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bracken Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2019 10:26 a.m. PST

I've managed to complete a few more figures for my humble Vietnam collection, more goodies from Empress Miniatures.



I love these figures but the most iconic image I can think of is this one Lock and Load


Or maybe I've watched to many films.

Feel free to pop on over and check out my blog

Cheers for now Russ

D A THB12 Oct 2019 3:03 p.m. PST

Very nice, I particularly like that you have the Helmet cover correct.

Its a shame that the Fields of Fire Group closed where there was lots of discussion going on about the conflict.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2019 3:10 p.m. PST

Oh boy. It takes guts to show your figures at this magnification. These are 28mm but look more like really well done 35mm or bigger. I could not do eyes like this.

I went for the Gringos40 marines, but did not even try to the eyes, even though my figures do seem to be significantly bigger. Your work is not "humble"

Your Lock and Load figure is probably about 25-28mm tall but seen on any PC screen about four-six times that size. The detail on his right forearm, the flesh painting…clever and a tutorial for the rest of us.

Nice work…plus plus

Legion 412 Oct 2019 5:20 p.m. PST

thumbs up

bracken Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2019 7:37 a.m. PST

Thanks guys it's much appreciated

D A THB, thank you, the helmet covers created the biggest challenge. Camouflage can be a real SoB to get tight, I've been waiting years for a range of figures for Vietnam that really captures the era for me,

deadhead, thank you its good to hear. I've never shyed away from showing my mistakes so the close up just seemed natural to do. I'm maybe just lucky that the figure stands up to closer inspection. I only intend to have a small collection but that could definitely change the way I'm enjoying myself with these guys. Thank you again for the compliment it's good to hear.

Legion4 thank you also 😁

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2019 8:32 a.m. PST

Can I just repeat "the helmet covers created the biggest challenge"

I can do the utilities, the boots (much cleaner than reality), all the kit, but I am still not sure about my helmet covers.

Mine are all Gringos40, which I gather are that bit bigger, but it is the scale effect that cannot be ignored.

You want yo see a camouflage effect, but you know that, in reality, it soon faded away. But in 28mm, to be totally accurate, you would lose it completely.

Yours just "look right". The reality was a much "sandier", dusty finish. I would stick with looking right, as you have shown

bracken Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2019 8:42 a.m. PST

Thanks again deadhead, the faded effect is a pretty difficult to achieve. It's strange I enjoy weathering tanks and vehicles but I bottle it when it comes to figures. I'm looking forward to adding my third squad of grunts and then it's on to the NVA. My first attempt at Vietnam several decades ago involved 20mm platoon 20 figures! I couldn't paint 20mm back then and I still struggle to this day. I think I've found my niche in 28mm, although sooner or later I'll give a smaller scale ago.

Choctaw15 Oct 2019 8:31 a.m. PST

I'm a fan. Well done, Bracken.

bracken Supporting Member of TMP22 Oct 2019 2:47 a.m. PST

Choctaw thank you it's nice to hear. The VC and more USMC are on their way 👍

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP22 Oct 2019 11:04 a.m. PST

I do look forward to seeing them. Very much so

I have really learnt from your work, as I am totally new to working in the "modern" era. (That does make me laugh…I remember Tet on the BBC like yesterday….but it was not, it was decades ago.)

As a newcomer can I beg folk to show their work on here, however daunted they feel, or rubbish their photographic skills?

Obviously old Boney, WWII, Fantasy or Ancients will get postings every day. This board needs new blood putting in new ideas.

I feel a new posting coming on!

bracken Supporting Member of TMP12 Nov 2019 11:49 a.m. PST

Thanks deadhead I've updated my postings with a few more figures from Empress with the Full Metal Jacket character pack. I'm in total awe of your dioramas they really do capture the look and feel of Vietnam.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP12 Nov 2019 12:10 p.m. PST

I will reply separately in awe of your RTO. Of course I saw them straight off.

Mutual thing then…thanks though! I will just say that your shading work beats mine. Just think of the magnification on your "Lock and Load" photo above.

bracken Supporting Member of TMP18 Nov 2019 2:58 a.m. PST

Thanks deadhead, I've still got more Marines to add but I couldn't resist the kneeling RTO. Your no slouch yourself when it comes to painting and your dioramas capture the scene perfectly!

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP18 Nov 2019 5:38 a.m. PST

Think I might just be "hors de combat" for a while after Wednesday…or could be the other way around and perfect oppo as unable to do much else! I do have a few cunning plans for a couple more scenes.

Legion 418 Nov 2019 8:38 a.m. PST

As I have said the Radio is the most powerful weapon a combat leader has in his available tools. Mortars, FA, CAS, etc. … what's not to like ?!?

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