Just the briefest of posts this morning as I try and catch up with all the other bits and pieces that this time of year brings. A handful of American G.I.s from the free plastic sprue attached to a copy of Wargames Illustrated. This rather fortuitous freebie will form the backbone of the American troops at the castle during the battle.
There is some discrepancy as to the number of American troops present, but Stephen Harding in his book, 'The Last Battle', my 'go to' reference, suggests that there were four members of the 142nd Infantry Regiment actively engaged in the battle. The four G.I.s were told that they would be showered with medals but not one received an award for the action.
The 'Warlord Games' plastic sprue gives plenty of options and they go together pretty well. I hadn't noticed initially, that I had failed to secure the arms of the chap holding the M3 properly. The magazine not actually attached, looks rather like the G.I. in question is reloading on the hoof!
The castle itself has moved on a lot this week, with James securing the base and attaching the profile edges. Meanwhile I have been texturing the approach board and realising that I may have underestimated just how much material this is going to take!
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Great looking GI's Michael, hope the meeting went well and great to hear of the progressReplyDelete
Thank you Dave, we are ploughing on - so much to do in the next couple of weeks, but hopefully we will have lots to show for it.Delete
Lovely GI's Michael, well done!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Phil.Delete
The chap with the M3 is a "happy accident" as Bob Ross might have said - nice quartet of GIs Michael :)ReplyDelete
Thank you Tamsin, it is always good when you get a 'happy accident', suddenly it becomes a 'unique' character.Delete
Looking great sir!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Michal.Delete
Nicely done. May I ask what colour you add to the lips when painting the faces.ReplyDelete
Thank you Phil, I have just been to check and the lips get a line of Vallejo Rose Brown.Delete
Very good poses and the paintings none too shabby either.ReplyDelete
Thank you, nicely to work on the Warlord Games plastics and you can keep them simple, equipment wise, which helps t speed up painting.Delete
Thank you DaveDelete
Nice figures! It sounds like the battle had a lot of small forces drawn into the scrap. Those four GIs found themselves in an interesting position.ReplyDelete
Thank you A.J. I think that it was the various different factions that were involved that hooked James and myself in the first place.Delete
Sometimes mistakes can add to a model Michael, lovely bit of work.ReplyDelete
I couldn't agree more, really pleased with that piece of luck.Delete
Nice work Sir M!ReplyDelete
Thank you my good man.Delete
Thank you Kym.Delete
Great looking GIs, nice finish and even better price!ReplyDelete
There is not much better than free is there and thank you Iain.Delete
Great looking GI's, Michael. The guy with the grease hun does look like he's changing out a magazine.ReplyDelete
Thank you Dean, it certainly was a stroke of luck.Delete
Great job on the Gis, I particularly like their variety of smallarms.ReplyDelete
Thank you Joe, definetley wanted as many iconic American Infantry weapons on show.Delete
There is currently a Documentary on Nat. Geographic channel aboutthis the battle at the castle[ it's in a series (iirc) called Hitler's last Stand(s?, and though I only caught the last 10mins or so it looked very good. - I'll be catchingu pwith it soon though !Delete
Sounds interesting Joe, I shall have to have a look myself.Delete
Very well done Michael! Really like the colours you picked for the uniforms. Spot on I‘d say.ReplyDelete
That's very kind Nick, thank you.Delete
Nice looking greens on the uniforms. Love the color scheme.ReplyDelete
Thank you, just wanted to keep it simple with these chaps.Delete
Free, afterall, is the very best price, right?ReplyDelete
Good looking GI's Michael. Like the variety of poses and especially appreciate the chap with the brass-rimmed specs!
Thank you Dai, couldn't agree more! I had a certain affinity for the chap in glasses, so just couldn't resist that particular head option.Delete