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Stalingrad

Stalingrad

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Project Blog by harry711 Cult of Games Member

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About the Project

I recently picked up the big Stalingrad box set from Warlord Games for Bolt Action and due to lockdown and being in isolation I've decided to crack on and attempt to finish all the content... even the terrain! I will try my best to update this project and add plenty of pictures to share my progress with you guys. Hope you enjoy following along with me!

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First Update!

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So this is the first post in my Stalingrad project. I have already made a start to the mountains of plastic in the box and I have built all 50+ of the Soviet infantry and primed them black.

I have also painted some test models which I will show off in the next post…

Soviet Infantry Test Models

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So here are some test models I did in order to nail down my paint scheme.

Due to the hordes of infantry both Soviet and German in the box I’ve decided to adopt a very quick but gritty looking paint job. I think this rugged, almost dirty look fits well for infantrymen fighting in the hell that was Stalingrad. The scheme is based primarily around dry brushing and I will go into detail within the my next post on this which will contain a step-by-step guide for anyone who is looking for a way to churn out their Red horde quickly!

Furthermore, apologies for my amateur photography…

Soviet Infantry Painting Guide

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As promised, here is my painting guide for how I do my Soviet Infantry. The aim is to be a quick method, using a limited pallet but achieving a gritty, muted and battle-hardened look!

Step 1: To start I prime my figures black. This is key as they black underlayer will create shadows on the miniature. As seen here, I usually paint in batches of 5.Step 1: To start I prime my figures black. This is key as they black underlayer will create shadows on the miniature. As seen here, I usually paint in batches of 5.
Step 2: Next, I liberally apply Khaki over the entire uniform, while also getting a touch on the boots to create a dusty highlight on the raised parts. This is messy but does look quite good when finished. Step 2: Next, I liberally apply Khaki over the entire uniform, while also getting a touch on the boots to create a dusty highlight on the raised parts. This is messy but does look quite good when finished.
Step 3: Then I paint the backpacks and bedrolls US Olive Drab. Step 3: Then I paint the backpacks and bedrolls US Olive Drab.
Step 4: Now its time to paint the weapons. I use Flat Brown for wooden stocks (I also pick out bayonet handles located on some of the figures belts and any helmet straps with this colour) and German Grey for metal, which I think gives the metal a nice blue-ish tinge. Step 4: Now its time to paint the weapons. I use Flat Brown for wooden stocks (I also pick out bayonet handles located on some of the figures belts and any helmet straps with this colour) and German Grey for metal, which I think gives the metal a nice blue-ish tinge.
Step 5: Next, I paint the flesh with Beige Brown. I also paint any weapon slings this colour. Step 5: Next, I paint the flesh with Beige Brown. I also paint any weapon slings this colour.
Step 6: Then I paint the helmets with German Field Grey and Ushanka hats Uniform Grey (I also pick out the Soviet stars on these in red... of course).Step 6: Then I paint the helmets with German Field Grey and Ushanka hats Uniform Grey (I also pick out the Soviet stars on these in red... of course).

Step 7: Now it’s time for the wash. My go to is Agrax Earthshade and apply it liberally all over the model. This step ties the model together and makes that dry brushed uniform look a lot less messy.

Step 8: Once the wash has dried, I apply a light, ‘dusting’ dry brush of Khaki again over the uniform, including the backpacks and bedrolls. I also highlight the head gear in its original colour too.

Step 9: For the final step I highlight the flesh with Cadian Fleshtone. Step 9: For the final step I highlight the flesh with Cadian Fleshtone.

Final Results

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This is the final result of the painting guide. The flash on my camera makes them like a little garish but I am very happy with how they’ve turned out! My Soviet Horde is growing…

(Note: the only difference I make when painting the figures in greatcoats is that I dry brush the coats with US Olive Drab).

Basing

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As for basing, I try and keep it as simple and as quick as the paintjob. I’ve simply created a concoction of various sands and grit I have collected over the years, to create a rubble mix to represent the frozen city ruins of Stalingrad.

I also think the ‘black and white’ and simple style of the basing mix makes it look generic enough to fit into any Eastern Front setting.

The Red Horde Grows

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Around half of the Soviet infantry from the box are complete! Around half of the Soviet infantry from the box are complete!

The Defenders of Stalingrad

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Just a quick update for the project. I have now painted and based all of the Soviet infantry! Next task will be painting the sniper team...Just a quick update for the project. I have now painted and based all of the Soviet infantry! Next task will be painting the sniper team...

Enemy at the Gates

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Soviet sniper team completed. I really love these models! I used the same basic paint scheme as the regular infantry.

I kept the diorama bases simple and muted as it will blend in with the plans I have for the terrain…

Sixth Army Mobilises

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A quick update…

I’ve started building the German infantry! I’m using quite a lot of arms and weapons from other German kits I have, as well as some soviet great coat arms, to make up for the lack of early war parts on the German Winter Infantry sprues. This is proving to be a lot of fun as a I have a wealth of options to create some great looking poses.

German Infantry Built!

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Quick update!

I have not been able to spend as much time on hobby recently as I would like, but nevertheless I have managed to build all of the German Infantry from the box! I’ve done some interesting conversions to keep the poses fresh and different…

 

German Infantry Built!

Getting Some Paint On The Landser...

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Hey everyone, another quick update!

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve managed to squeeze in some time to start painting up my German infantry! I am using a simple and quick method that is very similar to how I painted up the Soviets.

I am aiming to post up a painting guide soon!

German Infantry Painting Guide

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Hi everyone,

What follows is my quick and simple painting guide for churning out beleaguered German Infantrymen for the ruins of Stalingrad…

(Apologies, I forgot to include the paints in the photos like I did in my Soviet Infantry guide…)

1. First, I prime the figures black, this is essential for the style of the scheme.1. First, I prime the figures black, this is essential for the style of the scheme.
2. Next, I  liberally dry brush the uniform with German Fieldgrey. I also hit the webbing and boots slightly.2. Next, I liberally dry brush the uniform with German Fieldgrey. I also hit the webbing and boots slightly.
3. The next step is to base coat the equipment: bread bags Khaki, bed rolls and mess tins Green Grey, gas mask cases OD Green and the felt on the water canteens Flat Brown.3. The next step is to base coat the equipment: bread bags Khaki, bed rolls and mess tins Green Grey, gas mask cases OD Green and the felt on the water canteens Flat Brown.
4. Then I paint any wood with Flat Brown such as rifle stocks and entrenching tool handles. I also paint any metal with German Grey.4. Then I paint any wood with Flat Brown such as rifle stocks and entrenching tool handles. I also paint any metal with German Grey.
5. Next, I paint the flesh and any weapon slings with Beige Brown. 5. Next, I paint the flesh and any weapon slings with Beige Brown.
6. Then I tackle the headgear: steel helmets German Camo Green, helmet covers Khaki or Camo Beige and field caps Fieldgrey. 6. Then I tackle the headgear: steel helmets German Camo Green, helmet covers Khaki or Camo Beige and field caps Fieldgrey.

7. Now its time for a wash! This step really ties the paint job together and hides a thousand sins. I use Agrax Earthshade and liberally apply it all over the models.

8. The finals steps, before basing, are to highlight the uniform with another dry brush of Fieldgrey, this time I try to avoid the webbing and leave it darker. I also pick out the flesh with Cadian Fleshtone... and done! They look a little rough and ready but that's the idea!

Into The Rubble...

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I have now painted ALL of the German infantry and I have begun to base them with my rubble mix! Here’s a few of them drying off... I have now painted ALL of the German infantry and I have begun to base them with my rubble mix! Here’s a few of them drying off...

Finished German Infantry

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I have now painted and based all of the German infantry! Next I will move onto building the armour in the box! I have now painted and based all of the German infantry! Next I will move onto building the armour in the box!

Book Recommendation

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Hi all, not bolt action related but I’ve just finished reading this novel; Break Out At Stalingrad by Heinrich Gerlach. I would highly recommend this to anyone with an interest in the battle! Although it is a novel I believe the author himself took part in the battle and was wounded and captured in the Cauldron, making for a very authentic and atmospheric read.  Hi all, not bolt action related but I’ve just finished reading this novel; Break Out At Stalingrad by Heinrich Gerlach. I would highly recommend this to anyone with an interest in the battle! Although it is a novel I believe the author himself took part in the battle and was wounded and captured in the Cauldron, making for a very authentic and atmospheric read.

Armour!

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Another update! I have built and primed both the Marder and the T34. I decided to magnetise the Russian tank commander so he pops in and out of the turret.

Now to start painting!

Marder III

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Hi guys, here’s a few pics of my finished Marder III!

I’m really pleased with how it turned out. I was conscious not to go overboard on the weathering as sometimes less is more…

Let me know what you think!

T34

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I’ve finished painting up the T34!

Really pleased with how it’s turned out. I really like the tank commander (which is magnetised) and the decal on the side of the turret… “kill the fritzes!”

I’ve now completed all the figures and vehicles from the Stalingrad box, now it’s time to crack on with the terrain…

 

Terrain Prep

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Quick update, I have prepped all the resin pieces of terrain from the box. I absolutely love the Barmaley Fountain, really cool piece and an iconic feature of Stalingrad.

Looking forwards to painting these!

Terrain Prep

Fountain, Barricades & Shell Holes

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Update! Progress has been slow over the last couple of weeks but I’ve got all the resin pieces painted up!

I used mostly dry brushing and wash techniques to achieve a muted, gritty look, only using a minimal colour pallet, to tie in with the basing I’ve done for the infantry.