DaveD’s ‘Christmas Truce 1914’
StefanK’s ‘1812 Frozen Poles’
...and MichaelA’s ‘Snow Troll’
|Two new squads marching through the destroyed centre of Stalingrad|
|Squad 2 this time in Ushankas|
|The only downside of the CPModel-TQD line is the number of poses. The only one I did not like is the firing figure in the Ushanka, the face is very poorly cast here and I just could not do a very good job. The helmets are wrong for Winter War.|
|Senior Officer with Commissar. These were painted before the contest in November. I believe the commissar is from the CP line. He is a nasty looking fellow.|
|NKVD Maxim HMG team with a two man SMG team as well as a sniper.|
|NKVD 50mm Mortar team.|
From Curt:Oh wow, these look brilliant John! Congratulations on getting this project under your belt - it's a great looking force to be sure. I really like the urban snow groundwork you've created for these - it's very evocative of a bombed-out winter city (very grim indeed). Your finished terrain looks great but I see what you mean about your upcoming project - some of those other ruins look suspiciously uniformly tan coloured. ;)
From Curt:That is a great looking Sherman, Kev! Like Dux's spears, I really like your shop broom bristle solution to radio aerials - a good tip! Also like you, I wish manufacturers would include a decal sheet for their vehicles as a standard. I know the Sherman was used by several nations but a couple sheets wouldn't break the bank would it? I guess they're trying to keep their cost margins as tight as possible in a highly competitive market. And don't get me going on 1/56 being the 'official' scale of 28mm figures. By and large I find the scale simply too small. I wish they would have gone with 1/50 as it has a sense of mass without being as potentially overscaled as 1/48 (though as you say, many 1/48 models work fine).
I'll meet you halfway with your excellent star stencils and aerial add-on, so 18 points total. Again, nice work Kevin!
From Curt:Oh man, this is completely brilliant Ian! I just love the look of the mass of this unit - incredible. I have a similar project in the works but I am being glacially slow about it. You've really prompted me to get a wiggle on to get them done.
I've added a few extra points to reflect the extra work with the 97(!) pikes and packed-in basework. Wonderful!