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.
Now what to do with them? I'm actually thinking about using them and NVA in my South Leon campaign (part of Cuba Libre), fighting on the border. Again, such is the beauty of Imagi-Nations; you get to do whatever kind of fighting tickles your fancy, with whatever troops you want, and still fit it into your overall campaign!
To the Marines!
I am almost positive this pose is based off a 'real' picture from the Vietnam War
I don't mind, I just hope I didn't miss out on any M-14 poses; there are some M-16 poses below that I wish had counterpart M-14 poses, and vice versa.
EDIT: I forgot, I meant to give some size comparison pics. Forgive me as the pictures suck, but here's the Flashpoint guys with some Peter Pig and Battlefront.
So, I know I was a bit picky, hopefully it didn't come off as overly grumpy. But I am a bit particular with my beloved Marines ;) And all in all this is a fantastic set of figures, I can't wait to get them on the table. Just need to receive my enemy forces and get them painted and based...
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.