Thursday, October 27, 2016

28mm British WWII Tommies (2)

I've been painting a lot of ancients figures for the past approximately two years. After recovering from a nasty six-week flu I was in the mood to paint, but I also wanted a break from painting shields. For this WWII seemed to be the perfect choice.

This is my second batch of West Wind 28mm British late-war infantry. My first batch can be seen in a previous blog post. These 28 figures will fill out the bulk of three British infantry squads including three NCOs with sub machine guns, three higher level officers with pistols, and 22 rifle-armed infantry in standard late-war British kit. I was short the appropriate number of Bren gunners to paint them at the same time as their rifle-armed compatriots, so they will be painted later, some with some other heavy weapons squads that are currently on the painting table, and the balance with the next batch of infantry squads I paint up.

The sub-machine gun-armed NCOs are all armed with Sten guns. As usual for my SMG-armed figures, each base has a rust-colored rock on the back to make identifying the SMG figures easier for us with older eyes.












The pistol-armed officers are the first that I've painted, so I had to come up with a way to easily identify them. I chose a pile of three jagged light brown rocks on the back of the stand.












There are two rifle-armed infantry that are charismatic enough to also be used as NCOs if I want to break these up into smaller squads.












And here are some close-ups of some of the rifles, and a look at the back to show the webbing, packs and other kit.





Edit: That moment when you only find out AFTER you post to the blog, that somehow you screwed up and missed painting a canteen......



7 comments:

Dannoc said...

Very nice - what colour do you use for the helmet? Cheers

AJ (Allan) Wright said...

The base color is American OD Green. The mesh is dry-brushed the same color as the webbing - stone grey. The cammo strips are OD green, stone grey and mahogany brown.

Dannoc said...

Cheers for that, I thought it was but my OD looks a lot greener.

AJ (Allan) Wright said...

The dry-brushing of the net over the top makes it look lighter. The photos make it look even lighter than in real life because the dry brushing shows up so well in them.

Ed M said...

The effect of the helmet netting with foilage is excellent; something to catch the eye in an era when even well rendered items can be muted.

Mark Decoteau said...

Very nice, AJ. I use Bronze Green for my British helmets and equipment. It comes out much darker than your OD. I like your effect. Great figures.

Mark Nichipor said...

Very nicely done.