White War: Austro-Hungarian AAMG, 1917

White War: Austro-Hungarian AAMG, 1917

Postby Stavka » 07 Apr 2012

Close to pumpkin time, but here is my entry for the Guild's "Flak" group build. Some Tiroler Kaiserjager man a Schwartzlose MMG on an improvised AA mount, defending a mountain fortress in the Dolomites against prying Italian reconnaissance aircraft. Pretty pathetic as far as the 'flak' stakes go, but there you have it.

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Models are from Scarab Miniatures. At first I was somewhat put off by a definite "goblinesque" sculpting style and huge mitts, but as I was painting them I found they grew on me, and I am quite pleased with the way they turned out. Once I decided on the colour scheme, they painted up quite quickly.

(Sorry, in my haste to get the pictures up before the deadline I realized that they turned out bigger that I wanted them too. I'll try to resize them later, when I have more time.)

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I decided that they would be reservists called to the colours, and that they would still be in their "pike grey" pre-war uniforms. From what I've seen and read on the uniforms, Pike Grey is in fact a medium blue colour with a violet cast to the dye, but after faffing around with colour mixes which always turned out too purple, I decided a simple medium blue worked out the best.

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I set them in a mountain fort- the "Collina della Formica" which I built some years back.

http://gebirgskrieg.blogspot.jp/

Unfortunately, the project got put to the side when our group got into Napoleonics in a big way. Now I have some miniatures for the project, I'm hoping now that I've broken the ice, I may get back to working on it. Basically I see small skirmish game with about 20 or 24 figures a side at most. No idea on rules yet.

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Re: White War: Austro-Hungarian AAMG, 1917

Postby rowdy75 » 07 Apr 2012

very nice
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Re: White War: Austro-Hungarian AAMG, 1917

Postby etranger » 07 Apr 2012

That fortress looks very nice with it's garrison, Stavka.
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Re: White War: Austro-Hungarian AAMG, 1917

Postby Raz » 07 Apr 2012

Looking good. The fortress is very nice as well.
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Re: White War: Austro-Hungarian AAMG, 1917

Postby Richard B. » 07 Apr 2012

I like this a lot, can`t beat AA machine guns.

The uniforms look very bright - got to love early period armies with all that colour ;)

Well done mate, cracking entry :good:
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Re: White War: Austro-Hungarian AAMG, 1917

Postby panzerfaust200 » 07 Apr 2012

Very nice entry! I love the map for the commander! :clapping: :clapping: :clapping:
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Re: White War: Austro-Hungarian AAMG, 1917

Postby LSSAH » 07 Apr 2012

Good job, the map is a nice touch. Dougie
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Re: White War: Austro-Hungarian AAMG, 1917

Postby Mad Padre » 07 Apr 2012

This has my vote for most original and unusual entry. Nothing "pathetic" about it.
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Re: White War: Austro-Hungarian AAMG, 1917

Postby fscunha » 07 Apr 2012

Cool!!! Great entry . NO vehicles just greatly painted figures!

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Re: White War: Austro-Hungarian AAMG, 1917

Postby mausmann » 07 Apr 2012

They look fine to me, and that fortress is cool too!..... :clapping: :clapping: :clapping: :clapping:
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Re: White War: Austro-Hungarian AAMG, 1917

Postby Wiking » 08 Apr 2012

Something different - good work! :good:
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Re: White War: Austro-Hungarian AAMG, 1917

Postby ArisKosionidis » 09 Apr 2012

Great entry!
You're right about the figures- they seem extremely caricatured, but radiate character. Maybe it's because of animated series, but I find myself quite tolerant of these heavily exaggerated sculpts, much more so than the "only slightly off" you occasionally see with some manufacturers.
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