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“German Use Of Dampfkrieglastwagen During The Last Half Of The Nineteenth Century…”

Updated: Apr 27, 2022


“…Was marked by its innovative and successful battlefield use.”

These eight 1/1200th scale Gretchen Scout Contraptions are produced by “Brigade Models” and can be purchased from their German range of Land Ironclads as product code VLI-323. The small, nimble scout vehicles are approximately 8mm x 3mm in size, and, having previously been super-glued in fours upon a 30mm x 40mm plastic rectangle, were primed with a couple of layers of “Vallejo” German Fieldgrey WWII, and later shaded in “Citadel” Nuln Oil.


I then carefully dry-brushed them all with (more) “Vallejo” German Fieldgrey WWII, before patiently picking out all their guns with a combination of Gunmetal and “Citadel” Nuln Oil. As with my previously painted British Mk.I Armoured Gun Carriers, the hardest (and most time-consuming) part in painting these little guys was tidying up the grit surrounding the vehicles so I could later dry-brush their bases and get them tabletop ready.

"CoolNiniOrNot" WIPs - The Black Widow is slowly having her details picked out

With one of my final entries for the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge completed, I have decided to tackle some of the 40mm plastic models found inside the Marvel United core box by "CoolMiniOrNot". Rather embarrassingly, I’ve actually owned this starter set since March 2021 following its highly successful Kickstarter twelve months earlier, but have never before truly found the motivation to apply my brush-tip to any of Edouard Guiton’s chibi-styled sculpts.


In fact, due to my decision to make the “Ultimate Pledge”, I’ve actually found being surrounded by the game’s various expansion boxes and exclusive miniatures increasingly off-putting, especially as I already own the vast majority of the super-heroes and villains concerned as both “Heroclix” and “Marvel Crisis Protocol” figures. However, the final galvanising ‘kick up the pants’ has come with the shameful arrival of the recently released Marvel United: X-Men set and all its additional miniatures; including a trio of super-sized giant Sentinels.

"CoolMiniOrNot" WIPs - Both Iron Man and the Red Skull have been primed

As a result I thought I’d try to simply paint a three-figure team in line with rules’ single player S.H.I.E.L.D. Solo Mode, and a solitary foe for them to face. This will hopefully allow me to get a handful of models finished in a reasonably short space of time, and subsequently get a few quick games in too – something which I find is always the greatest hobby mojo motivator.


Once achieved, I then intend to expand the roster of heroes and villains in a piecemeal basis, starting with a fourth costumed crime-fighter in order to try out the two-player alternative gameplay where each person owns a pair of protagonists (as opposed to just the one suggested in the rulebook). With any luck, such a cunning plan will ultimately mean I’ll paint up the entire core set, and eventually move on to some of the expansion sets I own…

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undercoat2670
Apr 20, 2022

Your minis in this post are polar opposites for me. I think the ironclads are a bit dull, however, the chibis look great fun. Lovely sculpts, with nice details and I can't wait to see what you do with them.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Apr 20, 2022
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Cheers Undercoat. These particular Land Ironclads are super-tiny, so photographing them was a bit difficult. But on the tabletop, I think they look grand all grouped up. The Marvel United stuff definitely is a new direction for me, and I'm really hoping the odd figure every month will soon gobble into the backlog I have for the game.

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wsd50
Apr 15, 2022

Nice work on the teeny'tiny Germans, though I had to put my glasses on to see them on the base 😉.


I still maintain that there can't be a Black Widow figure out there you don't own by now! 😁, I do like that chibi one though.


I think you might have to start using my rule (that I don't adhere to that well myself tbh) that you don't buy anything more till you've painted the last thing you bought. 😂


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Apr 16, 2022
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Thanks Roger. There's even smaller Germans (and British) forces to come for Land Ironclads, so keep those glasses to hand. LOL!!!


I did momentarily pause when I saw that I was going to be painting another Black Widow miniature, but as she's one of my favourite super-heroes, she was always going to be in my starting line-up for Marvel United.


I've drastically curbed my spending tbh. But these Kickstarters are always such excellent vfm, and because they don't tend to arrive for 6-12 months I forget all about them until the postie knocks on the door. 😀

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planetmut
Apr 12, 2022

8mm by 3mm? You really are a glutton for punishment LOL! They look great, just for God's sake don't drop them on the carpet as you'll never see them again!


The chibli Marvel minis are cute sculpts. There's a bunch of tutorials online on how to do the eyes right, if you need tips. Looking forward to seeing them painted up!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Apr 16, 2022
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Cheers Matt. The German Contraptions are super-tiny, though not a patch on the infantry - which even have their backpacks sculpted on - as far as I can tell under the magnifying glass - LOL!!!


I will indeed be looking at some tutorials for the chibi eyes, as I've never painted them before, so need some guidance.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Apr 11, 2022

The little warmachines look great Simon, nice to see you finding some motivation to paint these models, not a huge fan of Chibi style myself, but will watch with interest to see how these develop.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Apr 11, 2022
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Thanks Dave. I've not painted any chibis myself yet - though I do own a fair few, so it'll be a bit of an experiment tbh.

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