This is my first substantive post here so hopefully all will work as intended.
. I've already posted this at LAF so apologies if you've seen it already (I don't normally double post across forums).
I'm just starting a Movie-style project with the US element derived from Platoon.
To be getting on with, I've decided to make 2/3 of The Platoon (20 minis):https://www.silentinvader.uk/index_w_ns ... s-USA.html
Obviously, the sensible thing would be to use commercially available minis but I'd quite like to get as close to the movie as possible. As a fair few will need their height adjusted and other small changes, I'm having a go at converting plastics. The parts are sourced from the Bolt Action USMC (plus a few German Grenadiers) with rifles, canteens, etc from the Project Z survivors.
As this is a movie rendition, I tried to be steered by what was worn and carried in the movie. The Project Z M16A2 was converted to a M16A1 (there are holes drilled into the barrel shroud). The movie load out varies a little bit to most of the historical references I've seen on-line, as they carry what I think is the Tropical Pack with ET attached. I've decided to go for Fighting Order, which in the movie is usually represented with a small pouch over the butt that I don't recognise. IIRC the only time a 1956/1961 Butt Pack appears it's on the company commander calling in the napalm (and in that scene he's wearing later suspenders). I've decided to give all of mine the 56/61 Butt Pack with paired canteens and no ET (as it's on the pack).
First up is an average height guy, Ebenhoch.
Anyways, the first mini sets the process for all that follow so I'd appreciate thoughts on obvious oddities etc, as I'd hate to make them all and then discover a major error/omission. Thanks in advance. :)