Saturday, April 18, 2015

Heads Down!

Hey All!

Just a few pics (ok...a lot) of the recently completed Heavy German Infantry Support teams.

The Battlefront 12cm Granatwerfer 42 from the GE711 blister looks too small when compared to most other BF offerings.  The detail is good though the tube itself is no thicker than the 8cm tube of the smaller mortar. The infantry supplied are mid to late and are not sculpted by Even Allen - instead they are done by Seth Nash. With me its a love/hate thing.  I find I love the detail Seth tries to model but I hate the scale change that results. The minis are a bit taller and the hands are even bigger than Evans.  Though the end result is probably closer to reality, they don't mix very well with Evans figures.

As I wanted to model a early German team, I was assembled mine from BF German artillery troops and a Soviet loader with a head transplant. I added shoulder boards and pleated pockets to complete the change.

The assistant loader was given a 12cm mortar round to replace the artillery shell he was holding.  The tube was basically rebuilt, using a Soviet baseplate and part of the brace.
The spare rounds, case and brick wall were scratchbuilt.
The sIG33 build is described in a previous post.
 I added some home-made grass tufts made with a home-made grass tuft maker that I made at home. Silflor makes them but they are very pricey (tufts and tuft maker).

You tube has the instructions on making your own tufts with an electric fly swatter (dollar store total cot for project was less than $5).

 I made some wicker cases with brass screen and some (oversized) rounds with plastic rod.
 The figures were again taken from the German Artillery troop blister.
 The netting is gauze soaked in white glue.



  1. Wow! They look fantastic. Great detail on the basing. Your painting is very crisp. I love how clean the lines are on your shells.

    How did you make the brick wall? It looks very uniform and well done.

  2. As always top work Troy, you raise the bar every time .
    Regards Furphy .

  3. Awesome work, what colour do you use for the rifle stocks?

  4. Superb as ever. Love all the side detailing - shells, wicker baskets, ammo box etc. such clean crisp painting.

  5. Fantastic painting and usual!


  6. I'm taking my first, tentative steps in 15mm WW2 and seeing work of this calibre is really very inspiring.

  7. Wonderful looking vignettes, great details!

  8. Thanks for the kind words guys!

    @Dan: the rifle stocks are VMC 851 Deep Orange mixed with VLA (Vallejo Liquid Acrylic) 820 Mahogany.


  9. Excellent work as always Troy.

    I just finished a 28mm mortar stand. I use vallejo pummace for my base material and I imprinted the mortar base into the still wet material to give it that sunk in the earth feeling. Need to build a couple sandbags to be thrown on the legs and stand for 'ballast' but I'm happy with the result.

    I'm far from your level but it does go to show that going a little bit further in your modeling pays off and you are always an inspiration to get better.

  10. So long without visiting your blog. Awesome job as always! So inspirational.