This time it’s the artillery (if you hadn’t guessed from the title). This is the first platoon (or platoons as I did both together) from the Finnish winter special range that was delayed – I’ll admit I’ve been frustrated waiting for these guys (as I’ve mentioned all over the internet numerous times) but they are worth the wait.The sculpts themselves are nice, some of the men carrying shells look a little boxy, but most are nicely done – compared to the regular infantry they have significantly less belts and straps, which whilst easier to paint leaves larger white areas which is a shame as it’s the shade and light which really helps these guys stand out. They also supply you with an almost excessive number of mini’s! you get the traditional command trio and spotters – Actually this is a small moan here – Dear Battlefront you’re doing what you did with the winter germans and adding in the same rifle guy to go with every command team – I’m bored of painting him, please in future mix it up with some of the other sculpts! Anyway back to the models, once you’ve taken away the 5 you need for spotter/command you have 32 gun crew, considering you really only need 5 a base, that leave you with 12 spare crew! If I’d known I would not have ordered separate anti tank crews, as you could easily use the spare ones of these guys and the spares from the Jääkäri to make you anti tank crew.
Having cleaned up the models I attached them to the bases and surrounded them in filler, another plea to battlefront, please can we have big and medium bases with the hole pre done as I love them! I thought I’d got them relatively flush with filler, but in the final review I sucked at this. I also added an adhesive magnet from these chaps to the base. I did this as basically the artillery (and anti tank ) change a bit in the war but uniforms are static. I then applied small magnets to the bases of the guns. To begin with I’ve gone for 4 76 K/02 and 4 114 H/18 – this is for a mixture of tactical and availability reasons.
The infantry I painted as I have previous, the guns’s I did like I did with my Zvezda tanks, my one caveat is be careful with Vallejo liquid mask as it kept ripping bits of grey paint from the wheels and other fine detail areas.
Anyway I hope you like the result and thanks for reading