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kahunna29 Nov 2012 9:47 a.m. PST

Now I need to paint up some Marines for my VACW2 project. Would they still be using the P1917 uniform in 1933. If so can you recommend a good color for it and one for the campaign hat. The leggings and ammo pouches seem to be a light olive drab, but the uniform is a different shade from the army uniforms.

And the hat is a different shade than the uniform.

Though I have been given to understand they had trouble with their suppliers between wars as far as quality went (paint that wouldn't dry, bronze polish that wouldn't polish, and colors that wouldn't stay right).

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP29 Nov 2012 10:04 a.m. PST

I'm also working on some Marines for A Nicaragua game (thanks to a recent game at Colonial Barracks).

I plan to paint my Marines in a yellowish tan – still working on the details.

I hope you get some answer here.

A few more questions:

What is VACW2?

My research says that the squad is made up of 8 figures – 6 rifles, 1 Thompson SMG, 1 BAR.

What have you found?



Gaz004529 Nov 2012 11:10 a.m. PST

'Very American Civil War' -bit like VBCW….(Very British Civil War)…..

Texas Jack29 Nov 2012 1:57 p.m. PST

Just curious, what figs and scale are y´all using?

kahunna29 Nov 2012 2:05 p.m. PST

25 and 28mm for ground combat, for air and naval I don't know yet.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP29 Nov 2012 3:22 p.m. PST

I have done mine following examples from Bob Murch, Pulp Figures


Texas Jack29 Nov 2012 3:52 p.m. PST

I love his figures, they are really lovely. I am just now thinking of getting into pulp and these are very tempting!

How closely tied will the naval be with the land, and with the air for that matter?

I am working on a Great Pacific War 1939 project and have decided on 6mm land and air coupled with 1/3000th naval (at least the large vessels form destroyer on up). The ships will either be going up against themselves or themselves and air, and I think visually 1/300th aircraft attacking 1/3000th ships should be okay. I hope.

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP30 Nov 2012 7:06 a.m. PST

I'm using the Old Glory Marines from the Boxer Rising line. I had a pack around and I love doing conversions.


Texas Jack30 Nov 2012 11:53 a.m. PST

Those are nice looking figures, and I imagine there won´t be too much necessary to convert.

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP30 Nov 2012 12:03 p.m. PST

Mainly swapping out some rifles with shotguns, Thompsons and BARs.

I'm using the figures I have around, however, if starting from scratch the Old Glory "Pershing in Mexico" line, Pulp and even some Copplestone figures could fit the interwar Marines nicly.


kahunna30 Nov 2012 3:18 p.m. PST

The Pulp figures have the right Tropical Uniform, but the regular uniform is one color. What paint did you use for the shirts?

katnmoose30 Nov 2012 10:55 p.m. PST

Brigade Games makes an equally good line of Marines for the Caribbean region.They mix well with Old glory as well. I have both and have converted figures from both manufacturers with good effect.


Pyrate Captain16 Jan 2013 10:08 p.m. PST

Khaki trousers and OD shirts is typical of US Army. Khaki shirt and trousers is closer to USMC.

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