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“The Concept Of The Allies Actually Invading Germany Seemed Unimaginable.”

“Yet I was astonished at this sight. I wondered if I was hallucinating, or if this was a delirium of some kind.”

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 two soldiers aiming a Panzerschreck, and two other Germans carrying the reusable launcher’s anti-tank rockets. Together, the pairings unsurprisingly form a Panzerschreck anti-tank team for each of the Panzergrenadier Platoons which come in the box.


The models are supposed to be placed inside the specially-spaced inserts found on a handful of two-hole small bases, but unfortunately I didn’t spot these until after I’d already permanently attached a couple of to some three-hole small bases using plastic glue. Fortunately, it is easily a mistake I can live with, as the miniatures’ actual in-game ‘footprint’ hasn’t actually changed in any way, simply they are depicted being stood somewhat further apart from one another than “Battlefront Miniatures” envisaged.

"I had never seen such an assembly of ships, and I'm sure nobody will ever see such a thing again."

Those figures not immediately attached to their base were super-glued onto wooden strips. The entire quartet were then primed in “Vallejo” German Fieldgrey WWII, shaded using “Citadel” Nuln Oil, and enthusiastically dry-brushed with (more) “Vallejo” German Fieldgrey WWII. I next applied some “Citadel” Abaddon Black to the soldiers’ boots, ammo pouches, and braces.


The Germans’ other pouches, their rifles, some straps and the handle to the odd protruding Stielhandgranate was treated to by a layer of “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna before being washed with a mixture of “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade and “The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade. In addition, rifle tops, and the stoppers belonging to any drinking flasks were all given a combination of “Vallejo” Gunmetal and “Citadel” Nuln Oil.

"The Ion Age" WIPs - Three Retained Knights carrying heavy weapons

The soldiers’ Panzerschrecks and accompanying anti-tank rockets were simply ‘picked out’ with “Vallejo” Buff and given a lick of “The Army Painter” Strong Tone Quickshade. I pigmented a couple of camouflaged helmet coverings using a “Vallejo” Heavy Brown base layer, followed by some sporadic splodges of Luftwaffe Camouflage Green and Heavy Sienna. These were then washed with “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade, and then highlighted back up with (more) “Vallejo” Heavy Brown, of Luftwaffe Camouflage Green and Heavy Sienna.


Sticking with the 15mm scale, albeit moving genres from historical across to science fiction, I have finally got some paint on three more Retained Knights by “Alternative Armies”. I’m currently in the process of trying to clear a few of my painting sticks so they can house more of my “Flames Of War” Germans, so these (not) Blood Angels Devastator Space Marines will be getting some serious attention over the next few days in order for me to ‘pop’ them onto a proper stand…

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undercoat2670
Jul 28, 2021

Really nice looking German soldiers. These 15mm figures look so good on their multi figure stands. I like these a lot.

Heavy weapons for your Blood Angels is a nice addition to your force. They look quite ancient looking if that makes sense which is very appropriate for the Horus Heresy.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 28, 2021
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Cheers Undercoat. Plenty more 15mm FoW to come, as well you know. Plus more (not) Blood Angels, along with a few additional Crimson Fists too. In fact, 28mm seems to be a bit of a dim & distant scale currently. LOL!!!

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planetmut
Jul 28, 2021

Great painting on the Germans especially given their tiny size. The Blood Angels are still looking excellent, that shade of red works so well.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 28, 2021
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Thanks Planetmut. Super-happy with how the Germans are turning out - which is always good for the old motivation. I've still a fair few (not) Blood Angels to paint too, so they'll definitely be popping up for the foreseeable. 😀

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wsd50
Jul 26, 2021

Love the camo on the helmet covers, I too like to vary where figures are stood on bases as much as possible (not always easy though), so I think they look better like you've done them.


You can't just save stuff till Forgotten Heroes! Oh wait yes you can...I'm sure you'll have something else suitable by next year anyway matey!


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 26, 2021
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Cheers Roger. I was rather pleased with how the camo turned out too, and am no longer too worried about doing some of the cam0-smocks I know I have coming as a result, LOL!!! I definitely think flipping the soldiers' positions on the two bases works reasonably well to add a bit of variety.


I do intend have some figs ready for next year's Forgotten Heroes. No less than The Rambler, Beekman and the dastardly Van Dijk from my very own "Time's Rambler" comic books. 😉

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Jul 26, 2021

The gun teams look great Simon, and I think the loader is very wise standing back from the missile launcher ! LOL Nice progress on your Blood Angels as well, are the primarchs you were doing in the group your trying to clear ?

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 26, 2021
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Thanks Dave, LOL!!! I'm really enjoying these FOW figs. Loads of character and tons of detail, though I do have a good 60 to plough through before just the infantry sections are done - then I've AT-Gun crews and tanks to do. Phew!!


Yes, I've got two 'Primarchs' and a few tanks etc to do, as well as the (not) Blood Angels. I was going to wait until the next Forgotten Heroes challenge, but as my enthusiasm for them is still strong I thought I'd try to get them finished now.

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