Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sunday Modelling: 1/72-scale WW2 Brits

A long-dormant project is Memoir '40 in 1/72 scale. I have the campaign book and all of the terrain put together. It is just a matter of getting the troops bought and finished. I'd like each unit of infantry to be represented by a multi-figure base supplemented by individual figures that can be removed for casualty-tracking purposes. Kind of like this:

I spent a fair bit of time on PSR trying to get the "right" troops. Walking through a local model shop. I saw some 1/72 Zvezda troops and a box of old Airfix WW2 Brits and "right" gave way to "right now" and all of the equipment inaccuracies that entails.

I did three bases of British BEF from the Zvezda lines: one of infantry and two MG sections. I also have a mortar section I will put together one day! I supplemented these with three home-made bases using Airfix figures. Not quite a pretty but functional.

The rest of the Airfix figures I mounted individually. There are eight poses below including a Sten, two Brens and a bunch of rifles.

Airfix appears to continue its enthusiasm for paint-shed plastic so they guys got a spray primer, paint, magic dip and then paint-on matt sealer.

I also finished off the last of the armour with two more Char Bis. I used some 15mm decals and again painted on a matt sealer after hitting them with the magic dip.

Up next: I have a bunch of WW2 French infantry to finish and then onto the remainder of the German infantry. I picked up some more Zvezda as well as a box of African Korp Germans (only 1/72 Germans I could find). But I understand France is lovely in the spring and short pants are often in order. Time to break out some thick paint for these guys!


DeanM said...

Nice troops for your on-going project. I like the multi-basing and separate one-sies for casualty removal too. I use counters for multi-based figure casualties, but separate ones are nice too.

Terry Silverthorn said...

Bob I have lots of 72nd scale miniatures. If your needing some let me know as I am in the initial stages of selling all my 72nd scale stuff.

Bob Barnetson said...

Thank DeanM. Slow progress but I hope to have games on the table in May.

Bob Barnetson said...

I could use some German infantry! Less urgent is some early war French and British armour.