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"Mounted On A Tripod For Long-Range Accuracy..."


"...And with plenty of ammunition, it is an excellent defensive weapon."

These three plastic 15mm miniatures are produced by “Battlefront Miniatures” and can be found inside the company’s Code GE784 sMG34 Machine-gun Platoon blister for “Flames Of War”. The models consist of a choice of two different Non-Commissioned Officers (NCO), a Machine-gunner, Reloader and the Einheitsmaschinengewehr (Universal machine gun) itself.


Unlike my other “FoW” German soldiers however, the NCO was the only model I initially super-glued onto a wooden strip, as the other two infantrymen clearly needed to be in position upon their actual medium-sized base before I primed them all in “Vallejo” German Fieldgrey WWII. In addition, I actually needed to cut away some of the ammunition feed so as to allow the Reloader to lie upon the ground at an angle so as to stop his feet jutting off the end – something which would really trigger my obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

"Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" WIPs - Argonauts Command and Strawbears

All three of the models were 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. Lastly, I pigmented the sMG34 Machine-Gun using a combination of “Vallejo” Gunmetal and “Citadel” Nuln Oil.


Alongside the latest addition to my 1944 Beach Defence Company, I have been busy assembling and gluing some recently received figures from "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio". I'm really trying to immediately apply a brush to any new arrivals these days, so as last week's painting challenge, randomly chosen upon the turn of a playing card, was to pigment ten (more) 28mm scale miniatures, I thought I'd 'break the back of them' before the imminent arrival of my Horus Heresy: Age Of Darkness boxed set by "Games Workshop".

"Hero Forge" WIPs - Beekman, the Rambler and Van Dijk

The metal models are all from the Lincolnshire-based manufacturer's Villains and Monsters range, and predominantly consist of the two multi-part figures which make up their Argonauts Command deal, as well as three Strawbears from their Mummer Procession blister. Hopefully, all of these minions should be pigmented over the next few days, as their paint-schemes should mostly match those I've previously concocted for some Titans and the Strawman respectively.


In addition, I have based and primed the trio of comic book heroes I 'sculpted' using "Hero Forge" for this month's "Forgotten Heroes" event. The Rambler, Beekman and the evil Van Dijk are all taken from the "Time's Rambler" graphic novels by "Mooretoons Publishing", and have been 'seated' inside 40mm circular lipped bases so their 'modelled' bases can better align with the grit I ordinarily apply to my models' stands.

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planetmut
Jun 14, 2022

More excellent Germans! Great work on them, the detail on those tiny minis is amazing.


Really looking forward to seeing your Time's Rambler figures painted!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 14, 2022
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Cheers Matt. Trying to finish at least one Panzergrenadier a day for the next few weeks to finally get all the infantry finished for my 50pt force.


Just got a few more Crooked Dice figures in the pipeline to complete and then I should have the time to focus on getting my Time's Rambler models done.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Jun 13, 2022

Great work on the Germans Simon, and nice progress on all the rest, look forward to seeing your Time;s rambler models progress

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 13, 2022
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Thanks Dave. Already got the Straw Bears completed (as you know), and should have the Argonauts Command posted later this week. Then its on to the Hero Forge models for Forgotten Heroes.

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undercoat2670
Jun 11, 2022

Lovely looking German troops. I think these always look great.

Those new titans and strawmen look good, but the titans look a little different to your previous ones tbh.

Your comic minis look fab! Can wait to see your 3d versions of them brought to life!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 11, 2022
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Cheers Undercoat. Final base of sMG34 Machine-gunners is now finished, and should be posted up next week at some point. Both the Argonauts Command and Strawbears are significantly smaller than their larger resin counterparts.


Looking forward to getting my Forgotten Heroes painted too - as they'll be the first of many more figures connected to my comic book characters. 😀

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wsd50
Jun 11, 2022

Very nice work on the Germans as always mate, those crooked dice figures are nice, though there is a definite BSG look to one of them 😉


I like your "Time rambler" fig's don't know why but I pictured them with the round heads you cartoon versions have.


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 11, 2022
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Thanks very much Roger. Just the fourth and final sMG34 Machine-gun team to finish, and that's the entire platoon finished.


The Argonauts Command do indeed come with alternative BSG-inspired heads - and I own a second set somewhere for just that reason 😉


I might at some stage be tempted to get someone to sculpt my Mooretoons characters with their round heads - sort of as Chibi-like figures - but for now I'm settling on my own skills using Hero Forge - so they're simply normal-looking. 😀

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