Monday, January 13, 2014

From JohnM: 20mm WWII German Pioneers (28 points)

From John:
WW II German Pioneers
My previous submission had a section of Pioneers in Kubelwagons and a Panzerknacker team in a captured universal carrier. Since Chain of Command is a skirmish game,  some ambulatory figures were needed. I had to search around, the fact that AB figures have disappeared off the market because of a copyright squabble has made it a little difficult. Needed were figures that could represent mine laying teams, demolition teams, flamethrower teams, wire cutting teams as well as the tank hunters and a leader. All the Pioneer teams in Chain of Command are 3 figures except for the Panzerknackers who have 4 figures (2 tank hunters and a LMG team). You can also field a Pioneer Squad of 6 figures and a Junior Leader. 
So I needed a variety of figures. After some searching I came across CP Models, at first I felt that they looked a little odd, they are the absolutely the opposite of the short grunting figures that a lot of 20 mm manufacturers produce. Britannia figures are a good example of this. PSC and AB miniatures are somewhere in between while the CP Models and TDQ Castings (sold on the same website) are quite slender, but fortunately almost the same height. I now quite like these figures, look at the photos of the single figures, do they not portray the weariness of war! My upcoming British Paratroopers, Commandos, and Engineers are all from TDQ castings which are very similar to CP Models.

Anyway I should say that 3 of these models were done before the challenge started, so I can only claim 7, a small submission. But the good news is that the French Légére are almost done.
Great work John. These CP models are very nice and do show a weariness in their posture which is refreshing (though the one fellow above looks like he's clog dancing...) I managed to get a bunch of AB models before they became scarce and they are pretty amazing. I hope they become available again soon so you can try some out.

These German pioneers will give John 28 points. Well done John and I look forward to seeing your upcoming French Legere.

15 comments:

  1. I have not come across CP models before but I do like the poses. And seeing them painted is a real bonus. Thank you.

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  2. These do look long legged and lean indeed. I like the cocked legged pose on that first figure.

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  3. They do look lean and weary, as though they've been in the field and on short rations for a while. Great painting

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  4. Well done indeed. Nicely done figures. I have some TQD figures and really like them. I am gutted that AB figures are no longer available, they were the gold standard for 20mm WW2. I hope they get that legal business resolved soon.

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  5. I like these, I can see myself taking a look at Chain of Command

    Ian

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  6. Great work John. This is the first I have heard of an issue relating to AB figures...that's depressing.

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  7. Very nice John!!! Some really great painting!

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  8. Great work John! I'm looking forward to the Leger as well.

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  9. There definitely a war weary look. Nicely done.

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  10. Nice figures, I've been thinking of giving them a try.

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