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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

28mm WW2 Italian Paracadutisti

Here are some more 28mm WW2 Italian Paracadutisti. I painted some earlier, which you can see on this blog, in a darker camouflage scheme. I still have one more set to paint. I will paint those in another scheme.  Finally I will mix them all up for variety and because the first pattern was accurate but too dark for miniatures.

The miniatures are from Warlord Games.


28mm Napoleonic Elite Russians and Perry Prussians

Here are four battalions of Elite miniatures Russian line infantry, grenadiers and Jaegers. They are in the "advancing" pose. I expected them to be advancing with their muskets at the slope, so I only bought a few, thinking they would be a pain to base. But it turns out they are as easy to base as those in the march attack pose.

Now we come to the Perry plastic Prussian line infantry. I have already painted one unit, which is in the archive for this blog. The sets come with 40 line figures and 6 volunteer jaegers. So you have enough to make up units for  the popular "big battalion" rules.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

28mm Napoleonic Prussian 1st Westphalian Regiment Fusilier battalion

These are some of my Calpe figures. So far I've only painted a few units out of 48 (infantry) plus cavalry plus artillery. The figures are based for In The Grand Manner. I made the bases deeper to accommodate the extra length needed for firing lines.

I have done this officer with a grey greatcoat. I'll probably switch him to a reserve unit and take that officer (in a Prussian blue) greatcoat.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

28mm Bolt Action Italian Paracadutisti

I have two or three of these boxes of the splendid Bolt Action Italian paratroopers. I recently started a thread on The Miniatures Page asking about Italian paratroop camouflage and got a wealth of information. I've only painted one pattern here but I will be painting other patterns on the other boxes and then making mixed sets, which will look better and hopefully be more realistic. I went with blue "Luftwaffe" trousers here as they look great. I will do the same for the other sets except perhaps for a few pairs of field grey - you can over do a good thing.

The first image is cropped so you can see the pattern very clearly. It has been painted very precisely, which took a long time, but the whole thing is a bit dark to see in photos.  I am loath to change something just because it doesn't look as good in photos as it does in real life. This is another reason for painting other, lighter, examples of patterns on the other sets and mixing them up. I think the contrast will also look good and lift the appearance, in photos as well as in life, of the whole unit.

One final note. Some of the paras had certain jackets which were plain green. So I have done them that way.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

28mm Napoleonic Prussian and Russian line

The Russians are from Warlord (plastics) and the Prussians are from Perry (plastics again). Flags are thrown in with each set so I put them on. There is virtually nothing to the figure assembly for either set.

The Perry figures come with six volunteer Jaeger which I've used as skirmishers. Head gear for the figures is either a cap (for VJs), a shako (for either VJs or the line) and undress caps for the line. Generally I field Prussians as 32s so this set gives me one battalion, and extra base, and a skirmisher unit. This is how it works out for In The Grand Manner, which is my rule set of choice.

For the Warlord Russians you can choose plumed or unplumed shakos. So you can make Musketeer or Grenadier battalions. The Warlord Russians have a weird officer. If I were painting more I'd use another figure in his place as he is too distinctive.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

28mm Bolt Action WW2 Soviet infantry

I think the Bolt Action Soviet starter may be the nicest of their starters. This is partly because of the nice blue trousers, and skirt, on some of the figures. The models are also nice.

I always try to paint a variety of uniform colours for the most "ragged" armies where there would have been many different shades. I do this mainly for the Soviets and Germans.

With these plastic figures it is easy to customise, with the assistance of a blade and some glue.