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"The Bulk Of The German Army's Soldiers..."

Updated: Oct 20, 2022


"...Was the venerable infantry of the Grenadier divisions."

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), two riflemen and a machine-gunner. Together they form the third of six 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.

"Games Workshop" WIPs - This MK III Space Marine Sergeant is having his metallics picked out.

In addition, the Panzergrenadiers' rifle tops, the general-purpose machine 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 busily working away at some of the formidable-sized plastic sprues found inside the Warhammer: The Horus Heresy – Age of Darkness boxed set by "Games Workshop". My current plan is to assemble 500-points worth of Sons of Horus space marines, so have drafted out a roster which comprises of a Praetor with Axe (HQ) and three Tactical Squads.

"Games Workshop" WIPs - Three MK VI Space Marines primed and shaded

To mix things up a bit I thought I'd build each of my Troop choices wearing different armour, so have already put together a sergeant and nine space marines using the MK III armour found inside the Burning Of Prospero board game. For my second unit I thought I'd build the "mainstay of the Space Marine Legions" using the MK VI bitz found inside my Horus Heresy box, and have even found the time to slightly kit-bash one of them, using a "Forge World" resin shoulder-pad.


However, to give me an idea as to just how long its potentially going to take me to ultimately paint a 4,000-point force predominantly comprising of infantry, I thought I'd dedicate an hour of hobby time each session to simply painting up my 'beakie' marines. This time doesn't include cutting, slicing, gluing, or basing the miniatures, nor drying times, and as a result I have managed to get six of the chain bayonet-welding warriors primed and shaded in just sixty minutes...

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undercoat2670
Jul 02, 2022

Fabulous looking German soldiers once again. I really like these.

Your Sons of Horus space marines are looking excellent too. I like the brutal looking mk3 armour enormously, but those beakies are looking excellent. I didn't think I was going to like those mk6 models, but I was proved wrong. Great posting.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 02, 2022
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Cheers Undercoat. I'm a huge fan of the MK III armour - its now my fave of them all. I also enjoyed assembling the MK III space marines a lot more than I did the MK VI ones - just too many fiddly pieces.

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planetmut
Jun 30, 2022

Nice work on the Germans again, Simon! I'm currently reading D-Day: The Battle for Normandy by Anthony Beevor and it's amazing how poorly prepared the Germans were, which is a good thing.


I love the Mk.VI Marines and I can't believe they've even brought back that chain bayonet on the front of the bolter!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 01, 2022
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Thanks Matt. Good to get another base of German infantry finished. More to come. LOL.


The chain bayonets look awesome don't they. Not sure how good they are in the game but they only cost a few extra points each, so I thought I'd kit out the MK VI's with them.

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wsd50
Jun 30, 2022

As Dave said you must have a fair old force of Germans by now, time for a group shot methinks?


Excellent progress on your SoH force too, it's strange seeing these new takes on the old classic plastic marines, they are rather nice though ((but that might just be your painting of them, so I'm not tempted!). 😉


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 30, 2022
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Cheers Roger. I'm probably about three-fifths of the way through my FoW Germans. I plan to do a group shot once the second infantry platoon is complete.


It's funny but this time last year I was probably close to giving up entirely upon anything new from Games Workshop. But now my enthusiasm for their stuff is sky-high and I'm already considering some Age of Sigmar, WH40K and Necromunda stuff to paint. LOL!!!

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Jun 30, 2022

Excellent work on the Germans unit Simon, you must be getting close to finishing that force by now ?

The Sons are progressing well, and it's funny seeing the old style weapons coming back out again.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 30, 2022
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Thanks Dave, You would have thought my Germans would be close, but I've just been checking my 50-point list and I still have 12 more Panzergrenadiers, two anti-tank teams and four Panzer IV tanks to complete... and then I'll move straight on to my 75-point list, LOL!!!


The MK III Sergeant is actually finished, and I'm hoping to get all the MK VI SoHs all primed and shaded by this evening. I might even start building the third unit of tactical marines, using MK IV armour too. 31 Space Marines is a lot, but I think once completed it will mean the meat of the army is actually finished.

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