Monday, 21 December 2015

Focusing on the Deetails

You'll have noticed a fair few of the old Britains 'Deetail' series figures in some recent posts.  My WW2 playtest game highlighted the lack of an LMG in the US infantry range.  Fortunately I had a few CTS and Airfix BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle) gunners left over from another project.  But would I be able to  match the rather garish green plastic Britains had used?
After some experiments the answer was a resounding (I think) 'yes!'  The colour I used was Vallejo 857 Golden Olive.  To show what a good match it is, the chap in the middle of the photos above and below is a 'real' Deetail figure.

During this process it struck me that the level of detail painted on the original Deetail figures was about right.  So in future I'll be aiming for Deetail rather then detail.  Still with me?
Early experiments - I had a box of bits of Airfix 'Multipose' figures which I used to knock together two BAR gunners and a pair of NCO types with M3 'Grease Gun' SMGs.


CTS artillery crewmen - complete with the gun captain fielding a telephone call.
CTS sniper and BAR gunner with an Airfix Multipose bazooka gunner.

Coming next - the Germans and a rather trickier paint matching project.

20 comments:

Nigel Drury said...

For re-arming 54mm figures this might be of interest

http://www.shapeways.com/shops/forpost?section=1%2F35+scale+models&s=0

Stephen Briddon said...

Noted your comment on the Germans. The Deetail Germans I have ever seen, are a curious blue/grey. Of course we all know WWII Germans did not wear uniforms of this colour, but the little boy in us feels that they ought to be grey (or black if they really 'baddies'). I saw one post on 28mm models where the author deliberately went down this avenue, with his Yanks, in a green colour and his Brits were all Commandoes in some shade of brown. I think it must stem from our comic books. I know what I am doing anyway with my new project which I started this week.

Pete. said...

Looks a good match to me Tim. Do you keep a master list of all your paints used for projects (other than this blog)?

Cheers,

Pete.

Tim Gow said...

Nigel Drury
That looks more like expensive proper modelling to me! I'll stick with cheapskate bodging...

Tim Gow said...

Stephen Briddon
The Deetail Germans are indeed a very odd colour. But somehow they look right! With my WW2 game I'm very much aiming to recreate the film of the book of the war, rather then the war itself!

Tim Gow said...

Pete
On my better days I do note these things down. Problem is, I lose the notes....

Counterpane said...

Tim,

I work near the Monday flea market in Sheffield. There's a stall that quite often has 1/32nd models. Is there anything you want me to look out for?

Richard C

Stephen Briddon said...

I agree with your book of the film approach. After all, we know our games are not the 'real' thing, who are we kidding? I have long ago given up going for realism in my painting, and prefer the toy soldier look.

Col said...

Nicely Done Tim! Great to see all that Deetail Goodness! Thank you for the paint match tip.
I have that colour amongst my Vallejo's but never thought to use it when my Deetails needed a bit of restoration.
Cheers
Col

Paul Foster said...

A likely looking bunch of cut-throats Tm.

Tim Gow said...

Counterpane
I really must have a look at that market sometime. Spectacularly cheap Deetail figures are always welcome!

Tim Gow said...

Stephen Briddon
You'll recall my painting was never up to much - but I find that the 'toy soldier' look is one I can manage quite well. I still have quite a few figures you painted...

Tim Gow said...

Col
I bought that colour in specially - I was delighted when it matched straight out of the pot!

Tim Gow said...

Paul Foster
Like I said to Steve, it's the game of the book of the film...

Brian Carrick said...

That's a spectacularly good match, are you going to paint the whites of the eyes on the Deetail figures so they match the detail on the non Deetail figures or would that be a case of de tail wagging de dog?

Happy Christmas, Brian

Tim Gow said...

Brian Carrick
I am very pleased with the match! Sadly I find the Deetail figures don't respond all that well to my usual mad staring eyes approach.

private w. said...

Really nice additions to a Deetails force!! And I think you nailed and matched the Deetails paint scheme very impressively! An inspiring post, thank you!!

Stephen Briddon said...

Tim has got me all excited about a new wargame project (have no imagination or will of my own anymore thanks to modern pharmaceuticals and teaching High School). I got myself some 1/32nd British and German infantry and can't wait to start slopping the paint around. I am thinking about a Corderyscahuseramas type game. I am now looking at vehicles and all the other impedimenta. I wonder? 1/35th or 1/48-56th ish? Of course price and availability dictate as usual, but I'm a grown up and have a little bit more liberty than a nine year old!

Tim Gow said...

Private W
Thanks for your kind words.

Tim Gow said...

Steve Briddon
I think you need a blog sir! I'd stick with 1/48ish scale vehicles - mine are mostly Solido and Dinky diecasts.