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Old 05-20-2019, 08:31 AM   #1
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Project 'CURRAHEE' - 'WARPAINT'

G'day all,


Finally, the first of four vignettes that I'll finish this week regarding the Project 'CURRAHEE' series. The first titled 'WARPAINT' pertains to the 'FILTHY 13'...that squad of 'Screaming Eagles' (unofficially led by SSGT 'Jake' McNiece) so-named due to a legend of giving up their water ration in favour of cooking illegally-gotten English game and notoriety with regards to ill-discipline. As 1st Squad 506th Demolitions Platoon (under command of 506th Regimental HQ), the men were famous for their Indian-inspired scalp lock haircut and warpaint (both inspired by McNiece and his Choctaw Indian heritage) the period footage and still photographs becoming legendary images of the lead-up to the 'day of days' with regards to the Allied pre-invasion air drops (and the inspiration of which is evident in this diorama).


I've used the three figures that are available in 1/6th that befit the famous appearance - DML's 'George Goldman', DiD's 'Ricky Foster' and Soldier Story's 'Jake' McNiece (the 2010 release that I recently purchased - at a much higher price I might add given his rarity now) which I just had to get in order to do this vignette its due-justice. Given the men are preparing for their jump - and in order to illustrate their unique role within the Battalion - I've posed 'Jake' checking and loading stores beneficial to their mission. I scratch-built wooden reels of primacord and sourced all the bits and pieces required with regards to jump gear and demolition stores. I refered to 'Warpaint - The Filthy Thirteen, Jump into Normandy by Richard E. Killblane and Brian J. Miller for the story behind the unit and the gear worn which including McNiece' own words on what he wore into Normandy (which differ from the gear so-fitted to the McNiece Figure and to which I changed-out to make the figure more accurate).


The two standing figures ('Foster' and Goldman') are fitted and posed to resemble the famous period photo of Clarence Ware (2nd Squad who along with several others augmented the 1st Squad given their mission at the behest of McNiece to Colonel Sink) applying warpaint (the black and white invasion stripe paint then still fresh) to Chuck Plauda of 1st Squad.


For the diorama, a backing painting (which I have to do) of a C-47 fuselage will be used to provide the appropriate background. Enjoy, Steve
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Old 05-20-2019, 08:31 AM   #2
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Re: Project 'CURRAHEE' - 'WARPAINT'

And one more...
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Old 05-20-2019, 09:38 AM   #3
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Oh...I forgot to add, for the more discerning eyes out there, the Demolition platoon of three squads was a regimental asset and each of the PIR's had one with the doctrinal method of employment of one per each of the Regiment's battalions. 1st Squad's helmet ID (which was used by the 101st Airborne Division for rallying purposes and applied just before D-Day with the PIRs having symbols of the four playing card suits) consists of the spade (representing 506th PIR) and the dash to the right of it denoting 1st Battalion. For D-Day, 1st Squad was assigned to the 3rd Battalion for its role of capturing and destroying bridges across the Douve River....but why didn't the 3rd Battalion use its doctrinally-attached 3rd Squad...???.. Well, Colonel Sink wanted the more experienced McNiece for this particular mission...McNiece agreed but only with the proviso he could use his own squad...Sink approved and also, at McNiece's request based on the extent of the mission, approved the secondment of half of 2nd Squad which was as yet given a task. Cheers, Steve
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Old 05-20-2019, 11:40 PM   #4
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Re: Project 'CURRAHEE' - 'WARPAINT'

Nice troopers and back story. Just an fyi, for me the last 3 pics don't seem to work. I get a cool dragonfly. Probably not what you intended...
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Old 05-21-2019, 01:19 AM   #5
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Re: Project 'CURRAHEE' - 'WARPAINT'

Thanks for pointing out that error Squidley, don't know exactly how that happened (my wife is a big dragonfly fan so maybe a confliction there somewhere and upon review did notice I was one zero short on the image numbers???)... anyway, please find attached the three correct (non Dragonfly) pics. Enjoy, Steve
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Old 06-15-2019, 11:37 PM   #6
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Re: Project 'CURRAHEE' - 'WARPAINT'

Looking forward to seeing this dio progress, Steve!

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Old 06-30-2019, 05:53 PM   #7
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Nice work so far , excellent
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Old 07-01-2019, 05:00 AM   #8
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Re: Project 'CURRAHEE' - 'WARPAINT'

Cheers all for the kind comments,


Whilst I've enjoyed every project destined for the ScaleACT model shows over the years, this one is definitely ticking all my enjoyment boxes and I've got several vignettes on the go at once (instead of the usual completing one before moving onto the next) with an additional one now to add covering the crucial Battle of Carentan - would be impossible to tell the tale of the 101st in Normandy without it. This now brings up to 15 vignettes total covering the Division (particularly the 506th with the odd one or two covering supporting units such as the 377th PFAB and 326th medics) - for the more discerning fans of the 'Screaming Eagles'. My goal is largely to cover the variations in load-carrying equipment and unique airborne equipment such as the para-caisson for the 75 pack, purpose-designed carrying gear and the use of captured equipment (the kettenkrad that I put on show last year but this year opened-up to show engine and battery bay detail. As a result of all this, my 'Easy' Company platoon has increased 36 paras not counting a C47 pilot, 'glider rider', infantry of the 29th, tank crew of the 2nd Arm'd and of course - zee Germans who do not get to win this time around and will only feature as dead and POW - the reality of war and so forth)...I intend to add more pics towards the end of the week regarding an update. 'Til then, "CURRAHEE". Steve
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Old 07-10-2019, 06:47 AM   #9
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Re: Project 'CURRAHEE' - 'WARPAINT'

G'day all,


Just some update (WIP) pics...first 'cab off the rank' (and the first vignette that visitors will see as they take this journey) covers training and focuses on the infamous Captain Sobel, here seen inspecting a rifle under the title "Pass revoked".
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Old 07-10-2019, 06:50 AM   #10
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Re: Project 'CURRAHEE' - 'WARPAINT'

Another vignette (no. 6 in the series) is titled "Airborne Assault" and covers those chaotic first (pre-dawn) hours where groups of paras formed to make their missions and RV's whilst, at the same time, sow confusion and take out whatever German positions came their way.
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Old 07-10-2019, 06:52 AM   #11
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A simple vignette (No. 4 in the series) is aptly titled "Green on GO!!!) which covers the hectic conditions of the flight in and during the jump. Note that I'm currently sourcing a small green LED light which will give off a bit of light behind the exit door.
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Old 07-10-2019, 06:55 AM   #12
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Titled "Nice ride", this one features a couple of paras checking out a captured vehicle...one that seemed to fascinate the Allies no end particularly the paratroopers (keeping in-mind that this was designed largely to meet the requirements of the FJR). Note that there is a small diorama base with this one also but consists of just grass and dirt matting with one or two bushes.
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Old 07-10-2019, 06:57 AM   #13
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Another one (No. 11 in the series), this one covers U.S. Airborne vehicles and pays particular attention to the Airborne Scooter - the Cushman Model 53). Note that since this pic, I've managed to find a zippo lighter for the rider. As with the Kettenkrad, the base will be just as simple.
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Old 07-10-2019, 07:01 AM   #14
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Re: Project 'CURRAHEE' - 'WARPAINT'

There's still several vignettes to produce, one covering the PFAB and another on the Battle of Carentan which features my first use of a ruined building (which will house an MG42 team of "Green Devils". No doubt this will be one of my largest - not so much in terms of one huge diorama - but of around 15 vignettes. I'm also incorporating, for the first time, some original U.S. Airborne relics from the war courtesy of a local WW2 militaria collector which, along with the information panels, will make every visitor an expert on the 101st by the time they've perused the entire show.
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Old 07-10-2019, 07:03 AM   #15
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Re: Project 'CURRAHEE' - 'WARPAINT'

With regards to works-in-progress...there's a gathering of "Screaming" eagles just waiting to take their place and several still to assemble. I must admit that this is one of my more enjoyable years with regards to themed dioramas and until my next batch, enjoy the pics and any assisting criticism welcome of course as the aim is for accuracy. Cheers, Steve
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Old 07-10-2019, 11:52 AM   #16
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Looking good Steve, as always, very impressive, looking forward to more updates
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:03 AM   #17
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That is quite an impressive collection of paratroopers you have, they are looking very good. Like the Cushman.
You should have a cricket in with your relics, possibly a repo so you can have a little hands on demo for your visitors.
Just a suggestion for your Capt. Sobel scene, you should have him inspecting the troopers bayonet while he stands with his rifle at the ready for inspection. This would show how hard he was on his men - Pass Revoked for a dirty bayonet.
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Old 07-12-2019, 04:53 AM   #18
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Re: Project 'CURRAHEE' - 'WARPAINT'

Cheers all for the continuing kind comments and in-particular suggested improvements by Kapernakis. Actually, I'm way ahead of ya with the 'cricket' idea (see pic). This one will be my first to be enhanced by actual period objects such as T5 main and reserve chutes, uniforms and battlefield relics that a friend of mine (a very keen collector of WW2 militaria) has sourced over the years pertaining to the U.S. Airborne. I've got a little collection of my own which can be seen in the pics. The 'cricket' is a repro...one of three such repros (and the best of the bunch) with the other two coming from various Normandy giftshops. The mug I sourced from Brit mob 'Soldier of Fortune'; I have a themed mug for every show and I give one also to those that assist me with set-up, over-watch and such.


As for the Soble/Bayonet idea, I will kindly 'borrow' that from you as it does illustrate more-so how petty the man was. Then again, as many of the 'Easy' Company 'Toccoa men' would attest after the war, if not for Sobel they would have a harder time surviving in the ETO.


Cheers, Steve
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Old 07-12-2019, 04:55 AM   #19
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Sorry about that, attached is the correct image pertaining to the aforementioned reply. Steve
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Old 07-13-2019, 12:32 AM   #20
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I hope you guys can see this,, Steve, after clicking on the link to the picture it opened in a new window, I then typed .jpg on the end of the url

http://www.sixtharmygroup.com/forums...1562907278.jpg

then I copied the entire url and used that to post this image
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Old 07-14-2019, 06:04 AM   #21
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Old 07-14-2019, 06:05 AM   #22
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Old 07-14-2019, 06:07 AM   #23
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Hmmm...not getting the same results though I could be reading the instructions wrong, all I get is the url...not the pic showing...???
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You need to use the picture post button...when making a post there are some buttons above the dialog box to help post the html codes, use the picture one(has a lil picture on it) to give you the [ IMG ] [\IMG ] before and after url.

I'm gonna edit your second pic so you can go back, click edit and see the change I made
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Old 07-14-2019, 09:01 PM   #25
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Great looking figures, Steve!!

Cool!

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Good stuff, Steve!

This will be quite a display! Looking forward to seeing it completed!

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