Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Who let me go shopping?

While M was dragged to watch 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat' by The Mother In Law (I think it's fair to say she won't be going to see it again!), I had time to do a bit of hobby shopping.  As well as stocking up on some paints and glue, I added a couple more projects (I'll get around to them all sooner or later, won't I?).

First up was a box of Italeri US Paratroopers.  Nice, crisp models with plenty of detail, as you'd expect from Italeri/Esci.  However I do think there's something ever so slightly 'off' about these models, I think its the narrow shoulders, which makes the heads looks a little out of proportion.  Not enough to put me off though.  I have some Revell US paras winging their way from ebay at the moment for a bit of variety as well.

Here's some work in progress.  After much deliberation I've gone with the uniform that would have been used during the Normandy campaign (I may still do some more in the olive drab uniform for later war use), using Vallejo Green Brown for the base.  The webbing is greener than it should really be, but I was going for balance between accuracy and making it stand out, I'll try some other variations on later models.


The chap in the middle is from the Italeri Anti Tank Teams set, slightly taller and more broad shouldered than his fellows!  Bayonets have been removed from rifles and carbines where they existed, as by all accounts they weren't used often.



The inevitable group shot (with added bazooka).

Whilst in the shop I couldn't resist a couple of cheap little pre-painted Bedford Trucks (they'll need a bit of weathering, but that's it) and a couple more of the Airfix Resin buildings, the 'Italian Farmhouse' and 'Italian Townhouse'.  Like the other Airfix buildings I have they're a bit small (even for 1/76), but I'm not building a diorama here.  They're also described as being Italian buildings, but I don't think they'll look that out of place in the fields of Normandy with a suitable paintjob.


That'll keep me going for a bit!  So, what have you all been up to?

14 comments:

  1. Wonderful work, the paras really turned out great!
    FF

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    1. Thanks, I'm quite pleased with them

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  2. Great work Alan, you inspire me!

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  3. Very nice paratroops, it sounds like you had a successful shopping trip.
    :)

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    1. Thanks. I don't get the chance much since my local model shop closed, so I like to make the most of it!

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  4. Outstanding job on the figures Alan! Those trucks are darn useful as well.

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    1. You just never know when you'll need a resupply, or a convoy to ambush!

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  5. They look great Alan, growing into a fine platoon.
    Looks like you picked up a couple of Oxford Diecast Bedfords, I have eyed them in the modelshop but have resisted thus far. Looking forward to seeing your buildings painted up. :)

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    1. Those are indeed Oxford Diecasts, they were going for only a few quid each so it was hard to resist!

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  6. These are nicely, very nicely painted figures Alan. I like the style you chose for them. They do stand out in the table. Well done! Waiting what you will think about next! :)

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    1. Thanks Thanos. A few more paras first, including some from Revell.

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  7. Very nice looking minis!
    Phil.

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