by Dirty Jon
I think some of the coolest looking stuff in Rising Sun comes from the Finnish section. To start any of the Companies in the book, you need to get some infantry. I really like to have lots of leg options in any of my Flames of War lists, so I dove right in to the standard rifle platoon for the Finns: (FI721) Jääkäri Rifle Platoon (Winter).
The pack comes with enough guys to make 8 Rifle teams and 2 command teams -- the thinking is you get a CiC and an 2iC with the purchase of two blisters. I expected there to be a lack of variety in the pack, but was pleasantly surprised with a bunch of different guys.
|Figures grouped by sculpt.|
I had never painted any winter troops before, so I had to develop my technique. I decided to base them all up and hit them with a light grey primer as a first coat. I wanted to get a light grey color in the recesses, so I thought this was a good way to do it. Next, I drybrushed heavily with white. After that, I used some black wash to create some shading. I found that the color darkened all over quite a bit and I went back and did a lighter drybrush to get the white to look correct.
The real challenge with these figures was in painting all the equipment. I had not realized how forgiving a black primer coat with a relatively heavy drybrush of green or grey is. It took a LOT of time to paint all the equipment without really messing up the white smocks and pants. Be warned: These guys take a ton of time to paint.
I paint most my figs on the bases, and I decided that I just didn't want plain snow drifts. I wanted some rocky areas to fill in where the figures had a gap with the base. When I glued down the bare figures, I also ran some superglue around randomly on the base and dipped them in some ballast. This way, the primer coat would help to seal the ballast on the bases.
I did a very heavy drybrush for the bases, hitting the uniforms at the same time. After I was completely done with the figures, I used white glue and some hobby snow I had sitting around. I did a second layer of this over uneven areas, as the snow is very thin. After drying, I put on some Silfor Tufts in random locations - I put a little glue on the tufts and sprinkled some snow on them to tie them into the base -- this is hard to see in the pictures.
|My camera sucks. It always auto-focuses on the guy in the back. Oh well.|
These figures are very good, indeed. The poses are very nice and offer a surprising variety. I was surprised at just how LONG these took to paint -- you really need to budget some time to get them right. Checking in at USD$23, I think they are a good buy, and I think they turned out looking awesome. If you want some Early War Finns, pick up two of these blisters and you are on your way!
Models provided by Battlefront Miniatures