The first miniature after Crisis 19

So back to normal after Crisis 19. Returning on Sunday I thought it might be nice starting to paint some miniatures again. I had purchased quite a lot more Vietnam war models so I will continue to ad to my collection by painting them up through this winter. By the way I bought some MDF 25mm round bases. As I always ad a magnet to them, for easy storage, how would you do that with these bases? I used plastic slota bases up to now.

Here is the NVA figure I painted ( Empress miniature by Paul Hicks)

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Platoon the movie

Platoon is a 1986 American war film written and directed by Oliver Stone, starringFTom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen, Keith David, Kevin Dillon, John C. McGinley, Forest Whitaker, and Johnny Depp.

In 1967, U.S. Army volunteer Chris Taylor arrives in South Vietnam and is assigned to an infantry platoon of the 25th Infantry Division near the Cambodian border. The platoon is officially led by the young and inexperienced LieutenantWolfe, but in reality the soldiers defer to two of his older and more experienced subordinates: the hardened and cynical Staff Sergeant Robert “Bob” Barnes, and the more idealistic Sergeant Elias.

Here is my take of Staff Sergeant Robert “Bob” Barnes and Sergeant Elias. Both figures are a set from the Wargames illustrated magazine .

Staff Sergeant Robert “Bob” Barnes

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Sergeant Elias

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Both together:

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Blooper gunner for my Marine squad

Here is the Blooper gunner for my US Marines for Vietnam. He is armed with a M79 grenade launcher. A single-shot, shoulder-fired, break-action grenade launcher that fires a 40×46mm grenade, which uses what the US Army calls the High-Low Propulsion System to keep recoil forces low, and first appeared during the Vietnam War. Because of its distinctive report, it has earned the nicknames of “Thumper”, “Thump-Gun”, “Bloop Tube”, “Big Ed”, “Elephant Gun,” and “Blooper” among American soldiers as well as “Can Cannon” in reference to the grenade size. The M79 can fire a wide variety of 40 mm rounds, including explosive, anti-personnel, smoke, buckshot, flechette (pointed steel projectiles with a vaned tail for stable flight), and illumination. 

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There was usually one “grenadier” armed with a Blooper per marine squad. The figure is a Paul Hicks sculpt available through Empress Miniatures.

More to come. Have to speed up my painting as there will be lots more waiting for me at Crisis Antwerp.

The next US Marine squad, for Vietnam

here is the first figure of the second squad of my US Marines for Vietnam. This is a very special figure. It depicts the squad sergeant of the second squad, who happens to be me.

So here is sergeant Tom . the figure got a head swop and a special paint job on the left arm . The figure is a gringo 40 figure. The head is a special sculpt by my friend Paul Hicks and depicts my features. I added a scarf round the neck to hide the joint between the body and the head. On the left upper arm I tried to paint a tattoo I happen to have there.

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More to come!