I bought really quite a lot of sprues in Warlord's half price sale last year in a grandiose plan to add to my Chain of Command collection. That went nowhere. This year, having written Some Corner of a Foreign Field, I tried to think of ways to adapt those models to a post-war environment. Only having to paint up a squad instead of a platoon to get a game going is a great incentive to paint in my book. If you want a battle report, go here or here!
Thanks to an accidental peruse of the WI issue going over Battlefront's Six Day War releases, I noticed that a lot of the kit used in that conflict was ex-WWII – crucially, surplus British and American equipment, which was exactly what I needed to use up. A little bit of digging around and some conversions later, I had three squads ready to go – Israeli leg infantry (a bit too dark), Israeli Paratroopers, and a squad of Jordanian leg infantry.
That led me to investigate Suez too, and soon I will be morphing my Jordanians as Egyptians to fight against British, French and Israeli paratroopers of the time.
In all, I used Warlord Games' British and American bodies, heads & weapons, TAG FN FALs, Wargames Factory Uzis & WWII German arms/weapons (Israeli paratroopers had three Mauser 98ks per squad).
I'm actually very happy with how my lezard camouflage came out, especially since I rarely attempt such awkward uniforms. Luckily, French post-war camouflage tended almost exclusively toward horizontal stripes, so I didn't need to get clever with my brush strokes. I may go back over the models to highlight their skin at some point, but it seems that Middle Eastern flesh looks much better under a wash than European skin does.
The main mistake I made was not putting a bipod on those FALs chosen to be the heavy-barrelled version, but I noticed too late and I don't really mind. They are still easy to tell apart as they are the only kneeling models with that particular weapon. I also gave the Jordanians Lee-Enfields instead of M1 Garands because I was clipping sprues on autopilot – but really, that just makes it easier to morph them as Suez-era Egyptians.
I hope you enjoy these cheap examples of 28mm models for an under-covered conflict.
|Jordanian Infantry Squad|
|Jordanian Infantry Squad|
|Israeli Paratroopers in more natural light.|
Israeli Infantry "Samal"
|Israeli Paratrooper "Samal"|
|Jordanian Infantry corporal|
GW Khemri Brown – Israeli uniforms
Foundry 12C Drab – Jordanian uniforms
Vallejo Brown Olive – Jordanian & Israeli helmets, paratrooper fatigues, grenades
Foundry 46C Cadaverous Green – Paratrooper uniform base
Foundry 98B Denison Green – Paratrooper stripes
Foundry 126C African Flesh – Paratrooper stripes
Foundry 100C British Uniform – Skin
Foundry 9B Boneyard – Paratrooper helmets & boots, Israeli webbing
Foundry 121A Dark African Flesh – Boots & gunmetal, Israeli helmet straps, hair
Foundry 90C British Equipment Canvas – Jordanian webbing & gaiters
Foundry 45A Deep Brown Leather – woodwork, cigars