I’m thinking of getting a new backpack for my CAG sniper kitbash. Currently it uses the backpack from the DAM PMC Syria figure, but the waist strap on that one is proving increasingly unwieldy, especially since the figure also has a battle belt which the pack may make it harder for my figure to access the content of said belt. As well, the shoulder straps make it difficult for it to properly hold its rifle. However, I have learned of the existence of backpacks that can be attached directly to the back of a plate carrier via Molle. Since a lot of sales are currently going on, and since I plan on getting the plate carrier from E&S’s upcoming CAG figure (that hasn’t been officially announced yet at the time of me writing this) in the coming months, I need some input on which type of backpack I should get. It would probably be helpful for both me and everybody to discuss the pros and cons of each type.
For the attachable backpack, there would be few loose straps that could prove to be bothersome, no any waist strap that would be rendered redundant by or obstruct the battle belt. The problem is that such packs would likely be too small to fit the custom Barrett MRAD that I plan to equip the figure with, or any of the other equipment that it might need as a sniper. For a regular large backpack, the opposite is true, with more space coming at the cost of more straps to manage, and possibly even impairing the figure’s ability to tilt its head back.
There is also the question of accuracy in regards to the unit that the figure belongs to, as well as availability. Recent reference media have featured CAG operators using crye packs that are zipped onto their JPC 2.0s. In contrast, there has only been one recent photo of such an operator using a standard backpack. Although that specific one does not yet exist in 1/6 scale, other such packs exist that are attached by Molle. Of course, it is worth considering that the vast majority of reference media features only those operators who are assaulters, whereas snipers likely require different gear for their particular missions. Contemporary reference photos of unit snipers seem to be nonexistent, thus it is necessary to extrapolate based on what is known to be used by other tier 1 units like DEVGRU as well as regular SOCOM units. Since the standard issue assault pack for SOCOM is the Mystery Ranch SATL, it would thus stand to reason that either it or a pack of a similar quality would be in use by CAG as well. Since I cannot locate a 1/6 scale version of the actual SATL (at least one that will arrive in time for Christmas), I will instead seek out a similar one of higher quality. I think that the M5 assault pack from the upcoming E&S 26041S figure will suffice very nicely, Although storing the MRAD may be an issue. From what I’ve seen in the preview photos, there don’t seem to be any straps that may get in the way. As for the waist strap, I suppose that I could put it above the battle belt.