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    From left to right, Platoon captain (white sleeve), Platoon Sergeant (black sleeve) and regular trooper (standard green sleeve).

    Too weird? I figured troops would need to identify their leaders in a battle, and I don't want to go down the custom decal route (can't be bothered basically and it turns out I must be some kind of purist!).



    I got the idea from Space 1999 - the Moonbase Commander had a black sleeve, I think the security guys had red.

    I gave the Officer the white sleeve as I figured he'd be hiding inside the APC and wouldn't need the camo' so much.

    Dr. S.
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  • #2
    It could work! I agree that it's better than puttin' on decals.
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    • #3
      What about the helmets?
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Achtung baby View Post
        What about the helmets?
        If I could find a green cap (like a Cop's hat) from my local LEGO supplier - I'd change it, for sure (there's a website called Bricklink with literaly thousands of shops in it - it's entirely devoted to LEGO - my favourite Bricklink seller is in my own town and even delivers to my doorstep!).

        Re' the helmets, my reasoning was that all troops would have the same basic equipment, a different visor for example might imply a different functionality helmet - and if one trooper had to swap equipment in battle, he should be able to do so with anyone without fear of it being any different.

        Am I thinking about this too much?

        Dr. S.
        Imagine a ball of iron, the size of the sun. And once a year a tiny sparrow brushes its surface with the tip of its wing. And when that ball of iron, the size of the sun, is worn away to nothing, your punishment will barely have begun.

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        • #5
          This seems right. In formation, the colored sleeves would be to the outside.
          If you can't set a good example, be a glaring warning.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Doctor Sinister View Post
            If I could find a green cap (like a Cop's hat) from my local LEGO supplier - I'd change it, for sure (there's a website called Bricklink with literaly thousands of shops in it - it's entirely devoted to LEGO - my favourite Bricklink seller is in my own town and even delivers to my doorstep!).

            Re' the helmets, my reasoning was that all troops would have the same basic equipment, a different visor for example might imply a different functionality helmet - and if one trooper had to swap equipment in battle, he should be able to do so with anyone without fear of it being any different.

            Am I thinking about this too much?

            Dr. S.
            LOL... not at all mate!

            Don't some armies now employ rank on uniforms but dulled down so the enemy snipers can't distinguish between a Captain or a Private?

            Maybe stripes on the arms or torso then... or am I dwelling on this too much as well?
            "In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason."
            Ernest Hemingway.

            Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?

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            • #7
              Oh crap...the General has come around for a snap inspection.



              Dr. S.
              Imagine a ball of iron, the size of the sun. And once a year a tiny sparrow brushes its surface with the tip of its wing. And when that ball of iron, the size of the sun, is worn away to nothing, your punishment will barely have begun.

              www.sinisterincorporated.co.uk

              www.tabletown.co.uk

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Achtung baby View Post
                LOL... not at all mate!

                Don't some armies now employ rank on uniforms but dulled down so the enemy snipers can't distinguish between a Captain or a Private?

                Maybe stripes on the arms or torso then... or am I dwelling on this too much as well?
                A very good point on the Sniper issue! I think the sleeves look fine (and very cool on the Space 1999 inspiration!)...but you may also want to consider a stripe on the back of the helmet....color coded. Still identifiable to the men, but not immediately in the sniper's scope.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Doctor Sinister View Post
                  Oh crap...the General has come around for a snap inspection.



                  Dr. S.
                  Looks like the General has a stick up his four point of contact
                  If you can't set a good example, be a glaring warning.

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                  • #10
                    Whiterook - re' the stripe thing, I might go that way, it's a good idea. I'm just so crap at my own decals.

                    How about this? I've been having a simultaneous discussion on a LEGO forum and they think both sleeves would be better.



                    Someone also suggested BLACK visors, this is fine, except now the men can't see where they are going and keep tripping over stuff.



                    Dr. S.
                    Imagine a ball of iron, the size of the sun. And once a year a tiny sparrow brushes its surface with the tip of its wing. And when that ball of iron, the size of the sun, is worn away to nothing, your punishment will barely have begun.

                    www.sinisterincorporated.co.uk

                    www.tabletown.co.uk

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                    • #11
                      Red sleeves for the General... dunno, he looks like an angry red neck to me!

                      Perhaps a different color all over might be suffice.

                      But if it's going to be sleeves then make the general's black and the lesser ranks the red and white perhaps... just my opinion.
                      "In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason."
                      Ernest Hemingway.

                      Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?

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                      • #12
                        Alright, I am now officially hooked on looking at these things every time you post them. I never knew there was such a variety to Lego.
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                        • #13
                          These guys remind me somehow of a cross between the Firemen of Fahrenheit 451. and the German Police


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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Doctor Sinister View Post
                            Someone also suggested BLACK visors, this is fine, except now the men can't see where they are going and keep tripping over stuff.



                            Dr. S.
                            I thought it was part of the Sinister interpretive dance team.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Doctor Sinister View Post
                              Whiterook - re' the stripe thing, I might go that way, it's a good idea. I'm just so crap at my own decals.

                              How about this? I've been having a simultaneous discussion on a LEGO forum and they think both sleeves would be better.



                              Someone also suggested BLACK visors, this is fine, except now the men can't see where they are going and keep tripping over stuff.



                              Dr. S.
                              I actually like the one sleeve better....two sleeves look too Rambo.

                              The visor is cool...but again, those pesky snipers got a good bead.
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