Saturday, 11 June 2016


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.


  1. Oh John! These are bl**dy marvellous! I really admire your style of painting - they almost seem to come alive! :o)
    The extra effort you put in converting adds heaps of character.
    Really well done.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks you Matt for your comments,also your new profile picture on facebook looks smart.
    cheers John

  3. These are just fantastic. Thanks for sharing the modelling tips. May you kill many of your enemy and achieve great victories!

    1. Thanks Aaron for your comments and the blessing
      cheers John

  4. I know I have said this before but your modelling and painting skills are superb John, your British WW2 collection with all the extras has to be one of the best in the hobby.

  5. Beautifully done, from the base upwards!

  6. Excellent work - really well done! Puts my blokes to shame :)

  7. Whats the next project John? I'm keen to see more of your work!

    1. Thanks Aaron for your interest,
      I am jumping from one project to another and not completing any, although the markers for Chain of command game are almost finished, hoping to post them soon:
      Here is a list of the items I am currently working on:
      Mono tone vehicle painting tutorial
      British infantry painting tutorial
      started gathering info on terrain making
      started building roads from MDF boards
      experimenting with tree making
      experimenting with building houses with MDF
      Chain of command markers,shock,pinned,wounds,markers for vehicles etc
      smoke markers for mortars, minefields,
      scratch building a close support turret for Cromwell tank
      early stages of putting together German Infantry and vehicles
      making a dice tower and refining my chain of command counter

      Not having enough time is my biggest problem.
      cheers John

  8. Holy heck JB, those are some wonderful paint jobs. I could only hope to get close to that level with my own Soviets. Inspirational for sure!

  9. Thanks Dia, just visited your blog and you have a great deal of items to view and your Soviets are great especially with the face effects to have done.

  10. Excellent work. What colours did you use for those British infantry?


    1. Thanks Kamil for your comments,
      This is basically the colours.
      but depending on your painting style the results may vary.
      One day I hope to make a proper Painting tutorial.

      I use Vallejo Model Colour paints:

      Base: English Uniform,
      Wash with Agrax Earthshade
      1st High light: English Uniform and Iraqi Sand 50:50
      2nd High light: English Uniform and Iraqi Sand 10:90

      Back pack, Ammo pouches, webbing, ankles and gas mask:
      Base; Russian Uniform
      Wash with Agrax Earthshade
      1st High light: Russian Uniform and Iraqi Sand 50:50
      2nd or 3rd High light: Russian Uniform and Iraqi Sand with ratios increased on the Iraqi Sand

      Base; German Dark Green
      Wash with Agrax Earthshade
      1st High light: German Dark Green and Iraqi Sand 50:50

      Rags on Helmet:
      Base; Russian Uniform
      1st High light: Russian Uniform and Iraqi Sand
      2nd High light: Russian Uniform and Iraqi Sand 10:90

      Base: Beige Brown or flat Earth
      1st High light: Brown or flat Earth and Iraqi Sand
      2nd High light: Brown or flat Earth and Iraqi Sand 10:90

    2. Great stuff John. Thank you very much.