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Mortar Platoon (VUS715)
Mortar Platoon (VUS715)
includes one Command M16 Rifle team, two Mortar sections each with two M29 81mm mortars and crew, one Small three-hole base & four Medium four-hole bases.

By 1952, the M1 81mm mortar which had served US armed forces during the Second World War and into the Korean War had been superseded by the M29 81mm mortar. The M29 offered an increase in range and portability due to a reduction in weight when compared to the older M1 (42kg vs. 62kg).

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Mortar Platoon (VUS715) This lighter design meant that crews could quickly move into position and set-up without much difficulty. The reduction in weight also meant the crew could carry a more abundant supply of ammunition into action with them and therefore increase the effectiveness of fire missions. The increase in range also allowed teams to engage targets at distances less susceptible to small arms fire.

In many cases, the lighter and more mobile M29 81mm mortar was the weapon of choice over large calibre weapons such as the M30 4.2in mortar.

Designed by Evan Allen
Painted by Steve London

The M29 81mm Mortar Teams
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The M29 81mm Mortar in Flames Of War Vietnam
Team
Mobility
Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower
Notes
M30 4.2in mortar
Man-packed
24"/60cm
2
2
3+
Minimum range 8"/20cm, Smoke.
Firing bombardments
  48"/120cm
-
2
6
Smoke bombardment.
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Smoke
Sometimes your weapons won’t destroy the enemy quickly enough to prevent them from wreaking havoc on your own troops first. One way to protect your troops in the meanwhile is to fire smoke at the enemy to temporarily impair their vision.

Only weapons listed as having the Smoke attribute in their Arsenal may fire smoke. Some weapons can also fire Smoke Bombardments (see page 136 of the main rulebook).
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Smoke Bombardment
A smoke screen is created by firing shells filled with chemicals that burn quickly, giving off clouds of dense white smoke. Enormous amounts of these shells must be fired onto a small area to create a smoke screen large and dense enough to provide complete concealment for your troops. Impromptu smoke screens of the type called down by a commander during a battle, while still impressive and quite effective, are nowhere near as dense and complete and cannot be maintained indefinitely.


Only weapons listed as having the Smoke Bombardment attribute in their Arsenal listing may fire a Smoke Bombardment.

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The Mortar Platoon Prepare A Fire Mission
Mortar Platoon (VUS715)
Contents of the Mortar Platoon Blister Pack
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The Command Team
Description of Components
a. 1x Standing officer figure pointing.
b. 1x Standing NCO figure with arm out.
c.
1x Standing rifleman figure with M16.

Assembling the Command Team
Simply arrange figures A, B and C to taste on the small three-hole base provided in the blister pack.
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Mortar Platoon (VUS715) The 81mm Mortars & Crew
Description of Components
a. 2x Standing figures covering ears.
b. 4x Gunner figures holding projectile.
c. 4x Gunner figures loading projectile
d. 2x NCO figures with hand up.
e. 4x M29 81mm mortar sprues.
Assembling The M29 81mm Mortar
Step 1. To assemble the M29 81mm mortar, simply attach the mortar bipod to the mortar tube as shown below. Below: The other piece on the mortar sprue is a ammo canister to be used on the bases with the mortar teams.
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Each mortar section contains two mortar teams. Each mortar team consists of one M29 81mm mortar manned by a three-man crew. One mortar team in each section needs to contain the NCO figure (figure D) and one of each of the Gunner figures (figures types B and C). To model the other mortar team, simply replace the NCO figure with figure A. The M29 81mm mortar teams are based using the medium four-hole bases included in the blister pack.
The Bases
Description of Components
a. 1x Small three-hole base.
b. 4x Medium four-hole bases.
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US Infantry Painting Guide
Mortar Platoon (VUS715)


Last Updated On Thursday, April 4, 2013 by Blake at Battlefront