The thin red… err brown line

18 Jul
The thin red… err brown line

As some might remember, I decided to build my WWII British forces this year. Essentially this meant starting from nothing and ending the year with at least the Infantry platoon, two Sherman and a Churchill troop, Bren carriers, AT guns and some Recce elements. If everything went fine also some Funnies and Cromwells, but I do not want to push things too far.

With the armour progressing well (only the Churchills and Recce tanks missing) it was time to finish off the infantry. Having finished all the support, command, NCO and squad based heavy weapons already, it was time for the riflemen now. And that was not the most entertaining work, so doing 40 poor bloody infantry in one go proved a stupid idea. Even though I decided them into two batches, I still felt my interest drifting to other topics all the time. So essentially while these were started in April before our holiday, I only finished them this week. But I am happy I am done with them, since the only things missing now are the bicycle messenger, some extra AT crews and a three men having a brew diorama.

But now on to the minis. They are a wild mix of Victory Force Miniatures, vintage (=pre-Warlord) Bolt Action Miniatures and Artizan Miniatures. Again all painted to represent the South Lancs. Here are the infantry sections. The SGTs and Bren teams were painted earlier on, but I felt it would be stupid to show them without. Please note that the squad composition is not definitive, I just assembled them at random yesterday.

British Infantry (1st Section)

British Infantry (1st Section)

British Infantry (2nd Section)

British Infantry (2nd Section)

British Infantry (3rd Section)

British Infantry (3rd Section)

British Infantry (4th Section)

British Infantry (4th Section)

British Infantry (5th Section)

British Infantry (5th Section)

There are also more riflemen and the 2″ mortar (one was still on the TO&E late war and usually attached to platoon HQ). I have to say, that I am not sure what I painted all these extra riflemen for, since they sure cannot all be part of the HQ element. A couple of years ago I spend an afternoon in the Imperial War Museums library researching this and I am sure these are needed to bring the platoon to strength, but the information is safely written down in a notebook that my better half safely put away over the winter… but cannot remember where. :-/ So until I find that notebook or can remember what I painted these for, these are just the extras.

British Infantry (the extras)

British Infantry (the extras)

And then there are also a few Sappers to round things off. These minis are all from Warlord Games and I have to say, I am happy they do without those stupid cartoon faces they use for the German with the metal Brits!

British Sappers

British Sappers

And last here is a group shot of all the infantry (minus the Mortar and AT teams).

British Infantry group shot

British Infantry group shot

So this is it for today. I started work on the prize minis yesterday and hope to have them done by the end of this weekend or early next week when I will post pictures of them before they go in the mail. After that it is going to be those Murawski Poles and after that… well no idea yet! 😀


20 responses to “The thin red… err brown line

  1. arkiegamer

    July 18, 2014 at 14:28

    They look fantastic. All the tedious work was well worth it!

  2. Dean

    July 18, 2014 at 15:53

    Wonderful brushwork as always, Burkhard.Your attention to detail remains impressive – unit patches and eyes! Best, Dean

  3. Burkhard

    July 18, 2014 at 19:47

    Thank you both! Glad the attention to detail is going down well! Comments like these make it worth while!

  4. 172fixer

    July 19, 2014 at 05:45

    Those Tommy’s look fantastic. Nice job. 🙂

  5. 172fixer

    July 19, 2014 at 05:50

    Er, I think that should be “Tommies.” For a minute there I got so enthusiastic, I forgot my accurate grammar! (yes, those miniatures are that good!)

    • Burkhard

      July 19, 2014 at 19:16

      Thank you… If I can make people forget their grammar with my minis they should rather be good! 😉

  6. grantdyck

    July 19, 2014 at 15:13

    Nice work! The pre-Warlord Bolt Action were great. Usually a company takes something and makes it better. Not so with Warlord! They lopped the heads off and put Halloween quality nightmares back on or did their horrid plastics instead.

    I wonder why Warlord don’t re-release the old metals?

    • Burkhard

      July 19, 2014 at 19:23


      I have to admit, I could never understand the direction they are taking the Bolt Action sculpts. Granted the faces were a bit featureless on these early ones (amazing when you compare them to the work Paul Hicks is doing these days for Murawski or Westphalia), but otherwise they are real good. And they do not have those bleeping cartoonish poses and faces you see in the rest of the line. IMHO these would have been fine minis to keep.

      On the other hand they have re-released the Italians and Finns which were and still are smaller and thinner than the rest of the line.

      But as long as people are buying it, their plan seems to work. Do not get be wrong… I like their general stuff, but with WWII many minis are just over the top and require at least a head swap.

      • grantdyck

        July 20, 2014 at 05:15

        It’s the heads and hands that get me. Bizarro squished heads with jeering faces, hands that look like giant catcher’s mitts. Very poor! The new heavy 150mm cannon crew has some dumpy legs – so ugly.
        Foundry WWII – sculpted by Perry – and the Perry line themselves, remain my favourite. 🙂

        • Burkhard

          July 21, 2014 at 08:27

          The hands seem to be a problem all through the Warlord lines. Those are always huge. I have taken an interest in their 150mm guns (both early and late war), but I do not have the money for them now. Plus I still got tons of artillery crew from my 105mm battery.

          The Foundry ones are pretty nice. What always kept me from them is that the majority of my minis are Victory Force and those two are about the worst to match. 😦

  7. Michael Mills

    July 19, 2014 at 21:44

    Very nice mate…

  8. Michael Awdry

    July 20, 2014 at 11:37

    What a wonderful group, well worth the effort.

  9. Nysse

    July 20, 2014 at 14:07

    Great looking bunch! Good paintjobs all around! There are some pretty funky looking faces on the sculpts though 😛 Looks like a few of the buggers have been through a few too many pub fights

  10. Burkhard

    July 21, 2014 at 08:28

    THX Samuli. What do you expect… those were the days when soldiers still got a daily ration of Gin! 😉

  11. Pat.

    July 21, 2014 at 16:44

    The last picture of the group shot shows what an impressive collection you have built up and well worth the effort.

    • Burkhard

      July 21, 2014 at 17:12

      Thanks Pat! Looking at your collection over the past few months, I only return the comment though!

  12. imperialrebelork

    November 10, 2015 at 20:08

    Great work. Your painting skills are impressive.

    • Burkhard

      November 11, 2015 at 12:10

      Thanks, glad you like them… although these were fairly basic paint jobs (with the exception of the eyes and patches).


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