US Marine Platoon ready and waiting in anticipation for the Chain of Command Pacific supplement. These plastic figures are from Warlord games, they are heroic in proportions and are a bit taller than previous Warlord games figures.
They need assembling with the aid of plastic glue, though they are plastic, the detail on the models are crisp and this helps immensely when painting the figures. The majority of the figures postures are supplied standing, I wanted more of the figures to be closer to ground level. I converted a number of figures into kneeling positions resulting in half of Squad kneeling or in prone positions, instead of the usual majority of them standing.
I also put enough infantry together to field Three Sections or as the Americans called them Squads, with an additional Squad, for a Support List option. I also converted one of the figures into a Corpsman, also for the Support List option.
I have also included a Painting Guide, at the end of this post for painting them.
|Two Senior Leaders|
|Corpsman, note he is also armed with a side arm for self defence, as the Japanese were notorious for targeting them.|
|He is also issued with a larger knife intended for clearing brush and cutting wood for litters or shelters poles.|
|More Junior Leaders|
|Junior Leader with Thompson machine gun.|
|A bit of plastic surgery to convert this figure to mimic the pose from the photo.|
|A riflemen shooting, again used this image below, to convert the figure into the pose.|
|The BAR gunner on the left was modelled using the image below.|
|BAR gunners kneeling.|
|As I wanted more figures in kneeling positions I converted a number of them from standing positions to produce different poses.|
|The bases are made of thin metal sheets covered with a thin layer of Terracotta Milliput, Green stuff was used to fill in gabs between parts and also used to create gun straps.|
|Standing BAR gunners.|
|Prone BAR gunners.|
|More kneeling BAR gunners.|
|Figures throwing grenades.|
|More kneeling poses.|
|Junior Leader directing his squad into position to assault a Japanese position.|
- Black prime
- paint the figures' base plate
- paint flesh parts with flesh base colour and apply wash to flesh parts
- paint the uniform completely
- using Black Grey or black primer to go over any areas that you may have covered while painting the uniform
- paint the base coat for the Helmet, Gaiters, boots, Bread bag, gas mask canister, water bottle etc. and then coat with the wash and move onto finishing painting each item.
- finish off the flesh parts.
- optional to use VMC Flat Earth with a small dry brush to very lightly dry brush areas that would normally rub against the ground if the figure was in a prone position, elbows, knees.
- once all the painting is finished coat the model with a gloss enamel varnish
- apply a couple of coats of Matt varnish
- apply flock to the figures' base.
- Generous coat of Clear coat of Tamiya X-22
- Couple of coats of Vallejo Polyurethane Matt Varnish