I've been reading through 'Force on Force' and overall have been fairly impressed by its mechanics and its treatment of modern combat (as much as I know of it anyway). Though it seems primarily focused on more contemporary engagements (i.e. post 9/11) it can also be used for earlier conflicts such as the Bush Wars in Africa, the Soviet incursion into Afghanistan and the Vietnam War to name but a few.
I did my graduate studies on the Vietnam war and have always maintained a keen interest in that divisive conflict (though, admittedly, a little bit burned-out studying it). As such I've been sitting on these 20mm SHQ castings for years and thought I'd finally dig them up and do something with them. So I downloaded Stanley Karnow's superb 'Vietnam: A History' onto my ipod, put on my headphones and started painting.
Overall these were very nice sculpts to paint. I enjoyed the little details on these figures like the bug juice and Marlboroughs tucked-in the helmet strap and the draping of ammo belts and various equipment on the figures.
I've been torn between doing this in 15mm or 20mm. I like all the stuff you can pack on a table scaled for 15mm, but I also really enjoy the nice figures you can get in 20mm (not to mention the wide assortment of 1:72 diecast vehicles). I'll have to mull it over some more before I go whole hog in one scale.
This squad will give me 36 points. Next I'm going to try some Viet Cong and I've also started a big push on a BIG Napoleonic unit. More on that soon...