There are few feelings in the realm of miniature gaming quite like fielding a fully painted army on the tabletop. This also happens to be one of the most challenging aspects of the hobby, requiring skill, patience, and copious amounts of time. The requirements for skill and patience increase proportionally as the miniatures’ scale decreases, and AQMF is my first venture into the realm of 15mm gaming.
In AQMF the United States’ first line of defense is represented by the US Army. Given the era (1905-1918ish) and defense of the homeland, the US Army represents both territorial and State militias as well as the small pre-Great War regular forces, offering plenty of opportunities for modeling. The force is based on WWI era equipment, and of all the currently available armies, the US Army most closely represents actual equipment of the era. Core units are infantry, armor, artillery (including heavy, field guns, and static bunkers), and cavalry (both horse and motorcycle). I have some artillery in the works to round out the force. The rest of the options are not yet available from Alien Dungeon.
Infantry form the core of any army, able to blend in with rubble and hide from Martian tripods until the moment to strike is right.
Each force needs a field commander to establish chain of command and issue orders. Commanders are one of the best ways to personalize your miniatures, as they are the least static of all models. My US Army has two such stands so far: a junior officer to lead the infantry company and a field grade officer to coordinate the entire force.
Human technology took a giant leap following the first invasion of London in the late 19th century. Fallen Martian tripods were dissected, driving the need for heavily armed, armored vehicles to defend against renewed attacks. Coal-powered steam engines fuel steel behemoths, each mounting an array of cannons and guns.
Although this blog was to celebrate finishing my US Army, there’s still more work to be done. I’m scratch-building artillery pieces to expand my options and fill different roles for scenarios. Here’s some of what’s being worked on:
Couldn’t help trying some fun themed shots while photographing the miniatures.