Anatomy of a Battlefront Panzer Grenadier

Front View

Back View

This is a close view of one of my Battlefront Panzer Grenadiers showing its more important details. In my experience Battlefront manages to keep a fairly consistent quality in allĀ its figures which is something quite good in fact.In the pictures you can easily distinguish the following features:
  • Helmet, the model introduced in 1935 with the characteristic skirt first introduced in the 1916 model
  • Mauser Kar 89k, a 7.92mm bolt action rifle widely issued to infantry all through the war
  • Ammo Pouches, made from leather, usually black, and showing three pockets to hold 89k cartridges
  • Field Bottle, to carry water, with a small cup attached on top
  • Mess Tin, a cooking pot made of two separate metal pieces
  • Gas Mask Canister, carrying the gas mask itself, the gas cape, spare lenses and other related items
  • Shelter Quarter, a triangular piece of cloth to be used as a sleeping tent
  • Bread Bag, used to carry rations, eating utensils and other personal items
  • Entrenching Tool, infantry men’s best friend, a shovel with a foldable spade

Russian 1st Battalion Smolensk Regiment 1812

1st Battalion Smolensk Regiment in Line

The Smolensk Infantry Regiment under command of Major General Mikhailovich Kolyubakin was part of the 1st Brigade 12th Division during the Battle of Borodino on September 7th, 1812

The 1st Battalion included the 1st Grenadier Company and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Musketeer Companies; the Grenadier Company was organized into a Grenadier Platoon and a Marksmen Platoon.

All Musketeer Companies of the 1st Battalion weared white sword accorns and green inside white shako pompons. The sword loops were white for the 1st Company, blue for the 2nd and orange for the 3rd.

The Grenadier Platoon weared red sword loops and shako pompons while the Marksmen Platoon showed yellow sword loops and shako pompons.

1st Battalion Smolensk Regiment in Column

1st Battalion Smolensk Regiment in Square

1st Battalion Smolensk Regiment in Square

Added DBA’s Early Imperial Roman Army Page

I’ve uploaded a few pictures and some basic text regarding my Early Imperial Roman (II/56) army for DBA in this page

Anatomy of a Corvus Belli Legionary

Front View

Front View

Back View

Back View

When you are painting small scales like 15mm it usually pays off to have some knowledge about what’s supposed to be in the model; by doing so it is easier to differentiate among the various metal blobs you might find in the miniature… some may be obvious… others may be not

The Corvus Belli legionary has a reasonable amount of details that can be easily identified in most cases, including the following:

  • Pilum: the emblematic javelin of Roman legionaries
  • Scutum: the shield, whose design was changed many times; this figure shows the large semi-cylindrical shape you could expect during the Empire
  • Gladius: a large sword used for close combat. You may notice it hangs on the right side which doesn’t seem a natural place for easily drawing the weapon; many authors believe this placement demostrates that the gladius was wielded more like a knife than a sword
  • Puggio: a broad dagger hanging on the left side of the body
  • Helmet: this figure shows an Imperial Gallic model with a long protection at the back of the neck
  • Lorica Segmentata: the stripped metal armor protecting the torso of the legionary; this piece has been depicted made of leather in many movies but it seems to be one of those Hollywood recurring mistakes. Also take notice that no matter what movies and books could say, many legionaries didn’t wear this kind of armor
  • Groin Guard: it is said to be copied from the Gauls who wore belts ending in multiple pieces; one piece was used to knot the belt while the others were left hanging
  • Tunic: no matter what people say, there is no evidence to support that all legionaries wore red tunics
  • Boots: no need to explain it, right? in my own experience Corvus Belli boots are less detailed and defined than I would expect being blobs of metal with a few carving in most cases

How Do I Paint Roman Legionaries?

Steps 1 to 14

Steps 1 to 14

1.- The figure as it comes out of the blister, plenty of extra material from the production process
2.- The figure cleaned and sanded
3.- [Spray] An undercoat of Chaos Black
4.- [Brush 0] Boltgun Metal for the armor and other metal pieces
5.- [Brush 0] Skull White for the tunic
6.- [Brush 0] Bronzed Flesh for the flesh, obviously!
7.- [Brush 0] Bestial Brown for the belts, sword scarab and other details
8.- [Brush 0] Shinning Gold for the groin guard and other details
9.- [Brush 0] Snakebite Leather for the back of the shield
10.- [Brush 0] Goblin Green for the shield
11.- [Brush 0] Bad Moon Yellow fot the shield’s border and center piece
12.- [Brush 3/0] Shinning Gold for the shield’s pattern
13.- [Brush 3/0] Dark Angels Green for the shield’s pattern
14.- The assembled miniature

Steps 15 to 17

Steps 15 to 17

15.- [Brush 3/0] Edges and raised Boltgun Metal elements highlighted with Mithril Silver
16.- [Brush 3/0] Edges and raised Bestial Brown elements highlighted with Bestial Brown mixed with Skull White
17.- [Brush 3/0] Edges and raised Bronzed Flesh elements highlighted with Bronzed Flesh mixed with Skull White

Step 18

Step 18

18.- Before continuing all miniatures are placed in their base

Steps 19 to 21

Steps 19 to 21

19.- [Soft Brush] Washing with Black Ink
20.- [Soft Brush] Gloss varnish with ‘Ard Coat
21.- [Spray] Satin varnish with Purity Seal