Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Fallschirmjäger Artillery

Good afternoon fellow gamers.

If you listen to our podcast, you'll know that I had chickened out of going to the FOW tournament held at the Colours convention in Newbury.  One of the reasons for my not going was because I knew I wouldn't be able to field an army I wanted and would instead be taking what I had.

In the end I was persuaded to go by all the awesome guys in Bournemouth/Poole, my wife cancelled her run, the guys said I could borrow what I needed and so I ended up going.

However, I did want to take my own artillery which I had recently bought.
I managed to get my grubby hands on GBX43, which is no longer in production, so I ended up paying the full price and a truck load of p&p to boot.
However, the boxset is full of awesomeness.  First you get the funky FJ artillery guns pictured here, which are a shortened barrel (compared to a regular 10.5) on modified Pak40 carriage, which makes for a slightly unusual albeit delightful looking number.

You also get a complete lot of regular leFh18 10.5cm

The best bit is that the crew are in FJ uniforms as opposed to Heer/SS uniforms, might not be accurate for my BbB list, but I prefer the way they tie into the rest of my army.

I love the radio packs you get with, which is a nice way to differentiate the spotters belonging to this battery.

With regards to the actual painting of these, I was in a bit of a rush, so there's less layers than I would normally do.  But the end result is good enough.
Pretty much basecoat, gloss varnish, black wash, highlight with lightened version of basecoat.  I regard this as my minimum standard, although looking at these shots I realise I need to go round the base edges..lazy boy :)
Unfortunately I've applied 2 coats of matt varnish to the guns themselves, but they are still glossy...any tips?

I ended up having a good time at Colours, so was very glad I went.  The artillery did what it does, namely pin and smoke, but killed hardly anything.

Thanks for reading

Winner Dave


  1. Great looking troops, love the command stands and your basing!

  2. Nice job, I like the maps on the table

  3. Just got mine today. They are going on the to be painted pile! I'll be looking at yours for some inspiration once the time come, and I wanted to ask what did you use for the maps on the staff team table?

  4. Hi Matt, tbh I stole them off my mate Robin, however I know he went on Google maps zoomed in and did a screen print and put loads onto a piece of paper...good idea :)

    1. That sounds like a great idea. I'll keep that in mind when I get that far.

      I just finished basing my first platoon! I've got my second ready to be based.