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).

Lt Col. Ernest C. Cheatham ,”Ernie”

 

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Lt Col. Ernest C. Cheatham (July 27, 1929 – June 14, 2014) who served as the CO of the 2nd Battalion 5th Marine regiment during the battle for Hue in Vietnam. Was a veteran of the Korean War and the Vietnam War, a recipient of the Navy Cross, and American football defensive tackle who played for the Baltimore Colts and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

An Empress Miniature figure sculpted by Paul Hicks.

 

Radio Operator and NCO

Here is the next figure or better group of figures for my US Marines in Vietnam. This is more like a little diorama as I placed two figures on one base. it is a radioman and an NCO using the radio. So they are connected by the Radio handset line and i couldn’t find a way to base them separately. At least convincingly.

First the NCO:

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second the Radioman:

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Notice the wounded hand the ripped trousers and the fag in the mouth of the radio operator . These sculpts are so full of character indeed. I loved to paint the pair.

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A bigger river

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Above you see the river I build for my gaming table a wile ago. Now that there will be brown water navy boats available in the near future, at least after the Corona lockdown is lifted, I thought that I would need a wider river to accommodate 28mm boats. I have a modular gaming table layout with extruded polystyrene squares for variety. The approach to the new waterway is a different one. I have a gaming mat permanently beneath the styrene squares which is used for naval wargaming. I thought about just building “shore” tiles and use the gaming mat as the river surface. In that way i can have the river as big as I like or I could even build a shoreline for amphibious landing games. Here is the result:

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The half wide “squares” are the new tiles I build.

What do you think?