Today I am after your opinion. Please post replies either to this Blog or over on my Facebook Page.
Let me tell you a quick story. My travels back into miniatures games started with when I was playing boardgames with miniatures in them to get my “miniatures fix” for much less than the cost of GW. Eventually, I wanted to get back into true miniature games and with the encouragement of my wife, I went to the Hotlead Gaming Convention in Stratford, Ontario. There I was introduced to a whole gamut of games that I never knew existed. Most of these games were of a historical nature and all of them were more affordable to buy into than the games that I was used to seeing at my local hobby store.
There I bought into RAFM’s USX: Modern Day Heroes and Death in the Dark. Neither of those were very historical, but the historical bug was planted. I then bought a copy of Memoir ’44 and painted all of the miniatures within. Reactions from all that played the game was fantastic. Battlefront then released their Plastic Open Fire Starter Box for Flames of War. I bought that boxed set and what a fantastic value that box set was! If you don’t have it, I recommend you buy it if you have any interest in Flames of War. It comes with a British Sherman Tank Company, an American Parachute Platoon and an entire German Grenadier Army. When I got the boxed set, I immediately found a club to play at and painted the American Platoon. The first person that saw my paint job told me…
|Above is the first reaction I heard from a historical gamer when I showed him my painted American Parachute Platoon from Open Fire.|
Having spent all the time to paint up my American Platoon, I was not about to repaint them. They remain the same colour today. I will post the rest of the pictures of the Platoon at the end of this post, but I would like to know from my Historical friends and readers if they would play someone that didn’t paint their miniatures the right colour. This question is of relevance not only because I have a platoon of bright-green Americans, but also because I am contemplating painting a Platoon of Germans for Bolt Action in non-historical colours.
With the coming of Konflikt ’47, I can see no reason people should take offense to me running atypical colours for my German army. The issue may arise, when I wish to use those same infantry models for Bolt Action. The colour that I would like to paint my Army is Black. They wore those colours just before WW2 and I believe that there may have even been a Panzer Grenadier Company that wore black uniforms during the early war. Any Historical players out there that know the history of black uniforms for Germans, please chime in the comments.
I think I could get away with Black uniforms for the early war, but what about when I start to play late war with the same models? Will people take offense or be really bothered by my colour choice? What will they think if I paint my Panthers the same colour? Why is this even important?
Historical players are a friendly group, but they can also be particular. My first Flames of War tournament was for mid-war. I don’t own a dedicated mid-war army so I dropped the Panzerfaust and Shreck in my late war list and added in large 15cm infantry guns, PaK40s and 88s for support. The list is legal and taken from the proper book. The colours may have been a little off for Itally or the desert. One of my opponents complained to me and asked “what is this? Your East War army brought over for a West War game?” I didn’t have the heart to tell him that it was actually my Late War army re-tooled to work as a mid-war list for the West. At that time, I had not yet made my Objective markers. I am sure that would have blown his mind even more.
I get mixed reactions when I pull out these objective markers for Flames of War. Most people love them, but a small amount complain or look at them with disdain. I like them a lot and believe that these objective markers helped me win best appearing army at a couple of tournaments. 🙂
|That is a Well of Chaos by Reaper Miniatures. I figure by late war, the Germans wouldn’t have been against summoning Cthulhu to help them regain an advantage. With reports that they were interested in the Occult, I find it an interesting marker to use in the game.|
|Around the Well of Chaos are a couple of dead Russian soldiers by Battlefront. Of course, they were sacrifices to fill the fountain with blood.|
|That is a German Commander summoning a Demon to help his cause. The Demon is a Night Gaunt by RAFM.|
|Most people love the summoning circle! It makes for a really fun game. I also have a German Command Team done up as Red Skull (not shown).|
As one might guess, I like to divert from History a little. That is part of the reason I am deciding on whether to get in on Konflikt ’47. I think it would be a good fit for me and there are local players buying Konflikt ’47 Armies. Again, I am wondering if people would criticize if I make my own colour scheme and want to bring it back to Bolt Action for a Late War game.
Currently, I have two objective markers for Bolt Action. Both are Bronze statues. I always get a look of confusion when someone sees them on the table for the first time.
|“What? We are fighting over a town in France. Why wouldn’t they have a statue of Joan of Arc that they would want to secure? It is my objective marker.”|
|The statue from the back.|
|A Bronze Statue of a Mythical Fighter. So far, not a single player has allowed me to use him in Bolt Action. 🙂 Maybe I will use him for Frostgrave sometime.|
So far, I have kept my armies historically accurate and had fun with the objective markers. I would like to change that with a Bolt Action Germany Army. Please tell me your thoughts on this topic either here or on my Facebook Page. Perhaps you have your own Blog Site and are interested in writing a response that way. If so, please do so and link back here.
I hope that everyone enjoyed reading this post. To end off, I leave you with pictures of the rest wrongfully coloured American Platoon.
|“I told you we shouldn’t have trusted that laundry shop. Look at what they did to our uniforms!”|
|“Better get that shot off quick bud. I don’t think we will be able to hide after this.”|
|“I know our uniforms are a little bright. Just keep advancing forward men. Perhaps the colour will throw our enemies off their game.”|
|“I don’t care that our colours are off. We still look great!”|
|“Boss, I think they see you! You stick out like a sore thumb in that uniform. Get Down!”|
|“So Bright! Maybe you can blind them.”|
|“Don’t hold back men!”|
|“Soldier! Did you say that you think we are painted with craftstore paint!? Then you had better work twice as hard to make us look good!”|
|“You mean he didn’t even use the right paints on us!? Inconceivable!”|