Friday, 21 June 2013

Red Devils approaching!

Actually this week had an excellent start with "Trooping the Colour" on Saturday. This ceremony is closely connected with some of me earliest memories of English military tradition which sat the headstone for my livelong affection to the United Kingdom, its army and military in general. So I was highly motivated to get some British on my workbench finished. A perfect opportunity to put the final brush marks on the Red Devils I started to paint some time ago.

But unfortunately weather turned bad. Some hot air from Africa turned our part of Germany into a mixtures of oven and steamer. To be honest I like typical British weather as much as tea, biscuits or some nice fish & chips. Thus that subtropical sauna weather was just terrible to me. Even thinking of work made me sweat... Under those hard conditions it took until yesterday evening until I finished the first squad:
The whole squad
Miniatures are from Warlord Games' Bolt Action range and as usual I used nearly solely Vallejo Model Colours:
1. DPM smock:
Basecolour: VMC #70.823 "Luftwaffe Camouflage Green"
Camouflage 1: VMC #70.818 "Red Leather"
Camouflage 2: VMC #70.824 "German Camouflage Ocre"

2. Trusers:
VMC #70.921 "English Uniform"

3. Webbing:
VMC #70.821 "German Camouflage Beige"

4. Skin:
Formula P3 "Khardic Flesh" and Citadel "Elf Flesh"

5. Wooden Parts:
VMC #70.940 "Saddle Brown"

6. Blackened metal parts:
VMC #70.995 "German Grey"

Afterwards I painted some Armypainter Quickshade Dark Tone on the figures and added some final highlights after drying.

I know I adumbrated the DPM only but I like the result. It complies with my humble skills and gives an idea of the DPM even at wargaming distance.

Here are some detail shots of the boys:
Two troopers kneeling down and watching the surrounding area eagerly.
Corporal Williams throwing a hand grenade at a German MG-42 position.
Private Miller providing protective fire while Private Atkins is advancing.

Bren loader Private Jenkins catching up.
Lance Corporal Johnson rushing forward.

24 comments:

  1. These look Fantastic, great work on them I think the smock looks fine
    Peace James

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  2. Very nice work, the denison has come out a treat!

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement, Andrew!

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  3. That's the best Red Devil camo I've seen painted Stefan.

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    1. Thanks a lot, Fran.
      I appreciate this compliment very much. I'll paint the other Devils alike.

      Cheers
      Stefan

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    1. Thanks Christopher. I hope the whole platoon will turn out like this.

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  5. Good looking unit Monty. Hope to see them in action soon.

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    1. So do I, but there are some more units to paint until then.

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  6. Excellent looking Red Devils. Your painting has brought out the best in these great sculpts. They look so British! Best, Dean

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    1. Thanks Sean.
      Looking British is probabely the best I could reach. ;-)

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  7. Absolutely brilliant Stefan! I really like you cammo smock.

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  8. Thanks a lot, Michael.
    I'm glad that you and the other like the smocks. So I'll do my very best to reproduce the result.

    Cheers
    Stefan

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    1. Thanks Ray.
      Always doing my best. ;-)

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  10. Great work so far,

    Nevertheless I have to admit that the Denison Smock on all is much too green. It normally has a more brownish base.

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    1. Thanks for then honest comment. Although I'll stay with green as base colour I'll try to get a brownish style with larger brown or beige areas next time.

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  11. nice work! These figures look great painted in your style: some "waragme" figures look a bit off to me. Again, nice job.

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  12. Wonderful painting on these chaps Stefan, I look forward to seeing the rest of the platoon.
    Cheers,
    Pat.

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    1. Thanks Pat.
      I hope to get th next squad painted this week.

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  13. Fine work indeed. Understated and business-like they really capture the brooding ferocity of the men they depict. Thanks too for the paint numbers, extremely useful.

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  14. Very nice paintwork! You've done a great job on the Denison smock, the colours look great. It's always useful to see what colours people choose as well, thank you for including them. The greenish base colour is ideal for later in the war (apparently it was a a more stone colour earlier, but changed before D Day)

    The only comment I would make is that you could probably get away with the beret being a bit brighter, they are surprisingly red! That said, they're your models and they already look great!

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