Saturday, 18 June 2016

WW2 Winter Germans - A 'not' project

For some reason I've recently felt inspired to try my hands on some winter themed figures. Probably this has something to do with Pats (of Wargaming with Silver Whistle fame) recent 'Setting the Scene' series of posts. Highly inspirational work and I strongly urge you to have a look.



Of course I had to do the only sensible thing and scratch that particular itch. Luckily the treasure mountain (or should I say mountain range as the missus suggests?) produced some suitable Artizan Winter Germans I had long ago all but forgotten about.


Compared to the Warlord US Winter Infantry, I had painted for Pat during this years AnalogueHobbies Painting Challenge, these were a real joy to paint.


As matey Sören (owner of the excellent Eagles of Empire miniatures) gave me a box of the Warlord Winter Germans at this years Tactica, I hope to come around to them in due course. Hopefully they paint up as nicely as the artizan offerings.


I'm not entirely sure if this will develope into a full grown force for what ever kind of rules, or if these will simply be on of those side projects sitting in the cabinet and gathering dust.
Maybe when Pat releases his eagerly awaited 'Setting the scene' book it'll be enough of an incentive to actually get some winter themed terrain done.


And while I was at it I also painted two figures for my other WW2 projects. First there is a sniper for the Blitzkrieg British of mine. Actually he's a figure from Aly Morrisons excellent range of WW1 British but I figured it would make a decent enough stand in for the fighting in France some 20 years later.


And second there's a (as of yet) lonely figure for a yet to be collected mid to late-war force modelled on the 44. Infanterie-Division Hoch- und Deutschmeister.


Thanks for stopping by!

29 comments:

  1. Excellent work!

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  2. Those look utterly fantastic Nick! I'm really curious to see Pat's book and how he does he building so that can interchangeably be used for both summer and winter games as that opens lots of opportunity.

    Christopher

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  3. Very very nice indeed! I find Pat's blog to be very inspirational.

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  4. Beautiful work. I have a couple of those figs and it's nice see how to up my game

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  5. Splendid, the winter touches are icing on a beautiful cake!

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  6. Stunning painting Monty! Artizan Designs miniatures are always a joy to paint. And thanks to your wonderful posts, I'm now wanting to paint some more WWII figures myself. Even though I have other projects to work on! Thanks for posting!

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  7. Splendid job, cold and beautiful atmosphere...

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  8. Just WOW !
    Nice layout btw...

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  9. Absolutely gorgeous work mate, right down to the basing!

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  10. Superb stuff - worth scratching that itch!

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  11. Absolutely wonderful painting sir!

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  12. Great painting- the white looks particularly effective.

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  13. I could sit and look at these for hours Nick, sensational work Sir.

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  14. Stunning work Nick! Always a pleasure looking at your brushwork.

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  15. Very impressive work again, Nick. Each one packed with so much attention to detail - museum quality pieces.

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  16. Stunning work as usual. I need something to get me started on the Winter War minis I will need for our Con game next year. You and Pat have provided that inspiration.

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  17. Amazing work! Artizan Designs sculpts really are a joy to paint. Plenty of detail, but everything is so well sculpted and the casts are crisp so paint up quite easily.

    And it's always important to have little side projects that don't necessarily ever have to be finished. Helps keep things fresh.

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  18. Fantastic work! Can you describe the significance of the red armbands, I've not seen that before?

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    1. Thank you very much Dai! The armbands were worn especially on the eastern front as a means to make identification of friend and foe easier. As both sides made good use of white camouflage uniforms there was a certain need to tell your friends from foes in hand to hand fighting. The bands came in different colours, ranging from black over green, blue to red as here. They were often directly sewn to the white camouflage side of the reversible jackets.
      Of course I had to go for the catchy red ones ;-)

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    2. Huh, it makes perfect sense that they'd do that, yet I was totally unaware. Good to know though, thanks! I'll be certain to paint the same onto my own winter germans when I get to them.

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  19. Fantastic work, love the small details like the mud on the knees.

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  20. Wonderful painting once again Nick and it is me that is inspired by your superb brushwork.
    I hope you keep on with your winter themed collection as I will be coming back to these again and again for reference and inspiration.

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