Friday, 19 February 2016

From SamuliS: Sturmpioniere vorwärts! (120 points)

Back in business with something totally different this time. I'll let a gem of Australian TV introduce my subject this time!

So with the formalities done it's time to present my Sturmpioniere! I was cleaning the cabinets last weekend and came upon a box full of readily based and built Germans. When people at my club got into Bolt Action a couple of years back I quickly built a large Red Devils force and figured I'd build a German army as well to have the opposition ready as well. I built a  large force, but only really got a few squads painted before something else came up and they got packed away. With a Bolt Action game day coming up and I promised to run a scenario, I figured it would be a good time to paint them now that I uncovered them again!

So 23 foot miniatures and the Goliath demolition vehicle, which probably counts as another infantry figure as well as it's rather tiny. That should net me another 120 points putting me closer to my goal. After these there's still most of the support weapons of the Germans, but as I don't really need them for the scenario they will unfortunately go back into the cabinet.

Two officers, one with the classic evil monocle and Iron Cross.

All are from Warlord, with most minis from their Pionier box. I spiced them up with some head swaps and some later equipment from the Grenadier box. The officers are metal offerings. The plastics are pretty nice, but I still prefer the metals that Warlord has. Much more character! Paint job wise I went for quick and dirty again with a wash and highlights for the uniform and major equipment. I had an autumn theme running on the previous germans bases so continued with the same on these.

Pioneers with regular infantry weapons

With the end of the challenge looming I really need to start finalizing some projects. I have a lot of Epic Armageddon started that I've been slowly painting every now and then. My Curtgeld entry is still in it's infancy with the models cleaned, but nothing else done. Add to that the random single minis that I have on the desk.

Finally some specialized pioneer equipment with a Goliath, flame thrower, AT rifle, Sturmpistole, Breaching equipment etc.

As an afterthought this is pretty much what I had in mind when going through my cabinets... Too many projects, too little time!

Another great entry Samuli! Always nice to see engineers on the table, particularly the wonky little Goliath tanks (the Jets could use something like that to try and improve their power play, but anyway).  I have always struggled trying to paint the 28mm stuff from Warlord, but you've done fine work here.  Nothing like the pressure from an impending game to keep you motivated.  That is another 120 points for you! 

And I've never seen our hobby explained so clearly...


  1. Great work Samuli! I love the guy with a monocle (I really need one of those - well, I guess two would be silly, eh...)

    That video is completely cracked.

  2. Great troops and worthy adversaries for the British Paratroops. Good to see them

  3. Nicely done Samuli! With so much eye candy I'm pretty sure your scenario will be a corker to look at.

  4. fabulous paintwork, wwell done Samuli!

  5. Fantastic unit of engineers! They are just missing a couple of trucks packed like gypsy wagons! ;)
    I like the uniform mix on them, it shows they are hardworking and experinced! ;)

  6. Great work on these, got the colour perfect


  7. Although I've seen the Crooked Dice 'Danger 5' figures, I'd never seen the programme. Thanks for sharing!

    Your Germans are much more respectable! Well done.

  8. Excellent work, Samuli - will the Danger5 figures take their turn on your workbench any time soon?
    ; )

    1. I've been thinking about ordering the minis for quite a while now :) Might just have to get them now! Or by the next challenge at the latest :)

  9. Very characterful figures!

    How good is Danger 5!

  10. Really like the camo-schemes on these!

  11. Great work there!

    I usually do not like the Bolt Action plastics too much, but i think the Pionier set is great and you did them justice!