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(Login apseong) Missing-Lynx members from IP address 184.108.40.206
I was commissioned to paint this metal figure. I feel the price tag doesn't justify the casting quality which is rather 'rough' compared to a Pegaso or Andrea for example. I added chinstraps and the one on the helmet's peak. The former are made from tape while the latter is a strip from a PE fret. Simple and nothing special about them. The kit box indicates this guy as Marine but he could be Army too ( yes they were at Guadalcanal also ). The giveaway could be the Springfield rifle (?). I'm not too sure about this though and I thought the Marines were issued the M1 Garand. What do you guys think?
This medium and oils are what I use. Oils blend easier but the translucent properties doesn't always work well with the base color. It's a no no when you have a dark base and go over with lighter shades of oils. In such cases I resort to using acrylics and this one is painted with it. It's not really 'seamless' when maginified. Working with acrylics takes some learning and it's best and easier to start with blending oils. Get the FREE painting chart from Colorado Miniatures. It helps. But you'll have to buy something first coz there is a minimum order for them to ship. Feel free to email me if there's anything you need to know to help you progress. Thanks so much for your comments.
the other side has Game Color combinations. R&K Productions is out of business now, so when the cards are gone, I cannot get more. I still have a handful left. They are free when shipped as part of an order.
(Login apseong) Missing-Lynx members 220.127.116.11
April 29 2010, 11:52 AM
Thanks for the input and confirmation regarding the Marines and Springfield rifle. How does a 'Devil Dog' look like? The troops at Guadalcanal all look the same to me except some had the camo helmet covers. Btw this guy is painted and ready to ship.
Marines on Guadalcanal wore two different uniforms. Most wore the green Herringbone Twill Utilities (which the Marines of the era called Dungarees). These are easily recognized by having a single breast pocket -- on the left side-- with no pocket fap. A Marine Eagle Globe and Anchor (EGA) and the letters USMC are stenciled on the pocket.
Some Marines on Guadalcanal still wore the Summer Khaki (tan) uniform (which before Guadalcanal had been designated as the standard field uniform). The Khakis had two breast pockets with buttoning flaps. So if your figure has the single pocket, he is in Green utilities.
The Green HBT Uniform started out as a dark forest green with a blue tinge. After dirt, salt, washing and fading it could be pretty much any shade of green from a light OD to something like German field gray. In scales above 1/35 the striping created by the HBT weave should be visible.
Rank was rarely worn on Utilities in the field -- when it was it consisted of stenciled black stripes (note that USMC chevrons differed in WW2 from those worn now). Later in the war, the Utility shirts sometimes had the wearers name or a geometric device indicating rank or unit stenciled on the back, but I'm pretty sure this is post Guadalcanal.
The Helmets on Guadalcanal were new -- the design having only been adopted earlier in the year. Dark green in color, the apparent wear should be local and recent. Helmet covers are post Guadalcanal, first showing up at Tarawa. They were worn by Marines almost universally after that, with the exception of Guam, where they were rare on the 3rd MarDiv troops for reasons that have never been explained to me.
The web gear on Guadalcanal was almost all WWI leftovers -- mustard to dirty mustard in color, including the fabric part of the Bayonet Scabbard. Boots ("Boondockers") were rough side out russet leather (redish brown when new).
The Marines went to Guadalcanal with the M1903 model (not the M1903A3 as some are carrying in "The Pacific".) These rifles had been manufactured mostly during WWI, many stored in cosmoline between the wars, and and should show the effects of a lot of use but also a lot of care. While the blueing should show some wear, the stocks shold be dark brown as a result of a couple of decades of gun oil and linseed oil staining. Similarly, unless it was a recent replacement, the sling would probably be aged to a very dark bown (the vintage sling on my M1903 certainly is).
This message has been edited by jhe56 from IP address 18.104.22.168 on Apr 30, 2010 11:10 PM
Thanks for the input John. I recall seeing for the first time a photograph close up of the Marine HBT and the stenciled EGA on a comics cover as a kid. Funny how some images stay in one's memory. That issue featured a story on the USMC and it was either from DELL or Classics Illustrated. Now that part I forgot. The other stuff you mentioned were also featured in documentries on the History Channel recently. In one episode Lee Ermey pitted the Springfield and M1 against the British Lee Enfield and in another some Army veterans recalled their time at Guadalcanal. You were spot on.
This message has been edited by apseong from IP address 22.214.171.124 on Apr 30, 2010 3:17 AM
(Login grunt26) Missing-Lynx members 126.96.36.199
Nickname for Marines
April 29 2010, 7:13 PM
given to us by the Germans after WWI. "Teufel-hunden" translated rougly to Devil Dogs. Fondly used still today. Also, "jarhead" "hard charger" "leatherneck" and a bunch of other nicknames hung on us over the ages.