Sunday, January 26, 2014

From AaronH: 28mm WWII American Infantry 'Tough Hombres' (50 points)


From Aaron:
These are ten US GIs from WWII.  The models are Warlord Games plastics.  This is a great kit with lots of options, though it doesn’t have enough Garands or Springfields to field two infantry squads all with the same weapon.  I ended up giving one of these cats a springfield.  I enjoyed painting these.  The detail is great, except for the pack straps, which sort of just disappear right at the shoulder, where they are most visible.  I’m really happy with how these turned out and I can’t wait to finish painting up the other fifteen.  I also have some support weapons inbound, which I’m looking forward to starting on.
The kit is a great way to flesh out a US army in 28mm, but when I add more infantry I’ll be going for metals.  This is also a cheap way to get bazookas and SMG’s, etc.  There are a ton of weapons in the box. Overall, I’d recommend this kit.  
The squad has ten men.  The squad leader is armed with a Thompson and there is a BAR gunner.  All the rest are armed with rifles.

I took a stab at free handing the chevrons on the Sgt and Cpl.  They are recognizable, so I guess I should be happy.  I also painted a division patch on them.  These guys will all be from the 90th Infantry Division, the Tough Hombres.  
They had a poor reputation for the first months of their combat service.  They finally had enough leaders relieved that they got decent officers and started to perform well.
My grandfather served in this division, being wounded twice.  It seemed fitting to paint them up as his unit.
As is fairly common, once I looked at the pictures I noticed static grass all over these guys.  I really should blow them off with canned air before I attempt pictures.  Someday I’ll learn.

These look great Aaron. It's nice to get a review of these plastic sets as they can be a little hit-and-miss at times. I really like the freehand unit patch and your chevrons look very clean. I think you've done your granddad proud. 

This squad of Tough Hombres will give Aaron 50 points. Well done!

9 comments:

  1. Your free hand work turned out beautifully and I like the tufts you used on the bases.

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    1. Thanks Anne. I tend to go overboard on the bases. They have static grass, foam, tufts and flowers.

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  2. Great freehand on those. I do like the Warlord plastics for their versatility, but more weapons sprues would be good to allow for the correct weapons.

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  3. Nice workmanship. I was not really aware of this unit and very much like their name. It is, as you point out, a shame that there are not enough rifles. I have enjoyed seeing these though.

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  4. Great work, the freehand is very good

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  5. These are great, something to consider

    Ian

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  6. You did a nice job on those plastics.

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  7. Nice work Aaron, particularly the freehand divisional patches and chevrons :)

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  8. Super stuff Aaron. Love the bases and the hand-painted insignia.

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