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Well, after a long hiatus (mostly due to schoolwork, family and being a newlywed) I'm back! Thought I'd show a bit of what I've been up to starting with a figure that I've wanted to do for such a long time. One of my favorite 'desert war' movies and certainly one of the most brutally ironic war movies ever made is Andre de Toth's (who also directed the original 3D 'House of Wax' and 'Springfield Rifle') "Play Dirty". From the opening sequence, where the lone survivor of a botched raid drives through the desert blasting "Lilli Marlene" over Radio Belgrade and wearing an Afrika Korps cap, until he's almost to the British lines whereupon he changes into a British officer's peaked cap and changes the radio to the British "You are my sunshine", the film's plot is builds counterplot upon counterplot till the twist at the very end.



Central to the story is the piratically devious Captain Leech played by Nigel Davenport. He's the unit's old leader, trusted implicitly by the misfits under his command. who is pragmatist enough to casually massacre Bedouin who might turn hostile or turn a blind eye to an ambush that massacres a British armored column rather than risk his mission and his men. Leech is played by veteran British actor Nigel Davenport, who's also dad to one of my most favorite contemporary actors, Jack Davenport.



The genesis of this project was my very serendipitous and fortuitous find of a GI-Joe Desert Jeep at a thrift store (for the awesome price of 8 bucks!). It was farely complete, even having 2 jerrycans on the hood and one strapped to the back, a spare tire and the desert water condenser. I eventually acquired two aftermarket Vickers K guns but then when I saw Play Dirty I thought it would be even more fun if I could make this the 'play dirty' jeep that Leech drives at the beginning of the movie where he transforms from Afrika Korps survivor to SAS officer.



This is the dirty dozen on meth. As the unit commander says, "War is a criminal enterprise - I fight it with criminals."
 

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Yup! That's what I'm trying to work on for my 'Leech' and 'Douglas' (Michael Caine) figures. They basically have this Italian and German kit that they use to sneak in to the Axis towns and bases and do their 'dirty work'. Caine particularly looks lovely as an Eyetie officer.

I'm likely going to either find some buff-khaki shirts to work with or sew something up. Most likely the latter. I'm also working on the desert Willys along with it so when it's done it should be something to see. I'm scratchbuilding most of the stuff, down to the jerrycans so it's a pretty hefty project.

Glad you liked it!
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Great idea for a figure and looking good already.
I just watched this movie and, I must say, it is one of the most cynical war films I have ever seen. Good though and with a very interesting look, posing as Italians but with MP40's that if you look closely are actually Spanish Star Z45's.
 

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Thanks guys! Well now the hunt is on for some appropriate Italian gear - BTW, I recently scored yet another Michael Caine headsculpt for my 'Captain Douglas' (I got two others playing Captain Howard Carter, Polish Independent Paratroop Company and Oberst Kurt Steiner, Fallschirmjagerkorps already - must find one final one though, to make him in 'Too Late The Hero') so all I need are a couple of Saharianas and I'm good to go!
 

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Hi Favre4ever,

I was planning to use the Bob Richardson one but when I couldn't find that, I used Heinrich Achtes. I think it actually was a better match too, just had to redo the eyes and eyebrows a bit.

Looks like I might be doing them in Brit-kit first. Leech has all the LRDG gear ready already and Douglas is nearly done with everything - just need the service dress caps. Might go with that first then worry about their 'costumes'.
 
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