Wednesday, January 15, 2014

From LeeH: 15mm WWII German Panzergrenadiers (100 points)


Lee kicks into high gear with is excellent 15mm panzergrenadier force.

From Lee:
I started putting together a Lehr panzegrenadier Company at the beginning of last year but only completed two platoons and the HQ . The Third and final Platoon remained based and primed but unpainted on my desk for several months. I'll be honest, my motivation had taken a down turn and I was looking for something new. And that was when I 'discovered' 6mm and decided to start work on my North Africa 1942 project. The poor old Panzergrenadiers never stood a chance and subsequently got boxed up and put in storage never to be seen again...

Until I decided to take part in the Challenge that is. This was the motivation I needed to get this final platoon out and complete the Company I had started so long ago. And now that I have finished them I can safely consider my Normandy Project complete, at least for now. The only downside to this long completion time is that each platoon has been painted slightly different to each other, despite having detailed colour notes and a 'formula' to work to. Next time I paint a company in 15mm I'll do all the platoons together (maybe something for next years challenge!).  
I've modelled and painted these as Lehr Gepanzerte Panzergrenediers which means each of the three squads has two MG teams of four Grenadiers plus one tank hunter (Panzerfaust) team each. Three of the SdKfz 251/1 D's half-tracks are equipped with the standard MG42's and the fourth has been upgraded to an Sd Kfz 251/10 D armed with a 3.7cm PaK 36 gun.

Now I just need to concentrate on finishing my 'Vehicle' entry for the bonus round.

Beautiful work Lee! I'm delighted to hear that the Challenge has prompted you to get these done and ready for action. Mission complete!

This panzergrenadier platoon will give Lee a very respectable 100 points. Well done!

18 comments:

  1. These are great, love the camo on the 'tracks

    Ian

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    1. I don't own an airbrush so this time I tried a 'stippling' method to get soft edged camo.

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  2. Those are great Lee. I was going to ask about the camo! Very nicely done

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  3. Good work Lee. Having painted these figures as well I know how enjoyable they are and I think each platoon should be different as the clothing and equipment in the German army varied quite a lot by this stage of the war.

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  4. Very nice work Lee, the camo really worked I use the same method

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  5. Fantastic Le - am about to start my own PzGr units for the Eastern Front.
    The stippling came out great - would you mind sharing your colour combos?

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    1. I use Vallejo paints and for the period I worked on that's A base colour of Middlestone (882) with a very light dusting of Ivory (918) to highlight sharp edges. The Camo is Reflective Green (890) and Chocolate Brown (872).

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  6. Splendid! The camo on the Halftracks is spot on.

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  7. Great work Lee. I have a lot of projects like this as well - just sitting around, and suddenly the Challenge gets me moving. It's a great thing about the challenge. Well done - echo the comments of others, particularly the great camouflage on the APCs!

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  8. Great stuff Lee. I like the uniforms on the PGs especially. Top detail at that scale.

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