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259th Heavy Weapons Support Team
The 259th Heavy Weapons Support Team, commanded by Lieutenant Tong-do.
About this creation
The Clone Wars were a unique time for the history of the galaxy. For the first time, the galaxy was divided along two distinct sides, which necessitated an unprecedented diversity amongst the armed forces. This was no more evident then the armies of the Galactic Republic. By the end of the Clone Wars, the Republic had Regualr Army troops, Special Forces, Advanced Recon, underwater and space troopers and Marines. Amongst these separations there were interminable variations, to fill the multitude of needs, brought on by the vast numbers worlds they found themselves fighting on. One of these variations was the Heavy Weapons Support Teams (HWST or H-wist).

After the Battle of Genosis, the Galactic Republic was forced to re-evaluate its strategies and tactics. Clones were no longer just expendable resources but costly assets that needed to be deployed with care, supported and exfil'd the same way. One of these new developments was the creation of Heavy Weapons Support Teams. These were 4-6 man teams, heavily armed and armored, outfitted with some of the best equipment available to the Republic. Their mission was simple; line anchors. HWST units were usually organized along the following lines: for 4 men teams, there was a heavy repeating blaster trooper, a light repeating blaster trooper, and rocket trooper equipped with a general purpose rocket launcher and a commander armed with a standard DC-15 rifle. For 6 man teams there was an extra light repeating blaster trooper and another trooper with a DC-15 rifle. A lieutenant commanded most teams with a corporal as his XO. Captains commanded some 6-man teams with sergeants as XO. HWST units were too cumbersome to be deployed during a mobile attack, they couldn't move fast enough and lost much of their effectiveness, unable to deploy a number of weapons during movement. However during set piece battles or actions that allowed them to be set in place their effectiveness became readily apparent.

Before an engagement, or in preparation of an attack, these teams were stationed at key points along the "front lines". These points included the flanks, strongholds and over watch positions. At the commencement of an attack, the HWST units could pour an incredible amount of fire upon the enemy allowing more mobile units to dash through the lines in attack or hold off huge numbers of enemy forces while maintaining a stable line. TO extract an HWST unit required time and preparation, so HWST units were always the first in and last off, inadvertently becoming the "anchors" holding the line, often pulling victory out of the jaws of defeat.

The 259th was one of the premiere HWST units in the Republic Army. They fought in almost every major battle, always with unprecedented bravery and valor. Many thought the 259th uncommonly blessed, for in 3 years of combat, they only took 1 casualty, their commander, Lieutenant Tong-do, though he was out for a short time.

The 259th was originally assigned to the armies of Jedi General Kit Fisto. Their combat debut was at the battle of Mon Calamari, one of the few units to see their entire duty on land. During this campaign the 259th was credited for staving off three Droid armies threatening the flanks of the Republic's forces, turning an ambush into a route, securing the flank and driving the remainder of the units off the planet. For this the 259th was awarded the Republic's highest citation for bravery, the first of many. By the end of the war, the 259th like most of the premiere units found itself under the command of Jedi Generals Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker. The 259th was allowed to keep their original markings, in honor of their past bravery and valor. The 259th was spared the disgrace of turning on their former commanders, however. When the infamous Order 66 was sent out, the 259th was on leave at the Republic R&R center on Carida. After the war, the 259th was reassigned to train the new recruits filing the ranks of the new Imperial Army, though no unit, since has come close to meeting the valor, bravery and dedication set by the original members of the 259th Heavy Weapons Support Team.

(The weaponry, except for the rocket launcher, is from Little Armory www.littlearmory.com. The rocket launcher was my idea. The heavy repeating blaster came from set 4504.)



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   Rear view



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   The squad at it's best.



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   Lientenant Tong-do.



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   What the Seperatist Army sees.



Comments

 I like it 
  June 19, 2010
I like the last guy he looks cool, i do customs of my own but not with brush with sharpie and i tend OCCASIONALLY to get my stormtroopers to come out quite alright, but anyway very nice.
 I like it 
  June 19, 2010
I like the last guy he looks cool, i do customs of my own but not with brush with sharpie and i tend OCCASIONALLY to get my stormtroopers to come out quite alright, but anyway very nice.
 I made it 
  April 18, 2009
Quoting Timothy di Domenico very cool! were do you get the guns that the light troopers are holding?
www.littlearmory.com I would try there first. Than try www.thelittlearmsshop.com/index.php Hope this helps.
 I like it 
  April 17, 2009
very cool! were do you get the guns that the light troopers are holding?
 I made it 
  April 15, 2009
Quoting blake how do u color it? (please respond!)
Sorry for teh delay in responding...I use a super fine brish, horse hair or sable hair, to a long point...the end should be kind of flat, but angles to a point and Tamiya waterbased paint, and a sealant. Future floor wax, diluted with paint thinner or Testors Clear Coat works best. You can get all of this from any good hobby shop, but I find the best brushes come from Art Stores, A.C. Moore or Michaels. Also a good magnifying light will help get all the edges. Thanks again for the comment.
 I made it 
  April 15, 2009
Quoting alexander reissiger dude these guys are amazing!!!!I am new to mocpages you and philip morgan made me want to join
Thanks for the comments...I have been painting miniatures for a couple years, so I have some experience, but it is rather easy to do it yourself. All you need is a super fine brush, horse hair or sable hair, with a point and some waterbased paint (which lends itself to that faded and well used look), I prefer Tamiya, and a sealant...you can use future floor wax or a simple selant, Testors, get it at any hobby store. Thanks again for the comment. I will be posting mroe minifgures and vehicles soon.
Bill Shea
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alexander reissiger
  April 14, 2009
dude these guys are amazing!!!!I am new to mocpages you and philip morgan made me want to join
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  May 22, 2007
The green and white work well together. I like all your special units, cool collection.
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  March 1, 2006
better than orange
 
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