I picked up a couple of the 29th Infantry Division Assault Company box sets, knowing that I had to do the 29th sometime, right? Well, that time is now. We will look at the first platoon I tried and see how I did.
Editor's Note: Real men work on the same army in different scales! -S
I started off with a full Boat Section with the LMG option. Here you see 2 Bazooka Teams, a Command Team, 4 Rifle Teams, a Flamethrower Team, a 60mm Mortar Team and the optional LMG team that can stand in for a Bazooka. The sculpts are right on for the 29th, with assault jackets, life belts and the whole nine yards.
We even got a couple of guys with bangalore torpedos. I used all the normal colors for US Infantry, though I prefer Russian Uniform for the '41 jackets. I used the pictures on the box as a guide and chose Desert Yellow for the bases. There is a good mixture of poses included in the box for a nice and varied platoon. I have the old box, but it looks like the new box will be exactly the same.
I used a couple of shades of grey to make some puddles on the bases -- it looks ok. I went over them with gloss varnish after sealing the stands to make them look a little like water. I also accented the bases with some spots of real sand and a few pieces of very fine ballast. I think the bases look ok, but I might try for something better next time. I can always upgrade the bases.
Overall, I am happy with these guys as my first attempt. They took a while, but hey -- I should be ready for the new books....I hope! Next time, I think I will tackle the Command stand -- and since I am doing A Co., 116th, that means Captain Taylor Fellers.
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