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"Germany’s Air Force And Navy Could Do Little To Resist Invasion."


"The defence of ‘Fortress Europe’ would therefore fall squarely onto the shoulders of the army."

These four 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), and three riflemen. Together they form the sixth and final base of MG34 and K98 Rifle teams I require for my second (maximum-strength) German Panzergrenadier Platoon.


As with all my other “FoW” German soldiers, the figures were initially super-glued onto wooden strips, before being primed in “Vallejo” German Fieldgrey WWII, shaded using “Citadel” Nuln Oil, and dry-brushed with (more) “Vallejo” German Fieldgrey WWII. Their details were then ‘picked out’ predominantly using “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna, Gunmetal, Buff, German Camouflage Dark Green, Heavy Brown and a series of “Citadel” Shades.

"Big Mr Tong" WIPs - Three Cybermen and a Sardaukar trooper primed with "Citadel" Abaddon Black

In addition, the Panzergrenadiers' rifle tops, the NCO's submachine gun, and water flask stoppers were given a combination of “Vallejo” Gunmetal and “Citadel” Nuln Oil. Whilst the camouflaged helmet covering was treated to some “Vallejo” Heavy Brown, Luftwaffe Camouflage Green and Heavy Sienna. The 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.


Alongside my "Flames Of War" project I have also been busy 3D printing, basing and priming a large number of 28mm scale figures for the imminent Thirteenth Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. This year I plan to achieve my annual goal of 500-points by simply pigmenting approximately one hundred models, and not become distracted/obsessed by the any of the event's side challenges, so resultantly I've chosen my miniatures with a bit more thought than in the past.

Some of the Warhammer display models for "Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game" and "Warhammer 40K

First and foremost this means that the majority of the sculpts will be pretty straightforward to get finished, predominantly just requiring a shade and subsequent dry-brush over their undercoat. I've also broken the next three months down into weekly targets, with a number of science fiction figures crafted by "Big Mr Tong" being front and centre first in order to see whether my goals are achievable.


In addition, I hope to clear a few half-started projects I still have left lying around my painting table, and recently sought some inspiration as to potential colour schemes by visiting the Warhammer store in Portsmouth. This trip was particularly valuable as it gave me some ideas as to possible palettes for a number of partially-painted Warg Riders I own. I want to field a party of these giant wolves as part of my Isengard Army for the Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game. Sticking with all things "Games Workshop" I was also impressed with some (dirty) white and red Warhammer 40k scenery I spotted - which got me thinking about the large number of such plastic kits I own that are still on their spues...

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Dai Dead
Dai Dead
Dec 21, 2022

I have to admit - I do not miss painting up a 15mm army one bit! LOL That aside, lovely work on your Germans! Hope to see a parade post soon?

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Dec 21, 2022
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Cheers Dai. I expect to do plenty more 15mm FoW next year too, LOL!!! Parade post is definitely on the cards... maybe sooner than you think 😉

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undercoat2670
Dec 21, 2022

Your FoW troops look great, as always. Nice job. I think you have a sound plan for your painting challenge and the Big Tong minis look just the ticket.

I have to admit, when I first read and looked at the blog I thought all that scenery etc were passed projects. Then I thought, I don't remember those! Then I re-read it and understood!! Scenery is always useful mate, so go for it.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Dec 21, 2022
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Thanks Undercoat. Just some Anti-Tank Teams and Panzer IVs to go for FoW and I've already started on all of them, LOL!!! Should be plenty of BMT minis on the blog for the foreseeable as they're definitely going to be a large part of my AHPC contributions this year round.


LOL!!! I do like visiting the local GWs/stores when I can, as I do enjoy looking at how other people paint their stuff - especially scenery, and borrow their palette ideas. I thought the discoloured white & red WH40K stuff looked very good.

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wsd50
Dec 18, 2022

Nice work on the Germans again mate, so that's the infantry basically done now,you seem to have been painting these on and off for an age now, what will you do without them? 😉


Sounds like a decent plan you have for the AHPC this year, just don't get bored just painting "easy wins", but not being distracted is sound thinking mate.


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Dec 18, 2022
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Cheers Roger. It's been a two-year struggle to get the two full-strength platoons finished, but I did manage to get a couple of games in with them during that time, and plan to play many more in the new year. Just the Anti-Tank Gun teams and Panzer IVs to finish off - and then I'll probably paint a Finnish Infantry unit to act as an Allied Unit (or some such) to take the force up from 50-points to 75-points.


I spend most of the year setting aside figures I think would be quick to paint for the AHPC - predominantly single colour stuff. I have a lot of other figures partially-painted I want to finish off, so the mix of…

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Dec 16, 2022

Great work on the Germans Simon, how many more do you need to paint to finnish this army ?

Great looking prep work for the challenge, and inspiration can certainly make it easier to get going on a stalled project

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Dec 16, 2022
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Thanks Dave. That's it for the infantry now. Just some Anti-Tank Gun teams and Panzer IV's to finish (as they were started a long time ago).


Reasonably confident with my plans for the AHPC. Nothing fancy, just simple figs which need painting anyway for a campaign I have planned in the new year. I do like the Warhammer Store in Portsmouth, as there's always something in their cabinets which gives me an idea for a paint scheme.

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