Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Fourth Painting Challenge Entry - 20mm WW2 German Infantry Support Weapons

20mm German support weapons, NCO and radio man
My next entry into Curt's Analogue Hobbies Panting Challenge was more 20mm WWII (a figure size I am totally falling in love with).  These figures are metal castings from Warmodelling Miniatures. I came across these when looking for command models to round out some holes in Plastic Soldier Company's 1/72 German Infantry set (namely, a lack of senior offices) and so I ordered a command group, an MG team and light mortar team.

3-man MG team...I think it is an MG-42...

There is a senior NCO on a hex-shaped base, a radio operator, an MG team (I think it is an MG42, but I'm not sure - more on that further into the post) and a light mortar team. The uniforms are mostly pre-war, although the MG team seems to have gaiters, so perhaps more 1943 than 1941.

An early war touch - light mortar team

I found the Warmodelling stuff to be a mixed bag quality-wise. The sculpts are top notch, but the quality of the casting itself is really hit and miss. The MG mount was a terrible casting, to the point where I cannot even tell what type of MG it is actually supposed to be (I think it is MG42 because the barrel seemed more rectangular than round).  The tripod was also a mess.

NCO with MP-40 and radio operator

These were very nice sculpts
Warmodelling seems to have a wide variety of sculpts, but the experience of the poor casting quality will have me moving along to other figure manufacturers - I'm going to try some stuff from SHQ next.

3 man MG team - the sculpt on the weapon and the tripod was very poor; the rifle on the extra crewman was also mangled

The kit on the backs of the crew castings was much nicer
There are seven 20mm castings and two (very small) crew-served 20mm weapons. These fellows will join the growing pile of 20mm WWII stuff, and I look forward to adding more as the challenge continues! I encourage everyone to go and check out all of the excellent entries in the painting challenge, particularly those by Byron and Kevin - outstanding work gents! Don't hesitate to post those photos here too!

1 comment:

Mad Padre said...

This was a really strong Challenge entry. Like the job you did on the uniforms a lot. 20mm is indeed a very nice scale and offers lots of choice for vendors.
Wishing you and the Fawcett gang a very happy new year.