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alan L30 Sep 2017 1:41 p.m. PST

Any suggestions for figures that would do for regular Afghan infantry at the time of the Soviet invasion. Perhaps best shown in the first picture in this link:

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Alan

stephen m30 Sep 2017 6:18 p.m. PST

I have been looking into the same thing having started playing Hind and Seek lately. I had an old pack ('80s or '90s latest) of Heroics and Ros M21 (modern irregular figures) rebel forces. The figures look to be wearing BDU caps (see

picture
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In my set there are five identical strips of 10 figures. The weapons appear more generic and don't match anything exactly but look close enough. I describe them as;

3 figures advancing with assault rifles (could be AKs)
3 figures advancing which look to have SMGs
1 kneeling figure with an RPG shouldered
1 kneeling figure with an assault rifle about to lose his front teeth (holding the weapon up in his face)
1 figure with his AR (looks closest to an AK) held one handed while he orders/leads (pointing) with his other
1 figure toting a drum fed LMG (RPD or RPK)

Of course there are no support weapons available. I do not know if the figures have been updated since I purchased them. I recently bought some WWII German infantry and the castings are all new. I will be painting the M21s as DRA with Humbrol enamel #187 overall which looks pretty close for the uniform colour.

I also looked at GHQ modern micro armour third world warriors TW-8 and TW-9 heavy weapons. Only some of the figures wear BDU caps so what to do with the other half of the figures? If doing imaginations or other conflicts fine but I assume castings with berets are not reproduced with BDU caps so many figures (leaders, HMG and mortar teams) would be missing. If you go that route I would be willing to buy the beret guys.

What are you using for soviet and mujahideen forces? I have no figures for the mujahideen yet but a few packs of soviet and airborne forces of the same vintage as the M21. The airborne packs are great. I am pretty sure I have two packs of M07 Soviet Airborne troops. figure loadout is;

3 strips of infantry
1 leader one handing his gun (AK) and pointing with the other
1 radio operator one handing his weapon (AK) and talking on the radio with the other
3 troopers with AKs
1 trooper with an RPK or RPK-74 (banana clip magazine)
1 trooper walking with an RPG-26 (or RPO)

1 strip of prone figures with 3 sets of AT4 or AT5 (gunner and loader)

2 strips of heavy weapons
1 kneeling sniper (very cool figure)
1 standing figure firing a anti aircraft missile (very short tube so which one I don't know)
1 mortar (looks big for an 82 mm)
2 standing mortar crew one with round in hand the other not, each has a slung AK on their backs (cool)
1 figure with a flame thrower (or another mortar round I really can't tell but can't find a short barreled post war Soviet flame thrower)

2 strips heavy weapons
1 kneeling figure with wheeled carriage HMG (don't know model)
1 kneeling figure (loader for above)
1 kneeling figure with binoculars (spotter for anything)
1 kneeling figure with tripod mount SPG-9
2 kneeling figures (loaders or spotters for above, no binoculars)

Hope this helps.

alan L01 Oct 2017 4:54 a.m. PST

Stephen,

Many thanks for the most helpful reply. The M21 set from H&R seems the best route to take for DRA infantry.

For the Russians and Mujihadeen, I use a mix of GHQ and Mainforce (both available from Magister Militum).

Alan

Legion 401 Oct 2017 6:44 a.m. PST

Yes, GHQ has a number figure sets that could work.

Aviator01 Oct 2017 7:47 a.m. PST

When I was in Afghanistan back in 1974 they were still using WW2 style German helmets.The guards outside the Presidential Palace were also wearing greatcoats and had bolt action rifles, so this could give a few more options

alan L24 Sep 2019 2:23 a.m. PST

Just resurrecting this message as I see that Irregular Miniatures has a range of 6mm figures in caps which should work well.

Oldgrumbler26 Sep 2019 6:06 p.m. PST

Irregular sells a Taliban & regular Afghan army pack in 6 mm

stephen m27 Sep 2019 6:32 a.m. PST

I have many GHQ, Irregular and Scotia 6mm but the bulk of my troops are H&R. I find the H&R just that much more "clear" than the Irregular. I have bought groups of Irregular for comparison and will use them for many applications (especially Junta in mini) but do prefer H&R. GHQ has figures in BDU caps but they are mixed with guys in berets (whom I now have uses for so may go that route soon). Just my opinion.

BTW it is great to see Soviet Afghan war getting some love again. I got hooked on it when I got back into gaming. Would be nice to meet up with others at a con in the future.

stephen m27 Sep 2019 6:35 a.m. PST

I also like the H&R Taliban for Mujahideen.

Anyone have an idea on sources for mounted Afghan figures?Armed with AKs preferably but some form of guns as well as swords. I read Horse Soldiers a year or so back and the imagery still sticks in my mind. I found a picture of mounted Soviet border troops and used WWII GHQ figures painted in the Green with yellow (I prefer khaki) "spot" pattern. The thing about the GHQ is the winter caps match the fish fur headgear of the period well.

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