G-65th accompanied them, plus the Pattons you mentioned they met on the way. Would be nice to recreate that in 28mm. :D
This is worth a read, all the equipment (bar the M41 ^__^) gets a mention plus ARVN M24.
Just found this, could be of interest;

https://www.usmcu.edu/Portals/218/HD%20MCUP/HD%20Pubs/DeathInTheImperialCity.pdf?ver=2018-10-16-102102-263
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: FreakyFenton on May 22, 2019, 02:54:15 PM
Todays Marine is 'Cowboy'

Reminds me of Hawkins in the 'Predator', must be those glasses!  lol
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: mrcleh on May 22, 2019, 03:42:05 PM
This is worth a read, all the equipment (bar the M41 ^__^) gets a mention plus ARVN M24.

That sounds very interesting, but the link isn't working for me. :(
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 22, 2019, 05:49:04 PM
That sounds very interesting, but the link isn't working for me. :(
I just checked, and it worked for me.

https://www.usmcu.edu/Portals/218/HD%20MCUP/HD%20Pubs/DeathInTheImperialCity.pdf?ver=2018-10-16-102102-263 (https://www.usmcu.edu/Portals/218/HD%20MCUP/HD%20Pubs/DeathInTheImperialCity.pdf?ver=2018-10-16-102102-263)

You do need a pdf reader.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: manchesterreg on May 22, 2019, 06:05:23 PM
I just checked, and it worked for me.

https://www.usmcu.edu/Portals/218/HD%20MCUP/HD%20Pubs/DeathInTheImperialCity.pdf?ver=2018-10-16-102102-263 (https://www.usmcu.edu/Portals/218/HD%20MCUP/HD%20Pubs/DeathInTheImperialCity.pdf?ver=2018-10-16-102102-263)

You do need a pdf reader.

Works for me, downloaded and printed it off at work, good read.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: mrcleh on May 22, 2019, 06:29:44 PM
Thanks, now it does indeed work! :)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 22, 2019, 07:00:40 PM
Thanks, now it does indeed work! :)
No Such Agency probably fixed for you....
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Paul Hicks on May 22, 2019, 08:47:13 PM
Another 14 USMC finished off along with back board for RTO痴. The 14 does include all the character figures, posted here plus a load more. Hopefully 鮮am film buffs will be happy.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Sparrow on May 22, 2019, 09:12:58 PM
Another 14 USMC finished off along with back board for RTO痴. The 14 does include all the character figures, posted here plus a load more. Hopefully 鮮am film buffs will be happy.

Temptress!! LOL!  lol
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Paul Hicks on May 22, 2019, 09:31:12 PM
I知 sure will be along soon to post the pictures.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on May 23, 2019, 02:46:52 AM
Another 14 USMC finished off along with back board for RTO痴. The 14 does include all the character figures, posted here plus a load more. Hopefully 鮮am film buffs will be happy.

Snipers? M-20 Bazookas? Corpsmen? Please?

Slight tangent. Any chance of some Force Recon chaps?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Paul Hicks on May 23, 2019, 07:43:41 AM
Snipers? M-20 Bazookas? Corpsmen? Please?

Slight tangent. Any chance of some Force Recon chaps?

All talked about.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Sparrow on May 23, 2019, 08:54:44 AM
I知 sure will be along soon to post the pictures.

I知 sure they値l appear and dent my bank balance further! Thanks for all you doing with this range, Paul. It痴 turning into an amazing project for so many of us!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 23, 2019, 10:29:06 AM
Some more pictures of Cowboy and some pictures of Animal Mother.

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 23, 2019, 10:55:17 AM
The M60 gunner is nice, but unlike Cowboy the face is not as recognisable.
(http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/37/2031-020319211131.jpeg)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on May 23, 2019, 10:58:48 AM
I definitely want to paint this pack.
 :-*
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on May 23, 2019, 11:18:22 AM
I think Animal Mother would be more easily recognised if his bottom lip wasn稚 turned up quite so much. But I知 zooming in on a tiny detail as it痴 a great mini.  8)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Paul Hicks on May 23, 2019, 11:30:16 AM
I think Animal Mother would be more easily recognised if his bottom lip wasn稚 turned up quite so much. But I知 zooming in on a tiny detail as it痴 a great mini.  8)

Thanks for the point. I致e just looked over the lip and cut the offending bit. It痴 tricky when you go over and over a figure. Thanks again for that! All positive comments are always gladly received.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 23, 2019, 11:31:26 AM
Thanks for the point. I致e just looked over the lip and cut the offending bit. It痴 tricky when you go over and over a figure. Thanks again for that! All positive comments are always gladly received.

Yeah and you should hear the swearing  :o
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on May 23, 2019, 11:39:58 AM
Thanks for the point. I致e just looked over the lip and cut the offending bit. It痴 tricky when you go over and over a figure. Thanks again for that! All positive comments are always gladly received.

You池e most very welcome Paul.  You池e working wonders ..... 8)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ash on May 23, 2019, 11:54:44 AM
One of the things that I have really liked about following this ongoing, & most awesome project, is that Paul & Empress not only take on board feedback but act on it.
If something needs fixing and can be fixed, then fixed it will be. Well played all round.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 23, 2019, 12:00:09 PM
One of the things that I have really liked about following this ongoing, & most awesome project, is that Paul & Empress not only take on board feedback but act on it.
If something needs fixing and can be fixed, then fixed it will be. Well played all round.

Cheers for that. It depends what you guys ask  lol

Changed figure;

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on May 23, 2019, 12:05:29 PM
That痴 pretty bloody marvellous  :-*
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Paul Hicks on May 23, 2019, 12:21:40 PM
That痴 pretty bloody marvellous  :-*

It痴 odd you can work on a 創ot figure for hours and not get it right. Then change the smallest feature and then Bingo! Thanks again
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on May 23, 2019, 12:27:39 PM
Real time feedback and adjustment within minutes :o

This is amazing as a process and the results are brilliant. :-*
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on May 23, 2019, 01:17:08 PM
Cheers for that. It depends what you guys ask  lol

Changed figure;

 :-* Spitting image! That痴 really bloody impressive. Do we get the female sniper with the VC packs?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 23, 2019, 01:32:38 PM
:-* Spitting image! That痴 really bloody impressive. Do we get the female sniper with the VC packs?

Kind of a must really  ;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on May 23, 2019, 01:59:16 PM
Groovy! Just remember she痴 toting a vz.58 not an AK in the film.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: tomrommel1 on May 23, 2019, 02:04:46 PM
Just committed myself and ordered a few marines  :)
Animal mother is really good :-*
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 23, 2019, 02:16:35 PM
Are you Thomas RIEPE?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 23, 2019, 04:49:51 PM
That is brilliant.

@Silent Invader - it is easy to see what is wrong,  being able to identify it is better. Good call.

@Paul (H) brilliant changes, thanks.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on May 23, 2019, 04:55:37 PM
Really impressed by this entire process. It's extremely good natured of Paul and Paul to involve people in it. The figures are something else, absolutely first rate.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 23, 2019, 05:24:02 PM
Really impressed by this entire process. It's extremely good natured of Paul and Paul to involve people in it. The figures are something else, abs ;)olutely first rate.

Shucks, very kind of you to say so ;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Suetonius Paullinus on May 23, 2019, 06:42:23 PM
Cor blimey..Animal Mother!
Now I want Cowboy and Joker please  :D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 23, 2019, 06:57:30 PM
Cor blimey..Animal Mother!
Now I want Cowboy and Joker please  :D
Cowboy is here: http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=114897.msg1466195#msg1466195 (http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=114897.msg1466195#msg1466195)
With some more (and the first attempt at Adam Baldwin) here:
http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=114897.msg1466811#msg1466811 (http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=114897.msg1466811#msg1466811)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Suetonius Paullinus on May 24, 2019, 11:11:35 AM
I知 counting on a 善latoon of army grunts in due course as well now! Raaah!
Cowboy is my favourite so far I reckon..man I can稚 wait to get my hands on those Full Metal Jacket Marines  :-*
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 24, 2019, 01:34:52 PM
Todays Marine is Joker.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on May 24, 2019, 02:32:46 PM
You know, you really should send a pack to each if the featured artistes. Sadly for them, it was pretty much the high water mark of their careers. Oh well, I suppose they are still basking in the glory of being the subjects if pub trivia questions like 糎hat ever became of Matthew Modine? etc, etc.  :)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on May 24, 2019, 02:36:41 PM
Painting the peace symbol button will be fun.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Dags on May 24, 2019, 03:12:36 PM
My little brother is in FMJ so that's the resolve not to start anything new gone  lol
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 24, 2019, 03:57:47 PM
Very nice.

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 25, 2019, 07:45:05 AM
Painting the peace symbol button will be fun.

Does anyone sell transfers?  lol
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Paul Hicks on May 25, 2019, 08:56:53 AM
Joker has been given the ultimate seal of approval on Empress FB page.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on May 25, 2019, 09:03:48 AM
Joker has been given the ultimate seal of approval on Empress FB page.

 :o :o :o

Now that is cool!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: M Blakey on May 25, 2019, 09:24:29 AM
Well you know your doing something right if it's been officially endorsed by the man himself! Well done Empress team and Mr Hicks.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on May 25, 2019, 09:58:55 AM
Joker has been given the ultimate seal of approval on Empress FB page.

???

( I don稚 have FB) I知 guessing Matthew Modine likes the figure?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: manchesterreg on May 25, 2019, 11:41:10 AM
???

( I don稚 have FB) I知 guessing Matthew Modine likes the figure?

Yes, his Son has commented twice about it, says his dad loves it! :)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on May 25, 2019, 12:13:07 PM
That is pretty fucking cool!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 25, 2019, 01:49:39 PM
Yes, his Son has commented twice about it, says his dad loves it! :)

Brilliant.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: traveller on May 27, 2019, 07:37:20 PM
Got my first 10 packs today. Incredibly detailed and clean sculpts. Really impressive work by Paul and the Empress team!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Paul Hicks on May 27, 2019, 09:51:56 PM
Got my first 10 packs today. Incredibly detailed and clean sculpts. Really impressive work by Paul and the Empress team!

Thank you!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 28, 2019, 09:14:22 AM
That is pretty fucking cool!

Yeah I thought that  ;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 28, 2019, 09:30:27 AM
Had a busy weekend and not had a chance to post a new Marine so you can be introduced to two this morning.

These chaps were only in the fist half of the film but both became iconic characters. We introduce to you Gny Sgt Hartman and Private Gomer Pyle as if they did survive basic training and got to Vietnam and Tet.

As usual Hartman is on Pyles case and Pyle is showing his manic war face. Scary stuff.

Hope you like. ;)

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on May 28, 2019, 09:39:12 AM
The 創ot R Lee Ermey is an excellent likeness but the gunny should be wearing a tin hat.

Now, you really should slip in a real Gomer Pyle, maybe when you do early war marines.

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 28, 2019, 09:56:50 AM
Hartman has his helmet hanging on his belt, naughty boy.

When doing these type of figures you have to go for a slightly arty look to get the 'look' and putting a helmet on him actually looses character. Of course he would be best in a lemon squeezer but that would be pushing it.

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on May 28, 2019, 10:20:34 AM
"Of course he would be best in a lemon squeezer" lol

You could offer an additional head wearing the hat from the film.
This would save us all a lot of messing about with greenstuff. :o :o


By the way, these character sets are brilliant :-*

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on May 28, 2019, 10:28:10 AM
In the cap is just how I imagine Hartman would go to war. After all, when he faces down 善yle he does kind of act like he痴 bulletproof.  8)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on May 28, 2019, 10:31:30 AM
"After all, when he faces down 善yle he does kind of act like he痴 bulletproof."

..but that didn't end well did it...
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on May 28, 2019, 11:08:51 AM
If you squint and listen closely you can hear that figure asking 泥id your parents have any children that lived?

I have a sneaking suspicion that if Paul does chopper crew, we値l see that face again.  ;)

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: FreakyFenton on May 28, 2019, 11:34:00 AM
Had a busy weekend and not had a chance to post a new Marine so you can be introduced to two this morning.

These chaps were only in the fist half of the film but both became iconic characters. We introduce to you Gny Sgt Hartman and Private Gomer Pyle as if they did survive basic training and got to Vietnam and Tet.

As usual Hartman is on Pyles case and Pyle is showing his manic war face. Scary stuff.

Hope you like. ;)

Well I just found someone to sick on the Predator creature in my jungle terrain.  lol
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on May 28, 2019, 12:51:39 PM
When do you expect to launch the Full Metal Jacket figures?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 28, 2019, 01:28:42 PM
Going into moulds now but I know our chap is on holiday so I suspect they will be released in about three weeks.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on May 28, 2019, 01:55:35 PM
If you squint and listen closely you can hear that figure asking 泥id your parents have any children that lived?

I have a sneaking suspicion that if Paul does chopper crew, we値l see that face again.  ;)

And perhaps again when Empress cover the US army as a sergeant major along the lines of Sgt Hafner in 'Siege of Firebase Gloria'? Though I seem to recall R Lee Emery played a USMC sgt on an army firebase?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Treadheadz on May 28, 2019, 03:24:58 PM

All looks very good and tempting - But I do wish the models would be sold in sets of two or singles!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Suetonius Paullinus on May 28, 2019, 09:57:42 PM
C知on Ivan..that痴 an excuse  lol
You ALWAYS need parts for your various other projects and you like chopping up minis so bite the bullet and grab some!!!  ;)

Cheers

Andy
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Treadheadz on May 28, 2019, 10:14:13 PM

True...  ;D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 29, 2019, 08:38:40 AM
And perhaps again when Empress cover the US army as a sergeant major along the lines of Sgt Hafner in 'Siege of Firebase Gloria'? Though I seem to recall R Lee Emery played a USMC sgt on an army firebase?

I got 15 minutes into that film before I could not take it anymore.  lol

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on May 29, 2019, 11:31:13 PM
I got 15 minutes into that film before I could not take it anymore.  lol

I stuck with it and it was an interesting experience!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 30, 2019, 11:13:51 AM
Todays Marine is 8 Ball.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 30, 2019, 11:47:09 AM
Nice rendition.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on May 30, 2019, 12:06:42 PM
Excellent  8)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on May 30, 2019, 12:12:43 PM
Yup, like that one too.

Fuck, this is going to cost me an arm and a leg!  lol
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Treadheadz on May 30, 2019, 01:41:22 PM
Yup, like that one too.

Fuck, this is going to cost me an arm and a leg!  lol

(https://2eu.funnyjunk.com/pictures/Lost+it+in+nom+source+reddit_96fce6_4900951.jpg)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Marine0846 on May 30, 2019, 02:29:26 PM
Very funny Treadheadz.

 lol lol lol lol lol lol
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: traveller on May 30, 2019, 08:19:40 PM
Started basing and priming the first pack I have a question about the kneeling figure in pack NAM1. He is wearing some kind of parka with a hood? Grateful if anyone could shed some light over this type of uniform jacket?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on May 30, 2019, 10:05:03 PM
M65 field jacket with the hood out?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ash on May 30, 2019, 10:45:27 PM
Started basing and priming the first pack I have a question about the kneeling figure in pack NAM1. He is wearing some kind of parka with a hood? Grateful if anyone could shed some light over this type of uniform jacket?

It's the nylon US Navy rain jacket.

(https://i.ibb.co/vcF4NX1/download.jpg)

A two part suit with the over trousers:

(https://i.ibb.co/2qhHTH2/vintage-s-navy-rain-parka-jacket-1-684d9ec2eb2ba92561b12aeed6700419-1.jpg)

Looks a lot darker in the photos:

(https://i.ibb.co/ZW4kh8f/21-Hue.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/gWTRKD6/67947fff2ce5f8db7d803088b88a01ee.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/HF8GkNh/9836939943-c6bec09995-b.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/pj4mczr/163435310405-1-0-1.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/thxMspz/01-Hue.jpg)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: traveller on May 31, 2019, 05:58:58 AM
Excellent! Many thanks!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 31, 2019, 07:53:24 AM
Very useful, thanks.

There are an interesting selection of shades of green, even of the same pieces of equipment. One of the over-trousers looks nearly blue.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 31, 2019, 08:46:55 AM
Very useful, thanks.

There are an interesting selection of shades of green, even of the same pieces of equipment. One of the over-trousers looks nearly blue.

Just be careful of colour film pigments as they do change colour tone significantly.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ragnar on May 31, 2019, 08:54:19 AM
Just be careful of colour film pigments as they do change colour tone significantly.

Nevertheless, in the second last picture, the colour differences/similarities between flack jacket, shirt and trousers is interesting.  Three different combinations on three different blokes yet only two colours.

NB, just noticed the chap in the middle has the parka showing instead of a shirt.  Still, it is very similar in colour to the shirt and flack jacket on the right.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 31, 2019, 09:38:55 AM
What's the guy holding the plasma bottle got in his helmet. Looks like a rubber spider  lol
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 31, 2019, 09:42:42 AM
There are an interesting selection of shades of green, even of the same pieces of equipment. One of the over-trousers looks nearly blue.
Just be careful of colour film pigments as they do change colour tone significantly.
Yes, even with electronic cameras there is much variation depending on the lighting and processing.
http://ultravanillasmurf.blogspot.com/2017/07/lead-legion-colours.html (http://ultravanillasmurf.blogspot.com/2017/07/lead-legion-colours.html)

There is a lake in Canada that caused a lot of problems when tourists got home and took their film in to be processed. The lake is a very unnatural looking blue (glacial water full of rock flour), and the developers would throw their hands up in horror because no matter what they did, the colours would look wrong.

I was referring to this photograph about the blue trousers.
(https://i.ibb.co/HF8GkNh/9836939943-c6bec09995-b.jpg)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 31, 2019, 09:45:03 AM
What's the guy holding the plasma bottle got in his helmet. Looks like a rubber spider  lol
Good grief. You are right, or it is an escapee from a Black Sun...
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ragnar on May 31, 2019, 10:01:07 AM
Good grief. You are right, or it is an escapee from a Black Sun...

Rubber octopus?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 31, 2019, 10:17:44 AM
Just be careful of colour film pigments as they do change colour tone significantly.

Yes, even with electronic cameras there is much variation depending on the lighting and processing.
http://ultravanillasmurf.blogspot.com/2017/07/lead-legion-colours.html (http://ultravanillasmurf.blogspot.com/2017/07/lead-legion-colours.html)

There is a lake in Canada that caused a lot of problems when tourists got home and took their film in to be processed. The lake is a very unnatural looking blue (glacial water full of rock flour), and the developers would throw their hands up in horror because no matter what they did, the colours would look wrong.

I was referring to this photograph about the blue trousers.
(https://i.ibb.co/HF8GkNh/9836939943-c6bec09995-b.jpg)

Yeah they are blue. Is he a marine corpsman with navy trousers on?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ash on May 31, 2019, 11:16:51 AM
I'm wondering if that might be an image that was originally B&W and the colour has been added at a more recent date; there does seem to be a trend for doing this at the moment. Or as previously noted the film stocks of the day could provide quite a variety of results. Could have been shot on colour transparency film, or colour negative; could be from a 1960's print or from a later date when the film has been scanned digitally. A lot of the colour negatives from back then are lacking in tonal range compared to today and the colours are relatively flat.
Here's a good comparison:

B&W image by Don McCullin; the original prints were much darker, at some stage this has been tweeked.
(https://i.ibb.co/3kwSXV7/US-Soldiers-tormenting-a-civilian-in-the-old-city-of-Hue-during-the-offensive-Tet-Hue-1968.jpg)

Almost the same, at first I thought this was a coloured version of the B&W, but the angles are different, so could be another photographer next to McCullin shooting colour, or just a different frame that's been digitally coloured at a later date. I'm thinking the later.
(https://i.ibb.co/JxyFcCQ/528c6c0b3406062542639928a7594ba9.jpg)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 31, 2019, 02:21:08 PM
Todays Marine is Homer.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Sparrow on May 31, 2019, 03:02:01 PM
Superb!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 31, 2019, 03:05:09 PM
Mildly concerned that the back blast will burn his shoulder off.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Poiter50 on May 31, 2019, 03:12:38 PM
My thoughts exactly. Never got to fire one when in but that was always the warning - keep clear of the backblast!

Mildly concerned that the back blast will burn his shoulder off.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 31, 2019, 03:18:55 PM
@Ash - I think they might be taken by the same cameraman, I would expect most photographers would have multiple cameras, the main black and white one for high Res use and one for colour slides (lower resolution). You would take shots with both, both as back up and for different uses.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: FreakyFenton on May 31, 2019, 03:23:29 PM
It's the nylon US Navy rain jacket.

(https://i.ibb.co/vcF4NX1/download.jpg)

A two part suit with the over trousers:

(https://i.ibb.co/2qhHTH2/vintage-s-navy-rain-parka-jacket-1-684d9ec2eb2ba92561b12aeed6700419-1.jpg)

Looks a lot darker in the photos:

(https://i.ibb.co/ZW4kh8f/21-Hue.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/gWTRKD6/67947fff2ce5f8db7d803088b88a01ee.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/HF8GkNh/9836939943-c6bec09995-b.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/pj4mczr/163435310405-1-0-1.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/thxMspz/01-Hue.jpg)

"Unholster your calamaris NOW!"
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on May 31, 2019, 03:25:55 PM
My thoughts exactly. Never got to fire one when in but that was always the warning - keep clear of the backblast!

He must be an FNG!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 31, 2019, 03:36:05 PM
My thoughts exactly. Never got to fire one when in but that was always the warning - keep clear of the backblast!
It needs to be set back a little, so the end of the tube is clear of the shoulder.
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ef/Law_ftbenning_1960_04.jpg)
From Wikipedia.
That looks "colourised" as well.

You also want to make sure the rifle is clear, the metal will be fine, but the sling and the foregrip will burn.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Dr. Zombie on May 31, 2019, 03:44:42 PM
When I was in the army. We had a guy who did not properly clear his backblast. We were lying down whilst shooting. He had burns all down his side and broke 3 ribs.

That warning label on them is not to be taken lightly.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 31, 2019, 03:46:25 PM
When I was in the army. We had a guy who did not properly clear his backblast. We were lying down whilst shooting. He had burns all down his side and broke 3 ribs.

That warning label on them is not to be taken lightly.
Firing prone directly forward?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 31, 2019, 03:57:28 PM
I am sure no one is actually interested, but it is Peyto Lake which is a particularly odd shade of blue.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peyto_Lake (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peyto_Lake)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on May 31, 2019, 08:25:30 PM
My thoughts exactly. Never got to fire one when in but that was always the warning - keep clear of the backblast!

You were, in fact, supposed to turn your head, survey the scene behind you and yell 腺BDA clear! before firing. I had a rather harrowing afternoon as a safety officer once, supervising ARES officer cadets. A  number decided that this part of the drill involved swinging not just their head but their upper torso around, thus pointing the tube and it痴 contents at lil ole me in the process. Funnily enough I seem to recall that most of them managed to avoid this with the subcal firing device and waited till they had a live rocket. Not that it would make much difference, a 22mm hole through the chest will kill you just as well as a 66mm one. I was not best pleased.

My best mate at the time had an even hairier day. He got a hang-fire, had to do the wait and walk thing before the tube and rocket were blown in place.

Yes, the tube should be further back and Homer probably wants to remove/ move that rifle lest he get a nasty surprise.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ash on May 31, 2019, 09:09:21 PM
@Ash - I think they might be taken by the same cameraman, I would expect most photographers would have multiple cameras, the main black and white one for high Res use and one for colour slides (lower resolution). You would take shots with both, both as back up and for different uses.

I'd agree with them being from the same photographer. I'm thinking the second (coloured) version, is a second frame from the same moment. The photographer has either crouched down or gone down on one knee to frame straight at the prisoner from his head height.
As the B&W shot is a well known Don McCullin image, I doubt the colour frame was shot on colour film, looking at it closely each colour is a flat tone, all the highlight and shade is from the grey scale, most likely colour washes applied to B&W prints or maybe later digital manipulation.
Don McCullin shot exclusively in B&W, however the Sunday Times magazine of the day ran several of his pictures as colour toned images

(https://i.ibb.co/g46jwYD/19680324-3.jpg)

Resolution wasn't a thing with film, to improve image size you increased the format of kit you were using. Most of the press then were using 35mm, with different bodies for different focal length lenses.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Paul Hicks on May 31, 2019, 09:48:29 PM
In regards to the LAW figure. I致e decided to take on all your expert advise and resculpt him.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Suetonius Paullinus on May 31, 2019, 10:01:39 PM
That痴 awesome Paul  8)
Although I obviously cannot make any helpful contribution I知 terms of weapons handling this process here makes it feel as if we all have taken part in the creation of those little master pieces.
Loving it  :-*
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Dr. Zombie on May 31, 2019, 10:10:55 PM
It is really awesome how good sports both mr. Hicks and Empress is about this whole range. And us nerdy buttoncounters.  I don稚 think I have experienced a range come to life in this way before. I had swallowed the bait already but this very open process where you show of work in progress and show such a willingness to take on board suggestions and make various tweaks. Really makes me even more excited about this range.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 31, 2019, 10:38:33 PM
You are probably right about that.

Resolution wasn't a thing with film, to improve image size you increased the format of kit you were using. Most of the press then were using 35mm, with different bodies for different focal length lenses.
New habits, sorry I meant film speed, which equates to resolution on chemical films (higher speed has bigger grain size so lower effective resolution).

I remember how grainy my first ASA 400 photographs were compared to the normal commercial ASA 100.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 31, 2019, 10:47:14 PM
Excellent news, thanks.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on June 01, 2019, 12:41:26 AM
It is really awesome how good sports both mr. Hicks and Empress is about this whole range. And us nerdy buttoncounters.  I don稚 think I have experienced a range come to life in this way before. I had swallowed the bait already but this very open process where you show of work in progress and show such a willingness to take on board suggestions and make various tweaks. Really makes me even more excited about this range.

Excellent sculpting aside, it痴 one of the best aspects of this range. I致e noticed that Rubicon, the maker of plastic tanks and the like take a very similar approach and it all shows in the quality of the product.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Helen on June 01, 2019, 01:54:23 AM
In regards to the LAW figure. I致e decided to take on all your expert advise and resculpt him.

Great work Paul in re-working the figure.

I removed my post on the subject matter when I saw your post later on.

Best regards,

Helen
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on June 01, 2019, 03:57:07 AM
In stock at Elite! Just ordered a couple of each of the rest of the packs. Happy man :D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Slayer on June 01, 2019, 05:51:02 AM
In stock at Elite! Just ordered a couple of each of the rest of the packs. Happy man :D

as did I, thats gives me every pack so far.....this might turn into a large project at this rate...
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on June 01, 2019, 07:29:52 AM
as did I, thats gives me every pack so far.....this might turn into a large project at this rate...
NASA will be able to find us from space with a gravity sensor ^___^.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Sparrow on June 01, 2019, 09:17:29 AM
NASA will be able to find us from space with a gravity sensor ^___^.

Laughed out loud! Roll on the VC!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: painterman on June 01, 2019, 11:00:20 PM
Hope its OK to share first USMC I've painted.
Colours on the second picture are closest to actual models.
Simon.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47981488646_c0114c959b_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2g6XEVC)IMG_6304 (https://flic.kr/p/2g6XEVC) by simon chick (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47981435962_1a437afcb1_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2g6Xpgh)IMG_6296 (https://flic.kr/p/2g6Xpgh) by simon chick (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ash on June 01, 2019, 11:10:28 PM
Those are super, love the faces.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Slayer on June 01, 2019, 11:29:40 PM
painterman those are lovely :-*
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on June 02, 2019, 07:54:02 AM
@painterman - nice work.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Splod on June 02, 2019, 09:14:36 AM
Tidy work dude!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: tomrommel1 on June 02, 2019, 09:41:46 AM
really nice
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on June 02, 2019, 10:31:11 AM
Hope its OK to share first USMC I've painted.
Colours on the second picture are closest to actual models.
Simon.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47981488646_c0114c959b_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2g6XEVC)IMG_6304 (https://flic.kr/p/2g6XEVC) by simon chick (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47981435962_1a437afcb1_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2g6Xpgh)IMG_6296 (https://flic.kr/p/2g6Xpgh) by simon chick (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Lovely brushwork!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on June 02, 2019, 10:59:34 AM
Hope its OK to share first USMC I've painted.
Colours on the second picture are closest to actual models.
Simon.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47981488646_c0114c959b_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2g6XEVC)IMG_6304 (https://flic.kr/p/2g6XEVC) by simon chick (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47981435962_1a437afcb1_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2g6Xpgh)IMG_6296 (https://flic.kr/p/2g6Xpgh) by simon chick (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Fantastic work. Its really great to see so many different painted versions of these figures. Really brings them to life.  :-*
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on June 02, 2019, 11:01:36 AM
Marine Homer failed basic training and has been replaced by Marine Bart.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ash on June 02, 2019, 12:02:19 PM
Rather like the look of 'Bart', great pose.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on June 02, 2019, 01:26:30 PM
Nice.

Willl there be a pack of M72s like there is of M60s and Mike?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on June 02, 2019, 02:57:39 PM
Yep.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on June 02, 2019, 05:33:31 PM
Yep.
Cool.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on June 02, 2019, 09:44:27 PM
Alas Bart also failed basic training as he has the rear sight behind his head. Of course he might be aiming at something very close, say ten feet away. In that case, let痴 hope he remembers that the rocket has a minimum arming distance.  ;)

This chap has the right idea.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Splod on June 02, 2019, 09:48:53 PM
Someone might want to find some reference pics of the weapon in use for Paul ;)

But it is a fantastic sculpt none the less. I am really hanging out to see what you do with your Australian range.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Paul Hicks on June 02, 2019, 10:45:56 PM
Alas Bart also failed basic training as he has the rear sight behind his head. Of course he might be aiming at something very close, say ten feet away. In that case, let痴 hope he remembers that the rocket has a minimum arming distance.  ;)

This chap has the right idea.

Easy fix
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on June 03, 2019, 08:27:26 AM
Alas Bart also failed basic training as he has the rear sight behind his head. Of course he might be aiming at something very close, say ten feet away. In that case, let痴 hope he remembers that the rocket has a minimum arming distance.  ;)
He is using it as a portable flamethrower, and the target is (as they say in panto) "behind you".
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Paul Hicks on June 03, 2019, 08:38:04 AM
He is using it as a portable flamethrower, and the target is (as they say in panto) "behind you".


The sight is too far back on the rocket launcher model. Not the wrong way round? lol
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on June 03, 2019, 09:18:52 AM
I always loved the fact that the device you pressed above the rocket assembly, if you wished to close the tube without firing the rocket, was known as the detente button. Let it not be said that the writers of military training pams have limited vocabulary or a sense of history.

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on June 03, 2019, 09:43:10 AM
He is using it as a portable flamethrower, and the target is (as they say in panto) "behind you".
The sight is too far back on the rocket launcher model. Not the wrong way round? lol
I was thinking more"The Rim of the World" than "Commando" ^___^.

Hence the panto reference.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Paul Hicks on June 03, 2019, 10:14:10 AM
The sight is too far back on the rocket launcher model. Not the wrong way round? lol

I was thinking more"The Rim of the World" than "Commando" ^___^.

Hence the panto reference.

Oh no you didn't!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on June 03, 2019, 10:26:39 AM
(audience) Oh yes he did!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on June 03, 2019, 10:28:57 AM
I have a sinking feeling that Paul痴 first female sculpt for the range will now be a certain Widow Twankey.  :D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on June 03, 2019, 10:51:58 AM
With and RPG 7. How did you know that?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on June 03, 2019, 10:54:45 AM
Julian Clary told me. Such a gossip!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on June 03, 2019, 11:49:37 AM
Just doing test sculpts for the VC to check size and stature etc. Here are some previews.

 The comparison figures are a USMC and a Vietminh officer who works for NVA anyway.


Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Splod on June 03, 2019, 12:08:40 PM
Fantastic! I'll take... *empties wallet on bench* However much 'this' will buy me.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Juan on June 03, 2019, 12:34:27 PM
Very nice VC!!!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on June 03, 2019, 12:41:22 PM
Looking good!

One small request for when you get around to the PAVN/NVA. Don稚 just reuse the pith helmets from the Viet Minh range, the NVA ones tended to be a different shape and are quite distinctive.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: .:Gunslinger:. on June 03, 2019, 01:38:57 PM
My god this is brilliant  :-* that range will be incredible  :o
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: tomrommel1 on June 03, 2019, 02:04:07 PM
seems to be spot on indeed.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on June 03, 2019, 02:48:01 PM
Its interesting because I am chatting to a customer who does not think that we should sculpt the different nationalities in their 'true ' sizes. Forget scale as that's irrelevant. Its the physical size comparison that's important. Now Empress always has tried to do things based on accuracy especially physical size and its clear that there is a size difference between westerners and Vietnamese.

What do you guys think?

For example;

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Sparrow on June 03, 2019, 02:48:25 PM
Brilliant !
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on June 03, 2019, 02:59:48 PM
I think sculpting them as physically smaller makes sense, even taking into consideration the normal size variance of individuals. For me, if they match the Viet Minh, size wise, I値l be happy enough.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on June 03, 2019, 03:48:44 PM
Well we will vary the Vietnamese so there is the odd tall one but its the average that's important.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on June 03, 2019, 03:51:03 PM
I think sculpting them as physically smaller makes sense, even taking into consideration the normal size variance of individuals. For me, if they match the Viet Minh, size wise, I値l be happy enough.
Though I agree, the example above has about a head difference between the VC and the marine with the M79. Does that match the evidence?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: 88D on June 03, 2019, 03:54:37 PM
Another vote for smaller Vietnamese.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on June 03, 2019, 03:55:34 PM
Though I agree, the example above has about a head difference between the VC and the marine with the M79. Does that match the evidence?

Look at the pictures that I posted. There are huge amounts of picture evidence to show the size difference as well as medical average size comparisons.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on June 03, 2019, 04:23:45 PM
Look at the pictures that I posted. There are huge amounts of picture evidence to show the size difference as well as medical average size comparisons.
I have looked at the photographs, my problem is that the they look like children (except the one in uniform who is only half a head shorter). I am perfectly willing to believe this is the case (and probably caused additional psychological damage to the soldiers fighting them).
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: .:Gunslinger:. on June 03, 2019, 04:37:44 PM
I agree on smaller sizes...it really adds to realism and character and very very few ranges do that. Great to see more variety and more realistic sizes!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on June 03, 2019, 04:59:20 PM
Bonus points to anyone who can identify the Osprey books in the background.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Sparrow on June 03, 2019, 05:55:11 PM
One of them on the left looks like the Osprey Elite on the International Brigades 1936-39?  lol
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on June 03, 2019, 06:33:07 PM
A few photos of US advisors next to Vietnamese personnel. I'm sure I've read a number of accounts about the height difference in various books, so it appears to have been noticeable.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Dr. Zombie on June 03, 2019, 06:45:32 PM
I think as long as you keep weapons and equipment in the same size as the Marines. It will be fine. Otherwise the Vietcong will just look like 25mm minis.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on June 03, 2019, 07:13:04 PM
I used to visit factories in Vietnam at least twice a year between 2001 and 2016.
Vietnamese men are noticeably smaller than Europeans and Americans, even now.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Calimero on June 03, 2019, 08:32:23 PM

I値l go for smaller Vietnamese too search for pictures of south vietnamese troops with Garand their rifles are as big as they are lol
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Splod on June 03, 2019, 09:35:45 PM
Another vote for smaller. There is a substantial amount of period and contemporary evidence to show the Vietnamese are generally smaller in stature than westerners.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on June 03, 2019, 09:50:23 PM
I値l go for smaller Vietnamese too search for pictures of south vietnamese troops with Garand their rifles are as big as they are lol

One of the reasons the US decided, at a relatively early stage, to arm the South Vietnamese with the M-16 and why many Vietnamese preferred the M-1 and M-2 carbine.

Improved living standards and diet have increased the height (and weight) of the average Vietnamese since the war both within Vietnam and in the diaspora. That said, my wife has Vietnamese friends, we have both visited Vietnam and even at only 510 I知 still notably taller than most Vietnamese I致e encountered. I did the Cu Chi Tunnel tour when I was there and one thing was obvious about those tunnels was that they were definitely designed around smaller folk.

Of course, toy soldiers are just avatars, nobody expects them to be actual representations of the range of human variation. If they were, then Paul would be a very, very, busy sculptor. I reckon about a half a head average difference to the Yanks and  Australians would be a good compromise for the Vietnamese. The South Vietnamese will probably look even smaller once you slap a tin hat on their bonces, so a moderate difference won稚 hurt. Too small and people will be saying they escaped from the Perry WW2 range. :)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Silent Invader on June 03, 2019, 10:41:14 PM
To my mind a noticeable difference in height is essential for the right look. That said, it doesn稚 need to be in proportion to the scale difference, just enough to provide the visual effect.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on June 04, 2019, 06:40:42 AM
"Too small and people will be saying they escaped from the Perry WW2 range"  lol lol

 Apparently, the new plastic Perry Mid War Americans are much bigger and match up quite well with Artizan, Bolt Action etc.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on June 04, 2019, 07:43:00 AM
"Too small and people will be saying they escaped from the Perry WW2 range"  lol lol

 Apparently, the new plastic Perry Mid War Americans are much bigger and match up quite well with Artizan, Bolt Action etc.
Carlos makes an entertaining point, but the Perry figures are taller than you think.
http://ultravanillasmurf.blogspot.com/2014/04/perry-miniatures-eighth-army-comparison.html (http://ultravanillasmurf.blogspot.com/2014/04/perry-miniatures-eighth-army-comparison.html)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on June 04, 2019, 08:31:29 AM
Marines Stewie and Brian
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on June 04, 2019, 08:45:06 AM
Carlos makes an entertaining point, but the Perry figures are taller than you think.
http://ultravanillasmurf.blogspot.com/2014/04/perry-miniatures-eighth-army-comparison.html (http://ultravanillasmurf.blogspot.com/2014/04/perry-miniatures-eighth-army-comparison.html)

Hmm, haven稚 seen the new Yanks but I do know that the Perry 8th Army figures, both metal and plastic were titchy next to my Eureka Australians, which aren稚 exactly huge. Did make them perfect to use as police in Borneo or HK though.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on June 04, 2019, 08:47:56 AM
Marines Stewie and Brian

Third time is the charm! Sigh, more things to paint.....*  :)


*White people problems #358.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Suetonius Paullinus on June 04, 2019, 08:49:10 AM
The Perry GIs aren稚 any bigger and fit as good or not in with other ranges.
@topic
They look pretty much spot on to me now  8)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Paul Hicks on June 04, 2019, 09:19:09 AM
Third time is the charm! Sigh, more things to paint.....*  :)


*White people problems #358.

At last! Now go and bother other sculptors! :D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on June 04, 2019, 10:36:28 AM
Nice.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on June 04, 2019, 10:43:28 AM
At last! No go and bother other sculptors! :D

 lol lol lol lol lol lol
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on June 04, 2019, 10:53:29 AM
Soz! Rodin was unavailable this week and I致e given up on Henry fucking Moore. OK, conceptually his work is great but he really has no sense of scale and his attention to detail is notably poor.

 :D
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Paul Hicks on June 04, 2019, 11:04:16 AM
Soz! Rodin was unavailable this week and I致e given up on Henry fucking Moore. OK, conceptually his work is great but he really has no sense of scale and his attention to detail is notably poor.

 :D

Or maybe they're ignoring your emails:)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on June 04, 2019, 11:14:30 AM
Not sure that Paul's latest special forces sculpts will pass muster with the critics on here?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on June 04, 2019, 11:17:59 AM
Could be. Contrary to the popular impression, dear old Auguste was never much of a thinker although his seminal work, 閃an Sitting on the Lav Reading the Daily Mail has a witty quality to it.

Now get back to grafting away in your garret!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on June 04, 2019, 03:03:13 PM
We do our best.  ;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on June 05, 2019, 09:25:15 AM
Marine Smithers.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ash on June 05, 2019, 10:37:55 AM
Liking marine 'Smithers'  (cough 'rear sight' cough), rather intrigued to see what marine 'Ralph' might be doing...
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Paul Hicks on June 05, 2019, 12:00:27 PM
Liking marine 'Smithers'  (cough 'rear sight' cough), rather intrigued to see what marine 'Ralph' might be doing...
'Ralph' is censoring the mail.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Splod on June 05, 2019, 09:14:01 PM
Looking fantastic. Can't wait to see all these figures replicated with M14 ;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Suetonius Paullinus on June 05, 2019, 09:43:07 PM
@Splod
Nice one! I second the motion  8)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on June 06, 2019, 08:32:30 AM
Don't worry that's in the loop at some point although was thinking of all new sculpts and slightly earlier period.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: v_lazy_dragon on June 06, 2019, 09:16:59 AM
Oooh Early Marines with M14s would be very tasty!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Calimero on June 06, 2019, 12:45:21 PM

Oooh Early Marines with M14s would be very tasty!

Indeed! 8)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on June 06, 2019, 02:33:45 PM
Todays Marine is called Clark.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on June 07, 2019, 08:46:57 AM
You are obviously all bored with our releases now  lol
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on June 07, 2019, 08:54:59 AM
Just amazed that they keep coming! Another great figure.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Paul Hicks on June 07, 2019, 08:58:17 AM
Just amazed that they keep coming! Another great figure.

54 individual figures so far!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on June 07, 2019, 09:21:48 AM
54 individual figures so far!

Wow, that's more than some ranges ever achieve!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on June 07, 2019, 09:44:03 AM
LOTS more to come .

We made it very clear that this would be a BIG range and THE Vietnam range to go to. So far and obviously not including the French Indo China range we have only done Tet based Marines. SOOOOO much more to do.

Vehicles close to being announced soon as well. And when I say announced I mean not just creating a wish list but either released or close to being released.  ;)

Stay tuned.

Just letting Paul have a little rest to restore his artistic flare.  lol
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Treadheadz on June 07, 2019, 10:24:40 AM

Good times coming - It would seem!
 
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Juan on June 07, 2019, 11:27:43 AM
With so many Marines around, some Seabees with Thomson SMG, etc. would be nice...
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Saucy Jack on June 07, 2019, 11:09:42 PM
Your range looks incredible, only thing preventing me from buying some is that I want both sides and therefore need some VC/NVA. Any ETA for them?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on June 08, 2019, 04:57:57 AM
Todays Marine is called Clark.

Very nice!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on June 09, 2019, 09:37:08 AM
Your range looks incredible, only thing preventing me from buying some is that I want both sides and therefore need some VC/NVA. Any ETA for them?

All being sculpted and will start being released in the coming months.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on June 09, 2019, 02:10:17 PM
All being sculpted and will start being released in the coming months.
Excellent.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Knight of St John on June 10, 2019, 06:25:57 AM
They all look fantastic. I know next to nothing about Vietnam. would the miniatures shown so far be usable as Air Cav ?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on June 10, 2019, 07:53:50 AM
They all look fantastic. I know next to nothing about Vietnam. would the miniatures shown so far be usable as Air Cav ?
I would guess not as the US army and US Marines had different kit,

But I expect they are on the list.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on June 10, 2019, 08:08:02 AM
They all look fantastic. I know next to nothing about Vietnam. would the miniatures shown so far be usable as Air Cav ?

Air Cav are on the Empress list to do.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on June 10, 2019, 03:03:06 PM

Some new flag sheets for the Vietnam range.

These include a sheet for US forces. Great for hanging from buildings or vehicles.

A sheet for the ARVN to hang up.

And a sheet for the NVA to wave around including the special Hue flag.

https://www.empressminiatures.com/us-vietnam-18-c.asp
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Sparrow on June 10, 2019, 07:03:12 PM
Great idea!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: manchesterreg on June 10, 2019, 07:39:10 PM
Any chance of a pack of South Vietnamese Police ?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on June 10, 2019, 10:58:09 PM
Some new flag sheets for the Vietnam range.

These include a sheet for US forces. Great for hanging from buildings or vehicles.

A sheet for the ARVN to hang up.

And a sheet for the NVA to wave around including the special Hue flag.

https://www.empressminiatures.com/us-vietnam-18-c.asp

Nice, although technically speaking they aren稚 North Vietnamese Army flags, they are NLF flags, including the special version for the occupation of Huế.

Might be worth your while, if you are making flags, to think about making some Vietnamese signage for folk to plaster on buildings.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Harry von Fleischmann on June 11, 2019, 07:08:03 AM
Any chance of a pack of South Vietnamese Police ?

I think Michael Herr mentions them in the Tet chapter of 泥espatches.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on June 11, 2019, 08:50:05 AM
Nice, although technically speaking they aren稚 North Vietnamese Army flags, they are NLF flags, including the special version for the occupation of Huế.


Yes but we have to keep it slightly simple for many folk who are not as clued in as you.

Good idea on the signage. Got any any good examples? Military signage for both US and ARVN would be useful. 

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on June 11, 2019, 09:44:20 AM
I was thinking of advertising hoardings and signs along the lines of the stuff produced by these guys.

https://duplicata-productions.myshopify.com/collections/signs-road-store-ads/filter-by-conflict_vietnam?page=1

https://duplicata-productions.myshopify.com/collections/signs-road-store-ads/filter-by-conflict_vietnam?page=2

There are plenty of examples on the Saigoneer website and a few more examples here:

https://livingasean.com/explore/the-vietnam-experience/

I can稚find it at the moment but I linked on one of the other threads to a page showing war era advertising signs. The chaps producing those signs have obviously seen the same sites.

Of course a walk through Springvale Road, along Victoria Street, Richmond or a wander through Footscray would produce a lifetime痴 supply of Vietnamese signage.



Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on June 11, 2019, 09:54:21 AM
Found it.

https://saigoneer.com/saigon-infrastructure/1212-10-old-pictures-of-advertisements-in-saigon
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on June 11, 2019, 11:10:06 AM
Yeah will have a look and see if we can do something.

Cheers, Paul
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Suetonius Paullinus on June 11, 2019, 01:34:31 PM
Oh yes please!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on June 11, 2019, 03:25:37 PM
I was thinking of advertising hoardings and signs along the lines of the stuff produced by these guys.

https://duplicata-productions.myshopify.com/collections/signs-road-store-ads/filter-by-conflict_vietnam?page=1

https://duplicata-productions.myshopify.com/collections/signs-road-store-ads/filter-by-conflict_vietnam?page=2

There are plenty of examples on the Saigoneer website and a few more examples here:

https://livingasean.com/explore/the-vietnam-experience/

I can稚find it at the moment but I linked on one of the other threads to a page showing war era advertising signs. The chaps producing those signs have obviously seen the same sites.

Of course a walk through Springvale Road, along Victoria Street, Richmond or a wander through Footscray would produce a lifetime痴 supply of Vietnamese signage.

Love the Hazardous Noise Aria sign. lol

That US embassy should have been blown up simply because of its appearance.  :o
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Sparrow on June 11, 2019, 08:20:54 PM
That US embassy should have been blown up simply because of its appearance.  :o

In fairness, they did try in 1968!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on June 11, 2019, 08:57:43 PM
In fairness even the US State Department got the message, albeit thirty years afterwards, and tore it down. There痴 a new consulate building next to where the old embassy stood.

The original embassy building still survives, the one that featured in the Tet attack was newly built in 1967. It survived a pretty major car bomb. How long it will continue to survive is another thing. Rampant capitalism has driven a massive construction drive, quite a lot of Vietnam era buildings have been torn down in very recent times. It痴 a bit depressing for history buffs but I suppose that痴 progress.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Sparrow on June 11, 2019, 09:22:40 PM
撤rogress is a 努onderful thing...  :?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: jdp on June 13, 2019, 01:09:06 AM
Don't worry that's in the loop at some point although was thinking of all new sculpts and slightly earlier period.

Always loved the look of the early troops with M14s.  :-*  Loving the troops so far but those are the ones I really want!
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on June 17, 2019, 10:07:38 AM
"INCOMING!!!!!"

Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on June 17, 2019, 10:43:48 AM
Just received a big order of all the rest of the releases. Happy dance!*  :)


* Fucking post office didn稚 send an advice slip so they致e been sitting at the post office since last Friday. :-[
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on June 17, 2019, 02:30:04 PM
"Come and get it!!!!"
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on June 17, 2019, 02:32:09 PM
New Vietnam packs.

Laws operators.

Historic personalities, This pack includes, from left to right,

Dale Dye who became famous for his work in Hollywood epics such as Platoon, Saving Private Ryan, Band of Brothers and Last of the Mohicans etc.

Lt Col. Cheatham who served as the CO of the 2nd Battalion 5th Marine regiment.

Gunny Sergeant Frank Thomas who carried the Stars and Stripes and is seen getting it from inside his flak jacket.

Captain Christmas. His unit captured the Citadel and lowered the famous and one off North Vietnamese unification flag and raised the Stars and Stripes carried by Thomas.

Characters from Full Metal Jacket. If you have not seen the film then where have you been?

Left to right Joker, 8 Ball, Cowboy, Animal Mother.

Two more characters from Full Metal Jacket.

These chaps were only in the first half of the film but both became iconic characters. We introduce to you Gny Sgt Hartman and Private Gomer Pyle as if they did survive basic training and got to Vietnam and Tet.
 As usual Hartman is on Pyles case and Pyle is showing his manic war face. Scary stuff.

All in the Vietnam room in the shop.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Elk101 on June 17, 2019, 02:35:21 PM
Cracking work. The FMJ characters are my favourites.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Dr. Zombie on June 17, 2019, 02:41:51 PM
Outstanding.

Now bring on Charlie.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on June 17, 2019, 02:43:52 PM
I will place an order this week. :-*
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ash on June 17, 2019, 02:49:27 PM
These look so cool, goes off to place an order...

1 little correction; Captain Christmas (OC H comp 2/5) didn't capture the Citadel that was the 1/5 under Major Bob Thompson. Christmas, Frank Thomas et al raised their flag over the provincial headquarters in the triangle on the south side of the Huong River.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on June 17, 2019, 03:38:53 PM
These look so cool, goes off to place an order...

1 little correction; Captain Christmas (OC H comp 2/5) didn't capture the Citadel that was the 1/5 under Major Bob Thompson. Christmas, Frank Thomas et al raised their flag over the provincial headquarters in the triangle on the south side of the Huong River.

Well corrected that man. ;)
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on June 17, 2019, 04:21:35 PM
Nice,

I hope you are at Colours this year (though whether I have finished the batch I just ordered by then is anyone's guess).
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: manchesterreg on June 17, 2019, 05:34:00 PM
Lovely, just ordered new packs any idea when Radio Ops will be done ?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on June 18, 2019, 08:48:46 AM
Lovely, just ordered new packs any idea when Radio Ops will be done ?

I reckon they will be released in about three weeks.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: carlos marighela on June 18, 2019, 09:50:11 AM
Will that be part of a platoon HQ pack? Officer, corpsman, Sgt and signaller?

Hopefully the heavy weapons, 3.5 rocket launcher and 106mm RCL will soon follow. As you already do the RCL (I have one) it just needs a ground mount and crew. Ernie Cheatham needs something to direct.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on June 18, 2019, 10:13:33 AM
Will that be part of a platoon HQ pack? Officer, corpsman, Sgt and signaller?

Hopefully the heavy weapons, 3.5 rocket launcher and 106mm RCL will soon follow. As you already do the RCL (I have one) it just needs a ground mount and crew. Ernie Cheatham needs something to direct.

Radios will be in a separate pack although there may be three radios and one officer as I have a good design.

3.5" will be in an assault pioneer type pack with a flame thrower and stuff.

106 will be possibly two packs one moving one firing plus the mule at some point.

Officer NCO pack

Medic and sniper pack.

plus some specials plus of course VC

Well that's a small part of our life planned for the next 6 months  lol

Vehicles getting very close now so stay tuned.
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Juan on June 18, 2019, 06:15:58 PM
And a pack of Marines firing their M-16?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Paul Hicks on June 18, 2019, 06:18:31 PM
And a pack of Marines firing their M-16?

Pardon?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Ash on June 18, 2019, 07:18:18 PM
And a pack of Marines firing their M-16?

Already six packs of M-16 out...
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Juan on June 18, 2019, 08:51:20 PM
Pardon?

Nothing, I have discovered them in the shop...  lol lol lol
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Slayer on June 25, 2019, 10:00:18 PM
Really hoping vehicle crews will be available separately? ?
Title: Re: Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on June 26, 2019, 08:28:23 AM
Really hoping vehicle crews will be available separately? ?

Depends what vehicles you put them in? lol
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range (and ongoing!)
Post by: Slayer on June 26, 2019, 11:53:00 PM
113 plus tanks😉
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range (and ongoing!)
Post by: Empress Miniatures on June 27, 2019, 02:59:35 PM
113 plus tanks😉

Well the M113 is just on the way to us so hopefully we can slap some pictures up next week.

As for the other items perhaps we should do some announcements.

The Patton is nearly complete

http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=116854.0

and the Gage Commando is not far behind.

http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=117561.0

Just finishing some civilian buffalo wagons and more vehicles are in the pipe line.

Enjoy ;)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: traveller on June 27, 2019, 03:07:01 PM
Standing gunners for the .50 cal would be much appreciated!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on June 27, 2019, 05:22:31 PM
Excellent news.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Sparrow on June 27, 2019, 08:54:43 PM
Brilliant news!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Curassier on June 27, 2019, 09:38:00 PM
Great AFV's.

Has anyone put up good comparison pictures of the two currentrangcs Empress and Gringo/
Once painted are they compatible?
JM
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress - Hue 1968 - First Glimpse of the New Range (and ongoing!)
Post by: Splod on June 27, 2019, 10:15:17 PM
Well the M113 is just on the way to us so hopefully we can slap some pictures up next week.

As for the other items perhaps we should do some announcements.

The Patton is nearly complete

http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=116854.0

and the Gage Commando is not far behind.

http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=117561.0

Just finishing some civilian buffalo wagons and more vehicles are in the pipe line.

Enjoy ;)

Fantastic! I've been trying to bully Rich into revealing who he was sculpting for  ;)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Suetonius Paullinus on June 28, 2019, 01:31:33 PM
Oh man I so can稚 wait for the Patton..
I bought a ton of Vietnam Earth pigment at Salute in preparation  8)

(https://i.ibb.co/Rvx8LhV/001-C845-C-CD2-B-4-D49-BC2-E-F07-D47-CDF743.jpg) (https://ibb.co/mDLpQvM)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on June 28, 2019, 01:37:53 PM
Great AFV's.

Has anyone put up good comparison pictures of the two currentrangcs Empress and Gringo/
Once painted are they compatible?
JM
Well Carlos started this thread:
http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=117455.0 (http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=117455.0)
I have seen some others, such as:
http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=117078.msg1472312#msg1472312 (http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=117078.msg1472312#msg1472312)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Sparrow on June 28, 2019, 03:13:40 PM
Can稚 put pics up (although others have) but the Gringo figures are roughly 4-5 mm taller and chunkier. It comes down to what style floats your boat (aren稚 we lucky to be getting two such ranges to choose from!) but, personally, I am very much going down the Empress route. Their current range is also more extensive plus they clearly have a lot of aspiration re how far they propose to take the range.

I should point out I am a little biased as I have worked with Empress extensively on their ECW range so appreciate just how much work they put into a range and getting it right  (and how, when they say they are going to do something,  they will deliver). The vehicles Rich C has been working on also look excellent- can稚 wait to see them in the flesh (or, should that be 妬n the resin?).
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on July 01, 2019, 09:14:20 AM
Some superb painting of our recent character packs by Graham Green of Greygreen painters. Thanks Graham for allowing us to share these.  ;)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Splod on July 01, 2019, 09:23:52 AM
They're a bit gorgeous.

Strangely I feel the bases are a bit of a let-down however, especially when contrasted against the fantastic paint-jobs.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: carlos marighela on July 01, 2019, 11:25:14 AM
Superb paint jobs. The painter has really brought Animal Mother to life.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Silent Invader on July 01, 2019, 11:51:11 AM
Outstanding!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: tomrommel1 on July 01, 2019, 01:57:44 PM
love them!!! Well done Graham!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on July 01, 2019, 02:06:48 PM
Very nice work.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: FreakyFenton on July 02, 2019, 12:12:40 PM
love them!!! Well done Graham!

Seconded!  :D
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on July 02, 2019, 02:21:32 PM
M113 has arrived in the shop.

This is the early 'basic' version of the ACAV defensive system. Used by all but especially ARVN. ARVN crew will follow on in the not too distant future. Then others.

The side M60's can be left off the build if you wish.

The more well known version with the 50cal 'turret' will follow on as well. 

https://www.empressminiatures.com/us-vietnam-18-c.asp
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on July 02, 2019, 03:27:41 PM
That looks good (I would be concerned about the 0.50 shield support).
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on July 02, 2019, 03:51:53 PM
That looks good (I would be concerned about the 0.50 shield support).

I had a small concern but have messed around with it and its very strong. The glue gave way before it broke. In short it did not break  ;)

We use very expensive hi density resin. Not the cheap stuff you drop on the floor and shatters into a zillion pieces.......as I recently had happen to me when finishing a 20mm German bunker complex  :'(
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on July 02, 2019, 07:32:44 PM
Good to know.

Is it the same resin as the Puma?
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on July 02, 2019, 08:45:30 PM
Good to know.

Is it the same resin as the Puma?

Yep.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: tomrommel1 on July 03, 2019, 08:53:08 AM
That looks very good indeed!!!! Can it be used together with the marines? Does anyone have an ORBAT of Marine units using these?
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: tomrommel1 on July 03, 2019, 08:55:47 AM
I don't know if this was asked before. The M113 is in 1/50 scale. which scale helicopter models would you recommend? 1/48 or are you going to do gunships and sliks ?
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: carlos marighela on July 03, 2019, 09:05:13 AM
That looks very good indeed!!!! Can it be used together with the marines? Does anyone have an ORBAT of Marine units using these?

No, the Marines did not use them. That said IIRC the Marines did a number of joint ops with Army mechanised forces in I Corps in 1969 but properly speaking you need to wait for the US Army or ARVN releases.

I use mostly 1/48 choppers myself although I have a 1/55 CH-46 and a 1/72 CH-53. The latter is just too big to field in 1/48.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: traveller on July 03, 2019, 09:16:36 AM
No, the Marines did not use them. That said IIRC the Marines did a number of joint ops with Army mechanised forces in I Corps in 1969 but properly speaking you need to wait for the US Army or ARVN releases.

I use mostly 1/48 choppers myself although I have a 1/55 CH-46 and a 1/72 CH-53. The latter is just too big to field in 1/48.

Carlos,

You wouldn't have a photo of the CH-53 beside 28mm miniatures? It would be very interesting to see how that works
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: carlos marighela on July 03, 2019, 09:26:42 AM
Carlos,

You wouldn't have a photo of the CH-53 beside 28mm miniatures? It would be very interesting to see how that works

Once I致e glued it together I might. :)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: tomrommel1 on July 03, 2019, 10:47:49 AM
Thanks!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: traveller on July 03, 2019, 12:12:38 PM
Once I致e glued it together I might. :)

Thanks!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Elk101 on July 03, 2019, 07:05:41 PM
I seem to recall reading somewhere that the USMC 3rd Tank Btn had some M113s, though I think they were part of btn HQ? I definitely don't recall hearing about them being used by regular marine units either though.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on July 03, 2019, 08:52:58 PM
As far as we can see there were a few used by the USMC but not in a front line roll.

Carlos has it bang on.

However ARVN troops used them and our first crew will be these guys.

Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: tomrommel1 on July 04, 2019, 02:30:58 PM
can't wait!!!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on July 04, 2019, 03:42:44 PM
I blame a former enlisted interrogator, but I am waiting for an armoured cavalry M48A3 and two matching  M113 ACAVs.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: tomrommel1 on July 05, 2019, 06:48:05 AM
Sorry to bother again with another question. I read up a bit about the Marines in Vietnam now and I am wondering if the individual squads had a radio or not. In a few books describing action in Vietnam they write that the squats could get in touch with the platoon headquarter e.g. when moved up as point. Is that true and if so will there be radio operator miniatures in the future for the squads not only platoon?
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: carlos marighela on July 05, 2019, 07:52:11 AM
The marines did field a squad level radio that allowed squads to communicate with their PHQ. The Korean era AN/PRC 6 was a short range, FM band, 層alkie-talkie type  set.  If they were issued at all, then they would have carried by the squad leader.

If the squad was going to operate at any distance from the platoon or company, then they would have been issued with a AN/PRC-25 or its replacement set, the AN/PRC 77.

Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on July 05, 2019, 08:33:49 AM
Lots of new stuff including radios just going into moulds. ;)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on July 05, 2019, 09:56:57 AM
Going to have to write all this down.

Thanks.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: tomrommel1 on July 05, 2019, 10:23:43 AM
super!!! So I will have enough figures to have two entire platoons then ;)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on July 05, 2019, 12:53:57 PM
Platoon. Hell we aint finished yet. Lets go for company lol
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: carlos marighela on July 05, 2019, 01:13:23 PM
Well, you already have a battalion commander in the line up, so why think small? lol
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Splod on July 06, 2019, 03:23:34 AM
Well, you already have a battalion commander in the line up, so why think small? lol

Haha. You're a bad influence old bean!  lol
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: tomrommel1 on July 08, 2019, 06:45:55 AM
Full Division it is then lol
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on July 10, 2019, 08:54:08 AM
Got a lot of toys coming through the production system at the moment ranging from vehicles, to USMC, to NVA, to civilian carts, to well the list goes on.  :o

Stay tuned early next week  ;)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: carlos marighela on July 10, 2019, 09:27:58 AM
Any chance of some engineers, snipers and some heavy weapons and crew? 60mm mortars, maybe a .50 cal? A specialist weapon pack with shotgun, sniper and spotter? Some casualties would be nice.

It sounds greedy, I know. You致e been very generous with us so far but it痴 hard not to want more. :)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on July 10, 2019, 09:57:08 AM
Any chance of some engineers, snipers and some heavy weapons and crew? 60mm mortars, maybe a .50 cal? A specialist weapon pack with shotgun, sniper and spotter? Some casualties would be nice.

It sounds greedy, I know. You致e been very generous with us so far but it痴 hard not to want more. :)

For what side, Marines?
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: carlos marighela on July 10, 2019, 10:26:37 AM
Yup, marines. I知 confident that the NVA will get their own dedicated sapper teams.

Mine detectors, maybe a chap with a bangalore, someone with a satchel charge,another prodding for mines for the Marines? Probably be the best place to put the flamethrower chap you mentioned
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on July 10, 2019, 10:38:14 AM
Yes to all plus medics, vehicle crews, especially tanks.

NVA will have similar if not more variations as they are designed to work for all areas of the conflict.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: carlos marighela on July 10, 2019, 05:15:44 PM
Excellent!  :)

Hopefully, at some point, the PAVN will get vehicles of their own. A PT-76 and a Type 63/ K63 APC would fill some gaps for Vietnam and a few other conflicts as well.

While I知 at it, I don稚 suppose there痴 any chance of some US gun crew? Bare torso would see them work for both Army and Marines and I知 sure there will be folk wanting to build miniature fire bases.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Poiter50 on July 11, 2019, 02:20:31 AM
Bare heads or giggle hats would work as well and also suit those who want Aussie gun crews.

Excellent!  :)

Hopefully, at some point, the PAVN will get vehicles of their own. A PT-76 and a Type 63/ K63 APC would fill some gaps for Vietnam and a few other conflicts as well.

While I知 at it, I don稚 suppose there痴 any chance of some US gun crew? Bare torso would see them work for both Army and Marines and I知 sure there will be folk wanting to build miniature fire bases.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on July 12, 2019, 12:15:01 PM
Excellent!  :)

Hopefully, at some point, the PAVN will get vehicles of their own. A PT-76 and a Type 63/ K63 APC would fill some gaps for Vietnam and a few other conflicts as well.

While I知 at it, I don稚 suppose there痴 any chance of some US gun crew? Bare torso would see them work for both Army and Marines and I知 sure there will be folk wanting to build miniature fire bases.

Yes to the vehicles in the future. Lots to do old boy. ;) Yes to arty with crews. Again just the all consuming concept of time and not enough of it.  :)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on July 12, 2019, 12:15:46 PM
Bare heads or giggle hats would work as well and also suit those who want Aussie gun crews.

We already do head sprues for bare heads. Check Andy Zecks work as he has used some.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Suetonius Paullinus on July 15, 2019, 01:14:52 PM
The Spanish Civil War heads work a treat imho!

(https://i.ibb.co/NrngFZz/8933-D496-70-BB-498-D-AAF2-FB056-FE933-C1.jpg) (https://ibb.co/Vxp0L28)
(https://i.ibb.co/FYLDMr4/4-AF7-C280-D25-F-43-F3-8-D70-F1033-A08993-D.jpg) (https://ibb.co/GM45L6Q)

Cheers

Andy
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Calimero on July 15, 2019, 01:25:28 PM

Looks good... shouldn't the glasses be black? Thick plastic glasses where really "in" in the 60s...
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Mr C on July 15, 2019, 05:53:56 PM
In the book "Phase Line Green" by Lt Warr he recounts how one Marine had thick, bottom of coke bottle glasses. This chap could barely see and was sent into Hue?
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: commissarmoody on July 16, 2019, 03:57:58 AM
I am now wondering if I should paint a few of these guys up in EDRL for later (69-72) operations.  :D
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: carlos marighela on July 16, 2019, 04:14:28 AM
I am now wondering if I should paint a few of these guys up in EDRL for later (69-72) operations.  :D

That痴 precisely what I知 doing. The ERDL seems not to have ever completely replaced the green uniforms, so it痴 quite realistic to mix them. I bought some duplicate packs with just this in mind.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: commissarmoody on July 16, 2019, 04:52:20 AM
That痴 precisely what I知 doing. The ERDL seems not to have ever completely replaced the green uniforms, so it痴 quite realistic to mix them. I bought some duplicate packs with just this in mind.
Great minds and all that!  lol
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on July 16, 2019, 11:55:31 AM
In the book "Phase Line Green" by Lt Warr he recounts how one Marine had thick, bottom of coke bottle glasses. This chap could barely see and was sent into Hue?

Fantastic book. Love the way the officer solved the problem by stamping on the glasses and having the Marine taken out of the front line for being blind.  lol

Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Sparrow on July 16, 2019, 05:28:57 PM
What a wonderful idea for a vignette!

Go on.... you know you want to!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on July 17, 2019, 11:00:04 AM
 lol
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Mr C on July 17, 2019, 11:05:16 AM
Glad you enjoyed the book Paul. Thought that it might provide some inspiration. Marine snipers hiding in the loft spaces! Maybe even a Lt Warr with his PRC25 staring at a dead dog!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on July 17, 2019, 11:07:36 AM
Just finished painting and basing some more Marines for my personal use and did a team picture. Still working through the personalities and just about to be hit by a lot more packs so not a true picture but does show the progress so far on the range. 64 figures to date and another load due to be released very soon plus the vehicles and some other stuff. Phew. Not bad for a range development in such a short time and only just scratched the surface.

VC sausage machine now turned on. lol

Many thanks to everyone on this thread for your support on this.  :-*

Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Suetonius Paullinus on July 17, 2019, 12:34:03 PM
Can稚 wait to get my hands on the Patton  :-*
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Mr C on July 17, 2019, 01:29:26 PM
That is one fine collection of miniatures. Quick question - will the Pattons come with stowage or will a seperate stowage pack be in the pipeline?
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on July 17, 2019, 01:55:31 PM
That is one fine collection of miniatures. Quick question - will the Pattons come with stowage or will a seperate stowage pack be in the pipeline?

Not sure yet but there will be some unique stowage such track lengths with the vehicle. Other universal stowage will probably be sold separately as it can be used across the range for other things.   
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on July 17, 2019, 03:24:20 PM
Not sure yet but there will be some unique stowage such track lengths with the vehicle. Other universal stowage will probably be sold separately as it can be used across the range for other things.
Useful to know.

Looking good.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Mr C on July 17, 2019, 06:05:43 PM
Stowage would be very useful. The photos of the tanks at Hue seem to show lots of petrol cans and large square cans (not sure what they are). Its all good though. Keep em coming!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: tomrommel1 on July 18, 2019, 08:49:21 AM
Can't wait for the Patton either!!!
Storage would be very nice individually, like C-ration packs, Ammo boxes, water canteens, Ammo pouches etc
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Suetonius Paullinus on July 18, 2019, 01:10:08 PM
I知 all for some separate bits of battlefield debris!
Ration boxes, ammo crates, Jerry cans, claymore mines etc..  8)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Sparrow on July 18, 2019, 09:29:47 PM
Just finished painting and basing some more Marines for my personal use and did a team picture. Still working through the personalities and just about to be hit by a lot more packs so not a true picture but does show the progress so far on the range. 64 figures to date and another load due to be released very soon plus the vehicles and some other stuff. Phew. Not bad for a range development in such a short time and only just scratched the surface.

VC sausage machine now turned on. lol

Many thanks to everyone on this thread for your support on this.  :-*

Looking good and looking forward to the NVA/VC!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on July 19, 2019, 08:20:32 AM
Looking good and looking forward to the NVA/VC!
Just looking at them now.  ;)
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on July 19, 2019, 08:23:31 AM
Glad you enjoyed the book Paul. Thought that it might provide some inspiration. Marine snipers hiding in the loft spaces! Maybe even a Lt Warr with his PRC25 staring at a dead dog!

Yeah, with the spoon in the mouth  8)

Are you at Partizan so I can return your book? Huge thanks for letting me borrow it.
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Post by: Mr C on July 19, 2019, 11:12:54 AM
Paul unfortunately I'm not at Partizan as I'm on holiday  :-[. No need to return the book though. Feel free to pass it on to any customer needing inspiration to recreate Hue! I'm still working on my Phase Line Green boards but really need to get some USMC painted up before the next set of releases! I can also recommend the History Channel film about Hue (on You Tube). Must have watched that dozens of times to try and gauge the height and layout of the Dong Ba tower! Fortunately I found a great aerial photo (its black and white) but it shows the housing nearby. What have you started Mr Eaglestone!  lol
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Post by: painterman on July 20, 2019, 12:31:54 PM
Just painted the Full Metal Jacket characters - fantastic sculpts and part of my small-scale NAM skirmish project of next 12 months.
Keep 'em coming...
Simon
(https://i.imgur.com/qKxc1vi.jpg)
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Post by: Sparrow on July 20, 2019, 12:41:17 PM
Brilliant!
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Post by: commissarmoody on July 20, 2019, 03:00:24 PM
Looking good Painterman.
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Post by: traveller on July 20, 2019, 06:27:32 PM
Magic!  :-* :-* :-*

One question which I struggle with myself painting these beauties - rifle slings - what material and colour did they have?
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Post by: carlos marighela on July 20, 2019, 09:42:34 PM
Magic!  :-* :-* :-*

One question which I struggle with myself painting these beauties - rifle slings - what material and colour did they have?

Woven canvas, in a variety of olive green shades.
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Post by: traveller on July 20, 2019, 09:56:07 PM
Great, thanks!
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Post by: Ash on July 21, 2019, 07:48:56 AM
Magic!  :-* :-* :-*

One question which I struggle with myself painting these beauties - rifle slings - what material and colour did they have?

Two types: canvas and later on nylon.
Vallejo colours: Russian uniform or a mix of olive drab & khaki, make a pretty good base.

(https://i.ibb.co/rbNwkJD/slings.jpg)
Canvas top, nylon bottom.
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Post by: traveller on July 21, 2019, 08:42:24 AM
Excellent! Many thanks
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on July 24, 2019, 08:01:35 AM
Paul unfortunately I'm not at Partizan as I'm on holiday  :-[. No need to return the book though. Feel free to pass it on to any customer needing inspiration to recreate Hue! I'm still working on my Phase Line Green boards but really need to get some USMC painted up before the next set of releases! I can also recommend the History Channel film about Hue (on You Tube). Must have watched that dozens of times to try and gauge the height and layout of the Dong Ba tower! Fortunately I found a great aerial photo (its black and white) but it shows the housing nearby. What have you started Mr Eaglestone!  lol

OK mate. Have a great time on holiday and see you around. ;)
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on July 24, 2019, 08:02:57 AM
Just painted the Full Metal Jacket characters - fantastic sculpts and part of my small-scale NAM skirmish project of next 12 months.
Keep 'em coming...
Simon
(https://i.imgur.com/qKxc1vi.jpg)

Fantastic work, as usual. :-*
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on July 24, 2019, 11:43:56 AM

Well the weather is suitable for Vietnam so time for some releases.

This pack is RTO's with one officer based upon Capatin Chuck Meadows who commanded Golf Company 2/5. He led them in a futile attack on the Citadel in Hue.

The other figures are all based upon photographs as is the entire range.

As per usual in this range, and many others, sculpted by the highly gifted Paul Hicks.

https://www.empressminiatures.com/us-vietnam-18-c.asp


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Post by: carlos marighela on July 24, 2019, 01:30:32 PM
Very nice indeed!
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Post by: coldm2231 on July 24, 2019, 02:10:08 PM
Superb... Now i need to decide whether to paint the NVA in green or khaki uniforms! What was worn in Hue?
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on July 24, 2019, 02:19:14 PM
Superb... Now i need to decide whether to paint the NVA in green or khaki uniforms! What was worn in Hue?

Seems to have been green but some colour pictures show a mix. Problem is some of the pictures taken at Hue that say they are NVA I have always been a bit suspicious of because they look more VC main force. Mind you the average VC did not pose for Osprey book artists and even though there was a special uniform issue for Hue I suspect it was fairly mixed.

If the US had problems supplying kit the North Vietnamese were way behind.

The next question is what colour green  ;)
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on July 24, 2019, 02:21:35 PM
The first of the NVA.

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Post by: Marine0846 on July 24, 2019, 02:26:59 PM
Wonderful figures.
Love them.
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on July 24, 2019, 02:30:33 PM
Very nice indeed!

Cheers,  ;)
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on July 24, 2019, 02:31:10 PM
Wonderful figures.
Love them.

Many thanks. Credit to Paul Hicks for these.
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Post by: gamer Mac on July 24, 2019, 02:39:37 PM
Very nice :-* :-* :-*
One question though in the pictures of the Radio operators, what weapon has the guy in the third photo, is that a thomson? 
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on July 24, 2019, 02:59:27 PM
The chap with the officer has a Thompson with the butt removed. See below.

The kneeling guy has a grease gun.
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Post by: .:Gunslinger:. on July 24, 2019, 05:36:06 PM
Fantastic stuff once again! Good to see some Vietnamese!
What happened to the little guy shown here a few weekds ago? I hope he hasn't been scrapped with these size discussions....really liked the look of that one!
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Post by: Juan on July 24, 2019, 05:45:23 PM
Fantastic new figures!!!
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Post by: Mr C on July 24, 2019, 05:53:27 PM
The level of detail on the RTO pack is superb! These could well be used to replicate the photo of an officer, radio man and marine on the citadel wall (they are crouched down with the Dong Ba tower in the background). One of the group is holding an AK (might make a nice figure  :). Guess they would use captured weapons from the NVA? I think it is Sgt(?) Maurice Whitmer in the History Channel film who talks about running out of ammunition and having to throw bricks at the NVA (that would make another nice figure!) He also relates how the NVA popped up "like Prairee dogs" from the spider holes and tunnels built into the tower and the citadel walls.

Anyway, will wait for the M48 to be released before putting a vehicle order in but these need to be bought asap!
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Post by: Sparrow on July 24, 2019, 07:36:36 PM
Utterly brilliant!
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Post by: Splod on July 24, 2019, 09:32:10 PM
Gorgeous work! I'm still wavering between scales, but these NVA and that RTO pack might just be the deciding pieces ;)

Really excited for some ANZACs and local force ;)
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Post by: Elk101 on July 24, 2019, 09:55:45 PM
RTO pack is excellent. Very much liking the NVA too.
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Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on July 24, 2019, 10:06:44 PM
Those RTO figures look good.


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Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on July 24, 2019, 10:09:32 PM
The chap with the officer has a Thompson with the butt removed. See below.
And a bandaged hand. Nice detail.
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Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on July 24, 2019, 10:12:46 PM
The NVA look good.

I will be interested to see how they compare with your Viet Minh (and your USMC of course).
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Post by: carlos marighela on July 24, 2019, 10:18:36 PM
Loving the NVA. Pith helmeted versions next?
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Post by: Paul Hicks on July 24, 2019, 11:29:30 PM
Loving the NVA. Pith helmeted versions next?

On it!
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Post by: carlos marighela on July 25, 2019, 04:10:04 AM
On it!

 :)  Lovely!

More in sandshoes/ canvas gym boots please. I have Presidential Palace gates to crush and Khmer Rouge to over run.
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Post by: tomrommel1 on July 25, 2019, 07:25:09 AM
Very nice additions indeed!!!! Like the NVA very much and the RTOs are stunning!!!!
A question I asked on Facebook already repeated here : how many radios in a platoon ? Did the sections/squads have a radio ,too?
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on July 25, 2019, 10:00:46 AM
Fantastic stuff once again! Good to see some Vietnamese!
What happened to the little guy shown here a few weekds ago? I hope he hasn't been scrapped with these size discussions....really liked the look of that one!

Thanks for that. No he is still in the pile. We are doing NVA then moving to VC. He will no doubt pop up then. ;)
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on July 25, 2019, 10:01:33 AM
Fantastic new figures!!!

Many thanks  ;)
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on July 25, 2019, 10:04:18 AM
The level of detail on the RTO pack is superb! These could well be used to replicate the photo of an officer, radio man and marine on the citadel wall (they are crouched down with the Dong Ba tower in the background). One of the group is holding an AK (might make a nice figure  :). Guess they would use captured weapons from the NVA? I think it is Sgt(?) Maurice Whitmer in the History Channel film who talks about running out of ammunition and having to throw bricks at the NVA (that would make another nice figure!) He also relates how the NVA popped up "like Prairee dogs" from the spider holes and tunnels built into the tower and the citadel walls.

Anyway, will wait for the M48 to be released before putting a vehicle order in but these need to be bought asap!

Many thanks. Yes we have plans for some strange weapons / figures. Just working through the meat and potatoes so to speak. As I have said this range will be HUGE and will take time to get to where we/ I am happy. 
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on July 25, 2019, 10:05:34 AM
Gorgeous work! I'm still wavering between scales, but these NVA and that RTO pack might just be the deciding pieces ;)

Really excited for some ANZACs and local force ;)

Empress size 28mm is the way to go  lol

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Post by: Empress Miniatures on July 25, 2019, 10:06:02 AM
RTO pack is excellent. Very much liking the NVA too.

Cheers  ;)
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on July 25, 2019, 10:07:01 AM
The NVA look good.

I will be interested to see how they compare with your Viet Minh (and your USMC of course).

Cheers  ;)
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on July 25, 2019, 10:07:31 AM
:)  Lovely!

More in sandshoes/ canvas gym boots please. I have Presidential Palace gates to crush and Khmer Rouge to over run.

being done as we type ;)
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Post by: FreakyFenton on July 25, 2019, 02:39:13 PM
RTO pack is wonderful! As is the NVA. I like the radioman having a cigarette the most!  :D :o
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Post by: Sparrow on July 25, 2019, 06:04:17 PM
Since we池e in the subject of RTO痴 - a little plea. I know AirCav are a long way off but one of my favourite characters in the film of 展e Were Soldiers.... is the RTO with the thick rimmed specs.... not asking for commitment now but, hell, if you don稚 ask - you don稚 get! (I can dream can稚 I?).

Hicks really is the master sculptor isn稚 he?
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Post by: Goliad on July 26, 2019, 07:38:54 AM
Is there anything wrong with using these figs as Aircav? I remember the Bowder book referencing an Aircav company or platoon being issued with flak jackets. I don't know enough about specific uniforms and kit of the war to know whether it would be heresy to use these as Army, Aircav etc?
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Post by: Juan on July 26, 2019, 08:46:54 AM
I am sure once you have painted them, they are "North American soldiers in Vietnam" for anyone but the most exquisite wargamer-historian...
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Post by: carlos marighela on July 26, 2019, 08:50:55 AM
Is there anything wrong with using these figs as Aircav? I remember the Bowder book referencing an Aircav company or platoon being issued with flak jackets. I don't know enough about specific uniforms and kit of the war to know whether it would be heresy to use these as Army, Aircav etc?

Your table, your toys. For me, no.  Different flak jackets btw.
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on July 26, 2019, 09:20:49 AM
We do not care how you use them but would suggest/ advise that probably what you want will pop along at some point in the range so you may have to show patience until your bus arrives. ;)

Or just buy them all  lol
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Post by: carlos marighela on July 26, 2019, 10:22:16 AM

Or just buy them all  lol

How have you discerned my plans? Going to have to update the security settings on all my mobile devices now.
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on July 26, 2019, 11:42:48 AM
 :-*

Well you know what coming later in the year  ;)
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Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on July 26, 2019, 04:39:43 PM
How have you discerned my plans? Going to have to update the security settings on all my mobile devices now.
Was there any doubt you would buy them all?
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Post by: Splod on July 29, 2019, 03:35:03 AM
I was thinking, which in itself is dangerous...

Sarissa Precision have been working with other miniatures companies to deliver appropriate terrain in support of new ranges (Warlord's WW2 range or Footsore's Roman range). Have Empress considered working with SP on a dedicated Hue range? There are already a few suitable buildings in their range and it would be great to see an easy one stop shop considering how many people have been asking here for terrain suggestions.
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on July 29, 2019, 04:07:09 PM
I was thinking, which in itself is dangerous...

Sarissa Precision have been working with other miniatures companies to deliver appropriate terrain in support of new ranges (Warlord's WW2 range or Footsore's Roman range). Have Empress considered working with SP on a dedicated Hue range? There are already a few suitable buildings in their range and it would be great to see an easy one stop shop considering how many people have been asking here for terrain suggestions.

Its always complicated working with others and we have found that its just best to do your own thing. However we did discuss this with a company earlier in the year but they have seemingly done little. I do suspect that some building manufacturer will however jump on the band wagon pretty soon and we may even do some resin specials although the Citadel is pushing it  lol
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Post by: commissarmoody on July 30, 2019, 02:36:57 AM
Just found a new video, showing ROK forces in Vietnam. Its 25 mins long, and is just showing film clips with period music added to not make it to boreing.  lol
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvqPKOKsl54
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on July 30, 2019, 07:53:16 AM
Good find. Will save that for later  ;)
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Post by: commissarmoody on July 30, 2019, 08:24:24 AM
You really get a since of the progression of the war. With uniform and arms changes over time.
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on July 30, 2019, 08:49:16 AM
That's really is excellent  :-*
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Post by: carlos marighela on July 30, 2019, 10:02:23 AM
Ahead of the curve here. I had some Artizan WW2 GIs floating around  for some long forgotten project that have been repurposed as ROK troops. They were handy for testing the colour palette fir the Marines.
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Post by: commissarmoody on July 30, 2019, 11:00:32 AM
Look at you being an over achiever!  lol
Looking forward to seeing them some day.
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on July 30, 2019, 11:36:11 AM
Kinda like the early period with the Garand etc. Something different. What would you guys want?
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Post by: commissarmoody on July 30, 2019, 12:07:22 PM
I like em both. But the early period could pull double duty for warm weather Korea War. I will have to check for the Army, but I know the ROK Marines used old USMC uniforms or at least of the same cut. Before switching over to the camo style after being in theater for a few years.
Don't know if they would pass for well kitted out ARVAN ether, that is before every one and his mother was running around with m16s that is.  lol
So Yeah, I could see myself picking up the m1, m1 carbine, BAR, 30cal armed ROKS.
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Post by: carlos marighela on July 30, 2019, 12:48:19 PM
Look at you being an over achiever!  lol
Looking forward to seeing them some day.

Had to cut off their bases, file back the gaiters and lengthen the trousers on a couple with green stuff. The problem is, being beefy Artizan figures, they are pretty big for Koreans. That and the fact that I only have half a dozen of them. Not sure I can be arsed buying/ converting more.

Current projects involve converting creating crew for a 4.2 mortar and building a quad .50 cal on the M55 trailer.
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 01, 2019, 12:01:48 PM
My toy soldiers so far. Still got to catch up on many as well as the new stuff that is coming through as we speak.

Lots of NVA and vehicles.

But is here is my own humble effort. We are too tight to pay professional painters at Empress  lol
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 01, 2019, 12:03:43 PM
The rest so far.
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Post by: Splod on August 01, 2019, 12:27:30 PM
You're too busy paying professional sculptors ;)

Fantastic work. I can't wait to seethe NVA with some paint on them.
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Post by: carlos marighela on August 01, 2019, 12:31:53 PM
No need for professional painters, those are bloody lovely!
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Post by: commissarmoody on August 01, 2019, 01:13:33 PM
They look good to me.  :D
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 01, 2019, 01:26:02 PM
Cheers guys that's very kind of you.  :-*
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Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on August 01, 2019, 01:50:02 PM
Very nice work.
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Post by: Dr. Zombie on August 01, 2019, 01:51:21 PM
They look very fine to me. And they remind me I should better get my own guys sorted.
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 01, 2019, 02:49:12 PM
Cheers, guys.
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Post by: tomrommel1 on August 01, 2019, 03:20:19 PM
really well painted miniatures ! Why don't you put them up on your website as example of painted miniatures?
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Post by: Ash on August 01, 2019, 04:40:55 PM
Why don't you put them up on your website as example of painted miniatures?

Seconded.


"Humble effort" be damned, those are very well painted.
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Post by: Sparrow on August 01, 2019, 05:52:41 PM
Nice job!
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Post by: Elk101 on August 01, 2019, 08:39:58 PM
They really are excellent Paul.
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 02, 2019, 10:22:05 AM
Thanks guys you have been very kind.

We have a long standing policy of showing the figures washed so that you can see the detail of the sculpting. As we often say a good painter can make a fishing weight look good.

We do have some painted figures on the site especially in the gallery section. I will add some more. ;)
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 05, 2019, 01:32:53 PM
Todays NVA is Charlie  lol
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Post by: Dr. Zombie on August 05, 2019, 01:38:08 PM
Oh yes.
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Post by: carlos marighela on August 05, 2019, 01:48:22 PM
Charlie looks good. Question though: What痴 with the all the tunics? The overwhelming number of photos I致e seen show PAVN troops in shirts. I know the PAVN had a tunic but most combat shots seem to show shirts. Curious as to the thinking behind this.
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 05, 2019, 02:38:43 PM
These are the first releases. The shirt ones follow on. Thus with Empress ranges its always best to stand back a little while before you see the plan we are working on.  ;)

We a have a lot of NVA to get through.  lol
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Post by: carlos marighela on August 05, 2019, 05:46:34 PM
Cool for cats, as Chris Difford might have said. Just curious and you致e filled in the blanks. Looking forward to the rest of 粗m.
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Post by: commissarmoody on August 06, 2019, 07:54:04 AM
We prefer to be addressed as Mr. Charlie.  :D
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 06, 2019, 08:41:23 AM
Todays NVA is Binh,  with a shirt.

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Post by: Digits on August 06, 2019, 09:23:51 AM
Looking great Paul.  I look forward to seeing more releases.

You致e probably been asked before but will you be releasing villagers?
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 06, 2019, 09:31:28 AM
Looking great Paul.  I look forward to seeing more releases.

You致e probably been asked before but will you be releasing villagers?

Yeah all planned but the NVA pushed them back in the que. Blame the other posters on here  lol
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Post by: Dr. Zombie on August 06, 2019, 09:47:35 AM
Will we see VC before or after civilians?
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Post by: Digits on August 06, 2019, 09:59:14 AM
Yeah all planned but the NVA pushed them back in the que. Blame the other posters on here  lol

Gives me plenty of time to work on my bamboo forests then.....
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 06, 2019, 10:04:37 AM
Gives me plenty of time to work on my bamboo forests then.....

A couple of months  ;)
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Post by: commissarmoody on August 06, 2019, 10:11:29 AM
Yep, VC, NVA, ARVAN, civs, US army, LRRPS, ANZAC...etc
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 07, 2019, 09:55:30 AM
Yep, VC, NVA, ARVAN, civs, US army, LRRPS, ANZAC...etc

Yes a veritable tsunami of releases to get through.

Todays NVA is Duc. I will leave you to make the obvious joke.  ;)

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Post by: commissarmoody on August 07, 2019, 01:38:08 PM
Nice!
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Post by: Mr C on August 07, 2019, 04:01:37 PM
Liking the NVA releases. Such great sculpts. Happy days!
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Post by: commissarmoody on August 08, 2019, 05:49:06 AM
Just brain storming ideas over here. But when you do the ARVAN, might want to do separate heads. That way you can do some in Berets (Worn the French way) boonie caps, M1 helmets, patrol caps, bare headed, Bandana's...Etc.
You can then also make some modern heads, with Kevlar's, ATCH's fast helmets, to represent modern troops, paramilitaries, and militias in the Philippians, Thailand and I am sure a few other nations. But hell I remember seeing videos and photo's of some Philippine troops using M1's in combat and one of the rebels setting up an ambush with a BAR, in their recent/current conflict in Mindanao.   :D
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Post by: Harry von Fleischmann on August 08, 2019, 07:46:18 AM
The separate head option sounds good.

I壇 like to clarify 田ivs......obviously Vietnamese civilians but will there be some armed western civs for agency/embassy types?
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Post by: commissarmoody on August 08, 2019, 08:15:22 AM
Thanks. I mean, at the very least I think its a good option to give the range more options. While at the same time opening them up for ultra moderns.
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 08, 2019, 08:18:43 AM
Thanks for the nice comments guys.

We would do some head sprues as we go along but the figures will have fixed heads in this range. You will need to snip, drill and glue. ;)
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 08, 2019, 08:23:17 AM
The separate head option sounds good.

I壇 like to clarify 田ivs......obviously Vietnamese civilians but will there be some armed western civs for agency/embassy types?

Oh yes! Funny enough I was looking at those yesterday.

However I am just getting dragged into another part of this project at the moment, which if all goes well, you will see the results in two or three months muhahahahahaha  lol

Figures and vehicles will continue pooring out the door in its usual volume. We don't do wave we just leave the taps on.  ;)

So whats this then?
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Post by: commissarmoody on August 08, 2019, 08:31:15 AM
Great, I have no problem snipping and pinning. I was more interested in the diffrent head options. I have plane's for my ARVAN. Big planes..Muha.....Muhahaha!  lol
Civilians, armed or other wise is cool in my book and vechicals are always welcome.
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Post by: commissarmoody on August 08, 2019, 08:38:08 AM
Oh! Oh! Is it a fish?
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Post by: coldm2231 on August 08, 2019, 08:58:22 AM
 Is that a tankers helmet Mr Empress??
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Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on August 08, 2019, 09:37:58 AM

Is that a tankers helmet Mr Empress??

I thought a pilot's helmet.
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Post by: carlos marighela on August 08, 2019, 09:53:13 AM
T-56 tankers hemet seen from the rear. Microphone on the left hand side. Australia used the same helmet, came with the M113. I used to play with some bucket heads. What a fucking shower they were.
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Post by: carlos marighela on August 08, 2019, 09:55:01 AM
Thanks for the nice comments guys.

We would do some head sprues as we go along but the figures will have fixed heads in this range. You will need to snip, drill and glue. ;)


That痴 fine by me.  :)
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 08, 2019, 10:02:22 AM
Is that a tankers helmet Mr Empress??

HUZZAH!

I photographed it the wrong way round to catch Carlos out  lol
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 08, 2019, 10:03:13 AM
Todays NVA is Hien.

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Post by: commissarmoody on August 08, 2019, 10:08:47 AM
Every one say hi Hien!
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Post by: Harry von Fleischmann on August 08, 2019, 12:13:40 PM
Oh yes! Funny enough I was looking at those yesterday.

However I am just getting dragged into another part of this project at the moment, which if all goes well, you will see the results in two or three months muhahahahahaha  lol

Hawaii style shirts and Swedish Ks?
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Post by: FreakyFenton on August 08, 2019, 12:23:46 PM
The snap, drill and glue bit isn't a problem!  :D

And wonderful figures as always!
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Post by: carlos marighela on August 08, 2019, 01:01:47 PM
HUZZAH!

I photographed it the wrong way round to catch Carlos out  lol

 :D

At the risk of sounding critical. The pith helmets don稚 seem quite right. Most pictures and for that matter the one I have have a shallower bowl and deeper brim. Thusly. Of course it might just be the photos.
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Post by: Mr C on August 08, 2019, 02:37:00 PM
Speaking of tankers, any news on the M48? I know I'm being impatient but my Vietnam mojo needs to be fed new releases otherwise it gets distracted by other shiny stuff  lol
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 09, 2019, 08:44:23 AM
Speaking of tankers, any news on the M48? I know I'm being impatient but my Vietnam mojo needs to be fed new releases otherwise it gets distracted by other shiny stuff  lol

Vehicles due to arrive in a few days then into moulds and then released. Not long to wait.

Also got the M113 with full ACAV done so that arrives any day now as well.

Phew. :o
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 09, 2019, 09:01:02 AM
Todays NVA is Hanh.

Carlos the hat is down to partly angle of the pictures partly perhaps about 2mm too tall, but that's a rough guess and conjectural.  ;)

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Post by: coldm2231 on August 09, 2019, 09:07:31 AM
Loving the NVA..... are the vehicles likely to be available at Partizana week Sunday?
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Post by: commissarmoody on August 09, 2019, 10:36:21 AM
Really digging the NVA.
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 09, 2019, 11:38:01 AM
Loving the NVA..... are the vehicles likely to be available at Partizana week Sunday?

Only the M113.

The rest will still be going through the moulding process.
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Post by: carlos marighela on August 09, 2019, 11:52:08 AM
Todays NVA is Hanh.

Carlos the hat is down to partly angle of the pictures partly perhaps about 2mm too tall, but that's a rough guess and conjectural.  ;)

I think the biggest problem is that the brim is too flat. They would look fine on Colonial French or Italians but they don稚 really look convincing for Vietnam.

The brim on the original article is actually quite steeply angled, the crown and the panel seams tend not to be as prominent.

Sorry to carp but heavily invested in this and wanting the best available sculpts.
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Post by: Dr. Zombie on August 09, 2019, 11:57:45 AM
While we are talking about the NVA. What colours should their uniforms be? I see pictures of then like above where they are green and others where they are Khaki.
Is it really a bit of a mix of both?
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Post by: commissarmoody on August 09, 2019, 12:35:21 PM
They did use both. But if your going to Tet, try to keep the uniform the same for a Squad at least. Reason being is that many units were issued new uniforms for the offensive.  :D
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Post by: manchesterreg on August 09, 2019, 12:36:18 PM
I love the NVA figures, and as im investing very heavily in this, i love the NVA and their sculpting.
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Post by: manchesterreg on August 09, 2019, 12:37:09 PM
Any idea on Vallejo paints for the NVA?
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 09, 2019, 01:23:31 PM
I think the biggest problem is that the brim is too flat. They would look fine on Colonial French or Italians but they don稚 really look convincing for Vietnam.

The brim on the original article is actually quite steeply angled, the crown and the panel seams tend not to be as prominent.

Sorry to carp but heavily invested in this and wanting the best available sculpts.

Well we had best check it and do a bit of reshaping.  ;)

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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 09, 2019, 02:10:29 PM
Although the shape in real life is all over the place, which given the manufacturing methods and wear and tear is not surprising. However its sometimes difficult to discover what is authentic and what is not. eg

The obviously modern version is very wrong to the others.

 
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Post by: manchesterreg on August 09, 2019, 05:07:28 PM
https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-F_pxdcXXpA8/UJVwb794hnI/AAAAAAAAH24/Y7mG7V9QXPw/s1600/Mercado-excedentes-guerra-de-Vietnam.JPG

Different types of NVA helmets currently on sale in Ho Chi Minh City, plus some US gear
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Post by: carlos marighela on August 09, 2019, 11:44:49 PM
Any idea on Vallejo paints for the NVA?

Mix 創 match your greens, just like the originals. To tie mine together I致e been using the somewhat ironically titled (given the circumstances) 賎unship Green but 前live Grey, Yellow Green and all kinds of green have featured as contrasts. Panzer Colours reed green isn稚 bad. Webbing seems to have been a total mix from pale, through mid khaki to some fairly brightish greens when new. They thing is just to provide a bit of contrast.

Funnily enough, given that uniforms personal equipment and webbing were often sourced from China and weapons from the Soviet Union or China, often the only things a PAVN soldier might be wearing that were Vietnamese made were the pith helmet and his Ho Chi Minh sandals.
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Post by: carlos marighela on August 09, 2019, 11:45:45 PM
Well we had best check it and do a bit of reshaping.  ;)

Good man!
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 10, 2019, 08:36:22 AM
Good man!

So which shape do you like from the four pictures above. The very green one , third one down, looks correct to your pictures but the other three are actual originals and are all close to the sculpt although all slightly different in the angle of the brim.

Just want to get it  right and stop Paul swearing at me  lol
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Post by: carlos marighela on August 11, 2019, 03:41:21 PM
I like the green one cos it actually does look like the majority of period photos that I致e seen. Not saying there weren稚 variations, quite obviously there were, but all of 粗m have more sharply downward angled brims than the sculpts appear to.

I値l readily admit I want these for more than just facing off against US marines and the like. I知 interested in using them for 1972, 75 and the 1978/79 invasion of Cambodia. The more uniform, regular look obviously appeals.
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Post by: Marine0846 on August 11, 2019, 07:18:32 PM
My 2 cents worth on the helmets.
The third picture of the group is what most helmets
I have seen look like.
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 12, 2019, 11:30:20 AM
Agree to the third one down. just sculpting. ;)
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Post by: Ash on August 12, 2019, 12:23:37 PM
Agree to the third one down. just sculpting. ;)


Well played...
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 12, 2019, 01:19:29 PM

Well played...

 ;)
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Post by: tomrommel1 on August 13, 2019, 07:22:54 AM
Empress Miniatures will you attend crisis this year?
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 13, 2019, 09:52:51 AM
Empress Miniatures will you attend crisis this year?

Yes we are. ;)
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 13, 2019, 09:55:36 AM
Latest hat.
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Post by: commissarmoody on August 13, 2019, 10:01:55 AM
I like it!
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Post by: coldm2231 on August 13, 2019, 10:03:28 AM
Looking good.... any new releases for Partizan this weekend?
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 13, 2019, 10:30:19 AM
Probably not as holidays have delayed things slightly, plus changing the hat  lol
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Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on August 13, 2019, 10:34:10 AM
New hat looks perfect :-*
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Post by: tomrommel1 on August 13, 2019, 11:22:02 AM
Will come around at Crisis then . Is it possible to preorder later on for Crisis?
By the way the last helmet looks very good to me
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 13, 2019, 11:33:03 AM
Will come around at Crisis then . Is it possible to preorder later on for Crisis?
By the way the last helmet looks very good to me

Yes send us a pre order or shopping list.
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Post by: tomrommel1 on August 13, 2019, 01:54:40 PM
Will do nearer to the event. To make sure to get all the new releases you'll probably have until then!
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Post by: Marine0846 on August 13, 2019, 03:16:27 PM
The new hat looks great.
Great job.
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Post by: carlos marighela on August 13, 2019, 05:20:31 PM
Latest hat.

Much improved, I値l take three dozen or so. Unless the wife bankrupts me in Germany that is. :D
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Post by: Shanec on August 13, 2019, 10:16:01 PM
Any chance of separate heads with the new hat - I've 4 packs of the first NVA releases and might need to do some beheading and replacing! I do think Mr Hicks has captured the shape of the helmet brilliantly this time. :)
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Post by: Splod on August 13, 2019, 10:25:55 PM
That's much better! Lovely work  :o
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Post by: traveller on August 13, 2019, 10:28:33 PM
Planning my next order....when will the next release happen?
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Post by: Sparrow on August 14, 2019, 05:41:23 AM
Any chance of separate heads with the new hat - I've 4 packs of the first NVA releases and might need to do some beheading and replacing! I do think Mr Hicks has captured the shape of the helmet brilliantly this time. :)

Aren稚 the first releases in a 吐loppy hat? That said... head swaps add more variety!
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 14, 2019, 08:47:57 AM
Thanks guys. Release is slightly delayed due to the hat swap however there will simply be more released as we are still sculpting other stuff in the background so two releases will possibly just become one large one. Depends on the timing. Not much in it.

Vehicles on their way as well. M113 with the full ACAV turret at the moulders and Patton, Commando, Ontos just about to be. More after that.

This autumn will see quite a large amount of releases as we move away from 1968 for some releases before Christmas.  :o

Yes there will be head sprues at some point although the plan is that you will have enough NVA to satisfy the most megalomaniac gamers amongst us. (me) However some of the figures from the FIC range will work for VC with head swaps so useful for that.

 
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 14, 2019, 10:33:27 AM
Todays NVA is Duong.

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Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on August 14, 2019, 11:28:51 AM
Vehicles on their way as well. M113 with the full ACAV turret at the moulders and Patton, Commando, Ontos just about to be. More after that.
Excellent.

Hopefully in time for Colours.
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 14, 2019, 01:55:14 PM
yeah pretty easily I hope.
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Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on August 14, 2019, 02:01:10 PM
Hopefully in time for Colours.
yeah pretty easily I hope.
Going to need a bigger bag (possibly on wheels)...
^___^
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 14, 2019, 04:36:35 PM
Bring a trolley  ;)
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Post by: Poiter50 on August 15, 2019, 02:25:25 AM
Just back from Vietnam and have to agree with Carlos. The previous hats were too "shallow" and the same hat is still worn by civvies and police, guards and the few military that I saw from Ho Chi Min City to Hanoi.

Great tour of the Cu Chi tunnels but a large portion of it has now collapsed and is unusable for tours. Afraid this old body wasn't able to bend sufficiently to go through the now slightly enlarged tunnels but some of our younger tour members did as did my partner but she is shorter and fitter than this old Buddha bellied bloke. Interesting to see the reactions at the firing range as some wealthy tourists used the AKs and 30 cals for a bit of fun. A lot of dead dirt on that range. Nice wrecked M-41 that ran over a mine in 1970.
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Post by: carlos marighela on August 15, 2019, 05:17:53 AM
Yeah, Cu Chi has a bit of Disney-Vietnam feel to it. Interesting in parts but I found the shoot a gun for $$$$ somewhat bizarre. I知 only 510 and I found bending over in those tunnels a right bugger.  I had a really nice guide but I had to giggle when we got to the try the food bit. He made a moue of distaste when they served up the boiled cassava. I happily tucked in and told him we eat it at home on a regular basis, it comes from Brazil and it痴 called aipim.

Did you see the Canadian C15TA armoured truck near the entrance?
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Post by: Poiter50 on August 15, 2019, 06:15:12 AM
No, missed that, bugger!

Yeah, Cu Chi has a bit of Disney-Vietnam feel to it. Interesting in parts but I found the shoot a gun for $$$$ somewhat bizarre. I知 only 510 and I found bending over in those tunnels a right bugger.  I had a really nice guide but I had to giggle when we got to the try the food bit. He made a moue of distaste when they served up the boiled cassava. I happily tucked in and told him we eat it at home on a regular basis, it comes from Brazil and it痴 called aipim.

Did you see the Canadian C15TA armoured truck near the entrance?
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Post by: commissarmoody on August 15, 2019, 08:04:29 AM
He made a moue of distaste when they served up the boiled cassava. I happily tucked in and told him we eat it at home on a regular basis, it comes from Brazil and it痴 called aipim.
What would he have against cassava? That stuff is tasty.  lol
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Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on August 15, 2019, 08:25:32 AM
Will you have a separate section on the website for NVA when there are more packs?

I glanced at the Vietnam section and did not originally realise that NVA packs were up, as they are on the end of the US - Vietnam section.
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 15, 2019, 09:01:19 AM
Will you have a separate section on the website for NVA when there are more packs?

I glanced at the Vietnam section and did not originally realise that NVA packs were up, as they are on the end of the US - Vietnam section.

Wasn't going to but it is probably a good idea. Also a room for civilians and another for vehicles. 
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 15, 2019, 09:42:25 AM
Todays NVA is Danh.
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Post by: tomrommel1 on August 15, 2019, 10:15:55 AM
 :-* nice indeed
Are you thinking about doing some US artillery to fit out firebases?
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 15, 2019, 11:10:55 AM
Possibly  o_o
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Post by: tomrommel1 on August 15, 2019, 02:08:46 PM
That would be grand!
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 15, 2019, 02:29:36 PM
That would be grand!

Working on something special at the moment buts it my secret  :o ;D
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Post by: Mr C on August 15, 2019, 04:08:57 PM
You are a tease!
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Post by: tomrommel1 on August 15, 2019, 04:19:58 PM
indeed
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Post by: carlos marighela on August 15, 2019, 04:58:55 PM
Todays NVA is Danh.

Dangerous Danh.
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Post by: FreakyFenton on August 15, 2019, 08:01:48 PM
Awesome additions to the range, and cracking work by Empress and Mr. Hicks! Like the change of the helmet. Top work!  :D
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 16, 2019, 11:55:16 AM
Awesome additions to the range, and cracking work by Empress and Mr. Hicks! Like the change of the helmet. Top work!  :D

Many thanks  ;)

Got a lot more NVA to show but all going through hat changes so best I do not show until they are in their new plumage.

Sorry to be a tease but walls have ears  lol
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Post by: carlos marighela on August 16, 2019, 01:19:25 PM
Many thanks  ;)

Got a lot more NVA to show but all going through hat changes so best I do not show until they are in their new plumage.

Sorry to be a tease but walls have ears  lol

Never let your mother in-law choose the wallpaper.
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 16, 2019, 03:08:44 PM
Never let your mother in-law choose the wallpaper.

 lol lol lol lol
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 19, 2019, 08:39:13 AM
NVA with new hat.

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Post by: tomrommel1 on August 19, 2019, 08:48:53 AM
gorgeous!!!
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Post by: Poiter50 on August 19, 2019, 09:01:22 AM
That looks more like what I have just seen in Vietnam.
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Post by: commissarmoody on August 19, 2019, 09:22:46 AM
Beautiful!
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Post by: bergschotten on August 19, 2019, 10:12:02 AM
These are brilliant.
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Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on August 19, 2019, 10:19:03 AM
When will these be available?
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 19, 2019, 10:52:06 AM
quite soon  ;)

It will mean that within a few weeks there will be over 30 NVA.  ;)
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Post by: FreakyFenton on August 19, 2019, 11:41:15 AM
quite soon  ;)

It will mean that within a few weeks there will be over 30 NVA.  ;)

Cool!  :D
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Post by: Ash on August 19, 2019, 01:18:19 PM
Rather like the new hat...
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Post by: tomrommel1 on August 19, 2019, 02:52:38 PM
Not sure if asked before. If one wanted to get a "slick" which scale would be ok with the vehicles Empress produces ? 1/48?
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 19, 2019, 03:03:27 PM
Not sure if asked before. If one wanted to get a "slick" which scale would be ok with the vehicles Empress produces ? 1/48?

I use 1/48 scale aeroplanes. Infact been buying some.  ;)
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Post by: tomrommel1 on August 20, 2019, 08:41:26 AM
OK, thanks have to get some Helicopters soon  ;)
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Post by: traveller on August 20, 2019, 10:26:52 AM
OK, thanks have to get some Helicopters soon  ;)

I received some great advice here:

http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=114930.0
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Post by: tomrommel1 on August 20, 2019, 01:53:51 PM
thanks traveller that helps!
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Post by: Dr. Zombie on August 28, 2019, 09:58:11 AM
quite soon  ;)

It will mean that within a few weeks there will be over 30 NVA.  ;)

So when are these few weeks up? Some of us have run out of models to paint and have money to burn.
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 28, 2019, 03:59:19 PM
Ssshhhhh some of us are on holiday.  ;)

Back very soon then the beginning of a flow, gush, torrent, tseunami, of releases. lol
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Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on August 28, 2019, 10:32:14 PM
Back very soon then the beginning of a flow, gush, torrent, tseunami, of releases. lol
Newbury.... Newbury... Newbury....

Enjoy your holiday.
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 28, 2019, 10:34:35 PM
Cheers mate. ;)
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on August 31, 2019, 12:23:51 PM
A couple of Buffalo wagon variants to populate your tables.

These are now in the shop. Stay tuned for a lot more releases in the coming days.
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Post by: FreakyFenton on August 31, 2019, 02:22:26 PM
The bits and bobs as well as hodge podge of kit on the cart is a nice touch. Very characterful. And perhaps even useful for other settings too.  :D
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Post by: traveller on August 31, 2019, 02:47:35 PM
That driver looks very useful for other purposes(rivercrafts, villages etc) ...will he be available separately?
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Post by: .:Gunslinger:. on August 31, 2019, 03:51:38 PM
Fantastic new set! I love the array of stuff on the cart and the general character of this sculpt :-*

Really looking forward to more civilian types for this range!
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Post by: commissarmoody on August 31, 2019, 09:28:23 PM
Very cool, ill most likely put in an order once I see all the other goodies your going to spoil us with.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 01, 2019, 09:33:03 AM
Thanks Guys. May add the figures to a civilian pack when we get onto them.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 02, 2019, 08:16:39 AM
Painted by moi. NVA troops.

 
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 02, 2019, 08:18:28 AM
and more.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: tomrommel1 on September 02, 2019, 09:19:21 AM
Very nice indeed . Started on my lot at the weekend . So pictures up soonish.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 02, 2019, 09:46:49 AM
Very nice indeed . Started on my lot at the weekend . So pictures up soonish.

Excellent.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: carlos marighela on September 02, 2019, 09:56:54 AM
Those be lovely! Cracking paint jobs.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 02, 2019, 11:10:28 AM
Those be lovely! Cracking paint jobs.

Shucks  :-*

Just packing the next packs of NVA to be released. ;)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Dr. Zombie on September 02, 2019, 12:07:10 PM
Well hurry up then. Some of us have itches that need itching. And Jungle battles to be fought.
(https://i.imgur.com/MIxyNGt.jpg)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 02, 2019, 12:12:02 PM
Well hurry up then. Some of us have itches that need itching. And Jungle battles to be fought.
(https://i.imgur.com/MIxyNGt.jpg)

Oooh nice.  :-*
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 02, 2019, 04:50:02 PM
"Come and get it!!!"

4 new packs of NVA just put in the shop. 8)


https://www.empressminiatures.com/us-vietnam-18-c.asp
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Dr. Zombie on September 02, 2019, 06:11:26 PM
Outstanding!

Already ordered.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: FreakyFenton on September 02, 2019, 07:34:56 PM
The paintjob in green is cool! I might adopt that or go for a mix of khaki and green-ish tones like that. And the red scarf is a nice touch.  :D
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Sparrow on September 02, 2019, 07:45:47 PM
Very nice - that痴 24 individual NVA now and you致e only just started! Impressed! (Paul Hicks can稚 be allowed much sleep these days, can he? lol)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Marine0846 on September 02, 2019, 07:55:48 PM
Great looking NVA.
Will be sending in an order soon.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Splod on September 02, 2019, 09:30:56 PM
Fantastic! Great seeing the SKS packs as well; it wasn't all AK-47  ;)

Any rumours about some ANZAC troops?  :D
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: carlos marighela on September 02, 2019, 10:34:57 PM
 :-*
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: tomrommel1 on September 03, 2019, 06:59:14 AM
Very nice additions to the NVA!! One suggestion could you do helmets with wire netting for adding camouflage to the helmet?
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 03, 2019, 09:49:37 AM
Outstanding!

Already ordered.

Thanks mate  ;)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 03, 2019, 09:50:15 AM
Great looking NVA.
Will be sending in an order soon.

That's what we want to hear  lol
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 03, 2019, 09:50:51 AM
Fantastic! Great seeing the SKS packs as well; it wasn't all AK-47  ;)

Any rumours about some ANZAC troops?  :D

More than rumours. ;)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 03, 2019, 09:51:20 AM
Very nice additions to the NVA!! One suggestion could you do helmets with wire netting for adding camouflage to the helmet?

Sure  ;)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Dr. Zombie on September 03, 2019, 09:55:51 AM
And please a few heavy weapons. As it stands the poor NVA are sorely outgunned by the Marines.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 03, 2019, 10:06:51 AM
They will not be soon  lol

LMG figures just sculpted.

All the RPG's done.

Various MMG/HMG/Mortars all done.

Huge amount will be coming through.  :D
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: carlos marighela on September 03, 2019, 10:52:11 AM
They will not be soon  lol

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tHWXrmOCs0s&list=PLMMjXrEqB2idV1G8YGtueO1ypFxS7c9Lb&index=2&t=0s

This may take a loooooong time.  :D
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 03, 2019, 12:58:19 PM


This may take a loooooong time.  :D

Best get on with it then. lol

New M113 with ACAV turret is now in the shop. This also features separate side skirts so you can leave them off if you want.

Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Sparrow on September 03, 2019, 02:04:33 PM
That is so 田ute! Must get on with finishing French Indo-China so I can get motoring on with the next stage! So much to do!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 03, 2019, 02:45:54 PM
That is so 田ute! Must get on with finishing French Indo-China so I can get motoring on with the next stage! So much to do!

Tell me about it  o_o
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: tomrommel1 on September 03, 2019, 03:32:48 PM
gorgeous !!! now for some south vietnamese soldiers or US Army types to go with that beauty!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Mr C on September 03, 2019, 04:32:28 PM
Just ordered three of the older version of the M113 as I have no clue as to when the turret version was introduced? Really should do my research. However I figured I could use the older version for early battles and ARVIN encounters. Have ordered the new NVA as well. Just superb sculpts! Can't wait to see what else comes out for this line but a heavy MG would be most useful. 
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: FreakyFenton on September 03, 2019, 06:51:16 PM
Sure  ;)

Yay! Makes for a diverse picture of gear!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on September 03, 2019, 10:23:20 PM
Very nice.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 04, 2019, 08:40:45 AM
Just ordered three of the older version of the M113 as I have no clue as to when the turret version was introduced? Really should do my research. However I figured I could use the older version for early battles and ARVIN encounters. Have ordered the new NVA as well. Just superb sculpts! Can't wait to see what else comes out for this line but a heavy MG would be most useful.

The side shields for the commander came in in 1966 with US forces.

Still more Marines to do including the support weapons.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: commissarmoody on September 04, 2019, 09:07:35 AM
No rest for the wicked!  :D
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 04, 2019, 09:46:06 AM
No rest for the wicked!  :D

We must be VERY wicked.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Mr C on September 04, 2019, 03:52:21 PM
If in doubt, buy both types! Can't go wrong  lol
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 05, 2019, 08:38:26 AM
If in doubt, buy both types! Can't go wrong  lol

Good plan  lol
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on September 05, 2019, 08:46:22 AM
Best get on with it then. lol

New M113 with ACAV turret is now in the shop. This also features separate side skirts so you can leave them off if you want.
Missed this somehow.

On my list for Saturday.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 05, 2019, 09:23:18 AM
Any of you guys coming to Colours please introduce yourselves under your stage name used on here please. It will be interesting to put 'names' to faces  :)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 06, 2019, 08:23:43 AM
The Ontos is now released and in the shop.

First come first served at Colours so form an orderly queue lol 

Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Rich H on September 06, 2019, 08:48:23 AM
 :-*
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Post by: tomrommel1 on September 06, 2019, 09:01:09 AM
Will do at Crisis!!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: tomrommel1 on September 06, 2019, 09:02:12 AM
Can I get an Ontos at Crisis?
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: carlos marighela on September 06, 2019, 09:02:35 AM
I値l see your  :-* and raise you  :-* :-*
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 06, 2019, 09:14:19 AM
 lol lol lol lol lol
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Paul Hicks on September 06, 2019, 10:05:28 AM
Vietnam poker! Ive got a great hand waiting on the work bench just about to go off to Empress;)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Dags on September 06, 2019, 10:28:19 AM
First come first served at Colours so form an orderly queue lol

Couldn't you do Border Reiver instead?  ;)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Mr C on September 06, 2019, 10:31:46 AM
As soon as the M48 is released I think another order has to be made. The Ontos seemed to be just as lethal to anyone stood behind it as stood in front of it. That makes for an interesting piece of kit on the tabletop. Top notch stuff!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 06, 2019, 11:27:59 AM
Can I get an Ontos at Crisis?

Yes  ;)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 06, 2019, 11:28:49 AM
Vietnam poker! Ive got a great hand waiting on the work bench just about to go off to Empress;)

He is not fibbing. I have seen the pictures.  :-*
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 06, 2019, 11:29:52 AM
As soon as the M48 is released I think another order has to be made. The Ontos seemed to be just as lethal to anyone stood behind it as stood in front of it. That makes for an interesting piece of kit on the tabletop. Top notch stuff!

Glad you like it. M48 should be next week.

Now also have parts for the Zippo so that will follow soon as well.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Sparrow on September 06, 2019, 06:08:09 PM
The Ontos is now released and in the shop.

First come first served at Colours so form an orderly queue lol

A seriously impressive piece of kit - well done!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on September 06, 2019, 06:27:48 PM
How early can I get to the station....

Nice looking piece of kit.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Splod on September 06, 2019, 09:52:01 PM
Man, I'm blown away by the one piece resin hull including detailed tracks and running gear? What sorcery is this?
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Rich H on September 06, 2019, 10:03:10 PM
Track and turret are separate... well they were when I made them!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on September 08, 2019, 08:11:15 AM
How early can I get to the station....

Nice looking piece of kit.
Apparently early enough.

It was great talking to you.

Actually building the Ontos is on hold until I get the Osprey book, no one had it at the show. The T1E2 maybe the first vehicle built ^___^.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Dags on September 08, 2019, 08:25:14 AM
Paul(s).... are vehicle crews fairly near the top of the To Do list?

Selfish request but I like to get things finished in one go rather than 'complete' them at a later date (and adding a gunner to an assembled, painted ACAV looks to a particular pig  ;) )
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 08, 2019, 10:47:06 AM
Apparently early enough.

It was great talking to you.

Actually building the Ontos is on hold until I get the Osprey book, no one had it at the show. The T1E2 maybe the first vehicle built ^___^.

Yes same here. Any issues just give us a shout. ;)

Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on September 08, 2019, 02:16:28 PM
Paul(s).... are vehicle crews fairly near the top of the To Do list?

Selfish request but I like to get things finished in one go rather than 'complete' them at a later date (and adding a gunner to an assembled, painted ACAV looks to a particular pig  ;) )
A good question and a good point.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 08, 2019, 02:23:10 PM
Paul(s).... are vehicle crews fairly near the top of the To Do list?

Selfish request but I like to get things finished in one go rather than 'complete' them at a later date (and adding a gunner to an assembled, painted ACAV looks to a particular pig  ;) )

Yes I am pushing them and pilots to the top.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Dags on September 08, 2019, 02:24:27 PM
Top man
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on September 08, 2019, 02:50:32 PM
Yes I am pushing them and pilots to the top.
Excellent.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Silent Invader on September 08, 2019, 05:49:58 PM
Will there be more USMC riflemen?*

*I know there are lots already but before I start contemplating doubling up and doing conversions, I thought I壇 ask 😁

Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 10, 2019, 01:34:52 PM
Will there be more USMC riflemen?*

*I know there are lots already but before I start contemplating doubling up and doing conversions, I thought I壇 ask 😁

Not planning on any more. Could do a couple of head sprues. One for Marines and one for the VC.

Have got a few more packs of USMC to do which are special packs such as support weapons etc but not planning on any more basic infantry types.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: tomrommel1 on September 10, 2019, 01:54:37 PM
Heads would be nice indeed!!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Silent Invader on September 10, 2019, 02:05:01 PM
Not planning on any more. Could do a couple of head sprues. One for Marines and one for the VC.

Have got a few more packs of USMC to do which are special packs such as support weapons etc but not planning on any more basic infantry types.

Thanks for the info

Head sprues would certainly make converting easier.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Malamute on September 10, 2019, 03:15:12 PM
Will there be more USMC riflemen?*

*I know there are lots already but before I start contemplating doubling up and doing conversions, I thought I壇 ask 😁

Knowing you, you won't be able to help yourself, you'll be converting them left right and centre ;) lol
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 10, 2019, 03:36:54 PM
Thanks for the info

Head sprues would certainly make converting easier.

OK will add it to the quick list.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Silent Invader on September 10, 2019, 05:46:10 PM
Knowing you, you won't be able to help yourself, you'll be converting them left right and centre ;) lol

I知 afflicted  :D
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Silent Invader on September 10, 2019, 05:46:27 PM
OK will add it to the quick list.

Many thanks  8)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Treadheadz on September 10, 2019, 07:17:50 PM
Not planning on any more. Could do a couple of head sprues. One for Marines and one for the VC.

Have got a few more packs of USMC to do which are special packs such as support weapons etc but not planning on any more basic infantry types.

I'd also like to see separate head sprues for conversions - But also maybe some "spin-offs" namely MACVSOG - Could be fun way to branch out and include both US and Indig troopers.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: tomrommel1 on September 11, 2019, 07:28:47 AM
Thanks for the head sprues!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 11, 2019, 09:31:24 AM
I'd also like to see separate head sprues for conversions - But also maybe some "spin-offs" namely MACVSOG - Could be fun way to branch out and include both US and Indig troopers.

If you read the threads these troop types will all come in time.  ;)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 11, 2019, 10:49:53 AM
We hinted earlier at a lot of releases coming through. Well strap in as here we go. YEHAW!!!

Todays NVA is Ngai. Yes it does come with a bipod.

28mm sculpted along with the rest of the range by Paul Hicks.
 Simply the best.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Mr C on September 11, 2019, 01:02:28 PM
Cracking figure and much needed firepower for the NVA. Like it!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: .:Gunslinger:. on September 11, 2019, 03:30:48 PM
Love it!  :-* can't wait to see the rest of this set!  :o

The will to resisit is withering...
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Sparrow on September 11, 2019, 06:05:28 PM
Love it!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: FreakyFenton on September 11, 2019, 09:39:25 PM
Nice, finally some rpds! Possibly interesting for converting! 
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Dr. Zombie on September 12, 2019, 08:00:58 AM
I like him as a model.
But I must say that from a wargaming perspective, prone models are a pain in the ar*e. Both because they require a bigger base and because you then have to imagine the models line of sight. But then again the bigger base allows you to build almost a mini diorama, so there is a silver lining I guess.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 12, 2019, 08:48:22 AM
Well as most soldiers spend a lot of their time prone its difficult to ignore them really. We have chosen to do this with the NVA and VC specifically due to the tactical style of their fighting ie ambush or defence in Hue and elsewhere.

Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 12, 2019, 08:49:18 AM
Todays NVA is Due.


Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Dr. Zombie on September 12, 2019, 09:02:51 AM
Well as most soldiers spend a lot of their time prone its difficult to ignore them really. We have chosen to do this with the NVA and VC specifically due to the tactical style of their fighting ie ambush or defence in Hue and elsewhere.

I completely get that. And it certainly wont stop me from getting him and anyone else lying about.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: tomrommel1 on September 12, 2019, 10:20:05 AM
really nice additions. I see a big order for collecting at Crisis coming up during late october!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 12, 2019, 10:34:38 AM
I completely get that. And it certainly wont stop me from getting him and anyone else lying about.

 ;)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: carlos marighela on September 12, 2019, 08:56:36 PM
Todays NVA is Due.

Due in twenty minutes? Due Thursday? He seems to be in a hurry.  :)

Very nice btw, as is the RPD gunner.

As for prone figures, well whilst they tend not to be the preference of gamers and for good, practical reasons, prone is the default position once contact is initiated and save for short rushes, tends to stay that way until the contact is over. Even the final assault may more often than not be fought forward 双n yer guts by teams pepper potting.

My hope would be to see the Australians in mostly patrolling poses plus packs of prone firing positions.

Question. The 素ree world forces are getting armour. Any chance the PAVN will get some? I壇 really like to see some Type 63/K-63/YW531 APCs

Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 13, 2019, 08:34:49 AM


My hope would be to see the Australians in mostly patrolling poses plus packs of prone firing positions.

Question. The 素ree world forces are getting armour. Any chance the PAVN will get some? I壇 really like to see some Type 63/K-63/YW531 APCs

Yep to both TBH. First PAVN armour will be around Christmas time depending on various constraints (time) but it should give any Firebase a scare  ;) 
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 13, 2019, 08:38:31 AM
Todays Empress Miniatures 28mm NVA is Quan.

Looks kinda mean. :`

Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Splod on September 13, 2019, 09:04:08 AM
That Mr Hicks is really quite talented.

Git  :D
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: carlos marighela on September 13, 2019, 09:09:45 AM
Todays Empress Miniatures 28mm NVA is Quan.

Looks kinda mean. :`

That is a superb sculpt! :-* Now the question must be Quan do, Quan do, Quan do, Quando?

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=128LI6_4L-s
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 13, 2019, 10:32:25 AM
That is a superb sculpt! :-* Now the question must be Quan do, Quan do, Quan do, Quando?

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=128LI6_4L-s

You get worse  ::)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: carlos marighela on September 13, 2019, 05:36:06 PM
Oh come on, everyone loves Engelbert, he痴 the Poundsaver version of Tom Jones. And even if you don稚 you had those lovely lasses in gold lame to ogle.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 13, 2019, 08:03:28 PM
Poundsaver version of Tom Jones!

Thats a sad summing up to a career  lol
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Sparrow on September 13, 2019, 08:36:36 PM
But quite accurate  ;)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Ash on September 13, 2019, 09:19:39 PM
Harsh, but fair...
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: huevans on September 13, 2019, 11:49:38 PM
Oh come on, everyone loves Engelbert, he痴 the Poundsaver version of Tom Jones. And even if you don稚 you had those lovely lasses in gold lame to ogle.

My long departed Gran always had a special place in her heart for Engelbert. I'm glad to see someone else still remembers....
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 14, 2019, 08:06:34 AM
As long as you do not want a figure of him.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 14, 2019, 10:44:03 AM
Todays NVA is Duong.

Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: manchesterreg on September 14, 2019, 11:21:29 AM
As long as you do not want a figure of him.

Well if your asking :)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: carlos marighela on September 14, 2019, 03:13:50 PM
Actually not a bad idea! Not Engelbert but a pack of USO entertainers at some point. Bob Hope, Ann Margaret etc, etc. Scenario objective.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Dr. Zombie on September 14, 2019, 03:46:24 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/xRNn2Da.jpg)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Paul Hicks on September 14, 2019, 07:50:36 PM
Actually not a bad idea! Not Engelbert but a pack of USO entertainers at some point. Bob Hope, Ann Margaret etc, etc. Scenario objective.

Suzie Q!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Sparrow on September 15, 2019, 08:36:49 AM
Todays NVA is Duong.

Looking good!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 16, 2019, 08:43:06 AM
Todays 28mm Paul Hicks sculpted NVA is Sang.

Something a bit special tomorrow.

Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: carlos marighela on September 16, 2019, 09:27:42 AM
Todays 28mm Paul Hicks sculpted NVA is Sang.

Something a bit special tomorrow.

His father, Sang Froid, fought for the French did he not?
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Dr. Zombie on September 16, 2019, 10:24:15 AM
Oh boy. It is hard to be excited about todays guy when you tease at something even better tomorrow.
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 17, 2019, 05:14:58 PM
Used by both the army and USMC in Vietnam, most notably at the battle of Hue this 1/50 scale model compliments the extensive range of modern and ultra modern vehicles that Empress Miniatures sells.

This version comes with extra track armour to be placed where the customer wants as well as one road wheel to also act as extra armour.

The model also comes with two 50 cal HMG's that the customer can either use in place in the commanders turret or outside on a pintle mount as was often seen.

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Post by: Mr C on September 17, 2019, 05:44:55 PM
Been waiting for this to be released. I'm a happy man! Order placed! This range just gets better and better.
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Post by: Sparrow on September 17, 2019, 06:20:17 PM
Result! Cheers Paul!
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Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on September 17, 2019, 07:26:48 PM
Nice.

Something for my SELWG list (unless I manage to reduce my existing pile before then ^__^).
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Post by: FreakyFenton on September 17, 2019, 11:32:18 PM
Cool!  :o
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 18, 2019, 08:33:36 AM
Thanks guys.

Stay tuned still a lot to come  ;)   
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Post by: carlos marighela on September 18, 2019, 08:50:18 AM
That痴 a very nice looking tank. Definitely on the shopping list.
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 18, 2019, 09:46:22 AM
Todays NVA is Dinh.
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Post by: Sparrow on September 18, 2019, 10:18:33 AM
泥inh! Love it!  lol
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Post by: tomrommel1 on September 18, 2019, 10:25:13 AM
Very nice additions!!! The list to preorder for Salute gets longer and longer!
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Post by: tomrommel1 on September 18, 2019, 10:25:47 AM
sorry not Salute !!! Crisis of course! ;)
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 18, 2019, 10:41:03 AM
You better bring big bags to carry everything. Phase 57 on route  ::)
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Post by: manchesterreg on September 18, 2019, 11:56:20 AM
I have the Corgi M48 Patton 1/50 scale tank, will yours match in size? looking to add a cheaper version (price not quality obviously!! )
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Post by: tomrommel1 on September 19, 2019, 06:53:28 AM
You better bring big bags to carry everything. Phase 57 on route  ::)

Will do ;)
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 19, 2019, 09:37:47 AM
I have the Corgi M48 Patton 1/50 scale tank, will yours match in size? looking to add a cheaper version (price not quality obviously!! )

Not sure as I do not have one. Technically they are both the same scale however Corgi scales are notoriously interesting to say the least. I have seen pictures and the model seems very tall with the mudguards above head height.  It looks to me more 1/48 but I really cannot say. My advice is sell it and buy lots of ours  lol
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Post by: carlos marighela on September 19, 2019, 09:42:01 AM
Judge for yourselves. I picked the same poses as the photo with the Empress M48. Apols one isn稚 complete.
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Post by: manchesterreg on September 19, 2019, 09:51:58 AM
Thanks Carlos, its slightly bigger, but if i keep them apart not a problem.
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Post by: carlos marighela on September 19, 2019, 09:56:15 AM
By the by, if UVS is reading this, my memory was shaky. I re-sprayed the Corgi M48 with Tamiya痴 JGSDF green not NATO green, I just found the can.
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Post by: carlos marighela on September 19, 2019, 09:57:13 AM
Thanks Carlos, its slightly bigger, but if i keep them apart not a problem.

Marginally and I do mean marginally taller would be my guess.
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 19, 2019, 11:49:47 AM
Todays NVA is Ngoz.
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Post by: carlos marighela on September 19, 2019, 12:16:36 PM
Three more like him and you can call 粗m Nsync. :D

Very nice btw. We must be edging towards RPG gunners next.
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 19, 2019, 12:48:45 PM
Three more like him and you can call 粗m Nsync. :D

Very nice btw. We must be edging towards RPG gunners next.

Yeah next up plus a command pack. Got some seriously lovely support weapons to man as well. However tank crew must come first. Another special release tomorrow   :-*
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Post by: Sparrow on September 19, 2019, 04:25:01 PM
Todays NVA is Ngoz.

I知 going to have to increase my order...  8)
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 20, 2019, 08:50:47 AM
Oh go on then  lol
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 20, 2019, 10:30:14 AM
NEW RELEASE!!!!

CADILLAC GAGE COMMANDO 28mm (1/50 scale)

American amphibious armoured car used from 1963 by most US forces such as the USMC, Air Force and Military Police as well as allies such as ARVN.

Seen in many Tet Offensive photographs. Gradually retired from front line service in the 1990's.

This model comes with a choice of turret weaponry so that the 30. cal and 50 cal versions can be created. The customer has the option to make the 30. cal only or the 30/50 cal side by side version. Not seen a dual 50 cal version but it looked good and we do sell a lot of modern vehicles to the sci fi market.  lol

https://www.empressminiatures.com/us-vietnam-18-c.asp
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Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on September 20, 2019, 06:55:05 PM
Nice.
Are you going to do the Australian M113 with the turret?
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Post by: tomrommel1 on September 22, 2019, 09:49:16 AM
nice
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Post by: FreakyFenton on September 22, 2019, 07:48:36 PM
Amazing armoured car!
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 23, 2019, 09:44:18 AM
Nice.
Are you going to do the Australian M113 with the turret?

It would seem silly not to. ;)
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 23, 2019, 01:42:32 PM
Todays US tank crew is Frank. Frank in his tank.

28mm sculpted by Paul Hicks to fit in the Empress range of 1/50 scale vehicles.


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Post by: Mr C on September 23, 2019, 02:02:44 PM
That tankie is a cracking sculpt! Very excited to see what other vehicle crew will follow. Bailed out crew maybe? Those M48s seemed to get a proper hammering from RPGs in the enclosed streets of the Citadel in Hue. Wounded USMC for the back deck area?
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Post by: Marine0846 on September 23, 2019, 05:07:17 PM
Love the tank crewman.
Look forward to see the rest.
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Post by: carlos marighela on September 23, 2019, 06:03:37 PM
Lovely!
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Post by: Dr. Zombie on September 23, 2019, 06:44:36 PM
How very annoying. Just as I had almost convinced myself that I don稚 need any tanks or armored vehicles as my gaming will be set I the jungle.
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Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on September 23, 2019, 09:06:27 PM
Todays US tank crew is Frank. Frank in his tank.

28mm sculpted by Paul Hicks to fit in the Empress range of 1/50 scale vehicles.

Very nice.
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Post by: carlos marighela on September 23, 2019, 09:53:59 PM
To quote a certain Mr Eno, 釘lank Frank is the messenger of your doom and your destruction....

Can稚 wait to see the rest of the crew (crews?).
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 24, 2019, 08:38:43 AM
Thanks all. Glad you like him. The rest are also sculpted for the main tank crews. Just doing ARVN M113 crew.
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 24, 2019, 08:39:24 AM
Todays NVA is Giang.

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Post by: carlos marighela on September 24, 2019, 09:19:36 AM
The PAVN did have a field cap type affair but there doesn稚 seem to have been much evidence of it until the late 1970s in the field. In fact I can稚 recall seeing a photo of one that dates much before the liberation of Cambodia and the Sino-Vietnamese war and those have tended to be the less fussy looking officer痴 version and invariably in posed, non-combat, photos.

I知 sure some bugger must have worn one at some point but they seem to have been leery of being photographed. Might be better doing variations on the floppy hat or cam netted pith helmet if you crave variety. They are far more iconic. Some chaps with parachute silk capes and some with the cane camouflage loops on packs wouldn稚 go astray.
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 24, 2019, 12:50:04 PM
We are only planning on this one figure and wanted something different. The NVA were not very photogenic at the best of times until they started winning in the 70's so no reason to believe that it was not around in the 60's. However the range is for the US involvement so not an issue.  ;)
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Post by: carlos marighela on September 24, 2019, 03:14:05 PM
That痴 cool, his cap will probably get a bit of surgery and he will join my Khmer Rouge.
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Post by: manchesterreg on September 24, 2019, 04:02:02 PM
Funny enough, i was talking to a colleague of mine today, she had seen me reading Streets of Fire on Hue, and said her parents were from Vietnam, so it appears they are from Quang Ninh near Hanoi, and her Mother was deaf due to American Bombing on her village, and her dad was in the NVA and fought in the South, but they left on a Boat after reunification, as evidently the place was poor as hell, anyway seeing im probably going off topic, i asked he if she could ask her Dad what he wore etc, she then proceeded to show me one pic of him on her phone, in a almost white uniform and a i presume an american soft cap, he fought down south in the period we are interested in, so will try to find out more about uniforms etc, ran a chip shop here until the early 2000s funny from NVA to chip fryer.
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Post by: Andrew_McGuire on September 24, 2019, 04:45:11 PM
...ran a chip shop here until the early 2000s funny from NVA to chip fryer.

Well, I can see why he might have been sick of rice.
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 24, 2019, 04:47:57 PM
Funny enough, i was talking to a colleague of mine today, she had seen me reading Streets of Fire on Hue, and said her parents were from Vietnam, so it appears they are from Quang Ninh near Hanoi, and her Mother was deaf due to American Bombing on her village, and her dad was in the NVA and fought in the South, but they left on a Boat after reunification, as evidently the place was poor as hell, anyway seeing im probably going off topic, i asked he if she could ask her Dad what he wore etc, she then proceeded to show me one pic of him on her phone, in a almost white uniform and a i presume an american soft cap, he fought down south in the period we are interested in, so will try to find out more about uniforms etc, ran a chip shop here until the early 2000s funny from NVA to chip fryer.

That's a brilliant story. The fact that an ex NVA ran a chip shop in the UK is hilarious. Deserves a Hollywood movie. Scene three Rambo enters and orders Cod and Chips with mushy peas  lol

Yes would be interested in kit and uniform details. I suspect they actually had very little in the field.
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Post by: FreakyFenton on September 24, 2019, 04:56:36 PM
That's a brilliant story. The fact that an ex NVA ran a chip shop in the UK is hilarious. Deserves a Hollywood movie. Scene three Rambo enters and orders Cod and Chips with mushy peas  lol

Yes would be interested in kit and uniform details. I suspect they actually had very little in the field.

 lol lol Lovely story!
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Post by: Galloping Major on September 26, 2019, 08:39:03 AM
Wow  :o
What a beautiful range, this has got to be the best looking post WWII range I have seen to date. There's nothing like a range of figures that really captures the feel of a period to re-kindle interest  8)





www.gallopingmajorwargames.com
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Post by: carlos marighela on September 26, 2019, 09:50:04 AM
Funny enough, i was talking to a colleague of mine today, she had seen me reading Streets of Fire on Hue, and said her parents were from Vietnam, so it appears they are from Quang Ninh near Hanoi, and her Mother was deaf due to American Bombing on her village, and her dad was in the NVA and fought in the South, but they left on a Boat after reunification, as evidently the place was poor as hell, anyway seeing im probably going off topic, i asked he if she could ask her Dad what he wore etc, she then proceeded to show me one pic of him on her phone, in a almost white uniform and a i presume an american soft cap, he fought down south in the period we are interested in, so will try to find out more about uniforms etc, ran a chip shop here until the early 2000s funny from NVA to chip fryer.

Cool!

Of course on the other side of the world, it痴 a little more common place. There痴 hardly a bakery in Melb and probably much of the rest of the East coast that isn稚 Vietnamese run or owned, an overwhelmingly good thing. If your wife or workmate gets their nails done, then there痴 something like a 90% chance it happened in a Vietnamese run establishment and we have a number of suburbs where the population is largely Vietnamese migrants and their offspring , with nearly every shop Vietnamese owned.

The banh mi has pretty much become the national sandwich of choice and phở, the light lunch of choice. Vietnamese food, in case you haven稚 tried, it is one of the great cuisines of the world. Infinite variety, flavour and subtlety. Whilst it was a shitty thing for those caught up in it, the fall of the South enriched this country no end.

Interestingly enough, few people realise that there were a significant number of NLF supporters, who ended up fleeing Vietnam post-reunification. The NLF always had a disparate base and many fell out with the Hanoi regime and its underlings in the South. A number ended up here. They tend to stay quiet about it as most of the older generation are still quite anti-communist.
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Post by: commissarmoody on September 26, 2019, 10:11:34 AM
Right? We have a pretty big Viet population here on the west coast of the U.S.. I belive Vietnamese is the 3rd most spoken language in ether Washington or Oregon.
Got a decent population here in Vegas to. And one of the guys I was in the army with family moved to the U.S. after the war. His dad spent 3 years in a reeducation camp after the war.
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 26, 2019, 01:10:46 PM
Wow  :o
What a beautiful range, this has got to be the best looking post WWII range I have seen to date. There's nothing like a range of figures that really captures the feel of a period to re-kindle interest  8)





www.gallopingmajorwargames.com

Praise indeed. Thanks Lance  :-*
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Post by: manchesterreg on September 26, 2019, 09:11:18 PM
So, continuing my NVA Fish n Chip story, i met up with her Mum and Dad, both delightfully bonkers, her Mum certainly had a bee in her Bonnet about the Americans bombing her village (as you would) however the historian (me) asked her about defending her village, id seen pictures and film of all the villagers running out and shooting at the bombers, i think she thought i was mad, as she said they all ran to shelter when the planes came, so maybe its a bit of propaganda.

The Father didnt really want to talk about his time down South, and really all i could glean was, how the officers got all the good stuff, and he had the same uniform all war, and had to make and mend or wear captured stuff, and he was glad he was a radio man otherwise he would not be here.

He left Vietnam as the village was worse after the war, and the big men as he called them robbed them all the time, so thats it, but never thought id meet a NVA man in Manchester
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 27, 2019, 10:08:37 AM
Todays NVA is Nguyen.
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Post by: FreakyFenton on September 27, 2019, 11:41:27 AM
Amazing! Also nice for conversions in case someone wants a belt fed RPD.  :D
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Post by: Ash on September 27, 2019, 12:27:12 PM
Amazing! Also nice for conversions in case someone wants a belt fed RPD.  :D

I think my 28mm Rhodesians will get some Selous Scouts out of these chaps...
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Post by: carlos marighela on September 27, 2019, 01:15:05 PM
Spot on! Lovely figure.
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 27, 2019, 02:00:05 PM
Cheers guys.

Lt Colonel Ernie Cheatham looking decidedly cheesed off.

Its a useful picture as it shows the Empress attention to scaling as we have made him taller than the other Marines to respect his 6'4" height.

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Post by: Sparrow on September 27, 2019, 05:27:31 PM
Sweet 😉
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Post by: Galloping Major on September 28, 2019, 08:56:57 AM

Lt Colonel Ernie Cheatham looking decidedly cheesed off.

Its a useful picture as it shows the Empress attention to scaling as we have made him taller than the other Marines to respect his 6'4" height.

That's great  :)
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Post by: FreakyFenton on September 29, 2019, 03:26:47 PM
I think my 28mm Rhodesians will get some Selous Scouts out of these chaps...

 :D Useful!
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Post by: FreakyFenton on September 29, 2019, 03:27:10 PM
Cheers guys.

Lt Colonel Ernie Cheatham looking decidedly cheesed off.

Its a useful picture as it shows the Empress attention to scaling as we have made him taller than the other Marines to respect his 6'4" height.

Amazing attention to detail!  :o
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 30, 2019, 08:44:00 AM
Amazing attention to detail!  :o

Thanks Freaky  ;)
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 30, 2019, 08:45:20 AM
Todays NVA's are the brothers Chi and Dinh.

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Post by: carlos marighela on September 30, 2019, 10:09:17 AM
Chi is my favourite sculpt so far! Cracking figure.

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Post by: Mr C on September 30, 2019, 10:41:40 AM
Very nice! Need to crack on and get some of this lot painted before another batch is released. Superb sculpts!
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on September 30, 2019, 12:08:45 PM
Very nice! Need to crack on and get some of this lot painted before another batch is released. Superb sculpts!

Paint quickly  lol
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Post by: tomrommel1 on September 30, 2019, 01:59:04 PM
very nice additions
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Post by: Sparrow on September 30, 2019, 05:20:51 PM
Chi is my favourite sculpt so far! Cracking figure.

Agreed, he痴 a cracker!
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Post by: Treadheadz on September 30, 2019, 07:53:02 PM
Man...

I keep wanting to convert some models into a MACVSOG unit with Indigs... But this line just gets better and better...

I'm getting really stoked to see whats is coming next - Love the on-going previews and response to feedback  - Keep up the excellence Paul & Paul ;)
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 01, 2019, 09:38:04 AM
Thanks guys.


Man...

I keep wanting to convert some models into a MACVSOG unit with Indigs... But this line just gets better and better...

I'm getting really stoked to see whats is coming next - Love the on-going previews and response to feedback  - Keep up the excellence Paul & Paul ;)

Many thanks for that. As has been said previously this openness is a whole new style for us and is in many ways an experiment. Its actually hard work in keeping up with posts here and to a lesser degree elsewhere and its not without its concerns as the negative marketing 'politics' used by some has created a bad taste but we are very much sticking with this and its good to hear some encouragement and for this we thank you  8) 
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 01, 2019, 09:39:15 AM
Todays NVA are Long and Lanh.

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Post by: Treadheadz on October 01, 2019, 10:15:34 AM

...As I was just saying - Line gets better and better (is that even possible at this point ;))

That Long fellow is perfect for an Indig MACVSOG scout - using enemy weapon to mask and confuse enemies at an ambush - A few US canteens and gear and some greenstuff on his feet.. Boom - Perfect!

@Empress Miniatures - I understand the perrils of on-going pre-views and the constant subject to possible critique - Fortunately on this platform, the critique seems constructive and out of friendly love for the hobby.
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 01, 2019, 11:42:06 AM
Mostly  lol

Actually its not been an issue on here as you all seem to play nice so a group hug for that.
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 01, 2019, 11:44:06 AM
Some Water Buffalo to calm the nerves.

Waterboo!




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Post by: tomrommel1 on October 01, 2019, 12:12:03 PM
Nice animals and cart. Is it possible to get the driver as an individual figure? Would be useful in other settings.
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 01, 2019, 01:13:05 PM
When we do the civilian packs properly we can add the figure.
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Post by: .:Gunslinger:. on October 01, 2019, 01:44:23 PM
Really love the new additions to the range, the look of these is getting more and more interesting! Contrary to some fellows on FB I find it cool that Paul manages to convey so many different poses and characters based on these dollies.

Lovely work on the cart as well! Even though I'm not that much in to Vietnam as a conflict I might plop that one in my Christmas Basket for a small diorama :-*
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Post by: pete17 on October 01, 2019, 09:28:57 PM
looking forward to the next NVA release as once my bases have arrived I'll have the last lot completed, cheers Pete https://jacobiteirish.blogspot.com/ (https://jacobiteirish.blogspot.com/)
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 02, 2019, 08:59:51 AM
Thanks guys. New stuff to follow very soon.  ;)
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 02, 2019, 02:01:31 PM
The officer in the cameo is Captain Chuck Meadows who led Golf Company in a futile attack on the Citadel. However he works for any Marine officer of any rank really. Enjoyed painting this one.

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Post by: Mr C on October 02, 2019, 06:03:24 PM
Cracking sculpts! The bandaged hand is a particularly nice detail that makes you want to get cracking on these figures. Brilliant!
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Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on October 02, 2019, 07:10:39 PM
Nice painting.
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 03, 2019, 11:15:16 AM
Cheers guys  :-*
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 03, 2019, 11:19:39 AM
Some new releases. To start with the next batch of NVA.

 
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Post by: carlos marighela on October 03, 2019, 12:02:18 PM
Excellent stuff! Really hoping there will be some spare heads to mix and match these up. I have an ugly feeling I知 going to end up with a company痴 worth.
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Post by: Dr. Zombie on October 03, 2019, 12:09:18 PM
Already ordered.
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Post by: manchesterreg on October 03, 2019, 12:16:02 PM
Ordered, i too am looking at a Company now!
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 03, 2019, 12:17:15 PM
Some spare heads just being sculpted.  ;)
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 03, 2019, 12:17:51 PM
Thanks for the orders boys. Keep em coming  lol :-*
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Post by: Mr C on October 03, 2019, 01:39:38 PM
Order placed! Some spare helmeted NVA heads would be great. I'm also chuffed to bits with the stowage and the window shutters (for Hue buildings). You are giving me everything I need for this project. Just need more time and better painting skills  lol
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Post by: Bravo Six on October 03, 2019, 11:24:07 PM
Any chance we'll see an AAMG on tripod and crew for this range?
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 04, 2019, 08:31:24 AM
Order placed! Some spare helmeted NVA heads would be great. I'm also chuffed to bits with the stowage and the window shutters (for Hue buildings). You are giving me everything I need for this project. Just need more time and better painting skills  lol

Excellent news  ;)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 04, 2019, 08:33:20 AM
Any chance we'll see an AAMG on tripod and crew for this range?

Every chance and hopefully quite soon. Weapons all made and waiting to be used.

Been reading a number of books about helicopter landings and am very surprised at the high volume of AA fire that they received so its a must.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: carlos marighela on October 04, 2019, 09:38:16 AM
Better start on some helicopter crew then.  :)
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 04, 2019, 10:51:34 AM
Next in line.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Bravo Six on October 04, 2019, 03:10:10 PM
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Every chance and hopefully quite soon. Weapons all made and waiting to be used.

Ooooh! Exciting!!  :D

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Next in line.

Oooooohhh! Exciting-er!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: carlos marighela on October 04, 2019, 10:06:12 PM
Weird coincidence that. I had only just finished converting and assembling a PAVN Dushka and crew. Mine will be in steel helmets though. Next up a more generic one that I can use for VC or Khmer Rouge. I suppose a third, won稚 hurt.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 08, 2019, 08:43:53 AM
Todays NVA is Thu.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Dr. Zombie on October 08, 2019, 09:22:33 AM
Once again a great mini. You guys seem determined to bleed me dry...
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: tomrommel1 on October 08, 2019, 09:41:09 AM
Some heavy firepower, nice figure indeed!!! I second the need of Chopper crews either for placing in the chopper and on foot as objective marker maybe even some wounded ones after a crash?
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: carlos marighela on October 08, 2019, 12:08:05 PM
Great looking RPG! Seriously, these just get better and better. Will there be RPG-2/B-40s as well?
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 08, 2019, 12:59:45 PM
Shhhh tomorrow but don't tell anyone.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: carlos marighela on October 08, 2019, 01:27:25 PM
Secret is safe with me ;)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on October 08, 2019, 07:45:22 PM
Shhhh tomorrow but don't tell anyone.
Cool.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Sparrow on October 08, 2019, 11:53:39 PM
Todays NVA is Thu.

Wow!
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Post by: Bravo Six on October 09, 2019, 05:06:12 AM
+1 Wow  :o
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 09, 2019, 08:50:06 AM
As promised. 

Todays 28mm NVA is Bao.

 Armed with an RPG2
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: .:Gunslinger:. on October 09, 2019, 10:11:12 AM
Fantastic new poses  :-*
So much incredible stuff coming from Empress  (saw the LW Brits on Facebook) :o
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 09, 2019, 10:25:41 AM
Fantastic new poses  :-*
So much incredible stuff coming from Empress  (saw the LW Brits on Facebook) :o

Thanks mate  ;)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Sparrow on October 09, 2019, 05:55:29 PM
Paul (Pauls!) - beautiful figures ... my bank manager hates you! Keep 粗m coming (please!) - Ian
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on October 10, 2019, 07:54:41 AM
More nice.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 10, 2019, 08:53:16 AM
Thanks guys.

And another,

Todays 28mm NVA is Sang.

RPG7

Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: tomrommel1 on October 10, 2019, 10:03:06 AM
really nice!!!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Dr. Zombie on October 10, 2019, 10:23:30 AM
I really like that they have a secondary gun as well. Often RPG gunners are only modeled with their RPG.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: carlos marighela on October 10, 2019, 08:34:52 PM
 :-* Better and better and then better again!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 11, 2019, 08:41:37 AM
Praise indeed guys. Group hug.  :-*
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: carlos marighela on October 11, 2019, 09:03:44 AM
What really amazes me is that I can see the trad pattern on the sole of the figure痴 sandals. Incredible levels of detail.

Claymores?  Groovy.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 11, 2019, 09:18:27 AM
What really amazes me is that I can see the trad pattern on the sole of the figure痴 sandals. Incredible levels of detail.

Claymores?  Groovy.

Yes but are they Dunlop or Pirelli?
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 11, 2019, 09:53:10 AM
Todays 28mm NVA is Gia.

Firing an RPG2

Empress has some different Vietnam future releases and releases next week. Stay tuned.

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Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on October 11, 2019, 10:52:24 AM
Well done. I like the NVA figures a lot. :-*
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: carlos marighela on October 11, 2019, 04:50:42 PM
They are bril. Any chance of seeing one side by side with one of the marines? I致e been holding off until Elite Oz has more of the range and whilst I finish the USMC.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Sparrow on October 11, 2019, 05:44:02 PM
Running out of superlatives - very impressive.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: 88D on October 11, 2019, 05:46:39 PM
Todays 28mm NVA is Gia.

Firing an RPG2

Empress has some different Vietnam future releases and releases next week. Stay tuned.

Fingers crossed for some ARVN.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: carlos marighela on October 11, 2019, 06:01:05 PM
Yes but are they Dunlop or Pirelli?

Not sure, did Paul consult the calendar?  ;)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: .:Gunslinger:. on October 11, 2019, 07:03:20 PM
Absolutely brilliant! Lovely details! I love the way Paul Hicks sculpts folds in cloth such much ;D

One tiny suggestion: in all the backpacks there is always the full count of rockets...it would be nice to have some that had already fired a few (not full backback) or may one missing and being sold a part so that it can be laid on the base!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on October 11, 2019, 09:03:35 PM
Nice.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 12, 2019, 10:35:21 AM
Not sure, did Paul consult the calendar?  ;)

He's not allowed the Pireli one it makes his hands shake.  :o
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 12, 2019, 10:36:38 AM
Fingers crossed for some ARVN.

Might be   ::) ..........might not be    ???
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: carlos marighela on October 12, 2019, 12:01:12 PM
Question. Will there be a recoilless rifle for the NVA/VC or do I need to get cracking on converting the Vietminh one?
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 12, 2019, 02:33:29 PM
Yeah just got to decide what size with which force as we have all the versions to hand. ;)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Andrew_McGuire on October 12, 2019, 04:19:27 PM
Might be   ::) ..........might not be    ???

What about Koreans? Specifically marines, who allegedly had "muscles in their $#~t". Now, that's what I call a sculpting challenge.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 13, 2019, 05:51:11 PM
What about Koreans? Specifically marines, who allegedly had "muscles in their $#~t". Now, that's what I call a sculpting challenge.

In time we hope to cover off the South Koreans but they are sadly a way down the line.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Digits on October 13, 2019, 06:01:44 PM
Ok so I just placed my first small order for a few packs of US to get me in the zone.  I had been aware of this a few years since Paul told me they were coming out.

I have been biding my time (moving house, other projects etc) but now I feel I can devote time to making the scenery I will want to play.  I have a few village  buildings to paint, some bamboo forests half complete.  For me though, the challenge is to find a few scale hueys, VC and a plethora of villagers.  Then I will escalate it.....
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 13, 2019, 06:36:48 PM
Hi Digit.

Yeah about three years ago outside the AC. I remember that.

VC and villagers will be along in a few months.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Digits on October 13, 2019, 06:40:28 PM
It was indeed! 

Worth the wait though fella....these are lovely minis.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 14, 2019, 09:07:07 AM
It was indeed! 

Worth the wait though fella....these are lovely minis.

 :-*
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 14, 2019, 10:47:51 AM
They are bril. Any chance of seeing one side by side with one of the marines? I致e been holding off until Elite Oz has more of the range and whilst I finish the USMC.


The NVA has slightly bent legs whilst the USMC has straight legs but not you can see the difference. Same dollies as we did the FIC range.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Dags on October 14, 2019, 01:04:19 PM
Paul, any chance the vehicle crew pack will be out for Warfare?
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 14, 2019, 01:09:14 PM
Some future releases to our fast developing (over 100 figures and 7 vehicles in just a few months) 28mm Vietnam range.

ARVN crew for our M113's

Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 14, 2019, 01:10:10 PM
Paul, any chance the vehicle crew pack will be out for Warfare?

Yeah, stay tuned.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Mr C on October 14, 2019, 04:13:31 PM
Terrific sculpts! More like this please. Nothing says Vietnam more than infantry riding atop an M113. Looking forward to seeing some ARVN foot slogger. Keep em coming!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: .:Gunslinger:. on October 14, 2019, 05:33:32 PM
Oh my my!!!  :-*

This is incredible! Lovely poses which add so much to an already really cool vehicle!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Sparrow on October 14, 2019, 05:34:29 PM
Looking good!    ;)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: jim100 on October 14, 2019, 06:40:59 PM
 Fairplay top notch sculpts.👍👍👍
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Marine0846 on October 14, 2019, 06:57:23 PM
Love the new ARVN figures.
Have been looking forward to ARVN troops for years.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 15, 2019, 09:02:09 AM
Thanks guys. Hopefully you will also like these chaps which are soon to be released.

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Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 15, 2019, 09:05:11 AM
some more pictures.
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Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 15, 2019, 09:07:11 AM
And a few more.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Dags on October 15, 2019, 09:14:29 AM
Hopefully you will also like these chaps

Yep
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Post by: carlos marighela on October 15, 2019, 10:25:27 AM
Definitely yep.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Mr C on October 15, 2019, 02:54:17 PM
Excellent sculpts!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on October 15, 2019, 06:17:58 PM
Very much yep.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Sparrow on October 15, 2019, 07:41:32 PM
Brilliant....
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: FreakyFenton on October 15, 2019, 08:32:05 PM
Cracking!  :D
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 16, 2019, 08:44:05 AM
Thanks for the great comments guys. Really spurs us on to create more great stuff  :-*

New release later on to announce  ;)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 16, 2019, 11:17:35 AM
The M67 was the last flamethrower tank deployed by US military forces. Entering service in the late 1950's and being withdrawn in 1974 the tank featured significantly in the Vietnam war, most notably in the Tet offensive and in the battle for Hue.

This model is designed for our 28mm range and is in the usual perfect scale of 1/50.

The model comes with spare tracks and road wheel to be used as extra armour options as seen in action.

Check our Vietnam room for a test drive
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Post by: Mr C on October 16, 2019, 01:20:42 PM
Nice! Very nice! Will add one of these to the next order. There are photos of the M67 being used in the triangle south of the Perfume River in Hue. Would make an interesting addition to any Hue game.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Dr. Zombie on October 16, 2019, 05:28:49 PM
I am focusing on jungle combat I don稚 need armored vehicles.
I am focusing on jungle combat I don稚 need armored vehicles.
I am focusing on jungle combat I don稚 need armored vehicles.
I am focusing on jungle combat I don稚 need armored vehicles.
I am focusing on jungle combat I don稚 need armored vehicles.
I am focusing on jungle combat I don稚 need armored vehicles.

If I repeat it often enough I might even keep my resolve.

Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 16, 2019, 06:05:33 PM
They did use tanks etc up country. ;)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on October 16, 2019, 10:46:46 PM
I am focusing on jungle combat I don稚 need armored vehicles.
I am focusing on jungle combat I don稚 need armored vehicles.
I am focusing on jungle combat I don稚 need armored vehicles.
I am focusing on jungle combat I don稚 need armored vehicles.
I am focusing on jungle combat I don稚 need armored vehicles.
I am focusing on jungle combat I don稚 need armored vehicles.

If I repeat it often enough I might even keep my resolve.
I am focussing on urban combat...

With two M48s on my extended shopping list, not sure about another one....
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: carlos marighela on October 16, 2019, 11:16:43 PM
Just close your eyes and repeat the mantra 選t痴 not an M48, it痴 an M67 until the problem passes.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 18, 2019, 03:19:35 PM
Anyone popping along to SELWG this weekend can get their hands on some new toys we are releasing.  8)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on October 18, 2019, 06:10:02 PM
Anyone popping along to SELWG this weekend can get their hands on some new toys we are releasing.  8)
Oooooooooh!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 19, 2019, 04:04:00 PM
We have some new toys in the shop.

NVA with 2 x RPG2 and 2 x RPG7. 
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 19, 2019, 04:14:19 PM
ARVN M113 crew.

This pack also contains a sandbag and wooden planking base for the rear gunners to stand on.

 
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 19, 2019, 04:17:07 PM
USMC armoured vehicle crew.

Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Mr C on October 19, 2019, 05:22:26 PM
Ordered! I'm hoping that there will be more ARVN to ride on the ACAVs and some dismounted/bailing out (?) US armour crew. Also, was there mention of seperate heads for USMC, for doing head swaps? Either way, the best Vietnam range out there. Well sculpted, detailed and characterful!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on October 20, 2019, 08:13:24 AM
I added the USMC crew to my shopping list for SELWG.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on October 20, 2019, 07:10:08 PM
I added the USMC crew to my shopping list for SELWG.
And bought the first one!

Good to talk to you again.

Now I have to hurry up and paint them ^___^.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 21, 2019, 09:37:45 AM
And bought the first one!

Good to talk to you again.


Only just  lol always good to see you and by Warfare we should have some more toys. Something a little different  ;)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on October 31, 2019, 02:41:39 PM
One day I will be an actor.

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Post by: tomrommel1 on October 31, 2019, 05:33:01 PM
 :-*
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Post by: NurgleHH on October 31, 2019, 06:10:24 PM
When do you release the boats to make Apocalypse now playable? ;)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Andrew_McGuire on October 31, 2019, 06:29:33 PM
When do you release the boats to make Apocalypse now playable? ;)

Along with the spear- and arrow-armed natives (who will be a challenge, as never seen)? I'm not sure whether the inclusion of choppers has previously been discussed, but a crashed one in a tree would also be required for the range to tie in fully with the film, as would a stetson-wearing officer. I don't think Paul has ever stated that this is the aim, however.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: has.been on October 31, 2019, 09:22:50 PM
To heck with the chopper in the tree, I want the bomber crashed in the river.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: NurgleHH on October 31, 2019, 09:29:59 PM
Ok, not forget the french family...
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on November 01, 2019, 09:03:45 AM
Air Cav are down the sculpting line so stay tuned. ;)

However all idea are welcome incase we miss a good one.

Love the helicopter in a tree but cannot see us doing it as a release.  lol 

Just working on a load of stuff .....phase 120!!!! whatever it is, but want to concentrate on NVA and USMC for the moment otherwise it gets silly jumping all over the place. Long hall but its worth it. Perfection is worth waiting for.

Cheers, Paul
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Sparrow on November 01, 2019, 09:27:14 AM
Keep going!!!  - so impressed with all the releases so far (and you know I知 gagging for AirCav!  :D).

PS had your French Indochina stuff out last night - wow, Paul Hicks is a genius!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on November 01, 2019, 09:49:49 AM

PS had your French Indochina stuff out last night - wow, Paul Hicks is a genius!

Shhh he will want a pay increase!

Got some nice new stuff for French Indo China planned for the new year.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Sparrow on November 01, 2019, 10:10:50 AM
You tease you! LOL!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Digits on November 01, 2019, 10:34:57 AM
If it痴 ideas you need I have a few civilians in mind....though I知 fairly sure you probably have most of these covered &#38;#38;#38;#128515;

Womanwalking her bicycle
Woman holding child痴 hand
Woman with baby
Woman with rice basket on her back tending crop
Woman with rice basket walking
Woman sitting working cooking pot
Woman sitting
Old woman sitting
Children playing
Child riding ox
Child chasing pig
Young girl holding baby sister
Man working paddy fields
Man scything grass
Man with machete
Man pleading (ie questioned about VC)
Man with hands tied behind back
A group huddled hiding in hole / pit
Man with firewood on back
Man sitting with child on lap
Man sitting talking
Man with bamboo punt pole to stand on boat
Woman doing same with child on back
Sitting passengers for boats
Man fishing (sitting with pole)
Man fishing casting net

Rice Baskets and cooking pots and any other suitable clutter to place around front of houses

Pigs (pot bellied of course), chickens etc




Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: carlos marighela on November 01, 2019, 10:42:39 AM
Air Cav are down the sculpting line so stay tuned. ;)

However all idea are welcome incase we miss a good one.

Love the helicopter in a tree but cannot see us doing it as a release.  lol 

Just working on a load of stuff .....phase 120!!!! whatever it is, but want to concentrate on NVA and USMC for the moment otherwise it gets silly jumping all over the place. Long hall but its worth it. Perfection is worth waiting for.

Cheers, Paul

Good ideas with a focus on Marines and NVA?

USMC:

Company weapons, 60mm mortar and M20 Super Bazooka.

Sniper teams. Sniper and spotter, maybe one in helmets one in soft covers and/or boonie hats.

Engineers. Mine clearing team, mine detector and bloke probing for mines

Stingray teams (Marine Recon)

Gun crew, generic, bare torsos perhaps?

Gunnery Sgt Carlos Hathcock and his scoped  .50 machine gun (longest confirmed sniper kill until Afghanistan)

A Mighty Mite jeep.


NVA/PAVN:

SG-43 Machine gun teams

Sappers in shorts, with an assortment of bangalores, satchel charges and wire cutters

Command team with officers, buglers etc.

More riflemen and more RPG gunners.

Correspondents.

Tim Page and Sean Flynn on motorbikes.

Just spitballing as our murrican cousins say, hopefully some it appeals.




Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on November 01, 2019, 11:18:41 AM
You all forgot Bob Hope  ;)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Sparrow on November 01, 2019, 11:19:57 AM
And Jane Fonda  lol
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on November 01, 2019, 11:31:03 AM
And Jane Fonda  lol

 lol
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Andrew_McGuire on November 01, 2019, 11:44:09 AM
Playmates?

Please?

Pretty please?
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on November 01, 2019, 12:04:31 PM
Playmates?

Please?

Pretty please?

Paul's hand would shake to much when sculpting  lol
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Matakakea on November 01, 2019, 05:17:38 PM
Ann-Margret  ;D
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Ash on November 01, 2019, 07:30:01 PM
Jane Fonda manning an anti-aircraft emplacement...
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Andrew_McGuire on November 01, 2019, 07:36:03 PM
Robin Williams hollering into microphone would be cool.

But I'd prefer a Playmate.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on November 01, 2019, 09:28:06 PM
Good idea on the US gun crew.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: commissarmoody on November 01, 2019, 10:45:23 PM
Got some nice new stuff for French Indo China planned for the new year.
Got something to look froward to in 2020 then.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: mjkerner on November 02, 2019, 05:58:19 AM
I mostly lurk here, but I wanted to share this. My older brother Steve volunteered for service the day he got out of high school in 1965. After boot camp, he volunteered for Airborne, and was assigned to the 82nd after Jump School, from which the 1st Air Cav drew replacement cadres. He served in C/2/8/1st Cav in Vietnam from June 66 to June 67. I was 12, and never prouder!  He was first an assistant m60 gunner, then gunner, then squad leader, all through attrition. His platoon was the one depicted in the movie Casualties Of War. In fact it was in that firefight that his gunner was killed and he became the gunner. His squad was in the valley with the rest of the platoon, the 澱ad guy (Sean Penn played him, IIRC) and his squad was up on the ridge line. Steve said he was a decent squad leader, but had gone native and worse after 2 tours in country and apparently just  snapped. After the firefight and the Michael J. Fox guy (I forget the real guy痴  name) told his tale of murder to the Platoon Leader, the PL brought the kid over to Steve and told Steve to guard him for the night, and to shoot anyone who tried to get to the kid. The kid told him the whole story that night. Steve spent quite a lot of time at Leavenworth after he got back, and even after he was discharged, testifying at various hearings and trials of the bad guy (I forget his name, too.) Steve told me that story one day in 1970. We池e we surprised容specially him of course謡hen a movie about it came out 17 or 18 years later!!!

Sorry, I got carried away, but wanted to give his credentials for the following: I emailed him about his recollection of NVA/VC uniform colors. He saw plenty up close and personal.  Here痴 his response:

鏑ittle uniformity in [enemy] uniforms傭lack pjs, various shades of khaki. Khaki more often with NVA. Bush hats more than pith helmets.  Web gear and leather belts and commie-style canteens and ammo pouches.  I even have a Nazi three-pocket leather Mauser ammo holder that was filled with M-1rounds.

Btw, Steve got me into war gaming of a sort when I was around 5; he made up rules for all our various Marx men. Then, in 1974, even though married and in law school, he turned me on to something called miniature wargaming. After his combat days and all, I thought he壇 gone bonkers!

Final note, then back to Lurk mode: one of Steve痴 best high school buddies was in Alpha/1/1 USMC...Roger rotated home in November 1967(!) after his year was up.  When I talked to  him last year about his time in Nam, his comment about Hue was that he knew many of the guys mentioned in the various books about the battle, but he was 都ure glad I missed that mother****er! It had to be pure shit-show!

Cheers!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Sparrow on November 02, 2019, 09:31:43 AM
Wow, a fascinating read. Thank you so much for sharing! To hear this sort of thing from veterans is always humbling.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on November 03, 2019, 12:15:46 PM
mjkerner That's a staggering story  :o

   
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on November 04, 2019, 02:00:01 PM
Some posed fun. ;)





Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: tomrommel1 on November 04, 2019, 03:19:27 PM
Chopper crew please . Both on the ground with small arms ( after crash) and on board!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: FreakyFenton on November 04, 2019, 07:48:07 PM
Maybe a head sprue of Boonie hats? Save us the converting of Indochina Para heads? Please?  lol
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on November 05, 2019, 12:49:35 PM
Jane Fonda manning an anti-aircraft emplacement...

As Barbarella?
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Digits on November 05, 2019, 12:56:31 PM
I have to ask....how f***ing dense do you have to be to talked into sitting on a NVA anti aircraft gun in front of the cameras?  Clearly not picked for film for her intellect....as evidenced by Barberella!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: carlos marighela on November 05, 2019, 01:04:05 PM
How fucking dense do you have to be to commit to a land war in Asia?
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on November 05, 2019, 01:50:39 PM
I have to ask....how f***ing dense do you have to be to talked into sitting on a NVA anti aircraft gun in front of the cameras?  Clearly not picked for film for her intellect....as evidenced by Barberella!

Not sure she got the part of Barberella due to her intellect  lol
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Sparrow on November 05, 2019, 05:17:58 PM
I知 sure she is just 杜isunderstood  ;)  LOL!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Ash on November 06, 2019, 10:56:06 AM
She clearly couldn't hear the criticism...

(https://i.ibb.co/6PsyZL7/5b5f242c89c8a12f008b4860.jpg)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: huevans on November 07, 2019, 01:18:47 AM
I have to ask....how f***ing dense do you have to be to talked into sitting on a NVA anti aircraft gun in front of the cameras?  Clearly not picked for film for her intellect....as evidenced by Barberella!

I was 13 years old at the time. She could have sat on MY little anti aircraft gun, any time she wanted!!
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Poiter50 on November 07, 2019, 01:25:07 AM
I preferred her in La Ronde with Roger Vadim. I seem to recall she was frequently naked in that.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Digits on November 07, 2019, 09:33:12 AM
Back on topic......what痴 the next release Paul?
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on November 12, 2019, 11:23:24 AM
Back on topic......what痴 the next release Paul?

Not saying at this moment but stay tuned  ;)
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on November 12, 2019, 08:29:56 PM
Not saying at this moment but stay tuned  ;)
Go on, I need to know how many bags to take Reading.
Title: Re: (COMMERCIAL) Empress Miniatures' NEW Vietnam Range
Post by: Empress Miniatures on November 13, 2019, 09:51:05 AM
No new releases for Warfare but a lot coming through in the coming weeks. This will include figures and vehicles. ;)