Hello all this is my first post
Why "Nam" isnt popular in 28mm?
Because the metal figs are very expensive, Who is going to spend 7€ in 4 vietcong figs having 30 WWII figs per 20€.
I tihnk can be great make two boxes of 25-30 figs of the bloodiest war afte the WWII per only 20€:
-Viet Cong Box:
It can have 3 sprues of vietcong torsos with multipose arms, heads, and equipment like ammo pouches, backpacks, canteens and hats(coolie hat, bush hat and maybe pith helmets) amd 1 weapon sprue with weapons like AK47s, RPKs, RPGs, DP28, PPSH41, Mat49, SKSs....
-US Infantry (options to make AirCav, Marines and Green Berets):
It can have 3 sprues of torsos with multipose arms and some equipment, and 1 sprue of weapons
like M16s, M14s, M60s, M79 blooper, M97 shotguns...
I have played a bit of modern warfare. For Nam I use the Two hour rargame rules for skirmishes. I also have charlie company rules from RAFM. I also use their figures. Britannia miniatures also make 20mm models.
There is no problem with the 28mm. Personally I will use them for skirmishes, But I do not really like them. Back in the 70´s and 80´s I made the choice to use smaller figures 15mm and 1/300 figures for mass combats. Then the 15mm started to be use for the bigger skirmisher. To me it depends how the figures look on the table. You have game mostly played either on a table between 4´ by 4´ to 6´ by 5´ sometimes you may get a larger playing area. Units take up a lot of room as do buildings and other terrain features. The whole thing to me seems to crowed and unrealistic. So using the same amount of figures and terrain pieces in a smaller scale gives more table top breathing room.
One of the best games I have played in was a tank battle using 1/300 scale models on a 6´by 5´ table. a 1/300 model at 12" is not the same as a 28mm at the same distance.
By the way a lot of people will spend the money on the models. This is not a poor man´s hobby. You will find out soon enough. You will probably want to expand get a few vehicules then you will get something for the other side. You are just lucky that manufactures are developping a much better plactic model today.
One bit of advice always build both sides of a conflict. Never just one side.