As I worked on the second section for my Gebirgsjäger platoon, I wanted to make it a little bit different from the first section. One aspect of the wargaming hobby that I like is that you can always push yourself toward the next level, and add new things to your modeling or painting style. While the models themselves were converted in the same style as the previous section (available here), I decided to add the following:
Now this might not sound so spectacular, I wanted to mix in some helmet-wearing Jäger troops into my force. They seemed to have really loved their Mütze, and in a lot of pictures I've seen they wear the caps even in combat. But this group would have a mix of helmets and caps, and that would give me a reason to bring out the water slide transfers of German helmet insignia that I recently got from Warlord Games! What's more fun than playing with decals?
When I was about to add decals, I also decided to add the sleeve insignia indicating the rank of Gefreiter and Obergefreiter. These were ranks for enlisted men, Finally I wanted to add the white collar patch. All in all I was hoping that these added details would make a solid impact on the final look.
More visible facial features
I'm a big fan of Perry Miniatures, but when I painted up my first batch of the plastic troops, I noticed that the faces had quite shallow details. The facial features are very realistically modelled, but since we're painting miniatures, it means that the face becomes quite "flat" if you paint it the same way as more exaggerated models, including Perry's own metal miniatures.
To avoid this problem, I tried three things:
6 riflemen and a machine gun plus crew.
The junior leader with SMG and the obligatory light mortar. I ended up improvising some random trash for the mortar team to hide beside, but it didn't turn out quite as well as I hoped. I am, however, very happy with the pose for the section leader. Combined with the stubble I think he looks tough as nails. I bet the Soviet players can't wait to hunt him with their snipers! ;)
WW2 Campaign Blog
This blog follows the second Chain of Command club campaign, set in the intense fighting over Stalino in October 1941.