Still working on my Flames of War stuff. I’ve got the rest of the jeeps for my Cavalry recon platoon primed and ready to paint. That’s everything except the M2 60mm mortar stands, and with a clear distinction between the MG and transport jeeps. Thanks to Joe for showing me that the third jeep crewman could fit in back! I also have three M1 57mm guns, although when I picked them up second hand, I didn’t realize there was a standard variant and an airborne variant, and now I have a mix of both. You learn a new thing every unit you paint! It’s nothing I can’t live with, and I’ve been filling out units further for Field of Battle WW2, so I might pick up at least one more down the road.
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Got my German 88 battery finished. My late war Germans are based using static grass. It’s not a technique I’m crazy about, but I got a big tub of it in trade so what the hell, right? I had them sealed with gloss sealer then Dullcote, just bought a new damn car today, and had 3/4 of a bottle of Four Roses left, so I thought, frell, let’s finish these puppies. I flocked them as usually– an irregular covering of Woodland Scenics Scenic Cement followed up by the static grass and gentle lateral blowing to get them to stand up. But. I had bookmarked a recent page describing making more realistic terrain– thought I’d pull it back and and see what they had to say about it. Lo and behold, they have a page on realistic grass. It’s basically static grass drybrushed tan, light orange or light blue? LOL! The only drybrushed static grass I recall are Keven Dallimore’s Foundry figures– I bought a catalog Askarai for $5 off eBay, just to examine his painting technique in person– and it looked like paint slopped on static grass. But whatever, I’m drunk, let’s do it. A light drybrushing of Delta Ceramcoat’s Country Tan, and a very light (although not quite light enough) drybrushing of DC’s Wedgeworth Blue and what do you know– it does look better. The picture really highlights the flaws, but in the flesh, they do look better. I’ll be keeping this up. With or without the bourbon. (probably with!)
I triumph! Well, soon enough, at least. I have just about finished my 88 battery. I realized after washing it that I forgot to paint the windshield on the Kfz 15. Also, seems like I found something else that I forgot, but which I’ve already forgotten again! And I need to get some large FoW base magnets. But, it’s almost there. Here you can see how I tend to paint figures. The figures themselves are white glued to craft sticks, primed, then rubber cemented to the tops of craft paint bottles for painting.
Huh. This is starting to become a habit! I ran a 1,500 point game of Flames of War with my son. I’m still a little rusty on the rules, so I will use that as my excuse, because I was routed handily again! This, despite me giving him the Americans that I had lost with last time. I forgot the scenario name, but either of us could win the game by starting a turn occupying one of our objectives on the other half of the board. Junior here got his Shermans on the road, and with great audacity, drove them halfway across the table in front of two platoons of Panzergrenadiers that did not have their Panzerfausts set up yet. He then ducked into the woods where he had placed his objective before I could turn my sIG 33 battery on him. While my Panzer IVs were blazing away futilely with their machine guns and ducking fire from four or five bazooka teams (which, coincidentally, can move and fire– how fair is that?), his Shermans promptly machine gunned and assaulted my company command. I threw a few Sd Kfzs 251/1s at him to try and stay in the game for another turn, yet all was lost in the end.
Finally got my Pak40s finished. I have some Old Glory Sd Kfz 251/1s on order to run these with my Gepanzerte Panzergrenadiers, but I don’t have them yet. I complained about these figures before, but in the end, I like how they turned out. Oh, and for what it’s worth, other than the metallics and wash, these figures are completely craft paints.
The Terrain Guy recently ran a summer sale which amounted to about 20% off. Actually, it was $20 off of a $100 order. What this amounted to was me making sure my order exceeded $100 by as little as possible– I’m sure he would have made more money had it been a straight 20% off. Let that be a lesson to you retailers. Anyway, I have been really pleased with his terrain mat and hills, so this time I went for roads, fields and hedges. Overall, I’m pretty pleased, although not quite bowled over like I was with the mat and hills.
I’ve got my Flames of War Pak 40s out on the table and have slowly been poking at them a bit. This guy was a little irritating– he has half a shell, inserting the round into the breech. Only, he’s like a scale foot too high. Considering the fact that I could have bought nice Old Glory figures for about 1/3rd of the cost of these, it’s something I don’t really think I should have to deal with. I think I can work with it by sanding the base a bit, bending the angle down slightly, and putting the gun up on blocks before texturing the base. I had already decided to go Old Glory for transports; sounds like I will for guns, too!
I’ve been thinking for a while that 2010 was definitely going to be the year of World War 2 for me. I’m pulled by a few other interests, but not strongly enough to really shake that direction. I have a sense of what I want to accomplish before the end of year. Priorities for the rest of 2010 are thus, in rough order:
I had been threatening to run a Flames of War game for my son, pictured left. He’s kind of lukewarm about the idea, but he had a friend spend the night. This friend is very interested in World War 2, so I whipped up a 600 point game of panzergrenadiers vs. US airborne with some Shermans. Too be fair, I wasn’t really playing to win, but I also wasn’t playing to lose by the margin I did! They whupped me badly. Just look at those Shermans burn… They enjoyed the game all the more for it, of course. Hopefully my son will get more interested in playing miniatures games with his ol’ Dad.
Hoody hoo! I’m back on the paint wagon after having to take some time of for family issues. Here you see my six new Panzer III Ausf. Es. The hatches on these were a complete bitch– not too hard to glue open with the commander in the hatch, but basically impossible to model closed. The rear is sculpted round and irregularly, making it exceedingly difficult to fit into the hatch and glue flat. “Screw it,” I said, and just left the hatches off. Also, I have photographed one of these bad boys with their puny cousin, the Panzer I Ausf. A.