Monday, 5 January 2015

AaronH - 28mm WWII GIs (65 Points)

This next entry is for my U.S. Army for Chain of Command.  I painted the first two infantry squads and command in the 4th Annual Analogue Painting Challenge, and have done nothing else with them since.  This entry is two .30 MG teams of three men each and a 60mm Mortar team, also with three.  The last three models are a forward observation team (FO).  All of the models are metals from Warlord.  We are having a snow storm today so the lighting for the pictures was a little bit funky.

Three weapons team and a FO team.
These models were a pleasure to paint.  Nice sculpts with good detail and character. Some of them have removable heads so it was easy to give a little bit of variety to the sculpts, especially since the two MG teams are identical.

One tripod mounted .30 MG for support in Chain of Command.
The mortar team are also good sculpts though it would have been nice to have one dropping a bomb down the tube.

60mm mortar for a little extra boom.
The FO team is three models.  One looking at his watch, one checking a map and a radio man.  I toyed with the idea of adding an aerial to the radio but I don't think it will survive first contact with the enemy.  Again, these are all very nice sculpts which were fun to paint.

FO team.  The barrel of the carbine on the right is also broken off.
These models really do have very nice detail.  Some of Warlord's metals (EIR Auxiliary cav) are really bad.  These were great.  I like how each member of the crew is accoutered a little bit differently.

I'll have to superglue that basing sand down.  This seems to be happening a lot this winter.
I'm disappointed that the light is wonky since it's hard to see the paint job on these guys well.

At least the shoes show up well.  
I just realized that I forgot to paint on their shoulder patches.
Great detail on these models.
If the light improves I'll try to get more pictures.  If not, well, them's the breaks sometimes.

From Curt: 
This is a great bunch of Yanks Aaron! I know Warlord can be a little hit and miss with its quality but these look to be excellent models and you've done just a cracking job with them. I really like the mortar team but my favourite has to be the FO timing the incoming artillery rounds. 
Great work!


  1. Those weapons groups are stellar. I like the way you've arranged them and the basing is very effective. I've seen people say they don't like prone figures. This is something I don't understand as they are some of my favourites.

  2. Nice Yanks Aaron. The basing is top shelf.

  3. Despite any lighting issues (due to the weather) we can clearly see some very keen brushwork. Nice work on these.

  4. About time we had some Allies painted for this Challenge and you've done a cracking job on these ones Aaron. Splendid stuff.

  5. Nice to see the USA reinforced ... Nicely done

  6. Great looking GIs! All as splendid, but I really like the FO team!

  7. Nice work there. I especially like the positioning and basing of the miniatures.

  8. Great looking GI's, hopefully you will carry on post Challenge to the end


  9. Thank you all. I have enjoyed painting these. I will have to see if I can get another squad assembled and primed before the end of the challenge.

  10. They're quite lovely. The GI was probably the best dressed and classiest soldier on the European battlefield, and you've really captured the look. Nice figures, and as Anne said, great basing of the weapon teams.

  11. As has been said by many, these are classy! I have to say that my favourite is the FOO checking his watch - bags of character accentuated by great painting and basing. Top stuff.