I spent a couple of hours on Wednesday prepping a lot of 15mm WW2 US Marines. The figures are from Peter Pig, and are destined to be the core of a Marine Rifle Company in Flames of War - Pacific.
A selection of Marines, ready to charge to the spray booth.
So far, I have trimmed up and de-flashed (not that there was much of that) and glued them to 'jumbo craft sticks,' aka tongue depressors. Each stick is a mix of figures that will make up an individual base or team, if you prefer. I've done enough to make:
- 24x 4-man BAR Infantry teams
- 4x 3-man HMG teams
- 3x 3-man 60mm mortar teams (plus the mortar, of course)
- 4x 3-man 81mm mortar teams (plus mortar)
- 2x 2-man observer teams
- 6x 3-man command teams (CO, 2iC, platoon commanders)
If my math is right, that's about 158 figures on 43 tongue depressors. It nets out to two infantry platoons, two mortar platoons, a HMG platoon, and a scout platoon. I will still need a few things to finish off the force, like some more LVTs, some war dogs, and the Marine Engineer Assault Section.
This may be what made me decide to collect a USMC force.
Images from Battlefront and the Flames of War website.
Next step is priming. I have an ultra flat olive drab spray that I am thinking would work as a base. It would speed up the painting process, maybe, since these Marines are all in the old pickle suits. I'm going to try it on a couple of 'extra' figures and see how it works before I commit to the whole company.