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Dogs and Devils HG Schwere Aufklarungsschwadron – first 1100 + points

Well, I got this little lot finished this weekend minus the decals. I still need to pick a set up.
Having used Armypainter strongtone on the figures for shading and varnishing I then used a can of GW matt varnish (purity seal!) to bring the gloss finish down to a matt. I guess I must have picked the right day to do this and the right spray as I am really pleased with the end result.
I decided to go with GW glade grass for the static grass bases plus a bit of leftover Woodland scenics talus for the larger AT bases. I just use PVA glue and an old brush to work round the bases.

Now I need to work on the first 600 points of US 3rd infantry division so I can get a quick game in. So much to do…. and I am already started on the scenery..!
Thanks for those who are following this as the armies grow!

Paints used for the infantry:
Vallejo Game color:
Skin: 72100 Rosy Flesh
Uniform basecolour and helmet: 72050 Cold Grey
Camo smock: 72 061 Khaki
Camo brown / boots / rifles : 72043 Beasty brown
Camo green: 72105 Mutation Green
Gunmetal: 72054 Gunmetal Metal

Heavy Recon Mechanised List
Confident Veteran (HG can reroll company and platoon morale checks)

2 x Command Panzerknacker teams
Kfz 15 field car
Motorcycle and sidecar (BMW model used)
Optional extra: AT section:
3 x Panzerschreck teams plus Kfz 70 truck
Optional Extra: sniper bases
1 x Sniper team

HG Aufklarungs Pioneer Platoon
1 x Command Pioneer MG team
6 x Pioneer MG team
4 x Kfz 70 truck

HG Aufklarungs Artillery Battery
1 x Command SMG team
1 x Kfz 15 field car
1 x Oberver team with SdKfz 250 half track transport
1 x Gun section
2 x Wespe artillery half track

HG Anti-Tank gun platoon:
1 x Command SMG team
3 x PAK 40 AT gun
(no transports)

Divisional Support:
HG Panzer Platoon:
2 x Panzer III M
1 x Panzer III N
1 x Panzer IV H

Also seen are an extra observer team, a Kubelwagen without MG and another motorcycle and sidecar.

With the cost of a the HQ options including a sniper team added in I make the valid options here to be worth some 1135 points in the current Dogs and Devils supplement.


Flames of War – US Army 3rd ID – test base

I have been trying out a colour scheme for the US Armies 3rd infantry division and came up with this base using the “worst” of the available figures (one man is now “down” after losing his leg and base to a modelling accident).
I have to say I am not a fan of the massive bases on these Battlefront Models. Trying to remove the base is nigh on impossible without injury to the model. I didn’t want to keep having to put lots of filler onto the base either as it slows down the gluing production line. I hope the static grass helps to disguise the obvious lump of metal at the bottom of the figures.

And pre-static grass and matt coat of varnish…

Flames of War – HG Vehicles – on the way!

Well I have managed to fit in some more painting over the last week between all the real world stuff. There’s a good 1000 point of Late War 15mm Germans here. The shininess on the vehicles will go when a coat of matt varnish is applied.

Flames of War – HG Vehicles – an update

Just wanted to post an update on the vehicles I have started painting for my Dogs and Devils HG Schwere Aufklarungsschwadron.

Didn’t get as far as I hoped but definitely liking the look of the dunkelgelb camo now.

I had a bit of a mini disaster with the “dip”. It ran and I didn’t catch it and caught on the bottom of some of the Schurzen (skirts) on the panzer sides.

I had to scrape it off carefully and retouch it up as it was just way too dark. Don’t work late at night and check the sides for running for a few hours afterwards(!)

I need to get some infantry done now and their transports. If you don’t like transports this army list is not for you.

Flames of War mini rulebook – bound!

Just got my rulebook bound and wanted to give a shoutout to Matt Thompson at Staples Ashton-Under-Lyme, Cheshire. Fast, friendly and expert service saw the book in the image below turned out in good time. Refreshing to get such good service. Thank you Sir!
Note: A useful tip from Matt, not all Staples stores have laser cutters (in the picture you can see where the binder was cut off) which could make life harder for getting the glued binding off. I was lucky being near Manchester. Eg. the Blackpool store does not. I suggest that you ring ahead to your local store to make sure they have a laser cutter to get your binding off cleanly.
Excellent job. Nice metal binder, pages open cleanly. I asked for the covers to be laminated. £5.98 all in and barely 15 minutes from entering to leaving the store.

Flames of War – Dead Flesh is the new Dunkelgelb!

I started painting some of my German HG forces from the Dogs and Devils Battle Book a few days back.

The aim is to emulate the look of the vehicle images in the D&D book by using the techniques in WWPD Dirty Jon’s Article (thanks for the inspiration!)

Here’s the start… (not the actual tank but….)

Started with a white undercoat, followed by a base coat on the vehicles of… wait for it…. Vallejo GC 72035 Dead Flesh. I just didn’t want to spend the extra £7.20 to buy a can of late war spray on dunkelgelb. By using a piece of white A4 a brush and several suitable looking paints for the Vallejo Game Color (GC) range, I came up with Dead Flesh as a likely looking colour. It’s not as dark and yellow as dunkelgelb, but my guess was that the process of shading with brown ink would help darken it off to a similar effect.

After this, the brown stippling was done with Vallejo GC 72043 Beasty Brown and then Vallejo GC 72105 Mutation Green. Keeping the coats light and going back over them is the key. Do not go too heavy, but if you do – it’s not the end of the world. Keep the turret separate from the body and work on them independently.

Once dry I used the Dead Flesh again as a very faint drybrush to go over the camouflage stripes to lighten them off gave a decent finish.

The Tracks were painted with Vallejo GC 72054 Gunmetal metal.

At this point I used Vallejo GC brown wash to add some depth, but was not overly happy. As I was about to repeat the process with a stronger ink wash It then dawned on me that all I was going to do is to use brown ink then a gloss varnish. I searched for my spares shelf and found a once used tin of ArmyPainter Strong Tone ‘dip’ (basically brown ink and varnish in a stinky smelling can for 17 squidlies).

Using an old brush I applied the all-in one dip coat over the vehicle (turret separate!) being careful not to let it pool up too heavily. Leaving it to dry for 24 hours I came back to find a decent result (IMHO). I am not out to win prizes, but it is certainly game-able.

I don’t have the decals for these models so I am not going to use a matt finish on the model yet.

As a start I think its okay, I need to experiment a bit more with depth of camouflage. But for wargaming, seems fine to me – and it didn’t take long. Now to finish off all the rest…

All I have to do now is repeat the process of finding a substitute for late war US army spray from my collection of Vallejo Game Color so I can work on the 3rd id vehicles!

There’s no reason to level those 15mm scale vehicles unpainted – its MUCH easier than painting 28mm vehicles 🙂