I've been playing Call of Duty: World at War Zombies on the train home in the evening this week. Had a blast with this and want to recreate the feel of these games in 15mm. So, I need some appropriate 15mm WW2 US troops to beat off my Rebel Minis Nazi Zombies.
I was hoping the latest WW2 US releases from Flames of War including the Devils Brigade and Late War Assault Platoon would supply some cool miniatures - only find that they are essentially just repackaged and rebadged versions of previous miniature releases - with the odd new fig thrown in. All very much 'emperors new clothes'.
The 'fluff' on the FOW website for the Assault Platoon platoon says "They were specially trained in reducing enemy strong points and bunkers using demolitions, bangalore torpedoes, and flame throwers." Not so much fluff as 'fluffing' as there is not one demolitions, bangalore torpedo or flame thrower figure in the pack, but instead several guys on their knees with entrenching tools. Which reminds me of a sketch from Eddie Izzard's Definite Article live show.... "I got done for assault, and I was running away! Assault is motion towards, I feel… it takes an accusative".
Not the first time FOW has badged one guy with a shovel, three guys buying newspapers, four walking the dog and six weeding the lawn as an assault pioneer platoon or similar.
So we turn to Peter Pig, who have some really laudable WW2 ETO American Infantry. My favourites from the range and absolutely perfect for fighting Nazi Zombies are Pack 60: US with SMGs.
This pack just hits the button with some classic US soldiers in great poses which ooze character. Plus, the figures really look comfortable and experienced holding and using their weapons - not always true of Pig but more so with the many of the recent sculpts. But this can be said of and is often worse with other manufacturers lines. Anyhoo....a couple of the carbine troops, the LMG being carried and fired at the waist and we are done - ready for NACHT DER UNTOTEN 15mm style!
The video above from the XBOX360 game will give you a flavour of the game action. The iPhone version is subtely different, with more of a bunker setting than ruined farmhouse and much more claustrophobic as a result.