Friday, April 21, 2017

More 15mm WW1 French

The 15mm First World War project continues, and I've added a few more figures to the French platoon. After the disastrous encounters of 1914 and 1915, French infantry platoons (like those of their allies and enemies) saw the development of many specialist roles to allow the unit to employ a variety of new weapons. Fortunately the excellent Peter Pig WW1 lines give you a lot of great options in modeling these.

Every platoon will need a lieutenant and a couple of sergeants. Without their leadership even the best-trained men will falter.


Bombers are men with a talent for grenades, a very useful skill set on the modern battlefield. Their job is to get in close while their comrades suppress the enemy, deliver a deadly volley of grenades onto the entrenched enemy, and move in to the wreckage.


To engage targets at longer range while the bombers get in to position, picked members of the platoon employ rifle grenades. The technology has come a long way since the beginning of the war, and these guys are significantly less likely to blow themselves up than they might have been a year or two ago. Honest.


Of course we're going to need plenty more ordinary riflemen too:


To lay down some really heavy fire, you could do worse than a Hotchkiss heavy machine gun:




7 comments:

  1. Wow. These could be 28mm if you didn't know. Lovely shading.

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    1. Thanks J Jackman, a lot of that is down to the quality of the figures. Really well sculpted for the scale. Glad you like them.

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  2. Wow these look amazing!!! Is it possible to post something on how you painted these, ie; paints used and method? Fantastic looking figures.

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    1. Thank you lekw, I'll try to knock together a brief tutorial in the near future with a few photos. It's actually not that complicated. I'm a big fan of making washes do a lot of the work, and then it's just a matter of careful highlighting.

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  3. A tutorial would be amazing. I keep coming back to your blog to look at these figures and decided to order some French and mid/late war Germans also. Just have to figure out how you painted these beauties!!!

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