With more time to spend at home the last two months, it was a good time to clean out some minis that have been resting in the proverbial wardrobe for a while. When looking into my miniatures pile of shame, I realized that one of the smaller portions of it was German WW2 infantry. In fact, with a small batch painting effort, I might be able to paint all German infantry that I have at home. A cleared backlog - what an utterly insane idea!
So I primed almost all the Fallschirmjägers I had left, and it was a mess. Let's dig into them.
So these are a bit random since they are leftovers from when I painted up the actual sections. First out are some FG42 automatic rifles from the Warlord Plastic sprues. These guns are more likely to be used when our forces duke it out in Sicily or the Italian mainland, rather than in Northern Africa, so I didn't prioritize them earlier.
Next are some more light machine guns, MG42s, flanked by two riflemen. I've already used up the ammo carriers for these, which makes them pretty useless. I wish more manufacturers would make three man LMG teams, or even better that I could buy just ammo carriers separately. I'd love to just buy 6-7 of them to fill out my current force.
I already painted some radio guys, but well... the Black Tree Design blister came with a lot of them! So here's the entire Luftwaffe Ham Radio Club. Including some other odds and ends - I think those are meant to be newly landed soldiers. I have no idea what I'll use them for to be honest, which is kind of a theme of this blog post.
If you like SMGs, get hype! I got a range of various automatic weapons, a mix of leftovers and a blister of FJ with looted guns from Warlord. Thompsons! PPShs! I have no idea how they looted both at the same time, but they're ready to use them. There are also some Warlord plastics in there.
Finally, the big guns. We already had a 75mm le. IG 18 for the eastern front, but none painted up for Africa. I decided to make slots in the base to fit crewmen instead of gluing them on, so that the same model can be used for our DAK and FJ platoons. The crew are plain DAK crews but painted with the FJ splittermuster camo, which looks good enough for me. The minis are from Warlord Games.
I also got an additional MMG from Warlord. These have a rather less exposed profile than the previous one I painted, and I think I like this one more.
With these done, I only have a small handful of Fallschirmjägers left. I still miss a light mortar for them, and I wouldn't mind getting maybe the larger recoilless anti-tank gun they got later on. And maybe some engineers. But other than that, they are becoming a pretty complete force with lots of support options.
Finally, here's a gallery with the pictures if you want to see them in larger format, as well as some extra pics. Cheers!