A few weeks ago I received some kindly donated Airfix US Marines. Some were in an original box with some very insprational artwork:
All sorts of ideas emerged and I decided that an assault on a Japanese held island, run as a linear campaign, as described in 'Developing the Portable Wargame' might be an interesting project.
I have painted loads of Airfix marines before, but normally as ordinary US infantry. After a little research I decided to go for a plain green uniform with camouflaged helmets. I had to convert a few to create mortar teams and re-roled some Matchbox US infantry. Here are the results:
I didn't know what to do with the chaps walking along holding rifles above their heads, so I chopped them off at the waist to simulate wading ashore:
Fire support comes from some LVT(A) - 1s. There is a box of Buffalo, DUKW and Landing craft in the garage that I have yet to dig out:
The beach gaming mat is 6 x 4 from Deepcut Studios.