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15mm Modern Middle Eastern Range





This range provides miniatures for the conflicts raging (or simmering) in the Middle East, that term being expanded a bit to include North Africa and Afghanistan.


HEZBOLLAH AND SYRIAN GOVERNMENT FORCES


Hezbollah proved itself in 2006 to be Israel's most militarily capable enemy, fighting with ingenuity, skill, and a serious attitude toward war. They have retained their tough reputation in their intervention in the Syrian Civil War on the side of the government forces. They often had a professional appearance in 2006, wearing a round helmet which is a development of the Israeli helmet, and sometimes using Western rifles as well -- when this was the case, usually ex-Israeli M16 rebuilds.

Syrian Government Forces in the Civil War which began in 2011 have transitional uniforms, some in the old style Soviet satellite uniform, others in more modern gear, often in the same unit. The same can be said of their helmets, many being recent purchases of "fritz" type helmets, but thousands of old Soviet steel helmets remain in use. Russian weapons remain almost universal with their forces. Note that many of the Hezbollah units in service in Syria have adopted Syrian uniform so that Hezbollah can retain plausible deniability regarding its intervention.

The differences in depiction have been reproduced here, although there is some overlap in appearance. The "Hezbollah Fighters" set depicts troops dressed and equipped in a style distinct to that militant group, the "Syrian Government set" reflecting applicable differences, and the "Syrian Forces or Hezbollah Fighters Set 2" set has weapons and outfit that can be used by either -- they are wearing skull caps or fatigue hats, which are extremely widespread in both forces. Note that some of the models in the Middle Eastern Irregulars range (also available on this page) could easily be used with either force -- a look at war photography from 2006 or the Syrian Civil War, respectively, would help determine which can be used.

Chechens fighting the Russians or in ISIS can also be represented with the "Syrian Forces or Hezbollah Fighters Set 2."

Please note that the use of the term "Hezbollah" in a money transfer automatically causes a payment hold with PayPal, so in the PayPal coding the sets will refer to Hezbollah as "P.O.G.," short for "Party of God."


CodeContentsPrice (US$)Order/Progress
SYRIAN-GOV15mm Syrian Government Forces with Russian equipment (x15)$11.99
P.O.G.15mm Hezbollah Fighters with mixed equipment (x14)$10.99
SYRIAN-OR-P.O.G.15mm Syrian Forces or Hezbollah Fighters Set 2 (x22)$18.99



ISRAELI DEFENSE FORCE


Unquestionably the most powerful military force in the Middle East, the IDF has recently fought a brief, sharp war with Hezbollah and frequently conducts military operations in the West Bank and Gaza. These models are suitable starting in the mid-90s, upon the adoption of the very baggy mitznefet helmet cover, which is intended to break up the regular curvature of the helmet. It is very commonly worn but not all soldiers use it all the time, so some models have been made without it.

Each figurine is provided with an optional backpack. The troops often leave their packs in the APC but they can often be seen wearing them -- in Lebanon in 2006 they were frequently worn.

The Tavor has been used since the mid 2000s and has been increasingly widely adopted, but the M16 (usually very heavily rebuilt, often to resemble the US M4 version) is still in frequent use, and before about 2007 was the predominant weapon. The heavy weapons set includes four poses with the Negev and one pose each with the Shipon and B-300 rocketlauncher. The Israeli army is heavily mechanised and the infantry receives much of its heavier weapons support from vehicles.

Many Merkava 4 have steel balls haning from chains in the firetrap caused by the turret overhang in the rear. This is called "Sampson's Hair" and its purpose is the prematurely detonate incoming ATGMs. That is provided as a pewter part -- it is a squared off U shape that may be added to the underside of the turret rear. The most current version of the Zelda, the M113 variant which remains the most widespread Israeli APC, has been designed and is moving through the production process.


CodeContentsPrice (US$)Order/Progress
MERKAVA415mm Modern Israeli Merkava Mark 4 Main Battle Tank (resin with pewter parts)$13.99
MOD-ISRAELI-M1615mm Modern Israeli Infantry with M16s (x7)$5.99
MOD-ISRAELI-TAVOR15mm Modern Israeli Infantry with Tavors (x7)$5.99
MOD-ISRAELI-HW15mm Modern Israeli Infantry with Squad Heavy Weapons (x6 -- four Negevs, one B-300 and one Shipon)$4.99


AFGHAN IRREGULAR WARRIORS (MUJAHIDEEN, TALIBAN, ETC)


Extremely tough and determined opponents, the warlike Afghans have been involved in many wars from the 70s up to the present day, against each other, the central government in Kabul, and most famously, against foreign forces -- the Russians and later the Western forces led by the United States.

There are two basic fighter sets -- with AKs or with SMLEs. The SMLE continues to be used to the present day, and Western soldiers in Afghanistan reported that these remain a considerable menace, with their long range and considerable accuracy. Squad support weapons are available as well.


CodeContentsPrice (US$)Order/Progress
AFGHAN-AK15mm Afghan Irregulars (Mujahideen, Taliban,etc) with AK47 (x8)$4.99
AFGHAN-SMLE15mm Afghan Irregulars (Mujahideen, Taliban,etc) with SMLEs (Lee-Enfield bolt-action rifles) (x5)$3.09
AFGHAN-WEP-COM15mm Afghan Irregulars (Mujahideen, Taliban,etc) command and squad heavy weapons (x8 -- two commanders, two RPGs, two RPKs, and two PK light machine guns)$4.99


MIDDLE EASTERN IRREGULARS


These models are suitable for a broad range of irregulars in the Middle East, including the Iraqi insurgents during the mid-late 2000s and the potent IS movement that has taken over large areas of Syria and Iraq. Some irregulars use US weapons, such as the Free Syrian Army (limited quantities) and IS, which has captured a significant cache of US weapons from the Iraqi Army. As Russian weapons haven't changed in appearance for decades, these models could be used in many past conflicts as well.

The spare pack of rockets for the RPG-29 in the heavy weapons set would be worn by a figure carrying an infantry rifle, as an assistant rocketeer. These rockets are huge and so the weapon really needs to be used in a team of at least two for anything other than static defence).

For the Chechens fighting in ISIS, use the set "Syrian Forces or Hezbollah Fighters Set 2" as it has a good mix of figures, all of which are in fatigue hat or wool cap.


CodeContentsPrice (US$)Order/Progress
MEI-AK4715mm Modern Middle Eastern Irregulars with AK47s/AK74s (x6)$4.99
MEI-US15mm Modern Middle Eastern Irregulars with US rifles (x5)$3.99
MEI-SQUAD-WEAPONS15mm Modern Middle Eastern Irregulars, Squad Weapons and Command (x6 -- two leaders, two RPKs, and two RPG-7)$3.99
MEI-HEAVY-WEAPONS15mm Modern Middle Eastern Irregulars, Heavy Weapons (x12 with accompanying weapons -- four LMG in two poses, one mortar team of two, one Sagger team of two, one DshK team of two, one rocketeer with RPG-29 (including separate rocket pack to add to another figure with rifle), and one missileman with MANPAD)$11.99


KURDISH PESHMERGA


These models represent the irregulars and, increasingly, semi-regular forces of highly-regarded Kurdish fighters. Peshmerga means "he who confronts death" and that name is increasingly apt in the intense fighting occuring in the aftermath of the invasion of Iraq, and, especially, the rise of ISIS in post-occupation Iraq and Syria. These models are meant to portray the better equipped standing forces on the Peshmerga.

Most Peshmerga use Russian weapons but stocks of western rifles have been provided to them as well, and we have made sets for each.


CodeContentsPrice (US$)Order/Progress
PESHMERGA-AK4715mm Kurdish Peshmerga Fighters with AK47s/AK74s (x11 -- two each of five different poses, plus one leader pose)$8.99
PESHMERGA-WESTERN-RIFLES15mm Kurdish Peshmerga Fighters with Western Rifles (x6 -- five different poses, plus one leader pose)$4.99
PESHMERGA-SQUAD-WEAPONS15mm Kurdish Peshmerga Fighters with Squad Weapons (x11 -- four RPG-7 in two poses, four RPK squad automatic weapons in two poses, two PK LMG in two poses, and one SA-7 missileman)$9.99
PESHMERGA-HEAVY-WEAPONS15mm Kurdish Peshmerga Fighters with Heavy Weapons (DshK HMG team, mortar team, Sagger team)$5.99