Before there will be a hiatus in posts and painting in May, I wanted to finish my Bauhaus Vorreiter (I simply can not get myself to use a plural “s” on a Germanic word).
This is one of the new units implemented for Bauhaus under this edition. Together with the Mounted hussars (who ride giant lizards), these form the scout cavalry of Bauhaus. And I feel that these fit the winter feel of my Bauhaus force quiet well. Essentially what they ridge are twin-tracked motorcycles with double HMGs into combat. And I can imagine nothing better to plow through the snow with!
The riders themselves follow the paint scheme I have adopted for my other Hussars… same colors same stylized feral grin on the helmet front. The bikes themselves are something different. According to the background I imagined them as the rough guys amongst the Bauhaus troops, who are happy with their gritty appearance. As such I felt they would not paint their rides in any fancy camo, but just give them a winter whitewash over the basic paint job they arrive in from the factory. Since the near future will also see me paint more WWII troops again, I wanted to try out some new techniques for them (and also some that could be duplicated for the WWII). So these were airbrushed with Vallejo Panzer Grey primer, highlighted with their regular Panzer Grey (which is slightly lighter in colour). Afterwards came varnish and hairspray and a light coat of off-white. The off-white was then partially removed with a damp brush. Afterwards I did the details and the minis were done. Now this was my first ever attempt at the hairspray technique. Not entirely happy with it yet, but I am getting there. also i feel the exhausts look a bit too rusty, but otherwise I am real happy with them.
Yes, the NCO lost the Pickel (spike) to his helmet. These things are far too fragile, but they minis look far too cool with them to be left off. So I will need to find a replacement!