Monday, 24 April 2017

"We Endanger Species"

First USCM Squad completed. These are beautiful figures by Prodos Games. Apologies that my heavy handed painting style and poor photography do not do them justice.

Five figures in an add on box or five with the 1st edition boxed game. So you get three marines with pulse rifle, one using a scanner, one with flamethrower also holding a medic bag and one smart gunner. All of these come in three parts, body and two arms. Technically the smart gun is in two parts since both arms are 'fixed' to the gun. Needed to do a bit of filling on the joints once arms were in position but nothing to tedious.

I have gone for a WW2/Vietnam faded OD utilities look. Leaning more towards WW2. Inspiration mainly coming of the USMC colour film of the landings on Tarawa, Iwo Jima and everywhere else. Plus the paintings by Tom Lea who landed on Peleliu.

The WW2 look was further influenced by the fact that the USCM are wearing modified MI helmets,  the M41A Pulse Rifle is based around the Thompson Submachine Gun and the Smart Gun around the MG42.

The bases are from Fenris Games. I did initially want to give them a grey colour reminiscent of the grey used on US warships. But I was not happy with result so used Tamiya light blue over medium blue. With chipping and weathering I think it looks effective.

'Wot no camo?' No, nor will there be. I am well aware that the scheme is not 'accurate' to the film but 'In Space no need for will not help any'.

Will be adding at least one more squad, at least. So in the words of Pfc Vasquez 'LETS ROCK'

That's it for now more to follow soon....



  1. Absolutely outstanding work Mark. I know which blog I'll be frequently visiting when I finally get round to painting mine :-)

  2. Thank you. Glad you like them. Starting second squad right now.

  3. Superb painting on these Mark. Love the flesh tones and what you have done with the blue on the bases is very effective.

    1. Thanks Pat, much appreciated. The bases have been chipped using the sponge technique and then an enamel wash and oil washes in selected areas to give a more industrial look.