More Reference Photos for Nasiriyah
Posted: February 14, 2010 in Ambush Alley, Miniature Games
Tags: Ambush Alley, Iraq war, miniatures, Modern, painting
I spent a bit of time on www.militaryphotos.net today. Found some great photos of the terrain and even more pics of the Marines and insurgent forces.
Marines patrol Ambush Alley, Nasiriyah
Marines with Iraqi POWs. Good shot of the roads in Nasiriyah.
Nice shot of a "tuna boat" from Task Force Tarawa.
Another shot of AAVPs of Task Force Tarawa.
- Wrecked vehicles from the 507th Maintenance Co, Nasiriyah.
From all this browsing, I have come to a few conclusions for my terrain and game. First of all, the road is surrounded by drainage ditches on either side until you get into Nasiriyah proper. It also appears that the road north from the Saddam Hussein Bridge is raised up from the surrounding countryside. Second, even though I had read that the surrounding terrain was marsh, there is quite a bit of standing water in places along the road, and many muddy areas around the town. Third, there are no buildings along Ambush Alley greater than two stories in height. In fact, most of Nasiriyah is below two stories.
My current thinking for my 15mm terrain boards is two 2′ x 4′ boards laid lengthwise, forming a 2′ x 8′ corridor. One end will have the Little Alamo. Ambush Alley will run lengthwise down the two boards. I will airbrush the main road gray and dust it up quite a bit, along with some standing puddles of water. I am also thinking about another 2′ x 4′ board crossing the “T’ and representing the Saddam Canal. If I can ever find a picture of that damn bridge, I will scratchbuild it on that board. This also gives me the option of a final 2′ x 4′ board lengthwise “beyond the bridge” for scenarios with Charlie Company’s stand.