Gringo 40’s has slowly been adding new figures to their excellent 28mm Vietnam War range. Each figure is meticulously researched and has to pass a whole series of checks before it goes into production. Consequently, rather than releasing pack after pack at a rapid pace, miniatures are mostly released as single figures or small teams.
One of the latest releases is MAR41 US Marine M60 Machine Gun Team. This consists of a very nicely sculpted team consisting of a Loader and Gunner. Seemingly designed to be modelled firing over a wall, the M60 has its tripod deployed to create a stable firing position. Both Marines have extra ammunition slung around their bodies, a good idea given this weapon’s high rate of fire.
The level of detail on the figures is, once again, fantastic. We’re very taken with not just the personalised equipment of each Marine but the fact that the M60 sports a strap which has been shortened for carrying or firing on the move, and even the M60 bipod has been detailed with the holes that help to cut down its weight.
MAR42 African American US Marine M60 Machine Gunner Firing from the Hip is a long title for a really characterful figure. Shirtless, with a flak jacket over his torso, this Marine makes use of a strap as he leans back to contain the recoil of his weapon. Once again, we have some great details, the pack of cigarettes in the elastic band around his helmet, plus the waxed cardboard box worn on a cotton bandolier. This contained 100 rounds of spare ammunition, and is something that is often missing from other miniatures.
Although this range may be increasing relatively slowly, it is the unique nature and attention to detail on every sculpt that really shows through. These are almost exact copies of images taken from history, accurately researched and sculpted by someone who really knows the period. Each Marine figure is a suitable homage to the men who fought in Hue in 1968, whilst also being suitable for actions throughout the Vietnam War period.
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