|More 15mm winter WW2 troops and tanks|
|Matching the current weather outside my house. Note that an additional 30cms of snow has come since this photo was taken some time ago|
Not much to show in this post - I've been away from the painting table for a few weeks, back just in time to take a stab at yet another Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. But it was good to get these bits cleared off before the Challenge started - a set of half-tracks, 251/7s, a few more infantrymen and another pair of Panther "A"s.
|An SdKfz 251/7 - will need to warm up after starting the engine...|
I opted for these half-tracks over more conventional ones to give the option of having an engineer/pioneer force. Often they have the worst jobs - repairing bridge crossings, clearing minefields and other work, all under fire.
|I believe those are meant to be temporary bridging sections on top there, but I have never been too sure...|
|Peter Pig vehicles are real beauties, sharp castings with nice details like the stowage on the front.|
|Some foot sloggers from Battlefront. These castings look depressed, which I love about them.|
|Panzerschrek team. I bet that was a fun piece of kit to haul through the snow...|
The infantry are a smattering of spare castings from Battlefront - a panzerschrek team and a few regular panzer grenadiers. Once again I am impressed with the quality of these particular castings from Battlefront - their winter Germans are really well done.
|Another snow cat, weathered to show it has fought its way through several kessels since the snow fell...|
The Panthers are "A" variants, and the models are from Battlefront. These were real beauties to work with and I had a lot of fun painting them. The details on the hull are top notch. While they are of course more expensive than the very, very nice models from Plastic Soldier Company, I still think these are tops in my books and a great value.
|Panzer 314 ready to roll out.|
As with my previous batch of winter tanks, these received heavy winter weathering treatment. Again, it's probably a little too much, but I still have a lot to learn when it comes to being a bit more subtle with the weathering on vehicles :)
|Lots of wonderful, sharp little details on the Battlefront Panthers|
So the Painting Challenge starts this weekend - I will be a slow starter in this challenge, but I've got a fairly high points goal (although the others are all just low-balling and sandbagging - right, Ray?) so I hope to tear out a few good starting pieces over Christmas. During the Challenge I hope to do projects in different scales and periods including 28mm Napoleonics and Sudan, 15mm Arab-Israeli Wars, more WW2 stuff of course, and maybe some sci-fi! I know Dallas, Byron and Kevin are in for the Challenge too, so I'm looking forward to seeing lots of great Fawcett Avenue content lighting up the blogosphere!