Sunday, March 22, 2020

Fallschirnjäger leaders, radio, forward observer + AWI casualty markers

Last post of the challenge! I'm ending it by adding some leaders to my fallschirmjäger in form of a Leutnant and his right hand man an Unteroffizier in addition to a radio operator and a forward observer.

I'll probably end up using the radio operator as a pressed in medic for most games until I actually paint up one for it.

The figures are all Artizan which are my favorite WWII models as I like both the character and extremely painter friendly design. The colors were mostly Vallejo with some Mig pigments for the rocks and such.

When I decided to do fallschirmjäger for this challenge I knew I would struggle to meet my points goal and alas I didn't make it, but I'm not disappointed as I mostly achieved what I wanted to get finished. I still have some more left to go and would have liked to get them done as well, but I'm still content with my progress.

After fallschirmjäger I may take a crack on painting some British or move on to Germans and Americans to Italy, but I cannot just decide yet.

I also decided to add some much needed AWI casualty's for my AWI project. I already have 4 for my Americans but decided I needed at least 4 more. Later I'll add some British and Germans as well to my collection.

The figures are of course Perry miniatures which constitutes  a great deal of my AWI collection to include my entire American forces and likely the Germans and French as well in the future and my British are a mix of Perry and Front rank for those curious.

I painted these with mostly Foundry paints with some Vallajo plus the usual Mig pigments on the base.

As for keeping track of casualties I prefer to use a number system on the base where you can turn the complete base as a kind of dial if you like instead of a dice construct as I find it blends a bit more and you don't lose the dice picking it up.

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Minature Company- Artizan, Perry

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Fallschirmjäger Tank Hunters

I decided to add some more support options to my force with some important anti- tank options in the form of a couple deadly panzerschreks and some nasty panzerfausts plus a Panzerbüchuse 38 Anti-tank rifle followed up by 5cm mortar team to keep the enemies heads down.

I had two of same models for the panzerfausts but by changing up their uniform I think that really helps for them not to look like repeats.

You may have noticed that all the Crusader miniatures are sculpted in the early war uniforms and I kept them that way without any late war camo. I did this for two reasons one being that troops wearing early uniforms works fine in the late war and second at some point I also want to build an early war Fallschirmjäger force and the Crusader figures will help towards that goal.

I hope this overhead shot works as I wanted to better show what the base and the prone figures look like that is a bit harder to see when looking head on.

As usual for my 20th century figures and beyond  I used mostly Vallejo paints and MIG  pigments for the dusting to get the colors I want.

Some people speculate what theater I designed these for and mostly it was for Normandy with some Italian veterans and of course Italy itself.

I still have some more fallschirmjäger on the way, but starting to see a small crack of light at the end of the tunnel, however still some ways to go yet before the job is done.

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Miniature Company-Artizan, Crusader

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Fallschirmjäger MG42 and crew

Pushing forward  with my fallschirmjäger project and perhaps a bit over half way now I figure.Thought it was time to start adding some support elements to my force. First up is a MG42 mounted on a tripod with 5 crew and a junior leader if I decide to include one with the crew.

I based the figures individually for both causality removal and if I wish to take them off their base to place them in more tight places like buildings and such. Another note on basing in that I place my regular troops on 20mm bases but my leaders are on 25mm bases to easier pick them out. The large base is also pretty handy for moving the whole team around.

As usual for my fallschirmjägers I used mostly Vallejo paints and mig pigments followed by AP and highlights to get my results. I added a piece of wood which I painted up and added some moss to further enhance the base.

The figures are all Artizan and are some of my favorite models to paint as they are very painter friendly so I highly recommended them if your looking for models offering easy access for your brush.

I have more fallschirmjäger coming as I'm remarkably still able to keep some focus!

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Miniature Company- Artizan Designs

Friday, January 31, 2020

More Fallschirmjäger

Now adding another squad to my Fallschirmjäger project which is coming along nicely. It is of course taking longer to paint these guys with their assortment of different equipment and complex camo, but is nonetheless fun and rewarding. This will be my third entry into the painting challenge so making progress.

 The figures are from Crusader and Artizan and as usual very fun to paint. The paints I used were mostly Vallego and MIG pigments using an AP method followed by highlights.

Another interesting thing is basing size for skirmish gaming in that I've tried both 20mm washers and 25mm washers and found I generally prefer 20mm washers as it's easier to fit the figures in tighter spaces or rank up. My WWII and French and Indian War are on 20mm washers and my SCW and Germanics are on 25mm washers which if I could do over I would put them all on 20mm washers do to the flexibility I find it offers.

I will continue painting more Fallschirmjäger as I hope to have a complete force for CoC. I actually didn't think I would be able to stay focused long enough to see this through anytime soon, but I'm feeling pretty optimistic as I haven't lost any enthusiasm and in fact I have already started on the next  FJ unit!:-)

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Miniature Compamy- Artizan, Crusader

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Return of the Green Devil Fallschirmjäger project

I've re-fired up my Fallschirmjäger Green Devils for Normandy project for future CoC games. I started this project along time ago for Disposable Hero's, but stopped as 28mm WWII gaming hit a lull. Then a few years later WWII 28mm gaming picked up again with Bolt Action followed by CoC, but by that time my friend Nick was already doing Fallschirmjäger so I decided instead to concentrate on my US Airborne as opposition. Well I finished most my Airborne with just a few odds and ends to do so decided to rekindle the Fallschirmjäger project. This partly is because nobody in my club has them or for Big CoC with a large FJ force, but mostly because I just really have always liked them and want to have my own force of them.

I kind of forgot what a painting challenge late war Fallschirmjäger can be! They kind of have a little of everything with different colored smocks to include the early version, later Sumpmuster and Splinter camo plus various different shades of pants helmets and gear One thing for sure they are not boring! Even using some AP does not speed up the process much because you still have to go back and add all the detail and highlights(well I do) but it does give a nice protective coating at least. While they take along time to paint the result is worth it, but might slow my production down for the challenge, but I'll still push to make my set point goal.

I painted these using Vallejo paints and some Mig pigments for the base. While I prefer Foundry paints for Horse and Musket periods and earlier I find for later periods that Vallejo works the best.  I went with Artizan and Crusader Fallschirmjäger as I really enjoy painting those figures, but will add some Warlord here and there to help fill in holes later.

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Miniature Company- Artizan, Crusader

Monday, January 6, 2020

Iron Marshal Devout

Beginning my 9th challenge starting with a Napoleonic figure after leaving the last challenge with a Napoleonic entry which is strange as I've only ever painted Napoleonic figures for theses submissions so far!

Louis- Nicolas Devout Duke of Auerstaedt, Prince of Eckmühl aka The Iron Marshal was a Marshal of the Empire during the Napoleonic period and was arguably Napoleons greatest general if you counted just wins and losses. Everyone has their favorites, but either way he would be recognized as being counted among the best by most historians.

Devout was not flamboyant in either dress or behavior and was a strict disciplinarian with both himself and his troops hence the Iron Marshal title, but this did makes his troops very reliable and as a consequence his troops were given some of the most difficult tasks which in virtually every case were performed above what is normally expected . Thanks to his tactical expertise and his disciplined formations Devout only lost one battle and thus will go into history as a feared and respected adversary.

I'm not exactly sure where I got this miniature, but I think it was special figure for an event I attended(Tactica?) and was done by one of the Perry's I think. If someone knows the background  information on this miniature as to who made it please feel free to mention this in the comments. I painted the miniature using mostly Foundry colors with some Vallejo as well plus my trusty Mig pigments on the base.

Perhaps I'll do some more Napoleonic material in the future as the mood strikes.

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Miniature Company- Perry miniatures?


Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Old Mill / Farmhouse and Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge

Blowing the dust off the blog before the year ends with a terrain piece I painted up because it's time I posted something and more importantly because the yearly Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge is ready to start here on the 20th of December and lasts until mid March or so.

The challenge always helps me get back into the painting chair and it's a tradition I've been involved with since the 2nd iteration when it became an open event. We are now going on the 10th edition so pretty impressive run Curt has managed to keep going! With this 10th edition Curt decided to put together a special challenge where the competitors will be traveling to a unusual and fascinating kind of island so I highly recommend visiting the link I gave above for the details.

Another reason to get the blog going is the fact I need to start learning how to use my camera again which I still cannot properly use. Maybe one day I'll actually know how to use it!

The model is from Ziterdes terrain and supposed to be a mill if you add the water wheel it came with or can be used as a large farmhouse. It's made out of foam so is surprisingly very light for it's large size.

The building painted up nicely using a selection of my usual craft paints with a liberal amount of Mig pigments for some weathering. This example will work for most any European setting from the horse and musket period right up to modern day so a useful piece indeed. I think I may have some more of these buildings, but would need to check my inventory and if so will likely paint up some more.

As usual I have backlog of things to post that I'll try to add in between the material I post for the challenge, but the challenge will take priority so if not during the challenge then after. I hope everyone has enjoyed their year so far and thanks for your patience!

Merry Christmas!! May all your stocking be stuffed with plastic and lead!

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Miniature Company- Zitterdes terrain