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“The Bulk Of The Infantry Forces Manning The Fixed Defences…”


“…Were static divisions, comprising two infantry regiments of variable quality...”

These seven 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 Unit Leader MG42 team and a MG34 and K98 Rifle teams. Both of these stands will form the start of a second Panzergrenadier Platoon for my German Beach Defence Company.


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.

“…Supported by three attached Ost (East) battalions made up of former Soviet soldiers.”

In addition, I had the opportunity to give one of the infantrymen a foliage-covered helmet, which was initially pigmented with “Vallejo” Heavy Green and shaded using a splash or two of “Citadel” Biel-Tan Green. The leaves were then delicately dry-brushed with (more) “Vallejo” Heavy Green, before being ‘highlighted’ with Heavy Sienna and a smidgeon of Heavy Grey.


With my latest entries for the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge (AHPC) ‘in the bag’, I have found some extra hobby time to continue experimenting with my technique as to how to paint the Epic 15mm scale infantry strips by “Warlord Games”. Over the past twelve months I have rather embarrassingly only ever managed to finish just twenty of the Nottingham-based manufacturers America Civil War soldiers, as I have found their diminutive size and maze of straps, belts, pouches and firearms to be real time-consuming obstacles for my brush-tip to overcome.

"Warlord Games" WIPs - These ACW Confederates are slowly having their details 'picked out'

However, having pre-ordered some infantry from their Epic Battles: Waterloo range, including those recently advertised as part of the line’s second wave, I am determined to identify a much simpler method of getting my mass ranks on the tabletop. To that end I have been dallying with a strip of ACW Confederates in the hope that blocking out their main colours before working on their multitude of finer details might provide a faster method of getting them finished.


Sadly, this has actually proved to be the opposite, as it seems much easier to me to simply pick out the odd bit of coloured uniform here and there over a “Citadel” Abaddon Black prime, than it is to carefully trace out all the water bottles and belts later on. In fact, the only thing this current strip of soldiers has confirmed, in my mind at least, is that doing their shoes first and trousers next is definitely the way I’ll be going when my British Line Infantry arrive…

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planetmut
26 janv. 2022

The Germans look great, and once again I'm in awe at the details you paint on such tiny figures! Those strip minis sound like a complete pain to paint, though.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
26 janv. 2022
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Cheers Matt. I do like the FoW 15mm plastics I must admit. They're a lot of fun to paint. Sadly, that's not the case with WG's 15mm ACW. But I'm hoping the Naps will be a bit easier as they're a bit more uniform in colour - and I love the Napoleonic Wars.

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wsd50
25 janv. 2022

Nice Germans mate, strip painting is a pain in the bum!! but can look very good if done well, but painting the same miniatures over and over can be soul destroying (sorry not much of a motivational speech that!). 😁


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
25 janv. 2022
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Thanks for the Pep Talk, Roger, LOL!!! I've got more Germans finished and ready to be posted, and have moved on to another strip of the ACW figures to see how quick I can paint a few on top of a black prime. Fingers crossed it'll help me have some ideas when my 15mm Naps arrive and spend a month working on them so I can field a reasonably-sized British Force.

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undercoat2670
25 janv. 2022

More great looking WW2 Germans! I think these a fabulous looking minis. Cracking job, sir!

Hmmm it seems you are having some issues finding a speedier painting technique for those epic soldiers. Hopefully you will. Surely there are plenty of online tutorials you can nick the best bits from?

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
25 janv. 2022
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Cheers Undercoat. Lots more Germans to come as I fill out the platoon to maximum strength.


All the tutorials I've watched use GW Contrast Paints over Zenithal Priming - which isn't my cup of tea tbh. I've primed up a second strip to see if the black undercoat is quicker to work on. I might just end up biting the bullet and doing all the shoes, trousers, jackets etc on the entire strip as I did with the very first strip of ACW - as that still seems to be the best way for me to paint them. So then its just a mental approach I need to work out to complete them rather than a brush technique.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
24 janv. 2022

Great work on the Germans Simon, you must have quite an impressive looking force now.

As for the strip minis, always found them a pain, as getting to the crevice between miniature is a nightmare (painted up two shop armies for Warmaster) prfefer the single miniature approach, but each to their own, hope you find a solution to speed things up before your next batch of models arrive

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
24 janv. 2022
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Thanks Dave. I think I need another five bases of German riflemen to finish the second Platoon - so twenty more to go.


I loathe strip minis with a vengeance, tbh, and strongly dislike these ACW figures. But they're good for practicing on before the Napoleonic figures arrive - with which I'm hoping my great love of the Napoleonic Wars will help see me through. If they were single figs I'd love them. But such is life. I've actually primed up another ACW strip now to see whether the black undercoat is quicker to work on or not - doubtless another ACW WIP will be forthcoming as a result. 😁

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