This is a platoon pack of Battlefront Vietnam-era US regular old 'leg' infantry, and a pack of two OH-6 light observation helicopters, or 'LOACHES.' I'd picked the infantry up quite awhile ago and had them lying on the lead mountain; I'd also purchased the helos some time ago. I assembled them, finished up their flight stands, and primed them, but had them sitting around too. Well, I finally finished both, and I'm glad I did. Battlefront is a bit pricey, and my experience with their infantry has been a bit hit and miss, but these sculpts are really fantastic.
The helos are really good, but the infantry is truly great. There are some flaws; some miscastings (missing rifle barrels and broken carrying handles), the grenadiers are missing pistols (I guess that's universal), and there was quite a bit of flash on some of the poses (some of which I missed in my clean up, unfortunately), but the poses are really fantastic. I can't wait to get these on the table; I'm sure most of you have seen the movie 'Platoon,' and that's exactly what I'm thinking with these guys. I've even been picking out poses for certain characters, and tired to paint the 'Electric Strawberry' patch of the 25th Infantry Division on them.
From the 'Platoon' standpoint, there are no CAR-15s, as carried by Lt Wolf, SSgt Barnes, and Sgt Elias, only M-16s.
Well, it kinda worked. Now you can see my second problem: as I picked the guy up to put him up here to take the pics his arm fell off...
"When the machine breaks down, we break down, and I ain't gonna let that happen."
"Barnes got us this far, he'll get us the rest of the way."
That's Eberbach on the gun, Big Harold as the A-gunner, and maybe Rah as the team leader.
How about King on the gun, Crawford as the A-gunner, and Francis as the team leader? Nah, Francis was a new guy, he can't be the team leader. Maybe Manny?
Come to think of it, there's no shotgun for Bunny in the pack...
"If they run, they're VC. If they stand still, they're well disciplined VC!!!"
Well, that's the 'Platoon,' I can't wait to get them on the table. But there's a lot of stuff I can't wait to get on the table. Bear with me, I'm doing my best! More to come.