|The platoon on my work in progress display board.|
The half-tracks came in a mystery lot I bought off of Bartertown. Unfortunately they are not Battlefront models (which I did not know when I purchased them...). I don't really like the sculpts as they are a bit small and look silly with crew inside them. I'm planning to paint up a replacement platoon of half-tracks once I finish my other models and decrease the backlog. The 6 month painting challenge is also helping to curtail that.
I spent a bit of time researching details to add to the models. The models have green waffenfarbe for Panzergrenadiers. I decided not to do them specifically as Aufklarungs as I want to use them as Panzergrenadiers in other lists. I also used a lighter green for the waffenfarbe so they would contrast with the fieldgrey uniforms. I added rank insignia using the Art of War book from Battlefront and some research online for how many of each rank would be in a squad. I painted helmet decals on some helmets and added extra detail like tank hunter awards to some of the models. The collar tabs were tricky to paint but I added them where collars were visible.
|I put the pink markings on the sides of the bases to tell platoons apart. I find I can't tell my opponents platoons apart when the markings are on the back of the base.|
The amount of stuff carried by German infantry makes them exceedingly slow to paint. The bread bag, entrenching tool, gas mask cannister, rifle, ammunition pouches, webbing, pistols, ponchos, helmet covers, sticky bombs, canteens, and other things on each model takes a long time to paint. For some items, I chose alternate colour schemes to contrast more with the fieldgrey uniforms. FOr example, I used the alternate colours for some of the items and the gaiters as listed in the Art of War book. Variations of green everything left the models with no contrast.
|So much stuff on their backs!|
I enjoy painting 1 or 2 stands of infantry but really find a whole platoon a bit of a drag. I would estimate that each base takes me around 3-5 hours in total to paint depending on the time spent on things like basing. With the time invested in painting, I do wish I had spent more time on assembly as I used a platoon that someone else had assembled. A few rifles and machine guns stick out over the edge of the base (a pain for storage). Some of the combinations of figures on the bases don't totally make sense either.
I am extremely pleased to have this platoon finished and behind me. Now I can take my time painting the 24 (!!!) stands of Panzergrenadiers I need for an Atlantik Wall Lehr list. I've finished the Panzer IVs and Pumas for my Attack-X list as well. I just need to complete the Nebelwerfer platoon and then I am totally ready. I am dreading painting more skin tones though... As always, comments and constructive criticism are greatly appreciated! Thanks for visiting!