from an airplane through a storm of burning lead, sucked into the
head deep waters of a flooded field, pushed through the thickets
of the bocage in search of his fellow fighters, comes a man
to help liberate a continent from evil.
many of us, I got a better appreciation of the heroics and sacrifices
of U.S. airborne troops through the mini-series Band of Brothers.
This 120mm figure from Verlinden, "Easy Company 101st Airborne
Thompson Gunner" (1788) is my second large scale figure, following
DML's 1/16 101st Airborne figure. I'm still trying to get that figure's
Mohawk-shaven head to look right, but I think I did a respectable
job on this one. I hope it will help give some pointers to those
of you building airborne figures of any scale.
kit is very nice, while benefiting from some enhancements. It comes
with a small base, but being a diorama guy I wanted to give a stronger
visual sense to the presentation. As I built this in the weeks leading
up to the 60th anniversary of the launch of the liberation of France,
I decided to use the base to help symbolize and honor that effort.
Even the name of the piece was chosen to underscore this theme.
on the photos with borders for close-ups of the subject.
Construction and Detailing
Base and Presentation