Tuesday, 10 December 2013

The Great War Project #4: Beware the Snipers

There is some very strong leaning at home towards easy victories in unimportant theatres with small casualties and no real results. How on earth one can hope to beat Germany by killing Turks or Bulgars passes my comprehension. It is like a prize-fighter leaving the ring to trounce his opponent's seconds.

Brigadier General John Charteris, General Headquarters, BEF
Taken from 'The Great War: 1914-1918' by Peter Hart.

Following last weeks heavy weapon teams I now managed to get some snipers and a guy with an Anti Tank Rifle done. I don't know when I'll ever use three snipers but the models were too great not to be painted.








Unfortunately the barrel was twisted and I didn't manage to get it straight.

Now there's still one sniper and a Flamethrower team left. I don't think I'll get the 4th sniper done (I don't really like the model anyway) but hope to finish the Flamethrower before the competition over on Curt's Analogue Hobbies starts. If I don't... well then they'll simply be painted during the challenge.
On the other hand I'd love to paint something more colorful at the moment. Not that I'd be easily distracted but after having seen Pat's magnificent Romano-British and Saxons for Dux Britanniarum I'm a bit (ok, a really huge bit) tempted.


I hope you enjoyed and thanks for viewing! 

26 comments:

  1. Beautiful, once again...splendid figures and some good ideas!

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  2. Tolle Bases! Und natürlich tolle Figuren und Bemalung! Mit was hast du denn die Ziegel bemalt?

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    1. Die Ziegel sind mit VMC Opaque Red grundiert, mit VMC Vermillion trockengebürstet und mit Forgeworld Orange Rust Pigmenten bestäubt worden.

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  3. Ich finde es gut, dass Du kräftige und leuchtende Farben benutzt; die sind ja sonst eher für die "pulpfraktion" reserviert. Aber warum nicht ?! Und der Scharfschützenschild sieht ja wohl stark aus und btw: Ich mußte zweimal hingucken ;-)

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    1. Schön, dass dir die Jungs gefallen^^ Ich komm ja auch ursprünglich aus der 'Pulp-Ecke'

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  4. Stunning work !!!

    Like your basing style very much to !

    Best regards Michael

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    1. Thanks Michael I appreciate your commendation a lot.

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  5. Fantastic! Each is a work of art with your colors, painting and basing. I didn't know that a sniper might wear a metal mask. Fascinating!

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    1. The face mask were worn by other units too like were armourplates. Especially Sturmpionier units were issued with this kind of protection.

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  6. That's some mighty fine work Nick! I really like the face shields!

    Christopher

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    1. I'm glad you like it. Maybe I'll get you into WW1 gaming? ;-)

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  7. Fantastic stuff - loving the basework...are they scratch built...?

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    1. They're to some extent scratch built. The sniper lying on the roundbase came with his shield, the corrugated iron and some bricks sculpted onto a metal base while the wood work was added by me to blend it all together. The bricks on the AT-Rifles base are mostly from scratch as the Rifle itself is set upon some metal bricks already. The sandbags on the other snipers base were already modeled to its metal base.

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  8. Wonderful paintjob, very colourful.

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  9. Superb painting once again Nick and those bases really set the scene. Thanks also for the mention.
    Cheers,
    Pat.

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  10. The colour on these is amazing, really enjoyed these.

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  11. Stunning models! Really like the basing!

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    1. Thanks! I really wanted to try something 'new' (at least to me) on the bases.

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  12. You have been fantastic, and camouflage is very nice!

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