08/03/2022 at 00:37 #169703
Fresh off the presses, I literally just finished this force up this past weekend. I’m super proud of them; there’s nothing in the photos I’m about to show you that I didn’t paint and base myself, 100% the work of Jack. I’m very happy with how they turned out; I know, I pretty much always say that, but it’s certainly true. The core of the force is built from Battlefront’s US Airborne Company box, in the soft plastic, with a considerable amount of the heavy weapons coming from the old Battlefront metals, and a handful of the newer, hard-plastic Battlefront troops (from the ‘Open Fire’ set and the Airborne Rifle platoon pack). I’m not sure if you’ll be able to tell in the pictures, but the company box paratroopers are much larger and much thicker than the other two, with the Battlefront metals being the runts of the bunch.
You see everything laid out on my bombed-out city/battle of Mars mat; yeah, it’s a bit too orange-y, but I think it doesn’t look too bad once you’ve got everything on it. I did up the bases almost in the same way as the three previous urban forces (Soviets, Germans, and British Paras), but they are a bit different as, of all things, my wife kept pestering me to drybrush more gray onto the bases. She maintains I should have put yet more gray on the bases. I’m not one to argue with the Missus, but I didn’t want these bases getting too far away from the three forces I’d already completed.
The company, battalion, regimental, or divisional commander, depending on what rules I finally friggin’ choose and what echelon I’m gaming at…
A bazooka team.
A nice, authoritative looking NCO pointing, with Thompson SMG.
A look at one of the machine gun teams.
And how about a look at one of the old metal 81mm mortar teams. While I think the new plastic troops are great, I much prefer the old metal mortars to the new plastic ones (at least in the US forces, no problem with the British and German plastic mortars).
To see a bunch more photos, please check the blog at:
In any case, there they are, prepared to go nose to nose with the German SS in Hunner Park, should be fun 😉 I hope you guys like them. In terms of what I’ve got on the painting table, my US Airborne for the Med and North Africa are about 70% done, my Indians for the Med and North Africa are about 90% done, my Aussies and Bersaglieri for North Africa are about 95% done, and (as I mentioned above) my Urban SS are about 40% done. So, as always, more to follow.
Jack08/03/2022 at 15:17 #169753Darkest Star GamesParticipant
You really have been a busy boy! They look darn good too. Can’t wait to read about their adventures.
"I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."09/03/2022 at 02:54 #169772
Hey Darby, hope all is well! Yes, I certainly have, and thank you. I can’t wait to play out their adventures, I’ve just been on too much of a roll getting stuff painted that I actually haven’t played a game in over a year! A travesty…
Jack09/03/2022 at 20:32 #169836kyoteblueParticipant
Dude your are back, been missing ya!!! Your Airborne looks great as usual.11/03/2022 at 00:23 #169883
Hello, John, and thanks! Hope all is well.
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