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LeonAdler Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Jan 2020 11:52 p.m. PST

They have a really nice look, realistic look of sweat and tiredness. Handsome.

Bigby Wolf10 Jan 2020 2:28 p.m. PST

I think these guys look fantastic. I promise to buy them end of the month!

Striker10 Jan 2020 2:30 p.m. PST

And I just made 2020 my year of not buying minis!!!

Bigby Wolf10 Jan 2020 2:49 p.m. PST

@Striker: Shhhs! Me too!

Damn, I hate being so weak :-)

huron72510 Jan 2020 4:46 p.m. PST

Ok. That's it. I have held off, trying not to look. Dangit! ……….Ordering tomorrow.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2020 2:01 p.m. PST

Do show some painted figures on the Vietnam Message Board, please.

I have (for some reason) stuck to Tet/Hue FIBUAs figures and will surely then drift back into Napoleonics (where a certain sculptor has no competition).

When will someone take the plunge and do the ARVN? They fought the war…statistically anyway. Incredible that everyone does the elite units (no, of course obvious, but everyone does them).

ARVN varied from rubbish to not at all bad. Surely wargamers want to be realistic…..all tanks cannot be Tigers.

Empress Miniatures Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Jan 2020 3:36 a.m. PST

Empress released the first of their Vietnam range about 10 months ago. Since then we have released nearly 130 figures mainly covering USMC and NVA but also some civilians and ARVN M113 crew. These USMC Recce figures are the first of what you would call elite. That's a pretty small percentage in anyone's book.

We have also released;
M48 Patton
M67 Zippo
Gage Commando,
M113 Early
2 x wagons.

We are just about to release;
Aussie Centurion,
Mighty Mite
Mule, in several versions.
M76 Otter.
PBR- Patrol Boat River.

We are currently sculpting more NVA, USMC, plus a lot of other things for release in the coming months.

Considering all of the in depth research that is needed to achieve this release rate, plus time to sculpt, By the incredibly talented Paul Hicks,design, ensure that the figures actually look like people and basic principles such as ensuring the figures accurately portray national/ racial characteristics, especially regarding physical proportions. That characters that are 6'4" such as LT Cheatham are in scale to reflect this. Plus other ranges that we are also releasing for and that there is actually only TWO of us working in Empress Miniatures on a daily basis that seems pretty good going.

Moving forward we will be adding a great deal to this range so that in 12 months time we would expect the range to be twice, possibly three times its current size. Quite a significant financial outlay to say the very least. Amongst those releases will be a lot of ARVN and more Elite troops. There may even be a Laotion army elephant, you never know.

Don't forget folks these are all available from our US Distributor Age of Glory and our Australian distributor Elite.

Cheers, Paul

Disco Joe13 Jan 2020 4:25 p.m. PST

Paul, I really like the new Recce set along with the 3 new packs of NVA. I will be getting them from Steve here in the states when they become available to him.
I like the list of figures and vehicles you listed as coming out and of course will purchase them. Just keep producing and releasing them. Good job.

FusilierDan13 Jan 2020 6:28 p.m. PST

Paul, good to hear the range is growing. They are excellent figures. I hope you'll be doing some civilians, no rush as I still need to paint the 12 packs I just got from AoG.

Empress Miniatures Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Jan 2020 3:42 a.m. PST

Thanks Disco and Fusilier. Just sending a huge restock to Steve at A of G so the new releases will be with him in a few days.

Hayes Wauford Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2020 1:34 p.m. PST

Fabulous!!! I love the Marine Recon books that have been published over the years. These will make for some great scenarios.

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