Sunday, 27 September 2020

Panzervernichtungstrupp

Following a (not so) recent discussion over on the TooFatLardies forum I felt the urgent need for a full Panzervernichtungstrupp/ Tank Hunter Squad. The miniatures on offer didn't really float my boat, so I reverted back to scratch building using different bits from Warlord Games range of plastic WWII miniatures and metal Panzerschrecks from Heer46.


Somehow I doubt I'll ever field all three of the teams but still it was an interesting and admittedly satisfying experience to go out of my comfort zone and actually convert figures to give me the results I was after. 







For those interested I took a few shots of the scratch building process. As you can see it was more a question of mix and match and a little careful cutting with a  hobby knife than it was sculpting completely new parts. Being able to buy Panzerschrecks commercially insted of having to completely scratch build them also helped immensely. Had I to build mine from scratch like master scratch builder John Bond did I think I would have lost my will to live. 




Till next time!
 

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

9. SS-Panzer-Division "Hohenstaufen"


Over the last couple of months I took a break from blogging as frankly I found it too much of a time sink. Real life meant the hobby in general was put on a back burner. So much so that I barely could muster the energy to do at least some painting. I'm still not back to my normal glacial output but at least I found the motivation to take some pictures of figures finished a few months ago already. So I'll start with what will be the core of my 9th SS "Hohenstaufen" (or any other SS unit involved in the fighting around Arnhem really) force for the eagerly expected but somewhat elusive future Operation Market Garden supplement for Chain of Command. Looks like this will be the first time ever I have a playable force ready even before the book is released.


Figures are an eclectic mix of Empress Miniatures, Foundry, Warlord Games and Artizan. Usually I stick with one manufacturer for any given force but was pleasantly surprised how well those ranges could work together. But given that even within the different Warlord Games plastic ranges there's a considerable discrepancy in bulk and size of the figures I wasn't too concerned actually. As long as the equipment was somewhere in the same ball park at least.

OK, enough with the blather. On with the pics:

1. Trupp:

2.nd Trupp:

3. Trupp:

The eagle eyed among you may have spotted there's only one lMG per Trupp/ section/ squad. And of course you're perfectly right. I'll add the option for a second lMG per Trupp later on, together with a 4th Trupp as a support choice.

Some of you may know the following SdKfz 251/9 from a few years back. I finally got some crewfigures to go with it. These fine chaps were originally from the Afrika Corps range by the Perry brothers but got press-ganged into my fledgling SS. They are a bit too lightly dressed for mid/ end September, but it's hard work to man a 75mm Stummel, eh?





Last but not least some detail shots of some of the figures:






Till next time!

Friday, 1 May 2020

Waffen-SS - Erbsentarn Colour Guide

Following on from last weeks Colour Guide on the summer version of the Oak Leaf camoflage pattern today it's time for the Erbsentarn or Pea Dot pattern. Both camouflage patterns were widely used at Arnhem. But beware Pea Dot pattern was never used on anything else than uniforms and field caps. There were no smocks, no helmet covers, no mittens or even Zeltbahnen in this pattern.
Thus I went for the Oak Leaf pattern for all of these items as this was the most widely distributed at the time.

My painting style is based on the so-called Triad-System or Foundry System in which you use a Shade as the darkest colour. Then you paint over it using what is called a Base Colour (in general the actual colour you want to achieve for the piece you're just painting) leaving the Shade show only in the folds and recesses, followed by a Highlight on the points which will catch the most light. However, I'm using intermediate steps to make the transitions between the different colours much smoother.
Thus typically the steps I use would look somewhat like:

Shade - 50/50 mix Shade/Base - Base - 50/50 mix Base/Highlight - Highlight

In general what I'll give you in this tutorial is the three colours as if used as simple triads. If you prefer the more elaborate approach just add in the intermediate steps mentioned above, or start from an even darker Shade or end with a lighter Highlight.

If fractions in brackets are given these are just approximations. Just try what looks best to you.


Note: I haven't documented every single step for this Colour Guide, so you might want to refer to some of the guides I wrote earlier. To do so just go to the top of the page where you'll find a link to a page containing direct links to all the Colour Guides I wrote to date.

Step 1:
The uniform is painted using a base coat of VMC 70.871 Leather Brown. As I won't add any highlights later on I made doubly sure to let the black primer show in the recesses and seams thus adding some depth

Step 2:
This was followed by random spots of VMC 70.876 Brown Sand. Again I stop at seams and crevasses to add interest and hint at the uniform being sewn together from printed cloth instead of camo being painted on afterwards like with the British Denison Smocks for example


Step 3:
Now dark spots are randomly applied next and partially on top of the light spots using AC Fieldgrey 2nd Shadow. Any other dark-greyish green can be used just as well. Don't use pure black though as the contrast would be too stark


Step 4:
Now the last layer of bigger splodges is applied using VMC 70.881 Yellow Green. As before make sure not to cover your black lining but instead let the different coloured spots slightly overlap


Step 5:
Now comes the fun part. The small dots. Using a brush with a sharp tip I painted small dots of VMC 70.871 Leather Brown over the brighter (i.e. Sand Brown and Yellow Green) spots. Don't bother with spots on the Dark Green as they'd disappear due to lack of contrast


Step 6:
This is followed by small dots of AC Fieldgrey 2nd Shadow. Don't over do it as less is sometimes more


Step 7:
Now in a final step small dots of VMC 70.876 Brown Sand and VMC 70.857 Golden Yellow are painted on top of the darker areas. It's not necessary to paint dots on the brighter areas as with the dark spots before these would disappear do to lack of contrast.


So, there you go! Quick and easy Pea Dot pattern camouflage for your SS thugs.


I hope this short guide was of use to some of you. As ever, should there be any questions or you'd want me to do a specific Colour Guide just let me know in the comments below.

Sunday, 26 April 2020

Waffen-SS - Eichentarn Sommer Colour Guide

Due to a variety of reasons I'm not very active hobby (and blogging-) wise at the moment. So apologies to everybody on whom's blog I failed to comment recently. I still read all your blogs most of the time but simply can't find the time to actually comment. At least if I'm not to comment with just a hollow phrase like "nice" all the time.

Be that as it may, I've done yet another Colour Guide some of you might find useful, especially those preparing for the release of the long anticipated "Arnhem" supplement for Chain of Command.
Todays topic is the Eichentarn camouflage (oak leaf camouflage pattern) in its summer version as used by the Waffen-SS on Zeltbahnen, camouflage smocks and helmet covers.

My painting style is based on the so-called Triad-System or Foundry System in which you use a Shade as the darkest colour. Then you paint over it using what is called a Base Colour (in general the actual colour you want to achieve for the piece you're just painting) leaving the Shade show only in the folds and recesses, followed by a Highlight on the points which will catch the most light. However, I'm using intermediate steps to make the transitions between the different colours much smoother.
Thus typically the steps I use would look somewhat like:

Shade - 50/50 mix Shade/Base - Base - 50/50 mix Base/Highlight - Highlight

In general what I'll give you in this tutorial is the three colours as if used as simple triads. If you prefer the more elaborate approach just add in the intermediate steps mentioned above, or start from an even darker Shade or end with a lighter Highlight.

If fractions in brackets are given these are just approximations. Just try what looks best to you.


Note: I haven't documented every single step for this Colour Guide, so you might want to refer to some of the guides I wrote earlier. To do so just go to the top of the page where you'll find a link to a page containing direct links to all the Colour Guides I wrote to date.

Step 1: Basecoat:
This is applied using VMC 70.826 German Cam. Med. Brown


Step 2:
Random splodges and small dots of either AC Fieldgrey 2nd Shadow or VMC 70.896 Camo Extra Dark Green are applied liberally


Step 3:
Dots of different sizes of 70.850 MediumGreen are painted on top of the Dark Green splodges. Make sure not to completely cover these over


Step 4:
Highlight the Medium Green dots using VGC 72.030 Goblin Green. Yet again make sure not to cover too much of the darker colours


Step 5:
Finally use VMC 70.825 German Camo Pale Brown to highlight the brown areas of the fabric. Make sure not to cover the Medium Brown in the recesses and leaving a little space around the green splodges. This would probably work just as well when done directly after step one, but I like the look, thinking it adds a little more substance to the green areas


So, here we are. Nice and simple Oak Leaf Pattern Camouflage for your SS thugs. Admittedly I still don't feel comfortable to paint a force of these but for Arnhem there's not much choice on the matter. At least when I don't want to restrict myself on the more obscure proceedings around the edges of the cauldron, which might still offer some fun though.


I hope this short guide was of use to some of you. As ever, should there be any questions or you'd want me to do a specific Colour Guide just let me know in the comments below.

Friday, 27 March 2020

Revisiting the French-Indochina War in Greyscale

Has it really been five years since I've last worked on this project? Feels like yesterday really. I've never completely forgotten about the project and always intended to get back to it. But frankly I was intimidated by painting camouflage using this technique. I wasn't quite happy with my first take, but never quite could put my finger on the why. But when our beloved Over-Snowlord let me choose one of three tasks in order to claim the price for climbing SnowLord's Peak I decided to finally man up and tackle this particular problem.

Figures by Empress Miniatures

Friday, 20 March 2020

Princess Patricias Canadian Light Infantry - 1st Section... and some KSK

Being ordered to stay at home for the day till the company has decided on how we field-service technicians are best and safest to proceed with our jobs in face of the virus I've taken the chance to take pictures of finished stuff. These lads have been sitting on my desk for a few days now as I haven't had found the time to finish the basing. 


Monday, 16 March 2020

Some much needed terrain at last

First I have to apologize for my lack of comments both on the Challenge blog but also on your individual blogs. Live has suddenly gone crazy around here and there wasn't much time for anything hobby related. That said since the start of the painting challenge I've been doing something rather unusual for me. I've been slowly but steadily adding to my terrain collection to a point where I feel I have enough buildings to comfortably fill a table. What I need now is some scatter terrain like fences, billboards, road signs and the like.


Sunday, 1 March 2020

Cars and the issue of the "perfect" scale

One thing I really love about 3D printing is the possibility to get my grubby mittens on stuff otherwise not commercially available in 28mm. And I can scale it to my own visual preference as well...

Monday, 24 February 2020

Final Soviet Infantry Section... for now

Some of you might remember I've been slowly, very slowly indeed, building a Soviet force. Initially this was for use with the Operation Squad set of rules, later on for Bolt Action. In 2018 it's latest incarnation came in the form of a Tank Rider Platoon for use with Chain of Command. All of these various forces had one in common: They were never really playable. Well, until today! This last section of Tank Riders and accompanying PTRD AT-rifle give me a full Platoon of these hardy veterans.


Thursday, 20 February 2020

Early War German light mortar

Several weeks ago I was gifted a sprue of the plastic Afrika Korps by Warlord Games and while I didn't like the figures some bits still can come in handy here and there. One thing I still needed for my other wise rather complete force of Early War Germans for Chain of Command was another 50mm light mortar and luckily there was one in the DAK sprue.