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“Further Infantry Divisions Were Pulled From Other Parts Of The Coast To Normandy…”

Updated: Sep 13, 2021

“…To allow the panzer divisions to be pulled out of the line…”

These eight plastic 15mm miniatures are sold by “Battlefront Miniatures” and can be found inside the company’s “Hit The Beach” starter set for “Flames Of War”. The figures consist of a non-commissioned officer (NCO), a machine-gunner, his loader and five riflemen. Together they form two of the six MG34 and K98 Rifle teams required for my German Panzergrenadier Platoon.


All of the figures were initially super-glued onto three wooden strips for ease of painting, and primed in “Vallejo” German Fieldgrey WWII. The soldiers were then shaded using “Citadel” Nuln Oil, and roughly dry-brushed with (more) “Vallejo” German Fieldgrey WWII using a small make-up blusher brush. Before picking out all of the models’ details I ‘boxed off’ their boots, ammo pouches, braces, equipment and weapons with “Citadel” Abaddon Black. Some of these areas, such as the rifles, the odd backpack and their firearm’s straps were later pigmented in Vallejo” Heavy Sienna, and washed using a mixture of “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade and “The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade.

“…And concentrated for a massed counter-attack.”

In addition, the Panzergrenadier’s rifle tops, general-purpose machine gun, water flask stoppers were given a combination of “Vallejo” Gunmetal and “Citadel” Nuln Oil. Whilst the odd camouflaged helmet covering was treated to some “Vallejo” Heavy Brown, Luftwaffe Camouflage Green and Heavy Sienna. Such headwear was then washed with “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade, before being highlighted back up with (more) “Vallejo” Heavy Brown, of Luftwaffe Camouflage Green and Heavy Sienna.


Perhaps a little controversially I decided against applying my reliable ‘camo mix’ to a pair of smocks I spotted the odd Panzergrenadier wearing. This choice was certainly motivated by my desire to get the soldiers finished as quickly as possible, but also influenced by my desire to have my Beach Defence Grenadier Company appear as ‘drab’ grey as possible, so any subsequent Waffen-SS or Fallschirmjager units (which I plan to paint in predominantly camo) will stand out all the more on the tabletop.

"Battletech" WIPs - A Mongrel, Griffin and Wolverine at various stages of painting

The second medium-sized base of Germans also successfully brings to an end the first of my weekly painting challenges, and means that I now need only complete a fourth similarly-sized base of soldiers to field enough MG42 Teams, including its Unit Leader and accompanying Panzerschreck Team, for a minimum-strength Platoon – and that is already in the flock tin drying. As to the future, I’m going to try to push through another eight figures to bring the force up to full-strength, and then consider either adding 8cm Mortar Platoon, a Panzer IV (7.5cm) Platoon or a 7.5cm Tank-Hunter Platoon…


Lastly, I have been focusing a little hobby-time upon three of my “Battletech” 1:285 scale plastic models by “Catalyst Game Labs”. I’ve now finished adding some green and black to my Griffin mech, so as to better represent the colours predominantly used on the old Mitsubishi A6M "Zero" aircraft, as well as made some minor in-roads on a Wolverine and Mongrel.

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undercoat2670
Sep 10, 2021

More great looking Flames of War minis. Great painting. Terrific work.

Good progress on your mechs, looking good.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 10, 2021
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Cheers Undercoat. Definitely got the knack with the FoW stuff now. Should be posting a few finished Germans every week or so from now on, as I have two full-strength platoons to paint.

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planetmut
Sep 05, 2021

Really good work on those German troops! It's amazing given their size how dynamically they're posed. I'm liking the look of those mechs, too; Zeroes were one of my fave Airfix kits when I were a lad :-)

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 05, 2021
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Thanks Planetmut. I'm definitely enjoying all these 15mm miniatures I'm currently painting. I too was a big fan of the Zero kits, albeit I always liked the all-white paint-schemes.

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wsd50
Sep 05, 2021

Really nice stuff mate, good idea keeping these simple/r so the SS stand out more.


I really like the look of that Wolverine by the way, cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 05, 2021
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Cheers Roger. I'll probably pick up some Fallschirmjager before the Waffen-SS, but they too have a very unique-looking camo look. The Wolverine is an awesome-looking Mech. It's such a pity its only found within a game box rather than as a set of figures, as I'd buy a few.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Sep 05, 2021

Great looking Germans Simon, and good that you achieved your weekly goal, the Mechs are coming along nicely as well

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 05, 2021
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Thanks Dave. It was nice that the first weekly go tied in so well with my current FoW project tbh. The Mechs are always good fun to paint, and I've already got the Griffin finished - so that should be posted up next week.

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