Gringo 40’s has a slowly expanding range of figures for the Battle of Hue in 1968. Yet some of their most recent releases show that they may have an eye on expanding into the wider Vietnam War at some point in the future…
Firstly, we have another release for the US Marines in and around Hue during the Tet Offensive. Pack number MAR45 is entitled US Marine Mortar Team in M1 Helmets and Flak Jackets Firing M1 81mm Medium Mortar. That’s both a long title but also a basic description for what is actually more of a vignette, a ‘captured moment’ from the battle. This is a nicely done set of two figures, one ready to feed the mortar tube, the other hands over ears to cope with the over-pressure of the mortar firing. Yet it is the mortar itself that makes this piece, a really detailed version of the 81mm mortar of its type. There’s also a number of spare rounds inside their cases, plus ammunition boxes, all designed to be used as scatter around a base. A nice touch are three mortar bombs on pieces of extended metal, designed to fit into the recessed area at the top of the barrel of the mortar. These can be used to represent mortar shells as they leave the barrel, again, a moment captured in time as the mortar rains death upon the enemy.
AA01 is perhaps a sign of things to come. Entitled US Army Dog Handler with German Shepherd “Enemy Spotted” (another long title!), this is something quite unique in any Vietnam War range. Both handler and dog has been rendered very well, with the dog coming to a sudden stop as it spots the enemy, the handler still moving forward for an instant. This is not only a well sculpted set of two models, it is also the first non-Marine sculpt from Gringo 40s. It is hoped that this is the first in a whole new aspect of the war that will be released in the future.
It’s perhaps worth mentioning that the Gringo 40s range of Vietnam War miniatures are on the larger side of 28mm, more akin to those from The Assault Group, Crucible Crush and Full Metal Miniatures. Consequently, these ranges partially complement one another, increasing the options available for the gamer.
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