Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Threes a Crowd! (or Itty-Bitty MGs Part II)

Hey All!

Ok Ritter, whats this? Un-painted figures?

Just a progress pictorial of the MG teams on the bench.  Re-worked a trio of figures to base up the sMG42 team...
  As far as figures are concerned, the detail, durably and re-workability of metal figures keeps me from jumping on the plastic bandwagon. From what I've seen, plastics just don't have the strength. Sure you could still smash metal minis flat with a hammer but that shouldn't happen ...unless you REALLY piss off the wife!
  A fair bit of time went into these crewmen. They all received the standard cleaning up of flash and re-scribing of straps and such.  All face detail and helmets gets the once over to fix any detail glitches.

As I didn't want to cover up the MG detail, the gunner had his right arm straightened (with a soldering iron) and hand re-carved to hold an ammo can instead of gripping the firing mechanism.
 The Officer had a fair bit of tunic removed under his left arm - it was far too thick.
  I like to take time posing up figures to get the right look and add interest and interaction between the minis. Also I try to keep fiddly bits protected.  The standing figure should help keep the MG safe.
  I usually sand down the bases of figures to ease hiding them. I usually do this over the trash - BF's figures do contain lead...
 The Standing figure had his ammo can replaced with a more to scale (tho slightly over-scaled) ammo can.  His weapon, the Kar-98, was detailed and re-scribed. The strap on his Kar-98 was attached to the lower bottom of the stock. This is incorrect and so was re-carved to attach to the side. A buckle was added to the other side made out of soft brass. Finally a missing bolt action was added from brass wire.
  Painted Pics!

sMG-42 Teams - Three men per base...

sMG-34 Teams, Two men per base...


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