I took delivery of some Elheim BAOR, but I need some Royal Military Police for a scenario. The Military Police are often overlooked by wargamers because their work takes place behind the front line, but in a Cold War Gone Hot scenario front lines don't quite mean what they used to. In the event of a Russkie attack, the RMP would take up duties including, but not limited to.
- dealing with refugees
- traffic control
- prevention of desertion/crime
- protection of VIP
- dealing with prisoners
- ensuring that soldiers have proper haircuts, shiny boots, etc.
These are two Liberation Falklands War era British who have had a change of regiment. I very much doubt that the red beret would have been worn under operational conditions, but clarity when gaming, it certainly helps. These two were painted using the DPM technique showcased by Mark over at the excellent Winter of '79 blog. I should probably add a cap badge to the beret or something.
Crew for FV432 from Grubby Tanks
These are nice figures. Again painted up using Marks tutorial. I'll be gluing the commander (left) into the wagon, but the other two who are designed to stick out of the rear hatch will be added to a 2 cent coin.
Another view, I'm quite pleased with how these turned out. Perhaps not quite as sharp as Elheim, but they are still nice figures. I'm a little apprehensive about the Grubby Tanks FV 432, not because there is anything wrong with the model. Entirely the opposite, its very nice indeed and I hope I don't bugger it up.
A GPMG gunner and a chap with an SLR from Elheim's BAOR patrolling pack.
I love these figures. They have bags of character, the features aren't oversized and they aren't running around like headless chickens, just two professionals out patrolling.
Three more lads out patrolling. I mixed in some guys with plain green trousers rather than DPM as that appears to have been a common occurence, at least from what I can tell from photographs. I was in two minds about the furniture on the SLR, but from what I can tell most of the SLR were black plastic by 1979, though I've seen one or two wooden ones.
An idea Krisztian introduced me to is the painting stick or in these case cork. This has been a revelation and I only regret I didn't start doing it sooner as it makes the miniature much easier to get at. Again, I like the no-fuss appearance of these figures. Very low key.
A shot from the rear
I mainly took this to show the web, which is very similar to the sort we were issued with in the Reserve. '58 pattern, I believe and in this configuration it was known as C-FO. I can't remember what the C stood for, but the FO stood for fighting order. The other configuration was C-MO, which added an awkward pack to the yoke at the back. C-FO was great for running around in and you completely forgot about it after a while. I presume as mechanised infantry their packs are with their vehicle, which I would imagine would be the case most of the time.
So far so good. The best part of a section done and not looking too shabby.