Well a change in both scale and period for you Ian, but these are great. I like the winter camo smocks and your bases absolutely rock. The light snow with weeds and grass poking through is very well done. And I do like your use of the clickers to keep track of the activation numbers.
Monday, 29 February 2016
From IanW 28mm Russian Winter Sniper Reminders 60 points
Every challenge I have been in has seen some of these guys so I thought I had best make it five years in a row. These are Black Tree Design models and are in my mind are much overlooked. Some figures in the ranges are not so hot but most are very good and priced very nicely.
These are perfect for winter use, though the same figures can be given a camouflage paint job and look so different. I bought two packs so a little repetition in the first two groups.
The smocks were fairly easy to do, mixing in a bit of off white or ivory to make a little subtle shading. The clean lines on the figures making this easier. Of course I was not able to use ink on these so had to rely on this method for most of the figure.
These though are standard Russian Riflemen so used a lot of the various Russian colour paints and a little mixing so that the uniforms had different shades between trousers and jackets. No two figures have the same colour combinations, not sure why as they will not be sold as a set but as seporate figures.
Black Tree do invest a lot of extra detail to their figures such as blanket rolls and various packs. All of which makes them a better looking figure on the table.
I use Deluxe Materials Scenic Snow (BD29) on my snow bases. You can add more layers to build it up if you wish. I wanted the original ground work to show through to give the impression of weather on the change rather than the deep freeze look. I also kept away from trying to load the bushes this time as it never looks right, so only bits of snow in those. Talking of which I took Curt's advice and went with the more brown/yellow tufts against the green of previous. Of course he was right, they do make a better fit.
The discs have moveable number that allow you to change the value. These are for use in ASL as Sniper Reminders. Makes remembering your sniper activation number that bit easier and maybe adds a bit of luck to your game.