Thursday, May 23, 2013

Treasures from the Past I - 6mm?

Yesterday I set the scene for today's post.  One of the treasures I found was a bunch of 6mm armor.  Back in the day, twenty five years ago now, my father and I played Twilight 2000.  This was the only game we played together, and it was very special to me because of that.

USMC LAV-25 with 6mm flame job.

We played the game with pencil and paper, but I also bought, and painted a bunch of armor.  This was in the days before the internet, as in, it didn't exist.  I didn't have anyone to teach me so I didn't know about priming, shading or any other techniques.  My fourteen year old self thought these were pretty awesome though.  These models are from CinC, who are still in business.  I paid $3.50 for a box of four.  They now go for $6.00 for the same.  Not bad at all, especially compared to some of the larger scale manufacturers out there.

I went with a simple scheme, green with brown for NATO and brown with green for Warsaw Pact.

All four LAV-25's.  I had not considered joining the Marine Corps at this point, but these were still my favorites.
The rest of the US vics.  M1-A1, M2, M728 with snarling mouth, M106 Mortar carrier and M113 APC.
For some reason I bought eight mortar carriers.  The winch on the M728 is missing.

The NATO allies.  Chieftain, Centurion, Leopard 2 and AMX-10
My NATO allies were a little less extensive, two sets of Brit tanks, one very old, a German platoon and a French infantry platoon.

2S1, BRDM-2, OT-64, BTR-60, T-72 and T80
The Warsaw Pact had even less variety.  The OT-64 is because the game took place in Poland.  I'm not sure why I painted the 2S1 as a NATO vehicle.  I probably thought it was an M109.

PBR.  I don't know why.  Why not?
There was also an Apache, a Black Hawk and an MI-17 Hip.  I'll keep digging through the boxes for those.

And the whole lot.
Now I just have to decide what to do with them all.  I feel, faint, stirrings for large scale 6mm armies.  This will not happen for the next couple of years, but I feel the need to do something with these.

Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV


  1. I sold off all my modern micro army many years ago. I had many of these same models.

    Twilight 2000 was one of my favorite games and my friends and I played for many years. I really thought the 2nd edition tightened the rules up. I sold all of that stuff off a few years ago as well. I really should not dwell too much on the stuff I have sold.

    1. I haven't sold anything, happily. It's been a lot of fun finding the old stuff now. It's amazing how many happy memories it's bringing back.

  2. Only did a little modern wargaming, but this has reminded me about it so thank you for that


    1. Lots of happy memories for me as well. I'm glad this brought that back for you.


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