Saturday, January 9, 2016

Entry #5 to the AHPC - 28mm Modern German (SEK M) Special Forces Frogmen



These five frogmen depict members of the Spezialisierte Einsatzkräfte Marine (SEK M) a German special forces unit which focuses on maritime operations.

The 28mm figures are from Lead Adventure Miniatures. They're bit off-the-beaten-path, but I thought they would be fun to do. While the sculpts themselves are fantastic, the only thing I find a bit odd about them is how they're armed. I believe units of this type are typically utilized for close-in assaults, ship-boarding, hostage rescues, stuff like that, so I think it would more likely that they would be armed with compact MP5 SMGs, or shortened HK416s, rather than the relatively hulking G36 seen here. Who knows, perhaps they are landing on some foreign shore where they may have to stand-off at medium range.


 

Being special forces frogmen, it would only stand to reason that they would be kitted out completely in black, so I had a merry time working with various shades of grey to prevent them from disappearing into the shadows completely. With their bases I tried to create the sense that they are coming ashore (and to add a bit more colour for interest).  In the end they turned out alright, though I might go back and pick-out a few metallic edges on their assault rifles and give their Tag watches luminous dials. 


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    1. Cheers Benito. I thought it would be awfully remiss not to have something wet for these frogmen to scamper through.

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  2. Another cracking AHPC submission, Curt. My fave of yours to date tbh. Great water effects. But also the black is very well done too.

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    1. Thanks very much Simon. They were fun to work on, but they're not my favorites, nonetheless I'm delighted that they struck a cord with you.

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  3. Great work on the blakc, the goggles and the basing Curt :)

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  4. They look like they'll be ideal for a game of Black Ops. Great work.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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    1. Haha! You know it's funny, I just received my 'Black Ops' rules yesterday and I thought the very same thing. ;)

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  5. I thought that this was a really clever entry, loved the subtle the shading and water effect and yes please for luminous dials - genius idea.

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    1. Thank you Michael. Luminous dials it is!

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  6. Really, really liked these Curt and thought the bases were a real touch of creativity!

    Christopher

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    1. Cheers Christopher, I thought they needed something to splash through. :)

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  7. A very good entry, really clean and very interesting figures.

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  8. Fabnwork Curt! But what else to be expected from a creative mastermind like you are?

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    1. Well, I don't know about that. My dogs certainly think I'm a mastermind, but that assessment stops about there in these parts. ;)

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  9. Very nice mate. Love the basing, very effective and sets the scene nicely.

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  10. Very nice. I think the G36C was used purely to highlight the fact that they are KSK there is some photos somewhere on the LAF which was the inspiration for the squad.

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    1. Ah, I was wondering. I'm sure that explains it, though it's still seems an odd load-out. Thanks for the comment Simon!

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