I picked these up from Wargame Miniatures in Melbourne (through the post). Delivery time was excellent and well packaged in a post box. The main idea was to get some more figures wearing the zeltbahn (a type of poncho made from a tent quarter) to match in with the AB Section in Zeltbahn figures I bought from Eureka Miniatures a few weeks ago. The soldier on the box front has one.
While i was getting them i spotted the Pak 40 kit which has four crew three of which are in the zeltbahn so that got added in to the parcel.
There are 20 figures in the box along with a tripod mounted MG42. Six figures in the poncho, an MG42 team firing over the shoulder of the loader and a crew walking with ammo cans and slung MG. A mix of smocks, Zelt's and normal tunic and short and long boots which is right for the time period.
It looks like there is some legal action pending with the original sculptor trying to stop a UK company reproducing the figures. The boxes i received are marked made in spain so im guessing they're older stock. Hopefully Xan will continue with his own sculpting and add some to this range when its resolved.
The animation is good on the figures but they seem a bit indistinct in their casting compared to AB's. Four of the gun barrels (three of the MP40 and one rifle) are severely bent and after a bit of a test i feel the material isn't going to straighten without snappping.
Unfortunately the Pak 40 is missing the muzzle break. I'll chase that up and see if i can get the bit.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
American infantry from the VM003 American GIs 1942/44 set by Valiant Miniatures. These came off the cover of Wargames Illustrated way back in 2009. I've waffled on about their size and it seems Armourfast are retooling them. There's a post on TMP with more details.
This is where i'm at with the figures, basic colours blocked in and a wash to blend it together. Highights to follow and I'll need unit flashes/insignia.
Monday, May 22, 2017
I've recently received a platoon of 20mm WWII figures from Simon over at Wargameroz's 20mm Ramblings. Most are from the Blitz "Battle for the Hedgerows" set in bags with their codes along with an SS mortar team (BBG9). I'm trying to work out the others (last three images) which are from a different company/ies? I haven't seen the Blitz figures in person until now and i'm impressed. They are quite quirky in their mix with a quality of sculpture that is up there with the AB or Warmodelling sculpts.
|Officer and NCO Pack.||2 Officers and 2 NCO's wearing assorted uniforms.|
4 Figure Rifle Pack.
Armed with K98s , GEW41s and GEW43s and a mix of uniforms and headgear.
|BBFH 8 MG42 firing off shoulder of No.2.|
NCO armed with MP40. Mix of headgear and uniforms.
|BBFH7 MG34 firing off shoulder of No.2 NCO armed with capture Thompson SMG. Mix of headgear all wearing smocks.|
|BBG9 Waffen SS figures in a mix of smock and M43 jacket.8cm GRW 34 Mortar & loader. Crewman crouching sighting. NCO with telephone.|
|BBFH9 Panzershrek Team moving. NCO with MP40. Mix of headgear all wearing smocks.|
|from left BBG5 MG34 crewman advancing,?,?,Kellys Heroes Radio Operator, ?|
The basing begins. I've used 3/4 washers stuck down with Stik It Medium CA.