I have ordered a pack of Mongrel Miniatures soviets from Newland Designs in the UK.
I intend to use one of the figures as a Soviet Adviser to go with the NVA for scenarios.
Having done a bit of research I am technically doing this wrong. USSR did have advisers in North Vietnam and they were almost never ever seen outside of the North.
From what I have learnt, those advisers wore suits or casual clothing and tended to hang around where it was nice and safe.
A few reports of 'white men' seen in the Jungle with Communist Vietnamese suggests they were wearing the same uniform as the NVA. It was never discovered if these people were Soviets or not. There was some speculation that they were not Soviets and that they could be Americans that had fled to the North.
But I have no intention of letting any of these facts get in the way of a good campaign story thread.
What I want to do is paint up my Soviet of choice (most likely the top left figure) and use reports of a Soviet roaming the jungles of Vietnam as part of random events and intel reports.
With enough of these reports gathered during the campaign then the intel will firm up and the adviser will make it on to the game table for a special scenario.
Now before anyone complains that what I am doing is wrong and historically inaccurate please take note - I don't care. Just because a Soviet adviser was never captured or shot during a battle doesn't mean they weren't there.
On a totally different note, my West Wind Productions Vietnamese Civilians arrived in the post today.
There are twenty figures in total - half of which are double ups, and the remaining having a bit of variation.
These will be great for scenarios and non combatants on the game table. I am looking forward to painting these up and getting them into a game.