Saturday, 11 July 2020

20mm WW2 US Engineer squads

A mixture of Esci/Italeri, Caeser and Airfix plastics, these form two sections of engineers, each of 6 riflemen or smgs, a 2 man bazooka team, 1 BAR gunner, and options for a manpack flamethrower or mine detector (or both by dropping a rifleman).

I used the Crowood guide for US figures and vehicles by Ray Haskins, using his suggested colours for Normandy engineers - US drab for jackets, English uniform for trousers and a canvas tone (in this case German camo beige) for webbing, pouches gaiters and water bottles.  Boots are saddle brown, helmets and metal equipment brown violet.  I used an earth wash on the trousers and metallic items, but highlights on the jacket.

The manpack flamethrower and mine detector figures, both old Esci sculpts.

Caesar Thompson SMG gunner.

Airfix bazooka gunner and Esci mortarman as his loader.

Airfix carbine armed trooper.

Esci Thompson SMG gunner (yes, his SMG is grossly oversized).

Esci BAR gunner.

Caesar SMG gunner.

Caesar rifleman.

Running Caesar rifleman.

Airfix grease gunner.

Caesar grenadier.

1st section.

2nd section.

Not a bad colour scheme, looks pretty good to me.  I liked the Crowood WW2 US guide, although I felt it wasn't as well organised and structured as the German version.  I particularly thought the photographs of the various stages of painting were not always composed to match the plate caption and/or the photos weren't always relevant to the captions.  For example, in the section on US infantry for Normandy, much is made in the text of adding the 29th Inf Division shoulder markings, yet the picture illustrating this is taken from the front of the figure with the shoulder flash not in view (very odd and unhelpful).  Some useful information for the less experienced painter, but not a lot that couldn't be gleaned from some internet research, although how long that might take depends on how computer savvy you might be.

As ever, thanks for looking.

Sunday, 5 July 2020

20mm DAK infantry platoon

I enjoyed painting the motorcycle Kradschutzen section so much recently, that I decided to add another DAK platoon to the collection.  These guys are a mixture of Esci/Italeri, Airfix, Revell and Caesar and I painted them up using the colours and techniques in Farnsworth's painting guide.  I really like the washed out colours, which give them a dusty, sun-bleached look.

The whole platoon, a 6 man command rifle section and three rifle sections, each of 5 men with a 3 man MG34 team.

Mainly riflemen.

MG34 teams.

Three of the command team, from Revell, Caesar and Esci/Italeri (L-R).

The other 3 command figures from Revell, Escii/Italeri and Airfix (L-R).

Airfix grenadier.

Revell NCO.

Esci/Italeri officer.

Airfix rifleman with fixed bayonett.

Esci/Italeri grenadier.

Caesar SMG trooper in sun helmet.

Esci/Italeri SMG gunner.

Airfix MG34 gunner.

Airfix rifleman.

Another Airfix rifleman.

Esci/Italeri SMG gunner.

I still have enough figures for three more platoons, so not sure what I will do with these.

As ever, thanks for looking.

Saturday, 27 June 2020

20mm WW1 Middle East British Camel Corps and dismounted cavalry (lockdown 18)

I wanted some dismounted British cavalry for WW1 in the Middle East, so out came the dismounted Imperial Camel Corps from Strelets.  While I was looking at them, their mounted mates managed to get some elbow room on the painting table.  Again, I followed the guidance in Mark Hargreaves book, modified for the smaller scale and my painting abilities.

First up is the mounted set, painted in khaki drill.  Shame the camels are generic, mainly Arab-style, rather than regulation British equipped and with next to no baggage.  Nice set, showing troops in relaxed walking or standing poses, without anyone appearing to be firing their weapon, just as it should be for troops used rather like mounted yeomanry.

The mounted commander.

Then these are nine dismounted troopers to represent dismounts for the Camel Corps.  These are painted in khaki drill to match the mounted chaps.  The guy at the back is a camel holder from the mounted set.

Then we have a unit of twelve dismounts in khaki serge.

And finally for now, a unit of twelve dismounted cavalrymen in khaki drill - suitable for dismounts for the lancers posted earlier.

These newer style Strelets figures are really nice compared to their earlier chunky style.  The animation of the skirmish poses, especially the prone figures and some of those advancing or running, is really quite pleasing.  One or two of the helmets appear to have part of the rim missing, which seems to be a casting flaw, but generally they were clean and relatively easy to paint.  I'm really impressed that they are starting to fill some of those larger gaps in the WW1 ranges, especially for the Middle East.  They also fan my interest in some of the what-if's around Allied intervention in Russia and the Soviet Union in the last year of the war and the immediate post-war period.  Now, how cool would WW1 Greek infantry be to game an Allied intervention force in Turkey?

As ever, thanks for looking.