I like to go camping and usually take projects with me to work on. Mind you when I say "camping", I don't mean in a tent; I have an RV (which means I can take projects with me and have a place to work on them). Camping to me is more like a modeling retreat. Anyway, we went camping this week and I had the opportunity to work on a couple of projects. Now that the Humvee is mostly done, I can thinking about adding details to the MRAP. With that in mind, I printed up a bunch of paper details the day before we left so that I could cut them out and assemble them at the campground.
Above, a war photographer takes a quick picture of a trooper attempting to climb up into the MRAP while a Special Forces Operator looks on.
Above, one of two Special Forces figures that I took on my retreat to "complete". Actually, I don't really know if he is complete or not. I keep finding things here and there that I change out on these guys.
Here's my photographer from another angle taking that picture of the trooper climbing into the vehicle.
Here is the stuff I made while at the campground. Coca Cola boxes, Dasani water cases, MRE cases, cigarette cartons and packages and last but not least, candy bars.
Here's a couple of closeups of the cigarettes and candy bars. We've got Reeses. Butterfingers, Baby Ruths and Crunch Bars. My troopers will not go hungry.
Here's a close up of my other Special Forces gut that I worked on. I still have a little more to do to him to consider him complete. And below, one more shot of the trooper getting into the MRAP. I've been collecting a bunch of gear as well as the packages that I have been making to detail the vehicle, but I have a little more to go before I will be ready. There is a certain amount of radio gear that goes in this thing and I haven't really locked that part down yet.
The other project that I worked on was a five man figure bash that has been a long time coming (two years). These are my Korean War era American Infantry Soldiers. One thing that has been missing in our SSCC Figurecons each year is a significant display of Korean War soldiers. Both Gray Ghost and I are both trying to address this situation by modeling enough guys for a serious diorama. I was able to find the Coats, fur hats, boots and cold weather gloves at War Toys to make my guys, but all of my webbing is World War Two stuff that had to be repainted. That actually took quite a while to do and was the biggest part of the project.
The top picture is of my team with a Photoshop background. The rest of the pictures show that the figures were actually positioned on a couple of rocks by my patio. The figures are not nearly as detailed as the original Korean War Soldier, which I think was offered by Soldier Story, but they came out pretty good and definitely represent the look of wintertime soldiers during the Korean War.
POINT MAN'S PROJECT