... PNR ... MNR ... yes, you know it's a revolution when you have lots of acronyms knocking about. After yesterday's post about trying to find 20mm plastics for Cuban regulars (FAR), Cuban militia (MNR) and Cuban police (PNR), I received some very helpful replies. I'll be ordering some IMEX Korean War US Army, and I already had some IMEX ROK with M1 helmets. The irritating thing is that although the Fidelistas looked very much like 1950s US forces, the M1 helmets largely seem to have been worn by the PNR. That leaves me with the need to make berets and kepi-type headgear. Now, an eminent wargaming and toy soldier blogger commented that this sort of thing is 'a piece of cake' - mmmm:
On the right of the photograph you can see this evening's efforts at baking cakes. Efforts being the operative word. The 'berets' look like the brains of H G Wells' tripod aliens, or hair nets, or those big baggy things Israelis have taken to wearing on their helmets (why ? How does that work? I can see that it breaks the outline up, but they move so much that it can't be good). So, it looks like there are going to be a lot of PNR knocking around. Blast.
Although Castro had plenty of Soviet armour and artillery available in April 1961, the personal weapons of his men were largely US stuff - Garands, BARs, etc - and some Belgian SLRs. It would be good to have some troops with SLRs, but all the figures I can think of in 20mm plastic are from the 1970s and 1980s, and have a much baggier, combat gear, look, as opposed to the rather sleek olive green US look from the 1950s, which typified the Fidelistas. Annoying. One last thought, did Castro deploy any of the Batista era US armour ? Does anyone know?