31/12/2015 at 01:34 #36115
Well, I’ve finished up another group of 15mm troops, and it’s a big one! I ordered some of Flashpoint Miniatures’ Vietnam-era USMC (all the way from Down Under!) several months ago, but just now got around to getting them painted up. I ordered the USMC M-16-equipped Rifle Platoon (which has a smattering of M-14s, too) and the USMC M-14 Platoon Headquarters pack, along with their Mechanical MULE. So, it’s big: I think there’s about 80 guys between the three packs (the MULE has a driver), which is way bigger than any of my other 15mm forces. As an aside, this has started a bit of an arms race: I have some NVA from Peter Pig, but nowhere near enough, so I just ordered some more from Brookhurst Hobbies (though it’s gonna be awhile as they’re out of stock! Just my luck).
So, with so many troops to get painted up, I decided to take the easy route. You could also read this as the ‘lazy route,’ but I think they turned out pretty well. I initially planned on doing the uniforms one color, the flak jackets another, and the gear a third, while throwing some camo on the helmet covers. Well, I cut some corners and just painted the whole damn troop olive drab, then threw a wash on it, which really brought out the detail well. Then it was simply a matter of hitting weapons and flesh (which I did, once again, using three different skin tones). Let’s get to it; I’ve broken it down into HQ and Weapons Platoon attachments, the grenadiers, the M-14 troops, and the M-16 troops.
An M-14 rifleman pose, reminds me of Tom Cruise in ‘Born on the 4th of July.’
An M-16 pose, good animation in moving forward, and the wash really pulled out the details.
“Corpsman!!!” To see the rest of the pics, with officers, radiomen, mortars, recoilless rifles, .50 cals, M-60s, LAWs, 3.5″ rocket launchers, snipers, minesweepers, working dogs, a MULE, guys humping casualties out of the kill zone, M-79 grenadiers, and a whole lotta riflemen, please check the blog at:
These troops are fantastic and I highly recommend them; my only real complaints were the sole M-79 grenadier pose and the fact a lot of the guys that should have pistols didn’t have holsters (though they could be painted on easily in most cases), so nothing you can’t really live with. I would go out and buy the M-14 Platoon Pack, but 15mm was supposed to only be a side project!
Hope you like them, comments welcome, as always. Today I almost finished some 10mm Nappies for Command & Colors, but I still need flags for them. I should have another batrep ready over on the Cuba Libre blog by tomorrow evening, and playing up more fights.
Jack31/12/2015 at 08:20 #36116WhirlwindParticipant
They look very nice: how long did they take you to do overall/per figure?
https://hereticalgaming.blogspot.co.uk/31/12/2015 at 15:23 #36125
Thank you, Sir. Here’s my process:
assemble vehicle and heavy weapons
glue to painting sticks
paint uniform, weapons, flesh, details
glue to bases (pennies)
It took way too long, about eight hours. I can’t imagine how long it would have taken if I’d gone for more colors, or camo!
Jack31/12/2015 at 17:30 #36127WhirlwindParticipant
Thanks for that Jack. That looks like an easily do-able project, I’m going to think it over and may add something similar to my own projects list for 2016.
https://hereticalgaming.blogspot.co.uk/31/12/2015 at 19:48 #36133kyoteblueParticipant
They look great Just Jack…The FOW V C are better than the NVA they make.31/12/2015 at 20:20 #36136
Tempest/Whirlwind – Do it man! I say 8 hours like it’s terrible; I’m just spoiled by working with 10mm or doing very small forces in larger scales.
Kyote – Thanks man. Hadn’t thought of the Battlefront VC. Anyway, I’ve got more PP VC on order, just gotta be patient til they get here.
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