My friend Pier sums up this blaster nicely:
“Love the simplicity of it. Nicely done. Looks like it was made for battle rather than show!”
It’s a little more personalised than the “You dream it, we build it” blasters seen In The Wild, but the distressed Humbrol Dark Earth 29 paint job unifies Paddy’s MilCiv gat into more than just the sum of the parts. Oh – and then there’s the small detail of Jay’s Humvee adding context and backdrop…
Paddy’s weathering was done with a plastic pan scourer, which is a popular way to go (I didn’t know about this method until Andy of Tactical Optician told me it was his method of removing paint). The paint job is only going to get better with age…and then it’ll be time to hit it up with the rattle can…again. The ephemeral nature of acrylic paint – morphing with use – is all part if the charm. It’s like a living signature.
The blaster is kitted out with a 7″ Noveske NSR, which ends with a Noveske KX3 ‘Firepig’. Critics may argue that the Firepig is out of canon here, but check out the pic on Defense Review of a KX3 in use In The Wild.
The combination of NSR and RVG is one I’ve used myself and I know how well it works.
On the matter of tube rails, I recall this quote from Gearscout’s Operator Envy series a few years back – just as tubes were getting rolling for mil use:
“Ditch the cheese grater [full RIS rail] and use all that space on your…handguard to actually hold your carbine instead of a foregrip. The tubular handguard with user-mounted rail sections mean you mount small sections of rail where you want your devices and leave the rest light and clean.”
Tubes are high speed, low drag and epitomise the MilCiv aesthetic. The MBUS, Magpul MOE grip and UBR are not personal favorites of mine, but man…do they ever suit this build? That’s a rhetorical question but the answer is yes. Absolutely! I also think the DBAL is a nice touch. It’s well built and absolutely solid.
I run a MilCiv blaster myself and I’m looking forward to featuring more MilCiv builds; as PTW owners gain confidence in delivering this style, with the confidence and flair seen here.