|Too retro for my tastes!|
And then came the latest batches of Brigade Models 15mm!
|Some of the newest Brigade Models products: three variants of the AmRep APC...|
So of course, I had to find them a niche in my imaginary world... I've been toying a lot with Franco-Belgian comic books inspired imagi-nations, like Tintin/Hergé Syldavia and Borduria... In my mind, I came up with quite a few iterations of a war between those two countries:
- The obvious: a fairly logical continuation of "King Ottokar's Sceptre"; an not-early-WW2 Blietzkrieg-style invasion of not-Belgium-Syldavia by not-German-Bordurian...
- And its implied sequel: Late-WW2 liberation of not-Belgium-Syldavia from the hands not-German-Borduria!
- Various iterations of a (limited) Cold-War-Gone-Hot ranging for the fifties to ultra-modern (well, yeah: the Bordurian mustachist regime might have survived its soviet sponsor).
- And even a Napolenoic prequel involving French-inspired Syldavian and Prussian-inspired Bordurian.
|Syldavian M113 in NATO three tone... I probably should figure something a bit|
more tactical for the national markings... Black pelican with just a yellow outline?
- Syldavia = Belgium with a layer of Balkans paint and...
- Borduria = (East) Germany with the same cosmetic layer.
So back to Brigade Models models... Altough air-cushion tanks have grown on me, I still associate them with "70s/80s in space"! So I wen't digging in the Belgian late-Cold-War orbat...
Like many of its neighbours, Belgium used to gets armoured vehicules from three different sources:
- German MBT (Leopard and its AA, tank destroyer and engineering variants);
- US APC (M113 and variants) and SPG (M108 and M109);
- And UK recon (the CVRT familly).
So here is my Belgian/Syldavian Brigade Models pick (not all models are available in 15mm):
- German Thor MBT, Thor Gatling AA Tank and Fenrir Tank Destroyer;
- AmRep M-41 Baumann APC, including unique Belgian/Syldavian variants like an ATK not-M113-Milan using a US body (the Baumann) and a French missile system (from the EuroFed Tassigny or Catroux missile variants);
- Amrep M-88 Doherty SPG (not available in 15mm);
- And Brithis Hermes light tanks (not available in 15mm, yet?) as not-Scorpion/Scimitar and modded with the Artemis APC turret or some missile turret for not-Spartans and not-Strikers respectively...
|APC, MBT, recon tank and SPG of the Syldavian hover-AFV inventory...|
What about infantry? GZG new Germans look uber-cool and I've been wanting to use them for quite a bit too... But I'd love to had some oversized-beret wearing guys for a Chasseurs Ardennais/Zymylpathian Rangers units... Headswap from Khurasan Sepulvedan Jungle Fighters?
And air support? Belgium fighter aircrafts at the time used to be French Mirage V and US F-16, while our only helos used to be liaison/observation French Alouette II. Something French would be a nice addition to the German-US-UK mix I've got so far... But I'm not too fan of the Caribou...