Saturday, November 22, 2014

"Prinz Eugen" troops, WiP

I'm currently working on two first figures for the "Under fire" diorama. Both of these will be wearing the standard Waffen SS camouflage reversible smocks with Platanenmuster in autumn pattern. I just started working on them so just the trousers are ready so far. Next step will be to focus on their gebirgschue these troops were issued with. I decided to split this project into smaller sections in regards to figures so the squad carrying the wounded will be sculpted in the last phase of this project.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

"Under fire", 7. SS Gebirgs Div. "Prinz Eugen", Bosnia 1942

Just after finishing my latest scene I was eager to get back to this one, since the Hotchkiss was finished almost two years ago I had to give this diorama a go. Some months ago I already made first arrangements of the figures but after all this time I decided to revise the subject a bit. The context is the same as initially planned, a squad from the "Prinz Eugen" division has been given a task to wipe out some partisans in a nearby village, as they entered the settlement they found themselves under enemy fire and one of the men has already been hit and is beeing dragged away by his fellow companions, meanwhile a supporting Hotchkiss and others provide covering fire.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

"En route to Berlin" diorama finished

After a long period of time I can finally call this project finished. It was a valuable experience in terms of scratchbuilding, scultping and painting for me. That's the way with each new project and it actually should be that way. The story behind this scene is loosely based on the march route of the SS Sturmbattalion "Charlemagne" in April 1945 that was heading for Berlin to help the forces preparing there for the Soviet attack. In the meantime 2nd Belorussian Front managed to make fast movement to encircle Berlin from the North Western flank. And that's where my story begins. Some French SS troops are being captured by a Red Army recon squad that meets up with one of the IS 2 tanks from the spearheding attacking forces. Two SS men have been shot dead in captivity and the officer, captured later is still alive, being a source of some information of the movement of German forces in the area but probably he won't live to see another day...The construction of the fachwerk house was based on refference found on the internet in regards to the German countryside architecture of the preeceding ages to the XXth century.