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Current project list

Just to show you how unorganized I am, here’s a list of projects I’ve more or less started but not completed:

  • My MW/LW Finns – most infantry options are completed but a lot of support option remains unpainted.
  • EW/MW Winter Finns, I’ve started collecting some suitable miniatures and hope the BF will add some more when Barbarossa comes out.
  • A couple of objectives for my Finns, including a BT-43 and a remake of the wrecked T-34 on the Ihantala road.
  • A 1942 Fall Blau SS Wiking Panzergrenadier list.
  • EW/MW Greatcoat German grenadiers on frosty city bases.
  • Scratch-built T-50 light tank for my Finns based on a paper model.
  • Conversions of 3 Panzer II Ausf Ds to Marder II Sdkfz 132s for my Wiking project.
  • A Wiking Panther list, sine I’ve collected so much Wiking books I have tons on info on them and Panthers has always been a favourite of mine, I even got myself a motorized 1:16 Panther model in my early teens.
  • A StuG Abteilung with Begleits.
  • I had to buy a Sperrverband box since it was discontinued.and I really like the figures. 
    (Pity almost all of my potential LW EF German lists been nerfed somewhat with Grey Wolf…)
  •  MW/LW commandos, I’ve already done a lot of head swaps to get some beanies mixed in with the  berets.
  • I still plan to get a Sapper company box to compensate for all the axis stuff and because they are way cool, both model and rules wise.
    I also recollect the answer of a pair of sappers the Finns managed to capture on the questions on why they kept advancing  into HMG fire; “The guard sappers don’t retreat, they advance!”
    The new hero miniature also adds fuel to my desire.
  • A lot of half-finished terrain projects.
  • An EW SS list, I’m torn between a Kradschutzen (but not looking forward to do 20+ MC-bases) and a more standard grenadier list.

I probably have a few more half-forgotten projects I forgot to mention, and I won’t mention that I’m very close to buying some DBA armies in 10mm…


StuGs galore…

StuGs (and a PzIV)

It’s been quiet on the blog but I have actually managed to produce some StuGs!

Well up to the point of getting them painted at least, this will, together with my earlier StuGs and another box of The Plastic Soldier Company StuGs, become a Sturmi Company and a StuG battery.

There is also a box of PSC PZIVF1s that will form the heavy 3rd company of my 1942 Wiking Panzer Abteilung and lastly a Panther Panzerkanone that soon will be joined by a box of comrades to become the backbone of a Wiking Panther company.

So yes, I’ve been spending and adding up to the pile of tin, lead and plastic that crowds my working space.
And no, I still havn’t learnt how to organise and prioritize my modelling and painting…

More painted Sturmis

A quick post showing my progress with the Sturmikomppania, I’m getting the hang of it somewhat and I even managed to put the decals on with the right side up!

I also tried my light box for the first time so the pictures has improved somewhat, but I need to play around with the ISO setting of my camera or add more light to get rid of the graininess.

For further progress I need to await some reinforcements from the Plastic Soldier Company, but then they will have to compete with my cravings for a German StuG battery, but I think there will be StuGs enough for everyone…

I’ll try to throw in a quick review when they arrive.

Sturmi camouflage tried out

At last I have actually finished a tank! And it’s even painted with hard-edge camo, it’s not perfect but I learned a lot, so hopefully there will be more of them in a not to distant future, I’m mainly waiting for The Plastic Soldier Company to release their StuG IIIs to re-sellers (to get 10% off, yes I’m a cheapskate).

Here are some pictures, but of course they suck, I actually have a new lighting setup but I haven’t had the time or space to test it out…

Some details, a Battlefront StuG IIIG “finnified“by me and painted with Lifecolor Airbrush paints, with some GW Badab Black added on top, and decals by Doms Decals. I also tried to add some weathering using Tamiya powders with limited success.

Going east

Speaking of deviations, here is another one, East front Germans, but not my 1942 Fall Blau 5th SS project, but Frontschwein in greatcoats, most likely for EW Barbarossa siege of Leningrad but they will probably also be suitable for MW Stalingrad.

I’ll base them on frosty early winter urban bases.

I’m using a mix of Command Decision, Peter Pig and Battlefront miniatures which mix quite well in these ranges.

Some german riflemen in greatcoats, primed grey.

Watch this space for maybe some more,  if I don’t get carried away again, and start another project…

Over the hills…

As always, I never seem to finish a project before jumping on the next, so here is my recent deviation; hills.

Enjoy this sort of step by step instruction (excuse the somewhat blurry pictures though.):

Shape the EPS sheets roughly, don't worry about the rough surface.

The material is 20mm sheets of extruded polystyrene foam roughly cut into shape and glued together.

I’m using an Japanese razor pull saw for this, but any saw or rough file would probably work since the surface finish doesn’t matter.

As you may notice this makes quite  an mess, especially since the polystyrene gets static and sticks to everything…

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Everything about StuG IIIs…

Can be found in the book series from Muller History Facts that I just couldn’t resist buying, and I sure don’t regret my temptation, they are filled with useful information on the history and development of the StuGs including a gigantic double-sided poster with a spreadsheet detailing the various characteristics and changes made in the production run of the StuG III making it much easier identifying vehicles from photographs.

The books are of course brim filled with illustrations and photographs printed in high quality.

The two-part book is aptly named Sturmgeschütz III and is companioned by a  book series named “Vorwärts Immer, rückwärts nimmer!” which details the history of the different Sturmartillerie units, part one deals with the development of the first units and their fighting in France, the Balkans and the initial part of Operation Barbarossa.

Both series are highly recommended for stugophiles, and I’m eagerly awaiting the next part of the Sturmartillerie history.

Basing continued…

Part two of a guide over my current basing method, last I showed the advantages of light weight spackle, now I’ll just round up with some finishing touches.

This shows the base after the paint/spacle mixture has dried, I'm also dryfitting the PaK 38/97. I actually did this as the spackle was half dried so I got some depressions from the wheels on the base.

As you may notice the bases of the figures shows slightly, this is because I added a bit to much water to the mixture so it actually shrunk a bit…

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Yet another basing method

I have tried a few different ways of doing my bases so I would like to show you the way I prefer at the moment.

This first part deals with the basic ground to which different types of  materials can be added depending on the type of terrain that is emulated, but it works fine uncovered for deserts and similar grounds

Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of bases showing the groundwork under the flock right now...

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Quick Forged in Battle review

I’m working a bit on a MW 5th SS Panzergrenadier list so I’m currently struggling with painting planetree camo on Battlefronts excellent MW SS figures.

But since that range is somewhat limited (to only one panzergrenadier platoon blister in fact), I’ve been looking around for some alternatives and found FiBs SS range.

So here are some notes and photos of what they have to offer.

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