Here is the grenadier of the platoon HQ of my Australian infantry platoon. He is armed with a M79 grenade launcher.
The next member of the company command. Armed with a salvaged blooper gun. He is wearing a camouflage cape fashioned from a US parachute.
Here is the next US Marine armed with a M79 grenade launcher.
Figure sculpted by Paul Hicks for Empress Miniatures.
Here is the blooper gunner of the HQ of the 3rd squad. Armed with a M79 grenade launcher.
The squad leader and RTO follow shortly.
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.
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.