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Bring it on, Charlie!

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Introduction
Here is my latest diorama. It is titled "Bring it on, Charlie" and takes place in Vietnam in 1967. A US Infantry element has made contact with a mixed VC and NVA element. The US element found itself pinned down and fought desperately for its life. The US Infantryman depicted in this scene moved from where he was at when the initial contact was made to higher ground behind a fallen log. He continued firing his M16 until he ran out of ammunition. The enemy didn't care that he ran out of ammo and continued attacking. He continued his fight with the M1917 bolo knife his grandfather had passed down to him before shipping off for Vietnam. He has taken care of four attackers with the bolo knife and is daring a fifth to "bring it on".
The Figures
The US Infantryman is a conversion consisting of the torso of the standing Bravo 6 Military Policeman and the legs of the guy with the flak vest from the Bravo 6 Field Briefing kit. The bolo knife was fashioned from a Hobby Fan machete and the sheath was made from a First Legion machete sheath that was modified to look like the M1917 Bolo knife sheath. The open ammo pouch was made from two ammo pouches. The head is from Hornet. I was trying to go for a combined look of shock and a sense of "if I am going to die, I am going to take as many of you with me" in the Infantryman's face. It is like he has accepted his fate and is going to make it costly to the enemy.

The two dead NVA at the Infantryman's feet are built stock from Bravo 6's Ace of Spades kit. The NVA spurting blood and squirming around on the ground is a conversion of a Viet Minh Soldier from Bravo 6. The spurt of blood is from a q-tip painted red and covered with gloss varnish. The NVA with the abdominal wound was sculpted by me when I was deployed to Afghanistan as is the dead or wounded VC that is downhill. The dead NVA with bullet wounds to the chest and leg at the base of the tree is a conversion of a Dragon NVA Sapper. The two live VC are built stock from Bravo 6.
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About the Author

About James O'Leary (ReconTL3-1)
FROM: TEXAS, UNITED STATES


Comments

James O'Leary shares photos of his Vietnam-era diorama "Bring it on, Charlie!" Link to Item If you have comments or questions please post them here. Thanks!
OCT 11, 2014 - 11:17 AM
Excellent piece of work. Detailed and really atmospheric. Well done
OCT 12, 2014 - 01:02 AM
Why don't they just shoot him, or are they afraid that the well-made jungle is damaged by their bullets?
OCT 12, 2014 - 04:16 AM
Its a really nice piece of work and I appreciate the feeling being presented that to take me I will make it an expensive deal. I know having policed in remote areas my mother asked me once what happens if you get killed my answer was Mom if I am going down I will not be going by myself I will be taking some with me. It did upset her but in order to survive in a time of bad things being afraid of death does not help any more than rushing towards ones death. One must be willing to be able to face danger with accepting possibilities but knowing nothing is certain until its all over and its time to pay the piper!
OCT 12, 2014 - 04:53 PM
Nice slaughterhouse. The main thing is not to sell the skin easily and fight to the very end. Great dio. Congratulations. Paweł
OCT 12, 2014 - 05:16 PM
Wow!! Top on all fronts ,sculpting ,painting ,diorama ,action ,supject.
OCT 14, 2014 - 09:15 AM
He will be ,Charllie is reloading his rifle
OCT 14, 2014 - 09:17 AM
Thanks for the comments. The Soldier ends up living through this event. As to why hasn't the VC already shot this Soldier, it just wasn't his time. I've been in a few firefights where guys to the left and right of me got hit but I didn't get a scratch and I was probably more exposed than they were. It just wasn't my time. Also, the VC just saw four guys get chopped up by this guy so I imagine he was probably in somewhat of a state of shock. Despite what popular belief might be, not all VC were hard core killers. Charlie used to "Draft" military aged men from villages, so some of them were just there because they were threatened, as well as their families, if they did not join. Cheers, James
OCT 14, 2014 - 10:41 AM
Gory but good. And I like the vegetation as much as I like the figures. - Steve
OCT 16, 2014 - 09:13 AM
I love everything about this dio and really liked your storyline behind it. One question though. What is the VC on the right shooting at? The only threat that can be seen is the soldier with the knife whose on his left.
OCT 18, 2014 - 03:04 PM
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