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"WARM BEER AND MUDDY BOOTS" Vietnam 1967
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Posted: Friday, November 30, 2018 - 12:40 PM UTC
Due to lots of things going on, I haven't been able to work on as much as I normal would, but I wanted to work on something that I could get completed relatively quickly so if I go to any shows anytime soon, I would have at least one new thing to display. Although this could be considered as just a basic figure, it could also be considered a vignette because it does convey a story of sorts, so that is why I posted it here. This vignette depicts an Infantryman from 2d Battalion, 47th Infantry (Mechanized), 9th Infantry Division drinking a warm beer while drying out near the fighting position that belongs to his squad that was located to the side of his track. Since it is during the summer months, rain has caused the ground to get wet and muddy.

These photos are of the completed vignette. The figure is a conversion of a recent Bravo 6 release "Joe - Boonie Rat". Since the unit being depicted did not allow it's Soldiers to cut the sleeves off of their uniforms in 1967, I added sleeves to the arms and used a right arm that is holding a can. I replaced the head with a Hornet head that had hair added to it with Magic Sculpt. I used Magic Sculpt to redo the breast pocket flaps so they look different from the original figures, added some length to the jungle shirt and made a new bottom right pocket, and new pocket flaps on the leg pockets. I replaced the peace medallion with some dog tags and a P-38 can opener on his dog tag chain. I used acrylics to paint the figure and pigments to create the dry mud effect on the uniform. Since my friend who was in the unit depicted mentioned that the brand of beer they received most was Carlin's Black Label, I painted to can to represent that brand. If you look closely at the figure's forearms, you will seen the scratches and scars left by "wait-a-minute" vines from dismounted patrols in the jungle.

For a base, I used Magic Sculpt to create the groundwork and the wedge of a fighting position. I painted these with acrylics and then wanted to experiment with some Vallejo products to create the muddy ground and grass effect as if people had been walking through the area behind the fighting position enough to displace some of the grass and make it part of the muddy mess. On top of the sandbags, I placed a sleeve from a case of c-rations for the Soldier to place his M16 upon to keep it clean, two pop flares (star clusters), a claymore bag full of magazines for the M16, and a pack of cigarettes. There is a portion of a piece of PSP from Masterbox Models included in the sandbags where it was used to support the roof of the position.



































Thanks for looking.

Cheers,
James
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Posted: Friday, November 30, 2018 - 12:47 PM UTC
This is the figure I used as the basis of this conversion.



I liked the pose of the figure and the fact that the shirt was open for a more "relaxed" look to the figure. Like I mentioned about the sleeves, I added them with putty once I decided on changing out the arm holding the rifle with one that is holding a can. This is what the figure looked like before I muddied and dirtied him up.
































After I took the photos above and took a look at them, I realized that I forgot to paint the buttons on the trousers and shirt. So here he is with those painted.





Thanks for looking.

Cheers,
James
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Posted: Friday, November 30, 2018 - 01:02 PM UTC
That figure looks amazing, well done mate
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Posted: Friday, November 30, 2018 - 01:32 PM UTC
Great look. The guy looks beat to hell from being in the bush.
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Posted: Friday, November 30, 2018 - 02:42 PM UTC
A beautifully done vignette! Your conversion work & painting are amazing. Thanks for showing this!
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Posted: Friday, November 30, 2018 - 02:54 PM UTC
One of the best figures I’ve ever seen – man that face is superb
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Posted: Friday, November 30, 2018 - 04:07 PM UTC

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Due to lots of things going on, I haven't been able to work on as much as I normal would, but I wanted to work on something that I could get completed relatively quickly so if I go to any shows anytime soon, I would have at least one new thing to display. Although this could be considered as just a basic figure, it could also be considered a vignette because it does convey a story of sorts, so that is why I posted it here. This vignette depicts an Infantryman from 2d Battalion, 47th Infantry (Mechanized), 9th Infantry Division drinking a warm beer while drying out near the fighting position that belongs to his squad that was located to the side of his track. Since it is during the summer months, rain has caused the ground to get wet and muddy.

These photos are of the completed vignette. The figure is a conversion of a recent Bravo 6 release "Joe - Boonie Rat". Since the unit being depicted did not allow it's Soldiers to cut the sleeves off of their uniforms in 1967, I added sleeves to the arms and used a right arm that is holding a can. I replaced the head with a Hornet head that had hair added to it with Magic Sculpt. I used Magic Sculpt to redo the breast pocket flaps so they look different from the original figures, added some length to the jungle shirt and made a new bottom right pocket, and new pocket flaps on the leg pockets. I replaced the peace medallion with some dog tags and a P-38 can opener on his dog tag chain. I used acrylics to paint the figure and pigments to create the dry mud effect on the uniform. Since my friend who was in the unit depicted mentioned that the brand of beer they received most was Carlin's Black Label, I painted to can to represent that brand. If you look closely at the figure's forearms, you will seen the scratches and scars left by "wait-a-minute" vines from dismounted patrols in the jungle.

For a base, I used Magic Sculpt to create the groundwork and the wedge of a fighting position. I painted these with acrylics and then wanted to experiment with some Vallejo products to create the muddy ground and grass effect as if people had been walking through the area behind the fighting position enough to displace some of the grass and make it part of the muddy mess. On top of the sandbags, I placed a sleeve from a case of c-rations for the Soldier to place his M16 upon to keep it clean, two pop flares (star clusters), a claymore bag full of magazines for the M16, and a pack of cigarettes. There is a portion of a piece of PSP from Masterbox Models included in the sandbags where it was used to support the roof of the position.



































Thanks for looking.

Cheers,
James



Oh man those pics ring home!!! Can of hundred degree Black Lable in your hands, and dried mud everywhere. No rifle sling deep in the bush with taped down swivels. Very close to home!
Gary

P.S. your rapidly becoming one of my all time favorite modelers
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Posted: Friday, November 30, 2018 - 06:50 PM UTC
Wow this looks... perfect.
As I scrolled back and forth thru the pics I realised this guy (you James) really knows what he's doing! Artistically and skillfully rendered beautifully, but what a great backstory too! Simple yet pointed.

Cheers
Dave
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Posted: Friday, November 30, 2018 - 08:58 PM UTC
Excellent work.

I sure do wish I had your talent!
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Posted: Friday, November 30, 2018 - 11:06 PM UTC
Great job my Friend.
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Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2018 - 01:57 AM UTC
Hey James , what's up man ?

Excellent morph work and all round beautiful finish , gotta love the Carling !!!
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Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2018 - 03:04 AM UTC
Yep,I agree with the previous accolades,really great stuff here! Captures the time and location very well. Tells a big story using just one fig!
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Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2018 - 06:07 AM UTC

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Oh man those pics ring home!!! Can of hundred degree Black Lable in your hands, and dried mud everywhere. No rifle sling deep in the bush with taped down swivels. Very close to home!
Gary

P.S. your rapidly becoming one of my all time favorite modelers



Thanks, Gary. Coming from you, that means a lot. I am glad you like this and that it seems I was successful at capturing the feeling and atmosphere.

Cheers,
James
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Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2018 - 06:08 AM UTC

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Yep,I agree with the previous accolades,really great stuff here! Captures the time and location very well. Tells a big story using just one fig!
J



Thanks, Jerry. I was originally skeptical about possibly ruining the paint job on the figure by adding the mud to the boots, etc., but I am glad that I did and that it turned out well so it could capture the time and location like it does.

Cheers,
James
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Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2018 - 06:12 AM UTC

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Hey James , what's up man ?

Excellent morph work and all round beautiful finish , gotta love the Carling !!!



Hey Cheyenne,

I've been pretty busy taking care of my wife after she got diagnosed with breast cancer (had surgery on Thursday and it went well), taking care of my parents, and going through the hiring process for an exhibits specialist position at the Fort Sill Historic Landmark and Museum, so modeling had to take a back seat for a while and this is the first thing I have finished in quite a while. I hope to do more in the next few months.

Glad you like this and can appreciate the inclusion of the Carlin's Black Label.

I really like the job you are doing on your Burma diorama.

Cheers,
James
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Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2018 - 06:13 AM UTC

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Great job my Friend.



Thanks, Engin, my Friend.

Hopefully when things settle down a bit here, I can get to work on that set of flak jackets for you.

Take care.
James
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Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2018 - 06:18 AM UTC
Thanks, David Myres, dvsand, Jack, Tim, and Darrin.

I am glad you liked the figure. I am glad it turned out like it did. There was some hesitation on muddying him up as much as I did, but I am glad I did and that it turned out the way it did.

Cheers,
James
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Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2018 - 06:20 AM UTC

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Wow this looks... perfect.
As I scrolled back and forth thru the pics I realised this guy (you James) really knows what he's doing! Artistically and skillfully rendered beautifully, but what a great backstory too! Simple yet pointed.

Cheers
Dave



Thanks, Dave.

When I work on figures and dioramas I try to refer back to some of my military experiences (although I was born during Vietnam and was not there, I did serve in some jungle environments) and those of friends and family who served in Vietnam to come up with stories and conditions I want to convey in my work. Sometimes it works well and other times it doesn't, but I guess it did on this one. Thanks for your comments and feedback. I appreciate it.

Cheers,
James
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Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2018 - 04:54 PM UTC
Keep in mind that everybody was allocated two cans of beer or soda a day. What you ended up with was due to your locale and what the folks in the rear got first. There was no ice fifteen klicks west of Highway One, unless it was flown out. Never saw that happen. Some units got beer a little more often than others did, and much of this came from the staff.
We were also promised ice cream everyday. Yeah right! I saw ice cream about four times in fifteen months. Yet other units saw it almost everyday. Didn't hurt me any I guess. Besides I needed socks and tee shirts even more.
I can say this for sure. We might have had dried mud on us, and stunk real bad, but you eat off my machine gun!
Gary
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Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2018 - 04:57 PM UTC
Excellent!
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SWEET!!
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Love it!
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Posted: Wednesday, December 05, 2018 - 05:42 AM UTC
Thanks for the additional comments.

As I was cleaning off my workbench/desk, I opened one of the drawers that had been blocked by parts of other projects I had started and found some figures I had built for the "Breakfast in the Boonies" diorama that I ended up not using that would have been complimentary to this figure and a larger vignette could have been built. I hadn't totally forgotten about them, but did not think of them when I was making this figure. Perhaps I can use them for something later.

Cheers,
James
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Posted: Wednesday, December 05, 2018 - 07:31 AM UTC
Very nice. The muddy uniform is especially well done.