The last of my insurgents are now ready for the table.
This batch of insurgent infantry comes from The Assault Group's terrorist line rather than than the Africa irregulars, as I thought both the clothing and sculpting style was a better match for my current miniatures. In addition to the AK equipped members, I grabbed some PK machine gunners and a couple of snipers with SVD-63 Dragunov rifles. Sculpting was good, but I had to do a lot of clean up in the space between the arms and body. Additionally, all the rifle barrels were badly bent coming out of the packages, and they took a fair amount of work to get straight (and I managed to break one during the process). TAG may want to looking into using thicker foam in their packaging to prevent this.
Next up is the Footsore technical and machine gun with an Empress gunner. The body of the technical was a well cast resin piece and I had no issues with the primer and paint sticking to it. Detail parts were white metal, and you got a variety of options, not all of which I used here.
As Toyota seems to be the king of technicals, I used some Woodland Scenics dry rub decals to add the company name. They were a bit fiddly to apply compared to wet decals, but I think the final effect is acceptable.
I also added some brass rod clippings to look like spent shell casings in the truck bed.
Finally, I painted up a few Empress journalists to use as objective markers during games. The sculpting of the main reporter's face unfortunately looked a bit like Voldemort with its very flat nose, but what are you going to do. The "Press" wording was added to his vest using more of the dry rub decals.
The journalist figures were another of the oversized type Empress is releasing in their modern range. As you can see below, this supposed 28mm figures is almost 33mm to the eye when on its base. I'll just have to say it's a Dutch news crew if anyone comments on the height.
Which brings me to the next question, how do all these ranges in my force compare to one another?
|Left to Right: The Assault Group, Footsore (no cast base), Empress (base removed), Empress (base removed), Eureka|
|Left to Right: The Assault Group, Footsore (no cast base), Empress (base removed), Eureka|
|Left to Right: The Assault Group, Empress (base removed), Footsore (no cast base), Eureka|
As you can see, there was some height variability among the Empress figures, and with the bases removed it was hit or miss on if they would still tower over the other miniatures. Figure bulk varied across the brands, with Footsore being on the thin side, Eureka somewhere in the middle, and Empress and TAG being a bit more hefty. Weapon sizes were fairly close across all the brands. With the unifying paint jobs and basing, I think they we will generally look good en mass, with perhaps just a few figures that shouldn't be put in the same units.
With that, it is now time to start on the French Foreign Legion force to counteract them.