Death Korps Commander
It's been a while since we had an update on the Death Korps, so I'll share a couple of outstanding projects. The main one is my FW DK Commander - one of my favourite models of all time. I decided to convert him into a 'command stand' like a historical game, since he won't be doing much actual combat. This is something I did for my old HQ diorama - a 60mm base with three men on it.
I also remembered to take step-by-step photos! Hurrah! Take a look below to see the diorama take shape.
|Built and ready for standing up. The two HQ types have green-stuffed arms to make them 'salute', and|
I took the crest off the officer's helmet, as I thought it looked a bit daft.
|And in position. I aimed to make the commander look like he'd just|
emerged from a dugout, as the HQ snaps to attention.
|These aren't glued on yet, just blu-tacked. I used a tiny dab of superglue to attach each one to a|
20mm base for painting, allowing me to snap it off once all was finished.
|The base itself. I used the same techniques as for my previous infantry squad, but made the mud|
flatter and used duckboards made of card to suggest that they're further behind the lines.
|And painted! I deliberately kept the palette identical to the basic infantry squads, and resisted the temptation to give the officer a fancy uniform. The basic idea is brown tunic with cuffs, facings and trims in arm-of-service colours.|
|And the orderlies... I've just remembered, there's supposed to be a phone wire |
between the junction box and the phone, I'll do that now.
|I've been tinkering with some OSL recently - I'm a bit concerned that, in isolation, it looks |
like he's bleeding heavily but when you stand back it looks okay.
|Phone for you sir!|
|And the commander's tunic, oddly one of my favourite parts to paint.|
This is a trademark HW team layout now. In fact, my first ever post had a very similar dug-in lascannon. The mud is all 'no-more-nails' glue, which is a lot tougher than builder's filler and dries rock solid. The sandbags are made of little sausages of Green Stuff squashed flat.