Completely love the paintjobs ! , especially the three skintones you are using (very effective, and I will borrow this) , AND the fact that you're using these 'outta the square' .
..I can't wait for the opportunity to paint these up as African (or similar) mercenaries (..just add a few berets and AK47s to the mix ) .
This pack of aussies is an old pack (before my time at FPM) .. the M79 grenadier was dropped and replaced with two other sculpts (also carrying SLRs) as one of the very first 'new sculpts' projects I commissioned.
The short-barrelled SLRs, and 'stumpy' the grenade thrower (? maybe it went off in his hand) would never have got through my quality control...and it is this quality control that I wanted to bring to FPM to raise it a tier over my competition. (I once bought a pack of USA figures from a leading minis company and nearly a quarter of the figures were unusable for anything else but casualty figures
..and I know/remember my own disappointment...lesson learned )
Before Battlefront/FOW minis got into Vietnam (circa 2009) , Flashpoint Minis (then run by my predecesors ; Siegeworks studios) sold a lot of product to various distributors, but the quality of sculpts was a bit (actually very) hit-and-miss , and "what's in a pack" was very poorly thought out . These guys 'cashed in' ..but the quality of FPM was sold out .
Shame , because the >450 sculpts in the FPM inventory when I bought it (much more now..stopped counting) were /are worth much better than this .. and it made it easy for Battlefront to claim a large share of the market with relatively average product , but a very slick , robust , bullish, 'everywhere-all-the-time' marketing approach. ...(They have improved on their first offerings ..to be fair)
I've actually stopped supplying distributors more than a year ago with the intention of not resuming supply until I see stocks of old stuff run down ( a brave strategic move for a little guy in a big ocean, but totally vindicated by now ) , I've invested a lot of time and $$$ improving the quality of sculpts and pack composition, expanded a heap (eg. terrain pieces and fortifications, boats coming soon) and way improved the behind the scenes production efficiency so one day soon this might even be relatively profitable undertaking as a commercial venture
...and not just a "hobby business" (in more literal ways than one) that I do because I completely love it
, have been prompted/ forced to evolve further outta my comfort zone as a modeller , and am a unashamed Vietnam wargaming tragic. ... (oh yeah .. and I now get to write off my wargaming expenses as a tax deduction
I say all of this because I completely love see'in projects like this where someone has reinvented what these figures are capable of doing (compared to asking for specialist figures that will not return-on-investment anytime soon) , and I see one more pack of old stuff off the shelves.
But FWIW ... please don't think that these poorly QC'd sculpts and lazily composed pack-contents are an accurate indication of what I supply nowadays .
But Jack has the gift of making any 15mm figures look great ! ..if you're a 15mm gamer/painter you should checkout what else he does on his Blog.