US Army Ranger - 1980s

As do the cat eyes!

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A quick update. The platoon leader is largely done. I have some touch up work and the weathering will wait until I’m done with the other figure.

The patches are home brew decals. I flirted with making him “sterile” so I wouldn’t have to mess with tabs and scrolls in 1:35. ReconTL advised me that whenever he worked with Rangers in that era, they were always fully badged when wearing OD jungles. I can make decals, but this is my first time going this small. I’m pleased with the result.

The next figure in the vignette will be his RTO.

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Figure work looks great, love the patch work too, excellent!

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Ranger Danger

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I’m finally making progress on the next in line. Here is the RTO for the previously posted platoon leader.

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Don’t forget his Ranger High & Tight haircut. :smirk:

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Looking solid.

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Very nice facial tones.
The three gun is this Saturday by the way,

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Some people’s hair grows faster than others… :man_shrugging:
This occurred to me, but since his hair is molded into the head, I was leery of trying to sand it down and creating odd angles.

Thanks!
I’d love to be there, but I won’t be available. I meant to let you know that sooner. Have fun and please keep me posted on future events.

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I shall.
Colonel Braun is about to get her star. I may invite her to shoot at Magnum in the Springs.

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@Apache26 nice work.

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This guy deserves an update:

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I really like what you are doing here. What colours are you using for the uniforms?

I have tamiya’s M151 with an ICM crew sitting around to get finished. Got stuck due to the MERDC-scheme failing.

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Very nice work there Travis, keep it up

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Thank you! I am familiar with the Grenada era M-151 kit. I bought one when I started getting into the 1980’s theme.

I am using Scale 75’s “Marines on Duty” set. It is perfect for faded OG-107 fatigues. It utilizes a painting system. It was a completely new concept for me at the time that I started using it. On past builds I received some constructive criticism that my figure uniforms were too shiny. Vallejo, Tamiya and Testor’s paints weren’t doing the job. Mig’s Vietnam colors are way off. A member here recommended Scale 75 and I’ve been thrilled with their paint. Unfortunately, I have yet to find a paint scheme to depict less faded/newly issued OG-107 fatigues.

I’m working this vignette concurrently with my Great Ones campaign. I’ll post updates on that one shortly.

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That figure is great Travis, uniform colour looks sweet, but capturing the skin tones of a black soldier is superb, very hard to do and get it looking genuine. That is really cool … what types of colours did you use for it ?

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Thanks! I actually enjoy painting flesh tones for black figures since there aren’t nearly as many contrasting colors to blend as there are for white figures. Likewise, after years of frustration with trying to feather and blend highlights that always seemed a bit unnatural to me, I prefer much more subtle painting techniques for skin - especially at 1:35 scale. On this particular figure, I used AK Interactive “Mud Brown” as a base and washes of Vallejo “Chocolate Brown”. I used Vallejo “German Black Brown” for deeper shadows and wrinkles. For the lips I used a thinned solution of red mixed with a tanned flesh tone. I spent more time than I’d like to admit looking up photos of black men’s lips online because I was afraid of making them too pink.

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Still looking good!

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That will really help me with my 761st tankers. Thanks!

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The hard work and research paid off mate. He looks great and totally real in the skin tone. :+1:

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