Sunday, 10 January 2016

20mm Cold War Royal Marines Troop completed

I've just finished the first batch of Liberation Figures from RH Models that were part of my Christmas present this year.  Very impressed with these figures and a vast catalogue to choose from.

First up is the FalkparkBer pack, 8 figures in berets and parkas, all FN armed.  They are painted and based the same way as my previous Stonewall and Platoon 20 figures.

Front view.

Rear view.

Then FalkComA, 6 command figures in berets, mainly FN armed with one carrying a Stirling SMG.

Front view.

Rear view.

Then two views of FalkSniA, three figures carrying snipers rifles, I think the L42A1.

And last for now of the Liberation figures, MultmedB, one medic and one figure carrying a wounded comrade.  I've painted these to resemble the other marines uniforms, although they aren't portrayed wearing parkas, but are in shirt sleeves with the medic wearing a combat vest or smock - I've painted him to look like body armour.

Front view.

Rear view.

So, some really nice figures there.  If I expand these to a full company then I will probably use RH Models and Platoon 20, as they are modelled carrying FNs, whereas the Stonewall figures carry M16s.

So, almost a full troop ready for action.

In front is the platoon HQ section - I might try a head swop to put a beret head on one of the Liberation radio men in cap comforters in the future as there isn't a beret wearing radioman in the catalogue at present.  I'm also short a beret wearing 50mm mortar gunner, but can use a spare figure in helmet for this.  Behind the HQ are three 8 man sections, which can form either two 4 man fireteams or a 3 man gun group and 5 man rifle group.  Behind them are the various support teams. 

In support is (left to right) a two man Blowpipe team, 2 two man Milan teams with NCO and a two man sniper team.  Middle left are the two medics with casualty and on the right three individual sniper figures.  At the back are spare figures carrying M16s or FNs.

So, a reasonable sized and equipped force usable for Cold War scenarios from the 1970's and 80's, especially actions in Norway.  They are also suitable for Falklands scenarios, or any other cold weather settings.  I'm also thinking of trying out a campaign based around the "Winter of 79" or similar imagination what-if centred on the idea of political/civil unrest in the U.K. in the late 70's or 80's leading to open civil war.  Figures in berets would be perfect for establishment forces patrolling the streets in an attempt to show there isn't really a hot war on the cards, as well as for oppfors who wear whatever uniform options they can scavenge.  I suspect these marine would, at least in the early days of the campaign, represent highly trained establishment troops.

As ever, thanks for looking.

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