Tuesday, 6 March 2018
From SamuliS: Panzerfahrer Klaus (31 points)
Another quick entry for today with the second set of 5 Pz38's. I wasn't planning on doing these guys during the challenge, but as I had a few evenings last week where I couldn't paint due to temporary lack of proper lighting I ended up putting these guys together after all.
Quick paintjobs like on all my other EW Germans. It's kind of nice to finish a unit in only two fairly short evenings. These tanks will give me another 4 tank platoon and then the 2iC to accompany my company commander that I painted last week.
If you are wondering about the title it's my little homage to some amazing German work safety videos, with probably the best known being Staplerfahrer Klaus detailing the mishaps (and perhaps what not to do) of truck driver Klaus during his first day at work. I'd always thought these videos were just comedy sketches made for some show until I went to Germany on an exchange during Uni and on some lab course they actually showed multiple different ones when we were prepped on lab safety. Then again I guess humor works as I don't remember anything about the massively dull videos they showed here in Finland, but I certainly remember all the German ones :)
Fantastic work, Samuli - and congratulations on slipping in that entry just on the edge of 'Monday' - which as we all know, ends at 11.59pm Saskatchewan Time. The Pz38s are terrific - just as great as last week's, and they'll be sure to grace any advancing German army on the table. I really do like the weathering you've applied on the tanks - really brings the unit together (...if I can say that about mud!)
I have to say that having a Panzer unit commanded by Staplerfahrer Klaus is really just the sort of thing I love to introduce into our games of Chain of Command. He's just the commander I feel can really excel under the pressurised conditions of battlefield friction. The kind of officer who knows that is is a GREAT idea to park his lead tank just in front of the one bridge on the table which he needs to cross to win the game in order to "carefully check for mines on the bridge".... and then rolls a mechanical breakdown. Ah yes, been there, done that.
Splendid work, Samuli, and another 32 points towards your collection of German safety videos.