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Modern Marines Part 2 (Command and force multipliers)

27 Aug

So today it is time for the next installment of Marine minis. I am going to focus on command and force multipliers.

First up is the command. These are just two minis that are meant to represent platoon or company grade officers. I have not made them part of a squad. I am rather going to attach them to one of the infantry squads I am going to show in my next USMC post. Now the mini on the left is from Black Scorpion, the one on the right from Devil Dog Designs. You can see, that I have painted my Marines over a longer period and that my style of painting flesh has changed during that time. I have no big problem with it since these two will probably never be side by side on the table.

USMC officers

USMC officers

Obviously one of the biggest force multipliers since the introduction of the rifled musket have been sharpshooters and snipers. So my force can not do without them. The two minis on the flanks are BS, the two in the middle are DDD. Now the later two can double as recon snipers, too.

USMC snipers

USMC snipers

Up next is the infantry part of the Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) platoon. The Corps uses the LAV-25 as a light scout tank, with the Marine squads aboard acting as… well… scouts. Now these minis are all DDD. First squad are the minis from the Canadian set (with the squad leader converted to a shotgun). I think I will need to do camo make-up on the second squad, too.

First scout squad

First scout squad

 Second scout squad

Second scout squad

One thing that should not be missing is a medic or in this case a Corpsman. Technically he is not a Marine, but a sailor. The USMC does not have medics of its own. That role is filled by troops from the USN. But they dress like the Marines and become part of their structure while on the ground. The mini is a DDD marine converted with a back-pack full of medical supplies, a red-cross armband and an MP-5, since I wanted him to stand out a bit.

Corpsman

Corpsman

Last but not least is a FAST or alternatively SRT team. These are not actually a battlefield asset, but I once needed them for a scenario. So what is a FAST or SRT team?

FAST stands for Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team. Technically they provide security for high value Naval installations, but mostly on a need be, quick deployment basis.

SRT stands for Special Reaction Team. They act like SWAT teams for the USMC´s military police. While both the FAST and SRT have different missions, their equipment can be close, especially when providing security. So i chose to use the same minis for both functions. These minis are from the TAG SWAT range. I converted their base caps to the iconic USMC garrison caps and that was about it.

FAST / SRT team

FAST / SRT team

So… this is it for today. Next post will show the infantry squads!

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