Monday, 27 July 2020

"We've gotta keep our heads until this peace craze blows over."

As promised I present for your delectation these rather splendid sculpts from 'Empress Miniatures', undoubtedly the catalyst for this recent sojourn in country.  The work of Paul Hicks Esq. they represent four of the characters from Stanley Kubrick's 1987 film, Full Metal Jacket, Joker, Cowboy, 8-Ball and Animal Mother.
This episodic, seemingly two part, retelling of the Vietnam War details the cruel debasement of the raw recruits at the hands of their Drill Instructor giving way to the ferocious street fighting in the wake of the Tet offensive and remains oddly compelling to this day. 



Likenesses aside, the miniatures are top quality with stacks of little details and fully equipped with web gear and armaments appropriate to the Corps at the time.  It has certainly helped cutting my teeth with the earlier miniatures as I now feel a little more comfortable at recognising the different elements, making painting a lot more enjoyable.
With regards to painting, green is once again the order of the day with the occasion highlight or shadows created with some 'Games Workshop' washes.  Where possible I would indulge in the odd detail or two, but ultimately the goal was to keep it simple and clean. 
Joker, Cowboy, 8-Ball and Animal Mother have certainly helped to swell the ranks of the Free World forces and cemented my desire to continue with this diversion a little longer.  Coming up I have some North Vietnamese Army, again from 'Empress Miniatures' to act as opposition and I have also made a start on a piece of terrain as part of Dave Stone's, 'Summer of Scenery Challenge'.  Then, of course there is the PBR, which I spent assembling and detailing the other day.  Last count there were at least 50 separate elements and that didn't include the crew!  

40 comments:

  1. What great looking figures! They really do look like the characters from the film. Nice work Sir M!

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    1. Thank you so much Ray, so of Mr. Hicks' finest work.

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  2. Lovely work Michael .....not a period that has so far appealed to me, but you never know ?

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    1. Thank you Matt, I thought the same, but it would appear that I have gotten over the reservation.🤣

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    1. Thank you Michal, they really are lovely to work on.

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  4. An all time favourite film of mine, alongside the good, the Bad and the Ugly.

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    1. Splendid choice that Phil, another cracking film.

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  5. Excellent work on all Michael, cool film they were based off to.
    The PBR is coming along nicely, and look forward to see what scenery you've been creating

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    1. Thank you so much Dave, lots of progress on the PBR, just need to write up the post.

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  6. Excellent renditions of some classic characters Michael, I can see this is going to be another of your visuals feasts for the eyes!

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Thank you Roger, really enjoying this and lots of progress this week so hoping to share more soon.

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  7. More Michael goodness. I've never tackled Vietnam as a gaming genre, but you're sorely tempting me with these excellent posts.

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    1. Thank you Simon, It is really starting to take hold now and with a couple of rule sets to wrk through expect more to come.😉

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  8. Lovely figures and painting Michael. :)

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  9. Cracking work on them all Michael!!

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  10. Love em! Great takes on classic characters. (That boat looks indeed very tricky to put together!)

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    1. Thank you Dai and yes it was an absolute pig! Not really complicated as such just lots of fiddly details that evaded my fat fingers for a while. I managed to win in the end though.🤣

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  11. A great film, figures and painting Michael.

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  12. Those are wonderful Michael, you have really captured the feel of the movie characters.
    Cheers
    Stu

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    1. Thank you Stuart, had a lot of fun setting up the last photograph.

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  13. Very nice; I didn't know these figures existed.

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    1. Thank you Barks, there are a couple of others that might be of interest too.😉

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  14. Splendid likeness,lovely figures, the boat looks filled with little bits, slightly scary!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thank you, that's very kind. As for the boat, you are absolutely right - very fiddly indeed.

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  15. Excellent work Michael. Looking forward to your future venture into the Brown Water Navy.

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    1. Thank you so much Rod, hoping to have the next post up soon.

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  16. Great sculps, beautifully brought to life

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    1. Thank you so much Joe, they were great to work on.

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  17. This Vietnam War project just gets better and better.

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