Sunday, October 23, 2011

Painted 15mm modern USMC, Rebel Minis & Irishserb mini-review

Trial and error has taken me to the point where I am pretty happy with the paint on my 2009 era USMC in 15mm.  These are modern US infantry from Rebel Miniatures.  Unfortunately Rebel only supplies M240g with these infantry, no M249 saws which make these fireteams inaccurate for any US modern infantry.  The sculpting also leaves some to be desired as the marine with the M203 (far right, all three pics) appears to have his hand pushing into the grenade launcher and there is a significant (and inaccurate) space between his right hand and the weapon's magazine.  Their helmets are also massive and the ear protection almost comes down to their chin.  All in all, I prefer the Peter Pig USMC but their load-out marks them as 2002-4 and I was really hoping to use the Oshkosh MATV.  Then again I could be happy with Irishserb's armored Humvees, as they're beautiful, see the pictures below.

I like to leave the pictures of painted 15mm models small so they are seen at something like the size you would see in reality, but feel free to click on the pictures for each brush stroke and blob of paint in vivid detail.

I also picked up some vehicles for the USMC and some sci-fi forces.  In the pictures below the tan vehicles are from Irishserb and the grey is from Rebel Miniatures.  All are nice models, but the rebel minis vehicles I've received all have the laser texture on them from their rapid-prototype origins while the Irishserb vehicles are clean, smooth and crisp.

French VBL Recce car (left), Rebel Minis MATV Apache (top), Irishserb armored Humvee (bottom)

Marine from Peter Pig

Rebel Minis MATV Comanche (left) to be used as an Oshkosh MATV.

Rebel Minis MATV Comanche (left) to be used as an Oshkosh MATV.

The Apache MATV is a monster.  I think it will go to Mars with my Rebel Minis Earthforce to fight the Sadaheen army in a sci-fi, futuristic repeat of history, only on mars.