Today I received a package from Lee over at 'A Figure Painting Therapy Project'. Lee had been downsizing his Flames of War collection and re-focusing on Bolt Action. His blog is well worth checking out and following, if you haven't already.
The package contained a range of German models which are going to form the basis of my OPFOR German collection. I was expecting to get a couple of Tigers and a platoon of Grenadiers, but the package contained a few unexpected surprises! This gets me off to a great start and should spur me on to get the basics of my possible German collection.
Some pics of what I received:
A couple of Tigers - I'm not planning on doing anything to these guys paint wise at the moment. I'm more than happy with the paint job Lee has done. Depending on how my own attempts at painting German Armour camo go will depend on whether I revisit these in the future.
A Grenadier Platoon from Peter Pig. Again, nice paint job on these. If I touch these it might be to base to the same style as my Brits - on the other hand, it might be good to have them look a bit different.
Company HQ with Mortar sections - this is a fantastic little group for me, as I was trying to sort out where to get only two mortars from. Just the A/T section to add to these guys.
MG42 platoon - another great addition.
These two are, I think, a Panzer IV L/40 and a Brumbar.
3 Panzer III's - I think these have a mix of weapons. I'm going to have to do some digging to find out if I can use them in any way - but they are free, so I'm not complaining!
Also in the package was a pack of Peter Pig infantry spares:
This includes some more surrendering Germans, a spare MG42 and some officers and halftrack figures.
All in all a great bunch of models that gets me off to a great start. Thanks very much to Lee for his generosity - both in providing all the models and paying for the postage. I'm extremely grateful!
I also have 3 plastic StuG's from an old Open Fire set which I will get built and painted. As I knew I was starting Germans, I did an audit of my paints compared to the various painting guides I have for Late War Germans. This resulted in me buying 16 Vallejo paints today before opening the package from Lee - the fact the models he has sent are painted are another massive bonus!
If I've made mistakes in my descriptions, above, please feel free to correct me!
And again, thanks to Lee - who by his generosity has provided a shining example of the spirit of the wargaming community!