Tuesday, June 29, 2010

39/40 German

Finished the regiment last night with the exception of a couple of machine gun platoons, and here are a few examples...

Anti-tank rifle platoon from the HQ unit and mortar from 2nd battalion.

One of the mixed stands. The Matchbox figures had a few extra bits attached to them which look alright, however they don't have the same animation as the modern Pegasus ones, though not bad for thirty odd years all the same.

I used the figures in this arrangement of platoons to form a company that could represent police, boarder guards or reserve units of some kind, but normally they will be 3rd company of the 3rd battalion.

Regimental and battalion command sections. A huge thanks to Paul Foster for the extra figures needed to make up this unit. I now have to get onto doing some light tanks and flak crews etc, if we want to get the Calais scenario completed before Paul goes away for his tour of duty.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Pz 38t

Had the good fortune to catch up with Stan from Canterbury Miniatures the other day, and after a pint and a chat came away with this, the Pegasus Pz 38t. Also got a look at the HaT 251/1, very nice and reasonably priced, will definitely be getting some of those.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

39/40 Battalion Support

In celebration of a very mediocre exam performance, (who would have thought adolescent psychology could be so difficult!) last night I painted these.
Still some finishing work to do as always, the brick wall and ground equipment on the bases for a start - the loaders are the same pose for both weapons.

I wanted to use Matchbox mortars for the regiment but have decided to go with this Pegasus combination for the 1st battalion.

Found this while scrounging around for more mortars, it will be added to my 1944 Light Battalion, which didn't have one before now.

The Russell Collection 7

A few pictures from David. He is working on a mid to late WW2 Russian regiment.

Nice conversion from the ww1 set.

Infantry platoons. Dave is very careful about his painting as you can see, all of his figures are painted and then neatly based and numbered. He has a couple of different sets to use for his rifle and smg units, and should provide a nice mixture of poses in the finished product, more of these when I get them.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

39/40 German Infantry

Have completed only sixteen platoons of about fifty required for the regiment. Been working long hours and studying for exams, which are tomorrow, so this is all I've managed to do for a while.

The figures are very animated and well posed. I have resolved to paint all multi part figures on the sprue henceforth.

Tried to include a few features, such as piping on collars where possible and helmet insignia, doubtful that the rest of this unit will receive the same attention.

These platoons are all from Pegasus, except the Matchbox officer. 1st Battalion will be almost exclusively Pegasus figures, 2nd Battalion a mixture of Matchbox and Pegasus, and 3rd Battalion all Matchbox, with a few head swaps for variety.

Will show you the lot later on down the track, now back to the books.

Friday, June 18, 2010

AAMGs

My mate Paul over at http://plasticwarriors.blogspot.com/ has recently put together a quite excellent AAMG stand for his WW2 BEF collection, and I thought I might show you all my own attempt.


I made this stand some time ago and have learnt a lot about converting since. The donor figure was an Esci Marine, the right arm, holding the Bren gun, is off an 8th Army figure of some description, and the left is from a Valiant one, heavily shaved down to meet the required scale. The loader is from Revell, with a magazine added.

The last picture shows what I tried to model it on, they are metal but I don't know by whom, possibly SHQ? I have thought many times about doing another of these but always seem to have other things on the go. I have some holidays coming up soon and plan to do some more Royal Marines with figures that were sent to me by Chris from Auckland. Another mate, model maker extraordinaire Gerard Davey from Hokitika, just sent me some British infantry, so I now have plenty of figures to chose from.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Calais Progress

This is the German infantry regiment that will be facing Paul's almost completed BEF around Calais in the not too distant future. The majority are Pegasus but there is also some Matchbox and Airfix in the mix as well.

Here are the command platoons from the first battalion. The Matchbox officers have had their bases removed to better match the height of the Pegasus ones.

Here are a couple of platoons that I have been experimenting with painting wise. Their uniforms have had a thin black wash applied, and their faces dry brushed rather than skin tone colour then a skin wash. Not sure which colours will eventually win out, but with time getting short I might just go for the less time consuming , we'll see.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Update

Scored this while I was in Australia a couple of days ago; the Sunshine Coast is a very nice place to visit if you ever get the opportunity. Anyway, once complete this will give me a full company of these for my early war British collection. I've completed the basic layout of a couple of 39/40 German infantry battalions, but lack the support weapons to finish them, specifically MMGs. So I might start on what I've got and just see what turns up down the track.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Stug III B

Been saving this one, Trumpeter's Stug III B. All of about thirty parts, well detailed and engineered and zero flash.

You get a few spare wheels and some other items - but I almost always have a few bits left over anyway:)
Good gamers model, quite solid with practical, snug fitting tracks.
Panzer Grey, Black wash, then dry brushed with progressively lighter shades.

No place for a command figure, but I think the CD OOB only allows for one of these anyway, so it won't be needed.

A bit dearer this one, USD$9, but still a most excellent addition for my early war Germans.