Sonntag, 20. November 2016

A bridge too far?

I hope you don't mind my rather pathetic title for this post but honestly no matter how hard I tried nothing wittier sprang to mind.

Fallschirmjäger crossing a river near Monte Cassino - May 1944

Sonntag, 30. Oktober 2016

Final Fallschirmjäger installment... for now

I would never have guessed it when I (re-) started work on my Fallschirmjäger force for Bolt Action, but I actually managed to paint up all the figures I had sitting in the lead pile for this particular project. Well, the white metal ones that is. I've not yet decided if I'll go down the plastic way for future reinforcements or if I'll bite the bullet and stay with heavy metal.
At the moment that doesn't matter that much though, as the force is at about 1600 points now and as such more than fully playable.

As mentioned in previous posts I'll be using the Fallschirmjäger Theatre Selector from 'Duel in the sun' for this force and as such there were several choices I still needed to round out my force.


Freitag, 21. Oktober 2016

The Landsknecht experience

As I only recently finally finished the Panzer IV I owed my good friend Chris, it was about high time to finish the figures I had agreed to paint for Curt as well.
We do have a small trans-atlantic miniatures exchange program running where he paints one or two miniatures per year for me and in exchange he get's roughly the same number from me.
We don't have a set topic for the miniatures we paint for each other. It's more a combination of what we do want to paint and what the recipient would like to get painted.

During last years Challenge Curt started work on a wonderful "Italian Wars" project and also painted up a spiffing and quite extraordinary piece of equipment called "The Death Bell of Breugel Bosch". If you haven't seen it already I strongly urge you to have a look at this rather inspired and twisted take on renaissance artillery. Well, be it as it may, when I first saw it I knew what I wanted to paint up for Curt. If only had I known what I was in for...


I've fancied trying my hand on Landsknechte for some time already and here it was, the perfect excuse... errr.... chance to get my feet wet without delving in head first. So I ordered these two fellas from the Bruegelburg range of pseudo-Landsknecht / renaissancish figures by Lead Adventure Miniatures. I really like the distinct style all the Lead Adventure miniatures have to them, but honestly these two were not that easy to paint...


... and this had nothing to do with the quality of the sculpts or the casting. It was simply me seriously underestimating the amount of work you need to put into the paint job to make it look suitably "Landsknecht". All the little detail, the puffy Landsknecht clothing, the feathers and what not...
I really tip my hat to all of you out there actually painting a 28mm (or bigger for that matter) Landsknecht army. After this experience I'm cured and definitely won't paint a Landsknecht force any time soon... in 28mm at least.


So these two together with "Han Solo" whom I painted up as entry fee for the challenge will be on their way to Regina CA asap. With this my debts are settled and I can lean back and look forward to the looming 7th incarnation of the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge.
I hope Curt likes what he'll get and my apologies for being late with my entry fee, but I'm a little cheap with posting you know ;-)

Sonntag, 9. Oktober 2016

Panzer IV Ausführung H

With the the next incarnation of the AHPC (a well known acronym for Annual Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge) already looming on the horizon I thought it about high time to start paying my debts from  last years challenge.

Fallschirmjäger advancing under cover of a Panzer IV - Italy June 1944

Sonntag, 2. Oktober 2016

15mm Battle of the Bulge 76mm Sherman tanks

I've recently bought into 'Tanks', the newish game by Battlefront Miniatures, and thought it to be the perfect opportunity to continue work on my 15mm 'Battle of the Bulge' project.
In order to make up a full platoon of 76mm armed Shermans I bought another plastic sprue of this rather superb kit. Unfortunately my digicam seems to be about to quit service slowly but surely, so the colour balance in todays pics is heavily on the yellowish side. Also it looks like all the fine weathering with streaking, rust and so on didn't come through on the pics...

Samstag, 24. September 2016

More Fallschirmjäger support weapons

Despite some rather busy weeks at work I've still managed to continue work on my my Fallschirmjäger platoon in the form of some more support weapons. The Fallschirmjäger list released in the "Duel in the sun" supplement for Bolt Action doesn't allow for support in form of vehicles and heavier anti-tank guns than the odd 3,7cm PaK 36 or schwere Panzerbüchse 41. Thus when wanting to field this list I'm rather limited when it comes to anti-tank capability. At least till the new Armies of Germany supplement for Bolt Action 2nd Edition is released in November that is.

Sonntag, 11. September 2016

Russian Civil War - Kornilov Command Stand

No, no Fallschirmjäger this time... yes, promised!
For various reasons, both private and job related, I didn't have much spare time lately. So progress on the Fallschirmjäger came to an abrupt halt. You know how this works: Finish line in sight you simply HAVE to switch to another project for fear of actually finishing a project, or at least as close to finishing as we wargamers will ever come with any given project. Instead I finally finished the basing for a White Russian command stand I had sitting around for quite a while now.

Sonntag, 4. September 2016

3rd Fallschirmjäger Squad

And again another squad of Fallschirmjäger is ready to join the ranks and defend the rubble strewn streets of Italy against the allied juggernaut.


Sonntag, 28. August 2016

More Fallschirmjäger - 2nd Squad

With the summer rather unexpectedly having returned to middle Europe work load increased significantly. The combination of work and sweltering heat led to a drastic drop off in painting mojo. But I got a second eight man Squad for my fledgling Fallschirmjäger Platoon off the painting table.


Sonntag, 14. August 2016

More Green Devils incoming! - Heavy weapons

Following on from last weeks 'sPzB 41auf Gepanzerter MG-Träger Bren 731(e)' I've done up a few more Fallschirmjäger which now are awaiting their first deployment.

I don't know what it is but WWII, especially Germans in WWII, always gets my creative juices flowing. So I made the most out of it and immediately got going on some heavy weapons to go with my other stuff.