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Poland 1939 with Combat Patrol


At Historicon this Summer I had a chance to pick up the Sarissa armored train for 28mm figures.  Though it is meant to be a German train, I think, it works pretty well as a Polish train.  In these pictures you can see that I have sprayed it in field yellow and have not air brushed the brown and green camouflage pattern.  (I got out the airbrush and found out is was broken.)   Last Friday I put the scenario I plan to run at Fall In (in November) on the table at club night.

In the scenario, a Polish train has parked on a road that the Germans need.  The leading German forces have been tasked to capture the train so that it can be moved.  The Polish platoon is trying to defeat as many Germans as possible.  The idea is that a major German offensive is coming down this road, and it is imperative to get the train out of the way.  The rear car of the train has a gun that has run out of ammunition, so the train’s only armament is a 37mm gun in the forward turret.  The Germans entered the table along the top edge of the photo.  They had two half tracks and a truck full of infantry.  They had three more infantry squads and two Pz 38(t) light tanks.  The Poles had a light anti-tank gun and an anti-tank rifle.

Note that the Germans did not have to destroy all the Poles.  They merely needed to capture the train.  Most gamers will stop and fight, regardless of the mission, but this group had seasoned HAWKs who focused on the objective of capturing the train.  I defined capturing the train as having three infantrymen in the cab.

The Poles deployed no infantry in or around the train, deciding to defend well forward.  The Germans wisely avoided the obvious killing ground in the center of the table and attacked along both flanks.  The Germans did not know that only one of the two train turrets was operational, so they moved cautiously to stay out of its lines of sight.  The shack in the center of the table was unoccupied, and the Poles didn’t really have an opportunity to occupy it.  The shack did serve to limit the Poles’ lines of sight and enable the German infantry to move forward from the corn field.

The Poles had a strong infantry defensive position in the center, but the Germans avoided the area.  On the Polish left, the green German squads in the halftracks and truck moved up through the woods.  The Poles had place a small force on the small hill just off to the right of the picture above.  Their purpose was to slow down the German advance.  They did so, but at extreme cost.  They even tried to toss a satchel charge into the midst of the advancing Germans but it didn’t land were intended and did no damage.  As we called the game the Germans were swarming over the hill and advancing toward the front of the train.

Unfortunately I didn’t get any shots of the German armor advancing on the Polish right flank.  They kept well out of line of sight of the anti-tank gun.  The ATR got off a shot, but missed.  The right flank Polish squad had been all but wiped out by the combined fire of several German squads and tank fire.  At the end we called the game a German victory, because it was obvious that they were going to get to the train.

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Seltyiel, Iconic Magus: Figure 244 of 266

Chris Palmer

  Over the weekend I finished up the first of the Iconics II Pathfinder Miniatures set: Seltyiel, Iconic Magus.  I’ve slowly been trying to create a Wizard and Apprentice pair for each of the 10 schools of magic from the Frostgrave core rulebook, and one of the ones I haven’t done yet is the Elementalist type.   I thought this guy might make a good fire-based Elementalist, so decided to go that direction with my painting.
         I prepped the figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish- soap added, then giving it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying it.  I then glued the figure to a white-primed 1" fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and then glued the washer-mounted figure to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer’s glue.
    I began by giving the entire figure a wash with Reaper MSP “Brown Liner” using a wet brush.

   When the Liner wash was dry, I began painting by doing his skin with Crafter’s Acrylic “Flesh”.   Next, I painted his coat with Americana “Asphaltum”, and then painted the lining with Crafter’s Acrylic “Orange Spice”.

     I then painted his waist hanging with Apple Barrel “Yellow”, and then ll his armor bits with Citadel “Snakebite Leather”.  Next, I painted his sash with Ceramcoat “Opaque Red”; and then did his dagger scabbard, side scabbard, pouch, and bottle holder all with Apple Barrel “Burnt Sienna”.  I then painted the scabbard around back with Ceramcoat “Black Cherry”, and his boots and weapon grips with Ceramcoat “Walnut”.

     Next, I painted his hair with Apple Barrel “Apple Maple Syrup”, and then painted the bottle at his waist with Crafter’s Acrylic “Purple Passion”.  I then painted all the little studs and buckles, the hilt of the sword, and the fittings on the scabbards, all with Accent “Mustard Seed”.  I then went back and repainted all these with Ceramcoat “Bronze”.

     After everything had a while to dry, I gave the entire figure a wash with Citadel “Agrax Earthshade” wash using a wet brush.  When the wash was dry, I painted his eyes; and then highlighted his skin with the base “Flesh”, and then mixed in a little Crafter’s Acrylic “Light Antique White” to do lighter highlights.    I then highlighted his hair with Americana “Buttermilk”, and then used a little of the “Light Antique White”.  After that, I highlighted his coat with a mix of Folk Art “Barn Wood” and the original “Asphaltum”.

     Next, I highlighted the coat’s lining with a mix of the base Orange Spice", and some Crafter;s Acrylic “Pure Pumpkin”.  I then highlighted all the leather armor using a mix of the base “Snakebite Leather”, and some of the Apple Maple Syrup" I had used on the hair.  I highlighted the sash with Americana “Cadmium Red”, and the waist hanging with Crafter’s Acrylic “Daffodil Yellow”. Then I highlighted the little bottle with a mix of the base “purple Passion”, and some Apple Barrel “Apple Lavender”.    Next, I began work on the flaming bird spell effect in his hand by painting his hand and the bottom of the bird with Apple Barrel “Lemon Chiffon”.  I tried to feather it down his forearm a little.

     Next, I used some of the “Daffodil Yellow” working out from the “Lemon Chiffon”, both up the body of the bird, and along the edges of the “Lemon Chiffon” on his forearm. After that I used some of the “Yellow”, working up the body of the bird and out across the underside of his wings; and then Americana “Tangerine”, and then the “Orange Spice”.  I followed this with some of the “Cadmium Red”, and lastly along the tips of the wings and tops of the birds horns, some Ceramcoat “Black Cherry”.  I then went back and added highlights to his fingers with plain “White”.
      I then painted his sword blade with Americana “Zinc”.  After that I went back and added highlights to the parts I had painted with the “Bronze”, using Ceramcoat “14K Gold”. And I followed up that by painting the sword blade with Folk Art Metallics “Gunmetal Grey”.  I then highlighted the blade with Folk Art “Silver Sterling”.   Lastly, I painted the figure’s integral base with White.
    When everything had overnight to dry, I gave the figure a coat of Ceramcoat “Matte Varnish” early the next morning.  Midday, I flocked the white areas with Woodland Scenics “Snow” flock and the next day I sprayed the figure with Testor’s Dullcote.

     I’m pleased with how he turned out, especially the flaming bird spell effect.

Figure 244 of 266: Complete

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