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“We Shall See Who Fights Better And Who Dies More Easily.”

“The German soldier faced with the destruction of his homeland, or the Americans and British.”

These three 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 an Officer, Panzerfaust and NCO, and together create a Formation Command Panzerfaust SMG team for the Panzergrenadier Company Headquarters.


Despite eventually being permanently attached to a three-hole small base, the models were initially super-glued onto wooden strips and all primed in “Vallejo” German Fieldgrey WWII. They were then shaded using “Citadel” Nuln Oil, before being carefully dry-brushed with (more) “Vallejo” German Fieldgrey WWII.

"Flames Of War" WIPs - An NCO, Panzerfaust and Officer

I then applied some “Citadel” Abaddon Black to the soldiers’ boots, ammo pouches, braces and the brim of the officer’s peaked cap. This was followed up by a lick of “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna being brushed onto some of the German’s other numerous pouches and the Panzerfaust bearer’s rifle. These areas were all later treated to a mixture of “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade and “The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade.


In addition, the Officer’s pistol, the top of the Panzerfaust bearer’s rifle, the NCO’s submachine gun and the tops of any drinking flasks were all given a combination of “Vallejo” Gunmetal and “Citadel” Nuln Oil. I also applied this concoction to the handles of their shovels, which are partially stowed away on the soldiers’ backs. However, I may well go back and re-paint these areas with some “Vallejo” Heavy Brown, as I’ve not found any historical examples of the spades being all-metal…

"Flames Of War" WIPs - An NCO, Panzerfaust and Officer

There really is a ton of detail on these diminutive sculpts, and I was determined to try to ‘pick them out’ with as many ‘realistic’ colour schemes as I could discern. Resultantly, the Germans’ gasmask canisters were pigmented with “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey and “Citadel” Nuln Oil, their drinking flasks layered in “Vallejo” Heavy Brown and “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade, and the Panzerfaust itself in “Vallejo” Buff and “The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade.


As some final touches, the NCO’s helmet was given a quick touch of “Vallejo” German Camouflage Dark Green and “Citadel” Nuln Oil to help it contrast somewhat with the soldier’s grey uniform, and the Officer’s cap badge spotted with a smidgeon of “Vallejo” Silver. Lastly, all the faces and hands had an application of “Vallejo” Heavy Skintone and “Citadel” Reikland Fleshshade”, before being highlighted with (more) “Vallejo” Heavy Skintone.

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planetmut
Jul 24, 2021

Nice work on these, especially given their tiny size! Are they going to be stomped by the British mecha? LOL!

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Blaxkleric
Jul 24, 2021
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Cheers Planetmut. No British mecha for these guys as opponents, just an American Parachute platoon and a few Allied tanks to begin with. But if I like the game then who knows what else I'll buy. 😀

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wsd50
Jul 22, 2021

Very nicely done, as Dave said almost a tiny vignette!


Cheers roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 22, 2021
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Thanks Roger. I do like assembling the little bases I must confess. Great minis. Lots more to come.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Jul 22, 2021

Excellent work on your German stand Simon, the others are progressing well.

I see Wix still has some bugs as I only saw this post on Facebook again, and matt seemed to be having problems with his comment last time.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 24, 2021
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Wix certainly has its moments, Planetmut. But I like its ease of use, the better picture quality and the additional apps you can use for the site in addition to the blog area (e.g. this website's Projects Page). Blogger is a major pain to post anything complicated, like a BatRep, imho.

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undercoat2670
Jul 22, 2021

Very nice indeed. The completed stand looks very effective, almost a mini vignette, and will only look better when joined by some comrades on the battlefield. They look very well detailed for such a small scale and I am very impressed with these. Can't wait to see more and a group shot as the force grows in size.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 22, 2021
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Thanks Undercoat. I'll be hopefully posting up more stands very soon, and will start to show the force slowly expanding as I do so. They are excellent sculpts, and I think they'll really come into their own when shown en-mass on the tabletop.

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