I painted some Bolt Action British Commandos a few years ago and that was the closest that I came to actually playing. I enjoy reading history and have been fascinated by the Second World War since I was a little horrid and cracked open my Grandfather's Time-Life, "World at War" books. After all of these years I never had anything to do with WW2 wargaming.
It probably has to do with the conflict between an accurate portrayal of history and the freedom to paint armies and figures as I would like to. I may actually have the chance to meet halfway on these two disparate ambitions when Warlord releases, "Konflikt '47" over the summer.
Konflikt '47 is a Weird War 2 game being developed by Clockwork Goblin Miniatures and Warlord the former supplying the Weird setting and the latter diverging it from their existing Bolt Action game. I'm easily distracted and acknowledge that if I complete a project it is going to take me longer than it should. Combining my worst miniature habits into a stunning premptive strike I have picked up a small force of Waffen SS Bolt Action figures (read more unpainted lumps of lead) to get started on.
I wanted a fresh and somewhat challenging painting experience for this project that would hopefully keep it interesting enough to see it through. The striking, iconic camo patterns that define the appearance of these units sold me on the idea. I also looked at the advanced hardware that the Germans as a whole were bringing to the field in the late war period and thought that a core force showcasing these innovations would age best moving years into an alternative history.
The autumn-winter patterns with their browns and bright oranges really struck me. Trying to compact this to 28mm scale may not have translated to truly blending in to the background but on a tabletop or under a photo lamp I'd choose eye-catching over accuracy every time. In past experience with Imperial guard camo in 40k when I felt that I'd done it correctly the pattern was dull to look at.
|Some WIP including an improved team of radio operators on left.|
For this entry I just wanted to share something new I'm playing around with, spread the word about something new on the horizon and thread some photos of my test models between the big blocks of text in attempt and subject you to my ramblings. Once I get some more models completed I'll return to the topic and post a "historical" about, SS Division "Quecksilber".