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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

British Airborne finished!

The 2nd run of British Airborne figures went down much smoother than the first.  The Artizan figures were a treat to paint, with much detail and character.

Piat Team: Great set, with 2 shooters and 2 loaders.
Specialists:  Sniper, flamethrower, mortar and a sten gunner with binoculars. Which specialist would you rather face?
British Airborne Section II:  You gotta love the Bren gunner.
British Airborne 6 pdr antitank gun by Warlord Games.  It was a bit of a bear to glue up but looks nice at the finish line.  I did mud and splatter it up, in addition to washes.  The base that comes with the kit is  too small so I used a piece of basswood.

Closing out the British Airborne project, I'd like to share a couple of resources on the subject:

1.   "It Never Snows in September: The German View of Market-Garden…"  This superb book is a great companion to Cornelius Ryan's "A Bridge Too Far."  The Germans had nothing but praise and respect for the superbly led and motivated 1st British Airborne at Arnhem.  The Germans suffered from shortages of everyone. Their tanks went in without radios and it cost them dearly.  They had no tracked transports so their 75mm antitank guns were deployed on the shoulder of Hell's Highway.  Every gun was knocked by the Allies rolling barrage during the opening of the campaign.  It goes without saying that the Germans were also suffering from a shortage of men.  One account has an officer leading WW I vets.  Before going in, the vets complained they'd not seen action since 1915.  Highly recommended!

2. Here's a link to a great British Airborne painting guide in PDF with photos of the uniform and kit.