But what I'm talking about today is more for small-scale, historical stuff. Badges, insignia, pips, medals, flashes ... that sort of thing. So, how do you do it?
|The late-war Latvian|
Perhaps my favourite part. Headologist knows my passion for WW2 research all too well - he was even foolish enough to ask a question about German epaulettes a few days ago and get a deluge of texts and diagrams drawn on MS Paint in reply ...
For this, I'm going to be concentrating on my Latvian Legion, and the US Airborne from the Army of Freedom. What sort of badges will I need? My first step is the books. I have an Osprey series which covers every one of the 38 SS Divisions in WW2. For the 15th Latvian, I needed Book 3 in the series, and I looked at the badges section. There are three different badges to replicate:
- The 'Eagle' badge worn by all SS and Waffen-Divisions, on the left arm.
- The 'Latvija' national arm badge, worn either on the upper right (pre-1943) or lower left sleeve.
- The 'SS' runes on the right side of the steel helmet.
|The famous 82nd|
For the US Airborne, things are a little simpler and because of programmes like Band of Brothers, it's quite easy to get the information. Most of this came from a Google search, but the US would only need:
- The US Flag on the right arm (with stars facing forward, hence the 'back to front' look)
- Divisional patch on the left arm - in this case, the 82nd Airborne.
The key part of painting freehand with models this size is appreciating your level of skill, and approximating the design to something you're capable of achieving. I had to make quite a few concessions to accuracy so that I could paint these on - I used an ordinary Citadel Fine Detail brush. It's key to make sure you still highlight and shade - for example the red is Scab Red then Blood Red - this makes the badge look organic and part of the uniform, rather than just 'painted on' or like a decal. I know it is painted on, but it shouldn't look it ... I'm using some of Warlord Games' miniatures for these tests.
|Early-pattern armshield, worn on the right arm|
|Bit blurry, but you can just make out the eagle on his other arm.|
|The second model has the late-war patch on the lower|
left arm, as well as the SS runes on the helmet
|A top view shows the shoulder straps|
|And the finished models|
|My approximation of the|
82nd Airborne patch
|My best shot at a US flag - not quite 13 stripes|
and not even attempting the right number
of stars - but looks good from a distance.
|The finished models.|
|Some insignia - that's a British major's crown - in fact just a|
liquid Green Stuff dot painted black and then white