History is Fun

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Thud Ridge Vietnam and What if Baltic War 1980.

 Hi everyone.


As you saw in my last blog post I have been working on some 3mm aircraft for the Vietnam War as well as a what if Baltic air war taking place in 1980. Some good old Cold War scenarios.



I have been working on painting but also looking for rules that might work well for both periods. Luckily for me a fellow Blogger "Jim's Wargames Workbench" is also working on a Vietnam era air combat project. He is using a set of rule called Thud Ridge which is part of the Wings at War series of air combat miniature wargaming rules. They are available from Tumbling dice.


I have finished up the 4 x JA-37 Viggens and I have added national decals on the aircraft.

I have also finished up 6 x Mig-17's and I have also added the national decals.

I have painted up 4 x F-100's and F-105's, I still need to cutout and add the decals to these aircraft as well.

I have also worked on making bases that should work well for all conditions. I was going to use some ground flocking similar to my infantry miniatures but there is also a lot of water out there so I think I will keep the bases just plane brown without any paint or flocking.

I still have more miniatures to paint and also more deals to add but things are progressing along at a good pace.

I hope you enjoy the images from the work I have done so far.

Take care.


  1. Very nice! I like to see Viggen in games!

    1. Thank you Remi, I have run a game a few years ago using C-21 rules where I used the JA-39 Griffen against some Russian aircraft over the Baltic. I want to do an earlier period so I can add the J-35 Draken as well. Plus both Norway and Denmark used a combination of US aircraft plus other nations aircraft. Should be fun once I get everything on the table to play.

  2. I really like those Viggens..a great idea to do some 'What If?' Baltic Cild War gaming. I had / still have plans to do something similar but in the 2000's (it's a project labelled Flashpoint Baltic on my blog). Great work on the Thud Ridge planes too!

    1. Hi Jim,
      That is cool that you are working on somehthing simular. I like the older aircraft so I want to run the game in 1980. I found a good video that is in Swedish that discussed what would have happened if war broke out with the Soviets in 1980. The Swedish expected the Swedish air force to hold off the Soviet for about 3 days before the Soviets gained air superiority. Should be fun.