The truth is, I've not played a Flames of War game in at least two years - I'm hazy on the changes from 1st Edition to 2nd, and have no knowledge about 3rd. It's not something my gaming group plays, and with the demise of my LGS, it doesn't look like something I will be playing with in the future.
Thus, I am contemplating parting with pieces of the collection. It's a hard decision, because some pieces I put a lot of work into and am rather proud of. It's not the first time I have sold miniatures, but all previous sales were to people I knew, people I gamed with, and those whom I knew would give the miniatures a good home. Prices were low, and swaps were as common as cash purchases.
Ebay is a whole new world. I have bought a lot of unpainted miniatures to expand collections and a few painted, but selling is new.
So I dug out the old miniatures and took some photographs, some for the first time ever. Most of these were taken on the dining room table, where the only terrain was a green placement. Every miniature has a bit of a story to it.
These were my first FOW miniatures - two PzKfwIIIs and 2 PzKfwIVs. They were also my first bits of conversion work, taking the Rettemeier Panzer III J moden and splitting the pieces between three different tanks to give a lived-in look with minimal cost. They were also my first attempt at dunkelgelb. I've never been that pleased with them - the detail works, but they're just subtly off.
Ultimately, they formed part of a small kampfgruppe I'd put together. It was never really large enough to play with on it's own, and until recently it wasn't a combination that could be fielded legally. However, I changed how I painted German tanks midway through, so these guys didn't really fit.
Here's the rest of the kampfgruppe:
In the back row on the left is the Tigerless Tiger platoon. It's vehicles #2 and #4 (which the TOE has as Panzer III Ns) and one of the battalion HQ vehicles added to make a legal platoon. There's another use of the Rettemeier model in there too. Next to that (back right) is the three squadpanzergrenadier platoon. I never got around to finishing their transport. They were my first attempt at German infantry, using Humbro's Italian Uniform for the greenish/faded German tropical uniforms. It kind of worked.
In the front on the left is a pionier platoon with two squads. The infantry are Old Glory 15mm conversions, and the faded German feldgrau was a Reaper mid gray. On the right is a two-gun 150mm infantry gun battery, which can only be fielded with panzergrenadiers (at the time) and was pretty but not as useful as I'd thought. They also need a command base and transport.
I have enough tanks to flesh it out as a late 1943 Panzer Company if I desire to. I have some recon elements that also need some painting, should I get around to it. There I will keep, should I get back into FoW.
Winter 1942 Germans:
I'd been interested in the battle of Rzhev ever since I'd read David M. Glanz' "The Battle that Never Happened" in the anthology No End Save Victory. Thus began a Grossdeutchland infantry company, before they were made into a Panzergrenadier Division.
This has some of my second attempts at making snowy bases, along with some of my favorite work on 15mm WWII.
Infanterie Platoon with attached anti-tank
These are Old Glory/Command decision, and the same Reaper gray was used for feldgrau. The bases need some reworking and so do the faces, but they're servicable and they have a nice level of detail. I have the miniatures for additional platoons and the weapons platoon, but never got around to painting them either.
Headquarters 28mm anti-tank gun
Infantry Gun Platoon
Here are two Battlefront 7.5cm light infantry guns, with transport. The command team are Command Decision. I'm missing an observer, but I'm not sure the platoon comes with one. I'm proud of these for the same reason I'm proud of the 28mm gun. Yes, I realize the shell is out of scale, but I had the spare crewmen. This is version 3 of snow bases, with lots more snow directly glued to the base and white painted on the flocking. The piled up rocks started out as blue aquarium gravel and were then painted, washed and dusted with snow.
The transport is Battlefront and they were cast resin, which are different to paint than all metal or resin/metal vehicles. I'm pleased with them, but they need decals. The space for the GD helmet is deliberately darker than the rest of the vehicle, because they wouldn't wash over the stenciling when they whitewashed it.
4 Marder I self-propelled anti-tank guns
I don't know if these are the right kind of Marder or not for what GD actually had in the Rzhev salient. They're older Battlefront models, before they retooled and added crew to their vehicles. Despite that, they have a good war record, even if they think they are tanks half the time.
88mm gun platoon with transport
Tactically, they're often a liability, but they're just so beautiful and I put a good deal of work into them that I can't not take them. Instead of whitewashing the guns, I painted white stripes and then glued fake snow to them. I'd read that, when whitewash was scarce, they would put snow on vehicles and/or gunshields to conceal them, so it sounded like a good idea to model. The supports are pieces of wire, and the camouflage netting is window screen material. I'd also put some spray-on snow on them, but that has fallen by the wayside.
Midwar Winter Soviets
Naturally, to fight the Germans, I needed Soviets. I'd whipped the credit card out before I'd thought, because Soviets mean hordes, and I paint very slowly. The idea was to paint a Naval Infantry Battalion to fight the Germans in the snow.
4 15mm Soviet Flamethrower teams:
Blocking Detachment and Commisars
You can see the theme I was going for. Most of the conversions were done with paint - painting khaki trousers instead of blue, different color greatcoats, or machine gun crews in dark naval uniforms. I think it makes for a good "in the field making do" look. The flags are a combination of standard Soviet flags, with one naval ensign. I think the naval ensign was planned for the Battalion Kommisar.
I have the miniatures to finish out the battalion, but, as with the rest of these, not much desire to.
The Kommisar's Tiger Tank
I asked whether the Russians could field the captured tank - I was told yes, provided I purchased and painted one appropriately. I did so, and this was the result. The Saga of the Kommisar in his Tiger was born. The Kommisar commanded a heavy tank battalion from his Tiger through all the remaining Battle of Kursk and the Russian 1943 offensive. The Germans were determined to destroy it, and threw everything they had at it - artillery, air attacks, anti-tank guns, even more Tigers. Nothing worked! Not even a swamp could stop the Kommisar and his Tiger!
American MidWar Armor
4 T28E1/M15 (one with armor, three without)
So, that's a bit of a trip down memory lane.