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I have now painted up a small squad of Warlord Games figures. These figures are labelled mid-late war by Warlord Games but as long as you ensure they have the right weapons for the period they can easily fit it. At the time of the invasion of Crete new uniforms were starting to come through to the troops on the ground, specifically camouflage tops and helmet covers. There are lots of pictures of Germans on Crete wearing mixed uniform. Please note I have not confused the later pictures of occupation troops wearing camouflage which is a common mistake, often made.

I must admit of the all the figures painted so far these are my least favourite. They are plastic
and seem clumsy as in the way the bodies are sculpted. Whats also apparent is Warlords Heroic scale
which shows up the large oversized heads.

They will also need a weight added to the bottom as they are easily knocked over. I will have to raid the 2p jar again lol

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In 1941 German forces invaded the island of Crete in an operation code named, “Mercury”. They used an elite force of Fallschirmjager(parachutists) to invade from the air and the resulting battle would go down in history as a disaster for both the attacking Germans and defending allies.

So you guessed it, I am in the process of painting up a 28mm Fallschirmjager force for operation Mercury and all the other bits needed to complete the project. This will include a mixed force of Allied troops, anti air defence , tanks, Cretan terrain, a Ju52, a DFS 230 glider and loads more.

As mentioned above I am starting off with the German Fallschirmjager force. These guys were elite, veteran troops and highly motivated . The plan to capture Crete was simple, parachute from Ju 52 transport planes or land by DFS glider and capture an airport. Once an airport was captured reinforcement would come from the air as the Germans had air supremacy over the island.

In reality things didn’t go quiet to plan. The Fallschirmjager preferred tactic was to land directly on top of a target(this tactic had brought great success earlier in the war) and use the element of surprise and confusion to over whelm the enemy. Unfortunately German intelligence was particularly poor and would lead to some units dropping directly onto camouflaged Allied forces, resulting in severe German casualties. To further disadvantage the Germans they jumped with minimal personal weapons and on landing they had to find canisters dropped at the same time with most of the larger weapons and spare ammo. Not an ideal situation if you have just landed in an Allied Position !

Luckily the Allies defence of the island was poorly coordinated allowing the groups of spread out Germans to eventually capture the airport at Maleme which enabled them to capture Crete.

The Germans suffered over 6,000 casualties(dead and wounded) on Crete and the Allies lost 1700 and 15,000 were captured. The huge lost of elite German troops and transport planes(350 Luftwaffe planes were lost) were to end the days of parachute drops for the Fallschirmjager as Hitler was not prepared to accept such losses again. The Fallschirmjager would become foot sloggers from that point on.

Anyway that’s the historical narrative covered, now onto the troops and figures I`m going to use. The Fallschirmjager of most WW2 experts conjures up a vision of camouflaged troops armed to the teeth with the best weapons the German war machine could provide, but we are wargaming in 1941 and thus fit into the early war period of the Fallschirmjager.

Your typical Fallschirmjager soldier would have been dressed in a green jumpsuit with a blue Luftwaffe colour helmet. Weapons would have been a rifle ,machine gun ,pistol and grenades. Any other weapons were dropped separately in a canister.

The figures I have used are a mixture of manufacturers. I have used 1st Corps, Foundry and Crusader and a few from Warlord Games. The first three manufacturers specialize in early war troops and I have included a few Warlord Games figures(they only provide mid-late war figures) to show the tiny emergence of different uniforms that started to appear in small numbers on Crete.

These are the first 16 completed figures which are a mixture of 1st Corps and Crusader. They go together quite well and its hard to spot the differences unless you pick them up and really closely check. The bases are covered in a new ready made scatter called, “Mediterranean Soil” by geekgaming.

The pictures below are 1st Corps.

The bottom two pictures are Crusader.

I`m very happy with how they have come out so far and the difference between the two makes

of figures is minimal. I have also started cracking on with the terrain.

More soon.

I have decided to give the Warlord games, “Summer Offensive Painting
Competition” a go under the diorama section. I am going with Bolt
Action and basing the diorama on the picture below. After
that I am taking artistic licence.

Early days so far on my Stug III but lots more to come.

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Ok its finally finished.

I ended up going for a simple plasticard base and just

basic vegetation. If the base had been any bigger it would

of limited the amount of places I could of used it on a terrain

board.

So to sum it all up. Due to lack of 15mm windmills on the market

in the Normandy style, I decided to scratch build one. The tower is

made from plastic tube and has modelling clay on the outside giving

the stone effect. The top of the windmill is styrene with modelling clay

on the outside giving the tile effect. I also used balsa wood to make the

sail connection.

The sails are borrowed from another 15mm manufacturer of windmills and I used

an iron rod to connect the sails to windmill. Thus the sails actually turn and

are not fixed in place. The door on the windmill is balsa wood and the windows

are pinched from an “N”guage model railway building.

I tried to go for the overall look of recently abandoned.

Anyway it was lots of fun making it and hope you like it.

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Things are on the move finally. I finished the top

which is styrene covered in modelling clay. I also managed

to get the connection between the sail and mill sorted

which took an eternity to get just right.

Its presently had a few starter coats of paints on it and I am

about to base it on something a bit bigger. The basing will

help it stand up and keep it safe from big clumsy hands like

mine.

More soon.

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I have been wanting a windmill to sit on

my terrain boards for ages and fed up with the

lack of ready made terrain to do the job I

decided to have a go at building one myself.

So here is the plan. First,I cut off a small

length of black plastic drainpipe tube. After much

thinking I decided to achieve the stone effect with

DAS modelling clay as it gave me the ability to get

exactly what I was after. Its simply moulded around

the drainpipe and I used a small knife to mark out

the stone relief, windows and door.

Next up I need to create a roof, build some door and

window frames plus add lots of paint. I have found a

windmill sail from a bargain bucket which can be adapted

to the correct type. This should help speed things up.

Below is the DAS modelling clay after sculpting.

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Only got to wait 3 days now for it to dry lol.

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As promised a closer look at the other end of

the village which is still in progress especially the

water course.

The 1st picture is of the Loic Neveu Manor house and I

was considering changing the picture to black and white

to make it more brooding but the swastika, the colour of

the building and the sunlight makes it creepy enough.

Just click on a picture to enlarge.

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Warning, lots of large pictures. Just click on

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Just wanted to show you how I have been getting

on with my continuing Normandy boards. Still a long way

to go but all 3 boards are coming along nicely. As you

can see from the pictures the 3 additional boards

allow me to crawl out of the Normandy bocage and right

into the local village for a bit of street fighting.

The name of the church and village are fictional so

don’t bother looking for it lol

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The buildings are all mixed manufacturers and the centre

piece church is a Loic Neveu masterpiece. If you really

need to know who makes any particular building just contact

me for the details.

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As mentioned in previous posts I have been using Google Maps

to get inspiration and ideas from,especially the church. Most

French villages have a church surrounded by a circular wall and

often sit right in the middle of the village with a road curving

around the church. There is often a war memorial right next to

the church as well.

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A few bits of info on the church. The gates to L`eglise Saint Andre

are scratch built and the stained glass windows are a combination of

free hand painting and see through plastic. The roof is removable

so you can fill the church with soldiers to your hearts content.

All buildings on the boards are removable except the walls which are fixed

in position. Also to help with storage the telegraph poles are fixed to the

board with magnets so easily moved.

Lots more to do especially at the more built up end of the village but

light is shining from the end of the tunnel.

If your wondering that’s a Panzer Lehr Division rolling through 🙂

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I have been concentrating on the rust and that is

where all my efforts have been going as to date.

Nothing is fixed in stone at this point and I`m

still moving bits around as I decide on what goes

where.

So far I have got the basic rust colour I wanted

sorted its just the fine detail that needs to be

completed.
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If I am happy with the rust effects nearer the end I will

do a quick tutorial on how to achieve it.

Like the small rusty bridge ? Can you guess whats it made of ?

More of an update than project movement. I am
still working on the first board and still not sure
where everything is going to go, but its slowly
getting clearer.
I will let the pictures do the talking :

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As you can see I have also been experimenting

with scratch buit rust covered corrugated buildings.

The test piece in the picture is have way through

the rust painting process.

More soon 🙂