'This series is a total work of fiction thought up by myself way back in October 2009. I thought it might make a good OSW Summer Bash series but after carefully consideration I decided to go ahead and make the series myself. The first five figures were started to be made in December of that year with the four of them being completed as of this weekend and the last still waiting on parts. I've always planned on posting all five figures at one time but since the political climate is so supercharge I asked around for members' opinions if I should or shouldn't post this series. After listening to them and careful consideration I've decided to go ahead and post the first figure to judge opinion.
If the comments get too political and sensitive then this will be the first and last post of this series on OSW and I'll just save them for my site that is currently being built by myself. Please note this is a total work of fiction with no ties to current events.
PS - If you have it I recommand listening to William Ross' A Call to Courage
while reading the backstory. I wrote it while listening to it. '
SHAGGY'S LAIR PRESENTS
A SHAGGY AND BILLY BIG D SERIES
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it always to be kept alive. - Thomas Jefferson
In the late 20th Century, the People's Republic of China experienced a massive economic growth that propelled her into a powerful global influence in the early 21st Century. By the end of the first decade of the new millennium, it held sway in both regional and global affairs that were surpassed only by the United States of America. However the 'Leaders of the Free World' had quitely over three decades of misspending had incurred a national debt that the majority was held by China. In 2014, the growing Chinese economy suddenly flattered and collapsed from un-sustainable strain, plunging the Asian stock markets into a free fall. Desperate to pump life back into their ailing economy, China issued a full debt-recall from the United States. Unable to pay the massive trillions of dollars of debt owed to China, the US announced that they couldn't pay causing a cataclysmic event; the world markets plunge the following morning as a flurry of selling commence as world investors and countries dumped their investments in the fragile US economy that was still recovering from the last decade recession, causing the dollar to plummet in value to almost nothing. Within a week, the entire US economy was on the verge of collapse as both political parties in Washington casted blame on each other as the crisis deepened. Public outrage was a whisper at first, but only grew as time went on and tens of millions of Americans lost their jobs as foreign companies left the country and the political infighting continue. Rationing began as imported goods ceased and high inflation became rampant. People burned dollars in the street in protest to show that it was good for nothing else but to keep warm in the coming winter months.
In 2015, with unemployment over thirty percent, both political parties began to work in unison to weather the storm of public resentment it now faced. Attempting to get the stalled US economy back on its feet, Congress passed the Brown-Wood-Borasarello National Debt Relief Act which eliminated all tax cuts, raised taxes across the country, and open the Alaskan Oil Fields to foreign oil companies. It was explained to the American public that it was the only way to begin repayment of its national debt and to right the US economy. Public resentment was numerous and a huge protest was organized by various grass root organizations to protest as what they saw as 'foreign intrusion on American soil'. On the 4th of July, millions of people gathered in Arlington, Virginia for the planned march to the Capital Building in the District of Columbia on the other end of the Potomac. At the appointed time, the protestors began their march by crossing the Arlington Memorial Bridge only to be met by Police and DC National Guard units. Deeming it an unlawful assembly since no paperwork had been filled, they attempted to break up the assembly; first by blocking their way into the capital and ordering the gathered to cease and desist, then by firing tear gas and moving forward in riot gear were they clashed with the protestors. During the ensuing melee that followed shots suddenly echoed amidst the chaos. No one knew who fired the shots, both sides claiming the other, but what followed shook the populace of the country to its foundations as officers and soldiers panic and fired their weapons into the crowd, killing one hundred and sixty-seven citizens and wounding over five hundred more.
Media outlets called it the 'Arlington Massacre' and soon public resentment flourished from disbelief to outrage. When the government cast blame for the Arlington incident on the leadership of the protest with the Department of Justice issuing warrants for their arrest many began to wonder if the founding principles of which the nation was founded was in jeopardy of being lost. Others believed that it had already happened at Arlington and small bands of like-minded citizens began to form all across the country. Some of these groups just talk amongst themselves; others spoke out; and others began to take up arms. Loosely coordinated, they were the first to openly begin to revolt against the government they deemed had lost their way from the principles set forth by the founding fathers and in the Constitution. It wasn't until the leadeship of the Arlington Protest emerged from hiding and formed the Council of Patriots that brought these rebel factions into a single, collective organized resistance to wage open revolution against the government and take back the country for the people. The following year, on the anniversary of the Arlington Massacre and the two hundred and fortieth of the signing of Declaration of Independence, the Council of Patriots issued the second Declaration of Independence thus marking the beginning of the Second American Revolutionary War.
69th NY Infantry Regiment
Formed in secret in farming hamlet of LaFayette during the following weeks after the Arlington Massacre, the 69th NY Infantry Regiment, named after the famous NY Irish Volunteer Regiment from the American Civil War, was one the earliest known resistance groups. At first only a small band consisting of a handful of fighters, it grew into one of the largest and effective fighting units of The Patriot Resistance Army. Utilizing guerrilla tactics that some of the members learned during their time fighting against in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the 69th NY Infantry carried out a campaign of successful hit and run attacks against Federal and State targets, striking hard and fast before blending back into the civilian populace without a trace.
Extremely cautious to avoid non-combatant casualties and to help the suffering populace as much as they could made the 69th's reputation grow and swing the public trust to them much to the dismay of Federal and State Law Enforcement agencies task to hunting the members down. Dissent recruits flocked to the regiment causing them to seek out bigger targets to strike.
On January, 17 2017, at 0339 hrs EST the 69th launched what was to be considered the first official battle in the Second American Revolutionary War. During the pre-dawn light hours, a force of two hundred and twenty-seven members infiltrated the United States Military Reservation of Fort Drum, NY and attacked various targets within the military base. Taken by surprise, the 10th Mountain Division suffered horrendous losses, including its commanding general, to the attack as the rebels struck unit barracks, motor pools, officers' housing, and the installation's airfield before disappearing amidst the ensuing chaos. The 69th only suffered fifteen wounded.
This figure represent a member of the 69th NY Infantry Regiment during the Battle of Fort Drum. He is dressed in simple civilian attire for the infiltration and later withdrawal phase. Keeping with 69th NY's policy on forgoing the use of modern camouflage clothing, he's selected to wear a reproduction German camouflage winter parka that he bought on Ebay years back to protect him from the winter night's freezing temperatures and a fleece watch cap. His gear is simple so as to make him blending back into the civilian populace easier; a second chance body armor vest concealed underneath his parka and plaid shirt, a Maxpediation Versatile Fatboy shoulder pack that contains his spare magazines for his Springfield M1A Match Rifle and Heckler and Koch USP handgun, chem lights for extraction, a two-way Motorola Talk-About hand radio, First Aid items, and a water bottle.
Body - DML NEO Body
Headscuplt - DML Georg
Fleece Cap - HT SFG ACU Sniper
Jacket - DiD German 44 Dot Winter Parka
Shirt - Playhouse PMC Set 6
Sweater - DML German Turtleneck gray sweater
Bullet-proof Vest - Hot Toys Secret Service
Jeans - DML NYPD Detective Wong
Belt - Playhouse PMC Set A
Boots - DML NYPD ESU Bill Smith
Shoulder Bag - Playhouse PMC Set A Maxpedition Fatboy Pack
Sidearm and holster - DML USP with TS Black Omega holster
Rifle - Hot Toys M14 Rifle from SEAL PCU VBSS
Base - Custom made out of a wooden plague bought at Michael's then stained. Ground effects made utilizing model train terrain powder and rubble from Wartime Structures.