It all started with an epiphany... Even in a world made mostly of imagi-nations, US Special Forces are a must have (or at least really useful) for ultra-modern games!
- Looking for evidence of the Basranian nuclear program;
- Supporting the Syldavian Forces response to the latest Bordurian invasion/annexation of their country;
- "Advising" rebels in Touboutt-Chan;
- Painting "high value targets" in Khemed...
|Khrasan Miniatures DEVGRU. Picture from the manufacturer website.|
- A couple of teams of Khurasan Miniatures DEVGRU (shop closed, no link!);
- An Italeri MH-X Silent Hawk (I prefer to call it Ghost Hawk myself) 1/100 diecast;
- And a pair of Rebel Minis not-Oshkosh M-ATV (I know those aren't really SF vehicles but they look cool!);
On the fluff front though, as they aren't nearly enough real-world SF units, I had to make up my own...
The video punchline "They call themselves the Ghosts" stayed in my mind (together with StarCraft Sarah Kerrigan "I am a Ghost, remember?") all this time... So once I figured out I needed my very own US SF unit, I promptly decided to name my guys "Spectres"...
Clancy's "Ghosts" are supposed to get their names from the acronym GST (Group for Specialized Tactics, one of the Ghosts multiple designations; like real world Delta Force is also called Combat Applications Group). So my own addition to JSOC nickname also needed to be a fancy schmancy acronym. A bit of wikipedia-fu later I settled on Special Targets Reconnaissance teams!
|Italeri MH-X Silent Hawk diecast. Picture from manufacturer website.|
If there is a alternate designation, there is a main one, right? Well, thank you for asking! The Ghosts are supposed to be the US Special Forces Group 5, 1st Battalion, D Company... So I went looking for a suitable niche inside the US Army for my guys...
So more wikipedia-fu later, I decided that, as their name indicates, the Spectres primary mission is Long Range Surveillance. Current US Army LRS units are company sized and part of the Reconnaissance & Surveillance Squadron of a Battlefield Surveillance Brigade. Sounds good, right? But looking at the rest of the BfSB ORBAT, I find it lacks a bit of sexiness...
And this is where I developed a really bad case of mission creep!
Why just design a SF company... Why not design an entire brigade for them to fit in?