Thursday, 3 January 2019

From BenitoM: British Airborne Section (45 points)


Life is returning to normal after the Christmas period, although here in Spain we still one additional celebration to go through: the epiphany day on January 6th. This has been (still is) the traditional day to exchange presents; but as many other cultural imports from the United States (Halloween or the Black Friday just to mention the latest two), many Spaniards now has shift their allegiances to the 24-25th December date, changing the Three Wise Kings for the fat bloke in red.
My first Thursday entry is as usual in this edition of the Challenge, related to the British Airborne project. Having completed the commanders (“Big Men” in the Toofatlardies parlance) and many supports, today I bring my first section into play.

The British Airborne Platoon composition for Chain of Command is made of an HQ section and three rifle sections.  Each rifle section has a rifle team (5 men with Lee Enfields and 1 with a Sten MG) and LMG team (Bren gun with three crew) led by a Sergeant (Superior Junior Leader).
This is the rifle team…


… and this is the LMG team

 
The rifle team is from the Warlord British Airborne plastics box in 28mm. The quality of the sculpting is good, especially the heads and the multi-pose and gear options allow for a wide variety of poses and equipment. The number of parts is significantly smaller than in the first plastic boxes issued by Warlord (for example, the British infantry box) and the sculpting is much better too.


With regards to the LMG team, the two prone models are from Wargames Foundry and the knee-firing model is another Warlord plastic. The foundry models are truly nice. These are  early-design sculpts by the famous Perry Brothers; although somewhat smaller than the Warlords, as I suspected once painted and based, the differences in size are hardly noticeable on a wargaming table.
Therefore I score an additional 45 points with this entry in the Challenge (9 models x 5 points each). 

Gorgeous figures with a  wonderful take on the distinctive para camo! Lovely clean painting on some very characterful sculpts, I'm glad to hear that warlord are reducing the parts in their bolt action boxes as I found them somewhat overwhelming!

45 points it is to you Benito, splendid work!

All the best Iain
 

19 comments:

  1. Brilliant work on these. The camouflaged coats are excellent. Very nicely done sir!

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  2. Excellent camo. Cleanly done yet very convincing.

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  3. Yes also love the camo - plus really liked the detail of the dirt on the sole of the boot showing on the prone shooting figure. Big thumbs up for this painting from me.

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  4. A fine job on these paras Benito - this project is coming along very nicely!

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  5. Like the rest of that force they look bloody awesome.

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  6. These are very nice. Looking forwards to seeing the platoon completed.

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  7. Just incredible stuff Benito. I’m shocked that many of these are plastic - I agree, Warlord must have come a long way with their plastic stuff, although your fine brushwork is as fine an enhancement as one could have for any miniatures!

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  8. Excellent work indeed, these look great and the camo is especially nicely done.

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  9. Lovely work Benito! You're cracking them off at a good rate now. :)

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  10. As usual, many thanks for your very kind comments, highly appreciated

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  11. I am really enjoying seeing this project develop.

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  12. Lovely stuff, camo is never easy on a mini but you have done a great job

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  13. Lovely work yet again Benito - the consistency of these figures, especially the tricky Denison smock camo - is outstanding.

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  14. Great work Benito. With troops like those you'll be able to take and hold any bridge in North West Europe!

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  15. Those figures and paintjobs are gorgeous!

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