To add a bit of variety to all the desert kit I've been working on for Battlegroup Tobruk and by way of a complete contrast, here are various bits and bobs of winter gear I've been working on for about 18 months now.
First up, some samples of German ski troops from Lancashire Games. These are basic sculpts, with very little flash or venting and only required a minimal clean up. The ski sticks are a little fragile and required quite a bit of straightening, with one of the pair of free standing sticks (figure in helmet on left) breaking off before I could stabilise it. Once painted, they look pretty cool and appear to represent the subject well. There are 20 figures in a pack and, if multi-buy packs pre-ordered at shows, work out at less than 50p/figure.
Next up is a single sprue of Strelets' German Army in Stalingrad. I picked these up from Will at Gauntlet last year. They look a bit chunky before painting, but have some nice raised detail which takes paint well and have a real "rag tag" look to them which matches period photos nicely.
A more recent addition is this PAK 40 with SS crew from Britannia Miniatures. I posted earlier (http://sedimentswargameblog.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/20mm-ss-pak-40.html) on the painted model, but here it is with snow effects added.
Then this is a Zvezda PAK 36 with liberal dusting of frost, crewed by figures in winter camo smocks.
And finally, a white metal IG75 with crew that I bought, again from Will, at the Gauntlet show last year.
So, those are the last of my winter diversions for now. I have a Panther, Tiger I and Panzer IV earmarked for winter, as well as a troop of Stug IIIs and some Sdkfz 251s, but these will have to wait in the queue while I finish the desert project. So far, I have two platoons of desert British and a platoon of DAK, plus another one on the way. Then I have a troop of Matilda IIs, two of Panzer IIIs and some assorted Crusaders, Mk VIs, Panzer IVs and some odds and ends. The plan is to get some transport for both, fill out a troop of Crusaders and add some infantry heavy weapons and artillery. So much to do and so little time/money. Hey ho!
Thanks for looking.