Saturday, 14 November 2015

First Paras now painted!!

Yes, the Paras are now starting to roll off the painting production line and I'm quite pleased with them. First is a sniper, a Warlord figure.

Bang!! Keep your head down Jerry!

Here's my Lieutenant, brandishing his trusty Webley revolver ... and an umbrella? Ideal tools for giving the Wehrmacht a good thrashing! An Artizan figure and as with all my leaders, he's on an octagonal base with a splash of red flowers - makes them a bit easier to spot when you're playing.

A 2 inch mortar, never leave home without one! Warlord again. Ideal for plopping some smoke right in front of Jerry's MG42's.

Quite like the poses on these chaps! I wonder if the Chain of Command rules don't make these a little too effective - although I admit I cannot find any hard info on just how accurate they could be in the sort of close range encounters that CoC represents?

I've really enjoyed working on these figures. I'm not sure how many of these chaps actually went in to battle wearing their red berets but it does add a certain something to the units on the table. I'll give details of the painting 'recipe' in my next post.

Basing

As mentioned before I wanted to base these figures slightly differently, going for a lighter, sandier effect. Here's the test piece I did using a spare 40mm base.

The recipe:
  • The usual PVA followed by a mixture of grit and sand. A few bigger pieces are always good.
  • A base coat of VMC Flat Earth (983), then highlights of VMC Gold Brown (877), then VMC Dark Sand (847).
  • The grass is simply GW Scorched Grass.
  • Then add a few tufts and some Woodland Scenics clump foliage.

16 comments:

Hobbyworker said...

Lovely figs and terrain sir!

Rodger said...

Excellent work Matt!

dramatic katastases said...

Very nice!

Wargame News and Terrain Blog, said...

Great, thanks for sharing the colors used. Cheers!

Service Ration Distribution (Hobby) said...

Smart. Like it!

JOHNBOND said...

Nicely painted figures, I'll have to revisit your paras for reference in the future as I will need to paint up a section for my Brit Support list.
I think its a good move in regards to your basing technique, sometimes less is more, the figures blend in nicely with terrain on the base without becoming swamped with the vegetation from the base.

Kris Marquardt said...

Very nice indeed! I opted for a more woodland looking base for mine. Keep them coming!

AusPainter said...

Very nice. The umbrella looks lethal

Stefan (aka. Monty) said...

Very nice work. Looking forward to see more of them.

Matt said...

Thanks all, your kind words are much appreciated :o)
Matt

Paul O'G said...

Looking very fearsome Matt, particularly wielding that wicked field umbrella!
The new basing looks good too.

I fond my Brit Paras to be a bit daunting to start with but I was thrilled with how the platoon came out in the end:
http://tasmancave.blogspot.com/2014/02/red-devils-platoon.html

Matt said...

@Paul - thanks! You have some marvellous figures and terrain! I must add your blog to my list when I'm next at my PC :-D

Moiterei_1984 said...

Excellent looking paras! Love that guy waving his umbrella...

Matt said...

Thanks! I hadn't realised it was an umbrella until the figures arrived. I love these slightly tongue in cheek models.

Jason Meyers said...

Nice job on these, I really like the basing too!

Service Ration Distribution (Hobby) said...

Excellent.