Feature: One shot, one kill – On target to be better snipers in the Singapore Armed Forces

SAF snipers in the advanced course take their game of stealth to the concrete jungle by Alphonsus Chern, Executive Photojournalist, The Straits Times.

Participants in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) first two-week Advanced Sniper Course delve into the science of long-range ballistics, in-depth weapon handling, engagement of multiple targets and urban sniping. All are qualified snipers, having previously graduated from the Basic Sniper Course, a nine-week programme that teaches navigation, field craft, long-range shooting and the art of stalking – moving stealthily through natural terrain without being spotted. The advance course aims to equip snipers with the skills to operate in an urban environment and to enhance their proficiency in using their weapons.

(Above) In order to approach and occupy a building, a team of snipers mask their presence by stalking through the jungle for most of the journey, pausing with pistols at the ready only to watch and listen for any sign of nearby enemies. The Singapore Armed Forces’ sniper weapon of choice is the bolt-action Sako TRG-22 equipped with a Schmidt & Bender PM II scope. ST PHOTOS: ALPHONSUS CHERN

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The empty brass cartridge case is ejected (above) when a sniper unlocks the rifle’s bolt and pulls it back. Made in Finland, this precision rifle fires the 7.62 x 51mm cartridge and can accurately hit targets up to 1,000m away. Their secondary weapon is the semi-automatic Knight’s Armament M-110, which reloads itself after each round is fired. ST PHOTOS: ALPHONSUS CHERNST PHOTOS: ALPHONSUS CHERN

In the early hours of the morning, a sniper team moves along a gravel path to their training area. Wearing ghillie suits – a type of camouflage made from netting to which is attached strips of cloth – the snipers are able to break the defining features of their body shape and blend into the vegetation. ST PHOTOS: ALPHONSUS CHERN

A sniper team stops to check their map during a navigation exercise held in daylight. Map-reading is a skill that all snipers must possess, as they need to navigate long distances to get to their target, often in unknown and inhospitable terrain. ST PHOTOS: ALPHONSUS CHERN

A sniper takes aim after a pair of them set up their hideout in a room during a training exercise. Translucent black cloth darkens the windows and walls, enabling the snipers to conceal themselves in the shadows without being outlined against the ight-coloured walls. Through high-powered scopes, they observe the enemy’s activities and wait for the right moment to make the killing shot. ST PHOTOS: ALPHONSUS CHERN

Sniper instructors use high-powered spotting scopes and binoculars to observe trainees, who are each assigned a letter of the alphabet. A trainee must remain invisible to the instructors and yet be able to see his printed letter being raised. At this signal, the trainee must fire a blank round in the direction of the instructors and remain undetected. ST PHOTOS: ALPHONSUS CHERN

A sniper trainee sets up his rifle well behind a layer of vegetation. This ensures that when he fires a shot, the muzzle flash and escaping gases from the weapon will not disturb any leaves and give his position away. ST PHOTOS: ALPHONSUS CHERN

The final test of the Advanced Sniper Course is loophole firing, where trainees set up their hideout in a room and aim at a target through a gap in the ”wall”, which is simulated here by a plastic board. To pass the test, the sniper must successfully sight the target and hit it without the bullet touching any part of the board. ST PHOTOS: ALPHONSUS CHERN

This article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 18, 2018

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Soldier Story 1/6th scale NSW (Naval Special Warfare) Winter Warfare Marksman 12" figure

The United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG), commonly known as DEVGRU or SEAL Team Six, is the U.S. Navy component of the Joint Special Operations Command. It is often referred to within JSOC as Task Force Blue. DEVGRU is administratively supported by Naval Special Warfare Command and operationally commanded by the Joint Special Operations Command. Despite the official name changes, “SEAL Team Six” remains the unit’s widely recognized moniker. It is sometimes referred to in the U.S. media as a Special Mission Unit.

Soldier Story 1/6th scale NSW (Naval Special Warfare) Winter Warfare “Marksman” 12-inch figure features – HEADGEAR: Winter balaclava, Oakley canopy snow goggles, Opscore blk carbon helemt (snow camo spray), S&S Precision V-Lite (red), Princeton Tec charge MPLS helmet light, AN/PVS 15 NVG, NVG compass, Wilcox L4G24 NVG mount. HEAD SCULPT: Modern Navy SEAL life-like head sculpt. BODY: S2.5 body, Bare weapon hand (1 Pair), Bare feet (1 Pair). UNIFORM: Halys PCU L7 jacket type 1, Halys PCU L7 pants type 1, VertxOverwhite suit, VertxOverwhite trousers, Brown T-shirt, Inner white pants, Asolo hiking boots (sewing/grey). TAC GEAR: Tactical concealment viper hood (snow camo spray), Moss dreadlocks, Snow camo fabric straps, NSW contract swimmer cut less than overt carrier (frog skull printed), EI AOR1 MPCR muti-purpose molle chest rig (snow camo spray), EI AOR1 radio pouch (snow camo spray), EI AOR1 kydex insert 5.56/9mm magazine pouch (snow camo spray), EI AOR1 kydex insert 5.56 magazine pouch (snow camo spray), EI AOR1 winter hand warmer sleeve pouch (snow camo spray), EI AOR1 M14/SR25 7.62 magazine pouch (snow camo spray) x 2, LBT AOR1 M4 magazine pouch (snow camo spray) x 2, LBT AOR1 9mm magazine pouch custom knife sheath (snow camo spray), LBT AOR1 NVG pouch (snow camo spray), AOR1 medic utility pouch (snow camo spray), Eberlestock rifle backpack (snow camo spray), Eberlestock scope cover & crown protector (snow camo spray), Digital snow camo backpack cover, OR AOR1 water bottle pouch (snow camo spray), OR Hiking gaiter (1 pair), Hydration tube /w snow fabric cover, Hydration pouch (plastic), Swimmer armor plate x 2, EMT Scissors (yellow), Carabiner, Tourniquet rubber band, Velket tourniquet, Yellow light stick (short) x 4, SOG SEAL pup tactical knife, Snow walking traction cleats (1 pair), Mechanix snow camo gloved weapon hand (1 pair), Cigar

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WEAPON: MK25 Sig P226 pistol, P226 9mm magazine x 2, Mec-Gar P226 base pad magazine, SF X300 weapon light, SF X300 weapon light DG remote switch, MK18 mod1 assault rifle (snow camo spray), DD RISII handguard (snow camo spray), SF SOCOM 5.56 suppressor (snow camo spray), SF SOCOM 5.56 4 prong flash hider (snow camo spray), Insight WMX200 weapon light (snow camo spray), CQD QD sling mount (snow camo spray), Tango down vertical grip (snow camo spray), LA5 laser pointer (snow camo spray), LA5 laser pointer remote switch (snow camo spray), KAC taupe front flip sight 99051 (snow camo spray), Matech rear adjustable flip-up sight, EOTEC EXP2 red-dot weapon sight (snow camo spray), LMT crane stock (snow camo spray), LBT AOR1 weapon sling, M4 5.56 magazine x 4, Magpul 5.56 PMAG (snow camo spray), FN MK17 SCAR assault rifle marksman setting (snow camo spray), FN MK17 SCAR 20” sniper barrel (snow camo spray), FN MK17 SCAR 7.62 suppressor (snow camo spray), FN MK17 SCAR 7.62 10RD magazine (snow camo spray), FN MK17 SCAR 7.62 20RD magazine x 5, NIGHTFORCE NSX rifle scope / mount (snow camo spray), Harris 6”-9” standard bipods (snow camo spray), LA5 laser pointer (snow camo spray), LA5 laser pointer remote switch (snow camo spray), Larue CQB angled TI mount (snow camo spray), Aimpoint T1 red-dot sight (snow camo spray), Sniper data sheet

COMMUNICATION: PRC-148 maritimeradio, PRC-148 antenna, TEA 10pin PTT (snow camo spray), Invisio blk M3 headset (snow camo spray)

PATCH SET: IR blk/ white US flag right hand velcro patch, IR blk/ white US flag left hand velcro patch, Skull embroidered velcro patch, KC1 call sign velcro patch

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Hot Toys Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones 1/6th scale Yoda 14cm Collectible Figure

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“Much to learn, you still have.” – Yoda

Yoda was a legendary Jedi Master and stronger than most in his connection with the Force. Small in size but wise and powerful, he trained Jedi for over 800 years and played integral roles in the Clone Wars.

Being a widely beloved character across the Star Wars galaxy, now Sideshow and Hot Toys are pleased to officially present the new Yoda Sixth Scale Collectible Figure from Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones.

Beautifully crafted based on the appearance of Yoda in the movie, the sixth scale collectible figure features a newly developed head sculpt with amazing likeness and fabric hair, specialized body specifically designed for the Jedi Master, finely tailored outfit, a walking cane, a pair of Force Lighting effect parts that are attachable to hands and a lightsaber hilt that is magnetically attachable to his belt!

Hot Toys MMS495 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones 1/6th scale Yoda Collectible Figure specially features: Authentic and detailed likeness of Yoda in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones | Newly developed head sculpt with movie-accurate facial expression, detailed wrinkles and skin texture | White fabric hair implantation | Approximately 14 cm tall Body with over 23 points of articulation | Six (6) pieces of interchangeable hands including: pair of lightsaber holding hands, pair of Force using hands, right hand for holding cane, opened right hand | Four (4) pieces of interchangeable feet including: pair of standing feet, pair of levitated feet

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Costume: dark brown-colored under tunic, dark brown-colored belt with magnetic function,beige-colored robe

Weapons: lightsaber hilt magnetically attachable to the belt, green lightsaber (attachable to the hilt), green lightsaber blade in motion (attachable to the hilt)

Accessories: Two (2) gradient blue colored Force lightning effects (attachable to the hands), cane, Specially designed figure stand with Star Wars logo, character nameplate and graphic card

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Release date: Approximately Q2 – Q3, 2019

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Hot Toys Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones 1/6th Count Dooku Collectible Figure

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“I have become more powerful than any Jedi. Even you!” – Count Dooku

As a menacing Sith Lord and central figure in the Clone Wars, Count Dooku became disillusioned with the Jedi Order and thirsted for greater power. He voluntarily left the light side behind and became Darth Sidious’ dark side disciple, taking the secret name Darth Tyranus and leading the Separatist army. Dooku advanced Sidious’s secret plot to take over the galaxy, but forgot that betrayal is the nature of the Sith.

Today Hot Toys is thrilled to officially present our incredible movie masterpiece – the highly anticipated 1/6th scale Count Dooku collectible figure from Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones.

Masterfully crafted based on the appearance of Count Dooku in the movie, the 1/6th scale collectible figure features a newly developed head sculpt with striking likeness, a meticulously tailored costume with Dooku’s beautifully designed cape, a LED light-up lightsaber, a number of interchangeable hands, a pair of Force Lighting effect parts that are attachable to hands, a hologram projector and several hologram figures including Death Star, Jango Fett, B1 Battle Droid and Darth Sidious.

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Hot Toys MMS496 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones 1/6th scale Count Dooku Collectible Figure Special features: Authentic and detailed likeness of Christopher Lee as Count Dooku in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones | Newly developed head sculpt with movie-accurate facial expression, beard and detailed skin texture | Detailed grayish white hair sculpture of Count Dooku’s hair style | Approximately 33 cm tall Body with over 30 points of articulations | Nine (9) pieces of interchangeable hands including: pair of relaxed hands, pair of Force using hands, pair of gesturing hands, pair of lightsabers holding hands, right hand for holding hologram projector

Costume: brown-colored velvet-like cape with metal clasp, black-colored tunic, dark brown-colored leather-like belt, dark brown-colored pants, black-colored leather-like boots

Weapons: LED-lighted red lightsaber (red light, battery operated), red lightsaber blade in motion (attachable to the hilt), lightsaber hilt

Accessory: Two (2) gradient blue colored Force lightning effects (attachable to the hands), hologram projector, hologram figure of Death Star, hologram figure of Jango Fett, hologram figure of B1 Battle Droid, hologram figure of Darth Sidious, Specially designed figure stand with Star Wars logo, character nameplate and graphic card

Release date: Approximately Q2 – Q3, 2019

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Easy & Simple 1/6th scale Tier 1 SMU Part VI Tandem HALO Jumper Pack of Two figures

Paratroopers are military parachutists—military personnel trained in parachuting into an operation and usually functioning as part of an airborne force. Military parachutists (troops) and parachutes were first used on a large scale during World War II for troop distribution and transportation. Paratroopers are often used to seize strategic objectives such as airfields or bridges. Paratroopers are used for tactical advantage as they can be inserted onto the battlefield from the air, thereby allowing them to be positioned in areas not directly accessible by other transportion. They jump out of airplanes and use parachutes to land safely on the ground. It is one of the three types of “forced entry” strategic techniques for entering a theater of war; the other two being by land and by water. The ability of air assault to enter the battlefield from any location allows paratroopers to evade emplaced fortifications that exist to prevent an attack from a specific direction, and the possible use of paratroopers forces an army to spread their defenses to protect other areas which would otherwise be safe by virtue of geography or defensive positions.

Tandem skydiving or tandem parachuting refers to a type of skydiving where a student skydiver is connected to a harness attached to a tandem instructor. The instructor guides the student through the whole jump from exit through freefall, piloting the canopy, and landing.

Easy & Simple 1/6th scale Tier 1 SMU Part VI Tandem HALO Jumper Pack of Two figures consists of Parachutist and Passenger. Parachutist Parts list: Real like Head Sculptn ES-Buddy 2.0 Body, AOR1 G2 Combat Shirt, AOR1 G2 Combat Pants, Shirt, 0612A Rigger’s Belt, AOR1 2586A Triple Pouch DG Low Profile Chest Rig, AOR1 9010A Single Mag Pouch, AOR1 6015D Radio Pouch, AOR1 2649E Hydration Back Panel, AOR1 6094 Slick Plate Carrier, 416 Assault Rifle, EXPS3 Holographic Sight, G32 Magnifier, LA5-PEQ Indicator, Folding Front / Rear Sight, M300 Tactical Light, Blackout Suppressor, Tactical Foregrip, 30rd Steel Mag, Assault Sling, P226 9mm Pistol, CQC Holster, AOR1 Pistol Magazines, AOR1 FAST Maritime Cut Helmet, NVG Shroud, L4G32NVG Mount, GPNVG-18 Night Vision Goggle, Remote Battery Pack, HD Camera, Tac Point MPLS, Exoshield Goggle, Zephyr TF Boots, Posable Tactical Original Gloves, Dominator Tactical Headset& PTT, PRC-152 Radio, Carabineers, Foretrex 401 GPS, V-lite Manta Strobe, V-lite Strobe, M18 Smoke Grenade, Twin Jet Fin, Fotrex 410 GPS, Special Operation Vector 3 Tandem Parachute, Halo Altimeter, Tandem Navigation Broads, Pheatom O2 Mask, Halo O2 Tank, Patches

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Passenger Parts list: Tan G2 Combat Shirt, Tan G2 Combat Pants, Shirt, 0612A Rigger’s Belt, AOR1 1961G Chest Rig, AOR1 Beaver Tail Assault Pack, M4A1 Assault Rifle, T32 ACOG Scope, M-3 Tactical Light, LA5-PEQ Indicator, Tactical Dual remote, Tactical Foregrip, 30rd Mag, Assault Sling, P226 9mm Pistol, CQC Holster, AOR1 Pistol Magazines, Speedcross3 Boots, Posable Tactical Original Gloves, Carabineers, G Watch, V-lite Manta Strobe, V-lite Strobe, Military Jump Hat, Special Operation Tandem Passage Harness, Halo Altimeter, Halo Navigation Broad, Pheatom O2 Mask, Halo O2 Tank, Patches

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Pre-order Chronicle Collectibles 1990 RoboCop 2 movie menacing Cain cyborg 16-inch tall statue

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“Cain! Let’s step outside!”

The 1990 film RoboCop 2 introduced the world to one of science-fiction film’s most menacing characters, the Cain cyborg. With a power-hungry psychopathic drug-lord as its human base and an unscrupulous business as its creator, Cain wreaks havoc on the innocent civilians of Detroit until taken down by RoboCop in a climactic final scene.

Co-created by legendary special-effects animator Phil Tippett, the charismatic Cain was brought to life in the film with a full-size robot prop and several intricately machined stop-motion puppets, all which have survived and live at Tippett Studio.

It’s from these screen-used stop-motion puppets that Chronicle Collectibles directly produced its licensed RoboCop 2 Cain model. Molded from original masters and one of the original filming puppets, Cain is assembled with a whopping 275 individual parts, with each part individually cast and cleaned for new masters by Tippett Studio. This may be one of the most complex figures ever reproduced for private collectors, and Chronicle Collectibles is proud to be part of its production.

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Pew Pew Gun 1/6th scale Accessory Set for Pinyike Robot (Police Model) 12-inch figure

Related to earlier toy blog post “Pew Pew Gun 1/6th scale Robotic Nude Body-Police Type Module 12.7-inch Figure Preview” posted HERE

Made to further “armor up” the Pinyike Robot (Police Version). Features: – Police Type Module ArmorX1 (Set) – Heavy combat vest (LED function) – MP-7 Submachine gun x1 – Combat Shield x1 (for pre-order only) – Dust cover x2 Requires: AG1 X 3 Button Cell Batteries /CR2032x1 for light-up LED function (Batteries Not Included).

These look really nice. Check out the red-and-blue Police blinking lights on the shoulders.

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25-inch tall Oliver Queen Green Arrow Premium Format™ Figure by Sideshow Collectibles

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“I never liked being called a hero. I just do what I think is right.”

Right on target! Sideshow is proud to present the Green Arrow Premium Format™ Figure.

Green Arrow measures 25” tall, standing on a base featuring one of the hero’s hidden caches of arrows, essential for defending Star City. As Oliver Queen draws his bow, sculpted waves churn beneath the bowman’s green boots.

The Green Arrow Premium Format™ Figure features an intricately sculpted costume, detailed with a variety of lifelike textures to mimic the look and movement of a dynamic vigilante uniform, including shoulder guards and an emerald tunic and pants. He has an athletic sculpted physique and is equipped with archery arm guards, as well as a fully-stocked quiver at his back. Green Arrow’s hooded modern portrait with a green domino mask and carefully groomed facial hair gives Oliver Queen an air of mystery as he aims with intent at his next target.

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The Exclusive Edition of Green Arrow includes an alternate classic portrait, featuring his green feathered cap and famous moustache and goatee. Unleash Oliver Queen’s full arsenal with the additional exclusive boxing glove arrow, giving you an additional display option for the ace archer.

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