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Mkultra9914 Mar 2019 9:56 a.m. PST

Bloody genius

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2019 10:58 a.m. PST

Beautiful models. I hope they release them as squad packs instead of the usual four figure sets. I think a 10 – 12 figure proper squad pack would make more sense.

Prof Pate14 Mar 2019 11:36 a.m. PST

Interesting release pattern, would have to fiddle a bit to make Squads/fire teams/Platoon from these sets. Bearing in mind there's a fourteen man squad (max) with three four man teams (all with M16), Squad leader and one M79 gunner.

Obviously this drifted rapidly down, usually to two fire teams of three plus two or two squads of four – junior leaders being faster casualties.

Most Platoons end HUE battle with 24-26, Which would include some M60s (at most two, a Navy Corpsman Pl leader and RTO).

Would be nice if suppliers match TOE in their releases. Figures seem accurate not sure what the large satchels on quite a few figures represents – gas mask?

Interesting release. Looking forward to seeing support weapons and NVA


WarWizard14 Mar 2019 11:54 a.m. PST

Those look very well done. Would like to see NVA also.

LeonAdler Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Mar 2019 12:10 p.m. PST

Handsome work :)

Personal logo 28mm Fanatik Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2019 12:11 p.m. PST

Nice sculpts. Is it just me, or do his faces all look a bit "Asian"?

Volleyfire14 Mar 2019 1:12 p.m. PST

Would be nice if suppliers match TOE in their releases. Figures seem accurate not sure what the large satchels on quite a few figures represents gas mask?

I think you're correct, it's a gas mask bag.

Fred Cartwright14 Mar 2019 5:44 p.m. PST

Is it just me, or do his faces all look a bit "Asian"?

It is just you! :-)

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2019 6:33 p.m. PST

28mm, I think I know what you mean, its not Asian exactly, but all of Paul clean shaven faces do have a certain look.

repaint14 Mar 2019 11:36 p.m. PST

Flak vests were notoriously hot to wear, especially in a very humid environment.

US Marines were ordered to wear them, US soldiers had more leeway as it was noticed more soldiers were passing out in the jungle from heat exhaustion than being hit by shrapnel.

In the end, if you look at pictures, you will see more grunts in static positions or on vehicles than soldiers on patrol wearing the Flak jackets.

It is very hot to wear after two hours and the only thing you want to do is to get rid of the damn thing.

FABET0115 Mar 2019 5:48 a.m. PST

Nice figs.

The bags are not for the protective masks. Looks more like Claymore (mine) bags.

Mkultra9915 Mar 2019 7:22 a.m. PST

Hue photos show many (most?) dudes in the vest. Also with the bag.. not sure what it's original purpose was.. but prolly ended up carrying extra ammo and frags.

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2019 7:23 a.m. PST

Very nice looking figures.

I know prone and kneeling are common combat poses, however, I always prefer standing and advancing figures in my units.

Empress Miniatures Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Mar 2019 3:55 a.m. PST

Hi all.

As said the flak vest were rarely seen up country due to the heat however Marines being sent into Hue were issued them. It is mentioned in may prime sources as they were not told where they were going in the early stages but were unusually issued the flak vest. This created some intrigue. Its also seen in the pictures of the battle.

Gas masked were also carried by many which became useful as front line officers began to use tear gas in the battle.

TOE What we put in packs is always an issue. We have tried various recipes and there is never a perfect fix simply a best option. For example Ultra modern packs can be a problem as nations such as the US and UK use four man fireteams which works. Others do not. For example the French and Germans use three and the Chinese PLA, well that's a whole different story.

For WW2 and Nam we opted, following customer comments, to go for weapon based packs. This way the customer can choose what they want. Sadly many rules do not follow actual TOE preferring to go for what is gameable under their rules mechanisms. That's not my personal preference as I like real life and history rather than 'fantasy' but each to his own.

These are the first releases of what will be a developing range covering the entire conflict so what may appear a too dominant balance of some weapons will balance out over the coming weeks. We have started with Hue 68 and the USMC and there will be lots more to come in the near future and after. Including NVA, Vietcong, Civilians, ARVN, allies.

Cheers, Paul

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