Tuesday 1 January 2008

To the barricades!

Finally an update! I managed to convert and paint the first batch of Spartakists. The painting standard isn't the best, as I lost patience and wanted to finish something. What I've got now is a twelve strong unit of sailors, soldiers and armed citizens. All are Brigade Games WW1 figures.

First here the Volksmarine Division. A notorious revolutionary force that went around Germany to support other revolutionaries.

Either red armbands or red ribbon on their caps identified them as spartakists. They've taken off the Imperial cockades on the caps.

The guy on the left has a red collar instead of the blue sailor one. Whether people actually did so I don't know, but it looks good!

Second, armed civilians. The angry mob. Possibly World War 1 veterans, now workers taking up arms in an attempt to change for the better.

These are based on German Askaris. A terrible work to convert the soft hats in what should be fedoras and bowler hats. I lost patience again and painted them while I could've sculpted them better. I removed some water bottles and filled up the belts on their backs to make them less militarylooking. Same with the trousers that originally all had puttees.
Painted in boring civilian colours. Some have red armbands, one a little red scarf.

At last the red army. Reichswehr mutineers, council soldiers joining the rebellion.
Based on an officer, a trenchraider, african Askari and a regular stormtrooper with a (sailors-) headswap. Many Spartakist soldiers refused to wear the steelhelmet which was seen as a symbol of militarism and imperialism that had caused so much death, pain and grief. The flagbearer has is shoulderboards removed and wears his trousers without puttees or boots. The guy next to him only has his old army jacket to identify him as a soldier.

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