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Flames of War Germans (Slow Grow League)

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About the Project

Great to see a few of these projects beginning to pop up now and wanted to throw my hat into the ring. Looking forward to taking part both within my community and this one too!

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Exercise over, time to get back in the game

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So for the last three weeks I have been away on exercise which finished yesterday. A huge setback for my Hobby League stuff but hoping to get back to it this coming week.

For now I am catching up on washing and cleaning at home but managed to get to our local club tonight and have a game with Mark and Stu.

Lots of new rules came up as armoured infantry were in the opposing force and looking forward to having some Panzergrenadiers soon.

 

German D-Day Release Celebration

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Hello everyone, so today marks the release of the German D-Day book and models.

As a German players this is music to my ears and OTT already has my pre-order ready for some new units.

To mark the occasion I sorted out my light box and flocked some of the lovely 4Ground trees to do a nice picture of the 75 points I have managed to get done for the Hobby League.

So here’s hoping you are all having a good weekend and that we see a great turn out for the upcoming worldwide campaign.

My Hobby League 75 pointsMy Hobby League 75 points

Our Hobby League Doubles Night

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Tonight we got together the four people taking part in our clubs Hobby League, Mark, Roy, Stuart and myself. Three of us are fairly new to the game but Roy has a lot of experience with FoW.

As we are still learning the rules we played a couple of doubles games each side consisting of 2 x 50 point forces.

As I am the only axis player we had some unusual pairings but it was a fun day where we got a couple of full games in and got a lot more familiar with our forces and the rules.

After we finished our games we sat down to do our first update of the Hobby League tracker which we had recently received and some of us even got some treats and racked up some achievements too.

All of us are looking forward to playing more games and the upcoming big campaign.

Happy hobbying guys.

 

Have to say I absolutely love the Tiger miniature

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So got home a little early today and cracked on with my Tigers after all the deadline for me finishing them is tomorrow. I chose the German starter box as it has a nice spread of different minis and army camouflage pattern options but the main reason was the 8.8cm guns. These are something I have always loved the look of and it was great to get my hands on them. I thought these would remain my favourite miniature from this box set but having just finished the first Tiger I have been swayed to this beast of a tank.

I think a big part of it is the design of the armour as it gives such a nice surface to paint and break up what are normally flat areas. Such a great miniature and one I have super enjoyed taking my time on.

Hope all you SGLeaguers will find some time this weekend to get some more done and I am happy to report a doubles game with some of my clubs league members will be happening tomorrow, so another learning game and the first foray out with a fully painted force.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Have to say I absolutely love the Tiger miniature
Have to say I absolutely love the Tiger miniature
Have to say I absolutely love the Tiger miniature

Lovely lovely German Goodness

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@vapian a huge thank to Chris and the Battlefront team. Today I received the lovely, lovely German D-Day book. The guys kindly sent it out to me for this project thread which wouldn’t be possible without the support of the other guys taking part, the FoW Battlefront SGL and OTT bringing it to our community.

It’s a lovely book and very easy to navigate and plan using. It does mean a tweak to my forces as I am going to tailor it more to represent a Lehr Panzer Division Company for the Normandy campaign.

I will keep everything I have painted but will drop the Nebelwerfers to add in a second Armoured Panzergrenadier Platoon.

 

The force will then consist of :

Panzer IV HQ Platoon (2) 11pts

Panzer IV Platoon (3) 16pts

StuG Platoon (3) 17pts

Tiger Platoon (2) 24pts

8.8cm Heavy AA Platoon (2) 6pts

Armoured Panzer Grenadier Platoon (5) inc. Panzerfaust and Panzerschreck (1) 13pts

Armoured Panzer Grenadier Platoon (5) inc. Panzerfaust and Panzerschreck (1) 13pts

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This fits in perfectly with the write up in the book for a Panzer Lehr Division force.

A mobile armoured force makes up the majority with a strong showing of anti armour and a little anti air/artillery which I imagine as being already at the front line or has been dug in as defensive part of the force. Also I love the 8.8cm guns, I love the tank Hunter ones even more but wanted the classic look ones.

The Panzergrenadier were known for being well equipped hence the Panzerfaust/schreck mix and the armoured 251’s were known the be equipped to the Lehr divisions Panzer Companies.

All in all couldn’t be happier. I now need to pick up another Armoured  Panzergrenadier Platoon and I can see me grabbing the new preorder dice and Lehr markers and tokens.

Have a great weekend everyone. I am hoping to have some Tigers finished and to start in on my last 25 points which is now two Armoured Panzergrenadier Platoons gulp!

Looks good, smells good, is good. Now I just have to make sure I don't kiss it too much or it will go soggy!Looks good, smells good, is good. Now I just have to make sure I don't kiss it too much or it will go soggy!

My first 50 points a before and after

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Just a quick update as I am happy to say I now have 50 points based and painted.

Really enjoying the hobby on these minis and looking forward to trying to get my next 25 points done by this coming weekend.  Definitely doable as it is just 2 x Tigers and I have already managed to finish their tracks and turrets. Right, back the hobby table for me.

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The Panzers are finished woohoo!

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Finally managed to finish the Panzers just now. These guys have been a bit of a slog for me, mainly mentally due to their being 5 of them. Lovely minis and really happy to have them in my force.

My Panzers can now enter the frayMy Panzers can now enter the fray
Or run away too :DOr run away too :D

A bit of a basic rust tutorial

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Hey everyone so bee up a couple of hours this bank holiday and been doing a bit of rust work on a couple of components on the Panzers.

Thought I would do some photos as a bit of a tutorial.

Colours and methods used are:

Ironbreaker layer

Nuln Oil wash

Ironbreaker highlight

Mig Jimenez acrylic color rust

Process:

A complete coating of Ironbreaker as the base.

Wash with Nuln Oil dragging the pooling away to the underside or shadowed areas but making sure any creases or cracks have enough to darken them.

Apply the Mig Jimenez rust in a blotchy method (dabbing the rust colour on covering large areas but leaving some silver showing through)

Next with a damp finger, not a wet one just wipe the area painted with still wet rust where you believe the light spot will be. This will remove most of the rust paint but leave some staining.

After this, you can go back in with a small brush with rust to apply small spots or speckling to balance out the silver area with the rusted area for a nice weathered look.

See below for the images of this process and happy hobbying.

 

My Tank Camo 3 Stages

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Hey guys,

Thought this might be useful to anyone wanting to do the same camo pattern as I have used for my force. It contains the three colours that are core to the mid-late war Germans but the patterning I have made up.

Having read a fair bit on it, it seems that tank platoon commanders would often use colours as they saw fit to best camoflauge their tanks. Mainly from aircraft which is why I chose this pattern to break up the form.

Colours used are :-

Ushabti Bone base

Agrax Earthshade shade

Castellan Green base

Doombull Brown layer

Agrax Earthshade shade (second wash)

Ushabti Bone drybrush

This leaves a final camo that looks more weathered and sun bleached with the final drybrush highlighting small imperfections and making the armour look a little rougher and more realistic in my opinion.

 

Hope this is useful to someone at some point and for an inage gallery of the process see below.

The first three images show the application of the basic camo colours on a StuG. It’s nice and easy to do.

The last three show the final process which is just a wash and drybrush with the left being just the base camo applied, the centre with the wash applied and the right with the final drybrush carried out.

Bank Holiday Weekend Tank Updates

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Hey guys, so got the Bank Holiday Weekend here in blighty and I am determined to get my first 75 points finished,

To achieve this I need to finish off my Panzers IV’s and Tigers

I have already got some time invested but I reckon it will still take me most of my free time this weekend. Its no wonder I am single hehe.

The processes and colours are those I have already listed in other posts but if you have any questions just drop it in the comments or PM me and I will do my best to answer. Other than that I will just post some pics as I tick things off my things-to-do list.

Hope you are all enjoying your weekends and fingers crossed I can get this month and last months FoW SGL pledges done by end of play Monday.

Happy Hobbying guys.

 

Pic 1 Shows my stuff done on the left and what needs to be done and finished on the right.

Pic 2 shows the three colours applied to the armour on the Panzers.

Pic 3 shows the Tiger tracks finished and done.

Pic 4 shows the Tiger tracks and turrets done.

Pic 5 another update, the Panzers have the base colours now just an Agrax Earthshade wash and Ushabti Bone drybrush to go.

Pic 6 the two on the right have had the Agrax Earthshade wash applied to tone down the colours and make them look a little more used. Next the drybrush.

Just a quick update on the Tiger turrets

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So didn’t have a huge amount of time tonight but managed to get in an hour or so.

 

Applied Doombull Brown to the two tank turrets. They are beginning to look like the rest of the armour now.

Just a wash of Agrax Earthshade and a Ushabti Bone drybrush to be done with the paint.

Tiger turrets get another colour, getting there slowly slowly.Tiger turrets get another colour, getting there slowly slowly.

Wanted a little break from the Panzers I had left so hello Tiger, Tiger!

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Hey guys, I wanted to take a little break from the Panzers and decided to keep heading in the right direction so put together my two Tigers for this month.

Rather than go too far on these and leave the Panzers behind I brought them up to the same stage as the Panzers are at so I can batch paint them all together.

For that to happen I just zenith highlighted them, painted them Ushabti Bone and Agrax Earthshade.

Something came to mind as I was doing this simple stage on the wheels that run the tracks. I have attached a couple of pics of the processes so you can see what I mean. These models have a great level of detail and that makes their painting so much easier and enjoyable for me. I will often pay a little more to get miniatures with more clearly defined details or avoid scales where details are unclear or model ranges not detailed enough.

If I cannot find a complete force I can field that I like the look of in a game system then I don’t purchase it. Too often I have purchased something to play within my group but when my hearts not in the miniatures then I rarely finish the project or enjoy playing with them and sooner or later I end up getting rid of them.

The new plastics that have been coming out of FoW and Battlefront have some lovely detail work and really appeal to me. I enjoyed and was pleasantly torn about which starter set to go for and it came down to what camo pattern and colour options I had to choose from. Late war was perfect as it increased the number of options I had for the German force so they were the ones I went for.

I think this project will become a long term one that sees me continuing to increase the force I have and has really helped me find my historical hobby love. I doubt I will play very much or ever be good at the rules but will enjoy hobbying every unit I buy.

The Tiger turrets get some Castellan Green as their first stage of camoThe Tiger turrets get some Castellan Green as their first stage of camo

First of the Panzer IV's is done

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So last weekend I was away and unable to do anything for the FoW SGL. Already a little behind so today got my arse in gear and set about getting some work done on the Panzer IV’s. I decided I wanted to complete one so I had a reference and this guy is pretty much done. I will do some final weathering across all the minis at the end and decide about mud splashes and the like. The core colours are all done and some rust work here and there, which I decided to test out on places I could repair easily if I screwed up 🙂

In addition this morning I have put together my next 25 points for this months part of the FoW SGL. Luckily for me, this consists of 2 x Tigers which are now primed ready for paint. Lovely miniatures that will definitely take some more time due to the extra plating they have.

Right, back to it! One Panzer IV down four more to go.

Have a great weekend everyone.

StuG's are finished.......maybe

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So put in some time today and managed to finish the StuG’s and do a bit on the Panzer IV’s. I think they are done but would like to get your guys opinion on if I should put some of the scrim onto them that makes up the hedge on my artillery bases.

Completed miniatures up to yetCompleted miniatures up to yet

Doing decals for the first time

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So this has been my first foray into decals. It’s been one of those things I have tried to avoid for many years and doing WW2 and having a need for the markings to be correct, I am now forced to apply them.

Thankfully the FoW Colours of War book has a guide and watched a video or two but didn’t have the decal softener stuff so just had a go.

Fully submersed them in water until they floated around easily. Applied some water to the tank/armour where the decal is to go. Used a brush to transition them from the water to that area.

Initially I was trying to align them using the brush and with these being two different ones per three digit number they need to overlap for even spacing. That’s a bit of a pain to get them right. After struggling with the first few and one in particular I ended up moving them around with the tip of my cutting blade. This made them much easier to manipulate and set to the correct positions.

Once this is done and the water had dried I then applied Agrax Earthshade across them. This is the shade I had used in the armour and worked nicely to dull them down. After that a drybrush of Ushabti Bone, again something done on the armour, kept them in theme with the model as a whole.

 

Decals in different stages, you can see how bright and new looking they are to begin with.Decals in different stages, you can see how bright and new looking they are to begin with.

Behind but working hard already this weekend. Artillery are now finished.

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Hey guys and girls

So like a few of my fellow slow growers I am a little behind. I wish I had taken the opportunity at the beginning to get a little ahead but too late now. Today I managed to finish my 8.8cm AT/AA guns. I left the final basing until the end and you can find my processes below along with some final shots in the lightbox thing. Also, I tweaked some of the colours here and there with a lighter final shade so they look a little better in normal lighting and have now stopped using my lamp when painting for anything other than mould line cleaning so the final colours can be seen on the tabletop.

Next, I aim to concentrate on my 3 x StuG into this evening and fingers crossed will finish them off at some point tomorrow, leaving me the final task of working on the 5 x Panzer IV’s.

I have to say I am still really enjoying working with miniatures of this scale and quality and can see me expanding on this force for the foreseeable future when I want a break from other projects.

It’s been really nice to have the other guys on the project forum to keep me ticking along and to see how and what they are doing with their forces. Looking forward to seeing even more in the weeks to come and that final shot of 100 points.

Right, I need to crack on and get some more hobby done.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Here are the companies products I will be using. Grass tufts from Gamers Grass and Scrim from 4Ground (think this is unavailable at the minute)Here are the companies products I will be using. Grass tufts from Gamers Grass and Scrim from 4Ground (think this is unavailable at the minute)

The four images above show my hedge process.

For this, I have the 4Grond Scrim, the inspiration came from seeing @warzan lovely units that he had on an XLBS Weekender. He is far too self-critical and I was more than happy to steal his idea and apply the same method.

The first image shows the base model with nothing on it.

The second I have cut down the scrim using scissors.

In the third, I have begun to apply Super Glue Gel. This is my choice of superglue for everything these days. It is cheap, easy to use without going everywhere and for delicate items can be used in conjunction with a toothpick for excellent accuracy in application.

In the fourth and before application of the glue I distress the scrim, it is pretty flat and so I pull it around a bit and then squeeze it back together. Its a little like plumping a pillow or cushion. After this, I dry test the location and shape to see if I like it and test and adjust as required. Once happy I apply a few beads of super glue to the underside and put it in the position I wished. I did find that this didn’t quite give me the height I wanted so I did another layer then a third glueing each layer to the one below. Any bits sticking out I then trim with scissors to shape and tidy the hedge here and there.

Next I use the green tuftsNext I use the green tufts
For these I still use the super glue and try to space them out naturally using the lay of the ground the set different shapes and sizes. I decide a place I want the green tuft and then have the tuft sheet below the model to be better able to choose a shape that will fit nicely.For these I still use the super glue and try to space them out naturally using the lay of the ground the set different shapes and sizes. I decide a place I want the green tuft and then have the tuft sheet below the model to be better able to choose a shape that will fit nicely.
The exact same process is used for the brown tufts. These two colours and the hedge help tie into the colour scheme I have chosen for the force. The exact same process is used for the brown tufts. These two colours and the hedge help tie into the colour scheme I have chosen for the force.
I felt I wanted just a little more volume on one of the bases and to make them just a little different. For this I switch to the 4Ground Lush Foliage. I cut two small squares, distressed then again and made them rounder to act as small bushes.I felt I wanted just a little more volume on one of the bases and to make them just a little different. For this I switch to the 4Ground Lush Foliage. I cut two small squares, distressed then again and made them rounder to act as small bushes.
With the bushes applied I am more than happy and the bases are finished.With the bushes applied I am more than happy and the bases are finished.

With both these bases now completed I am happy with the 8.8cm AT/AA  guns and their crews. I then put them in the lightbox and took some photos with my phone.

Topless tanks get their turrets out

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The deadline for 50 points is almost here, still a little ways to go but hoping by next Sunday to have them finished.The deadline for 50 points is almost here, still a little ways to go but hoping by next Sunday to have them finished.

A bit of basing for the artillery

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A little behind with the deadline for the first month coming up quickly so gonna have to dedicate some time this weekend to getting back on track.

 

Grabbed some filler today from Tesco and got it onto the artillery bases. I have applied it with the men off. I made the mistake of gluing the first crew on one which made access much more difficult and added a fair chunk of time. Below is a picture of the second one and should highlight how much easier this process is with better accessibility.

 

A bit of basing for the artillery
Added some Army Painter Brown BattlegroundAdded some Army Painter Brown Battleground
A coat of Doombull Brown to muddy it upA coat of Doombull Brown to muddy it up
Some Panzer turret work while stuff dries :)Some Panzer turret work while stuff dries :)
First quarter using PVA and Army Painter grass greenFirst quarter using PVA and Army Painter grass green
Final quarter and then some extra bits to sortFinal quarter and then some extra bits to sort

The 8.8cm AA/AT guns have the colour scheme applied

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This is just a quick post of an 8.8cm AT/AA gun with the colour scheme described for the armour applied. I did find something handy for where the shells are loaded which I did by accident. Having painted that particular part Ironbreaker I then applied a Nuln Oil wash. I was quite heavy-handed and took a little too long to take it off. I added water to my brush and removed the excess which left the usual stain ring. This makes it look like a regularly used channel for the shells that have worn into the metal.

I really like these models as they show off a lot of the engineering of these deadly weapons. I still need to add some weathering in the form of chipping and rust but am very happy with where they are at now.

Great to see all the posts on peoples projects for the FoW slow grow league this weekend. Keep it up, guys.

Tank camo done from above.

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So I have taken the test tank a couple of steps further and have applied a drybrush of Ushabti Bone and then a follow up wash of Agrax Earthshade.

This for me has really worked well. With the GW white sprays you can get a bit of powder residue when you leave the can cold and spray a little too close. I have actually found this useful for adding texture to things like armour in the past. It’s helps remove the smoothness of the lovely sculpts we get these days and adds some nice texture.

The drybrush has helped show this and the wash has taken the colours down a notch. It feels much more weathered and used now which I am a fan of.

Next is the final stages of picking out the equipment. Will then bring the rest of the force up to this point before having a go at some chipping and rust spots.

Great to see all the slow grow league posts this weekend. Awesome job everyone.

The left hand tank has been drybrush and washed muting the colours nicely whilst giving texture to the armour.The left hand tank has been drybrush and washed muting the colours nicely whilst giving texture to the armour.

A bit of a risk but I think its paid off

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Having taken into account some modern concepts of camouflage, shape, shine, shadow, straight lines etc…which were already being used in this period I came up with an idea of camouflage for my armour and vehicles. I should have done another test piece but eager to try it out and to really get a feel of how it will look across the various angles of vehicles I risked a StuG. In the end, I think it has turned out well and will be carrying out the same colour scheme across all my units. This has the same four simple stages used on the skirts.

I am pleased with these flat colours and will now apply an edge highlight to make the tank’s lines stand out a little more before going back in and doing some detail work on the small items, equipment and stowage.

Top armour base colours completed. Drybrush next with Ushabti BoneTop armour base colours completed. Drybrush next with Ushabti Bone

Time to take some paint to my tanks

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So this morning I decided to try a colour test using one of the bazooka skirts. The colours I used were:

Basecoat – Ushabti Bone

Wash – Agrax Earthshade

Green – Warboss Green – Post the bazooka skirt trial run this has been changed to Castellan Green

Brown – Doombull Brown

I picked one of the 1944 colour schemes from the Colours of War book namely the disc pattern camouflage from the Ardennes offensive and below are some photos of how it turned out.

To be honest the green wasn’t right so I have switched to Castellan Green. Also, I am not really feeling the pattern style so I am going to go back a little to the paint schemes used in 1943 featuring three core colours which were often applied by the crews themselves to best suit their area of operation. These varied considerably based on paint available, terrain, what was available to use to paint the tank itself to the crews and what the commanders believed would work best.

Hope you have a good weekend everyone and please those who are also taking part in the slow grow league join us when you get chance.

First Artillery Crew Finished

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So today was a good day, had plenty of free time so sat down with Netflix on in the background and got some paint on the brush.

Using the colour palette I have posted in a past entry on here I managed to finish out the first artillery crew and have done quite a bit of work on the second with just a highlight of the uniform and dark green left to do.

Hoping to finish the other crew at some point this week and will then have a play with a spare bazooka skirt to get the colour scheme down for my armour.

I need to have a think about the basing scheme for my infantry and artillery before doing the 8.8 AA/AT guns themselves. Thinking of being a little boring and doing a nice countryside theme. What do you guys think?

 

How to do some basic eyes

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So working on the rest of the artillery crew this weekend and hoping to have them finished by Sunday night to stay on track.

With these minis being so small I was unsure whether I wanted to even try and do eyes but figured I would give it a go on the test mini and they were okay so here is a couple of photos showing how to do basic eyes. Also so you can see just how messy you can be up until you tidy up.

Eyes – White Scar – Eye area

– Abaddon Black – Pupil

– Bugmans Glow – Tidy up the surrounding area

It’s an easy method and once you get used to shaping the eyes in the tidy up phase you can begin to make them have some basic expressions.

Test model for my artillery crews

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Hey, guys so tonight I managed to get away from work reasonable and I am happy to say I was in the mood to paint. Stuck on Netflix got the 8.8 AA Guns and crews out and settled on painting one of the crew as a tester.

To get me started I pulled out the Colours of War book. Really like this one and so pleased with the information, quality and great value for money it is. I recommend anyone doing any scale of WW2 to grab this and enjoy it.

Having gone to the German section I used the picture image of the German infantryman to settle on my colours. I only have citadel but between the picture and the Citadel paint app, I made some choices.

I am going to break this down into parts of the model and list the colours used.

First things first, the model was sprayed and zenithed with Citadel black the white spray.

Skin – Bugman’s Glow – Reikland Fleshshade – Cadian Fleshtone – Kislev Flesh

Eyes – White Scar – Abaddon Black

Helmet – Castellan Green – Nuln Oil – Castellan Green again.

Webbing/Belt – Abaddon Black – Eshin Grey – Administratum Grey

Uniform – Mechanicus Standard Grey – Nuln Oil – Mechanicus Standard Grey with a small amount of White Scar added.

Boots – Mournfang Brown – Agrax Earthshade – Skrag Brown

Shell – Auric Armour Gold – Reikland Fleshshade – Shell body

– Abaddon Black – Eshin Grey – Shell tip

Epaulette Edging – Mephiston Red

The first pic I thought I would add just for something some people might find useful. I blu-tac my minis to a cake stand and then spray and spin allowing me to achieve good coverage without too much messing about or wasting spray keep changing in and out models.

So having done all the above pictures showing most of the stages of paint application I then put the miniature into a light booth I picked up a week ago. Really found this helps show the details which are often lost due to lighting. The camera for the photos is the same phone camera for all pictures throughout but is now mounted on a little tripod for extra stability.

Really happy with how he has come out and looking forward to cracking on with the rest of the gun crew members over the weekend. Any questions about anything please just post in the comments or PM me and I will do my best to answer. Happy hobbying everyone!

End of the first weekend and 50 points is built

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So I had a goal this weekend and just after 2100 hrs tonight, I managed to reach it. I have built and cleaned my first 50 points for the slow grow league. Whilst this may not seem much to most I am very happy to have hit this goal. Probably invested in the region of 12 hours getting these all cleaned and built. The artillery crews are pretty fiddly and have some mold lines that are quite dominant so they took the most time. Having looked at the Panzergrenadiers they don’t seem as bad but with far more numbers these will be my nemesis…that’s month 3 though 🙂

So aims for the rest of the week is to get them sprayed and zenithed ready for some colours. I will use a spare German infantryman as a test mini and one of the spare bazooka skirts to test the armour colour scheme on, still trying to decide which late war scheme to do. Gotta love the FoW Colours Up book for that though, definitely loving the 1944 three-tone ambush colour scheme for my vehicles, just need to decide how I want to apply it.

Also, some things I have learned whilst putting this force together, the tanks go together great and the instructions that can be found on the FoW website with pictures and descriptions are very good. The artillery crews are a little bulkier than my other infantry and a little overscaled but have enough detail to work with. I have only blu-tac attaching the crews as I will paint them on the tops pencils before glueing them down. Dry fit is key for the artillery pieces as you can then plan which holes in the bases to plug, where you want you artillery piece to be located and how to set out your men so they look like they are all doing their jobs. When building the gun I did not glue the gun onto its stand, this allows me to pivot it both laterally and vertically. So when glueing the barrel assembly to the gun shield don’t try and force it through the gun shields gap, simply elevate it up and then down once it in position. If you’re not sure what I mean message me and I will do a couple of photos and add them here in the projects.

Well, time for a brew and then I need to start ironing…sigh.

Have a great week everyone!

 

 

50 points in the bag, looking forward to getting the brushes out!50 points in the bag, looking forward to getting the brushes out!

Had the day off today so been busy building

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So had today off work and managed to sit down and get some of my force put together. For those who know me they know that my biggest hang up is mold lines and flash cleaning, I am pretty sure I have a bigger problem than Lloyd with it.

It took me the first 5 months of this year to clean up and build my Kings of War force which is slowly getting painted between the latest shinies such as slow grow leagues and upcoming boot camps.

For the first vehicle of each type even with dry fitting to see it all fits nicely together I will always do a full model clean of mold lines, flash and connection points. Once this one is done and the miniature assembled I can have a look around it and judge what to clean up and what I can ignore. I am very aware of what I am doing in the bonding areas. As you can imagine you want to clean these areas up for a good dry fit but at the same time you need to be careful not to remove too much material so it instead shows a gap.

I have left all the protective skirts off for now until I have these exposed surfaces fully painted. Really pleased with the miniatures and how they go together though and happy with this first two platoons of my 50 points first-month build.

Hope your all looking forward to a good weekend and more hobbying and gaming too.

Late War StuGs and Panzer IVsLate War StuGs and Panzer IVs

A side by side comparison of the old and new infantry....oh and StuG too!

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For me these two minis both of which are from the starter set show just how far 15mm has come along. I understand there are many plastic haters and metal lovers but for this comparison, I have grabbed these two to show the detail changes. I believe looking at the minis that the scale has changed a little with the newer infantry being smaller and the achievable detail has gone up.

I really like these new miniatures and as always the support for assembly through the instructions in the box and those on their website are excellent.

Now back to building stuff, oh and here’s my first one. Side armour will stay off until it is painted. Late War StuG (7.5cm).

 

A side by side comparison of the old and new infantry....oh and  StuG too!

Less than a day and already changing the list hehe

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So having sat down and picking my force by laying out the cards I made a mistake and am going to change my order of build. I will still adhere to the 50 points followed by 2 x 25 point months but the mechanised infantry element of my force is too many models to clean and build in a single month. WIth that in mind, I think I will swap around my initial list.

I will remove the

Armoured Panzer Grenadier Platoon

7 x MG34 teams

1 x Sd Kfz 251 (3,7cm) half-track

3 x Sd Kfz 251 (MG) half-track

1 x MG34 team with Panzerfaust

1 x 2.8cm anti-tank rifle team – 16 points

 

Instead I will switch in

StuG Assault Gun Platoon

3 x StuG (7.5cm) – 17 points

As you can see this will reduce my model count considerably, next month I will build the 2 x Tigers in my force which will allow me to get a head start on this much larger force before the final month.

 

Begin at the beginning!

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Picked up this starter set from a certain store, namely the OTT Store.....buy merch!Picked up this starter set from a certain store, namely the OTT Store.....buy merch!

The slow grow league has a great video to explain the processes on the Flames of War website. Being new to this but having played a couple of games of an older version of Flames of War I played it safe with a starter set.

I went for the German force purely for aesthetics and because Gerry keeps mentioning they had the prettiest colour schemes. At the same time to get everything looking like it should I also picked up the Colours Up book which is awesome value for money and useful for any ww2 player using vehicles or new hobbyists.

This first month sees us getting to grips with 50 points worth of stuff so settling on what this consists of is where I have started.

Having looked at the information in the starter set this is easy. I have chosen from the suggested list in the starter adjusting slightly to keep my final force to 100 points or less.

Panzer IV Tank Company HQ

2 x Panzer IV (7.5cm) –  11 points

Panzer IV Tank Platoon

3 x Panzer IV (7.5cm) – 16 points

Armoured Panzer Grenadier Platoon

7 x MG34 teams

1 x Sd Kfz 251 (3,7cm) half-track

3 x Sd Kfz 251 (MG) half-track

1 x MG34 team with Panzerfaust

1 x 2.8cm anti-tank rifle team – 16 points

8.8cm Heavy AA Platoon

2 x 8.8cm AA Guns – 6 points

Total Force – 49 points

I really like the visual diversity of this force bringing armour, infantry and artillery together. It is by far the highest model count containing all of the infantry so if I can get this done my model count to hit 25 points the next two months will be low especially as my 2 x Tigers are 24 points.

Best of luck to all those taking part and hope to see more projects from those taking part too.

Happy hobbying everyone.