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Jon Darlington
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One of the oddball considerations with Battle for Stalingrad is that while most of the units are dressed for winter (because they're re-using the models made for the all-Winter Battle for Moscow), but 2/3 of the scenarios are played on green summer maps.

When painting up the units that came in the box, I tried to make bases that would serve both purposes. The full-winter bases I used for Battle for Moscow would look pretty silly on the dark green summer boards.

So while I started the bases for summer (lots of dark brown), I used a rather dead-looking type of grass; and I added some little piles of snow to winter-ify the summer bases, maybe suggesting early winter half-melted snow.

Not a perfect result, but not a bad compromise.



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The green map boards does make it a bit awkward to paint. I really like your solution though. Well done!!
 
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Thanks! Yeah, all those long winter overcoats looked pretty goofy for summer boards and bases. This was the best I could come up with.
 
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Nice work Jon, be sure to see the minis I painted in the original Barbarossa game images. Would love to hear what you think!
 
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Tyrone_Slothrop wrote:
Nice work Jon, be sure to see the minis I painted in the original Barbarossa game images. Would love to hear what you think!


Hey Rob:

Wow, great work! I really like a lot of things about your models.

Soviet infantry: As a general comment, you use a high-constrast style for your infantry which is different from my approach, but works very well for models of this scale that are viewed at a distance (at least arm's length). Your attention to detail here really pays off.

Your work on the bases is terrific. I think that adds hugely to the appearance of the overall unit. The grass looks good, and the leaves in particular lend enormously to the realism. Your little wooden logs are a great touch.

It looks like you've mixed in a few models from other sets? Makes for great (and more natural) variety, good job.

German infantry: same comments as for the Soviets, plus you've done some more really elaborate work on the bases. I like the banks you've added on the side of the pathway for #63, and of course the awesome camouflage sheets and netting for #02.

Where did the horse and cart come from? I love that figure. And once again, great work creating the pathway on that base.

German vehicles: Really great detail here, you've really brought out the details very effectively yet kept a natural-looking appearance overall. I accept the big red flags as artistic indulgence. I like the extra stowage bundles you've used on the tanks.

Soviet vehicles: Great job again; I like the cargo on the truck, and you've done a good job with the T-35 painting a varied surface with shading and highlights to bring out the detail. I've got a second T-35 I might try to paint in similar Fall colours, now that I've done one in white Winter camo.

I think the KV-1 might benefit from one more pass at shading/weathering; in contrast with the German tanks and the T-35, this one looks a bit too clean and somehow this gives away its tiny toy scale to my eyes.

Planes: Good job with the camouflage. I recognize those patterns from when I was researching how to paint them myself. My only suggestion here would be to paint the frames of the cockpits; the solid block of clear plastic stands out compared to the careful paint job elsewhere.

Thanks for posting these! Brings a smile to my face to see what others can do with these great plastic units.

Links for the benefit of others:

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/2679969/world-war-ii-bar...

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/2672463/world-war-ii-bar...

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/2671258/world-war-ii-bar...

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/2671257/world-war-ii-bar...

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/2671251/world-war-ii-bar...

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/2671250/world-war-ii-bar...

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/2671248/world-war-ii-bar...
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JDarlington wrote:
Tyrone_Slothrop wrote:
Nice work Jon, be sure to see the minis I painted in the original Barbarossa game images. Would love to hear what you think!


Hey Rob:

Wow, great work! I really like a lot of things about your models.

Soviet infantry: As a general comment, you use a high-constrast style for your infantry which is different from my approach, but works very well for models of this scale that are viewed at a distance (at least arm's length). Your attention to detail here really pays off.

Your work on the bases is terrific. I think that adds hugely to the appearance of the overall unit. The grass looks good, and the leaves in particular lend enormously to the realism. Your little wooden logs are a great touch.

It looks like you've mixed in a few models from other sets? Makes for great (and more natural) variety, good job.

German infantry: same comments as for the Soviets, plus you've done some more really elaborate work on the bases. I like the banks you've added on the side of the pathway for #63, and of course the awesome camouflage sheets and netting for #02.

Where did the horse and cart come from? I love that figure. And once again, great work creating the pathway on that base.

German vehicles: Really great detail here, you've really brought out the details very effectively yet kept a natural-looking appearance overall. I accept the big red flags as artistic indulgence. I like the extra stowage bundles you've used on the tanks.

Soviet vehicles: Great job again; I like the cargo on the truck, and you've done a good job with the T-35 painting a varied surface with shading and highlights to bring out the detail. I've got a second T-35 I might try to paint in similar Fall colours, now that I've done one in white Winter camo.

I think the KV-1 might benefit from one more pass at shading/weathering; in contrast with the German tanks and the T-35, this one looks a bit too clean and somehow this gives away its tiny toy scale to my eyes.

Planes: Good job with the camouflage. I recognize those patterns from when I was researching how to paint them myself. My only suggestion here would be to paint the frames of the cockpits; the solid block of clear plastic stands out compared to the careful paint job elsewhere.

Thanks for posting these! Brings a smile to my face to see what others can do with these great plastic units.

Links for the benefit of others:

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/2679969/world-war-ii-bar...

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/2672463/world-war-ii-bar...

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/2671258/world-war-ii-bar...

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/2671257/world-war-ii-bar...

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/2671251/world-war-ii-bar...

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/2671250/world-war-ii-bar...

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/2671248/world-war-ii-bar...


Thanks for your kind compliments, Jon. I really heavily researched, painted and modified most of the models. Some of the models are from Sgt. Mess, a 1/72 scale producer of metal WWII infantry figs and Plastic Model Company also has 1/72 figs that are beautifully sculpted. I went crazy creative on the bases, as you have noted - one of the fun parts, I think. The flags on the German tanks are air ID panels which are prolific at this point in the campaign (they're decals) as indicated by photographic evidence and such. (Only three of my tanks have them though). The joy in doing these models, is that everything has been heavily researched/studied. The horse and cart is a heavily modified piece from a Forces of Valor set (1/72 scale)- The Germans used 200-500,000 horses at the start of Barbarossa! The German tent is a folded piece of paper, glued in the shape of a tent, with a cammo pattern on the outside. The netting is from an old 1/6 project. Yeah, for the aircraft, I have to paint the canopy frames, just largely forgot about it - but would certainly look more authentic as you indicate. The KV-1 is pretty much off my production line, LOL - Meaning the shading is done and the chassis weathered a bit, but yes, need to finish the weathering on the body/turret - wanted to show off the camouflage first. Finally, your ID tags make my models 'POP' - love those and thanks again for taking the time to do such a detailed commentary! thumbsup
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