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Old 11-13-2009, 02:57 PM   #1
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Bloody Tarawa "Betio has fallen" 1943 D+3

Here is my version of a Tarawa marine on Nov 23 1943 D+3. As most know and who have read about this battle it must have been unimaginable! I wanted to depict a marine who has fought for 3 days on that bloody atoll. I chose a Tony Barton headsculpt for this figure and I tried to capture a very battle weary marine. I cannot say enough about Tonys headsculpts, they are just fantastic! I also wanted to depict him with a few japanese war souviners. I have done a few marines over the years similar to this, but never really satisfied. I am now happy with this one. I probably could have weathered him even more, but I decided to stop. These guys must have looked terrible! There are definatly a few inconsistancies with a few things such as the US stamped pouches, but I have ooverlooked that until DiD comes out with that perfect marine!!

I would of course appreciate any critiscisms on this figure as that is the way I can hopefully learn a little more about these pacific warriors!

Thanks for lookin!

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Old 11-13-2009, 05:45 PM   #2
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Great job. I like him.

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I chose a Tony Barton headsculpt
I love his sculpts, they're really lifelike and show a lot of character.

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There are definatly a few inconsistancies with a few things such as the US stamped pouches, but I have ooverlooked that until DiD comes out with that perfect marine!!
Here you're wrong and I don't know how the myth got started. Probably within the re-enacting/militaria collecting community, I've picked up a lot of good information from them but also a lot misinterpretation or propogation of erroneous intel. You will see WWII Marines with U.S. stamped gear. Particularly, the .45 magazine, and carlisle bandage pouches (which you have). There is a picture of some Marine pilots from Guadalcanal, in Sept. 1942, where they all clearly have these pouches and they're stamped U.S. Canteens are uncommon to be stamped U.S. but are seen and folding E-Tool covers are commonly marked. If you study enough pictures you'll find many more examples. So don't worry, your Marine is just fine.
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Old 11-13-2009, 06:17 PM   #3
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awesome figure. like how you hung his gear, got a heavy look. dog tag.?
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Old 11-13-2009, 06:59 PM   #4
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Very nice work Jay,a real keeper!!
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Old 11-15-2009, 05:43 PM   #5
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Excellent work!

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Old 11-15-2009, 06:18 PM   #6
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I love the expression on the guy's face.


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Old 11-18-2009, 05:52 PM   #7
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Excellent....Love this fig !!!! Great attention to the details....


( And, of course......Congrats four your 3rd place !!! )
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Old 11-18-2009, 07:34 PM   #8
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It all looks good to me - fine work, Budro-
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Old 03-27-2010, 02:46 PM   #9
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Looking great! The katana adds a nice touch!
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Old 03-28-2010, 01:34 AM   #10
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Fantastic job, Budro!
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Old 03-28-2010, 09:21 AM   #11
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Excellent figure!
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Old 03-28-2010, 03:42 PM   #12
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Thanks guys!!

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Old 05-04-2010, 07:33 PM   #13
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Wow,

This is a really nice figure!

Love the wear on the bottom of his trousers and the persperation stains on his back and armpits. like the lucky strikes in his pocket too lol

nice work!
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Old 05-04-2010, 08:44 PM   #14
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Excellent figure! I really like how you show the sweat mark on the back of his jacket.
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Old 05-04-2010, 10:03 PM   #15
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Amazing - Just Amazing
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