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.

Sergeant J.T. “Joker” Davis

Today it is “Jokers” time a main character of the movie full metal jacket played by Matthew Modine. Private/Sergeant J. T. “Joker” Davis is a wise-cracking young recruit and later Sergeant and squad leader.

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While patrolling Huế, Crazy Earl, the squad leader, is killed by a booby trap, leaving Cowboy in command. The squad becomes lost, and Cowboy orders Eightball to scout the area. A Viet Cong sniper wounds Eightball and Doc Jay, the squad Corpsman. Believing that the sniper is drawing the squad into an ambush, Cowboy attempts to radio in tank support to no avail. The squad’s machine gunner, Animal Mother, disobeys Cowboy’s orders to retreat and attempts to save his comrades.

The beginning of my first squad of a US Marines platoon , Vietnam1968

As you can see here and here  I started using the new Games workshop Contrast paints on the new Vietnam war ranges of Empress and Gringo 40.

As I am on my summer holiday now I took a few figures with me and will paint them up over the coming fortnight.

Here is the first figure finished. Grunt No I , a Empress miniature sculpted by Paul Hicks:

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Next one tomorrow. The Uniform equipment and skin was done in Contrast paints the rest conventionally.