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Lord Ashram21 Jan 2013 8:13 p.m. PST


Well… I have to say, the early combo of a palate of only black and green combined with a green LED looks pretty sharp…:)

My "Zero Dark Thirty" diorama is nearly complete… now I am waiting on a shipment from Neal up at the War Store for some green stuff, and then I can get finished on it!

Anyway, stop by and take a peak!


Personal logo MrHarold Sponsoring Member of TMP21 Jan 2013 8:21 p.m. PST

That's looking great!

Altius Inactive Member21 Jan 2013 8:22 p.m. PST

What a cool idea!

Jay Arnold Inactive Member21 Jan 2013 8:30 p.m. PST

To answer your questions, a closed fist can mean a few things.

If the arm is stationary, it means "Freeze" as in stop immediately, don't move any further, even to look around.

If the arm is moving up in down, with the forearm perpendicular to the ground in a pumping action, it means "hurry up." You can see George C. Scott doing this while directing traffic in the movie "Patton." I think it fits for the diorama.

Also, I might recommend adding high intensity white dots where the weapons are pointed. This would be the beam from the infrared targeting lasers. If doing this, be mindful of the positioning of the figures. Guys at this level would definitely not be flagging one another with the muzzles of their weapons. Unless the cool guys do something different. Not being a cool guy, I wouldn't know.

Maybe James can illuminate.

Furthermore, the guys should be running up out of view of the door. The area directly in front of a door and off to the sides, about 45 degrees, is called the "fatal funnel" and avoiding it is drilled into troops from the earliest stages of Close Quarters Battle/MOUT training.

See cool guy caveat above.

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP21 Jan 2013 11:57 p.m. PST

Looking awesome. That's a great idea.

Lord Ashram22 Jan 2013 5:09 a.m. PST

Yeah, the idea that the guys aren't stacked on the wall bothers me, but I am not sure what I can do about it other than rebuild the whole thing… There just isn't room. I guess I am imagining that they are just out of a vehicle and are just going right into the building or something… I know it is wrong, but can't really change that:(

Thanks for the other info and ideas!

GeoffQRF Inactive Member22 Jan 2013 5:32 a.m. PST


(Although I gather the UK uses an open hand to mean halt, rather than a closed fist).


Not this one:



thosmoss22 Jan 2013 7:26 a.m. PST

In "No Easy Day", the author says they don't bother training with complicated hand signals AT ALL. The teams train together enough that the slightest gestures imply what's being thought readily enough.

But yours looks cool.

Billy Yank Inactive Member22 Jan 2013 7:39 a.m. PST

Very cool. Somebody on the other side of that door is going to have a bad day in a few seconds…


Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2013 11:30 a.m. PST

@Geoff, lol, we had that SWAT poster at my work for years!

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2013 1:38 p.m. PST

I think the color palate looks great.

14Bore22 Jan 2013 1:38 p.m. PST

That might be the coolest paint job/idea ever

Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2013 3:50 p.m. PST

I wonder if that could be done without the lighting, just shading.

Lion in the Stars22 Jan 2013 10:30 p.m. PST

@Geoff: That second poster is missing 3 important signals.

Raised middle finger above hand held flat: Cover me, I'm Bleeped texted!

Hand held flat above raised middle finger: Bleeped text you, I'm covered.

Tapping tips of first and second fingers of both hands together, followed by putting thumb and forefinger on ear and bringing finger together as hands move away from head: Bleeped texting elves.

Legion 422 Jan 2013 10:38 p.m. PST

Great paint job !

Angel Barracks Inactive Member23 Jan 2013 11:42 a.m. PST

That is very cool looking indeeeeeed.

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