Because my friend Gus is visiting this coming weekend, I thought I’d paint up some soldiers from his favourite WWII armed force – the Americans. These models are 15mm Battlefront miniatures taken from a Rifle Company box set – more than enough men to model every possible combination you might choose from the main Operation Squad rulebook – with some bazookas in there for the inevitable vehicle games.
This bog standard G.I. squad starts out at 370pts for 12 men: 1 Cpl, 1 Sgt, 9 Riflemen with Garands, and 1 Rifleman with a BAR. Like most soldiers in the Operation Squad game, there are many choices for upgrades and variety:
M2 Mortars, Veteran upgrade (by removing 1 man), Thompsons for the leaders, etc. Before I started painting I researched the look I wanted these guys to have – there are so many different kinds of American uniforms during WWII.
I chose the following colours:
– GW Gretchin Green for the jackets
– PPP Gun Corps Brown for the trousers
– PPP Bloodstone for the rifles
– PPP Hammerfall Khaki for the webbing
I block painted the models with the colours above, then washed them with Devlan Mud. The webbing went on last, and was almost drybrushed on. Because the models are so small, they have more contrast in these colours than in reality, but when they’re on the table, they look cool.
Operation Squad American Infantry
Points on the table: 600pts (all options) Time to paint: 4hrs