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Title: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on May 16, 2019, 03:39:10 PM
Been watching all the new releases from Empress on Earther's thread and finally succumbed and bought a pack to have a go at.
They are very nice models, wonderfully detailed, I'll definitely be getting more of them.

(https://i.ibb.co/Rpm811K/USMC-M60-A-1-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/FBMTpfJ/USMC-M60-A-2-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/0sKQ8nw/USMC-M60-A-3-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/D5JFZ11/USMC-M60-A-4-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on May 16, 2019, 03:48:07 PM
 :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 16, 2019, 03:53:05 PM
Very nice work on them (I like the cigarette packet).

Now the feed can has been mentioned, it is so obvious.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Ash on May 16, 2019, 04:36:34 PM
Lots of little details come out once you start chucking paint. Not sure if it is, but the standing M60 gunner looks like he has a dog tag attached to his right boot.

I may have another go at the area around the eyes, however I think I'm giving up trying to paint eyes; mine either come out looking like Marty Feldman after he's been given a fright or that they've been playing fast and loose with their mum's masquara.

(https://i.ibb.co/SN5mzh7/USMC-M60-B-2-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/1fBTfc7/USMC-M60-B-1-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/P1mSpr4/USMC-M60-B-3-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/ygHRv3h/USMC-M60-B-4-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: AKULA on May 16, 2019, 04:45:01 PM
Lovely paint jobs

 8)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Juan on May 16, 2019, 04:52:30 PM
 :-* :-* Very nice painting work!!!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on May 16, 2019, 05:08:03 PM
They look great!
Well done :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Paul Hicks on May 16, 2019, 05:44:13 PM
Lots of little details come out once you start chucking paint. Not sure if it is, but the standing M60 gunner looks like he has a dog tag attached to his right boot.

I may have another go at the area around the eyes, however I think I'm giving up trying to paint eyes; mine either come out looking like Marty Feldman after he's been given a fright or that they've been playing fast and loose with their mum's masquara.

(https://i.ibb.co/SN5mzh7/USMC-M60-B-2-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/1fBTfc7/USMC-M60-B-1-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/P1mSpr4/USMC-M60-B-3-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/ygHRv3h/USMC-M60-B-4-LR.jpg)


Lovely work! You noticed the dog tags!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Splod on May 16, 2019, 08:16:59 PM
Absolutely stunning work as always mate. I actually really like your basing; simple but effective for Hue.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Dr. Zombie on May 16, 2019, 09:05:00 PM
Outstanding.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Ash on May 16, 2019, 10:11:49 PM
Thanks guys

I actually really like your basing; simple but effective for Hue.

I really didn't know what to do for the bases so just left them fairly neutral for now, I may get some of those scale terracotta bricks for the rubble look. Bits of corrugated iron would probably look the part as well.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Helen on May 16, 2019, 10:17:29 PM
Lovely brushwork.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Splod on May 16, 2019, 11:18:30 PM
Thanks guys

I really didn't know what to do for the bases so just left them fairly neutral for now, I may get some of those scale terracotta bricks for the rubble look. Bits of corrugated iron would probably look the part as well.

Can you give us some insight as to what you've used so far? My technique with Vallejo paste ends up significantly 'chunkier'.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: mrcleh on May 17, 2019, 06:38:10 AM
Brilliant, these look stellar! :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Ash on May 17, 2019, 06:50:38 AM
Can you give us some insight as to what you've used so far? My technique with Vallejo paste ends up significantly 'chunkier'.

I covered the bases and the metal base built into the figure with some ready-mix Polycell Finishing skim (just because it was there). It's quite smooth and wet when first used so I dipped the bases in some fine powdery grit. Then a coat of primer. As the grit hasn't really adhered to the plaster it does tend to flake off a bit with handling which breaks up the surface quite nicely. Some watered down PVA soaked in tends to fix it all in place. Then I painted it with a mix of Vallejo 'Khaki' and some Mig 'African Earth' pigment, then a light drybrush with some Vallejo 'dark sand'.
I took these from a more over head angle, can see a bit more of the bases:

(https://i.ibb.co/vLj7Twr/USMC-M60-B-2-2-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/dtwWKNc/USMC-M60-B-1-2-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/M6tPM25/USMC-M60-B-3-2-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/WkGFyt6/USMC-M60-B-4-2-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 17, 2019, 12:12:18 PM
The basing looks good and generic.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Ash on May 21, 2019, 06:29:08 PM
Just found this, could be of interest;

https://www.usmcu.edu/Portals/218/HD%20MCUP/HD%20Pubs/DeathInTheImperialCity.pdf?ver=2018-10-16-102102-263
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 21, 2019, 06:55:42 PM
Good spot.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Sparrow on May 21, 2019, 07:56:43 PM
Just found this, could be of interest;

https://www.usmcu.edu/Portals/218/HD%20MCUP/HD%20Pubs/DeathInTheImperialCity.pdf?ver=2018-10-16-102102-263

Really interesting- thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on May 21, 2019, 09:47:05 PM
Are the photographs on pages 34 and 38 mirrors of each other?
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: tomrommel1 on May 22, 2019, 05:40:54 AM
really well painted figures . Like them a lot
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Ash on May 22, 2019, 08:28:23 AM
Are the photographs on pages 34 and 38 mirrors of each other?

Looks like it.

@ tomrommel1: Cheers, thanks a lot. Got a pack of M79s & 4 packs of M16s on order...
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Ash on May 24, 2019, 11:48:41 AM
This is good, includes an interview with Col Cheatham

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ia_3oeUE84k


Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on May 25, 2019, 06:46:42 AM
Great finds. Lots of interesting insperation.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Ragnar on May 25, 2019, 07:34:31 AM
Good stuff, looking like filthy veterans.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Ash on May 29, 2019, 06:23:38 PM
More YouTube :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0N7l396cJI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rthr8PwNXKc&t=29s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuZi2XFQzv4
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Ash on June 04, 2019, 05:03:35 PM
M79s NAM4

(https://i.ibb.co/KsTT4Hz/NAM4-1-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/x5CDd5F/NAM4-2-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/WkdQRR8/NAM4-3-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Elk101 on June 04, 2019, 07:19:59 PM
Lovely work. Your colours work so well.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Ash on June 04, 2019, 07:46:14 PM
Thanks. Got a few packs of M16s to add.

NAM7
(https://i.ibb.co/NnpWq45/NAM7-1-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/9b9WbHB/NAM7-2-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/SK0dPX9/NAM7-3-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: LV426 on June 04, 2019, 08:09:46 PM
They look super!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Suetonius Paullinus on June 04, 2019, 09:04:01 PM
Sexy  8)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Ragnar on June 04, 2019, 09:20:56 PM
Awesomeness.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Ash on June 04, 2019, 09:31:57 PM
Cheers chaps. There are some more in the camera, I'll get them posted tomorrow.

NAM8

(https://i.ibb.co/GsxFqDd/NAM8-1-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/BfCF1vM/NAM8-2-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/xJDzPjf/NAM8-3-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Splod on June 04, 2019, 11:01:54 PM
Cracking work Ash! I'd love to see a colour guide as to how you've gotten such a great palette on these models.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on June 05, 2019, 07:04:13 AM
Very nice (and useful as the last two packs you did are next on my buy list).
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on June 05, 2019, 07:54:25 AM
More superb Marines. Fantastic  :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Ash on June 05, 2019, 08:49:59 AM
Cracking work Ash! I'd love to see a colour guide as to how you've gotten such a great palette on these models.

For the most part these blokes are all wearing the same kits so are going to look some what similar;
Main base colours (Vallejo):

BDUs (trousers, sleeves, shirt collar, bottom of shirt/jacket below flak jacket) : US Dark Green, shaded with washes and highlighted with base colour and some Panzer Aces Splinter Strips, then some Khaki.

Flak jackets: Most are wearing what looks to be USMC M-1955 fragmentation protective vest. I've seen pictures of these in every shade from Olive Green thought to a faded khaki. I went with the Khaki option just to differentiate between the vest and the uniform, but I think it would be hard to pick a tone in this range that was incorrect. If they all end up looking too similar I may go over a few with an Olive or drab wash.

Hooded Jackets:  US Navy Nylon jacket; see quite a lot of these in period pictures, also the trousers. A mix of cam Olive, USA Olive Drab & Khaki should cover all the variations. They do look quite dark in a lot of the photos, but then it was raining.

T shirts: Some have just a T-shirt under their body armour, pictures show a lot of dark olive green ( cam Olive Green with a little black), but I don't think you can go wrong with any greenish or brownish colour.

Helmet covers: Mitchell Pattern, with a green leaf shaped pattern on one side and lighter 'duck hunter'ish' blotchy tan pattern on the other. I base coated the first with Russian Uniform, the second with Khaki then gave it a dry brush with Dark sand. Various brownish blotches on the light side and some dark green leaf shapes on the dark ( add a few twig shapes in a brown colour).

Boots: Black for the leather and Russian Uniform for the canvas works as a starting point.

Webbing: I went with Russian uniform or Khaki as a base. Just to break it up a bit. Entrenching tool covers, IFAK pouches & Gas-mask haversacks in Khaki; Water bottle pouches, backpacks and m-56 ammo pouches in Russian uniform. Then various washes and highlighting.

Bandoleers: Another shade of green, again can't really go wrong. I went with an olive shade (base) highlighted with Russian Uniform, just to lift them from the flak jackets.


(https://i.ibb.co/JBP4Lpp/tumblr-ojhdpb-Pf1-R1qivon6o1-400.jpg)




Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on June 05, 2019, 09:05:57 AM
Brilliant.

Great photo with something very interesting hidden in it;

Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Ash on June 05, 2019, 09:13:15 AM
A pretty cool little detail...


Here's the next lot, one more to go...

NAM9

(https://i.ibb.co/0mKr4MW/NAM9-1-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/ftCThDR/NAM9-2-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/hVkYMFq/NAM9-3-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on June 05, 2019, 09:13:38 AM
Thank-you for the Painting Guide
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on June 05, 2019, 10:32:22 AM
Excellent. Love the bricks on the base.  :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on June 05, 2019, 12:47:14 PM
Very nice.

Those bricks look excellent.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Ash on June 05, 2019, 03:25:27 PM
Thanks for the replies. The bricks I'm quite pleased with, the scale looks the part; I found them (after a hunt) on eBay they cost £7 (inc p&p) for approx 700 bricks, roughly half solid and half with the frog. Should last a while...

Here's the last pack:

NAM10

(https://i.ibb.co/8cvKk2G/NAM10-2-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/rmSn6Dk/NAM10-1-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/TY3NKQN/NAM10-3-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Paul Hicks on June 05, 2019, 05:17:33 PM
Thanks for the replies. The bricks I'm quite pleased with, the scale looks the part; I found them (after a hunt) on eBay they cost £7 (inc p&p) for approx 700 bricks, roughly half solid and half with the frog. Should last a while...

Here's the last pack:

NAM10

(https://i.ibb.co/8cvKk2G/NAM10-2-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/rmSn6Dk/NAM10-1-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/TY3NKQN/NAM10-3-LR.jpg)

Absolutely fantastic! Shame it' the last pack.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Ash on June 05, 2019, 06:04:06 PM
Shame it' the last pack.

I'm out of everything; got no more 28mm or 20mm to do. There is a half done horror show of a 1/72 Puma 330 in my box of apathy, don't make me make the Puma.
I'm looking forward to the Command & FMJ packs, may also have to buy extra M60s just to get the ammo carrier with the Thompson... or some more late WW2 Brits...
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Elk101 on June 05, 2019, 06:28:32 PM
If you're stuck you could paint my stuff  :D
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on June 06, 2019, 07:33:40 AM
I'm out of everything; got no more 28mm or 20mm to do. There is a half done horror show of a 1/72 Puma 330 in my box of apathy, don't make me make the Puma.
I'm looking forward to the Command & FMJ packs, may also have to buy extra M60s just to get the ammo carrier with the Thompson... or some more late WW2 Brits...

Next batch should be out of the oven next week. The LAWS changes slowed the process slightly.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Ash on June 06, 2019, 09:15:59 AM
Next batch should be out of the oven next week. The LAWS changes slowed the process slightly.

That's alright, Paul's sculpts are well worth the wait...
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Ash on June 11, 2019, 11:55:13 AM
Picked up a few of Gringo's Marines wanted to see how they compared size wise.

Empress on the left:

(https://i.ibb.co/85x6wSz/USMC-size-comparison-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/XZDfWD6/USMC-size-comparison-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/LrhqCG1/USMC-size-comparison-C-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/fvdmYGY/USMC-size-comparison-D-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on June 11, 2019, 12:01:23 PM
Is the African American from Empress and the Caucasian from Gringo40s?
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Ash on June 11, 2019, 12:04:41 PM
Is the African American from Empress and the Caucasian from Gringo40s?

Yes; the Gringo's are a slight tad bigger, but you probably wouldn't notice once on a gaming table.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: traveller on June 11, 2019, 07:36:44 PM
Many thanks for the comparison shot!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Ash on June 11, 2019, 07:46:36 PM
Many thanks for the comparison shot!

I should have mentioned, I chopped the base off the Gringo marine and just pinned his feet to the base with some brass rod, which probably took a couple of mm off the height.

The other ones were the sniper team;

(https://i.ibb.co/BPtPXR0/USMC-Sniper-team-1-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/3CTnT7s/USMC-Sniper-team-1-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/qFDYqHR/USMC-Sniper-team-1-C-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/mTvfQkh/USMC-Sniper-team-1-D-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Ragnar on June 11, 2019, 07:51:47 PM
Bloody lovely Ash.  And thanks for the comparison picture.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Splod on June 11, 2019, 08:25:13 PM
That Gringo Marine definitely looks an imposing sort! Not too big to be out of scale through which is good news :)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Ash on June 12, 2019, 12:19:13 PM
It's funny what you notice when looking at your own pics on a screen; just spotted a mold line on one that I was completely unaware of whilst painting, handling, staring at for hours... Also did my usual and forgot to brush off the excess grit between basing and priming, hence the textured trousers...
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Ragnar on June 12, 2019, 08:14:21 PM
It's funny what you notice when looking at your own pics on a screen; just spotted a mold line on one that I was completely unaware of whilst painting, handling, staring at for hours... Also did my usual and forgot to brush off the excess grit between basing and priming, hence the textured trousers...

All common mistakes.  Well at least to me they are.  Taking close up photos is the best way to pick up on missed details.

Your grunts are looking great.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Ash on June 12, 2019, 08:58:27 PM
Cheers Ragnar.
Must say I'm really enjoying painting 28mm again (got heavily into 20mm Bush/Border wars stuff), between this range and Mr Hicks late WW2 sculpts am somewhat spoilt for choice currently. I'm very much looking forward to the next round of releases, and anticipating some LRRP teams or Green Berets at a future date to have a go at some camo...
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Splod on June 13, 2019, 01:55:07 AM
Please tell me this isn't the death of your 20mm project?

Or if it is, can I have all your stuff? :P
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam
Post by: Ragnar on June 13, 2019, 02:32:25 AM
Cheers Ragnar.
Must say I'm really enjoying painting 28mm again (got heavily into 20mm Bush/Border wars stuff), between this range and Mr Hicks late WW2 sculpts am somewhat spoilt for choice currently. I'm very much looking forward to the next round of releases, and anticipating some LRRP teams or Green Berets at a future date to have a go at some camo...

I cannot wait to paint some late war British that I don't need.
Title: Re: 28mm Vietnam
Post by: Ash on June 13, 2019, 09:11:12 AM
Please tell me this isn't the death of your 20mm project?

Or if it is, can I have all your stuff? :P

When is a project ever really finished... 

I suppose I could do with some more Zanla type CTs, but aside from that I have covered most of the bases: My initial FireForce has grown to include a platoon of RAR, a mobile column of Selous Scouts, a troop of RLI & some RhSAS + helicopters, planes & vehicles, even did some PATU & IntAf. I have started on a board, nothing too big (thinking where to store it) which will proceed at a glacial pace until I have all the bits. The SADF is a platton of 32 batt, a few PUMA loads of Parabats + vehicles. A load of FAPLA/Cubans, the odd Russian + tanks, APCs and aircraft. I might try a unit of UNITA, but would involve a lot of chopping and the WeeFriends range (great source of conversion bits) seems to have gone. If something new gets released I'll probably succumb to temptation, but until then...

I do have quite a lot of spare minis that I will probably never use; a load of unpainted Enfilade Portuguese & some Elhiem Isrealis that I painted up as SADF. They go together pretty well size wise, just a good head smaller than the Under Fire range that was my preferred choice. That said the latest releases from UFM are getting a tad bigger than the earlier ones, placing an RLI mini next to an SADF looks like a boy scout next to a full grown prop forward.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on July 03, 2019, 01:49:42 PM
Latest effort NAM11

(https://i.ibb.co/17XmDt5/NAM11-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/8Dg7TdD/NAM11-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/k3hBB7Z/NAM11-C-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Suetonius Paullinus on July 03, 2019, 08:18:11 PM
They look ace again!
If I wouldnít be happy with my own colour scheme Iíd copy yours  :D
Keepíem coming!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ragnar on July 03, 2019, 08:22:15 PM
They are really sharp Ash. 
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on July 03, 2019, 08:44:17 PM
Cheers guys.
So far I'm happy with most of the colours, even getting more eyes that look like eyes now.
Not sure the butt packs are the right colour yet, might try giving them a wash of some sort of olive drab colour.

pack NAM12:  Officers & NCOs

(https://i.ibb.co/JnZzQXf/NAM12-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/n3tbRVf/NAM12-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/sCfKdYC/NAM12-C-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on July 03, 2019, 09:41:27 PM
Very nice.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Splod on July 03, 2019, 11:35:00 PM
Stunning work as always Ash!  :)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on July 04, 2019, 06:18:51 AM
Cheers chaps.

Here's the last of the latest...
I may revisit these later to add some helmet graffiti.

(https://i.ibb.co/q0bfTnR/NAM13-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/0Fg76BG/NAM13-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/ZSbpsWT/NAM13-C-LR.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/ydFvWzS/NAM14-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/7GJDFYb/NAM14-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/1vGy2XB/NAM14-C-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Elk101 on July 04, 2019, 08:28:05 AM
The greens look great. That Animal Mother figure is a must have.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on July 04, 2019, 08:53:03 AM
Very nice work.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Marine0846 on July 05, 2019, 04:25:17 AM
Your figures look great.
Love them.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on July 07, 2019, 07:36:14 AM
Truly fantastic painting. I need to up my game. ;)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on August 12, 2019, 10:41:15 PM
Thanks guys for the feedback.

Next pack RTOs

NAM15

(https://i.ibb.co/Yt816Vd/NAM15-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/MDpkQmr/NAM15-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/hsPQJRC/NAM15-C-LR.jpg)

...and I missed the officer's glasses.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Sparrow on August 13, 2019, 04:26:50 AM
Theyíre nice!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on August 13, 2019, 06:05:40 AM
stunning additions!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul Hicks on August 13, 2019, 06:21:56 AM
They look fantastic! Love the new RTOs
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on August 13, 2019, 08:03:12 AM
Very nice work.

You should have swapped the officer and the RTO round for the photograph from behind ^__^.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Dr. Zombie on August 13, 2019, 08:09:29 AM
They look great!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on August 13, 2019, 08:58:56 AM
Excellent work  :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on August 13, 2019, 12:13:50 PM
Thank you kindly Mr Hicks, you keep making them and I'll keep buying them (inc late WW2 Brits...)

Cheers chaps for the encouraging comments, please point out anything that looks totally wrong, I generally miss something and need all the help I can get...


You should have swapped the officer and the RTO round for the photograph from behind ^__^.

Here you go...

(https://i.ibb.co/FJD5cdW/28mm-USMC-command-group-LR.jpg)

The more I read about the potential size of a USMC platoon the more it takes on the size of an entire RLI Commando (other project in 20mm), and they had an MAG for every fourth man.
I'm definitely going to need more riflemen. So far I have five M60's, each of which needs a loader and another bod carrying more ammo; my vote is for a pack of grunts with M16s humping extra ammo cans like the Thompson carrying chap in pack NAM6 (who I don't have so far, as it would mean another 3 x M60).

(https://i.ibb.co/9hY4Drv/28mm-USMC-MG-team-1-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/MsTdXj4/28mm-USMC-MG-team-2-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on August 13, 2019, 12:48:35 PM
If you check the M16 packs there are figures with M60 ammo wrapped round them dotted about.

Oh and more Brit WW2 just about to be released.  ;)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on August 13, 2019, 12:51:37 PM
If you check the M16 packs there are figures with M60 ammo wrapped round them dotted about.

Useful to know.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on August 13, 2019, 08:21:37 PM
If you check the M16 packs there are figures with M60 ammo wrapped round them dotted about.

Yes, got all those, very useful & in the MG teams.

Oh and more Brit WW2 just about to be released.  ;)

Good news, what's up next?
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on August 14, 2019, 07:53:42 AM
Good news, what's up next?

Shhhh wrong page on the forum but Brit radio chaps and a special pack with sniper, bag piper, 2" mortar, section radio.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on August 14, 2019, 08:13:03 AM
Shhhh wrong page on the forum but Brit radio chaps and a special pack with sniper, bag piper, 2" mortar, section radio.

Perfect, all coming out in just the right order...
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on August 18, 2019, 07:57:43 PM
Anyone know if the USMC wore any rank badges in this battle?
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on August 19, 2019, 07:23:34 AM
Anyone know if the USMC wore any rank badges in this battle?

Everything I have read has said they took them off, however I am sure the odd green officer blundered into battle with them gleaming.  ;)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Poiter50 on August 19, 2019, 07:46:19 AM
Aussies were wearing cloth rank insignia when I was in (very early 70s) and my understanding is that none was worn in the "bush" while wearing Jungle Greens or cam. People knew who their officers and SNCOs were, so it was only if a higher authority blundered in to their Op area, that it could be a problem.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on August 19, 2019, 12:31:39 PM
Great, never could paint chevrons...
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: carlos marighela on August 20, 2019, 08:18:59 AM
Australians didnít wear rank badges in the field as a general rule. Even if an officer wore rank slides on his epaulettes, they would have been hidden under the webbing straps.

The Marines seem not to have worn much in the way of rank insignia, certainly not NCOs and ORs. I have seen a number of photos showing officers wearing rank insignia on their collars, even junior officers but again the flack jacket would have tended to conceal it. Photos show senior officers wearing rank, sometimes pinned to helmet covers but unless you are planning a rear area CP diorama itís probably a moot point.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Dr DeAth on August 21, 2019, 01:08:53 AM
Some great painting in this thread
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on September 26, 2019, 06:21:53 PM
Got  hold of more marines with M16s to build up the squads.
Went with slightly greener flak jackets on these.

NAM1

(https://i.ibb.co/5xKLv7D/NAM1-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/Swg0bXH/NAM1-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/PgX0YM8/NAM1-C-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Splod on September 26, 2019, 08:18:07 PM
Must be about time for a platoon shot  ;)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on September 26, 2019, 08:34:06 PM
Must be about time for a platoon shot  ;)

Funny you should mention that, was thinking the same. I've got enough for two full sections, several MG teams, and platoon & Company HQ sections (just need some corpsman)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: PeteW on September 26, 2019, 08:46:51 PM

Great looking figures

P
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on September 27, 2019, 09:06:32 AM
 :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on September 27, 2019, 11:28:58 AM
I forgot to add these blokes.

NAM 2

(https://i.ibb.co/M8L8c1C/NAM2-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/9phkgdc/NAM2-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/v4zvb0f/NAM2-C-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on September 27, 2019, 11:56:55 AM
Great work  ;)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on September 27, 2019, 05:41:40 PM
Great work  ;)

Thanks. Great models.

Also finished the late war Brits (Jocks)

http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=115008.150
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on October 13, 2019, 01:44:10 PM
First two complete sections (3x 4 man fire teams, M79 + section leader)

(https://i.ibb.co/TMgzPx1/NAM-section-1-LR.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/0KGyjnN/NAM-section-2-LR.jpg)

Three M60 teams.
(https://i.ibb.co/r7sCmGK/NAM-M60-teams-LR.jpg)

Will add the command sections once complete.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on October 13, 2019, 04:50:16 PM
 :o WOW  :o

Looking great  :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on October 13, 2019, 08:15:10 PM
Very nice work.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ragnar on October 15, 2019, 06:50:00 AM
Niiiice
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Sparrow on October 15, 2019, 07:19:57 PM
Looking really good!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on November 08, 2019, 12:33:47 PM
Cheers for the feedback chaps.

Next ...

CREW1
(https://i.ibb.co/Xtspxgn/CREW1-LR.jpg)


Also collecting a few squads of NVA, although couldn't help converting a few into C squadron SAS, may need a head swap on the running bloke as he really looks the part for NVA.

(https://i.ibb.co/4db4vP7/PIP-28mm-Rh-SAS-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/rwSGqph/PIP-28mm-Rh-SAS-B-LR.jpg)

Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Digits on November 08, 2019, 12:40:10 PM
Nicely done fella.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Marine0846 on November 08, 2019, 02:43:38 PM
More lovely figures.
Interesting take on the SAS guys, well done.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on November 08, 2019, 03:52:08 PM
Interesting take on the SAS guys, well done.

Thanks.
Bit of work still to do, a head swap on the RPG chap is needed due to the excellent vietnamese features sculpted by Mr Hicks, although I may just try giving him a fair amount of cam-cream, as getting to the head now I've stuck on that Bergan could be a prob. Once I finish off the camo I'll post pics in my 28mm Bush Wars thread.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Cypher226 on November 08, 2019, 06:29:32 PM
Those SAS are great - I'll be borrowing that idea for my Twilight 2030 marauders I think!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Sparrow on November 08, 2019, 06:35:38 PM
Looking really good
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on November 13, 2019, 10:21:28 AM
Big fat tank:

(https://i.ibb.co/G0cS6t5/M48-Front-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/7vm8mtV/M48-Front-turret-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/tDwv6hC/M48-L-side-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/XJYmCtn/M48-L-side-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/H2TZKHX/M48-L-side-front-34-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/71HP4S8/M48-L-side-rear-34-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/St0ZTzM/M48-R-side-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/6Nh0V9p/M48-R-side-front-34-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/pQLmwqL/M48-R-side-front-34-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/NSygxrg/M48-Rear-LR.jpg)

Empress 1/50 with some bits of Tamiya (& other resin bits) 1/48 stowage...
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Dr. Zombie on November 13, 2019, 10:44:48 AM
Wow! That is outstanding!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Marine0846 on November 13, 2019, 02:37:53 PM
Super painting on the tank.
Love it.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Digits on November 13, 2019, 03:16:37 PM
Nice paint job mate  ;)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on November 13, 2019, 06:54:12 PM
That is very nice.
how did you deal with the sticky-out grills on the body and the rear boxes on the track guards?
(https://i.ibb.co/NSygxrg/M48-Rear-LR.jpg)
I can see that you have done something, I just cannot see what it is.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Sparrow on November 13, 2019, 07:48:12 PM
Man that looks good!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on November 13, 2019, 10:24:58 PM
Cheers all for the feedback, I rather liked painting this think the Ontos may be next on my shopping list...

@ Ultravanillasmurf: Pretty much the whole thing was just sprayed green (Tamiya TS-61 Nato Green) as a base coat. The boxes on the track guards got the same treatment.
The little bits sticking up from the track guards needed a bit of trimming to give a cleaner edge where they join the track guards, and I stuck on a little resin ammo/tool box on the rear right hand side (just because it fitted rather well and looked the part).
Stowage; the wheel bit and extra track links come with the model; I cut the wheel down to a single and cleaned out the centre so it looks like a spare, thought about removing the bolts and drilling the holes but sanity prevailled...
There are are a couple of resin tarps from my bits box and I picked up the Tamiya 1/48 jerry cans set, which work pretty well scale wise.

The rear grill recieved a hefty dose of MIG black pigment mixed with some Vallejo black, the  front , back and inside of tracks had a fairly liberal amount of MIG european earth and african earth pigments to represent a build up of crud, kept the tracks fairly clean as this one is suppossed to be in an urban environment.

Also made a cover for the searchlight from kitchen foil and some Tamiya masking tape. Only other addition is to the crew figure, the figure is waist up, so he's sitting on a blob of GS, painted the same as the fatigues.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul Hicks on November 14, 2019, 12:23:18 AM
Absolutely stunning!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: carlos marighela on November 14, 2019, 01:50:46 AM
Lovely work on the tank!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on November 14, 2019, 08:24:59 AM
Fantastic piece of work  :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on November 14, 2019, 09:35:40 AM
the tank is outstanding
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: commissarmoody on November 16, 2019, 09:20:29 AM
That tank is Chunky!  :D
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on November 16, 2019, 04:16:49 PM
Thanks guys, glad you liked it. The tank is mainly a spray with a Tamiya rattle can and a lot of pigments + some black for the tracks.
Just ordered an Ontos and some more NVA...
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on November 23, 2019, 10:46:23 AM
A little some 'thing' for the weekend...

(https://i.ibb.co/fkK2hy4/WIP-M50-Ontos-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Digits on November 23, 2019, 11:21:31 AM
Recognising all that stowage...must have used a bit on my Drogan!

Interesting looking vehicle.....funny to think they would design it like that.  Looking forward to your take on it.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on November 23, 2019, 12:06:33 PM
Recognising all that stowage...must have used a bit on my Drogan!

Interesting looking vehicle.....funny to think they would design it like that.  Looking forward to your take on it.

The good old Tamiya 1/48 jerry can set, where would 40K stowage have been without it..!

M50 Ontos, funny looking thing; essentially a little armoured bull dozer with a shed load of 106mm tubes instead of a blade.

Primed and basecoated...
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on November 23, 2019, 12:43:56 PM
That is "armoured" for a given value  of armoured.

Seeing it "in the resin", reminds me of the Wiesel weapon carrier (the Americans also designed a stretched hull APC version).

I have just glued the track units on mine.

I look forward to seeing how yours goes together.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on November 23, 2019, 04:57:57 PM
I look forward to seeing how yours goes together.

With lots of brass rod pins, a liberal marinade in super glue and bit of filler. NB no blood was spilt in the construction...
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on November 24, 2019, 10:14:10 AM
A hint of factory fresh, awaiting dirt and accumulated crud...

(https://i.ibb.co/RSNHJ2Y/PIP-M50-Ontos-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/dLqxDYJ/PIP-M50-Ontos-B-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on November 24, 2019, 02:33:32 PM
Very nice.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Sparrow on November 24, 2019, 02:56:32 PM
Looking good!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Digits on November 24, 2019, 03:20:25 PM
It does look good and I know youíve more to do yet!

Hmmmm.....what did I have to do for my Arvus?  ::)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on November 24, 2019, 04:39:15 PM
Hmmmm.....what did I have to do for my Arvus?  ::)

That was a while back, I still have one of those in a box...somewhere.

(https://i.imgur.com/yYZwGLY.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/fIJnNxz.jpg)

Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on November 24, 2019, 05:24:30 PM
Nearly done with the 'Thing', needs some matt varnish as shiney bits are showing, so will let that dry and take other pictures.

In the mean time here are some others:

(https://i.ibb.co/hySPsXj/28mm-Armour-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/drrNtg6/Back-of-tank-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/SBb3VFy/Ontos-marines-2-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/kBnS7f0/Ontos-marines-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Digits on November 24, 2019, 06:19:46 PM
Great job mate, I like that!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on November 24, 2019, 06:33:59 PM
They are nice.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Richard MARQUIS on November 25, 2019, 10:06:49 AM
This is very well painted.
Could I know what are the green colors you are using for these USMC vehicles?
On my side I use Humbrol matt black priming, then Vallejo Model Color Colour 70898 Dark Sea Blue 048, then highlight with AK Interactive US Olive Drab Vietnam. And for the mud I think I will use Pebeo MAT PUB burnt sienna, then Pebeo matt cinnamon and then taupe.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on November 25, 2019, 10:29:31 AM
I tried a couple of Humbrol sprays, came out a tad too olive for my taste - looked quite Army, whereas the Marine paintjobs looked darker to me.
Ended up going with Tamiya TS-61 'Nato green' over a black primer, touched up with Vallejo 'reflective green', which is a pretty good match. Then a mix of 'reflective green' and 'russian uniform', for edge highlights. Before hiding the whole thing with Mig pigments (european earth & african earth approx 50/50).


M50 'Ontos'.
(https://i.ibb.co/QfdHBNQ/M50-Ontos-LR.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/fSWVXCM/M50-Ontos-front-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/vvy8hM8/M50-Ontos-front-L-34-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/ySfD5Wn/M50-Ontos-L-side-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/6vn0FTZ/M50-Ontos-rear-L-34-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/jvc6PcW/M50-Ontos-rear-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/TwnYWhY/M50-Ontos-rear-R-34-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/N9wxgXT/M50-Ontos-R-side-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/z73c95w/M50-Ontos-front-R-34-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Keith on November 25, 2019, 10:40:50 AM
That's absolutely brilliant. Colour looks spot on for USMC green too.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: carlos marighela on November 25, 2019, 11:14:05 AM
Agreed, outstanding work!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on November 25, 2019, 06:20:10 PM
Thanks for the colour values.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on November 25, 2019, 07:09:17 PM
Thanks guys.
Looking at the pictures, I can see how the flash has shown up the way the varnish has dryed slightly cloudy along the edges of hatches and in the recesses. Couldn't see it before, so have gone over those bits with a brown wash applied with a tiny brush and all seems to have magically gone away...
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on November 26, 2019, 11:26:08 AM
Got rid of the cloudy varnish in the recesses and added some soot to exhaust, barrels etc...

(https://i.ibb.co/bNR94mF/28mm-M50-Ontos-front-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/KhqBLCW/28mm-M50-Ontos-front-2-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/kX91N0r/28mm-M50-Ontos-front-L-34-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/cT7kgTS/28mm-M50-Ontos-front-L-side-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/kBhPmmm/28mm-M50-Ontos-rear-L-34-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/fq9xbJP/28mm-M50-Ontos-rear-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/sRtLqHY/28mm-M50-Ontos-rear-2-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/QFnwCsC/28mm-M50-Ontos-rear-R-34-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/vjGdH7Q/28mm-M50-Ontos-front-R-side-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/xYwySMZ/28mm-M50-Ontos-front-R-34-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Richard MARQUIS on November 26, 2019, 12:00:39 PM
The result is splendid. The weathering is perfect and the vehicle matches the style of your figs. So everything is on way for a splendid collection. Your formula of the USMC green in Vietnam is the good one for me. On my side I have not finished the weathering with the palette I have chosen (http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/42/15251-261119082939.jpeg) but I will consider trying the pigments you have used. The rendering is very very nice.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on November 26, 2019, 12:37:25 PM
@ Richard MARQUIS:  Thanks very much.
The thing I like about these pigments is you can just chuck them on dry, move them around with a brush; dilute down with water and get them into all the recessess then once dry rub of any excess with a finger. When happy with the result fix them in place.

Like the picture you sent, where did you source all the stowage from?
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on November 26, 2019, 12:43:53 PM
Truly superb mouth watering work.

Re the powder pigments I was given a tip recently that instead of the fixer white spirit works exactly the same. Not tried it so don't balme me  ;)

The other problem I used to have is waiting for them to dry to see the effect. I use a hair dryer to dry them quicker so I can keep working on them.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Richard MARQUIS on November 26, 2019, 02:10:57 PM
Thank you for all these tips.
@Ash: for the stowage, at it is a Corgi Patton, it has already some (extra tracks, 40mm Bofors ammo boxes) (http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/42/15251-251119100801-42529492.jpeg) . Other stowage is from 1/48 BlackDog sets (crates, jerrycans, bags, blankets), sand bag is made with Fimo paste, as the Coca Cola cooler. The US army cooler is scratch built (as you can see here too: http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/41/15251-151019195937-414091263.jpeg it is just a small piece of plastic agenda cover with the right texture that is rolled).
But if a manufacturer is ready to produce some coolers, Bofors ammo boxes and other metal crates and ammo boxes at 1/56, 1/50 or 1/48 to fit the Vietnam era vehicles, it will be great...
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Marine0846 on November 26, 2019, 02:50:04 PM
Outstanding work.
Sets the standard for all who have yet to paint theirs.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on November 27, 2019, 07:04:01 PM
@ Marine0846: Thanks very much

Found this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOgrdVaWRYY&t=21s

Been having an experiment with white back grounds:

(https://i.ibb.co/d2LZDqm/M48-Patton-WBG-Troops-2-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/vJrmS1g/M50-M48-WBG-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/4pmSL5x/Troops-Ontos-2-WBG-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on November 28, 2019, 07:20:44 AM
I think the white is very harsh
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Rich H on November 28, 2019, 07:52:36 AM
Looks amazing!  Glad I modeled all those rear details now!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on November 28, 2019, 11:23:37 AM
I think the white is very harsh

Interesting, as in the contrast between the mini and the background? White too bright?
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on November 28, 2019, 01:59:37 PM
to bright I think , distracts from the minis.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on November 28, 2019, 05:28:22 PM
to bright I think , distracts from the minis.


Do you think the black back ground is better for viewing on a screen?
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Sparrow on November 28, 2019, 05:46:09 PM
Canít comment on the background or photography as I donít know enough to have a valid opinion but I think the painting is brilliant! Inspiring stuff!!!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on November 28, 2019, 06:37:23 PM

Do you think the black back ground is better for viewing on a screen?
I wonder if a neutral grey works better?
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on November 29, 2019, 08:50:33 AM
 :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on November 30, 2019, 08:33:05 AM
The film on Marine armour is excellent. Good find.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on November 30, 2019, 08:54:43 AM
Looks amazing!  Glad I modeled all those rear details now!

Cheers, and a round of applause for all the excellent detail work on these vehicles. Lovely models and fun to paint.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on December 04, 2019, 06:01:38 PM
Some opposition.

NVA1
(https://i.ibb.co/xMVVhPY/NVA1-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/HDBPtKv/NVA1-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/nQCchzJ/NVA1-C-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Sparrow on December 05, 2019, 08:55:04 AM
Very nice!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on December 05, 2019, 09:12:29 AM
Thanks Sparrow. Not sure why the bloke on the right is looking like the Phantom of the Opera, will attack with a suitable brush...

NVA2
(https://i.ibb.co/qByR8R3/NVA2-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/h97W1Lr/NVA2-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/ssZsB3J/NVA2-C-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on December 05, 2019, 09:35:58 AM
Super cool  :-*

Great work. You have even painted on the Hue flashes  :o
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on December 05, 2019, 10:18:01 AM
Thanks Paul, I may go back and put some white around the flashes as I think they were pinned to another piece of cloth backing.

NVA4
(https://i.ibb.co/chNXtZS/NVA4-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/txcq3JC/NVA4-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/zrv3T0n/NVA4-C-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: carlos marighela on December 05, 2019, 10:39:23 AM
Nice! I particularly like the choice of colour for the webbing. What did you use?
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on December 05, 2019, 10:44:23 AM
Nice! I particularly like the choice of colour for the webbing. What did you use?


Mixed bag of 'Russian uniform', 'khaki' and 'Russian tank crew', highlighted with more khaki, 'german cam beige' and probably some 'dark sand' - I think; my palettes a bit of a mess...
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on December 05, 2019, 11:33:29 AM
Looks great.  ;)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on December 05, 2019, 04:47:08 PM
Thanks.

RPD gunners:
NVA7
(https://i.ibb.co/sggqnLx/NVA7-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/fCfyPTs/NVA7-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/2nVkC3Q/NVA7-C-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Sparrow on December 05, 2019, 05:50:07 PM
Lush!  :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on December 05, 2019, 06:48:52 PM
Here's the last of the current batch.

What's left of NVA8 after pinching a couple for another project
(https://i.ibb.co/pf1vZyk/NVA8-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/xGjm3yJ/NVA8-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/TqCzKwQ/NVA8-C-LR.jpg)

& NVA10
(https://i.ibb.co/JmG5HkT/NVA10-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/J5TfsNs/NVA10-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/PxDj4Ln/NVA10-C-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on December 06, 2019, 08:48:45 AM
WAHOO!!!!

Brilliant job.  :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on December 06, 2019, 06:19:53 PM
They are nice.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Splod on December 06, 2019, 07:26:09 PM
Gorgeous! That NVA8 pack really grabs me in the inspiration place.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on January 14, 2020, 10:22:02 PM
Reinforcements have arrived; been looking forward to these blokes:

(https://i.ibb.co/kGHzGCw/WIP-USMC-Recon-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on January 19, 2020, 08:20:16 PM
USMC Recon in ERDL

(https://i.ibb.co/4JsGwHS/USMC-Recon-2-A-LR.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/Xpyq2GK/USMC-Recon-2-B-LR.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/2WWW7Pz/USMC-Recon-2-C-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Brummie on January 19, 2020, 08:29:02 PM
 :-* :-*

Those are swell! What colours did you use for the camo?
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Sparrow on January 19, 2020, 09:10:11 PM
Very nice!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on January 19, 2020, 09:18:05 PM
Those are swell! What colours did you use for the camo?

All Vallejo; base colour: 'german cam.beige ww2', green bits: Panzer aces 'Splinter Strips' , brown: 'English Uniform'

(https://i.ibb.co/xs64hqw/USMC-Recon-1-A-LR.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/qFkjY7D/USMC-Recon-1-B-LR.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/WymDL57/USMC-Recon-1-C-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on January 19, 2020, 09:25:04 PM
Very nice.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: carlos marighela on January 20, 2020, 03:24:55 AM
Gorgeous! :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: bergschotten on January 20, 2020, 06:34:34 AM
Trying to get back into painting after a hiatus of years and I don't know if this is an incentive or I should just throw my brushes away!  Brilliant.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on January 20, 2020, 11:13:03 AM
Trying to get back into painting after a hiatus of years and I don't know if this is an incentive or I should just throw my brushes away!  Brilliant.

Thanks for the complement.

I'd say get stuck in; I only got back into 28mm over the last year (was trying eyewatering 20mm before). I think I've improved just since I started on this project, particularly skin tones, faces and eyes. This is probably the longest I have managed to maintain my entusiasm for painting ever...
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on January 20, 2020, 02:41:44 PM
WOWSA!!!!

Nice job.  ;)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Digits on January 20, 2020, 03:02:08 PM
Ash these are BRILLIANT mate!  Nice.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: bergschotten on January 20, 2020, 03:55:24 PM
Thanks for the compliament.

I'd say get stuck in; I only got back into 28mm over the last year (was trying eyewatering 20mm before). I think I've improved just since I started on this project, particularly skin tones, faces and eyes. This is probably the longest I have managed to maintain my entusiasm for painting ever...

Thanks for that, that provides the mearest chink of light at the end of the tunnel.  Stephen
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on January 20, 2020, 04:36:31 PM
Thanks Carlos, Ultravanillasmurf, Paul & David, much appreciated.
Was good fun having a go at another type of camo.

Also finished off another couple of 'grunt' marines.

(https://i.ibb.co/RYT1Bzf/USMC-extras-A-LR.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/7bLfN5F/USMC-extras-B-LR.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/fXLQdLf/USMC-extras-C-LR.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/F4Xcdm8/USMC-extras-D-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Splod on January 20, 2020, 11:12:51 PM
Talented git.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Slayer on January 21, 2020, 03:06:16 AM
always a pleasure going through your threads
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: paspas on January 24, 2020, 09:47:54 PM
 :o :o :o :o
bravo!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on January 25, 2020, 10:58:35 AM
More nice work  :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on January 25, 2020, 12:36:25 PM
Thanks all.

Forgot to throw mud at the last two, so will try to dirty them up over the weekend, might have a go at redoing some of the earlier faces as I'm happier with the later results.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Sparrow on January 25, 2020, 02:03:10 PM
Didnít notice the lack of mud.. just thought they looked great  ;)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: von Lucky on January 25, 2020, 09:59:40 PM
Another lovely thread Ash - following with interest.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on April 06, 2020, 11:18:58 AM
Got the first couple of packs of Empress ANZACs to have a go at. Used the Osprey 'Vietnam ANZACs' book by Kevin Lyles for the picture references.

ANZ1
(https://i.ibb.co/fC922Nh/ANZ1-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/fMQSwVk/ANZ1-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/9Zbr52f/ANZ1-C-LR.jpg)

ANZ2
(https://i.ibb.co/SfbgXrV/ANZ2-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/hfJM9Pb/ANZ2-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/zHzLPCG/ANZ2-C-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on April 06, 2020, 01:44:43 PM
Brilliant mate  :-* :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on April 06, 2020, 01:53:44 PM
stunning :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Sparrow on April 06, 2020, 03:52:15 PM
Result!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on April 06, 2020, 06:01:01 PM
Cheers chaps; the good old Vallejo German Infantry paint set again.
Looking at reference pictures the Aussie kit looked to me to be a lighter green than the USMC uniforms. I went with a base coat of 'German fieldgrey WW2', shaded with 'US Dark Green', then a field grey/khaki mix, a final highlight with some'German camo beige WW2' mixed in, and a very thin wash (filter) of 'olive green'.

Also did the 'bailed out tank crew' blokes


(https://i.ibb.co/r0CHC4H/CREW3-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/8K8nv7k/CREW3-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/DwXsTj7/CREW3-C-LR.jpg)

The one behind the barrel is just pinned to the base, as I thought he might look the part on a future vehicle.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Mr C on April 06, 2020, 06:59:22 PM
I'd say that your faces are definitely getting better. That tends to happen with me, the more I paint, the better I get. If I stop painting then I have to start all over again, relearning techniques. I'm finding using a wash over a mid flesh tone, on the faces, tends to make it easier to pick the detail out. I'm nowhere near as good as some of the painters on the net but I'm happy with the results. Thanks for posting pics of your work!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on April 07, 2020, 06:48:48 AM
Thanks Mr C; I'm definitly getting a bit better at attempting the eyes, still very hit and miss. They either look acceptable or utter shite, so I have got into the habbit of holding a larger damp brush between my teeth so I can try to remove the more 'bug eyed' results before the paint dries.
Looking at the pictures I think the last ones I posted could do with a bit of dirtying up, some dirt and grime shouldn't look too out of place...

Here's the last of the current batch.

NAM17
(https://i.ibb.co/PxTNHY7/NAM17-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/Vp47ckQ/NAM17-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/rQZ0Hcg/NAM17-C-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on April 07, 2020, 07:51:51 AM
Nice additions ! The idea with the oil drum is nice!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on April 07, 2020, 07:56:05 AM
I always seem to make the eyes too big so they look like Disney characters  lol

Then have to try and make them smaller. take a picture when finished and think that they are still too big.  o_o

You sir are a machine pumping these out at this speed.  ;)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Blackwolf on April 07, 2020, 07:56:28 AM
Nice,really like your painting spot on!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on April 07, 2020, 09:03:39 AM
Thanks guys, I'm (like everyone else) stuck at home and have had a very cathartic attack on the stash of unpainted stuff; mainly finishing of bits for old 20mm bush wars projects. Still got to do some bases for a couple of BRDMs, and found a 1/72 Puma which will get the SADF treatment for my little Op Uric force.

Real shame rest of the Aussie packs got held up as they look awesome; I hope there will be an SASR team at some stage with all the eclectic belt kits and weapon mods.

(https://i.ibb.co/QJNW3cG/australian-sasr-by-azinchenko1996-d7arfkk-fullview.jpg)(https://i.ibb.co/PFqYrHx/australian-sas-belt-kit-as-worn-in-vietnam-by-don-barnaby-f-troop-2-sqn-sasr.jpg)



Other than that I have the rather super looking 28mm late WW2 Brit Vickers team from Empress, for which I found a little resin base ruin/thing that should hopefully work.
Also found a half done attempt at a scratchbuilt bunker, languishing in the now empty 'box of apathy'. It's still in the 'make-it-up-as-you-go' stage, but has proved a handy way of disposing of most of the oversized grass tufts I managed to make while back, between electric shocks off the bloody static grass applicator/torture device.

Here's where it's at so far:

(https://i.ibb.co/XFSCR6W/Bunker-front-R-34-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/Gx9nyLT/Bunker-rear-R-34-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/ZJ0wp8k/Bunker-roof-off-2-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/JzczVj9/Bunker-roof-off-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Vanvlak on April 07, 2020, 09:35:08 AM
That IS really cool - love the bunker (and the grass applicator procedure  lol )
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on April 07, 2020, 12:37:55 PM
The bunker is spot on
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on April 07, 2020, 12:42:30 PM
 :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Marine0846 on April 07, 2020, 01:36:03 PM
Great bunker.
Outstanding.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: ErikB on April 07, 2020, 02:59:22 PM
Perfect painting!  I'm amazed!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on May 07, 2020, 08:55:06 AM
More NVA.

Pack NVA5

(https://i.ibb.co/vdQ8577/NVA5-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/ZfLNKcG/NVA5-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/bR5fdH6/NVA5-C-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on May 07, 2020, 12:57:52 PM
outstanding indeed
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on May 07, 2020, 02:51:50 PM
I think the bunker is brilliant :-*

Actually everything is outstanding :o
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on May 07, 2020, 03:10:17 PM
Cheers chaps, much appreciated. got one more pack with SKS finished then back to waiting for new toys to arrive. Should have enough now to make up some squads...

Pack NVA6
(https://i.ibb.co/MG384rc/NVA6-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/Lgt255M/NVA6-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/Mhfztwr/NVA6-C-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on May 07, 2020, 03:25:39 PM
nice indeed
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Sparrow on May 07, 2020, 04:48:37 PM
Very nice!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: commissarmoody on May 08, 2020, 05:40:14 AM
Glorious!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on May 08, 2020, 08:58:46 AM
Here's the first three squads.



(https://i.ibb.co/TRCFYPY/NVA-squad-1-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/Rz4CD5h/NVA-squad-2-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/mBbbyyy/NVA-squad-3-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Blackwolf on May 08, 2020, 11:06:25 PM
Outstanding! :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on May 09, 2020, 09:13:07 AM
Magnificent as always :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on May 09, 2020, 11:01:15 AM
Brilliant job  :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Sparrow on May 10, 2020, 10:28:30 AM
Superb!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on May 11, 2020, 10:14:15 AM
Thanks all, I have another pack of marines en route somewhere in the postal system; first pack of duplicates, so someones getting their head sawed off!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on May 14, 2020, 02:22:11 PM
New toys arrived. I already have this pack, so my first duplicates. Chopped off three heads, two just got swapped around and had hoods added to look like the USN rainproof jackets. Third bloke got a head from the bits box which happened to also be an Empress  sculpt.
Gave one of them a pair of ERDL trousers.


NAM10 take 2.

(https://i.ibb.co/2nnR9kf/NAM10-2-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/KjCpcyX/NAM10-2-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/hdnjSpy/NAM10-2-C-LR.jpg)

...and just spotted that I forgot to paint the bloke on the left's smoke grenade...
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on May 14, 2020, 03:59:56 PM
Erdl camouflage on the trousers looks good. Well done :D
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on May 15, 2020, 07:00:59 PM
Thanks Mick. That's me out of Nam figures for now. Got a few modern British SF types on the go, so may have a play with some different camo patterns.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Blackwolf on May 16, 2020, 02:31:05 AM
More great painting Ash :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on May 16, 2020, 09:34:06 AM
Cheers Blackwolf.

Here's M60 team 4:

(https://i.ibb.co/Cm43t8h/M60-team-4-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/5xtR8cD/M60-team-4-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/wYB5RH0/M60-team-4-C-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: PeteW on May 16, 2020, 09:42:00 AM

Very nice

P
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: paspas on May 16, 2020, 10:44:08 AM
great details
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Sparrow on May 16, 2020, 12:01:11 PM
Brill! (Iím running out of superlatives you know  lol)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: commissarmoody on May 17, 2020, 07:51:23 AM
Those dudes look great. Love the VC flag hanging from the dudes belt.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Galloping Major on May 19, 2020, 11:15:42 AM
Superb  8)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: carlos marighela on May 19, 2020, 11:39:32 AM
The captured Viet Cong flag is inspired! Lovely work Ash.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on May 19, 2020, 04:32:29 PM
Cheers chaps.
The flag was thankfully not too taxing, even managed a passable star! First time around I did it to look like a waterproof, but I'm pretty sure it would also look the part as a towel.
Looking at the mk 1 version I missed finishing off the ammo belts.

(https://i.ibb.co/2KpL1xc/NAM10-comparison-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/yY54Z9j/NAM10-comparison-B-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on May 20, 2020, 09:01:38 AM
 :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on May 20, 2020, 09:04:53 AM
outstanding
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on May 20, 2020, 09:53:37 AM
The flag is great - well done :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on June 04, 2020, 10:35:14 AM
Thanks for the feedback.

Got the rest of the ANZAC packs. Tried a different base colour (Vallejo Russian uniform WW2) for the uniforms this time.

ANZ5
(https://i.ibb.co/zV1fNWL/ANZ5-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/pZYzKzG/ANZ5-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/xMr42GH/ANZ5-C-LR.jpg)

ANZ6
(https://i.ibb.co/3RwyNNs/ANZ6-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/0ZtggC2/ANZ6-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/hVvgM1V/ANZ6-C-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: juergen c. olk on June 04, 2020, 11:13:46 AM
Love the ANZACS....just watched "Danger close"....people here don;t even know they were there.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on June 04, 2020, 11:43:26 AM
Love the ANZACS....just watched "Danger close"....people here don;t even know they were there.

I managed to get a DVD copy of that a couple of weeks ago, great film. I thought Travis Fimmel did a good job. The book was an interesting read as well.

ANZ3
(https://i.ibb.co/BP1cBm7/ANZ3-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/2ZG0Bc4/ANZ3-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/6R71Qx6/ANZ3-C-LR.jpg)

ANZ4
(https://i.ibb.co/YNWykyN/ANZ4-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/BfvnGw7/ANZ4-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/XJmrj1q/ANZ4-C-LR.jpg)

Still not sure about the bases, may add some more 'stuff'.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on June 04, 2020, 12:45:41 PM
outstanding indeed :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on June 04, 2020, 01:48:28 PM
Cheers tomrommel1; I 'tweeked' the first ones i had a go at with some more washes to blend them in a bit more.

ANZ1
(https://i.ibb.co/f4kQ7Wz/ANZ1-2-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/ChfkV7N/ANZ1-2-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/F34jVMZ/ANZ1-2-C-LR.jpg)

ANZ2
(https://i.ibb.co/PT6swyb/ANZ2-2-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/ZXdgrcZ/ANZ2-2-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/k8sLCj4/ANZ2-2-C-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Sparrow on June 05, 2020, 06:25:59 AM
 :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Blackwolf on June 06, 2020, 01:32:19 AM
Top notch Ash :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on June 06, 2020, 11:35:43 AM
Ta very much.

Here's the two sections made up from the first five packs.

(https://i.ibb.co/MRWsPHB/ANZAC-section-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/Q9ncRtS/ANZAC-section-B-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: juergen c. olk on June 06, 2020, 12:55:51 PM
the figures are so nice ..I wish My friends were doing 28mm in this..only in Moderns and WW2 ,do we do 20mm.those sculpts are so nice and with those paint jobs...it makes me want to switch
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on June 06, 2020, 03:53:38 PM
I just ordered another pack of SLRs, going to try and chop out the 'butt packs' and see if I can make some kidney pouches for an SADF look...
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on June 06, 2020, 04:45:05 PM
WOW!!! Totally superb as always  :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on June 06, 2020, 05:38:49 PM
WOW!!! Totally superb as always  :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*


Thanks very much.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Rick F on June 06, 2020, 08:36:48 PM
Cracking work again Ash, ordering the rest of my platoon tonight. I might try your method of photography with a black background.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Splod on June 06, 2020, 09:13:54 PM
Absolutely gorgeous work Ash! They've gone straight to the inspiration folder for my own ANZACs.

Just for future planning, it would have been extremely rare to see M16s and Owens in the same unit. The Owens were replaced by the F1 during the mid-60s, and then the F1 was replaced by the M16. The F1 remained in theatre until the end of the war, but was most commonly used by vehicle and armour crew where the SLR or M16 were too unwieldy.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on June 06, 2020, 10:57:46 PM
Absolutely gorgeous work Ash! They've gone straight to the inspiration folder for my own ANZACs.

Just for future planning, it would have been extremely rare to see M16s and Owens in the same unit. The Owens were replaced by the F1 during the mid-60s, and then the F1 was replaced by the M16. The F1 remained in theatre until the end of the war, but was most commonly used by vehicle and armour crew where the SLR or M16 were too unwieldy.

Cheers Splod, much appreciated.

Re the use of the Owen gun:
From what I've read the Owen was still very much in use by the RAR in '66. Apparently a very reliable weapon in harsh conditions, as highly resistant to stoppages.
I don't know if there was much of a mix of automatic weapons within an infantry section, there probably was some cross over; the early M-16s (AR) seems to have had a reputation for stoppages and snagging, so would have made sense to have at least one other reliable automatic within a section.
I think it should be approx 6 x SLR, 1 x M60 & three M16 (scouts & section commander), however there were still Owen guns in use so I have one in each section (the casualty figure in pack 6 also has an Owen; probably based on this picture).

(https://i.ibb.co/z268Pt2/2843520-3x2-940x627.jpg)

The film about the battle of 'Long Tan' based on Bob Grandin's book 'Danger Close' shows a few in use, that's the look I was going for.
Anyway, there are some very well sculpted models with them, so my little blokes have them, as they look pretty..! :)

Cracking work again Ash, ordering the rest of my platoon tonight. I might try your method of photography with a black background.

Cheers Rick, look forward to seeing those.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on June 07, 2020, 09:45:38 AM
the figures are so nice ..I wish My friends were doing 28mm in this..only in Moderns and WW2 ,do we do 20mm.those sculpts are so nice and with those paint jobs...it makes me want to switch
Come on in...
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on June 07, 2020, 09:46:10 AM
Excellent painting.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: carlos marighela on June 08, 2020, 02:44:34 AM
There was a mix in 1965 and Ď66. Photos of 6 RAR at Long Tan show both Owens and M16s and thereís a fairly famous one of the late Cpl Buddy Lee with an Owen around the time of Long Tan.

There was even a mix of weapons earlier in the piece. Photos of 1RAR in 1965 show M16s in use. These were transferred across to 5 and I believe 6RAR when they arrived. It wasnít as if the Australian Army was entirely new to the M16 anyway, battalions deployed to Borneo during Confrontation borrowed AR-15s from British Army stocks.

The Owen was held by 5 RAR up until October of 1966, according to the reminiscences of one of their former armourers. It was a reliable weapon and still with a degree of merit. One of the crew commanders from 1APC Squadron at Long Tan was awarded a DCM for cooly dispatching an enemy RCL crew with one after the .50 cal jammed. It got mixed reports for the penetration of its ammunition. This I can believe, as was alleged that a wet blanket at fifty yards was proof against its successor, the F1. Iíve fired the F1 on multiple occasions and despite being a good shot I would have been lucky to hit a man sized target at 50 metres.

The reality seems to be that what killed off the Owen was ageing ammo stocks. All the 9mm ammo on hand dated to the mid to late 1940s and ended up being condemned and instructions issued that weapons were not to be test fired with ammo pre-dating 1954.

The early issue M16s were indeed without chromed barrels and bolt assists but they gave less trouble to the Australians probably because the Australian Army is big on soldiers actually cleaning their weapons and without recourse to a fucking comic book to encourage them to do so.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: commissarmoody on June 08, 2020, 06:07:44 AM
I have a copy of that comic book.  lol
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on June 08, 2020, 06:19:16 AM
I am trying to fit some figures useing  F1's into the range but struggling as it seems to be vehicle crews and support troops rather than front line sections useing them.

Or have I missed something. ???
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Blackwolf on June 08, 2020, 06:37:14 AM
You could certainly do one or two figures carrying them,survey teams etc would carry them when they were going into less peaceful areas.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Poiter50 on June 08, 2020, 06:45:46 AM
They were never a popular weapon, most of the carrier guys preferred a pistol as there was less chance of snagging it as you jumped in or out.

I am trying to fit some figures useing  F1's into the range but struggling as it seems to be vehicle crews and support troops rather than front line sections useing them.

Or have I missed something. ???
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on June 08, 2020, 08:26:24 AM
I am trying to fit some figures useing  F1's into the range but struggling as it seems to be vehicle crews and support troops rather than front line sections useing them.

Or have I missed something. ???


If you do dismounted/bailed out Aussie tank/APC crew at some stage, giving them an F1 would seem appropriate.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: carlos marighela on June 08, 2020, 01:31:10 PM
To the best of my knowledge, F1s were never standard issue to rifle companies. The Owen was replaced by the M16, first in Vietnam and then army wide. If they were going to turn up anywhere in an infantry battalion, it would have been in BHQ or maybe admin coy, QM platoon. They did see service in supporting arms and non arms corps, MPs, transport (AASC) and the like.

Apart from the occasional range practice, the only use they ever got in my experience was for pay parades. Some unlucky sods were given an unloaded F1 and a 30 round magazine that got stuck in their pocket as security for the payroll (pre EFT). Fuck knows what would have transpired had someone actually had the balls to rob the payroll. Hang on mate whilst I load this thing! We debated this at length and concluded that using it as a club or even throwing it at a robber would have been the most effective use.

It didnít even see an outing on exercise, even for enemy party as there was no blank firing attachment for the thing.

Bit of a non-starter really apart from APC crews.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on June 08, 2020, 01:58:20 PM
That's brilliant as its what I had got to in my research.

Look s like a pack of ANZAC MP's and pay clerks. Plus the odd dismounted tankie.

Have read that the SASR used them but cannot find any reference and really do not think they would have touched them with a barge pole from what I have read about the weapon.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: carlos marighela on June 08, 2020, 02:13:33 PM
I rather doubt the SAS used the F1 as well. Useless fucking thing. They did have silenced Sterlings though.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on June 08, 2020, 02:43:51 PM
A pay clerk with an armfull of manila folders, armed with a confused look and an F1 could make an interesting objective marker...

Re Aussie SASR, how far down the line are they and/or other special forces types?

Thought my last go looked a tad dark, so gave them a another highlight.

(https://i.ibb.co/dDFfSX2/ANZAC-Command-group-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/gZ7WRFY/ANZAC-section-A-2-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/17rgRh4/ANZAC-section-B-2-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Sparrow on June 08, 2020, 04:22:05 PM
Superb!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on June 08, 2020, 04:25:22 PM
What about a soldier with an F1 trying to work out where the mag goes ?  ;)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on June 13, 2020, 03:35:32 PM
Reinforcements for the NVA:

NVA13

(https://i.ibb.co/5cQ9YQK/NVA13-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/t2R8WkY/NVA13-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/xDbbm9B/NVA13-C-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Splod on June 13, 2020, 08:40:42 PM
To the best of my knowledge, F1s were never standard issue to rifle companies. The Owen was replaced by the M16, first in Vietnam and then army wide. If they were going to turn up anywhere in an infantry battalion, it would have been in BHQ or maybe admin coy, QM platoon. They did see service in supporting arms and non arms corps, MPs, transport (AASC) and the like.

Apparently I'm wrong then! Please accept my apologies. Young bucks like me are more used to tupperware F88s than weapon systems older then my father  ;)

Looks like I need the F1 packs too  :D

Top work on the new NVA too Ash!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: painterman on June 13, 2020, 09:31:26 PM
Lovely painting Ash - this pack (& other NVA) just arrived today for me to start on.
Simon
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on June 13, 2020, 10:37:57 PM
Thanks Simon.

I also finished a pack of Viet Minh with the same SG-43s, should fit in well with the rest.

(https://i.ibb.co/JkfKyLw/DBP09-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/dmHch1M/DBP09-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/p2LJdv0/DBP09-C-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on June 14, 2020, 07:58:39 AM
More excellent painting.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on June 14, 2020, 10:37:05 AM
Brilliant job. Love the use of the FIC figures.

Many of the the FIC range fit in well, especially if painted as VC. Just getting some heads done with the can hat so that they can be converted for more options. 
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on June 14, 2020, 10:52:35 AM
Brilliant job. Love the use of the FIC figures.

Many of the the FIC range fit in well, especially if painted as VC. Just getting some heads done with the can hat so that they can be converted for more options.

 I thought they would work well together. Having good pictures, of all your ranges, on your web site is a fantastic help when chosing minis, especially as you show multiple angles and not just the front side.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on July 12, 2020, 10:53:27 AM
Having a go at making some small terrain bases...

(https://i.ibb.co/C1cY1tX/Jungle-recon-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on July 17, 2020, 06:05:15 AM
Very effective.  ;)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on July 19, 2020, 08:20:52 PM
 I succumbed to temptation and bought the PBR.
Going to have a go at the apres canvas roof burnt off look, just playing around with various plastic plants to see if anything looks the part...


(https://i.ibb.co/NLGYCHQ/Erebus-WIP-5-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/h8FfZ65/Erebus-WIP-2-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/sHtyLtk/Erebus-WIP-3-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/R0yXTcj/Erebus-WIP-4-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Splod on July 19, 2020, 08:57:37 PM
Lovely work. I think you're on the right path with the foliage also!  :D
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on July 20, 2020, 12:51:11 PM
Nice start.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on July 20, 2020, 02:21:15 PM
A hint of green...


(https://i.ibb.co/nwjXqrZ/PBR-WIP-1-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/1ZX16Fg/PBR-WIP-2-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Poiter50 on July 20, 2020, 03:01:02 PM
OK, what Green? (partially colour blind person)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Marine0846 on July 20, 2020, 03:25:31 PM
Love the green.
I am waiting for my "ship to come in," :D
here in Oregon.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on July 20, 2020, 04:02:46 PM
OK, what Green? (partially colour blind person)

So far; a coat of Vallejo black surface primer, a coat of Vallejo Nato green surface primer. Still had some unsprayed green so added a drop of the black and hit the recesses, then had a go at a highlight with some model air 'green RLM62'.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: ErikB on July 20, 2020, 08:40:07 PM
I have had great luck with thick, bushy makeup brushes when I use them to highlight up the colors on a dark base like that.

Perhaps start mixing in some Khaki and then Iraqi Sand and use those makeup brushes ($3-$5 each) to lighten that green.  Then the detailing and stuff.

I just ordered 78 Vietnam minis from Empress.  Someday, when I have a little more room, I'll make one of those fantastic Pibbers! 
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Poiter50 on July 21, 2020, 01:14:43 AM
Thank you. :)

So far; a coat of Vallejo black surface primer, a coat of Vallejo Nato green surface primer. Still had some unsprayed green so added a drop of the black and hit the recesses, then had a go at a highlight with some model air 'green RLM62'.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on July 21, 2020, 07:31:28 PM
Little bit more done, started on the crew...

(https://i.ibb.co/QCNMRjY/PBR-WIP-3-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/JnsVqWC/PBR-WIP-4-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/5KZKDWY/PBR-WIP-5-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/QnxwJwK/PBR-WIP-6-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/0mtdmj0/PBR-WIP-7-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on July 22, 2020, 07:49:24 AM
 :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Digits on July 22, 2020, 07:55:01 AM
My favourite painter....really looking forward to seeing this done mate.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on July 24, 2020, 12:02:28 PM
Cheers Dave & Paul.

...really looking forward to seeing this done mate.

Trying hard not to rush this one. Done a bit more to the crew, will take some better pics once finished.

(https://i.ibb.co/HGfBxTq/PBR-WIP-crew-1-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/p27nSpY/PBR-WIP-crew-2-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: ErikB on July 24, 2020, 01:52:36 PM
Fantastic faces.  I am struggling with some right now.  I'd love to know how you do yours.  The look so expressive and the highlights are just right.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Rick F on July 24, 2020, 09:04:41 PM
A project this good should definitely not be rushed, really looking forward to seeing it complete. Does Chef come with a separate head lol
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul Hicks on July 24, 2020, 10:04:06 PM
A project this good should definitely not be rushed, really looking forward to seeing it complete. Does Chef come with a separate head lol

Too soon man! 
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Blackwolf on July 25, 2020, 01:09:37 AM
That looks brilliant Ash (the PBR),youíre pretty good on the airbrush :)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on July 25, 2020, 12:03:01 PM
Fantastic faces.  I am struggling with some right now.  I'd love to know how you do yours.  The look so expressive and the highlights are just right.

Cheers Erik; current recipe is (Vallejo): base of 'Flat Flesh' (couple of thin coats), wash of very thin Purple Ink (very old citadel stuff), highlight of 'Flat Flesh', highlight of 'Light Flesh', wash of thinned down 'Umber Wash' (game color Lavado Sombra). Only change I tried with these blokes is the eyes, I usually paint them black and then put a little bit of  'White Grey' in the corners; this time I left the eyes black from the primer, did the corners and then painted around them. Makes them look less like they are all sporting mascara.

A project this good should definitely not be rushed, really looking forward to seeing it complete. Does Chef come with a separate head lol

First thought was the head with the banana leaf hat, then saw Paul's comment and I got where you were going..!

That looks brilliant Ash (the PBR),youíre pretty good on the airbrush :)

Thanks very much, it's a bit of a new toy for me, all previous builds have been a la rattle can. Must say I do find rattle can primer (Halfords finest) does stick better than the Vallejo stuff. This is the first thing I've tried shading and highlighting with an airbrush (Badger Xtreme Patriot 105), which so far I'm rather pleased with.

Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul Hicks on July 25, 2020, 12:16:54 PM
Itís looking great. Canít wait to see it finished.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on July 25, 2020, 04:47:51 PM
Just found this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLMK7kUneeU
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on July 25, 2020, 05:33:45 PM
I am enjoying following your boat project. I will buy the Empress Kit soon so your tutorial will be helpful.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Rick F on July 25, 2020, 06:59:17 PM
Just found this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLMK7kUneeU
Did you watch the old Top Gear gang in Vietnam? Clarkson in a PBR, I was entertained.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8AwizkBarM
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on July 26, 2020, 05:05:53 PM
I hadn't seen that before. Assuming that PBR was left behind when the US pulled out, it's probably the best part of 50 yrs old, and still going.


Got a bit more done; had a go at Chef's tatoo (Nightmare). May do the camo on Lance's face.
Plonked all the bits on the boat to see how it looks (nothing glued yet), got all the plant bits for the replacement roof to do next.

(https://i.ibb.co/m9n7QGc/PIP-PBR-crew-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/WBPzbLT/PIP-PBR-crew-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/mShBtht/PIP-PBR-crew-C-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/WDy7Xvz/PIP-PBR-crew-D-LR.jpg)

Slowly getting there, still a fair amount to do.

(https://i.ibb.co/ctg2M9d/PIP-PBR-profile-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/ngJsP8r/PIP-PBR-front-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/Bn8z8jM/PIP-PBR-rear-34-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/rkyzp9L/PIP-PBR-rear-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/fxNG4jm/PIP-PBR-front-guns-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: ErikB on July 26, 2020, 06:24:51 PM
Looks great.

What is that gray and blue thing in front of the radar?  Looks a bit like a camouflaged blouse but modern "blueberry".
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on July 26, 2020, 07:25:55 PM
Looks great.

What is that gray and blue thing in front of the radar?  Looks a bit like a camouflaged blouse but modern "blueberry".

The green & black thing? That's my cunning attempt at a shirt. Plan A was to something like in the picture (below)

(https://i.ibb.co/p2VpqhC/600px-Apnow-M16-9.jpg)

The hanging up shirt didn't really work too well, so went with just a plonked down version. Same camo as Willard's tiger stripe trousers.

Blueberry camo would be a monster to paint, also not surprised the USN is binning it, looks designed to make it bloody hard to find an overboard sailor.

(https://i.ibb.co/cNkZcQ2/blueberry.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: carlos marighela on July 27, 2020, 01:50:06 AM
It all looks fantastic! The boat is especially good.  :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: ErikB on July 27, 2020, 01:58:47 PM
Did you hand paint the flag?!?
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on July 27, 2020, 02:41:38 PM
Cheers Carlos.

Did you hand paint the flag?!?

Luckily it came with the kit, made of paper just cut out and glue with a bit of PVA. I did go over the edges to cover the white.

Did a deep bits box dive in search of something I thought might look better than just plastic bamboo for the roof. Has been sitting in a little bag for years, waiting...

(https://i.ibb.co/PFW8xrd/WIP-PBR-Roof-LR.jpg)

Will chuck plastic leaves ontop once they are painted.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Rich H on July 27, 2020, 06:52:40 PM
Perfect!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on July 28, 2020, 06:13:50 PM
Thanks very much Rich, your boat design is superb. Looking forward to the SEAL LSSC.

Little bit more done, added some plastic bamboo bits

(https://i.ibb.co/Rbj8grK/PIP-PBR-baboo-roof-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/vkXhj78/PIP-PBR-baboo-roof-B-LR.jpg)

Crew pretty much finished

(https://i.ibb.co/1fTygtK/PIP-PBR-crew-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on July 29, 2020, 07:26:17 AM
Nice work.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on July 29, 2020, 08:22:35 AM
Great looking project  :-* ;)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on July 29, 2020, 09:43:55 PM
Think I'm finished:

(https://i.ibb.co/0fdNRJN/28mm-PBR-Front-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/9szXRbF/28mm-PBR-Port-side-front-34-1-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/QjM2BPP/28mm-PBR-Port-side-front-34-2-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/NS576kk/28mm-PBR-Port-side-1-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/9YH4r2j/28mm-PBR-Port-side-2-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/CPG54WX/28mm-PBR-Port-side-rear-34-1-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/yXG9YgM/28mm-PBR-Port-side-rear-34-2-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/bNWPmBN/28mm-PBR-Rear-1-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/kqNg4T6/28mm-PBR-Rear-2-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/HYyG9TS/28mm-PBR-Starboard-side-rear-34-1-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/B6yHGkR/28mm-PBR-Starboard-side-rear-34-2-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/G9hMrMs/28mm-PBR-Starboard-side-1-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/dMfgvDJ/28mm-PBR-Starboard-side-2-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/mCs0Qhn/28mm-PBR-Starboard-side-front-34-1-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/3vv4TdX/28mm-PBR-Starboard-side-front-34-2-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on July 29, 2020, 09:59:44 PM
That is very good.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: ErikB on July 30, 2020, 12:11:24 AM
Awesome!

Are you going to put it in water?
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: carlos marighela on July 30, 2020, 06:00:46 AM
Museum quality stuff Ash! That really is superb. :-* :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Blackwolf on July 30, 2020, 06:36:18 AM
Fantastic work,right down to the copy of Penthouse. Love it :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Dr. Zombie on July 30, 2020, 06:38:52 AM
This is really not helping - like - AT ALL.

I am trying to convince myself that I don't need that patrolboat.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on July 30, 2020, 08:41:52 AM
@ Ultravanillasmurf:  Thanks very much. It's a very nice model to paint, and the crew are excellent, particularly the faces.

Awesome!

Are you going to put it in water?

Thanks Erik. Not sure what I'm going to do with it, doubt it will fit into a KR case, so probably going to have to make a storage box for it to live in.

Museum quality stuff Ash! That really is superb. :-* :-*

Cheers Carlos, that's a great complement.

Fantastic work,right down to the copy of Penthouse. Love it :-*

Had to be done, amazed my crappy printer managed it.

This is really not helping - like - AT ALL.

I am trying to convince myself that I don't need that patrolboat.

I don't know, I think you need the boat. You know you want it, it's very nice... Did that help?

Here's a few close ups.

(https://i.ibb.co/X4hzzPN/28mm-PBR-detail-1-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/gwNqM47/28mm-PBR-detail-2-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/k3kgmZc/28mm-PBR-detail-3-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/m8nzbQz/28mm-PBR-detail-4-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/0tN6125/28mm-PBR-detail-5-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/FzKdtrV/28mm-PBR-detail-6-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/C7d3pjP/28mm-PBR-detail-7-LR.jpg)

Sort of lost Chief Phillips in the shadows...and forgot to paint the C ration can on the M60.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Rich H on July 30, 2020, 09:14:02 AM
Lovely stuff!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: mrcleh on July 30, 2020, 09:37:29 AM
 :-*

Absolutely stunning work!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on July 30, 2020, 10:32:15 AM
Great work......as usual  :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: ErikB on July 30, 2020, 01:58:03 PM
Not sure what y'all have in the UK but here's what I'm thinking.

https://www.michaels.com/studio-decor-display-case-with-mirrored-back-black/10030450.html
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on August 08, 2020, 08:49:07 AM
Just got hold of both sets of jeep crew figures.
Used the loose weapons to add the weapon rack to the PBR and equip the mortar team bloke with a personal weapon.

(https://i.ibb.co/R4YbsZp/PBR-gun-rack-LR.jpg)

Need to add a sling to the M16, other chap with radio will be added to something...

(https://i.ibb.co/g4XMKWt/WIP-jeep-crew-1-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on August 08, 2020, 09:42:22 PM
Here's two of the others;

(https://i.ibb.co/pLjySqM/WIP-50cal-emplacement-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/SvSVSp8/WIP-50cal-emplacement-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/C7htrV7/WIP-50cal-emplacement-C-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/CKbGYRD/WIP-50cal-emplacement-D-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: gamer Mac on August 08, 2020, 10:26:11 PM
nice
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on August 10, 2020, 09:44:01 AM
Very nice.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on August 11, 2020, 05:08:36 PM
Finished the little emplacement/heavy MG.

(https://i.ibb.co/6mNwSsQ/50cal-emplacement-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/V2Kpf25/50cal-emplacement-C-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/GpvRLCR/50cal-emplacement-D-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/Ht8RQJF/50cal-emplacement-E-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/MDbmYbR/50cal-emplacement-F-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on August 11, 2020, 05:20:38 PM
Very nice.
What I said earlier, but more so.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on August 12, 2020, 05:21:29 AM
outstanding and inspirational
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on August 12, 2020, 07:00:34 AM
Great job.

I am hearing The Doors on the radio. "Riders on the storm."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lS-af9Q-zvQ
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on August 12, 2020, 09:29:33 AM
Here's the riders on the tank...

(https://i.ibb.co/xh06QCX/M48-tank-riders-LR.jpg)


The last one with the radio hand set,& the bloke carrying the mortar with added M16.

(https://i.ibb.co/ZXG5B7f/Mortar-team-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/dt8JDth/Mortar-team-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/PNpLWSp/Mortar-team-C-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on August 12, 2020, 09:38:20 AM
Excellent  :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on August 12, 2020, 10:13:06 AM
They are very good.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on August 12, 2020, 12:35:50 PM
I like the way the tank riders look as if they are nervously holding their feet up incase of AT Mines  lol
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: gamer Mac on August 13, 2020, 08:49:56 AM
Very nice work on those :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on August 13, 2020, 09:21:08 AM
very nice
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Sparrow on August 16, 2020, 07:04:53 AM
Impressive stuff (as ever)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on August 16, 2020, 09:17:15 AM
Thanks guys.
Got some more NVA on order, so may have to have a go at some 'spider holes'. Not sure what to do with the chopped off legs, yet...
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Poiter50 on August 16, 2020, 01:56:04 PM
Upside down in water or with a bush covering the lack of torso?

Thanks guys.
Got some more NVA on order, so may have to have a go at some 'spider holes'. Not sure what to do with the chopped off legs, yet...
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on August 23, 2020, 11:37:36 AM
Got another pack of NVA8 to have a go at a couple of 'spider holes', after seeing Paul from Empress's ones.
This pack worked well as I had used two of the figures from my first purchase in another project, so got the figures back for NVA and those I now had double of had their legs chopped down.

(https://i.ibb.co/R2Q54tM/NVA8-22-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/6vGPsKR/NVA8-22-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/w7MT5n5/NVA8-22-C-LR.jpg)
Also had a go at doing the eyes on these:

(https://i.ibb.co/0m4F91X/NVA8-22-spiderhole-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/bPt2J6H/NVA8-22-spiderhole-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/84MQnZL/NVA8-22-spiderhole-C-LR.jpg)

Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Rick F on August 23, 2020, 02:25:58 PM
Looking excellent as usual mate. What colours did you pick for the NVA uniform? I'm painting some at the minute and have 2 or 3 colours on the go.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on August 23, 2020, 03:37:55 PM
These came out a bit darker than the last lot, so I may go back and have another go. I did add a fair amount of mud to them.
A mix of approx 60%' US Dark Green' & 40% 'Splinter Strips', + a bit of 'Cam. Beige WW2' for the hightlights. Should probably have gone 50/50 on the base.


These are a tad lighter and I think I prefer this look.
(https://i.ibb.co/nDmgPfx/NVA10-2-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/7NsV5wM/NVA10-2-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/SVxG2L2/NVA10-2-C-LR.jpg)

Also think I've ended up with too many in just plain black kit, so had a go at just painting over the old uniforms on some:
(https://i.ibb.co/XDmWpWJ/NVA-repaint-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/t8YPnS1/NVA-repaint-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/N7GVnXB/NVA-repaint-C-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Sparrow on August 23, 2020, 04:01:15 PM
Looking really good!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: carlos marighela on August 23, 2020, 09:29:39 PM
Very nice!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: FreakyFenton on August 24, 2020, 12:57:07 AM
Looking really good!

+1
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on August 24, 2020, 06:01:58 AM
Very nice indeed :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Rick F on August 24, 2020, 07:19:45 AM
Thanks for putting the other pictures up, I'll see how I get on.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on August 24, 2020, 07:40:00 AM
Excellent work  :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on August 24, 2020, 09:25:27 AM
Thanks guys, definitely going to have another go at a lighter uniform on some of them.
Also spotted that despite being painted twice now, that last bloke, kneeling with AK & backpack still hasn't had his hair done!

Got the 12.7 DSHK AAA mount + crew on order, still toying with the idea of having Hanoi Jane getting stuck in, however the hunt for a suitable DDR style helmet head continues...
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: carlos marighela on August 24, 2020, 10:45:24 AM
She wasnít wearing a DDR tin hat, it was a standard Soviet SSh 40/60/ 68 jobbie. Plenty of those on the market.

Gun is a bit trickier. UM make a 37mm 61-K AA gun in 1/48 but itís not for the faint hearted as it has about a million parts, many of them tiny and fragile. I gave up building mine.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on August 24, 2020, 02:37:29 PM
She wasnít wearing a DDR tin hat, it was a standard Soviet SSh 40/60/ 68 jobbie. Plenty of those on the market.


Brilliant! Thanks Carlos, you are a literal walking encyclopedia of military knowledge, much appreciated.
In that case I think a 1980's Soviet Mech infantry bloke from Eureka can donate his head. Not going to go for the full on AAA option, just fancy doing 'Jane' for a laugh (no pun intended).
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on September 07, 2020, 02:04:23 PM
NVA12
(https://i.ibb.co/wMjSzCP/NVA12-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/ys7WPRG/NVA12-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/pxbP665/NVA12-C-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/pw3qCtQ/NVA12-D-LR.jpg)

Gave the third figure a flag.
(https://i.ibb.co/g4hJgVN/NVA12-flag-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/MRvbhKQ/NVA12-flag-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/8Dg3fbd/NVA12-flag-C-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on September 07, 2020, 03:03:04 PM
nice additions
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Sparrow on September 07, 2020, 06:08:57 PM
Very nice!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on September 07, 2020, 08:12:06 PM
Also did a Mule for the USMC, & found a little resin base that fitted the other RCL that came with the MULE:

(https://i.ibb.co/xsBzKTt/MULE1-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/YWNRSVh/MULE1-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/48HTycD/MULE1-C-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/d0cyJ9M/MULE1-E-LR.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/QJz26tv/RCL-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/1dbjxHY/RCL-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/jJcR2SF/RCL-C-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/Cs8t2ms/RCL-D-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Rick F on September 07, 2020, 08:18:44 PM
Cracking stuff as always. I've ordered the DSHK today, I'll be using yours for inspiration.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul Hicks on September 07, 2020, 08:46:06 PM
Youíve been busy! Love the tones you get. Great work!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on September 07, 2020, 09:22:02 PM
Cracking stuff as always. I've ordered the DSHK today, I'll be using yours for inspiration.

Cheers Rick. You'll enjoy that one, the DShK is a lovely model, and it all fits together very nicely.

Youíve been busy! Love the tones you get. Great work!

Thanks very much Paul; I'd normally expect to have run out of steam by now, but all the releases have been perfectly paced for keeping the interest going over the last few months. Got NVA15 on order, and looking forward to having a go at the bloke with the camo parachute material cloak. I found a load of off cuts of that material on eBay several years ago and had a load of stuff sacks made up for my hiking gear, so should have no excuse for not getting it to at least look vaguely right.


Forgot to add these:
(https://i.ibb.co/rGWhx0F/MULE1-crew-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/xm7QLNC/MULE1-crew-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/pJ1bwX6/MULE1-crew-C-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on September 08, 2020, 06:06:01 AM
very nice painting indeed. Have them in the painting queue too.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on September 08, 2020, 07:35:11 PM
Thanks Tom.
I also picked up some civilian figures from Eureka.

(https://i.ibb.co/ftcBNMX/Eureka-NAM-22-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/MsJyHqq/Eureka-NAM-22-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/qksDCJj/Eureka-NAM-22-C-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: FreakyFenton on September 08, 2020, 09:15:33 PM
Great job through and through! The AA post is particularly nice!  :)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on September 09, 2020, 05:34:20 AM
Nice. How do the Eureka match up sidewise with the Empress figures?
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on September 09, 2020, 08:38:55 AM
Great job through and through! The AA post is particularly nice!  :)

Thanks. It's a lovely piece. looking forward to the new HQ pack.

Nice. How do the Eureka match up sidewise with the Empress figures?

These two are a tad smaller than my other Eureka figures, but fit pretty well with the Empress NVA; although they are a bit simpler and do not have the same level of detail in the faces.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on September 09, 2020, 09:12:04 AM
Thanks Ash
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: ErikB on September 09, 2020, 03:54:50 PM
Nice. How do the Eureka match up sidewise with the Empress figures?
I have quite a few of each.

They are compatible though Empress is taller and thinner and Eureka is a bit meatier.

Mixing them is like mixing Dutch and Italians on an American diet (though fit, not fat).  Same scale but two different body types.

I hope that helps.   ;)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: carlos marighela on September 09, 2020, 04:37:29 PM
Yep the Eureka Vietnamese civilians are smaller but quite compatible size wise with the Empress Vietnamese, especially if you think of typical size differentials with females and stooped over old men. They are old Mike Broadbent sculpts like the rest of that range, so not exactly Paul Hicks or Kostaís level of sculpting but quite serviceable. Thereís another female in non la carrying a baby and IIRC one with a bicycle if you want variety
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on September 10, 2020, 11:19:03 AM
 :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on September 13, 2020, 12:14:38 PM
New toys

NVA15

(https://i.ibb.co/MsmHf1B/NVA15-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/V3Vg1BW/NVA15-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/yfXShg4/NVA15-C-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Rick F on September 13, 2020, 12:45:35 PM
Mine came yesterday, hope they turn out as well as yours, cracking as always.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on September 13, 2020, 03:13:17 PM
Great job  ;)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Sparrow on September 13, 2020, 04:15:39 PM
Brilliant!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on September 13, 2020, 05:31:13 PM
Thanks chaps.
Bugler bloke has got my signature 'Igor eye' look; just wondering if the penant on the bugle should be sporting a yellow star?
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: FreakyFenton on September 13, 2020, 05:50:11 PM
Thanks chaps.
Bugler bloke has got my signature 'Igor eye' look; just wondering if the penant on the bugle should be sporting a yellow star?

They're well painted figures! Even if the intro is set during the Indochina war, the bugler does remind me a bit of said intro to "We were soldiers" with Mel Gibson. Quite good! Might have to get one to set against my french paras.  :)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on September 13, 2020, 05:59:54 PM
They're well painted figures! Even if the intro is set during the Indochina war, the bugler does remind me a bit of said intro to "We were soldiers" with Mel Gibson. Quite good! Might have to get one to set against my french paras.  :)

There is a nice Viet Minh bugler in pack DBP08
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: FreakyFenton on September 20, 2020, 10:41:00 PM
There is a nice Viet Minh bugler in pack DBP08

 lol

I realized when I visited the Empress site. Though, now I'm tempted to get both, one for my Viet Minh Indochina and the other for Vietnam Vietcong.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on October 28, 2020, 09:24:21 AM
Picked up the helicopter gunners, just because they looked so cool. As I have no helicopters in this scale, I thought this one would look the part of a downed crewchief.

(https://i.ibb.co/Q9wFR4h/Downed-Aircew-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/DVdw2TY/Downed-Aircew-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/RYxZBWd/Downed-Aircew-C-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/cg5qkgf/Downed-Aircew-D-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/HH07db0/Downed-Aircew-E-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on October 28, 2020, 09:30:57 AM
 :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: commissarmoody on October 28, 2020, 11:22:03 AM
Dude definitely fits the bill. Well done.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Sparrow on October 28, 2020, 01:32:28 PM
Very nice!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on November 05, 2020, 02:01:48 PM
thanks guys, I added some more grass around the smaller plant, blends in better now and hides the glue.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on November 08, 2020, 10:47:52 AM
Some WIP Door Gunners, waiting for some pilots to arrive...

(https://i.ibb.co/DMGwKwC/WIP-Door-Gunners-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: carlos marighela on November 08, 2020, 11:11:19 AM
Captain America is way cool!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on November 08, 2020, 02:15:22 PM
Very nice.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Sparrow on November 08, 2020, 03:17:31 PM
Brilliant...
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on November 08, 2020, 03:20:43 PM
The ERDL camouflage is fantastic :-*

So is the Stars & Stripes Helmet :o
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on November 10, 2020, 02:10:08 PM
Thanks guys. Pilots arrived just catching up to the gunners with the painting, still WIP...

(https://i.ibb.co/Lr7XwNz/PIP-Pilots-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/RNgQNry/PIP-Pilots-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/3S3F7Zv/PIP-Pilots-C-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/TMfLgDn/PIP-Pilots-D-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/sFZnFQH/PIP-Pilots-E-LR.jpg)

Not sure about Mr Rebel helmet, looks a bit crap so may redo it or something different.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on November 10, 2020, 02:19:55 PM
Brilliant. I love the fact that we are all painting pilots with US, Texas, and Confederate helmets.  lol

Has to be done though. ;)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on November 10, 2020, 06:04:57 PM
Nice painting
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Rick F on November 10, 2020, 09:34:36 PM
These are excellent, both the sculpts and your painting.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: carlos marighela on November 10, 2020, 10:29:45 PM
Ah, the Italeri Huey. Just been building one. Nice model but with the usual Italeri engineering problems. You are going to have fun getting the cabin upper roof to fit the sides. Mine took a bit of fiddling around and I still wasnít entirely happy with the result. Putty was involved. I still have another to build at some stage. Were they not so expensive I would have gone the Kitty Hawk version which is by all accounts a more accurate kit and better build. Still the Italeri kit is miles ahead of the Revell UH-1B which isnít even a B and is an appalling kit. Mine went straight to the parts bin for the Hobby Boss kits and Iím hoping to salvage enough of the fuselage to make a crashed objective piece.

By the by you need to cut out some plastic card armour for those crew seats. Standard on all Vietnam Hueys and absent in the Italeri kit. The head rests on the main cabin seats you might want to clip off as I canít find any evidence of them on US or RAAF versions.

Thereís a build guide to a brilliant Kitty Hawk Huey thatís useful in terms of detailing here:

https://www.themodellingnews.com/2017/08/build-guide-andrew-further-enhances.html

Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on November 11, 2020, 08:57:39 AM
Thanks Carlos.
Unfortunatly I glued the fuselage together last night so wont be getting back to the pilot seats, should be able to attack the head rest though.
Fuselage sides don't exactly line up very well, especially the tail section & the nose. Will be a lot of filling & filing and swearing ahead...
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: commissarmoody on November 12, 2020, 05:33:56 AM
That's one great looking flight crew.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Sparrow on November 12, 2020, 06:00:46 PM
Looking good 👍
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on November 14, 2020, 09:52:06 AM
Think I'm finished with this; 1/48 Italeri UH-1D with Empress crew.


(https://i.ibb.co/RyXnLyx/Huey-UH-1-D-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/vC5mCVq/Huey-UH-1-D-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/ZWxSrKB/Huey-UH-1-D-C-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/92NrYTn/Huey-UH-1-D-E-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/Qn4jNrd/Huey-UH-1-D-F-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/Fm1bjtP/Huey-UH-1-D-G-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/3C84FLv/Huey-UH-1-D-D-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/xmj12zV/Huey-UH-1-D-H-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/NmbgKgd/Huey-UH-1-D-I-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/dmt6qdR/Huey-UH-1-D-J-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on November 14, 2020, 10:18:24 AM
That looks amazing - well done :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Sparrow on November 14, 2020, 10:50:28 AM
Brilliant!!!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on November 15, 2020, 12:17:44 PM
Thanks guys. I'd quite like to have a go at an OH-6A
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on December 24, 2020, 11:13:39 AM
Being out of little metal blokes to attack with powertools and paint, I made the mistake of rummaging through a box of off cuts of MDF, XPS and plasticard...

Had a go at some Vietnam'ish terrain for the US.

Ammo storage thing:

(https://i.ibb.co/TkNy0cv/NAM-ammo-storage-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/47qx1GM/NAM-ammo-storage-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/pKcVJgJ/NAM-ammo-storage-C-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/0MkzJ4k/NAM-ammo-storage-D-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on December 24, 2020, 12:16:25 PM
That looks good  :-*

How did you do the curved roof?
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on December 24, 2020, 12:31:27 PM
That looks good  :-*

How did you do the curved roof?

It's a piece of textured styrene (Evergreen sort of stuff), I cut a grove into both sides of the base. Jammed in one side and glued it with CA, once dry bent the other side into the other slot and glued it. Not quite symmetrical, but looks ok.

Made it to go with a mortar pit; just ordered an M29 81mm mortar + crew, that should look the part...

(https://i.ibb.co/J7NM0Zy/NAM-mortar-pit-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/qRn2nty/NAM-mortar-pit-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/mXjL5pd/NAM-mortar-pit-C-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/TgbSsj6/NAM-mortar-pit-D-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on December 24, 2020, 01:45:04 PM
Thanks for the tip.

Next question - how do you get your sandbags so neat and even?
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on December 24, 2020, 04:22:46 PM
Thanks for the tip.

Next question - how do you get your sandbags so neat and even?

Ended up with lots of different shapes and sizes. Spent ages trying to press sticky sandbags to the trenches, but that stuff prefers sticking to skin.
On the learning curve front; I now mix the miliput, roll it out on some grease proof baking paper, fold the paper over the roll and squash it flat ('ish) then leave it for about half an hour. Trim the flattened roll of miliput with a scalpel into a long rectangle , then just cut the 'bags' off one at a time, prod them into shape and press them onto the trench/bunker. Still get a lot of mutants, but if something looks really bad just stick another one over it.


(https://i.ibb.co/85Mw0kw/NAM-trench1-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/RYZHVSS/NAM-trench1-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/Y7CKvw6/NAM-trench1-C-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/D861GCF/NAM-trench1-D-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on December 25, 2020, 07:51:29 AM
They are very good.

Thanks for the tip on sand bags
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on December 25, 2020, 08:16:19 AM
The last piece, so far.
This started as a trench with a fighting position, then added a roof, then roof over trench, which resulted in the steps.


(https://i.ibb.co/T2MCZqh/NAM-bunker-trench-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/d7XfpYg/NAM-bunker-trench-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/ZTLQ210/NAM-bunker-trench-C-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/0tRS3dh/NAM-bunker-trench-D-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/rtYLrNX/NAM-bunker-trench-E-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/hgWMW5d/NAM-bunker-trench-F-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/yk72Lf3/NAM-bunker-trench-I-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Sparrow on December 25, 2020, 08:42:37 AM
Brilliant....
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: gamer Mac on December 25, 2020, 09:45:27 AM
Cool work :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on December 25, 2020, 06:45:30 PM
Another great terrain piece.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on December 25, 2020, 08:11:31 PM
thanks guys. I'm just looking at how big some of those sandbags turned out. The ones on the roof are probably about right, others look like they raided a soft furnishings dept and grabbed all the futon cushions!
Next time I'm going to draw a couple of parallel lines, the length I want, on the paper and actually measure them.

Here's couple of pics with the roof off, support column lifts out as well.

(https://i.ibb.co/5LZm15X/NAM-bunker-trench-G-roof-off-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/HrGYkWb/NAM-bunker-trench-H-roof-off-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on December 27, 2020, 05:40:47 PM
Excellent.

Re: futons - bullet absorbing and comfortable...
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Lord Raglan on December 27, 2020, 10:21:41 PM
Fabulous stuff Ash
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on December 27, 2020, 10:33:37 PM
Thanks a lot. Just finished sticking little bags to this:

(https://i.ibb.co/9rHq1TS/WIP-watch-tower-sand-bags-A-LR.jpg)

Going to take the ones on the roof off I think
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: FreakyFenton on December 28, 2020, 10:15:13 PM
Cracking job on the tower and other bits of terrain!  :)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: clanmac on December 29, 2020, 12:11:02 AM
Some superb stuff here. That tower is wonderful.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on December 29, 2020, 04:10:21 PM
Very good - well done :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on January 05, 2021, 04:01:34 PM
Thanks guys, just about done with the tower, and started on a few new bits.

Needed an 81mm mortar, to go in the pit...

Got this from Gringo40s:

(https://i.ibb.co/5nhsRmg/USMC-81mm-mortar-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/fYpsR5w/USMC-81mm-mortar-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/3sPQ9x0/USMC-81mm-mortar-C-LR.jpg)

In its new home.
(https://i.ibb.co/hc4RQVr/USMC-81mm-mortar-D-emplacement-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/2vS6KGT/USMC-81mm-mortar-E-emplacement-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Rick F on January 05, 2021, 06:48:22 PM
Lovely tower and excellent painting on the mortar mate.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on January 05, 2021, 10:55:47 PM
Nice again. That mortar and the pit look good.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on January 06, 2021, 06:34:30 AM
outstanding
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Russ justice on January 07, 2021, 10:18:30 AM
I am completely blown away by your dedication and standard you've put into this! It is truly amazing work.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on January 07, 2021, 03:17:17 PM
Thanks for the feedback chaps.

Got hold of a 1/56 LVTP-5.
It's a 3D print; in my naivety I assummed it would have been printed on an SLA resin printer whereas this was FDM and a bit of a shocker at first glance.
Once I worked out what most of the shapes on the top were suppossed to be I chopped them off (other than the engine housing bit which wasn't there), and marinaded it in filler, then attacked it with sand paper.
Got to the stage where I realised smooth was not going to happen, so added back the grab handles with wire; covered most of the top in 'sand bags' & stowage. Then mud all over...

(https://i.ibb.co/dLzTtm3/LVTP-5-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/PWpHCQd/LVTP-5-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/P1mQWVn/LVTP-5-C-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/RcVXkGT/LVTP-5-D-LR.jpg)

@ Russ; I do seem to have got a tad carried away with all this Nam stuff, but it's keeping me out of trouble... Got a few more sections of trench on the go: a corner 90 degree turn with small bunker, gate/barrier with bunker, a couple of trench end pieces and a howizer emplacement (waiting for model to arrive) and may do a landing pad, if making sand bags doesn't make me turn to drink first..
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on January 07, 2021, 03:47:55 PM
for an FDM print it looks really nice what you did !!!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on January 07, 2021, 10:41:20 PM
Nice work. It does sound like hard work.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Slayer on January 08, 2021, 12:13:16 AM
end result tho is fantastic :-* :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on January 08, 2021, 07:33:58 AM
That is very good. Well done :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: FreakyFenton on January 08, 2021, 12:49:27 PM
I'll agree with the others here. I particularly like the stowage, makes it looked lived in.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: carlos marighela on January 08, 2021, 09:20:33 PM
Splendid work on that! Out of curiosity, who was the maker of the LVTP? Iíve had my eye on the Tank Factory one but maybe not if itís that much hard work.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on January 08, 2021, 09:36:22 PM
Thanks guys. Sticking Empress grunts all over it certainly helped polish a t##d...

@ FreakyFenton: seems like any excuse to make bloody sand bags these days...

Splendid work on that! Out of curiosity, who was the maker of the LVTP? Iíve had my eye on the Tank Factory one but maybe not if itís that much hard work.

That's the one.
Looks like this pre pliers and sandpaper:

(https://i.ibb.co/XZJk6n0/WIP-LVTP-5-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/tD7sgSM/WIP-LVTP-5-B-LR.jpg)

Not sure why the top engine housing part was missing, as it's shown in the pics on their website.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: carlos marighela on January 09, 2021, 10:07:36 AM
Ta! So stripey/ corrugated in the middle and top and smooth at the ends? I know sod all about 3D printing but it seems a bit weird.

Still you have shon that with sufficient effort you can make a very nice model from it. Whether I have the patience after having spent days cutting away flash from old plastic kits is another matter.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: coldm2231 on January 09, 2021, 10:41:28 AM
Not sure if this helps chaps but I have bought a few from the ebay seller below, they do LVTHs too, in 1/50 scale. I found that the sides were really smooth but the top had print lines that I hid with stowage. They do different variants of the 5 too
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1-56-scale-LVTP-5-Amphibious-APC-suitable-for-Bolt-action-Yankee-etc/254357551782?hash=item3b38e43aa6:g:WiQAAOSwqlFdej5E
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on January 09, 2021, 12:13:55 PM
Ta! So stripey/ corrugated in the middle and top and smooth at the ends? I know sod all about 3D printing but it seems a bit weird.

Still you have shon that with sufficient effort you can make a very nice model from it. Whether I have the patience after having spent days cutting away flash from old plastic kits is another matter.

...So stripey/ corrugated in the middle and top and...still corrugated at both ends (but easier to sand).


@ coldm2231: Interesting to see that one has the same lack of engine top cover/housing/exhaust.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: coldm2231 on January 09, 2021, 12:19:05 PM
Ash, the ones I got do have them. He prints different variants , not sure which ones I ordered now but the seller lists them in the description and you specify when you order.... I'm still after a mine plough variant!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on January 09, 2021, 12:29:40 PM
Ash
Is that the Butler's print?
I have their waterline LVtP-5 and that was similar with the print quality.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on January 09, 2021, 03:12:49 PM
Thanks coldm2231.

Ash
Is that the Butler's print?
I have their waterline LVtP-5 and that was similar with the print quality.

This one came from the Tank Factory (.UK).
Just had a look at both and they appear to be very similar, just a big difference in price: Butler @ £30.80 & Tank Factory @ £13.99 for essentially the same thing.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on January 14, 2021, 08:13:33 PM
Sort of finished with the tower, well had enough of prodding it anyway. I found a base that by sheer fluke it just about fits on (20mm vehicle base).

(https://i.ibb.co/dM9mP5S/Tower-A-LR.jpg)(https://i.ibb.co/xMNRNS7/Tower-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/N37n6gF/Tower-C-LR.jpg)(https://i.ibb.co/X5C7gzq/Tower-D-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on January 15, 2021, 07:16:04 AM
very nice indeed
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on January 15, 2021, 08:18:20 AM
Cheers Tom.

Made a 90 degree corner piece that can join the first two together.

(https://i.ibb.co/SrCJqhj/Corner-trench-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/7gZj6s2/Corner-trench-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/pJQ93LQ/Corner-trench-C-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/ctCMhxx/Corner-trench-E-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/vv2Dmw1/Corner-trench-F-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/Q9C2k2G/Corner-trench-G-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on January 15, 2021, 09:18:45 AM
The tower and bunker are spectacular  :-* :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on January 15, 2021, 10:21:53 AM
Also did a sort of Camp entrance bit that butts up to the trench pieces either side. Then added a removable gate and barrier , made from off cuts.
The barbed wire is etched brass from Forge World, left over from 40K days...
This one was the only board that warped, but managed to beat it back into submission.

(https://i.ibb.co/GFyfGwT/Main-Entrance-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/6HLnFty/Main-Entrance-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/0XVZzbf/Gate-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/FJ4Fxss/Gate-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/FK97Wnc/Gate-barrier-LR.jpg)

Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on January 15, 2021, 10:26:30 AM
Very nice indeed. One question which color did you use for the sandbags? I thought they are some kind of buff color in reality or am I wrong.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on January 15, 2021, 10:58:56 AM
US military sandbags  were usually olive green in Vietnam, but sometimes there was a mix of olive green and plain hessian.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Long_Binh_Post#/media/File:Long_Binh_bunker,_March_1968.png (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Long_Binh_Post#/media/File:Long_Binh_bunker,_March_1968.png)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: carlos marighela on January 15, 2021, 11:09:39 AM
Of course once you add laterite soil, everything thatís permeable and even things that arenít take on a reddish hue.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on January 15, 2021, 02:01:47 PM
Very nice indeed. One question which color did you use for the sandbags? I thought they are some kind of buff color in reality or am I wrong.

I went with a sort of greenish grey base (40% basalt grey 60% german cam. dark green).
Here's some of the ref pics of FSB's I found online:

(https://i.ibb.co/r3PggjF/3-Resupply-Hilltop-Firebase-1969-standard.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/6vZ5BL9/30ec6299bc29edd62f16f48985cf0013.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/gRJ9LXS/d36785e21dea57b61da08c76c88dd53d.jpg)


It contrasts quite nicely with the ground colour, and you can add washes to tone it down/filter it.
I did go with a more hesian colour for the bags on tanks/armoured vehicle's as otherwise the'd blend in with the colour of the armour.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on January 15, 2021, 02:09:25 PM
I also made a couple of end pieces for the trenches .

(https://i.ibb.co/ftsLGkb/Trench-end-1-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/Sndx1N7/Trench-end-2-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/p44Lskx/Trench-end-2-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/1MbHbTM/Trench-end-detail-1-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/n0BB38h/Trench-end-detail-2-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/YXGkMHs/Trench-end-detail-3-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/2W08DfZ/Trench-ends-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on January 18, 2021, 07:18:26 AM
Very nice additions for your trenches!! And thanks for the color info. Have to change mine a bit I think...
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on January 18, 2021, 09:15:51 PM
Here's the last of the Fire Base bits; was suppossed to be for a 105mm Howitzer, but not sure if the company I ordered one from is currently up and running..

(https://i.ibb.co/1ZVK01T/Artillery-pit-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/518rY6F/Artillery-pit-B-LR.jpg)

I may add some barbed wire to to last trench bits...
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: gamer Mac on January 18, 2021, 11:28:51 PM
great work on these :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on January 19, 2021, 06:24:21 AM
The emplacement for the gun looks great. Were did you get the floor boards from ?
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on January 19, 2021, 10:03:15 AM
Thanks.

The metal bits are 1/48 Pierced Steel Planking (PSP)/ Marston matting; found it on eBay, made from etched brass.



(https://i.ibb.co/NKKZJ76/Artillery-pit-detail-1-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/vPmX04N/Artillery-pit-detail-2-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/p274xSh/Artillery-pit-detail-3-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/sVWsT8m/Artillery-pit-detail-4-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/84PtrLQ/Artillery-pit-detail-5-LR.jpg)

Think I've got just enough left to do a little ladding pad...
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on January 19, 2021, 01:54:00 PM
Thanks for the info!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on January 19, 2021, 02:11:07 PM
Anyone doing SEALs may find this of interest:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUIo0Jtb3PY&t=595s
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on January 19, 2021, 10:33:56 PM
Very nice.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Splod on January 19, 2021, 10:41:31 PM
Absolutely stunning work. Your projects never cease to amaze me  :)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on January 23, 2021, 09:28:16 PM
Thanks Splod & smurf, here's a snap of the current WIP

(https://i.ibb.co/0tWqKhf/WIP-SEAL-1-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/85fg8BQ/WIP-SEAL-2-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Dr. Zombie on January 23, 2021, 09:31:17 PM
Wow. Someone has been busy.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Rick F on January 23, 2021, 09:52:21 PM
They're cracking mate, I still can't decide whether to get these or the SOG first.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on January 23, 2021, 10:00:16 PM
Get both, you know makes sense..
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Rick F on January 23, 2021, 10:19:48 PM
Get both, you know makes sense..
I'd only planned on getting an Aussie platoon with an SAS patrol. Paul Eaglestone is like the 80s anti smoking campaign for kids, Nic O'tine "one figure and you'll be in my grasp" lol
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on January 23, 2021, 11:29:14 PM
I never planned on doing Vietnam (let alone WW2), I even bought the boat & made 1/48 scale model helicopter!

Aussie SAS would be great.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on January 23, 2021, 11:32:11 PM
Wow. Someone has been busy.

Got a load of camo marines on the go as well...
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on January 24, 2021, 01:20:00 PM
Well done on the SEALs :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Treadheadz on January 24, 2021, 03:59:19 PM

Fine and fast brushwork Ash - Very lovely!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on January 24, 2021, 07:22:28 PM
Cheers chaps.

Added foliage to bases.


(https://i.ibb.co/rtNvhbW/SEAL-team-1-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/m6ZJLBn/SEAL-team-1-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/XsT91gb/SEAL-team-1-C-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/12Zcwqq/SEAL-team-1-D-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Rick F on January 24, 2021, 07:36:25 PM
Absolutely gorgeous mate, the colours for the Tiger stripe and ERDL (or whatever it's called) are bang on. You'll have to let us know the colours you used when you get 5 minutes, they'll be handy for when the SAS get released.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on January 24, 2021, 07:47:19 PM
Thanks Rick, here's the rest of the pack.


(https://i.ibb.co/Jdrzy8b/SEAL-team-2-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/C24pxj5/SEAL-team-2-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/S58rwB4/SEAL-team-2-C-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/3fGFPJs/SEAL-team-2-D-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Sparrow on January 24, 2021, 08:41:26 PM
Fantastic!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: carlos marighela on January 24, 2021, 11:36:15 PM
Indeedy! Those are very good and given they have only just come out the speed at which you have got those done is remarkable in and of itself.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Blackwolf on January 24, 2021, 11:52:20 PM
Very nice!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on January 25, 2021, 07:23:35 AM
They are really good - well done :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on January 25, 2021, 07:38:37 AM
I like them a lot!!! outstanding :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on January 25, 2021, 10:32:38 AM
@ Sparrow, Carlos, Blackwolf, Mick & Tom; thanks very much, I'd been looking forward to these since Paul H showed the WIP pics last year. I had one of the lockdown deal packs arrive the day before so used some of them to test some camo.


Absolutely gorgeous mate, the colours for the Tiger stripe and ERDL (or whatever it's called) are bang on. You'll have to let us know the colours you used when you get 5 minutes, they'll be handy for when the SAS get released.

For the ERDL (Engineer Research and Development Laboratory) camo, there are two types predominent green & predominent brown, my effort probably ended up somewhere in the middle. used (all Vallejo) 'German cam. Beige' for the base, green bits: 'Splinter strips' & 'English Uniform' for the brown, black squiggles 50/50 'black & black grey'.

Tiger stripes: I went with a base of 'US Dark Green' & 'Grey Green' approx 50/50. The stripes 50/50 'Black & Black Grey', the thin lighter stripey bits were a mix of the 'Grey Green & Deck Tan', then some little thinned down bits of 'German cam. medium Brown'

Used this bloke as a test, as I had only done the black stripes on him before.

(https://i.ibb.co/zrGMdWJ/Heli-gunner-tiger-stripe-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/HpXb0hj/Heli-gunner-tiger-stripe-B-LR.jpg)

Postie just dropped off the MACV SOG...

Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: commissarmoody on January 25, 2021, 11:53:33 AM
Thanks, I and saving and printing that out now.  lol
The SEALS and SOG look great.
Looking forward to seeing LRRPs when they come out.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on January 25, 2021, 07:43:49 PM
From the lockdown deal I got another M60 team:

(https://i.ibb.co/1G7Xy2G/M60-team-6-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/BGGSc11/M60-team-6-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/4pnxd3r/M60-team-6-C-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Rick F on January 25, 2021, 08:36:31 PM
Thank you very much, I'll get some ordered, cheers.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on January 26, 2021, 04:19:11 PM
These were just for fun on some doubles I had, probably add them to the recon marines.

(https://i.ibb.co/Zg9V9MD/Recon-Gyrene-1-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/8zv0sNF/Recon-Gyrene-1-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/5BCg4gt/Recon-Gyrene-1-C-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/FgQPY9p/Recon-Gyrene-2-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/DRBHdDc/Recon-Gyrene-2-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/jh611Cf/Recon-Gyrene-2-C-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: commissarmoody on January 27, 2021, 03:05:47 AM
Damn they look cool.  :o
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on January 27, 2021, 06:20:07 AM
indeed! Were are the heads from?
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: commissarmoody on January 27, 2021, 06:51:38 AM
indeed! Were are the heads from?
They are Empress from the Ultra modern USMC range. https://www.empressminiatures.com/usmc13-783-p.asp
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on January 27, 2021, 09:44:38 AM
They look very good.  ;)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on January 27, 2021, 10:03:38 AM
Thanks for the Info
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on January 27, 2021, 12:04:45 PM
Latest WIP

(https://i.ibb.co/zr4R17k/WIP-SOG-1-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/MsxjHKs/WIP-SOG-1-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/q746WD2/WIP-SOG-2-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/ngw9fwr/WIP-SOG-2-B-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: commissarmoody on January 27, 2021, 12:36:35 PM
Nice!  :D
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on January 27, 2021, 01:26:50 PM
 :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: RedRowan on January 27, 2021, 02:55:53 PM
They look very nice indeed.

This thread and a few others like it resulted in me visiting the Empress Miniatures site and ordering a couple of packs.  :)

Steve
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Treadheadz on January 27, 2021, 04:20:36 PM

Hell YES!

Sten Gun and RPD(obviously) dudes are by far my favorites!

Your tiger work is awesome and the 'spraypainted' camo stripes is a very cool authentic touch!

Very well done, good sir!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on January 28, 2021, 07:38:22 AM
That is quick painting indeed!!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on January 28, 2021, 11:21:28 AM
Thanks guys



... the 'spraypainted' camo stripes is a very cool authentic touch!


Thanks for the feedback, with hindsight I should have done the same sort of uniform on the bloke with the RPD, came very close to repainting him green...

Anyhoo, here's the first lot with bases:

(https://i.ibb.co/64PJ1sW/MACV-SOG-Team-1-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/80kTVRq/MACV-SOG-Team-1-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/Z2xjZn2/MACV-SOG-Team-1-C-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/WVh6Kkm/MACV-SOG-Team-1-D-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/0C2jDgf/MACV-SOG-Team-1-E-LR.jpg)


Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Treadheadz on January 28, 2021, 12:26:28 PM

Thanks for the feedback, with hindsight I should have done the same sort of uniform on the bloke with the RPD, came very close to repainting him green...


Historicly more accurate I guess - But rule of cool makes him very cool looking in Stripes!!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on January 28, 2021, 12:44:58 PM
Historicly more accurate I guess - But rule of cool makes him very cool looking in Stripes!!

Works for me!
I'm tempted to get another pack of these, then introduce some marine figures to the razor saw for some leg swaps...

Here's the other half of the pack:

(https://i.ibb.co/0Q74ShF/MACV-SOG-Team-2-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/pJ3LWcR/MACV-SOG-Team-2-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/qp8SR5k/MACV-SOG-Team-2-C-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/1M7dDdZ/MACV-SOG-Team-2-D-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/KwDRr4C/MACV-SOG-Team-2-E-LR.jpg)

Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: commissarmoody on January 28, 2021, 12:59:29 PM
Those SOG dudes look badass.
What would you do if you did give their legs the chop? Just to get different poses?
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on January 28, 2021, 01:09:44 PM
They are fantastic - well done :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on January 28, 2021, 01:10:09 PM
Those SOG dudes look badass.
What would you do if you did give their legs the chop? Just to get different poses?

Was thinking about it, but just had a look & most of the marines have gas mask bags against their legs.
Ordered another pack of the recon blokes instead, so probably split them between the SEALs & SOG.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Rick F on January 28, 2021, 01:50:26 PM
The homemade cam on the Sten bloke is a really nice touch, I've read that the SASR sometimes made really effective camouflage by flicking black paint on green uniforms, I'm currently searching for photos.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Treadheadz on January 28, 2021, 02:06:51 PM

I had considered to use the Recon models too.

I did end up getting a bunch of Vietnam Anzac instead - With a little head and weapon swap, I think they'll work great as more indigs for a SOG RT
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on January 28, 2021, 02:10:45 PM
How did you do the the bamboo and large plants?

Is that the Chinese bamboo that you get on Ebay?
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on January 28, 2021, 05:50:33 PM
The homemade cam on the Sten bloke is a really nice touch, I've read that the SASR sometimes made really effective camouflage by flicking black paint on green uniforms, I'm currently searching for photos.

I'm thinking I should have done the same camo on the bloke with the RPD, he's got some super details on him (extra pockets on sleeves etc) that are a bit hidden by the tiger stripes, oh well...  I'd be very interested to see any pics you find of SASR blokes, I've got a few, but none of DIY camo.

I had considered to use the Recon models too.

I did end up getting a bunch of Vietnam Anzac instead - With a little head and weapon swap, I think they'll work great as more indigs for a SOG RT

Ordered another pack of the recon blokes earlier. Empress had it in the post in just over two hours, can't get better than that.
Might have a go at adding the extra pockets to a couple, then the spray paint camo. Probably add the medic to the Seal team.

How did you do the the bamboo and large plants?

Is that the Chinese bamboo that you get on Ebay?

Spot on, the bamboo came from China, pre Covid. Had it sitting in a box of wierd looking green plastic stuff I picked up from various sellers (could all be from the same factory) on eBay a couple of years ago. Got a couple of different sizes (lengths), I think I prefer the bigger sized 'plants' as the pole bit has a wire running through it and less flash that the shorter options.

Painting them was fairly straight forward.
I painted all of them with Vallejo 'NATO green primer; 'Ochre Brown' for the bamboo pole bit (any mustard yellow would do 'Japan Uniform' etc), a wash of dark green all over, then lightly dry brushed the leaves with the Ocher. The broad leaf plants I used a few different shades of green + the ocher, kept it fairly well thinned down and let the colours run into each other a bit, then a wash of any darkish green.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on January 29, 2021, 09:25:19 AM
very nice indeed :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on January 30, 2021, 09:14:22 PM
Got another pack of the Force Recon marines, having a go at some little conversions...

(https://i.ibb.co/NV9DfQ8/WIP-SOG-conversion-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Blackwolf on January 30, 2021, 09:45:14 PM
Nice!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on January 31, 2021, 10:30:50 AM
Thanks for the heads up on the speedy service. I will mention it in Empress Christine's appraisal  lol   

Looking forward to seeing what you do with these guys ;)

Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on January 31, 2021, 03:42:36 PM
Looking forward to seeing what you do with these guys ;)

Nothing too OTT, just adding some sleeve pockets, a weapon swap and one blokes getting a different hat.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Russ justice on January 31, 2021, 04:58:22 PM
fantastic work, the basing is brilliantly done  :)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on February 02, 2021, 05:49:59 PM
Thanks Russ.

Second go at the Recon team, thought these might look the part for the start of another SOG team.


(https://i.ibb.co/z582QcW/SOG-team-2-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/zP960FB/SOG-team-2-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/xLQJvmr/SOG-team-2-C-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/6vVctxY/SOG-team-2-D-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/BKQsY8K/SOG-team-2-E-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Treadheadz on February 02, 2021, 06:46:34 PM
 :o :o :o
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Sparrow on February 02, 2021, 07:06:04 PM
Brilliant!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on February 02, 2021, 08:38:32 PM
Here's the rest of the pack:


(https://i.ibb.co/h1NWXzP/SEAL-team-2-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/JBD87BD/SEAL-team-2-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/r4G0LrP/SEAL-team-2-C-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/YTCMwwb/SEAL-team-2-D-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/khTSpQr/SEAL-team-2-E-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Russ justice on February 02, 2021, 09:07:16 PM
Magnificent work all round 👏
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Lord Raglan on February 02, 2021, 09:24:57 PM
Bravo sir!!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Earther on February 02, 2021, 09:45:54 PM
Outstanding!  8)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on February 03, 2021, 11:07:02 AM
Cheers chaps.

Whilst they were out on the bench I took some comparison pics with the first lot.

(https://i.ibb.co/WxQCbwd/NAM16-comparison-1-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/G59M4SJ/NAM16-comparison-2-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/7bFCvd8/NAM16-comparison-3-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/kgc1zBw/NAM16-comparison-4-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/qCscbLh/NAM16-comparison-5-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/7XjJZ7y/NAM16-comparison-6-LR.jpg)

Just noticed the barrel of the shotgun is missing on the last bloke...
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on February 03, 2021, 11:12:45 AM
Great job. I like the M14  ;)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on February 03, 2021, 12:02:57 PM
The camouflage is great - you can clearly see the difference between tiger stripe and ERDL. :-*

You even have the difference between "silver" tiger stripe and "gold" tigerstripe with the added brown stripes.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Russ justice on February 04, 2021, 09:54:41 AM
The camouflage is great - you can clearly see the difference between tiger stripe and ERDL. :-*

You even have the difference between "silver" tiger stripe and "gold" tigerstripe with the added brown stripes.

Couldn't agree more, they are superb.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on February 04, 2021, 09:56:49 AM
Outstanding camo!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on February 06, 2021, 05:54:14 PM
Nice.

The guy with the radio looks like he should be a Bolshevik with that hat and 'tache (or in Hugo's "The Glums").
[Edit - that was on page 32... a bit behind...]
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on February 06, 2021, 05:56:35 PM
And back in the present. Nice work on the camouflage.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on February 07, 2021, 11:15:22 AM
Cheers chaps.

I finished the 105mm Howitzer, to go in the emplacement. Not seen a real one of these, it looks little smaller than I was expecting.

(https://i.ibb.co/fnVJJg5/Howitzer-emplacement-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/0f16444/Howitzer-emplacement-B-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on February 07, 2021, 01:13:46 PM
Another good looking piece - well done Ash :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on February 07, 2021, 02:07:00 PM
Thanks Mick.

Three of the figures in there came with the gun, there was a fourth but he looked more like a 40k Catachan so got consigned to the spares 'box of shame'.
Here's a few more pics:

(https://i.ibb.co/R493PLs/Howitzer-emplacement-detail-7-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/L54sbkt/Howitzer-emplacement-detail-1-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/0q9vhy0/Howitzer-emplacement-detail-3-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/pZvcjg6/Howitzer-emplacement-detail-2-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/7pYTSm9/Howitzer-emplacement-detail-4-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/2MKt5mq/Howitzer-emplacement-detail-5-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/wgr4WzC/Howitzer-emplacement-detail-8-LR.jpg)

Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on February 07, 2021, 02:12:18 PM
How did you do the punched steel flooring?
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on February 07, 2021, 02:21:00 PM
How did you do the punched steel flooring?


It's 1/48 scale Pierced Steel Plating (PSP) from a company called Flightpath. Found it on eBay, also search for Marston matting.
Hopefully got enough left for a small landing pad.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on February 09, 2021, 02:24:42 PM
Having a go at converting some figures, here's the first, not sure what he's going to be yet.:

(https://i.ibb.co/74kbyTj/WIP-LRRP-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/Swtbm4F/WIP-LRRP-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/Jz82vWm/WIP-LRRP-C-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/MgqRyLX/WIP-LRRP-D-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on February 09, 2021, 04:24:48 PM
He looks good - well done. :)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on February 10, 2021, 06:32:36 AM
really nice indeed
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on February 10, 2021, 09:33:12 AM
You could change the brim of his hat as that changes the look of the figure easily.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on February 10, 2021, 10:00:16 AM
Thanks guys.

I didn't want to change this guy too much, as the figures are great as they are, just loose the Aussie bits, so changing the pack was the main part.
Managed to save his '37 patt pack & entrenching tool. Used the pack from one of the NVA (the one with the NVA helmet on the side;salvaged the helmet), that figure now has a smaller pack and US waterbottles.
The rest of that Aussie pack (ANZ3) have all had the butt packs removed, the toggle ropes removed & the '37 patt ammo pouches cut down. Leg pockets added/modified, some sleeve pockets added & probably get extra waterbottles or other kit added. A couple of NVA figures are getting different belt kit & trouser pockets.
The rough idea is that these, the recon & SOG figures could look the part of a MIKE force unit (not TIGER force as I don't fancy making all the necklaces...)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on February 15, 2021, 08:51:38 PM
Here's the first group of four:

(https://i.ibb.co/xMtgY8K/Mike-Force-1-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/FnxKKFk/Mike-Force-1-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/R0xd1W8/Mike-Force-1-C-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/MC5kyYz/Mike-Force-1-D-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/g37Z3G1/Mike-Force-1-E-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: carlos marighela on February 15, 2021, 09:33:43 PM
Nice work!

Is the howitzer from Westwind? If so itís 1/60.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on February 15, 2021, 09:53:42 PM
Nice work!

Is the howitzer from Westwind? If so itís 1/60.

Cheers. Yes it's the Westwind version, is there a better sized one out there?

Just remembered , I swapped the wheels for some a bit chunkier.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on February 16, 2021, 07:00:35 AM
nice additions!!!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on February 16, 2021, 07:53:48 AM
Here's the other four

(https://i.ibb.co/zPDyzmZ/Mike-Force-2-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/V9hwsDB/Mike-Force-2-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/FwGbLHZ/Mike-Force-2-C-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/tYJXJqb/Mike-Force-2-D-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/87096C3/Mike-Force-2-E-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: carlos marighela on February 16, 2021, 11:12:09 AM
Cheers. Yes it's the Westwind version, is there a better sized one out there?

Just remembered , I swapped the wheels for some a bit chunkier.

Warlord do one in 1/56 and itís actually quite a decent model. Quarter Kit do one in 1/48 if you want something bigger.

Iím currently converting a Warlord 75mm pack howitzer into an M98 Howtar a USMC only mating of the 4.2Ē mortar to the pack howitzer carriage. Hoping Empress will do some generic gun crew at some point.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on February 16, 2021, 11:47:52 AM
Warlord do one in 1/56 and itís actually quite a decent model.

I nearly bought one of those, then found the Westwind model via an image search. Shame the gun is so small, the crew are Ok heightwise. With hindsight should have got the Warlord...

Also found this whilst in random search mode, from WarBases.

(https://i.ibb.co/X7dBZVy/Statue-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/QPJL52d/Statue-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/DL5SN58/Statue-C-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on February 16, 2021, 12:22:08 PM
I found a Buddha statue and a Chinese Pagoda in a pet shop as aquarium decorations. They also had a large Angkor Wat style temple.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on February 16, 2021, 12:40:05 PM
Check Ainsty as they sell a suitable Bhudda.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on February 16, 2021, 01:58:44 PM
I found a Buddha statue and a Chinese Pagoda in a pet shop as aquarium decorations. They also had a large Angkor Wat style temple.

I'd like to have a go at something fairly 'up the Nung river' looks wise.


Check Ainsty as they sell a suitable Bhudda.

I think it's the same model, there are a couple of 'temple dog' statues in the same range that could be useful.

Made a little base for it

(https://i.ibb.co/hL6hjM1/Statue-and-Base-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/Y8QSr1y/Statue-and-Base-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/9YPQywb/Statue-and-Base-C-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/YWwbqk2/Statue-and-Base-D-LR.jpg)

Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on February 16, 2021, 03:09:11 PM
These are the Angkor Wat aquarium decorations that I looked at.
I am sure you can find something similar in the UK, probably much cheaper too.

https://www.qualipet.ch/fr/p-70541-deep-sea-aquariumdekoration-tempel/ (https://www.qualipet.ch/fr/p-70541-deep-sea-aquariumdekoration-tempel/)

https://www.qualipet.ch/fr/p-70540-deep-sea-aquariumdekoration-statue/ (https://www.qualipet.ch/fr/p-70540-deep-sea-aquariumdekoration-statue/)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on February 16, 2021, 07:01:22 PM
Those are rather nice, thanks for the links.

Just had a look on eBay and found this:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Superfish-Zen-Deco-Aquarium-Ornaments-Fish/154009156817?epid=1743838758&hash=item23dba93cd1:g:7cAAAOSww3ZfD77G
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on February 16, 2021, 10:42:14 PM
Very nice.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: steders on February 16, 2021, 10:49:41 PM
That Buddha and terrain look great. Really nice
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Blackwolf on February 16, 2021, 10:54:06 PM
Ash,this project of yours is top notch,and I love how your miniatures are identifiably yours :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on February 17, 2021, 07:38:52 AM
Thanks guys, much appreciated.

I haven't attached the statue piece to the base, so it can be just another bit of jungle.

(https://i.ibb.co/GJpjNBR/Statue-base-1-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Rick F on February 17, 2021, 07:55:56 AM
"He's behind you!" very atmospheric scene mate.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Sparrow on February 17, 2021, 07:56:04 AM
Looks really good!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: carlos marighela on February 17, 2021, 08:57:23 AM
"He's behind you!"

Audience: ďOh no heís not!Ē

Lovely work Ash.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on February 17, 2021, 09:33:41 AM
Great work as usual. :-*

When I was doing the US SF research I came across a 'true' story of a unit that had to hunker down as an NVA frolicked in the river. One of the MACV guys was armed with a STEN with silencer. He was a few feet away from the NVA guard left to look after the units weapons and decided to pop him off. However he realised the guard was doing something naughty under his rain cape and so could not bring himself to ruin the chaps day. Evidently it became quite a famous story within the unit.  There was a lot more detail in the story but I will not risk breaking the post rules to go into detail  lol   
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Poiter50 on February 17, 2021, 01:36:27 PM
ROTFPML

Great work as usual. :-*

When I was doing the US SF research I came across a 'true' story of a unit that had to hunker down as an NVA frolicked in the river. One of the MACV guys was armed with a STEN with silencer. He was a few feet away from the NVA guard left to look after the units weapons and decided to pop him off. However he realised the guard was doing something naughty under his rain cape and so could not bring himself to ruin the chaps day. Evidently it became quite a famous story within the unit.  There was a lot more detail in the story but I will not risk breaking the post rules to go into detail  lol
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Earther on February 17, 2021, 07:27:07 PM
Choking Charlie?  lol lol
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on February 20, 2021, 04:57:13 PM
Other than chopping up the rather nice model in the SEAL pack (which is on my to-do list) does anyone make a Stoner 63 to fit 28mm ?
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on February 20, 2021, 06:22:00 PM
Very nice work.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on February 23, 2021, 04:05:50 PM
Bought another pack of the NAVY SEALs, to try some more minor conversions. Some to add to the previous SEALs, the rest counts as LRRPs etc.
My cunning plan this time is to try and remember to take some pictures along the way.

Got eight figures from the SEAL pack & pack NVA8.

Not a lot done to this one, just a head swap & some pockets on the trousers, added the base to his jacket, as it looked like he had a shirt tucked into jeans before.
(https://i.ibb.co/xqC6fQR/WIP-SEALs-3-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/y4QJSsh/WIP-SEALs-3-B-LR.jpg)

Same with this one, head swap and added pockets (one of which looks like I squashed it, so will redo)
(https://i.ibb.co/jH1v8P8/WIP-SEALs-3-C-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/y0bnKSs/WIP-SEALs-3-D-LR.jpg)

Not much on this bloke, just removed the 'butt-pack' and replaced with a canteen. Will paint in a different camo and try to make it look like he's wearing a waistcoat.
(https://i.ibb.co/SV0y8MT/WIP-SEALs-3-E-LR.jpg)

Removed the ammo boxes etc and added a back pack chopped off an NVA figure. Cut of the pouch ties and added more US looking straps.
(https://i.ibb.co/3vg81ps/WIP-SEALs-3-F-LR.jpg)

Cut the Stoner chap in half and added the top (with head swap) to the NVA that donated the backpack, and used the legs on a previously running NVA, who got trouser pockets and new belt kit.
(https://i.ibb.co/N3vdxhR/WIP-SEALs-3-G-LR.jpg)

Lastly; chopped off silencer boi's legs, & gave them to another NVA bloke who recieved canteens and new straps on his bergen. The top half got a set of NVA legs, with added pockets and hopefully looks even more sneeky than before.
(https://i.ibb.co/JxvgN49/WIP-SEALs-3-H-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/fryv08s/WIP-SEALs-3-I-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: carlos marighela on February 23, 2021, 07:42:05 PM
Very clever conversions.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Rick F on February 23, 2021, 11:11:31 PM
Nice conversions mate, looking forward to seeing them painted up. I see you've added wire to the hand set, something I always do on my modern British and totally forgot on this figure.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on February 24, 2021, 11:55:28 AM
Nice conversions mate, looking forward to seeing them painted up. I see you've added wire to the hand set, something I always do on my modern British and totally forgot on this figure.

I don't always think to do it (add the wire) & I probably don't make the coil tight enough (probably need to wrap the wire around a smaller drill bit.
Luckily this blokes radio already has the holes for adding aerial and handset cables as part of the cast.

Got a little bit of paint done

(https://i.ibb.co/9yW5WVx/PIP-SEALs-faces-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/kqg6qzP/PIP-SEALs-faces-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/92TQWxW/PIP-SEALs-faces-C-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on February 24, 2021, 02:44:22 PM
Nice conversions - well done :)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on February 25, 2021, 07:15:37 AM
indeed :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on February 25, 2021, 01:10:53 PM
Very nice job  :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on February 25, 2021, 02:00:32 PM
Cheers chaps.

Next stage:

(https://i.ibb.co/9sSLbnN/PIP-SEALs-webbing-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/TTHGTf0/PIP-SEALs-webbing-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/0GPS1QJ/PIP-SEALs-webbing-C-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/pxCrQ3Q/PIP-SEALs-webbing-D-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on February 26, 2021, 10:09:37 PM
Blocked in the base for the uniforms

(https://i.ibb.co/FH9vc2b/PIP-SEALs-uniforms-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/7KHn8Rd/PIP-SEALs-uniforms-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/DMQZMFs/PIP-SEALs-uniforms-C-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/nkyt49Y/PIP-SEALs-uniforms-D-LR.jpg)

Made up another from plastic WW2 USMC
(https://i.ibb.co/fkfXzX5/PIP-SEALs-uniforms-E-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/GVS7fLf/PIP-SEALs-uniforms-F-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Sparrow on February 28, 2021, 07:23:13 AM
Looking good!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on February 28, 2021, 05:47:26 PM
Thanks Sparrow.

Finished the first lot, bloke in the middle is a plastic WW2 marine with Empress bits (head, M16 etc).

(https://i.ibb.co/7xh4Fjf/MIKE-force-3-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/ZHRy36X/MIKE-force-3-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/4ZMXjHM/MIKE-force-3-C-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/kM3B3dv/MIKE-force-3-D-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Rick F on February 28, 2021, 06:15:49 PM
Excellent again, at this rate you're going to have more figures than they had SEALs and SOG in country, when the SASR come out there's no chance of the North winning lol
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on February 28, 2021, 06:46:35 PM
I think it may have got a little out of hand, counting the force recon chaps I now have around 45 blokes in camo...

Here's the rest of the last batch.

(https://i.ibb.co/Rphwvpn/SEAL-team-4-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/hVWXczd/SEAL-team-4-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/PW4rXHb/SEAL-team-4-C-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/6sssyvF/SEAL-team-4-D-LR.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/dcBqL2W/SEAL-team-4-E-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/HBJMSjZ/SEAL-team-4-F-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/pvS7dQ6/SEAL-team-4-G-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/qgf9Hrg/SEAL-team-4-H-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Blackwolf on February 28, 2021, 07:40:11 PM
Cracking work Asn :-* Now build a helicopter  :)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Lord Raglan on February 28, 2021, 07:43:43 PM
Bloody awesome job Ash, this is a really nice collection mate!!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on February 28, 2021, 08:56:21 PM
Cracking work Asn :-* Now build a helicopter  :)

Cheers, it just so happens that here's one I prepared earlier;

(https://i.ibb.co/dmt6qdR/Huey-UH-1-D-J-LR.jpg)

Bloody awesome job Ash, this is a really nice collection mate!!

Ta very much, not sure what to do next...
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on March 01, 2021, 10:33:18 PM
Very nice.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on March 04, 2021, 10:43:45 AM
Fantastic  :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Digits on March 04, 2021, 10:48:01 AM
Superb mate!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on March 04, 2021, 02:04:11 PM
outstanding
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on March 09, 2021, 03:01:50 PM
Thanks for the feedback chaps.

Just finished the book 'SOG: The Secret War of America's Commandos in Vietnam' by John L. Plaster, can highly recommend it to anyone interested in the subject.

Some incredibly brave men carrying out insanely dangerous missions, against inordinate numbers of enemy.
All whilst the majority of their missions details were leaked to the enemy prior to their insertion.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on March 10, 2021, 08:04:46 AM
Just ordered on your recommendation, then I saw another book and ordered that so that's a good start to the day  :D
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on March 11, 2021, 09:16:21 PM
Latest WIP addition. This bloke will be the One-Zero of my second RT


(https://i.ibb.co/G2WjzZ9/PIP-Mad-Dog-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/82QdqWx/PIP-Mad-Dog-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/PWj4GzS/PIP-Mad-Dog-C-LR.jpg)

Need to do something to the barrel...
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Rick F on March 11, 2021, 09:23:05 PM
Smart, did they use silencers on those? Maybe just put one on and just say it was a local armourer fix.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on March 11, 2021, 10:01:00 PM
Smart, did they use silencers on those? Maybe just put one on and just say it was a local armourer fix.

They did have a silenced version, I managed to damage my first go and it's not stuck back on quite straight. Time for take three...

(https://i.ibb.co/N3hz51j/m3a1-hudson-grease-gun-750x350.jpg)

Got the idea from this picture,

(https://i.ibb.co/SXv4zY3/unnamed-1.jpg)
SFC Jerry ďMad DogĒ Shriver, US 5th Special Forces.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Rick F on March 11, 2021, 10:45:11 PM
Ah I see, my mistake, I thought it was just a longer normal barrel. The only silencer I've seen is the chunky one in the Mel Gibson film Attack Force Z, don't even know if that was just made up for the film, but it would be a solution to the barrel problem.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: commissarmoody on March 12, 2021, 12:23:09 AM
I don't believe I ever saw that movie.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: carlos marighela on March 12, 2021, 03:55:04 AM
I donít believe anyone else did and judging by the look on Sam Neillís face at least some of the cast are grateful for that.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on March 12, 2021, 01:55:40 PM
That film is on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1OFkm35KgI&list=PLWaKHwX3MV35sL7yPVy_zUap1jnZHEbAR&index=64&t=1096s
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: AlexM on March 12, 2021, 02:05:49 PM
Really awesome stuff! How do you go about painting the face cam paint?
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on March 12, 2021, 04:34:45 PM
How do you go about painting the face cam paint?

I always paint the skin first, and quite often by the time I get around to the 'men with green faces' part, totally chicken out of adding green paint; as by that stage I quite like the way the faces turned out.
It can be a tad daunting to effectively cover up something you're happy with. That said...
I've tried a few different colours:
If just brown I tend to go with 'German cam. black brown' stripes across the face. Small'ish brush & very thin paint, diagonal lines, little bit at a time as oppossed to one continuous line.
For the green option I've used several different shades (trial & error), current favorite is a broad line of very thin 'German cam. dark green', probably need a couple of coats, try to avoid going too close to the eyes in case it runs it the recess. Then fill in the rest with a very, very thin layer of  'Luftwaffe cam. green', effectively a filter over the skin shades.

(https://i.ibb.co/dcBqL2W/SEAL-team-4-E-LR.jpg)

For a brighter green try something like 'Uniform greem'

(https://i.ibb.co/zf0KHJV/28mm-USMC-Recon-modern-2-A-LR.jpg)

Hope this is some help.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on March 14, 2021, 03:02:29 PM
Finished this bloke

(https://i.ibb.co/w7M893n/SOG-One-Zero-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/JjCz5dv/SOG-One-Zero-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/BZKNCWT/SOG-One-Zero-C-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/4pQ9BST/SOG-One-Zero-D-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: carlos marighela on March 14, 2021, 08:17:37 PM
Cracking stuff!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Lord Raglan on March 14, 2021, 09:19:27 PM
Bloody awesome Ash, very inspirational mate
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul Hicks on March 15, 2021, 06:46:39 AM
Excellent work Ash!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on March 15, 2021, 07:46:10 AM
Indeed outstanding brushwork! :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on March 15, 2021, 08:32:10 AM
Brilliant work. I did not recognise the figure............idea stolen  lol
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on March 15, 2021, 09:10:34 AM
Thanks a lot guys, much appreciated.

Got a few more ideas floating around, just need to get the bits together.

@ I'm sure you do, but just because I found a picture; the face is from this bloke.

(https://i.ibb.co/71L2b60/m16-14-front.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: carlos marighela on March 15, 2021, 09:22:33 AM
You know the SEALS in Vietnam used G3s and HK33s for a while. Bit of work and either the Eureka Portuguese or the Under Fire Bundeswehr might make interesting conversions.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on March 15, 2021, 10:26:34 AM
You know the SEALS in Vietnam used G3s and HK33s for a while. Bit of work and either the Eureka Portuguese or the Under Fire Bundeswehr might make interesting conversions.

Thanks, good idea.

I had a go (a while back) at converting an Under Fire Bundeswehr, to see if it would fit in with the Portuguese.

(https://i.ibb.co/NTBfyhB/28mm-Portuguese-size-comparisson-LR.jpg)

Just chopped off the German equipment (didn't do the yoke) and added some fairly dodgy looking GS pouches & canteens.
He's a little larger than the Eureka figures, but he has the big gun so sort of gets away it.

(https://i.ibb.co/42sdQVk/28mm-Porc-MG42-C-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on March 15, 2021, 06:48:06 PM
Excellent painting, and a great conversion.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on March 22, 2021, 07:14:22 PM
Here's the latest

(https://i.ibb.co/8X5m54N/Medivac-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/J2Z9cQ2/Medivac-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/DDr3yhF/Medivac-C-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/Zd4LNnv/Medivac-D-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/sg7mDhn/Medivac-E-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/3SxSpyz/Medivac-F-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/JCy1sB2/Medivac-G-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ragnar on March 22, 2021, 08:10:39 PM
So good.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on March 23, 2021, 07:15:07 AM
outstanding
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on March 23, 2021, 08:06:24 AM
 :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: carlos marighela on March 23, 2021, 09:37:56 AM
Lovely work. You should title that ĎJust another night in the Sergeantsí Messí.  ;)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on March 23, 2021, 09:43:33 AM
Thanks guys.

Lovely work. You should title that ĎJust another night in the Sergeantsí Messí.  ;)

I don't often add 'blood', but there looked to be a lot more claret prior to adding varnish.


The headless doorgunner received an ANZAC head, lost his body armour & added some belt kit.
The ANZAC who donated his head also lost his radio to the ANZAC officer, who is now the RTO for my little LRRP team.

(https://i.ibb.co/7t5Mk6g/LRRP-M60-RT-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/02RgHty/LRRP-M60-RT-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/W5zMWSm/LRRP-M60-RT-C-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/0fg59V6/LRRP-M60-RT-D-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on March 23, 2021, 10:40:27 AM
They look great - very clever conversions.
 :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: commissarmoody on March 23, 2021, 10:50:59 AM
Damn those are sexy.  :o
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on March 23, 2021, 11:59:30 AM
Here's the other two figures from pack ANZ6, not done much to them other than US 'ish trouser pockets and camo

(https://i.ibb.co/QvTpvxn/LRRP-medic-casualty-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/9wbWYGZ/LRRP-medic-casualty-B-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Rick F on March 23, 2021, 12:21:18 PM
Cracking conversions again mate.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on March 24, 2021, 11:37:16 AM
Thanks Rick.

Story so far:

Two six man SOG recon teams.
(https://i.ibb.co/y4M6vgY/SOG-RT-1-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/hYN4HBP/SOG-RT-2-LR.jpg)

Twelve man SEAL platoon.
(https://i.ibb.co/PQ80gWt/SEAL-team-1-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/5GC2pD7/SEAL-team-2-LR.jpg)

Two miscellaneous LRRP teams.
(https://i.ibb.co/Cv8ksgY/LRRP-team-1-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/Yt1MrZ4/LRRP-team-2-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: commissarmoody on March 24, 2021, 12:14:10 PM
Again! Beautiful beautiful beautiful!  :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Sparrow on March 24, 2021, 06:32:16 PM
Looking really good !
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Rick F on March 24, 2021, 09:22:14 PM
Only a couple more hundred VC to paint up now ;)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on March 25, 2021, 06:55:07 PM
Nice.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on March 26, 2021, 12:49:56 PM
Impressive  :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on March 29, 2021, 10:17:55 AM

@ commissarmoody & sparrow: Thanks very much.


Only a couple more hundred VC to paint up now ;)

The fun never ends...

I did just buy a 1/48 H-34.


@ Paul: Just a thought, are there going to be any specific corpsman/medics for the USMC?
I'm assuming they would have the kit & equipment as the other marines (inc a weapon) so any rifleman could 'count as'.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on March 31, 2021, 11:48:04 AM
Got around to making a landing pad to go with the Fire base bits.

(https://i.ibb.co/cgHZLTT/Heli-pad-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/8dbG77Q/Heli-pad-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/RS51kdp/Heli-pad-C-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Digits on March 31, 2021, 11:51:02 AM
Love it!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on April 01, 2021, 09:43:09 AM
very nice indeed
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on April 02, 2021, 09:34:12 PM
That is a nice base.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on April 06, 2021, 03:08:28 PM
Current WIP:

South Vietnamese Kingbee (H-34) 219th Squadron.

(https://i.ibb.co/RvkjwxH/WIP-Kingbee-1-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/9ng4CqS/WIP-Kingbee-2-LR.jpg)

Ideally the doorgun should be a .30cal browning.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on April 07, 2021, 06:40:31 AM
That looks tremendous :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: commissarmoody on April 07, 2021, 07:51:10 AM
Heck yeah!  :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on April 07, 2021, 09:36:36 AM
Excellent job Ash.

I assume the windows are masked off?
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on April 07, 2021, 09:59:45 AM
very nice King Bee!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on April 07, 2021, 10:57:45 AM
Thanks guys.
This thing is going to be interesting to store @ 30cm long with 36cm rotors

I assume the windows are masked off?

Yeah, still taped up. Pilots window just blutacked on for the pic & the door gunner is balancing on his little home made paperclip mount.

I'll chuck some weathering powder at the wheels, and that's probably it. From the few pictures I've found these H-34s had no markings, so no need for decals.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: carlos marighela on April 07, 2021, 11:23:15 AM
Fear not Iím seriously contemplating a CH-53 which works out at 47cm long. Shoebox or shelf wonít cut it, it will need its own hangar. Still, you get a nice jeep and howitzer with it, so appeals to the thrifty side, if not the practical side.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on April 07, 2021, 02:47:51 PM
That sounds like an absolute beast, also reminds me that I still need a replacement for that rather vertically challenged 105mm howitzer that I picked up...
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on April 08, 2021, 09:17:55 AM
Here's the finish H-34 (1/48 Italeri)

Paint job to look like a South Vietnamese 'Kingbee' (219th Squadron RVNAF)

(https://i.ibb.co/4FdHNR4/219th-AFRVN-H-34-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/DKR0c2Q/219th-AFRVN-H-34-B-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Paul @ Empress Miniatures on April 08, 2021, 09:30:24 AM
 :-* :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Mick_in_Switzerland on April 08, 2021, 09:52:16 AM
That looks fantastic  :o :-*
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: carlos marighela on April 08, 2021, 11:23:33 AM
Indeed. That is superb.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on April 08, 2021, 12:25:19 PM
Thanks guys.
This kit went together a bit easier than the UH-1D, which can best be described as a bit of a pig.

Here's the bird on it's perch.

(https://i.ibb.co/VxmsGtR/Kingbee-on-pad-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Lord Raglan on April 08, 2021, 12:36:45 PM
Love it mate  :-*

I have a nice 3D printed landing base, which you have now inspired me to get on with
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: tomrommel1 on April 08, 2021, 01:40:28 PM
very nice bird indeed
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: FreakyFenton on April 08, 2021, 02:16:41 PM
very nice bird indeed

+1
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ultravanillasmurf on April 08, 2021, 06:01:25 PM
Nice.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Treadheadz on April 08, 2021, 08:16:57 PM

 :o Absolutely gorgeous!

That is some serious crisp work!!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Sparrow on April 09, 2021, 06:24:27 AM
Thatís come out really nicely.... great job!
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Blackwolf on April 09, 2021, 07:15:26 AM
Thatís cracking work Ash :-* I have to say scale models look much better than die cast.
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on April 09, 2021, 10:57:32 AM
Thanks for all the feedback chaps.

This was a pretty good kit, went together a lot better than some.
I bought kit No 2712 H-34G.III, all the decals are for search and rescue versions, some very nice West German decals if going that route.
With hindsight I probably picked up the wrong kit, as there another N0 2776 H-34A Pirate; which has an extra sprue of weapons (doorgun etc, no need for all that DIY messing around).
Also comes with a nice looking set of USMC decals (alongside the seemingly compulsory West German markings & some French for Algeria)

https://www.italeri.com/en/product/2888
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on April 11, 2021, 05:41:06 PM
Got another pack of the SOG team to chop up, wanted more Indig blokes with CAR-15s.

(https://i.ibb.co/7tDzYWT/WIP-SOG-2-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/59xCGKD/WIP-SOG-2-B-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Ash on April 18, 2021, 04:52:42 PM
Little Hatchet Force additions.

(https://i.ibb.co/FqwRNxj/Hatchet-force-1-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/7WqwXw8/Hatchet-force-1-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/kG5Cmhb/Hatchet-force-1-C-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/TMYKFGZ/Hatchet-force-1-D-LR.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/5xLD3sS/Hatchet-force-2-A-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/wcDDc9t/Hatchet-force-2-B-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/MSNSHT7/Hatchet-force-2-C-LR.jpg)
(https://i.ibb.co/chj9Vsm/Hatchet-force-2-D-LR.jpg)
Title: Re: 28mm USMC Vietnam etc
Post by: Curassier on April 18, 2021, 07:52:17 PM
So impressive !
Could you give us a little more info on how you do those wonderful bases with the shrubbery and bits of "jungle". And what paints are you Ising for your single figure bases ? Any advice gratefully received.
JM