Last weekend I put the finishing touches on this die-cast German Staff Car that had been sitting around for several months in a partially finished state. It was a toy that I bought years ago when Walmart was carrying a small line of 1/48 WWII vehicles. It may be from 21st Century Toys.
I unscrewed the body from the chassis, removed the clear plastic windows, and gave it a fresh paint job as it was gray with green camouflage. I then added some new markings from Archer and Peddinghaus, and finished it of with Vallejo Premium Matt Varnish.
Last weekend also saw me sneak in another session of The Game of Kings – Chain of Command. The German support list has a nifty 4 man recon group with a 250. I wanted to field it, but didn’t have a 250 that I was particularly fond of. I did however have a 250 Neu from Blitzkrieg that was unfinished. In record turn-around time (for me) I finished this thing in about two hours, not counting drying time. Markings are from Rubicon and Archer.
A few weeks ago as Part of the Eastern Front Bolt Action Campaign at my FLGS, they held a single miniature peer-voted painting competition. My winter German medic tied for third with John B.’s FJ LMG gunner. Here’s my entry pre-basing.
This month my FLGS is starting an Eastern Front campaign for Bolt Action. I decided to loosely base my force on the 7th SS Volunteer Mountain Division Prinz Eugen. Most of the vehicles in their OOB were repurposed captured equipment, so I chose an FAI Russian armored car and a Flammpanzer B2(f) – a converted French Char B1 bis – for my list. Both of these kits are from Warlord.
So this is a decent way to wrap up the year – I now have no unpainted 28mm US infantry, crew, guns or vehicles. That doesn’t mean I’m actually finished. I’d like to add in some additional vehicles, but it’s still a good personal milestone. Here’s the tally: 2 guns, 9 vehicles, 180 infantry/crew.
This weekend I attened Historicon, one of the annual east coast miniature wargaming conventions. I was able to play and observe a few games, catch up with friends that I haven’t seen in a while and, of course, shop. Here’s the bounty I came away with this year.
Some HorrorClix figures and Warlord’s Panzer IV, Puma and Humber Scout Car that I scored in the flea market.
Omni-Ruler sections from CorSec Engineering, sold by Dave’s Baggage Train.
A bag of assorted creatures from Iron Wind Metals.
An observation bunker and large supply dump/objective from Novus Designs, sold by Battlefield Terrain Concepts.
A Renault FT with extra turrets and some free coasters from Trenchworx.
Pulp German Stormtroopers and Chain of Command Markers from Eureka.
Pulp Figures’ Arresting Gestapo Troopers, Scouring Gestapo Guards, Arrogant Gestapo Officers and Stahl-Masks Doom Squad sold by the Hobby Bunker.
Artizan Designs’ SAS (Europe), Cadds Commandos II, Koschei’s Cossacks and Nacht Jager sold by Brigade Games.