In which I blog about my miniature wargaming and whatever else takes my interest!

In which I blog about my miniature wargaming and whatever else takes my interest!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Digging In

I was gifted some bags of excess figures by a friend. Some British and some Germans. The Brits and some of the Germans were kinda of old fashioned and boring sculpts without a lot of animation or detail. A lot of pioneers with mines and flamethrowers. Even my nephew turned his nose up at them when I offered. Some of the Germans were kinda of interesting; all late war helmet covers and zeltbahns, wielding StG44 assault rifles and panzerfausts. Enough to organize a platoon of Volksgrenadiers.

But the idea didn't stick and I wasn't too keen on painting them up. So I chucked them all in a box to sell off at Hotlead. (Trying to be clever this year and sort my Bring and Buy stuff out early instead of the night before.)

Then I had an even cleverer idea. So clever you could put a tail on it and call it a fox.

I chopped them in half.

I cut a bunch of 25mm by 30mm bases (a Flames of War small base I believe). Then I squirted on nice little rounds of caulking and smoothed these into roughly oval/rectangular embankments. Before the caulking dried I buried them in my fine sand.

Slit trenches

The next day I shook them off and glued two half figures into each slit trench.

Dug in Canadian platoon
 Don't worry, after the picture was taken I straightened out the squaddie leaning against his fellow.

Section of Germans
So I've done all the Canadians and have enough for a dug in platoon. For the Germans however, it looks like I've got a couple of platoons worth with lots of MG42s once I fashion some more slit trenches for them.


  1. A neat idea! I look forward to seeing them painted.

  2. Nicely done. I had some of the old glory/command decision fox hole troops. But I think yours look top notch.

  3. While you had the caulk out did you do my bases too? :-)

  4. You forgot to mention the inspirational and charming company you had during this session. :)

    1. You're right. I'm sure things would have been disastrous if it weren't for your fellowship and beer.