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“The Beach Defence Infantry Of The Fortress Divisions Laid Millions Of Mines…”

Updated: Sep 13, 2021

“…And dug fortifications along hundreds of miles of coastline.”

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), a machine-gunner, his loader and a rifleman. Together the quartet form one of six MG34 and K98 Rifle teams required for my German Panzergrenadier Platoon.


The models are supposed to be placed inside the specially-spaced inserts found on a medium-sized base, but I initially super-glued mine onto wooden strips for ease of painting. All four figures were then primed in “Vallejo” German Fieldgrey WWII, shaded using “Citadel” Nuln Oil, and enthusiastically dry-brushed with (more) “Vallejo” German Fieldgrey WWII.

"Flames Of War" WIPs - An NCO, Loader and Machine-gunner

Having also applied some “Citadel” Abaddon Black to the soldiers’ boots, ammo pouches, braces and the odd pair of goggles, I pigmented the soldiers’ other pouches, rifles, straps using some “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna, and later washed them with a mixture of “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade and “The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade. In addition, the Panzergrenadier’s rifle tops and water flask stoppers were ‘picked out’ using a combination of “Vallejo” Gunmetal and “Citadel” Nuln Oil.


The Germans’ formidable Maschinengewehr 42, or “Hitler’s Buzzsaw” was painted using both “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna and Gunmetal. These areas were subsequently shaded in “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade” and Nuln Oil respectively. The formidable firearm’s ammunition feeds were also treated to a lick of “Vallejo” Gunmetal, but were then splashed with both “Citadel” Nuln Oil and Agrax Earthshade to give an oily look.

"Flames Of War" WIPs - An NCO, Loader and Machine-gunner

Lastly, I applied a base coat of “Vallejo” Heavy Brown to the machine-gunner’s camouflaged helmet covering, and followed this up by sporadically splodging it in Luftwaffe Camouflage Green and Heavy Sienna. The helmet was later washed with “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade, and then highlighted back up with (more) “Vallejo” Heavy Brown, of Luftwaffe Camouflage Green and Heavy Sienna.


I’ve actually got another five of these medium-sized bases to populate before next Friday, when the plan is to test the entire Panzergrenadier Platoon out, along with its Company HQ, in a low points level test game of “Flames Of War”. As a result I have been patiently gluing the remaining twenty figures to wooden sticks, and giving them all some frenzied undercoats of “Vallejo” German Fieldgrey WWII…

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planetmut
Aug 30, 2021

These are looking great, matey, and once again the amount of detail you've managed on such tiny figures is really impressive. How long till we see them being mecha-stomped into the ground? LOL!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Aug 31, 2021
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Cheers Planetmut. these won't be seeing any mechs, just US Paratroopers. I do though have some infantry to paint for my mechs though, just need to squeeze the 6mm figures into the painting schedule. 😀

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undercoat2670
Aug 30, 2021

Good work on these. I admire the fact you are black lining rucksacks and details on 15mm models! Terrific stuff, I really like these a lot.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Aug 30, 2021
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Thanks Undercoat. Already finished another four, so on to the last eight before the platoon marches out for its first battle. 😀

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Aug 30, 2021

Great work Simon, has the deadline helped speed up the process or made it feel overwhelming ?

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Aug 30, 2021
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Cheers Dave. It's a little overwhelming as the little beauties are all I'm focusing on but once they've been primed, shaded, dry-brushed and had all their equipment lined out in black, then they're pretty easy going tbh. Plus, I'm hoping to do something a little different once the platoon reaches its minimum base limit before doing the final two teams to take it to a full-strength platoon.

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wsd50
Aug 30, 2021

Nice stuff, that must be quite the German force you're build up there.


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Aug 30, 2021
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Thanks Roger. Currently it's just a smattering of infantry stands tbh. But once the full six medium-based units are finished, then I'll definitely have a nice-looking core of Germans ready for the tabletop. Of course, I then need to do it all over again for the second platoon. 😐

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