I'd like to suggest a list of (likely some lesser-known) websites/blogs/groups (..that aren't directly linked to manufacturers/shops) that I have enjoyed , or have been particularly useful / informative / distracting.
Looking for Vietnam / Modern Wargaming information ?
"Fields of Fire" Forums ; the (only?) dedicated Vietnam wargamer's forum . Here is a group of really good guys who are passionate about Vietnam wargaming and happy to share this enthusiasm and knowledge, even with the greenest of FNG. Some of the casual Gentlemen you will meet here are actually modest heavyweights in the Vietnam wargaming scene.
If you are looking for inspiration, ideas, information, reviews of all things Vietnam wargaming , this is the place to report to first.
'The Miniatures Page' ..to most established wargamers this site needs no introduction, it is the massive super-heavyweight place to come especially for product research/discussion/opinion/comparison.
All genres, all periods, all aspects. .... 'Nuff said.
Have your questions in your head before you go here, you can spend a lot of time surfing around happily , aimlessly, timelessly before you eventually leave.
"The Guild" is a forum of really friendly, very-innovative, cutting-edge UK based gamers, with lots of international members...again all genres, all periods, all scales, ... although their strongest-suit is WW2 in 20mm. There are some completely first-class modellers here, and some fantastic works, tips, tricks and methods displayed. They actively run regular themed-modelling competitions which are worth following just for the ingenuity on display.
"The society of gentlemen gamers" is one of the first wargaming sites I found when i first started looking..maybee about eight years ago.
It has changed locations (I think at least twice) since then, but retains a big and esteemed following.
Again the focus is on WW2 in 20mm, but the size and 'scope of some of their 'games days/weekends' and displayed collections are really impressive. Inspirational Megalomaniacs !
"The Rum Corps Tavern" is an Australian wargaming forum with lots of international visitors, again all genres, all periods, all scales. Also a really friendly forum, but (being Australian myself )..I enjoy the "Aussie humour", information and perspective found here.
The 'Society Of Twentieth Century Wargamers' (SOTCW) Yahoo group is the online prescence of a group that have been around for ages. ...They have a 'print' journal also. Checkout the (unfinished) document 'Journal Contents' in the file section and you will see what I mean. Look at their photo albums for plenty of good tabletop ideas. Lots or AAR's and rules discussions here too.
'Free wargames rules' .... as a long-time wargamer a bit jaded by being asked to 'shell out' all the time for everything ... I gotta respect what Pete Jones is doing here. Big respect.! Lots of fresh ideas here.
(...If you haven't played 'Gators, it is definitely worth the effort. I believe there are supplements for it not listed here.) .. some of the links may have dropped out, but might give clues on which to search if you want to follow-up.
Is the yahoo group of players fighting the "Delta to the DMZ" rules ; there has been lots of recent excellent scenario development work here. The Delta to the DMZ rules work best in 15mm (or 6mm) scale.
Is the wiki site for FAQ on the popular Charlie Don't Surf Rules by TooFatLardies...
"The Man Cave" ; Paul's blog on everything wargaming. I met Paul at Cancon this year (2013) and he is a true 'go hard' wargamer who plays everything , and really knows (and enjoys!) his stuff. I was aware of his blog probably a year before meeting him (he has some very cool 15mm Vietnam pics ! Checkout his 'Peter Pig' snipers) ...He has a collection of FP US Marines and NVA on his site. I hope to get more of his work featured on our FP site.
Looking for TO+E's ?
This is my favorite 'Modern' TO+E's site, and one of the few sites I make a point of getting daily digests from. These guys are the TO+E masters ! , and a suprisingly active and topical group of experts. There has been some awesome discussions on 'real vs theoretical' TO+E's for the Vietnam period here over the years. Do a topic search and you will see what I mean. Plenty of up-to-date information on the most modern developments / deployments / equipment here also.
The legendary author / researcher / Vietnam-vet Gordon Rottman is a regular here also, so if you want to catch pearls dropping from the mouth of the master ... here is where to be.
Look on your bookshelf... you probably already own at least a few of his titles.
Looking for History ?
http://www.history.army.mil/html/bookshelves/collect/vn-studies.html puts in your hands some of the best documents available on the experience in Vietnam. Look around here and you will find more on modern/recent conflicts also.
http://www.armchairgeneral.com/forums/ ......is pretty hard to go past ! Some of the best Vietnam discussion/information and photos available !
...'Boonierat' lives here, is the most prolific 'poster I have witnessed, and knows his stuff and is obviously passionate about this subject.
pics ? ... go to http://www.armchairgeneral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=40061
http://vnafmamn.com/index.html .. a site from VNAF airmen ... checkout the 'Untold Stories' tab .
Some brilliant modelling tips for this almost-forgotten perspective of the Vietnam conflict.
Looking for maps ?
The Perry-Castaneda Library Map collection at the University of Texas Library is the most awesome map-reference library I have ever concieved. .....Please devote a whole week to this ;
Looking for Pictures ?
; a photo collection from the troopers of Company B, 1/7 Cavalry maintained by Bob Brandin.
; a photoblog from Rick Warren of the Americal division (1968-69)
ok !... this is a shop, and i have tried to keep commercial sites out of this list. (I'll go there later)
But it is also a pretty impressive photo library and history site for uniforms, and contains some interesting information and articles otherwise.
In memory of those who have gone before us:
Here are two sites that no longer exist ; for reasons I don't know these a MIA now . I hope the authors of these sites are doing well otherwise ...If anyone out there has any information , I'd be interested to hear ...
http://www.gruntonline.com (aka) http://www.eleven-bravo.co.uk.