Sunday, January 20, 2013

From PhilH: 28mm WWII Germans & Downed Pilot (50 points)


From Phil:
I thought some German efficiency would get my Challenge back on track. I'm still well below par as we approach the third-way point, but this bunch of points should help. All of these were part of my Christmas gift from Gharak and are from Artizan Designs. 
I promised Germans, but I actually finished the downed pilot first. A great dual-purpose miniature, he will join my Pulp crew as a pilot, once again the last adventure required one but we were short. He would also be a good objective for small-scale WWII games. 

Also nine Greatcoated Germans. A two-man checkpoints and a seven-man part-squad. I've nine more to paint, almost certainly on the workbench soon. They are a rag-tag bunch, some late war armed with G43 rifles, others bolt-action and supported by an MG34. So I echoed this with the painting, mixing up the colours to give the impression of a hard-bitten unit. I spent a while trying to get my colours right, but couldn't find a definitive on the greatcoats - flat grey or the more greeny 'feldgrau'. I eventually settled on two colours of greatcoats, to represent different batches, shortages or fading through wear. I'll add one or two more shades with the second batch. 

These will oppose my Commandos, originally I thought I'd use Brink of Battle, but I've just picked up Operation Squad, partly on your recommendation. I look forward to giving it a try. 
I'm still pondering two things. I used a different method on the pilots goggles than I usually do these things, by showing through to brown with just a flash of white, but I'm not sure it came out so well well. On the Germans, I was originally tempted to real dirty them up to cap off the rag-tag look. I will probably still do so, but it isn't my usual style and I spent so long highlighting the greatcoats I'm a bit reluctant now. Ah, decisions. 
Handsome work here Phil! I really like those greatcoated Germans, but I agree, they may benefit from a dirty cuff here and there.

These lads will give Phil 50 points.

7 comments:

  1. Love the paint style just up my street. Great work on all but love the downed pilot best.
    Peace James

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  2. Very nice models. The pilot is fantastic!

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  3. Nice work Phil, I like the shading on the Pilots jacket.

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  4. Great as has been said but it's the guys in the greatcoats than do it for me, the shading is excellent

    Ian

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  5. A cracking group Phil well done, I agree with the Ian the greatcoats are particularly well done

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  6. Thanks all. I really enjoyed painting these - a heck of a lot easier than Napoleonics!

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