Merry Christmas, everyone! Guarnere and I, with the cooperation of BlackOpsToys, have decided to put together a little Christmas gift for the community.
We’re proud to announce a new Vietnam War contest running from December 26, 2016 until April 30, 2017.
We’re looking for historically accurate kitbashes for the Vietnam War (1955-1975). What does that mean? Let’s use Red Dragon’s recent KOTM, “Hunter-Killer” as an example.
Red Dragon’s “Hunter Killer”.
Echo Company Recon Platoon, 3-7th Infantry, early 1970.
SGT Ralph "Butch" Sparks, Echo Recon 3-7, 1969 - 1970.
Red Dragon’s “Hunter Killer”. Note the subdued 199th Infantry Brigade patch on the left shoulder.
SGT Ralph "Butch" Sparks getting ready to go out from FSB Mace, 1970.
As you can see from the photos, Red Dragon used a historical U.S. Army unit as the basis for his figures. He kitbashed their gear in a manner they were similar to what they were wearing, gave them weapons that the real guys used, and camo’ed them up in a similar manner. That’s all that historical accuracy is – making sure that you’re using the right guns, the right gear, and the right uniform in the right way. Hollywood is all well and good, but I sure as hell wouldn’t base a kitbash off of anything in John Wayne’s “The Green Berets”.
To enter, simply post a picture (or pictures) of your entry in this thread and the name of your piece. If you’d like to post a separate thread for your entry, feel free to create one. If you’ve got a photo reference to show what you based your piece on, you’re encouraged to post it as well.
All entries will be listed in a separate thread in the order that they were received with a poll running for one week. At the end of the poll, the votes from the OSW community will be tallied up and the winners announced.
Entries that will be disallowed are:
-Works that would ordinarily be banned from OSW
-Works that have been posted online on or before December 26, 2016 that were: a) complete or b) substantially complete (2/3 done)
-Works that are judged grossly anachronistic or inaccurate by an impartial panel of Vietnam War kitbashers from the OSW community
And for the part you’ve been waiting for, the prizes:
BlackOpsToys has generously donated a mint-in-box ACE 101st Airborne Division Hamburger Hill figure, which will go to the overall winner.
Guanere has put together a “SOG Recon” gear set for the first runner-up, suitable for running recon across the fence.
This kit consists of:
-1x SOG-modified “Over the Fence” Uniform
-1x M56 belt
-1x M56 suspenders
-9x M56 canteen covers
-28x M16 mags
-1x Serum Albumin Can
Guarnere has also assembled an “Infantry” gear set for the third-place finisher.
The kitlist includes:
-1x M1 Helmet
-1x M56 Web Belt
-1x M56 Suspenders
-2x M56 M16 Magazine Pouches
-2x M67 M16 Magazine Pouches
-2x M56 Canteen Covers & Canteens
-8x M16 Magazines
-1x Ammo Bandolier with 7x M16 Mags
-1x M56 "Butt" Pack
In addition to the above prizes, the top three will also receive a signed copy of J. S. Economos’ outstanding Gentle Propositions. This thrilling novel about the Studies and Observation Group comes highly recommended by more SOG veterans than you can shake a stick at. It’s also one of my favorite novels period.
We’re also offering some special “surprise” prizes for the kitbashers who tackle the NVA and SOG as part of their entry. Guarnere and I will be personally selecting these winners from our own favorites among the entries. Prizes will include custom gear and pieces by Marcelo Fuentes.
Please free to post any questions either here, or send a PM to either Guarnere or myself.
Good luck to everyone who enters and we’ll see you at the LZ.