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.
Continuing with my German support elements, here’s a Warlord LeIG 18 infantry gun. The gun model is superb, with nice detail and few mold lines. The crew figures left a little to be desired. They were poorly cast, and I’m not a fan of the fellow dragging the ammo crate as the pose seems a bit forced and unnatural. Overall though I am pleased with the piece, and hope that it will be a useful addition to my German forces.
As Tres and I have decided to play TFLs “29, Let’s Go!” campaign for Chain of Command (excellent, by the way), I ended up taking a small detour from my Colonial America project to work on some of the German support elements. This Pak 40 is from Crusader with foliage from Silflor. The gun and crew were typical Crusader – well sculpted and cleanly cast.