They didn't expect this - Marines at Peleliu

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Hi,

From here onwards is what you'll be liking Peter...figures. I lost the whole section on constructing the Dragon Tarawa Gen 2 figures but I saved the part where I painted the heads of two of them.
At the beginning I started out with four figures but now have ended up with nine. I have a mixture of Tarawa and Okinawan WindTalker figures...their weapons may be the same but there was subtle difference in uniform and webbing equipment. In tarawa the 2nd Marine Division war camoflaged blouses and pants. By Okinawa the 1st, 2nd and 6th Marine Divisions all wore jungle green or drab. Can anyone confirm if the 1st Marine Division in Peleliu were issued with the camo fatigues or just plain green/drab?

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I would normally prime my figures before painting but I went ahead with the faces by first applying a base coat of flesh. It's a bit on the dark side and will need lightening...I over sun burnt them.:tears-of-joy:

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I have used all four figures from the Tarawa set including the lying prone and flame thrower figures with very little tweaks and grinding of the helmets so they sit more snugly.

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I have also used four figures from the Windtalker set. They're not as detailed as the Tarawa Gen2 figs and were modified extensively. The 9th figure below is a little out of the ordinary coming from Tamiya's old Wehrmacht jumping from the Hanomag figure. This one needed major surgery.

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I slowly carved the leggings from the boot and built up the arms...

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...adding putty bit by bit to beef up the arms.

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Changed the head to a more agressive looking Hornet head added the back pack...

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Found two actual Marines style shovel

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A layer of nato black primer and a misting of white from above to help when painting highlights. I've still not decided to give him a bayoneted rifle or not hence the blu tac. Just noticed i haven't added the straps for the back pack and the bayonet scabbard which is basically attached to the side of the back pack.

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More later on the other figure modifications.

Cheers,
Richard
 

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Hi,

From here onwards is what you'll be liking Peter...figures. I lost the whole section on constructing the Dragon Tarawa Gen 2 figures but I saved the part where I painted the heads of two of them.
At the beginning I started out with four figures but now have ended up with nine. I have a mixture of Tarawa and Okinawan WindTalker figures...their weapons may be the same but there was subtle difference in uniform and webbing equipment. In tarawa the 2nd Marine Division war camoflaged blouses and pants. By Okinawa the 1st, 2nd and 6th Marine Divisions all wore jungle green or drab. Can anyone confirm if the 1st Marine Division in Peleliu were issued with the camo fatigues or just plain green/drab?

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I would normally prime my figures before painting but I went ahead with the faces by first applying a base coat of flesh. It's a bit on the dark side and will need lightening...I over sun burnt them.:tears-of-joy:

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I have used all four figures from the Tarawa set including the lying prone and flame thrower figures with very little tweaks and grinding of the helmets so they sit more snugly.

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I have also used four figures from the Windtalker set. They're not as detailed as the Tarawa Gen2 figs and were modified extensively. The 9th figure below is a little out of the ordinary coming from Tamiya's old Wehrmacht jumping from the Hanomag figure. This one needed major surgery.

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I slowly carved the leggings from the boot and built up the arms...

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...adding putty bit by bit to beef up the arms.

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Changed the head to a more agressive looking Hornet head added the back pack...

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Found two actual Marines style shovel

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A layer of nato black primer and a misting of white from above to help when painting highlights. I've still not decided to give him a bayoneted rifle or not hence the blu tac. Just noticed i haven't added the straps for the back pack and the bayonet scabbard which is basically attached to the side of the back pack.

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More later on the other figure modifications.

Cheers,
Richard
The picture you made gives you the right position of all the shadows and the highlights... plus your convertion is SUPERB. The head is a "Hornet" one?
 

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Hi Richard
Love your palms and the figures are great. As Peter says 'You're good at this'
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Thanks Guys,

Greg, yes there'll be more.
Peter, I try...juices flowing? :thinking:
Jimbo, it's a learning curve as I progress.
Steve, yes towards the enemy. :tears-of-joy:

Guess what I've tinkered again with the LVT...penetration of small calibre shell in drivers section. Pictures when ready.

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Hi, currently this is where I am at with the dio...

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The LVT was worked on again with damage added and highlights with dry brushing to bring out the modulation which disappeared when varnished earlier.

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I have finally dug in the LVT and added the sand around the cavity so now its permanently lodged.

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We have been experiencing war footages in Black & White but in real life the Pacific islands are colourful now as they were then apart from the blackening of burnt fauna and strewn rubbish of war. Maybe I ought to tone down the colours...what do you think? So far the base still needs work as palm fronds have yet to be scattered and is far from finished. May add creepers to the coconut trunks. Add burn marks to the palm leaves and have some tones of ageing leaves.

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The bark of the coconut trees acn do with some tonal contrast

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The bullet damage still needs attention. Something macabre like a slumped hand and a heavy machine gun poking out of the bunker slit.

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Thanks for looking in.

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Richard
 

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Hi Richard
Looking very good indeed. I like the brighter colours - they will contrast well with the war damage. The damage to the LVT is convincing. I like the idea of a machine gun poking out of the bunker but personally I don't think the macabre hand idea.
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Hi Jimbo, thanks. I too am not that into the macabre idea. Am always uncomfortable with showing dead mangled bodies. Even for wounded infantry...they would be intact with all four limbs.
On the LVT I hope that's the last I put paint on...it probably has five to six layers. :smiling4:

Started on painting the head of the scrambling figure. Very contrast on close up but suitable for the dio to pick out his expression at the nearest distance of a foot. He's at an odd place for viewing any closer.

The straps have just been attached and needs cleaning up. Doesn't look good so I might replace it with foil.

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He won't be leaning on a fixed bayoneted rifle. I will switch that. The image is so huge it has picked up the rough detail and the digital pixels have separated the colour pigments. The blending is much smoother with the naked eye or I need an eye check...:tears-of-joy:

I'm glad I chosed a Hornet head, painting is so much easier.

Cheers,
Richard
 

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Hi Richard, I like this update, so much to look at in this scene. And as Jim I like the vibrant colors, after all that's how it is/was. Like what you have planned so looking forward to the next update.

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Love it! The face on the figure is terrific. Interesting what you say about viewing distance - I suppose people won'y get closer than a foot - must remember that!.
 

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How very kind of you both, thank you.

Wouter, imagine fighting in such colorful surroundings...I mean people now pay to go to places like these. A friend has help with a title for this "Hell in Paradise"
Peter, the LVT will be in the way of this figure and he is placed somewhere about a foot from the edge of the dio. :smiling2: well thats how I see it.

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As usual your work is spectacular the position of the marines is so natural can’t wait to see more
 

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I love this. Like the Iwo Jima memorial (and famous photo) in the drama effect. Colors are great. It's very bright in the Pacific.
 

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Guys, Greg, Paul, Steve J and Jim...thank you for your kind comments.

This is always the fun part of dios when the components come together. I am trying to keep the groundwork as bright as possible 'cos Peleliu was made up of coral and white sand and the high ground was limestone. This mad parts of the terrain looking like dirty snow powder with tropical vegetation. The heat, hot blazing sun and hot metal zipping around made it inhospitable.

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Okay...after or while the para is curing I primed the rest of the figures and painted their faces and hands. Base coat for helmet covering painted too. Moving onto their clothing and equipment...

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Hornet heads are sublime to paint. The hands aren't great but I'm ok with it.

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Improved on this guys face by smoothening out his cheeks and accentuated the eyes.


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Welcome to comment.

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Richard
 
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