So stage one was to prepare all of the miniatures that I needed to complete my Mountain Infantry platoon and supporting HMG assets by:
|i) Remove the head and drill a 1mm hole for the brass rod|
|Remove the backpacks and sling bags for those miniatures that you intend adding cloaks to,|
|Insert a 1mm brass pin into the hole that you have drilled. The correct head will be mounted on this|
|Insert a Mountain Infantry head onto the pin like so...|
|...and sculpt the cloak with Magic Sculpt|
|A Canadian Sphinx is indispensable in the quest for well painted miniatures!|
The rifles wooden body is painted with a basecoat of Vallejo German Camo Medium Brown and highlighted with Vallejo Beige Brown. The metal parts of the rifles as well as the entrenching tool head is painted using Molten Metals Steel
Im a big fan of making bases as something special as possible. If the bases don't work, it doesn't matter how well you paint your gear it will just not look that good. Because of this I like to spend a bit of time planning what Im going to do.
So... with the Polish Mountain Infantry I wanted bases that in some way reflected the environment that they actually fought in.
Having wandered around the Beskides and the Tatras the one thing that stands out is that in most of the area apart from the high peaks the landscape is rolling and most definitely not mountainous... but what there is an abundance of is trees.... lots and lots of trees so I decided that I would make my bases to reflect this.
I laid out all bases for all my Mountain Infantry assets and after a short trip to the garden hedge I proceeded to glue branch off cuts onto the bases where I saw fit. These were then left to dry thoroughly.
Once the bases were dry it was time to glue the troops to their bases with superglue and then put a layer of grout over the top to meld in the figure bases to the overall base level.
|The full Podhale Rifles platoon with the accompanying HMG platoon|
|A full Podhale Rifle Section|