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Portrait of a Weary Warrior - 1/6 scale

Discussion in 'Completed Figures' started by Ran, Jul 19, 2019.

  1. Ran Member

    PFC T. E. Underwood, Company B, 24 Marines, Fourth Marine Division. Saipan, 1944.
    2018 November

    This customised and kit/bashed figure is my interpretation of a famous iconic image of a US Marine taken during the US invasion of the Pacific island of Saipan.

    It was a personal challenge in many ways for me, but as always, the results from the iterative process of deep research, exploration, and multiple testings bore fruit. I also particularly enjoyed gleaning the background knowledge of the character. Many thanks to George Cater on the feedback for correct attachment of the carbine sling.

    PFC Thomas Underwood, later promoted to Corporal was a sharpshooter with his carbine and equally qualified as a BAR gunner. A decorated war hero, he died of his injuries - sharpnel to his back and head contusion - leading his squad in an assault on an enemy strongpoint.

    On July 18, Underwood was awarded his corporal’s stripes and a commendation from his division commander, General Clifton Cates. He perished in an assault on an enemy strongpoint on Iwo Jima and was awarded the Victory Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Purple Heart (with gold star; one for his head wound and one for his death) and the Bronze Star with V device for his bravery on Iwo Jima.

    The iconic World War II photograph of him has caused a bit of debate, with some believing that the warrior, captioned as a war-weary Marine on Saipan, was in fact an Army sergeant named Angelo Klonis; this has been proven untrue. Click on the link to read more about how this was proven untrue.

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  2. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

    A true hero and respect to a young man. A very interesting piece of history. Thank you for sharing.
    Also this is an amazing figure, looks to be a 12inch figure heaverly reworked a great piece of modeling.
    Why not put this out onto the forum for completed figures or if you have photos of the progress upload to WIP forum.
    A great piece.
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  3. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

    Those other photos would make a great figure in either 75 or 120 scale
  4. Nap Forum Moderator

    Hi Ran

    WOW that's lfelike great Modellng and artwork ...good Historical background as well

    I have moved this to completed part

    Would be great to see a SBS on a future project

    Do share your others previously completed

    PM me if you need any help

    Happy benchtime

  5. Ran Member

    Hello Bob, yes he’s absolutely a hero in every sense of the word. I’m glad you like my representation of him. I’ll certainly look into posting this project into the forums for completed figures and WIP. Thanks!

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  6. Ran Member

    Hey Nap, many thanks indeed! I really appreciate it. Will upload a few other projects done since last year and hopefully some WIP of 19th century new projects.

    Thanks for the warm support.

    Cheers, Ran
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  7. MoboSchreuder A Fixture

    Beautiful paintwork

  8. Nap Forum Moderator


    Look forward to it

    You know where I am if needed !

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  9. khollar Active Member

    Outstanding work! This is really nice.

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  10. Warren SMITH PlanetFigure Supporter

    excellent work...
  11. Ran Member

    Many thanks, Kurt, Warren. I appreciate it very much.
  12. captfue Active Member

    Fantastic piece of work, great details.
  13. Tony Dawe PlanetFigure Supporter

    Stunning work. These types of large scale figures are often derided as “battle Barbies” without any appreciation for the artistry and skill it takes to bring them to life. I’d welcome an opportunity to follow an SBS to see the process you use to do that. Thanks for sharing
  14. Ran Member

    Thanks everyone for the appreciation and support. I will definitely share a SBS for an upcoming project I have in mind.

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