|15mm late war winter WW2 Germans|
Curt C from Regina recently inspired me to finally get some winter WW2 figures done. I started with Russians, but wanted to do some winter Germans for them to fight on the gaming table here in Winnipeg. Trying my best to copy Curt's excellent work, I recently finished a small, individually-based 15mm platoon of my own.
|Mix of great coats and parkas on these troops|
|The larger base on the right has an MG42 team|
You can see from the pictures that I am still not varying the bases for NCOs, special weapons etc. The special bases are en route from Warbases in Scotland, and I was too impatient to wait. Individual 15mm figures do not take long to paint, so I will either re-base, or just paint more, when the new bases finally get here. In the interim I'll just print up little tags for the figures if it's called for.
|NCO directs his squad|
I used the same gel & paint approach on the winter bases as I did with the Russians. I have some ways to go to improve, but I'm starting to get more used to the techniques involved. I still try and make the snow messy and dirty, but often go too far with weathering (same on my vehicles). I know less is more, but on the other hand I can think of them as "late winter/spring" bases.
|The must-have German LMG firing position|
There are three eight-man squads, led by an NCO and including an MG-42 team and a fellow with a Panzerfaust. The troops all have rifles, and the NCOs have MP-40s, although I think one STG-44 snuck in there somewhere.
|Slightly blurry Panzerschrek team|
|The fellow in front with the red ribbon is the senior officer - so tough he barely needs protection against the weather|
|A cool-looking way to hold the MG42 - not sure if that worked out in practice...|
Winter is on the way - hope to get these fellows on to the table soon. Winters on the Eastern Front offer a lot of great scenarios. And of course these guys can also fight in the Battle of the Bulge, but for now I am focusing on the East, looking to add more winter units to the German and Russian sides. I am also doing some units in the more common FOW-style group bases. Should keep me busy during Curt's next painting challenge...