Beobachtungsturm were a type of watchtower used by the East Germans. I found a file of them on thingiverse and thought it would be a great addition to my Cold War games.
As you can see I did 2 of them of different sizes. The nice thing about 3d printing is this fllexibility- a 1/144 scaled original was printed out at half size and twice size, for 6mm and 20mm respectively.
Here they are unpainted and untextured. They were both given coats of Mr. Surfacer as an undercoat.
Now to write 2 scenarios to featuring them….
(With apologies to KRS-One)
Elhiem Figures has recently released two version of the (in)famous East German Trabant car: one civilian, one police. These are 3D prints and are rather nice, much better than the Shapeways ones I bought several years back.
The pair of little Trabants.
Believe it or not over 3 million of them were made.
This Police one should really have lettering on it but I didn’t fancy trying out my freehand on it so left it off.
Both were painted in acyrlics before being weathered with oil paints. The blue police lights were done with Games Workshops range of gem paints; they look OK but I don’t think they were really worth the extra effort. Still given how little paint I used they should last for years.
They make a nice little pair and should be some nice set dressing if I ever set a Cold War game in East as opposed to West Germany.
As requested here are some closeups of the DDR NVA figures. I’m not normally keen on showing closeups as my camera is better than my painting technique but these have turned out alright.
I’ve not re- photographed all of them- just a few that caught my eye.
Here is a quick rundown of how I painted them.
- Undercoat figure in grey from a spray can.
- Paint entire figure Vallejo Model Color (VMC) German Cam Beige.
- Paint skin areas Vallejo Panzer Aces Flesh (VPA) Base, plain and netted helmest VMC Military Green, Boots VMC black, NBC bag VMC Dark grey, Pack roll VPA Canvas, water bottle cover VMC Flat Earth and the Entrenching tool VMC Chocolate Brown and then VPA New wood.
- Wash entire figure in Army Painter Strong tone.
- Go back over all the uniform and helmet cover in VMC German Camo Beige and all the detail parts with with step colours.
- Paint weapon and bayonet VMC black.
- Add vertical rain drop lines with thinned down VMC flat Brown.
- Highlight Weapon with VMC dark grey and VPA New wood. Paint AK magazines VMC Orange Brown.
- Highlight Flesh with VMC Flat flesh and then VPA Flesh highlights. Wash with Army Painter soft tone watered down a little.
- Blackline with VMC Black.
- Very lightly drybrush the entire figure with VMC deck tan.
- Varnish with VMC Matt Varnish.
- Base as appropriate.
The above is my usual technique for speed painting 20mm figure with more care and detailed taken given that the figures are bigger. I didn’t take and step by step photos- it is something I could do a future post on….
I’ve just finished off painting these DDR NVA figures I got from Under Fire Miniatures.
They’ll be excellent opposition to the West German Police and Bundeswehr I painted previously.