Well, if you thought my British force for NW Europe is big, just wait until you see this! Like the Brits, this force is set up along the T/O&Es of the Rapid Fire Reloaded rules, with a three-battalion infantry regiment and then various and sundry supporting vehicles, guns, and armor. This force is large, but only because I did my best to keep one set of infantry to serve throughout the entire war. So, rather than a gray uniform/helmet for early war and camo for later war, I went with a gray-green uniform with camo helmet covers (kind of a PanzerGrenadier Grossdeutschland look, maybe?), hoping that help me slide by from the beginning to the end, and then I took some liberties with softskins and other support weapons and painted them a dark green, as a sort of compromise between dark gray and dunkelgelb. I hope it works, and would love to hear what you think, good or bad.
As with the British, I did a lot of painting myself, but I also bought a considerable amount of stuff already painted (particularly from my buddy AJ) to help round it out.
Enough yakking, let's take a look!
And a note about painting. I really don't like painting vehicles, and was not looking forward to doing these. I'm not good at drybrushing, and I hate painting wheels and tracks. But I looked at the halftracks AJ sent me and I noticed something: he paints the wheels and tracks, but then he weathers over them. Well, I'm nowhere near the artist he is, so I didn't paint then weather them, I just picked out a muddy color and slathered it all over the wheels, tracks, and sides of the vehicles. And regarding drybrushing, I was at my FLGS and this guy recommended using ladies' makeup brushes, and that stuff works like a champion, I can't recommend it enough. Drop a couple dots of paint on the pallette, smuch the brush in the the paint, working the brush back and forth a few times on a paper towel, then go to town on the model, so quick and easy! It's the first time I've ever tried either of these methds and I'm happy with how it turned out, but I'd love to hear what you think, it it looks alright or if it looks trashy.
I love Battlefront models, but they do drive me a bit crazy. Who the hell needs FOUR of these damn AAA weapons?
I got all the Zvezda kits off a Russian store on Ebay, and they were super cheap. I'm glad to have them, but I'm not much of a model builder, and so my complaint is that I wasn't always able to get the Zvezda kits together the way I was supposed to, there are some real gaps in quite a few of them. But, I hope, nothing that will stand out on the tabletop.
I still have some US troops and vehicles and German FJ, all for North Africa, to post in the coming days. Anyway, hope all is well, and please drop me a line to let me know what you think.