Monday, January 8, 2018

Micro Armor Work Part 3: GHQ Infantry

I got the GHQ infantry because TMP-ers said that they were the best - and they are very nice sculpts, crisp and made with pretty hard metal. The packs under consideration are TW-12 and TW-13, so-called "3rd World Regulars":

TW-12 Individual Third World Regulars

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http://www.ghqmodels.com/store/tw12.html

GHQ states there are 60+ in a pack, mine had 77.


60+ armed locals per pack: 

2 x standing pointing officer / NCO w/ slung rifle and binoculars [got 3]
2 x kneeling officer / NCO / FOO w/ G3 and talking on radio handset  [got 3]
3 x prone officer / NCO / FOO looking through binoculars [got 4]
16 x advancing EM w/ G3 rifle at the hip [got 20]
9 x kneeling firing EM w/ G3 rifle [got 20]
12 x advancing EM w/ G3 at ready and LAW rocket slung on shoulder [got 15]
9 x advancing EM w/ G3 at ready and PRG slung on shoulder [got 12]

And mine look like this:
Top are the Officer officer poses, standing kneeling and prone. 
Next down are the PRG [left] and LAW [right] poses.


Below are the kneeling and advancing poses.



TW-13 Individual Third World Regulars Heavy Infantry
m-images/tw13.jpg
http://www.ghqmodels.com/store/tw13.html

GHQ says there are 50 per pack, mine have 87 figs on 63 bases.


50+ per pack: 

2 x standing pointing officer / NCO w/ slung rifle and binoculars [got 3]
2 x kneeling officer / NCO / FOO w/ G3 and talking on radio handset [got 3]
3 x prone officer / NCO / FOO looking through binoculars [got 4]
10 x L19 81mm mortar w/ 2 man team [got 12]
9 x tripod-mounted PKM MMGs w/ 2 man teams [got 12]
12 x prone MG3 (LMG) gunners [got 14]
4 x prone snipers [got 4]
4 x prone MilanATGM gunners [got 6]
4 x seated Mistral AA missle gunners [got 4]

And mine look like this:

Top are the Mortars, below Sniper, Prone Milan/ATGM, seated Mistral AA.


Below, tripod PKM MMG, prone MG3, same sprue of "officers" / leaders as above.



Prep and cleaning requires:

  • Filing the mold line that cuts thru the helmet,
  • Numerous tiny flash bits are on them, all need to be trimmed off with a blade.
  • They have a base and are attached to the sprue by it, so one cut needed there. 
Leaving them on the sprues until I have finished spray-painting them - they are easier to handle. That being said, several of the MG3 figs have already fallen off and I suspect filing the helmets will make more do the same.

EDIT 02-02-18: cleaning and prep took longer than I hoped, about 2 hours. The main difficulty was seeing and removing the tiny bits of flash that are hanging off the boots and sometimes the helmets. They are quite strong despite their thin size, and have a tendency to bend rather than break or cut, then they hide against the figure at another angle! I assume that as the cleaning and priming process continues, they'll be more visible and I'll trim them. TOOLS NEEDED: a sharp pointed X-Acto blade, some magnifiying glasses, jewelers files. Still, this is 164 figures, so a couple hours isn't that bad!
EDIT 02-02-18  the tiny bits of flash that are hanging off the boots and helmets were most easily trimmed with a pair of small, sharp scissors.If a nub is left behind, trim that with an X-Acto blade.

I have to say, they almost look like 15mm figs - in fact, they're nicer than some! Looking forward to painting them, which is a pleasant surprise.

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