Now it is finally time to show the Bauhaus Hussars that almost made it into the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. They have been done for well over a week now, but I was (first) in no mood to do the basing and then (second) in no mood to take photos. Yes I know, shame on me!
Before I go on to show you the minis, I wanted to give you an idea where I want to go with them background wise. All my ideas for Bauhaus this has been heavily inspired by the Artwork of Paul Bonner and his paintings of Bauhaus troops and their setting. The unit mentioned and described here has been my idea though and is not based on anything in the background itself.
As I said on the Max Steiner post, in the Warzone setting Venus is the home world of the Bauhaus corporation. Venus has been terraformed and is mostly covered by jungles. But the further you get to the poles, the colder it gets and there actually is a region called “The Circles of Ice” that contains a number of human cities. One of them is Torburg which is a more mountainous region. For over a millennia Torburg has been the home garrison to the 23rd Gebirgssturm Brigade (Mountain Assault Brigade), nicknamed the “Fenriswölfe” (Fenriswolves). It has for all this time specialized in mountain and winter warfare, at which the men and women of the unit excel. At the same time they have access to all the heavy equipment Bauhaus has in its inventory from armoured battle suits to the heaviest of tanks.
While their main mission is the defense of Torburg and the surrounding regions, time and time again they have been called to serve off-world when Bauhaus forces were called to fight in other cold regions or mountainous terrain. In those cases they have always formed the spear point for the other Bauhaus troops and have gained the respect of both their enemies and their brothers in arms. As such they see themselves as the elites of the Bauhaus cooperation. This holds true not only for the Venusian Ranger, Blitzer, Dragoons or other special forces detachments fighting in the 23rd, but down to the very rank and file. As such even the regular Hussars have taken to marking their uniforms to bring them closer in appearance to the special forces. The Hussars from the Fenriswölfe, while keep keeping their body armor the standard Bauhaus light grey, paint the faceplates of their helmets a darker grey and stylized fangs in bone white on them. Together with the green glass of their visors this gives them a feral appearance and many have been haunted by the memories of them suddenly appeared out of the arctic twilight before them.
Now on to the minis. I have given some of them slightly more dynamic arm positions then the normal minis, but nothing too spectacular. Only the trooper with the rocket launcher got different left arm and a shoulder pad for the non-launcher side (the original mini comes with none at all). But to fit them into my cold setting, I sculpted faux fur collars and cuffs onto the minis with green stuff. The minis themselves were painted with their uniforms in a dark blue grey uniforms, the holsters, backpacks and so on in ochre, tan boots and brown leather gloves. The body armour, and grips on the rifles were kept in an off-white. While painting them, I noticed that the faceplates had a skull like shape. But since it was longer than a regular skull I felt it would not lend itself to an imitation, so I just went with very stylized fangs. The eye slits were painted in green and given jewel effects. In the end I filled them with Vallejo water paste, which enhanced the visor look, but killed the jewel effect.
These will make up three small squads and each of the troopers got a small roman numeral on his left shoulder to show his squad. The NCO´s got laurel wreaths on their right shoulder as they had in the first edition of Warzone. I have ten more Hussars (which I will assemble when my weapon packs arrive with the second wave for my Kickstarter pledge) which will bring two of these squads to ten men.
This time I took the photos in front of a red background. I found that the winter setting for Max Steiner had made him look extremely bleak.