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Wicked Warp Spider





Chicago

I'm happy to announce my latest army build for Adepticon Bolt Action Doubles - a Volkssturm army during the Fall of Berlin, 1945. This model is the excellent Empress Miniatures 8.8cm FlaK36 with "Militia" crew from their Spanish Civil War range. It's a beautiful model, well priced, and suited for both SCW and WW2 gaming. The majority of the crew are Empress (with the addition of greenstuff armbands), but I also included a Warlord Luftwaffe spotter and Bund Deutsche Madel assistant from Warlord's "Last Levy" boxed set to meet the requisite number of models required for Bolt Action.

More pics and info below:
http://empireofghosts.blogspot.com/2017/01/the-fall-of-berlin-88cm-flak36.html

   
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Mutilatin' Mad Dok






Very unusual, and a nice change from the usual lantern-jawed SS men that everyone seems to love. I'm guessing the fluff is that it's an 88mm that's been pulled out of a depot or something and pressed into service, hence the early war grey scheme.

One point - the red bricks are a bit jarring, and distract the eye from the models themselves. And the red around them (brick dust?) looks too much like blood. Maybe re-do these in a more subdued brick colour?

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Terry Pratchett RIP 
   
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Wicked Warp Spider





Chicago

Wow! Well, I'm back with some more completed units for my Adepticon Doubles army and a story. You see, I didn't plan on painting these up this soon, as I actually took on a commission just after New Year's. However, as I was right in the middle of cutting to do a headswap on the NSDAP officer pictured below, I slipped with the Xacto and cut the knuckle on my left hand! Thankfully, the blade was brand new and extremely sharp, so the cut was clean and actually took several minutes to start bleeding. However, it was long (about 1.5") and quite deep (I could see bone!) so my amazing wife immediately drove me to urgent care where I spent several hours getting looked at, stitched up, and given a tetanus shot.

Now, this is the first time I've ever had a cut needing medical attention in 25-odd years of modeling and it was because I wasn't practicing shop safety. So, let this be a lesson - always cut on a cutting matt and always use the minimum amount of cutting force necessary.

More pics and info below:
http://empireofghosts.blogspot.com/2017/01/the-fall-of-berlin-volkssturm-units.html












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 Tailgunner wrote:
Very unusual, and a nice change from the usual lantern-jawed SS men that everyone seems to love. I'm guessing the fluff is that it's an 88mm that's been pulled out of a depot or something and pressed into service, hence the early war grey scheme.

One point - the red bricks are a bit jarring, and distract the eye from the models themselves. And the red around them (brick dust?) looks too much like blood. Maybe re-do these in a more subdued brick colour?


Yes, it's supposed to be a very early FlaK36 pressed back into service after being mothballed.

I think the bricks seem "too red" because of the direct lighting I was using for the camera shots. IRL, it's a much deeper red

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Mutilatin' Mad Dok






I've been hacking bits out of my hands for as long as I've been modelling. Usually a combination of carelessness and blunt blades. More recently, it's due to binge-watching TV shows on DVD while modelling.

Great figures. Any vehicles planned?

Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.

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Richmond, VA

I would heartily recommend Warlord's Borgward Wanze!

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Wicked Warp Spider





Chicago

So I'm currently about 95% finished with my Fall of Berlin army for Adepticon Doubles. Today I've completed a Mule Team Limber for my 8.8cm FlaK36 and a Panzerstellung.





More pics and info below:
http://empireofghosts.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-fall-of-berlin-mule-limber.html
   
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Wicked Warp Spider





Chicago

For the first of the AFVs for my Fall of Berlin army, I ordered a JTFM/Die Waffenkramer Henschel Konigstiger. All in all, this is a good kit - the details are nice, it's well molded, and is a hefty chunk of resin. My one issue with it are the tracks, which lack any sort of linkage detail and look somewhat unrealistic. But, if I'm honest, this is a rather minor complaint (as well as being fairly commonplace among 1/56 resin-cast AFVs). I added lifting hooks to the turret, an AA gun ring to the cupola, an electrical wire behind the glacis headlight, an antenna, packed some epoxy putty behind the gun mantlet, and finally added a small plasticard "turret ring" to lift the turret ever so slightly and make the tank seem more imposing.

I wanted this to look like a salvaged and re-fitted tank in the final months of the war, so decided on doing a "new" turret and gun atop an "old" chassis.






More pics and info below:

http://empireofghosts.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-fall-of-berlin-patchwork-konigstiger.html
   
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Battlefield Tourist





On an Express Elevator to Hell!!

One of the most characterful forces I have seen in some time, love the individual attention to detail for each miniature!

 
   
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Chicago

Last, but not least, is the AFV I'll be taking to Adepticon BA Doubles - the Panzer IV Ausf. J. For the base model, I used Warlord's plastic Pz IV G/H and because making a late production J model would require the removal of many core pieces (most notably going from four return rollers to three), I decided on making an early production model instead.

More pics and info:
http://empireofghosts.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-fall-of-berlin-panzer-iv-ausf-j.html

   
 
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