Thursday, January 30, 2014

German 81mm Mortar Teams in 15mm and more

After completing a set of four British 3 inch mortars and team, I figured the Germans ought to receive a similar reinforcement.  With that, four German 81mm mortars with teams exited the painting desk.  Figures are Peter Pig. 

Sticking to the Narvik project, two British 2 pounders followed the Germans off the painting table.  When I purchased these models years ago from Peter Pig, I neglected to add additional crew to the order.  Thus, these two guns have only one crew at present.  Perhaps with my next order, I will add British artillery crew and then retrofit these guns properly.

Notice the gun on the left is a little darker in complexion than the other?  Well, the gun on the left had a mishap with the dip during the staining step.  As I repositioned the based model around in my hand as I brushed on the stain, the model slipped from my hand and fell directly into the tin of vanish.  Rats!  I spent several minutes trying to fish the model out of the thick, black goo.  After some cleanup, I don't believe it looks much worse for the extra coating.

Not wanting to move on from the Narvik project just yet, a company of British infantry is in work.  This company comprises 26 figures including one LMG team and one light mortar team.  Each weapon unit has two stands: one showing deployed status and one for movement.  

14 comments:

  1. I'm really amazed at the level of detail on 15mm - at least the good sculpts, as these clearly are. Nice work as always, Dean

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    1. Thanks, Dean! The Peter Pig figures are very well sculpted indeed.

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  2. These look great Jonathan and it sounds like a great project! I'm pretty sure you're not a FoW fellow. What rules are you looking at for your WW II?

    And lol on your story. I dropped a knight into the can of dip and with all the settled pigment, I had the hardest time getting him back out!

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    1. Thanks, Monty! I had a difficult time extracting that gun from the tin too. I spent several minutes fumbling about with a screwdriver and pencil trying to trap it and bring it to the surface.

      For rules, I am still open to trying just about anything. Well, anything besides FoW. I like the level of abstraction in WTJ's 1943 though I can't get the fellas as interested.

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  3. They all look very fine. I have been avoiding the dip method because I'm clumsy and could see myself doing just that.

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    1. Thanks, Michael and welcome! Well, this my first time in having a figure take the plunge. I need to stain away from the open tin as Dartfrog suggests below.

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  4. I still have a 6mm Stryker lurking deep in my dark tone can. Now I apply the dip over a plastic try next to try he can. I am liking this project.

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    1. I didn't expect to drop the big thing into the can. What is the probability of that large round base falling exactly into the small opening. Evidently, the probability was 1! I will take your advice and paint away from the tin.

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  5. Nicely done with these mortars...little mortars...very little when we see your paintjob...excellent!

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  6. Nice looking stuff and the accidental dip doesn't look bad. I'm finally caught up on your blog again and have enjoyed the range and variety of projects you present. Gridded games are becoming appealing to me as well.

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    1. I appreciate your very kind and encouraging comments! Glad I have something of interest to you.

      I will probably be trying more gridded games.

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  7. Looks good; they just need facing colors. :-)

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    1. That is part of the allure of WWII: no facing colors and no lace!

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