Lots of Horse & Musket work going on here as I finish up Austrian IR 33 Nikolaus Esterhazy, and Prussian IR 5 Alt Braunschweig. Additionally, I'm finishing up a Foreign Regiment for my Napoleonic French Forces, the Italian 2nd or 3rd Infantry Regiment to serve alongside their French cohorts in Spain. Painting foreign troops in French service is fun as they have a spattering of interesting uniforms. From what I understand, the colorful uniforms were part of the French recruiting efforts to attract foreigners.
|Couldnt get blogger to upload this counterclockwise so you'll have to tilt your head...|
|2 Seven Years War heavyweights, the Austrians (foreground) and their nemesis, the Prussians (background). The Armies are growing!|
|Austrian (Hungarian) Infantry Regiment #33 Nikolaus Esterhazy|
|Prussian Infantry Regiment #5 Alt Braunschweig. Their Regimental motto? "Real men wear pink facings!"|
|Talk to the hand...|
|Battlefront M10 Tank Destroyer. Base coasted in Krylon light olive then Army Painter dark tone applied. Dry brushed with buff. Pretty simple so far. Needs some kit and it'll be done.|
And the best for last! Taking Paul from Plastic Warrior's example, I'm kit-bashing these Old Glory "Command Decision" 15mm Vietnam range troopers, and turning them into battle-hardened West German "Bundeswehr" troopers. That has been an exceedingly fun project as I've been swapping WW II heads out with Vietnam "boonie" caps and sawing off M16 carrying handles all morning before making them look like the good old H&K G3 battle rifle!
|Note the rifle. Looks like a G3 doesn't it? Well maybe not but it will when it's painted!|
|I like the look of these guys. They were formerly LRRPs with soft "boonie" caps on. I had plenty laying around and thought they'd find new purpose as West Germans.|
|Lots of head swapping. World War 2 US Paratrooper helmets with the netting make excellent Bundeswehr 1980s helmets! M16s also make excellent G3s when you shave down the carrying handle.|
|going to look much better painted.|
I'm about to jump back into World War II after taking a break with these Prussians and Austrians. There's tons of Commonwealth troops that need painted, and I have a large gaggle of Panthers, and Panzer IIIs that won't put themselves together!
That's all for now. Stay tuned!