From the Shed: Cold War US Army Platoon.

One of my 20mm projects from my list was to finish off a platoon of infantry for my Cold War US forces, this way I’ve got tyhe infantry to make use of all the vehicles I’ve got and also mirror the 6mm collection I own.

All of the figures come from Elhiem Figures. In and amongst them I have the classic combinations of M16, M203s and M60s as well as a sniper with an M21 and Dragon ATGM teams. They should give me enough figures to make up a platoon organisation for the early 80s. The figures are from a relatively narrow historical window, after the adoption of woodland camo BDUs but still with Alice webbing and so before the issue of the improved PAGST body armour and Kevlar helmet and the M249 squad automatic weapon of the mid 80s.

As usual they were painted in Vallejo acrylics and then varnished. Basing was done with textured paint and flock from Geek Gaming’s base ready range.

One thing I am looking forward to being able to do is play out some Team Yankee inspired skirmishes from an old SOTCW journal that I’ve had for years.

Cheers,

Pete.

20 comments on “From the Shed: Cold War US Army Platoon.

  1. Mark Flanagan says:

    Nice
    I have the old ESCI, now Italeri, plastics to finish

  2. Williamredfox says:

    Gosh they look lovely Pete, I need to pick up some yanks from Elheim now!

    Cheers
    Matt

  3. They look really good Pete and not a bad sized force! 🙂 I have a feeling the US Marines still wore the steel helmet in Grenada so you might be able to use them there (I could equally be wrong about that of course)!

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Thanks John. I have decided to try to paint gamesized units now (what ever that equates to) rather than bits and pieces here and there. I’ll look at some Grenada games. Not a war I have any familiarity with though.

      Cheers,

      Pete.

      • There is an Osprey Men At Arms title on the Grenada operation, which I remember being quite good (the book). Operation Urgent Fury took place in 1983, so you probably weren’t following it on the news like me (given that I’m an oldie)!

      • Pete S/ SP says:

        Ah excellent- I’ll look that one up. I remember the Falklands happening but not Grenada even though it was a year later. Still I was only 5 in ’83….

        Cheers,

        Pete.

      • Nice job Pete. I certainly had this gear – the BDU’s definitely preceded the Kevlar helmet. I know that because it was a big deal when we got issued the Kevlar, though the old steel pot had a certain charm. By the time I got out of USMA the Kevlar was pretty much gone.

      • Pete S/ SP says:

        Thanks Mark- glad they passed your expert eye. Was there much weight difference between the two helemts?

        Cheers,

        Pete.

      • Yes there was. Probably about a pound and a half heavier but felt definitely heavier. The old M1 was one size with different liner sizes, while the Kevlar was one piece as I remember, but different sizes for different heads. So the bigger the head the heavier the Kevlar. The M1 outer helmet as it was steel could be used as a pot etc but not that I ever saw that done.

      • Pete S/ SP says:

        Thanks for that info- I never knew that kevlar helmet came in different sizes.

        Cheers,

        Pete.

  4. Very nice work, and a pretty decent force especially once you get the vehicles in there too. Didn’t realise you were a SOTCW member, I used to be (might still be) in the SFSFW, met a few of your lot at shows over the years.

    Cheers Roger.

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Thanks Roger. Yeah I’ve been a member on and off over the years. It seems that the group is moribund now as the journal isn’t being published anymore. I’ve a big digital archieve of them now though that ~I always like to refer back to.

      Cheers,

      Pete.

  5. coilerxii says:

    A pure infantry firefight in a conventional WW3 would be a nice, novel change of pace from the (realistic) usual mechanized showdowns.

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Yeah- I’ve played some games like that- makes for a good exercise in urban combat. The causalty rates are pretty high compared to a comparable WW2 game however, as everyone is armed with an assault rifle at least.

      Cheers,

      Pete.

  6. Jeff Groves says:

    Well done! The camo pattern is challenging in that scale but you’ve pulled it off!

  7. Looking good Pete!

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