Once, I wanted to be a reporter. Or a photojournalist. I attended College twice for both trades, but both times, despite decent grades, my mental health tanked. I had many undiagnosed issues at the time that probably, now that I am aware, made school far more difficult then it should have been for me.
I had drive, and ambition, to pursue the career. My dream was/is to continue, to go back to school, despite the fact I am now 30 and the trade is definitely a younger persons game. The temptation of pulling a Routledge, selling everything, buying a decent camera, and flying to a combat zone and doing something, anything, is very strong and hard to ignore.
I conducted an interview with Joseph L. Galloway, the famous war-reporter who covered Vietnam for UPI. His parting words still stay with me. “You have the right stuff, kid, make a go of this”. The fact that I have failed to live up to that is a heavy burden sometimes, even if he probably forgot about me in a week or two.
So it was a bittersweet purchase, then, to buy the Special Artizan Service War Correspondents set. They are fantastically sculpted, with little flash. They have models that represent the whole gamut of the trade, from the Television crew with a boom mic, video camera, and a reporter with a mic. Prominent in the set are the presence of several Photojournalists, with their DSLR camera, and often several more.
With my current Team Yankee: Ace Combat project, and my ongoing adventures in Spectre Operations and Zona Alfa, having a reporter model would be neat to have for flavour. I decided to paint the kneeling photographer model, and while yes, self inserts are a bit “cringe” as they say….I felt almost compelled to paint it as me, had my life gone the way I planned.
It was a fun model to paint, and not an overly difficult one either. I’m quite happy with it!
All in all, I’m quite happy with the set, and this model specifically. As I have not yet sealed the model with matte varnish, I may yet add some details!
As for in-game use, he can be an interesting objective in Spectre Operations, however I’d rather he was an active participant not just a regular boring objective. Either way, he will be fun to have.
In Zona Alfa, I have the idea of him poking around the Zone, taking photos of anomalies and other interesting things. All the while, his protection detail keeps him safe from Zone Hostiles.
As a fun flavour piece, the model will slot in nicely into many Modern setting wargames quite neatly!
But, that is all for now. Happy War-gaming wherever you are, and remember, “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough“-Robert Capa.