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“The sMG34 Heavy Machine-Guns…”


“…Form a base of fire for the infantry to operate around.”

These three plastic 15mm miniatures are sold 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 “German recoil-operated air-cooled 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 it appeared obvious that both the other two infantrymen would need to be firmly fixed in position upon their actual medium-sized base before I primed them all in “Vallejo” German Fieldgrey WWII. With hindsight this was a particularly good call, as the tiny weapon was actually rather fiddly to attach to the figures surrounding it, and in the end I actually needed to snip away some of the ammunition feed so as to allow the Reloader to lie upon the ground in a somewhat angular position without his feet jutting off the end – something which would have really annoyed me.

"Battletech" WIPs - This Jenner and Elementals are having their details 'picked out'

All three of the models were then shaded using “Citadel” Nuln Oil, and dry-brushed with (more) “Vallejo” German Fieldgrey WWII. Their details were later ‘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.


With the first of the four sMG34 Machine-gun teams I require for my German Beach Defence Company completed, I have also made some additional progress on the “Battletech” 1:285 scale plastic Jenner by “Catalyst Game Labs” I intend to use as a Państwowe Zakłady Lotnicze (PZL) class Polish War Walker. Ideally, I’d like to have Poland be able to ‘field’ more than one of the Weird War Two walkers, but until I find a suitable source for single miniatures (or at least one who isn’t charging almost as much as a full 5-figure box for just the one figure) the Mech will simply be joined on the tabletop by some Element battlesuits.

"Warlord Games" WIPs - These Line Infantrymen have been primed and had their trousers base-coated

In addition, I have made a tentative start on the first strip of ten Napoleonic British line infantry I recently pre-ordered from “Warlord Games”. Having previously practiced on several of the Nottingham-based company’s 15mm plastic American Civil War miniatures, I am optimistically hoping to get approximately three hundred of “Noseys' men” finished during the next year, alongside some cavalry and cannon.


For this month though I am simply focusing upon how far I can go if I allocate twenty-four hours of my precious hobby-time to their batch-painting, so I can subsequently calculate just how much of a commitment such a large-scale project will be. Currently, I’ve only spent a mere twenty minutes applying my brush-tip to the Second Regiment of Foot (The Queen’s Royal), but have got them primed and the base layer of their trousers down…

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undercoat2670
Feb 15, 2022

Very nice work on your FoW Germans. Very good indeed. Those prone machine gunners present some interesting painting and basing challenges don't they?

I think those Polish mechs and troops are my favourites of that project. I just love the mini designs and paint job so much. Can't wait to see them finished.

Glad to see you have started your Napoleonics. Very interested to see what you do with them.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Feb 15, 2022
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Cheers Undercoat. I certainly don't want to paint any more of the HMG teams for a while after these ones, as it is very fiddly to get the brush into certain areas of the entire three-figure ensemble.


I have another mech which I may well add to the Polish forces at some point (another all-torso and no arms design). But ideally I'd like to pick up a couple more Jenner mechs too.


Really early days on the Napoleonics. I was going to wait, but then thought I'd at least give a test strip or two a go first.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Feb 15, 2022

Great work on the Germans Simon, you seem to be able to crank these out at some pace. The Mech and suits are progressing well, and hope you can find a reasonable supplier for what you're looking for.

Hope the Napoleonic's go well, and don't prove as difficult as the ACW did.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Feb 15, 2022
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Thanks Dave. I still have an awful lot of FoW to paint before my German Beach Defence force is finished, but I think I have them down pretty well now. The sMG34 Machine-gun kit isn't a fave of mine though, tbh - I much prefer doing the 4-men Panzergrenadier infantry stands.


I don't mind buying the 4 or 5 figure mixed Battletech box sets if I'm going to use all the models etc - and have done so in the past - but I would prefer buying £5 or £6 blisters of single mechs. eBay does have sellers splitting the boxes up, but when they try charging £15 for a lone model from a box which is £20-£25 depending on…


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