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Flames of War Germans (Slow Grow League)

Flames of War Germans (Slow Grow League)

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Project Blog by noyjatat

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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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First Artillery Crew Finished

Tutoring 2
Skill 5
Idea 4
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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

Tutoring 5
Skill 6
Idea 5
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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

Tutoring 9
Skill 10
Idea 9
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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

Tutoring 6
Skill 6
Idea 7
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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

Tutoring 5
Skill 5
Idea 5
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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!

Tutoring 4
Skill 4
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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!

Tutoring 6
Skill 4
Idea 6
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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.