Sunday, May 31, 2015

Polish Peoples' Army (LWP) DP 28 gunner, Kołobrzeg (Kolberg) 1945

Lately I had the pleasure to visit Slovakia and meet with Slovak modellers at Bulldogfest 2015 in Liptovsky Hradok and thus didn't have much time for painting. After my return I had enough time to get back to this fellow here. The figure is ready, I will probably adjust the weathering once it will be positioned on a diorama in the future. The figure is a part of a bigger figure endaevour but I'm not quite sure when I will finish this project. Polish LWP units had a practice to paint Piast eagles on their helmets, but since this drew attention from snipers it wasn't that common in real frontline life. I decided to use this detail for a more interesting appearance of the figure. The decal comes from my colleague Tomek of Toro Model. The collar patch indicates type of formation i.e. infantry (yellow-dark blue stripe) as issued in 1943. I painted the figure using acrylics as usually with just some minor oil paint glazes here and there and weathering effects. Now I'm off to start painting the panzerfaust gunner.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Polish Peoples' Army (LWP) troops, Kołobrzeg (Kolberg) 1945, Stalingrad figures conversion

There has always been a lack of descent Polish Army figures on the market so in many cases a modeller is forced to rework what is available. This applies either to Polish Army from the September 1939 campaign or later to the Polish Armed Forces in the west or the Polish Peoples' Army troops in the east. This time I decided to tackle the LWP troops (abbrev. for Ludowe Wojsko Polskie), the Polish Army contingend formed after 1941 in the Soviet Union comprising of former Polish POWs, taken in captivity due to the backstabbing attack of Soviet Union against Poland on the 17th of September 1939.
The figures I used come from the Stalingrad range by the very tallented Russian sculptor Alexander Zhelenkov. The figures originally show Soviet troopers operating during the battle for Berlin. They share some common features with Polish Army in the east but of course the uniform weren't identical to emphasise the "independence" of the Polish force from the Red Army. So the uniforms, caps and overcoats were of a more or less pre-war design (imitating a link between pre-war Poland and the newly evolving puppet communist government efforts under Moscow's control). As for the DP gunner the covnersion consisted of redoing the overcoat (different collar, details of sleeves and flabs of the coat. As for the Panzerfaust armed trooper  the conversion was focused on reshaping the pose into a more dynamic one and besides this redoing some details of the uniforms (Polish Army troops wore double flab jackets in comparison to the soviet gymnastiorkas). I also added a collar to the padded jacket. Another thing I changed was replacing the original helmets with Miniart ones, these were the same as the ones used by the Red Army. The figures are now ready for painting. They will eventually end up on a diorama in the future. More about this idea to follow ina  couple of weeks.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Budapestian insurgent, almost done

I was able to complete the figure before I departed for Moson show in Hungary two weeks ago. The photo below shows the figure yet without its shoes finished but I made it just in time.  I was happy  the figure drew attention of the Hungarians during the show and that it was recognized.
Later on I decided to make more figures from these 1956 series, especially thanks to "Cry Hungary" book about the revolution that I received from Chris Mrosko just after my arrival to Poland. So more Hungarian insurgents are on their way to my workbench.