16/06/2016 at 01:51 #43427
Next in line, more 15mm goodness from Peter Pig, this time in the form of some “Raggedy-Ass Marines.” I’m getting closer to being able to start a campaign in the Pacific (World War II) with Marines island-hopping their way to Tokyo. I plan on starting the campaign on Guadalcanal, so this force is painted up to look like troops of the 1st Marine Division (my alma mater, if you will) that made the landings on 7 August 1942. The only problem is that no one makes 15mm US troops in M1 helmets with Springfield 03 rifles; so I did the next best thing and went with Peter Pig’s US Marines. Though armed with M1 Garands, I think at 15mm I can get away with it and I think they look the part. The only other issue is that the Thompson SMGs for Guadalcanal should be drum fed, rather than the 20-round magazines. I don’t really even care to mess about with Reising Guns and the Johnson LMG; ces’t la guerre…
The entire force, 30 Marines from several different codes: two different packs of rifles, a pack of SMGs, BARs, officers, and a .30 cal water-cooled M1917 machine gun. They are painted up in a faded olive drab, dark green helmets, desert yellow packs and gear, then weapons and flesh. Again, I’m very happy with them and can’t wait to get them on the table. What’s holding me up are actually waiting on an order for some Japanese machine guns…
To see a bunch of closeups, please check the blog at:
Sorry, you have to wait for future campaigns for the Marines to bust out the flamethrowers and bazookas. Dammit I’m ready to play with these, but I need my Japanese machine guns!!! I hope you guys like them, and more posts to come.
Jack16/06/2016 at 02:20 #43428
Such fine semper fry – I like the little fellows.
Cheers and good gaming when you get back from the Eastern Seaboard.
Rod Robertson.16/06/2016 at 15:10 #43469Darryl SmithParticipant
As great as always, Just Jack! I am fairly certain the Marines on the ‘canal had Garands, yes?
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http://germancolonialgaming.blogspot.com/16/06/2016 at 16:02 #43472
Rod – thanks man, and I’ll be home tomorrow.
Darryl – negative, Garands didn’t show up on the Canal until November when the Army replaced 1st MarDiv.
Most Marine units even fought their way up the Solomons with Springfields. I think it wasn’t until Cape Gloucester and Tarawa (1943) before the Garand had fully replaced the Springfield in frontline combat units.
Jack16/06/2016 at 18:06 #43478Darryl SmithParticipant
Ahhh, thank you for the clarification!
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http://germancolonialgaming.blogspot.com/16/06/2016 at 18:08 #43479kyoteblueParticipant
This!!! I so want you to start this !!!!!!!16/06/2016 at 19:26 #43487
Alas, Jack is just too invested in…..wait for it….. Nappies! Yuck! Maneuvering over-sized firing squads in colorful uniforms while being pummeled by primitive artillery and harassed by haughty cavalry. It’s such a waist when he could be doing the South Pacific. If you cannot tell, I hate Nappies even though my first ever miniature ‘army’ was a small French Napoleonic force of Airfix plastic minis about 300 figures strong! Jack has gone down the rabbit hole and nothing will save him but …. Oh, shiny! …. He’ll be back soon.
You have my utmost respect , but I refrain from commenting on your Nappies battles to avoid slipping into character assassination and polemics like the above. I will say that it may not be wise to subject the young to this degenerate genre of gaming!
There, it’s out of my system now and I can calm down. Like KB, I look forward to the return of sanity/good taste and the beginning of a South Pacific thread of games.
Cheers and good gaming.
Rod Robertson16/06/2016 at 22:18 #43500
Darryl – No sweat man.
Kyote – I do too, but I don’t have all the gear yet!
Rod – Simmer down, Francis 😉 The boy and I are having a great time, and it’s a classic time in military history. The games have been great and we certainly aren’t stopping any time soon, but we also won’t limit ourselves to only Napoleonics. He’s been asking about WWII stuff, so I’m thinking we’re going to head back there soon.
Jack16/06/2016 at 23:44 #43506
Francis? When did you become my drill sergeant?17/06/2016 at 02:14 #43515
Yesterday. I’m the big toe 😉17/06/2016 at 02:55 #43517
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