Sunday, 28 June 2015

Rapid Fire! 20mm - WWII German field artillery

In my opinion the Revell German artillery set is one of the best achieved models ever.

In a small box you find an artillery limber pulled by six horses and two 105 howitzers, besides many artillery men in very realistic poses  and small parts like ammo boxes, shells and such. 

I'm showing you these because I've just stolen two horses from each set in order to have more horses for the Luftwaffe artillery.


With only four horses these stands ocupy less space on the table (shelves, on my case) and are faithful to the Rapid Fire! OB's. 

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Rapid Fire! 20mm - 16. Luftwaffe Field Division, Normandy 44, part 3: The 2nd and 3rd battalions with those loooonger camouflage smocks already painted.

Here they are. The Liquid GreenStuff of GW turned out quite well on the soft plastic figures in order to produce longer smocks.

You can enlarge the pictures if you want as I didn't make this post directly from the phone but used the PC.

The Blue on the Luftwaffe uniform is Vallejo 816. The base of the smock is Vallejo 119 and the camouflage effects are achieved with diluted Vallejo 086 (green)  and GW  Mournfang Brown (yes, I agree, why does GW can't find normal decent names for their paint range?...). The right side Esci figure got an Evergreen radio on his back.

The longer smock was equally applied on Esci, Airfix copies (as they are bigger), Atlantic or Revell.

A small Luftwaffe wing was painted on the right upper part of the smock and on the left side of the helmet.

If carefully placed together the plastic minis go quite well with the five SHQ figures you can see in the bottom part of the Picture.
I built and painted two more Russian76,2 Zis from the Italeri double box. The crew is a mixture of SHQ and soft plastic figures with an old Esci hard plastic long range finder figure (the guy standing on the left).

The lot together living happily in the Normandy country side. Before operation Charnwood that is...

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Rapid Fire! 20mm - 16. Luftwaffe Field Division, Normandy 44, part 2: A way to make those loooonger camouflage smocks.

After some head scratching on how to make the Luftwaffe longer smock on ordinary plastic 20mm figures I finally got to this way:

GW Liquid Greenstuff was applied in thick quantities with a brush ( as it tends to shrink) on the lower part of the infantry coat. An opening was then carved when dry for this coat not to look like the grenadiers or SS smock. 

Two more battalions are ready to be painted. 16.Lw FD is quite Vorwaerts!!!.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Rapid Fire! 20mm - 16. Luftwaffe Field Division, Normandy 44, part 1.

One more German division on the way: this time I'm doing one of the partner division of the 21st PD in the Caen area, the 16.Lw FD.  

What strikes me about this unit is the blue uniforms with long camouflage smocks which makes them probably  the most colourful unit in Normandy. 

Here is the first battalion. They are mostly SHQ metal with a few Airfix and Esci plastics. The Pak 75/97 on the left corner is SHQ.

SHQ is one of the few brands to produce Luftwaffe infantry. The next battalions will have also a few SHQ but will be mostly made of plastic and I will ignore the 2mm less length of the camouflage smock or maybe I try a solution with thin strips of paper card... Let's see. 

Zis 76,2mm from Irregular Miniatures manned by Revell artillery men from their horse towed 105mm artillery set. 

Pak 50mm and crew from SHQ. 

Pak 75mm from Esci again with SHQ crew.

I'm not sure about 88's in the 16. Lw FD but just in case here goes a battery from Hasegawa. 

The Sturmgeschutze company is from Airfix and Altaya.

It's still missing: the 122mm Russian howitzers batteries; the 20mm AA guns; the 75 IG (all these will be Zvezda from their small boxes); 5 infantry battalions and one bycicle battalion. 

Horse tows for all the artillery will be challenging as I will scratchbuild all of them. 

So stay tuned on the best wargaming blog of the Travessa Moura e Sá. 

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Rapid Fire! 20mm - latest DAK additions

An ESCI Opel Blitz for the grenadiers of 15PD and  a few S-Model Kettenkrad for a 90% finished Ramcke brigade. The crew are German paratroopers torsos and Luftwaffe personnel with Greenstuff arms.