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(Lead) Mountain Musings - "Flames Of War" September 2021

Updated: Sep 13, 2021

"While their resilience may have been limited, the beach defence troops still held out."

Ordinarily, I like to start each hobby month by planning out how I intend to reduce my embarrassing backlog of metal, plastic and resin models by focusing upon either a specific game, range, or manufacturer. But recently I’ve found my mojo somewhat struggling to maintain its focus over any given four week period, and I don’t therefore feel I’ve been as productive or attentive as I could/should have been.


As a result for the rest of the year I’ve decided to return to an old weekly challenge I somewhat successfully used to employ many moons ago, where every seven days I randomly choose (upon the turn of a playing card) a small number of miniatures to paint from a certain scale. Spookily, the first of these tasks will be a unit of 15mm figures, which rather neatly ties-in with my current project to field a Panzergrenadier platoon for “Flames Of War”.

"Flames Of War" WIPs - Three Riflemen primed, shaded and dry-brushed

In addition, I still plan to ‘pick away’ at a particular theme for the month, and perhaps unsurprisingly I’ll be sticking to “Battlefront Miniatures” range of 15mm plastic World War Two Germans. Indeed, with my inaugural play-test of the rules fast-approaching, I am somewhat powering through my first platoon’s MG34 and K98 Rifle teams, and hope to be able to bulk-up my Beach Defence’s core Combat Unit to its maximum strength within the next fortnight or so, as well as perhaps start building a Panzer IV (7.5cm) Tank Platoon.


I have also not lost sight of the myriad of 6mm “Epic” Daemons by “Games Workshop” which are currently littering my painting table, nor the bases populated with plenty of “Timecast” resin pieces I was planning on submitting for this year’s Season of Scenery Challenge. Both of these ranges will be fitted in whenever possible, especially the terrain, as I still need to get a few more bits done so as to properly populate a small-sized battlefield for my “Catalyst Game Labs” Weird War Two walkers.

August 2021 - My continuing interest in 15mm models means "Alternative Armies" finally make the list

From a progress perspective, the last month was something of a disappointment, as I only managed to finish one of several 6mm bases I had planned to add to my burgeoning “Epic” collection. In fact, without the incredibly ‘easy wins’ of some 10mm Small Creatures by “Pendraken Miniatures” and 15mm Xenomorphs by “Ground Zero Games”, the past four weeks would arguably have been a disaster.


I am however, rather pleased with how my German Beach Defence force for “Flames Of War” is coming along, having completed another fourteen infantrymen for my Grenadier Company. Furthermore, my ability to continually ‘chip away’ at my excess of Retained Knights by “Alternative Armies” has finally paid some dividends as the company are currently now my fourth most popular manufacturer of the year.

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undercoat2670
Sep 03, 2021

Your Flames of War Germans look very good all grouped up. A very well painted and impressive force indeed. Lovely. Keep plugging away with these as I want to see more.

There are so many great and different minis out there it is easy to get distracted and move from range to range, almost like a kid in a sweet shop! I sympathise!!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 03, 2021
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Cheers Undercoat. I've got a lot more FoW Germans coming, so expect to see that force continue to grow. I'm hoping the little weekly dabble will quench the thirst for painting other minis, and let me focus on the task at hand - i.e. Germans.

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planetmut
Sep 02, 2021

Seems to me that you've been very productive this month, especially taking into accoun how fiddly those German troops and Epic daemons must be to paint. Don't be too hard on yourself. we all have periods when we're churning out minis and others when we're not.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 02, 2021
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Thanks Planetmut. I think the weekly challenges will just 'gee me up' a bit, and just give me that excuse to momentarily dabble on something different from the norm. Having said that though, I'm really enjoying the "FoW" figures and can see me building up quite the German Beach Defence force before the year is over.

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wsd50
Sep 01, 2021

We all have good months and bad months, so do get too disheartened, the bad ones just make you more determined that the next one will be good!


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 01, 2021
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Cheers Roger. I didn't think last month was that bad, but I wasn't anywhere near as productive as I thought I was going to be. Time will definitely tell for this month.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Sep 01, 2021

Hope the new plan helps get your mojo back Simon, and you can get through some of these projects you want to get through over the coming months.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 01, 2021
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Thanks Dave. The weekly challenges used to really spark my hobby mojo, and got me putting a brush to all sorts of weird and wonderful models. This time round I plan to be a bit more focused on the subjects, so that I actually end up using the figures on the tabletop, but that shouldn't impact upon the thrill of the challenge too much.

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