Now I’ve done all the searches I can. Exhausted all combinations. There are only three useful titles left worth looking at for wargaming the Eastern Front and they are:

THE HUN ON THE RUN video newsreel film  Film ID: 1350.11.  A German 2cm flak machinegun in rapid-firing action against Soviet planes, as well as 88mm guns firing against the same; Stukas in ground-attack roles.

UNTERNEHMEN KRETA ( GERMAN INVASION OF CRETE ) video newsreel film  Film ID: 2753.01.  Good shots of Paratroops getting ready for the drop and then in combat on Crete. (Okay, so this isn’t really Eastern Front. But it was the only vid I could recall finding that involved the Fallschirmjäger).

GERMANY INVADED video newsreel film Film ID: 1125.10.   Some US AFVs and softskins advancing into Germany. Good shots of German towns, railway stations and various buildings – very useful so that you can select the right terrain and lay out gaming boards appropriately. Or even better, purchase or build and then paint up the right terrain!

So, that’s it from British Pathe for now. If they digitise more content like those I’ve pointed you to in the future, then that will be great. What I might do is check in every year or so to see if they have added new content to the collection.

They do have films showing the liberations of concentration camps and death camps, all of it extremely graphic stuff. I am glad that this is available for the public to see. May no-one say it didn’t happen.

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…was the Panther. Here are my seven Panthers, built from now out-of-production (OOP) 1/72 Revell kits #031070389 (Panther Ausf. D/Ausf. A) & #031590389 (Panther & Deutsche Fallschirmjäger).

A whole platoon plus two company command vehicles. Star aerials/umbrella aerials are having to wait until I get thin enough brass wire.

Mine are based on a very famous GrossDeutschland Panther…you can find it in the Bundesarchiv. Do a search for:  Bild 101I-712-0498-34

You should only get one result…and it’s a photo in many German armour books.

Plastic Soldier Review reviewed Caeser’s WWII German Paratroopers (Fallschirmjäger) back on February 21.  Sorry that I didn’t mention it here sooner.

They are very favourably reviewed and you get to clearly see all the poses you get in the box. For me it would be perfect (as a wargamer) if a single radio operator was included, because they are a staple of command bases / unit HQ’s. Two of the good poses are troops actively using the FG42 assault rifle.

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The seven Revell Panthers are done. I’m going to Dullcote them and put a photo or two here. I had hoped to secure brass wire to make antennas and star aerials for them by now but none has arrived, so I’ll do that later. I want them on ‘active duty’ for wargaming now!

I’ve begun assembly of 7 Panzerkampfwagen V “Panther” (Sd.Kfz. 171), known by their nickname of Panthers. These are the Revell kits, #03107 however most were bought as the combi-sets with accompanying figures (those of Fallschirmjäger). I’m only in the early stages, glueing road wheels onto the chassis and partially assembling the turrets.

My main tank kit assembly order nowadays is as follows:

  1. Lower chassis
  2. Wheels onto lower chassis
  3. tracks
  4. Paint lower chassis and tracks
  5. Join lower and upper chassis
  6. Turret
  7. Remaining mandatory chassis details as well as any crew figures or wire aerials
  8. Any kitbashed field modifications (me using bits of other kits to add on stowage etc.)
  9. Painting

The detail on this kit is pretty good. I’m going to assemble them as A types and have selected an acknowledged and photographed Infantry Regiment Großdeutschland camouflage for them, of green mottling over Dark Yellow. To see the black and white photographic evidence (and then a colour illustration of how it would look), get a copy of Panzer Colors III: Markings of the German Army Panzer Forces 1939-45 by Bruce Culver (and look Ma, I’m using LibraryThing again!!!).

I’m assembling 7 so that I have a platoon on 5 plus an HQ of 2. Panzerfaust: Armored Fist is written with German ad-hoc companies in mind…my recommendation is to always buy a platoon of a major vehicle and then the requisite number of HQ vehicles of the same type, in case you want them to be the HQ too.

Still 4 weeks of Spring left, but today is the second day of over 30 degrees…in fact, looking at the MelbinYewni real time temperature graph, today got to just over 34! This means it’s time to think about doing lots of wargames terrain / wargames scenery, as there will be the heat to cure and dry everything thoroughly and promptly.

I’ve made a start: the three telegraph posts from an old ESCI Diorama Accessories set have been assembled, based and given some lumpy earth around their bases…ready now for painting.

I finished off a platoon of PaK 36 anti-tank guns with crews, plus that ICM Krupp truck, so that they wouldn’t bother me and so that “Operation Barbarossa” next year will be a reality. The PaK 36s are from Fujimi, the crews are the one worthwhile figure from the Fujimi set the gun comes in, a chap from the  Revell  Fallschirmjägers and one of the two ESCI / Italeri Sd. Kfz. 251/1 crew. Photos: PaK 36 teams & truck PaK 36 gun & truck .

Some more comments about the ICM Krupp L2H143 Kfz 70 kit…it turns out pretty well and looks great painted. I opted to have the MG 34 on a pintle mount in the rear tray option, to fit in with the Kubelwagen Type 82 which also had pintle-mounted MG34. I don’t like the decals that ICM provided for this kit, though. There is too much excess clear decal surrounding the rear number plate, and even drybrushing with Kommando Khaki as a coat of dust didn’t help…in fact it made it worse and drew attention to the excess. There was also far too much excess on the front number plate – which is meant to wrap around a front bumper bar which is probably only a milimetre wide. Stupid! It wrapped but wouldn’t glue. I know some modellers add a special glue under any decal they apply, but I don’t have that glue and don’t think it should be necessary. The front number plate decal’s glue didn’t hold and so the whole thing popped off during drybrushing. A shame. Sorry ICM, sorry Roden, but I’m not having much luck with your decals.

Now, Fujimi’s product is meant to be 1/76 scale, but it isn’t. Let me clarify…the house probably is, but the figures and PaK gun supplied with it are definitely 1/72 scale or even larger…possibly even 1/70 scale! Anyway, only one figure from that product is worth using with the anti-tank gun because the others are even worsely sculpted and moulded than the figures Hasegawa provide with their WWII AFVs. Hence why each PaK 36 base I’ve done has figures from other manufacturers to make up the two-man crews that Panzerfaust: Armored Fist requires.

Lastly – a couple of Battlefield Accessories wall sections (enough to make two simple houses) have been assembled and are being painted, along with a Faller German, Austrian or Swiss log cabin that I bought at a model railroad shop.

Oh, and there’s a Wespe and that other Kubelwagen still in Tankoberg…but I’m feeling the time is nigh to make a caulk creek / stream following the laws laid down by Nikolas Lloyd.

 

 

I’ve finished my 40mm x 40mm base of motorcycles, which are part of my recon force’s HQ. These are all from the Italeri WWII German Motorcycles kit.

Motorcycle recon 1

Motorcycle recon 2

Motorcycle recon 3

Motorcycle recon 4

The artwork for the box and the uniforms of the figures show that they are meant to be down in Africa, as part of the DAK. To make them Eastern Front, I’ve painted them as wearing the “reed green” summer uniform, which was also known as HBT or herringbone twill. They’ve come out really well (except I don’t have much evidence of troops in the HBT uniform wearing that type of cap in that colour…that cap was very much a DAK item. Ah well, it’s just a game – and an abstract one at that. So a little artistic licence here and there is OK.

This means the oft-talked-about game on this blog for the last three months or so can finally happen.

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In other news, the wonderful Paul who runs the brilliant “Plastic Warriors” blog passed along some vital news that I’ll share with you all – he’s found a link where you can go have a look-see at the new Caeser WWII German Paratroopers (why aren’t they called Fallschirmjäger?)?

It comes from Bunkermeister’s Bunker Talk blog, and here’s the link to the post you all want to see! Thanks Paul for the tipoff, and thanks Bunkermeister for making some photos so speedily available!