More Progress!

This is astounding. I’ve finally completed my platoon of German Panzergrenadiers for TooFatLardies Chain of Command skirmish rules set. My opponent is hard at work on a platoon of US infantry, so now I have to get cracking on approximately eleventy-billion feet of bocage.

The gang assembled for review...

The gang assembled for review…

That’s the basic platoon on the left. Zugs 1-3 in column, with the platoon leader, and a platoon asset Panzerschreck team up front. At the back right are a medic, tripod mounted MG-42 team, a sniper team, a forward observer, and a Panzerknacker team. Up front on the right is a PAK-40 painted in a color that doesn’t even come CLOSE to dunkelgelb. Accompanying the ATG are a couple of very poorly painted Stugs.

The Stugs and ATG (and the one-story building in the back) are some of the very first things I painted when I started out on this whole miniatures wargaming thing. They’ll be repainted/replaced eventually, but they’ll serve for now!

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  • tinpotrevolutionary  On 10/27/2013 at 3:40 pm

    A very tidy-looking outfit you have there Leutnant Von Arkie!

  • Frank Arey  On 10/29/2013 at 7:50 pm

    Way, way ahead of me. :-)

    • arkiegamer  On 10/29/2013 at 8:35 pm

      Don’t worry, I keep giving myself more things to do, so I’ll never get THAT far ahead.

  • James Klein  On 11/27/2013 at 6:06 pm

    Amazing blog. Could you walk me through your basing techniques for WW2 infantry?

    • arkiegamer  On 11/27/2013 at 6:56 pm

      Hi James, and thanks!

      I base my 20mm figures on US pennies, which are 3/4″ in diameter, and maybe 3/32″ in thickness. You can’t buy a basing material that’s cheaper, here!

      The ‘ground’ is Vallejo pumice gel, tinted with burnt umber paint. The gel is sort of an adhesive, and I dip it in a plastic bowl full of a mix of model railroad ballast material in a couple of different sizes. Leave to dry overnight.

      After the pumice gel has dried, I paint over the ballast with watered down white glue so that the ballace/pumice gel concoction is toughened up for the long haul. I usually leave this to dry overnight, as well.

      Then there’s a simple two-stage drybrushing of the bases, using burn sienna to start, and finishing up with yellow ochre. This dries very quickly, and I move on to adding static grass.

      The static grass is also kept in a plastic bowl, and after adding some strategic dobs of watered down white glue, I dip the figure base into the bowl of static grass, and get it good and covered. I sort of push the static grass down so that I know it’s getting good contact with the glue, and gently shake off the worst of the excess. Let this sit for quite a few hours. I usually do this overnight, actually.

      Finally, I get a big soft brush and clean all the excess static grass off…if you brush upwards, it helps give the grass some consistent shape, as well. When everything’s nicely cleaned up, I spray the figures with Testors Dullcote, which you may or may not be able to get, depending on where you are in the world.

      Honestly, at this scale, I wish I’d started out using that small ground foam stuff, instead of the static grass, but I was locked in to matching some earlier figures. It seems like too much of a sharp transition from the ‘earth’ to the grass on my bases. Maybe the ground foam with a few tufts of static grass would look a little better?

      Thanks for your interest, and I hope this helps!

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