|No longer do I have to be ashamed of those two unpainted stands!|
|US paratrooper in Holland during Operation Market Garden.|
|Old method on the left. New on the right. Notice the difference in flesh, rifle wood, uniform highlights, and webbing.|
|Old left, new right. Notice the increased highlights on the webbing and uniform.|
When I am painting I always try to push myself and try new things. Because of this, my finished forces are not very uniform (my German models already have 2 or 3 different ways of painting dunkelgelb on the first 7 models). But I have decided that if I spend a year or several years working on a project/force then I want my painting to evolve as I work on that project. I paint very slowly and feel that in some ways my painting would stagnate if I did not try new things. Hopefully as I develop more of a style then my models will have a more coherent look. I can see these differences a lot in this platoon and in the recent Shermans I painted, which look quite different next to the earlier ones I painted.
|I think the flesh looks much more alive and interesting on these models.|
|I added insignia to the newer models. I may go back and add it to the older ones too.|
The new plastic infantry sculpts from Open Fire are quite nice. The detail on the clothing is excellent. Most of the faces are quite nice. There are a few ugly spots though. The faces on the machine gun team are terrible. Thankfully their heads are down. A few faces are a bit miscast or strange. Overall, the detail is crisper than on most of the metal models. I am looking forward to more plastic infantry in the future. I hope the sprues have a few more than needed on them so I can avoid any bad faces.
Alright, that is enough pictures for this post. I've got a few other projects on the go that should be posted soon. I've built some walls (seen above) and some 15mm houses (still need paint). I am hoping to paint a Universal Carrier platoon. After this platoon I really need to paint my British Lorried Rifles (much cheaper for lower points value games), two more heavy mortar stands, then a German MG/Faust platoon... So much infantry.
Some more 11th Armoured Division posts that may be of interest:
Platoon of shermans