Saturday, 11 June 2016

LATE WAR BRITISH INFANTRY 28mm


Finally finished my British Platoon, all the figures are plastic from Warlord games.
These figures I describe as Good, Bad and Ugly.
Bad because of the time spent putting all the pieces together.
Ugly because of the amount of glue residue on my hands and the strong smell of glue in the air
Good  because of the numerous pieces, it gave me, a artistic license to be creative.
Having said that I am well pleased with the results.  
I have based the figures on Magnetic sheets. 
To improve the look of the figures: 
  • I added straps to the helmets and the rifles,SMG and Brens. 
  • with the meshed helmets supplied, I  added rags over the mesh with Green Stuff.
  • There was a limited number of poses available so I improvised by chopping and reattaching legs and arms to create more interesting poses.
  • I wanted the Bren team to be easily recognizable when mixed in with the Rifle team, so I converted the 2 crew members accompanying the Bren gunner. Both are carrying their rifles in addition one in holding a Bren Magazine while the other is holding the Bren spare barrel pack.  
  • The commander of the Platoon was equipped with a pistol attached to a lanyard around his neck. 
The Platoon includes:
2 x Senior Leaders
3 x Sections  each with 1 Junior Leader,3 man Bren team and 6 man Rifle team
As this Platoon is constructed for Chain of Command game a 2"mortar team and PIAT team.
accompany the Platoon as support elements.

Section made up of Junior Leader,3 man Bren team and 6 man rifle team.
The poses of the 2 crew members accompanying Bren are easily recognized when mixed in and in close proximity with the Rifle team. 

Bren Gunners with slightly different poses.
Image showing all the crews accompanying the Bren gunners.




They are based on square bases for easy recognized on the gaming table.

The Senior Leaders are bases on Hexagon bases to make them easier to recognize on the gaming table.
I wanted to give the Lieutenant a bit of character, so I made him  a"old school"  Vet from WW 1 still sporting a mustache and still hanging the pistol lanyard around his neck even though regulations state, it should be anchored on the waist belt.

Circled on the left is the figure used to construct the pose on the right. The red line indicated where to cut off the leg and reattach as shown in the imagines on the right. Some trimming maybe required to achieve the best fit, with the attachment completed use  Green stuff to fill in any gaps. 
As mentioned above follow the same steps to achieve the pose on the right. Note trimming the front underside of the boot with also alter the  posterior of the figure.
Container housing the Platoon.

The figures are all set on magnetic bases and the floor of the metal box acts as a good anchoring point for storing and transporting.
The Red Section has just been deployed.
Each Section has its own colour with the Senior Leaders and support elements in white. This was done for better organisation of the troops when deployment on the gaming table was called for. 

On completion of a game packing away the troops on the dots ensures that none have been left behind or dropped on the floor and forgotten...... as these troops ain't Rangers, troops will be left behind .
The container I used is one my favorite biscuits, "Wagon Wheels" these tin boxes are usually sold cheap just after Christmas or some major holiday in super markets.
I lightly sanded the tin, primed it and painted it black.



Tuesday, 31 May 2016

LATE WAR BRITISH INFANTRY FOX HOLES

I have been contemplating how to represent Infantry in fox holes for a while now. 
Thanks to Andy: Tiny Hords whose work, inspired me to make my own Section of British Infantry in fox holes.
Mine  are based on magnetic sheeting for easy storage, with the added benefit of removing the figures, if they suffer a casualty.
This is achieved  by placing magnets on  the underside of the figures with the floor of the foxhole layered with thin metal sheets.

Section includes 3 man Bren team, 6 man Rifle team and a Junior Leader.
Assembled cut down figures with earth magnets glued into the base.
Black Primered
Figures painted and sealed with a coat of Gloss vanish followed by Matt vanish.
To work out the size of the foxholes, I used 20 mm plastic bases with the final base shape cut out from a  magnetic sheet:see Magnetic bases
Small pieces of tin are glued onto the magnetic base roughly where the figure will be located.
Used  plastic sprues from remnant kits to build up peripheries of the foxhole and glued into position.
View of the completed foxhole periphery. 
Figures in their foxholes.
Next step, provide protection to the figures while modelling the foxhole from the putty.
Cut out a piece of Glad Wrap,place figure in the middle, pull together and seal together with stick tape.
Cut off excess, figure is now protected from putty.

Using Milliput build up the outer area on the base of the foxhole.
Next step, build up the the inner area, the floor first and then the  sides against the plastic sprue. Followed by the outer sides of the foxhole against the plastic sprue.
To build up the top edge of the foxhole, roll small pieces of putty into rolls and place on-top of the plastic and blend in with  a sculpting instrument.
Place the figures in the foxhole, check the fit, and repeat the previous step making height adjustment to the foxhole  while leaving the figures in position. 


Completed putty stage of foxhole with a few personal items added such as Grenades,back pack spare ammo, digging implements etc.
Black primer applied,allowed to dry and painted with a coat of Vallejo Flat Earth 983.
Wash with a coat of Agrax Earthshade and dry brush with a 50:50 mix of Vallejo Flat Earth 983 and Iraqui Sand 819.
Paint the floor of the foxholes with Vallejo Black Grey 862 allow to dry and wash the inner wall and the floor with a coat of Nulin Oil.
Using the 50:50 mix of Vallejo Flat Earth 983 and Iraqui Sand 819 lightly dry brush the the inner wall and floor.
Painted the odds and ends and added a couple of Tufts.
Applied coat of Gloss vanish followed by Matt vanish.
Completed foxholes

Infantry in their foxholes