Samstag, 16. Dezember 2017

Una ametralladora Hotchkiss para la legión

Pardon my Spanish. Actually I'm not even completely sure I didn't make any spelling errors but it sounds suitably "dramatic" don't you agree?
So what's this all about? Well, it has taken me a while but I'm finally back painting some reinforcements for my SCW Nationalists.


The Hotchkiss Mitrailleuse Mle 1914, or just Hotchkiss, was a french medium machine gun dating back to World War 1. Originally it used the 8mm Lebel round which, due to its conical form, wasn't really suited for use as ammunition for machine guns.
A considerable number of these machine guns were built in Spain under license prior to the outbreak of the Civil War. The local version was chambered to accept 7mm Mauser cartridges which were one of the more common types of cartridges in the Spanish arsenal. The machine gun was used extensively by both sides during the whole conflict.


As with all the miniatures I've painted for this period thus far, these are from the excellent and highly recommended range produced by Empress Miniatures. At some point I want to get back to this piece and add a crate or two of ammunition but probably not anytime soon.


Samstag, 25. November 2017

WW2 - German marsh pattern painting guide

At CRISIS in Antwerp I, of course, couldn't withstand the temptation to get my grubby fingers on the new Volksgrenadier sets by Empress Miniatures. They're sculpted by Mr. Paul Hicks again and suffice to say they're lovely.
Also I haven't done another WW2 painting guide for quite a while, so I thought this might be the chance to cover yet another infamous German camouflage pattern.

The "Sumpftarnmuster" or swamp/ marsh pattern camouflage scheme was introduced in 1943. It was a variation of the older and more well known "Splittertarnmuster". It came in two main types namely the M1943 pattern with hard edged spots of red-brown and green, as well as the M1944 pattern blurred edge version.
After the war it was used by the Federal German Bundesgrenzschutz, in short BGS, from 1952 till the late 80's. It was exported to several countries abroad and for example some Libyan units wore it as late as 2007.

-Later BGS Sumpfteran variant-

Sonntag, 12. November 2017

Yet another squad of International Brigadistas

To round out my little Republican force I felt I'd need at least another squad of International Brigades before going back to paint some more Nationalists.


Sonntag, 5. November 2017

International Brigades Bofors Anti-Tank gun

While lecturing about the lack of need for dedicated Anti-Tank support weapons in Bolt Action in my last post, I still liked this little cutie too much not to paint it up.

The Bofors 37mm gun was used in small numbers by the Republicans during the Spanish Civil War. Its performance was roughly comparable of that of the contemporary German 3.7cm PaK 36 as used by the Nationalists.


Sonntag, 29. Oktober 2017

Sonntag, 22. Oktober 2017

More SCW Republican Reinforcements

Today I finally sat down and took pictures of most of the miniatures I painted over the last few months. Actually enough for a couple of blog posts, so watch this place.

First off a second squad for my International Brigades.


Dienstag, 26. September 2017

3rd century AD - Roman Lanciarii

It has been unusually quiet on this blog, even considering my standards. But this doesn't mean I haven't been idle hobby wise. In fact I've been rather productive but honestly I didn't feel like taking pictures. I'm still not really comfortable with my new camera, thus I've let it slip.

Anyway, I couldn't withstand the temptation to start a new project and am about to embark onto a journey which will lead me into the turbulent 3rd century A.D., also known as the time of crisis for the Roman Empire. So yes, once more it's all about mighty Rome and her enemies.


Dienstag, 6. Juni 2017

Spanish Civil War reinforcements

Finished some more reinforcements for my fledgling Spanish Republican Army. 
Figures are Empress once again and absolutely gorgeous to paint. Only the HMG team required some work as the face of the loader was badly miscast. I don't feel like writing a wall of text (you probably won't read anyway ;-P) to accompany the figures, so I'm afraid but you've to make do with just the photos.


Freitag, 26. Mai 2017

Even more Red & Green Devils

While I'm rather productive at the moment as far as painting is concerned, I've become quite lazy when it comes to posting the results of said productivity. Painting wise I felt like continuing with my Italian campaign WW2 project. First off is a command group for the Red Devils


Donnerstag, 4. Mai 2017

The eagle has landed

Only the shortest of posts as I don't have much time to spare currently but wanted to share my latest progress nonetheless.
I'm still in painting mood and still trying out my new camera. I'm getting quite comfortable now with all those 'auto modes' but am still struggling with the finer points of such niceties like ISO, shutter time and so on...