|Squad of WW2 German infantry in winter kit - 28mm figures from Warlord Games.|
For periods that I really enjoy, such as WW2, I often paint subjects in multiple scales. I like to think there is a pseudo-rational reason for this, in that miniatures of different sizes and scales often lend themselves to different levels of abstraction on the gaming table and therefore different gaming experiences with different rule sets. That's true. But...I think the much bigger reason I do this is that I love painting miniatures and when I see neat figures, I just want to give them a go...hence the huge pile of lead, plastic and resin in my basement. Squirrel!!
|It's hard to see in the lighting, but the figure at the front has a pair of garbage mitts hanging from his belt!|
Well, I am fortunate that many of my good friends here in Winnipeg already have amazing 28mm WW2 figure collections. You see them often right here in this blog - Dallas, Frederick, DaveV, just to name a few. I have always been able to enjoy 28mm WW2 games with them and their wonderful collections. It seemed like nothing I could paint would really add anything constructive to the group dynamic for 28mm WW2 games. Because of this, a strange sensation - recognized by normal people as "rational thought" - would overcome my otherwise hard-wired squirrel tendencies to just "make an order" of 28mm WW2 figures and start painting.
|Excellent animation and posing on these figures - just awesome.|
Five years ago (or thereabouts) I purchased the plastic boxes of 28mm 8th Army and DAK infantry from the Perrys, keen to open up the North African front in 28mm for our group. But those figures were...well, I generally love Perry products, but those specific plastics were just terrible (for me - YMMV, horses for courses etc). So those disappeared after a couple of test models were completed.
I always meant to try again using only metal figures from the Perrys' North African 28mm range, but I just haven't yet found the motivation - and besides North Africa is more fun using tank battles in smaller scales anyway...
|View from the back, showing assorted bits of kit.|
|Love this MG42 team.|
|Running the LMG looks like tough work, would be even worse in the winter I expect...I should have sourced a belt of ammo to run down the side...might try to do that later.|
|Nothing says "late war" like STG44s...some classic late war Germans here.|
|I didn't do a great job painting the face of this figure preparing to use his panzerfaust...but maybe his face just froze :)|
Painting WW2 Germans is always intimidating - even the relatively straightforward winter gear leaves many variations, and in 28mm you are always more likely to see the mistakes you make. But this feels like a good start!
|Balance of the squad is equipped with standard rifles...ready for some doomed assignment during the later period of WW2.|