[15mm IABSM]
South of Cherbourgh

I painted the base of the German models in the basic brown colour I use on all my models. Usually I paint the base last, but I often smear paint on the boots of the minis, so I thought I would try out the reverse way; first paint the base, then carefully paint the boots. You can also see the models here on the mdf board covered with magnetic basing material which the washers adhere to. This board will then be glued into a cut down copy paper card box like the rest of my miniatures are stored in.

The models' unifroms were then drybrushed. Considering the fact that German uniform manufacturing was suffering more and more from shortages which resulted in quite different batches of uniforms towards the end of the war both in cloth and colour, I tried to replicate this with my models. I used three different colour mixes for drybrushing:

  1. 1/2 Vallejo 70.830 German Fieldgrey WWII + 1/2 Vallejo 70.885 Pastel Green
  2. 2/5 Vallejo 70.830 German Fieldgrey WWII + 2/5 Vallejo 70.920 German Uniform + 1/5 Vallejo 70.815 Basic Skintone
  3. 1/2 Vallejo 70.830 German Fieldgrey WWII + 1/2 Vallejo 70.919 Iraqui Sand

Well, I could have saved the effort. While the colours looked different in my painting pallette, the models in the end look all the same, especially when seen from a tabletop distance. Can you spot any differences?

I probably should have used different base colours with the same drybrush instead of the other way round.

Next, I started to work on the models wearing Zeltbahnen, so far only the base colour (Vallejo 70.885 Pastel Green) has been applied. I hope I will get the camouflage scheme to look right...