Monday, 8 January 2018
From Paul O'G: Freikorps Panzerauto and Russian log houses (60 points)
First up is this Austin Armoured Car Mk 2 fitted with two turreted maxim guns. A number of these British made machines were purchased by the Russian Army prior to WW1. After the war they were used widely during the Russian Civil War but many captured on the Eastern Front by the Germans were pressed into service with the Friekorps. I drew quite a bit of inspiration from the period pics, including the skull and crossbones totems which seem to have been prolific.
The model is from 1st Corps' WW1 vehicle range. Resin body with metal fittings. Curiously, there were no fixing points for the turrets to the chassis. Rather than glue them in place I magnetised them which helps with storage as well as being able to train them in action.
Alan gave me this kit as a Christmas present...last year...so its good to finally get it completed! Thanks for lending me the thematic background for the pics too mate.
Next up are two 15mm Russian log houses. These resin buildings by Mk IV Miniatures are beautifully detailed and very crisply cast.
They were a delight to paint and have already seen action in hiding Red Army from Alan's Panzer reece units in games of Battlegroup Barbarossa. I have another 3 of these in the painting pile and cant wait to get to them.
So in total this week it is one 28mm vehicle, one 28mm figure and 2 terrain pieces (which each fit one cube blocks) for a total of 60 points.
This is such a great submission, Paul. Beautifully painted and nicely photographed. The Austin Armoured car is just one of those vehicles which just screams '1919' at the top of its slightly enfeebled, and exhaust-fume laden, mouth. Although I remember that they saw extensive service in the First World War and through the inter-War years, you've placed the car in it's iconic setting - pressed into use in the service of the Freikorps in Weimar Berlin. Outstanding!
I love the period photograph you've created. It's really atmospheric and all adds to the theme. Well done indeed.
The Mk IV Minatures' log houses look the business as well. I love resin models which are easy to prepare and paint, straight out of the packaging. These look super painted up.
Awesome work, Paul, and a well-earned 60 points!