Tuesday, 21 May 2013
Saturday, 18 May 2013
One of my general rules I follow for terrain on my blog is that it must be easy and cheap to make, everyone's time and pockets are pretty stretched already. I think expensive complicated stuff is not worth it because you can probably buy something that will be better unless you are a great terrain builder or just want custom made.
Now ploughed fields are pretty darn easy to make.
Take a suitable base, in my case hardboard, that's what we call it here, cut to desired shape.
Apply white glue and cover with sand.
Prime or base in chosen colour.
Followed by drybrushing of various shades of browns.
Easy, cheap and it looks very good!
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
The next reason is that with minimal greenstuff conversion, just backpacks, I can get away with using the 'Open Fire' starter set German models.
Here are the justifications. Examples from 'Osprey Publications'
Picture below shows soldier wearing steel helmet and carrying gas mask, albeit in mid-war. I know the Gebirgsjager preferred their Caps but in battle common sense prevailed and probably most wore helmets.
Picture below shows soldiers carrying gas masks in early-war and second picture steel helmet as well.
So not so far fetched that some would still carry gas masks in late war 'just in case'.
Now onto the painting scheme. Here are some examples from 'Osprey Publications' showing three variations.
The first is the classic uniform everyone seems to think of first,
the second and third is still valid but looks almost identical to a normal 'Heer' soldier except for the boots and backpack.
Glad I got this decided as I have just started painting the crew of my Pak40, they will be painted up as example two with the officer as example one since he has a jacket that looks similar the Gebirgjager jacket.
Thursday, 9 May 2013
I am busy painting up my Pak 40 and I have run into a problem with the crew.
I have not given the soldiers any thought until now because painting up the tanks did not require knowledge of the units they belong to as the camouflage of the vehicles could be pretty much any unit to the best of my knowledge.
This brings me to the problem, I now need to decide on an army list / unit choice. Since childhood the Fallschrimjager have appealed to me as well as the Gebirgsjager a close second. The 'Open Fire' set models cant really be painted as Fallschrimjager, can they???
The picture below shows a soldier in a 'jacket' only and so could be painted on the models and maybe I could get away with it on such a small scale 15mm??
Will the helmets present a problem though??
This picture below shows the 'jacket and pants overall type thing' they wore which would be difficult to get away with an the models.
If I wanted a FallschrimjagerKompanie army list which is the best book,
Earth and Steel
From my no knowledge perspective I like the Grey Wolf as it seems to have more options available?
I think the 'Open Fire' soldiers could be painted as Gebirgjager easily enough.
As for the Gebirgjager army list where would I go for that?
Lots of questions, your help appreciated.
Tuesday, 7 May 2013
When I was almost onto the painting stage of my paper card bases I saw, sitting on my desk, a file with a hard plastic cover. I had a second look and discovered it might be perfect, it was sturdy and very thin.
I cut out two sections and followed the same procedure as with the paper bases, namely paint white glue on both sides allow to dry then apply sand on one side. I painted up my sand with a base of Scorched Brown, drybrush with Bestial Brown followed by a drybrush of Bubonic Brown and finally Bleached Bone.
Saturday, 4 May 2013
When Flames of War first came out I was initially put off by the bases of the infantry, in particular the height in relation to the model standing on it (picture above courtesy of Battlefront). The base is a few millimeters high and in 15mm scale it seems too high when placed next to a tank or vehicle.
However when the Open Fire starter set came out (all plastic) I could no longer resist and bought my box set. Now that I am finally getting around to painting the models up, tanks have no base so were no problem, I am faced with my initial problem, the base height. I thought about a solution and decided that card was the thinnest material that could be sturdy enough to do the job and set about making a card base for my infantry.
I took a base, drew an outline on card and cut it out.
It was pretty flimsy so I painted white glue on one side, let it dry, then did the same on the other side. Once both sides had a layer of white glue on it the bases were more sturdy. I then glued the sand onto the base and the end result was remarkably sturdy.
Monday, 29 April 2013