Saturday, 22 February 2020

Bringing home the bacon.

Well I'm not sure where the half term break has gone?  It has been lovely to spend time with the Saintly Mrs. Awdry, but here I am contemplating the return to work and with very little to show for it, hobby wise.  As I rather suspected the prospect of getting to grips with fifty SS Troops was too much for this particular butterfly brained hobbyist and although five have been completed, with another five underway, I went in search of an easy win.
I have always enjoyed populating my tables with additional livestock and have been wracking my brains as to what might have been roaming around the Austrian forests in the 1940s?  I am assuming the usual fare of game would be plentiful such as pheasants, rabbits and deer*, but what else?   Wild Boar!  Somewhere, in the depths of my addled brain, was the flicker of a memory that had wild boar rooting around the Black Forest and so it was that the every reliable 'Warbases' received an order for a couple of packs along with some small pill shaped bases.  
 *Although what deer would be most common?
Basing some up with their piglets** these simple, but well cast, beasties will be roaming the areas below the castle.  They may yet get their own 'Chance Card', which will play in a similar fashion to those of Congo, by 'Studio Tomahawk', insomuch that if drawn then a combat action will have to be resolved before the unit can progress.  I suppose if successful then they might claim extra rations for their troop?
**Surely not boarlets?
So some more fluff for the table, but time is ticking and we still have a long way to go!  As I write this there is only 56 more days to 'Salute 2020'!

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57 comments:

  1. Wonderful additions to this epic project. They look brilliant.

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  2. Roe most common deer in Schwarzwald followed by red deer. Here, the Humbug coloured Piglets are called Frischlings (No direct Translation, Little Fresh ), Squeekers (?) in english.

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    1. Roe deer eh? Might see if I can find some of those.

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    2. Wargames Foundry, GPR047 - Roe Deer
      https://www.wargamesfoundry.com/collections/european-and-eurasian-animals/products/gpr047-roe-deer

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    3. Will have to place a sneaky order. :)

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  3. Looking good Michael, really looking forward to this having played the board game last week, a tough ask for the defenders...
    Best wishes
    Stuart

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    1. Thank you Stuart and you've played the board game? I have seen some pictures on line, but not seen it first hand. I need to get some play testing under my belt soon.

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  4. A lovely touch, Michael. I wouldn't want to be the soldier who sneaks through the undergrowth near the castle only to come face to face with a mother boar protecting her young.

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    1. Thank you A.J. Fearsome beasts by all accounts.

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  5. They do look pretty good. Almost real to the one which tried to hit my car ;)

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  6. Excellent additions to your table Michael! Always love little details such as this. Reminds me I need to bring a certain parcel to the post office...

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    1. Thank you Nick, van't wait to add a certain additional detail to the board. ;)

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  7. Great stuff Michael! 56 days... I've been there, part of you thinks "plenty of time" and the other part says "*insert screams here*" lol! Wish you all the best on successfully continuing forward 😀

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    1. Thank you Ivor, that is exactly how I'm thinking at the moment. One day it's loads of time and an over is blind panic.

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  8. Fantastic job...and the piglets are sooooooooooooooooo cute!

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    1. Thank you Phil, certainly earned some bonus points with the Saintly Mrs. Awdry with the cute factor.

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  9. Great paint job Michael & I love the idea for them game wise :)

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    1. Thank you Frank, just need to get the cards finished now!

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  10. These look fantastic Michael, definitely think they should have they're own chance card after seeing recently what a mess a wild boar can make of a car !

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    1. Thank you Dave, I do hope you weren't in the car at the time?!

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    2. No drove past the unfortunate incident not long after it happened

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    3. Crikey, was that in the UK Dave? I have hard that there are some lurking around here still.

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    4. Yes in the Forest of Dean, have seen a whole family of them as well, so they are about

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    5. Incredible to think that they are still roaming about.

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  11. Extra additions to tables are always great and this is no exception! Well done Micheal!

    Christopher

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  12. Nice work Sir M. I do like a slice if bacon or 4!

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  13. Excellent additions to the fauna and the'll make great eye candy once spotted amongst the flora of the table.
    50 SS next ?

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    1. Thank you Joe, the SS are on their way, just another 41 to go! :)

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  14. Absolutely brilliant as usual. Can't wait to see them!

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    1. Thank you my good man, just pleased to tick something else off the list! :)

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  15. Super looking wild boar and in no way an avoidance tactic from 41SS troopers!
    Best Iain

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    1. I feel I may have been rumbled Iain, but thank you. :)

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  16. Really good job. Nothing wrong with a bit of a distraction.

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    1. Thank you Mike, happens to be a strength of mine. :D

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  17. Nicely done on the boars Michael & I can attest that even in the 80's when I was posted there, we were always ready to scramble atop the APC if we caught sight of a boar with piglets. We would often encounter them during night patrols rooting about.

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    1. That must have been a sight, although I'm not sure I would want to meet them whilst on a night patrol!

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  18. Bit late with my comments, Micahel, for which I apologise. Sehr gut schwein, Mein Herr. And that exhausts my CSE German... The woodshed from your previous post was also amazing, both in design and execution. I WILL still be contributing to this project and ensure that the items arrive within good time, so you can decide if they warrant inclusion, require some kind of card or have bases repainted to match the prevalent colour scheme of your build - although I will try to match colours as best I can. Plans are afoot - literally in one particular case...

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    1. Always lovely to hear from you Jez and thank you so much for the great comments. Really can't wait to see what you have come up with, sounds fascinating.

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  19. Very nice paint jobs! Especially the piglets.

    Tasty little critters should prove to be an interesting addition to the game for sure.

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  22. Nice work on the fur! The piglets are a nice touch too :)

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  23. I love additions like these, they can truly bring a scene to life. Beautiful brushwork, the fur came out just perfect.

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