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Offline Silent Invader

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Sicily 1943 - UD 12/5 - more wood & strongpoint finished
« on: March 23, 2018, 07:24:44 PM »
Bit of background : this is a long and slow-running project, started in 2013, stalled, restarted in 2015, stalled again, but with recent posts by Helen, Captain Blood and others having provided the necessary inspiration, Iím motivated to start again.

Itís a skirmish project setting airborne against airborne with scratch forces of Paras, Glider Pilots and Airlanding for the Brits versus Hermann GŲring Panzer Grenadiers and Fallschirmjšger for the Germans.

Thereís an old thread with info but itís gutted by the loss of images, most of which I no longer have the originals of. In any event, itís here:
https://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=53270.0

To get going Iíve sketched out a pillbox and Tobruk Pit combination, which will give me an objective to battle around and over. I havenít seen any images of Tobruk Pits in Sicily (most structures seem to have been domed) but that and the trench should make the games a bit more interesting. Thoughts are always appreciated.

By way of a reprise, Iíve also attached images of some of the figures that are so desperately calling for paint.  For what itís worth, Iím not sure that Iíll be putting any figures in smocks on the basis that it was so hot. 

Thanks for looking.  :)

« Last Edit: May 12, 2018, 01:45:12 PM by Silent Invader »
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Re: Airborne in Sicily 1943
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2018, 07:36:01 PM »
Looks promising SI!
Just a question, where did you get all the helmets and other Para stuff from?

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Re: Airborne in Sicily 1943
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2018, 07:46:03 PM »
Build, build, build  :D

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Re: Airborne in Sicily 1943
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2018, 07:49:56 PM »
Woo hoo, looking forward to this.

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Re: Airborne in Sicily 1943
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2018, 08:03:44 PM »
Thanks all  :D

Just a question, where did you get all the helmets and other Para stuff from?

Theyíre my own sculpts and white metal  casts from way back in 2013 (the mini - a GPR Pilot- was still WIP in the following images):

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Re: Airborne in Sicily 1943
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2018, 09:29:57 PM »
Great to see youíre back on this Steve. Another super creative project. Love the look of the strongpoint. Canít wait to see that in creation  8)

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Re: Airborne in Sicily 1943
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2018, 10:12:50 PM »
Looking forward in reading more of your project.

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Re: Airborne in Sicily 1943
« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2018, 09:31:41 AM »
Very nice.

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Re: Airborne in Sicily 1943
« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2018, 10:35:56 AM »
Thanks folks.

Hope to start the build soon alongside some more Old West stuff (itíll use the same board)

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Re: Airborne in Sicily 1943
« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2018, 11:07:32 AM »
I'm so happy you took up this project again! very inspirational (I would love to build the Sicily bridges in 20mm one day).
If you search on google images in Italian, you will find loads of useful modern day pictures of the many remaining bunkers on Sicily.

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Re: Airborne in Sicily 1943
« Reply #10 on: March 25, 2018, 11:46:14 PM »
Any prospect of casting up some more helmets for sale? Thereís another chap interested over here:

https://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=108220.msg1352515#msg1352515

And Iíd be interested in a platoonís worth myself.
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Re: Airborne in Sicily 1943
« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2018, 12:33:58 AM »
Cheers Don, advice and encouragement much appreciated. At some point I expect Iíll want to add a second strongpoint and the file of reference images is starting to build.  :)

Any prospect of casting up some more helmets for sale? Thereís another chap interested over here:

https://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=108220.msg1352515#msg1352515

And Iíd be interested in a platoonís worth myself.

Hi Carlos, the OP had already been in touch but unfortunately I donít have a stock at the mo and my casting gear is presently inaccessible. If the situation changes and I can cast in the near future I will bear it in mind though Iíd stress that these were made to fit the Perry minis and so are smaller than some might expect (for example, I donít think theyíd work with Warlord figures).  :)

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Re: Airborne in Sicily 1943
« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2018, 01:29:09 AM »
This is like wargaming in the Ď70s!  If there isnít a manufacturer making the figures you want, convert your own (and letís be honest, there wasnít a lot of choice back then).  Lovely stuff.
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Re: Airborne in Sicily 1943
« Reply #13 on: March 26, 2018, 07:52:40 AM »
Thanks Steve!  Looking at some Perry figures and some Voldemort ones Iím not sure the size difference of their noggins is completely a lost cause.

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Re: Airborne in Sicily 1943
« Reply #14 on: April 06, 2018, 01:17:29 PM »
 :)

Itís only now that Iíve started painting the minis that Iíve realised theyíve got the no3 rifle rather than to no4. Iíve resolved that by simply shaving off the extra gubbins on top, which without correcting the muzzle end means theyíre still a bit wrong but I will live with that.