A little bit of research gave me a list of the F-4 squadrons that were on the carriers that were part of the blockade. After that I searched around for photos and images of the squadron markings to find something that looked good, but would be easy to paint. I settled on VF-102 Diamondbacks.
Here is one of the images I used for painting up my planes.
|VF-102 in the early 60s while aboard USS Enterprise (CVAN-65)|
|VF-102 F-4B Phantoms|
|A lower angle view|
While I had finished up the ships for my Harpoon project last month, I still needed to finish up the operational level playing surface for the game. The game map needed to cover the Norwegian Sea and Greenland - Iceland - United Kingdom (GIUK) gap. For this part of the project, I started out with the blue hex mat I've used in the past for air games. Then I cut out some felt for the different land masses (Iceland, northern UK, Norway, etc.), painted them up and added a hex grid. The final result was good, but there are a few things that didn't quite turn out as planned. Because the mat is so big, it is hard to get a photo showing all of it. But here are some selected areas.
|Iceland and the the G - I part of the gap|
|Northern UK, looking north west|
|Norway, looking south west toward Iceland|
Overall, it should give a good enough representation of the Norwegian Sea and GUIK gap.
Now I just have to finish up the last bits of paperwork and charts. Then it will be time to pack it up for the trip to the convention.
The reports from the Enfilade staff are good and it sounds like there will be a lot of games and gamers. I expect my next post will be photos from the convention.