Wednesday, 28 May 2014

USMC for OIF

In between constructing tanks and buildings for my ongoing OIF project in 20mm, I have painted few figures.

First up the fireteams;





Each fireteam consists of a team leader (M16A2), rifleman (M16A2), grenadier with a M203 40mm grenade launcher (attached to the M16), and a light machine gunner with a M249 SAW (Squad Automatic Weapon). Three fireteams make a squad with a squad leader armed with a M16A2.

Command team;


This consists of from L to R; an RTO, sniper with an M40 rifle, Forward Observer and an officer.

and finally support weapons;


from L to R; Marine with pump action shotgun, M240G machine gunner, Marine with SMAW (Shoulder-launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon) a bunker buster/anti-tank (rocket) weapon, and a Marine with a FGM 148 Javelin, fire and forget anti tank missile launcher.

The figures are all from Elhiem Figures. These are from the Modern US Infantry in MOPP (Mission Oriented Protective Posture) (NBC) suits range. The last two photos are listed as described for the relevant figure pack.

I currently have one extra fireteam since Elhiem sell packs containing all SAW gunners, riflemen etc, so four packs will make four teams. They do have the option to purchase a complete fireteam but it will be pot luck with the figure variants/poses.

A complete squad;



The Marines wore the MOPP suits during the advance to Baghdad, which was supplied in the woodland camo scheme. I've taken a few liberties by painting all harnesses (MOLLE: Modular Lightweight Load Carrying Equipment) and some pouches in 'coyote brown'. I do not believe that this new colour for equipment was totally universal at the time, but it breaks up the colours on each figure and of course makes them more enjoyable to paint. These 20mm figures are very well detailed and a joy to paint.

So a squad and two thirds to go and I will have a platoon.

Thats it for now , more to follow.

11 comments:

  1. Superb! I can't believe they're only 20mm - fantastic work.

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    1. Thank you Michael. Matt, from Elhiem, sculpting is superb and makes the job easier.

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  2. Thank you for the kind words much appreciated.

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  3. You really painted the JLIST suits amazingly well. It must have been a chore.

    You need some EOD guys now.

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  4. Those look great mate!
    JSLIST is just the name of the MOPP suit overgarment.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MOPP
    Generally worn with nothing underneath on the march up.
    The Army got all of the DCU pattern ones, whereas the Marine got theirs from maritime prepositioned stores.
    Urah!

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    1. Thank you. Just when I get use to one term another one comes along, all good though.:-)

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  5. Nice 20mm figures with superb painting on the camo.

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  6. Great looking troops...and palms!

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