Who are you?
Hi I'm Adam from Panzerfaust Nostalgia, I've been gaming for ages and just recently wrote a couple articles that are included in the new Despatches 1 (He is Smitty - Ed).
What army are you playing?
As a former Marine I've been following the expansion of the Marine Corps into special operations command closely for over a decade. After the success of Det 1, (2003-6) in Afghanistan it was finally decided to join the party.
With the new Marine Special Operations Battalions taking on some traditional Army Special Forces missions including, "Foreign Internal Defense". Which is what the papers refer to as mentoring or training foreign militaries to help them defend themselves from insurgencies, ala Vietnam, Malaya, Philippines, Columbia and of course Afghanistan.
I have a few minis already that I have painted up as MARSOC so I just needed a few Afghans a couple hiluxes and maybe a motorcycle.
The ones I have for the Marines are Empress' excellent US special forces, either the light weapons or the fully armed up raiders.
For the motorcyclist I had to go with Eureka, they have a couple great ones to choose from. I'm keen on the one with no helmet for some impractical reason! (We are working through Motorcycle rules at present- Ed)
For the Afghani troops I decided to go with Eureka again and ordered six each of their Afghan National Police, with and without helmets. Now from what I've gathered the majority of the troops that MARSOC has trained and advised have been Afghan Army Commandos. However there isn't a good mini for them. So I'm just going to go with the fog of war and assume that these Marines are embedded with the Police.
This should give me the ability to run small skirmishes with a couple Marines and a fireteam or two of ANP. Or go with a full on raid or larger combat patrol of several Marines, a dumvee, a couple hiluxes and twelve cops.
What are you getting with your starting funds?
ANP and a motorcycle, both from Eureka Miniatures