In June 2012 Iran joined the nuclear club. Despite the vocal cries from the neo-conservative lobby within the US, Tel-Aviv remained unaffected, Iran was far more concerned with regional issues in the Gulf than a rhetorical nemesis thousands of miles away. As US and coalition forces began further draw downs in Iraq due to growing crisis's in Afghanistan and the Korean peninsula, Iran began to consolidate and restructure its conventional forces. This evolution was encouraged by both a detente with Russian foreign policy makers, and continual support from the Sino-sphere. During this period Iran began receiving increasing amounts of modernized weapons, and was able to utilize foreign advisers to help boost its own budding defense industry. With a weak and marginalized Iraq on its border, Tehran's eyes drifted South-West, alighting on its only major regional competitor: Saudi Arabia.
With increasing tensions and divides within the Royal family, and between the elites and the rapidly expanding middle class, Saudi efforts to socially liberalize and modernize it's economy were lagging badly. Despite careful deployments of RSNG regular army units to help disarm any potential coups, in January 2014 a collection of national guard officers conspired to dethrone the monarchy and install a military government. The military splintered, with various loyalist and revolutionary factions coming to blows. As the world's economy faltered, Iran acted, and launched a rapid drive through the lowlands of Southern Iran combined with an amphibious assault on the exposed oil fields in the Eastern provinces of Arabia. Despite prior warnings by US intelligence, the paralysis of the Saudi security apparatus meant that Riyadh was unable to move preemptively, and Once again, coalition forces were forced to intervene to prevent a militant hegemon emerging in the Gulf.
Phew, now thats out of the way, shall we get on with it?? This project log will focus on my 20mm efforts, primarily with Elheim's ultra modern US, Middle Eastern and Insurgent forces, as well as wartime's Aussies and a bevy of miscellaneous plastic kits. Lets get started!
My first ever painted 20mms, I used the techniques I employed in 15mm and just expanded them
and a quick peak of the future - a T-62MV conversion I made using the ACE kit (shudder), please note its only undercoated :P