bare headed NVA soldier

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Here is another NVA soldier. I painted the trousers in the traditional Vietnamese color, black. So he is only wearing a uniform shirt the rest is civilian wear. So he probably is a irregular forces warrior , VC.

The miniature is again from Empress , sculpted by Paul Hicks.

 

Full metal Jacket “Cowboy”

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Arliss Howard is the Texan Private later Sergeant “Cowboy” Evans who goes through boot camp with Joker. He becomes a rifleman and later encounters Joker in Vietnam, taking command of a rifle squad. In The Short-Timers, the book the movie Full Metal Jacket is lovely based on,  Joker mercifully kills Cowboy after he is severely wounded by a sniper trying to draw the squad out. In Full Metal Jacket, he quickly dies of a sucking chest wound while in Joker’s arms, surrounded by the few remaining members of his squad.

Again a wonderfully sculpted characterful figure by Paul Hicks. This finishes off the full Metal Jacket miniatures done by Empress Miniatures. To my shame I have to admit that i missed to do a group shot . That will be rectified shortly.

 

 

The first Hue building

Here is the first Hue city building for my ongoing Vietnam war project. On the picture below you see an old scratch build building of my WWII collection. From a time  3D printing wasn’t available jet. On the left you see the start of the first building of a series of buildings from the citadel of Hue. think base line green. The STL file comes from a Kickstarter by WOW Buildings

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I wanted the pavement to fit with my other buildings so I build it the traditional way, foam and scribing. The walls surrounding the building are from WOW ,too. The base is PVC .

Above you see a few pictures of the build I added some debris to the broken wall .

the base coated building shows clearly the problem with 3D printing. You see the different print layers.

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But after painting these vanish more or less.

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The finished building with plants and grass added:

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For me the way to go is to combine 3d printing with traditional modeling. i think the finished building is presentable.

Private Leonard “Gomer Pyle” Lawrence

IMG_5547 In the first part of the movie Full Metal Jacket, the recruits graduate and receive their Military Occupational Specialty assignments.  Pyle is assigned to Infantry. During the platoon’s final night on Parris Island, Joker discovers Pyle in the head loading his rifle and executing drill commands, and loudly recites the Rifleman’s Creed. This awakens the platoon and drill sergeant Hartman, who confronts Pyle and orders him to surrender the rifle. Pyle shoots Hartman dead and then commits suicide, while Joker helplessly watches in horror. The figure above is an Empress miniature cast for a different story line. Empress assume Pyle doesn’t shoot Hartman and doesn’t commit suicide and in doing so reaches the NAM as an M60 gunner.

Pyle was played by Vincent D’Onofrio.  D’Onofrio heard of the auditions for the film from Modine. Using a rented video camera and dressed in army fatigues, D’Onofrio recorded his audition. Despite Kubrick’s saying that Pyle was “the hardest part to cast in the whole movie”, he quickly responded to D’Onofrio, telling the actor that he had won the part.D’Onofrio was required to gain 70 pounds (32 kg).