As the first section of Republican infantry nears completion, I am looking at starting up some of their supports:
There are several support groups in the pic above, so lets break it down somewhat:
#1 - These two troopers are going to be converted into Medical Orderlies. The rifle is a separate piece, and it will be replaced with a satchel of some sort.
#2 - Headquarters types. One of the pistol-armed chaps will become the platoon leader, and the other will be a Commissar. The flag bearer will be put aside for now, as specific Flag supports (in Chain of Command España) only show up in Militia platoons.
#3 - Maxim medium MG. This support is getting a make-over, as the original gunner does not fit in well with the weapon in my opinion, and the leader of the group looks more like a Nationalist! The new gunner is a plastic WW2 Russian AT crewmember from Plastic Soldier, and the original gunner will become the leader. 3 crew is the minimum for a MMG for the Republicans, so I will need to recruit some others to fill it out. More on this in another post.
#4 - 5cm mortar with 2 crew. Also needs 3 more crew to complete the support. I intend to keep some of the extra crew members, for the MMG and mortar, for example, mounted separately so I can mix and match them somewhat.
#5 - Two light MG supports. These will be mounted separately to keep the figures flexible.
#6 and #7 - Minairons offers separate head kits, and I have received two of them. #6 uses the Czech helmet, while #7 has the Adrian helmet. It will take some careful cutting to use these on the Minairons figures, but if you look carefully at the Plastic Soldier figure - he was molded with the head separate (and the right arm), which will make customization very easy.