Well, I'm officially sick of myself... After photographing these troops I went to put them away and discovered I'm out of storage space. Which is a clear indicator that I've gone way too far with my 15mm 'side' project. A quick rundown:
-African government troops with a PMC team
-African insurgents with a 1st World Special Forces team
-French Foreign Legion (temperate camo)
-UN troops in blue helmets (Rebel Minis' Chinese)
-US 90s infantry (temperate camo) (these guys)
-Modern Aussies (temperate camo)
-Modern Russians (Eureka Minis, temperate camo)
-Modern Russians (Peter Pig, temperate camo)
-Modern US infantry (in multicam)
-Modern Brit infantry (desert)
-Modern desert insurgents
-Modern desert Fedayeen/ISIS
-Modern Western SOF (temperate)
-Modern Western SOF (desert)
-Modern US desert (QRF, haven't posted these yet)
-Modern Third World desert
-Vietnam US Marines
-Vietnam US SEALs
-Vietnam Viet Cong
-WWII Brits (NW Europe)
-WWII Germans (BF)
-WWII Germans (Command Decision)
-WWII US (NW Europe, Command Decision)
-WWII USMC (Peter Pig, just received)
-WWII Japanese (Peter Pig, on the way)
**I haven't posted any of the WWII stuff, some of which I've had for about seven years.
I'm probably forgetting some. In any case, so much for a side project.
Anyway, I wanted a US force in temperate (Woodland) for the 90s; I really wanted some of the 'old' QRF Modern US infantry, but I've had a hard time securing some, so I went with Battlefront's new US Mechanized Infantry for Team Yankee. Good, crisp sculpts with no flash; I have some issues with some of the poses, but in aggregate they look great and I'm happy to have them. Having said that, if any of you out in internet land have between 20 and 30 old QRF US infantry lying around, I'd love to get my hands on them. I'll trade you these guys (not trying to get rid of them, it's just that I only need one US 90s era platoon in woodland camo), or I'll pay cash, then have to offload these on Kyote ;)
Once again my pics suck, and I apologize. The 'new painting spot' I found with good light apparently only has good light in the late afternoon, and I wasn't willing/able to wait..
So of course this is the only pose that has four men (vice the normal two) allotted. It looks good from tabletop distance, you don't even notice, but up close it just looks funny to me.
To me it looks like the shooting team, long-range offhand, the one you used with the 'blackstick' (M-116, as opposed to the 'longstick,' M-14). First, understand that on the range you use much different shooting positions than you use in combat. Second, you're wearing like three sweatshirts under a shooting jacket that you're cinched into so tight you can barely breathe. Third, you're firing with a very non-maneuverable (which some might say doesn't work very well in combat) 'loop-sling,' to help aid with stability in firing position, particularly the offhand, which is typically everyone's toughest position. In any case, with the M-16 it was harder to get jacked in for the offhand, so as another measure to help keep you tight you would walk up to the target, fact almost 180 degrees away from it, spread your legs a little wider than shoulder distance, then twist your torso back around towards the target. Start with your rifle at high 12 o'clock, dropping it as you exhale, and squeeze...
Anyway, that's what this pose reminds me of. Not a very good idea when people are shooting at you...
It is, once again, a very small issue, but honestly I've been spoiled by the detail in 15mm in general, and by Battlefront in particular.
So, that's the BF Team Yankee US Mech Platoon. I really hope I didn't come off as too grumpy, they're really good troops and I'm happy to have them. I think the issues are 1) I'm used to truly exceptional stuff from Battlefront, and 2) I've got a certain amount of 'this is how it should look' and desire for them to be perfect as these guys are from a time I was actually in the military, wearing and carrying that stuff.
I've been a busy little beaver; I still haven't played any games, but I finished these, QRF US desert infantry (up next), Peter Pig VC, and some Rebel Minis civilians and government agent types.