Here are the rest of the lot and some better pictures of the previous lot. I am hoping to add some poses:
AB-MG 34 HMG
AB-20mm Flak crew
Fantassin 50 mortar
SHQ 50 mortar
SHQ 37mm PAK and Crew
Below are the shots of the gang so far:
Here are shots of my first batch of FJ. They are a combo of poses from AB, Italeri, old ESCI, and Pegasus. Not all the soldiers are scaled well to blend and I am moving towards more true 20mm and purchasing more AB. The bases are from the army painter basing starter set which I imagine provides enough stuff to base up a platoon or two. Hope you enjoy!
Below are some select troops to represent my HJ 12SS PanzerGrenadiers who fought around the city of Caen in WWII. I refurbished many of my PanzerGrenadiers from this collection but wanted to highlight the new poses from TQD, some converts, and a couple favorite refurbs. The men clustered on the right in my rendition of Italian Camo were inspired by photos from June 1944 that were taken outside of the town of Rots. The figures are headswapped ESCI German paras some with greenstuff modifications to their helmets to look like helmet covers. Hope you enjoy!
(I’ve included some pictures I used for inspiration after the shots of my newly painted soldiers)
Also check our the bonus fig I received can you guess who it is?
One of my big projects is to make a good sized battlegroup for a Holland 44′ campaign. I have 1.5 platoons painted up and ready with 75mm pack howitzers, so I have decided to beef this group up with some more support options. My goal is to have 2 platoons with nice support options, recce jeeps, a command jeep, jeep tows for 6 Pdrs, and Jeep tows for 75mm pack howitzers. Basically I need 5-6 jeeps and some additional reinforcements in terms of metal men. I have scoured the internet for some reasonable options and in this first wave of reinforcements I have decided to start by painted 15 of the revell and esci holdover plastics to round out a platoon. I also did some head swaps to incorporate more berets into the mix. With head swaps I turned a Brit 2″ mortar from the revell set into another para mortar for platoon level support, and an old revell ANZAC vickers gun with crew into a nice piece for the para platoon.
As for the jeep project, I started with a couple of bodged jeep driver converts from airfix bofors crews with ESCI para heads on fully loaded airfix willys jeeps. I am starting out with two jeeps, one recce, one that could double serve as a tow or recce. Both jeeps have a nice amount of stowage that I provided from my spares box.
Phase two of this project will be to order more plastic jeeps- either going to grab up more airfix kits or also try some S Models which comes in a 2 pack, and then kit them out to round out a nice corp of jeeps. The crews I am coveting are from AB, and I would like the officers and radio set that AB makes as well… all around beautiful work, and eventually I want to explore what AB full offerings are for the war table. However with limited funds I don’t see phase 2 going into effect until the new year.
Below are some shots of the new pieces I have made:
hope you enjoy!
Here are some shots of some pioneers by revell and and ESCI flamethrower from the DAK set and some recce by Ace the Sdkfz 250/1 Neu and zvezda recce set. Crew for the halftrack is from Orion and the gunner is an old ESCI MG 42 pose.
….. And a shot of my nearly finished corner cafe which I build from scratch out of balsa, foam core, and card. The mansard roof posed a serious challenge for my architecture skills and the roof is a little askew.
Here are some finished 101st airborne troops from italeri’s anti tank team set. They will help round out my airborne troops with the heavy support weapons and MGs. There are also a few figs from the old ESCI set.