Hello from a newbie

Started by PhilG, 10 May 2022, 04:19:58 PM

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PhilG

Hi all, I am very new to WW2 gaming, I have spent many years gaming ancients in 25mm, but I wanted something smaller, more compact and not too heavy to carry around! My Dark Ages Slav army is 300+ figures and my back has had enough.
So I've had a go at producing a couple of small armies in 10mm. Russian and German, but they are specifically Russian Estonian rifles and German Waffen Estonians. It was inspired by a recent visit to Tallinn and discovering that Estonians had divided loyalties.
However my knowledge of WW2 is very limited, so I have painted them as best as I can. I'll post some photos soon. Next step is to get to grips with the rules.
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QuoteWelcome to the forum!

As you will, no doubt, soon discover most people here are well-meaning, well read, well informed, well able to assist with answers to many queries (some even related to wargaming in general or Pendraken in particular!) and well weird! :)

Enjoy!

Also ... pictures .... we like pictures! :) 
Wot he said!  :D
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Welcome Phil

Half the fun is working out what different units looked like. Russian kit is fairly standard, green. German stuff varied rather a lot!

The general suggestion is to paint for specific units (which it sounds like you have picked). Then don't be afraid to proxy those in for any scenario where the type of tank pretty well matches. 

And yes 10mm armies are so much easier to store and carry - though the tanks can get weighty. 

Which rules are you going with?
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Welcome Phil  :-h

Good to see some interesting army choices and as others have said we like pictures :)
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Welcome Phil,

I don't have much to add above what has been said. Many of the figures can be converted with a "Piant conversion" at 10mm. The thing you tend to notice most is the helmet.

So I have French WW2 infantry serving as dismounted Polish ww2 Cavalry who wore the adrian helmet. I jut painted the puttees black and they became long cavalry boots
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Hi PhilG, welcome to the Forum!

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Indeed welcome PhilG ... I am one of those WW2 players that likes the 'fringes' - the Winter War and Manchuria etc.

IMHO it can be overwhelming to start with one of the major areas of conflict (NW Europe seems to be the one that grabs new players attention 1st).

So I think your Estonian project is inspired  :D
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I'll do this later

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Welcome Phil.

They're a knowledgable lot on here and always happy to help with hobby tips and history queries. I'm a relatively new contributor and found them quite a welcoming bunch. And they don't bite. Much. :P

Get some pictures up. We like pictures so that we don't have to read too masny big words!
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PhilG

Thanks for all your great replies. I'm using Blitzkreig Commander rules, although to be fair I haven't even read them yet. It's on my to-do list.
I'll send some photos when I've resized them so I can attach them.
Essentially I painted the Russians green and the Germans a mixture of camouflage types. Being 10mm I found it hard to be precise. I used camo for the Russian scouts.
Anyway, I'll try to post photos when I can get the troops all laid out on a table. I havent bought any reference books yet except one 'We were Estonian soldiers', which is more of a series of personal stories than a reference book, but it's interesting reading.
Thanks again for your replies.