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Old 10-04-2021, 07:27 AM   #1
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Project - 'Fallschirmjager'

G'day all...

Whilst I've posted pics of next Feb's model show theme covering WW2 snipers, there is also a second model show next November (the traditional month for them). With that in-mind, preliminary work is being done to pull together all the stuff I need to plan the 19 vignettes required for the story of the German Fallschirmager. Unlike previous shows this one will focus not on one battle but will cover the FJR during the whole war so all the varying dress and equipment including larger weapons will have to be covered in order to tell it all accurately. So, having dusted off all the old DML FJR releases, taken off the shelves all the boxed figures (including the recent DiD purchases bought just for this story) and a crap-load of bits and pieces; all of which I've squirreled away over the past several years I've enough to assemble some 75 figures that'll be required to fit-out all the scenes.

Much more to follow on this one which I won't really start until early next year but I couldn't help myself today and began work on one scene featuring a line-up of paras getting their final fitting prior to emplaning, a sergeant noticing the injury-causing additions to one para who thinks he can land with his weapon as opposed to taking the chance to retrieve it from a container (another pose, this one taken from an Osprey 'Men-at-arms' title on German airborne troops). It's coming together nicely but won't post any more pics 'til she's completed. Enjoy, Steve
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Old 10-05-2021, 05:50 PM   #2
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Re: Project - 'Fallschirmjager'

So, that's where all the loose FJ stuff has disappeared to....

Looking good. Can't wait to see the finished stuff.
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Old 10-08-2021, 05:40 AM   #3
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haha, yeah - sorry about that but you can be rest assured I won't be needing any more and that, post show, I'll probably look to sell most of it. Making some good progress on the figures to-date however will not post 'til completion. Cheers, Steve
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Old 10-13-2021, 06:30 AM   #4
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Re: Project - 'Fallschirmjager'

G'day all,

One of the smaller vignettes of the FJR story will focus on its "father" - General Kurt Student. I was going to replicate an illustration from the Osprey 'Men-at-arms' title on German airborne troops where he's presenting an iron cross to a major in the FJR's unique parade dress. But then I thought I could also utilise a figure that i've had on the shelf for years but never taken out to assemble (nor envisage a need to as the years ticked by) - the inept head of the Luftwaffe - Herman Goring to which the FJR was a formation of. The third officer is just a composite (DiD largely). In order to make the figures similar in appearance I chose to use DiD bodies to match the 3R figures of Student and Goring. For the scene's base I'll use thick-grade sandpaper to resemble a gravel parade ground. Enjoy, Steve
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Old 02-21-2022, 04:11 AM   #5
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Re: Project - 'Fallschirmjager'

G'day all,

With the sniper series complete, it's time to get back into this November's diorama plan - Project - 'Fallschirmjager' (though Project - 'Green Devil' would've had a better ring to it, I reckon, in hindsight).

During the past few months, my mind's been spinning not only with the 20-odd scenes required of this one, but those of next year's USMC in the Pacific and 2024's salute to D-Day (the 80th anniversary year)...but back to the FJR.

The story of the German airborne during World War Two is indeed a very interesting one and one that I hope will reflect well in the various scenes (done in narrative timeline order) and supporting text panels.

Research of course plays a major part in order to get everything just so and, as with previous years, my book collection has grown as a result. The superb 3-Volume set on the FJR by collector Karl Veltze is similar in style to LTC (Ret.) John R. Angola's 4-volume tome covering the U.S. Airborne during the war - Heroes in our midst - and like Angola's set which I relied on heavily for my 2019 series on the 'Screaming Eagles' in Normandy, I'm hoping Veltze' series will do likewise in gearing-up my FJR figures (which will figure - so to speak - at around 75 in-total).

Of course, the many Osprey titles will play their part in terms of uniform detailing and books concerning the battles fought (centring on Crete for my main diorama) and supporting weapons/vehicles will not only have text panels with the diorama but a whole information board on the pinnacle German airborne battle of Crete.

Over the w/end, I tore apart my workshop in order to make space for the sniper scenes (the game of textrus goes on) and pulling out all the bits and bobs required for the FJR story and brought them all forward for ease of access with particular attention to what I've used in the past that I can re-purpose and new items. I have been tinkering with a few ideas (previous entries to this thread) so I've a reasonable lead and all scenes completed will be posted on this thread also...

I guess there's nothing more to be said than on I press. Cheers, Steve
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Old 02-21-2022, 01:59 PM   #6
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Very good collection of figures and incredible collection of books... I don't know which of the two I like more?
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Old 02-21-2022, 10:03 PM   #7
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Love the officer in the ceremony award in splinter jumpsmock showing all his medals.

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Old 02-22-2022, 03:14 AM   #8
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Concur regards books and figures...I think I have way too many of both but, as I'm sure many in the SAG can attest, the books contribute greatly as a reference to getting it right.

Cheers Jaime, this is my first rendition of the scene though not happy with the size of the helmet to headsculpt nor the collared shirt/tie worn underneath the smock (both too oversized for my liking)...I intend to rectify both for the final product.

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Old 02-24-2022, 12:41 PM   #9
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Looking forward to seeing this project. It's one of my favorite subjects.

Like the rest of you, I've accumulated quite the library to go with the stack of figures.
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Old 04-04-2022, 07:35 AM   #10
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G'day all,

Hope everyone's travelling well?. Just a quick update on the production of this years Fallschirmjager series. I've sort of got several diorama details going on at once with the intention to work on all the larger pieces prior to commencing the figures that'll accompany them.

The Donkey and the panniers will used in a vignette covering the defence of Italy (along with a mortar scene depicting Cassino). Artillery will cover several scenes, the PAK36 w/steilgranate - Normandy, the PAK38 - Eastern Front, the panzerschreck - Holland (an attempt to recreate a famous photo of a group of paratroopers walking past a knocked-out Sherman) and with no scene for them, I intend to just cover the two 'squeeze gun' pieces - the LG40 and PzB 41 - as part of airborne artillery and weapons designed for the airborne forces.

Two kettenkrads will feature this one, the standard Sd.Kfz .2 (which will be towing a Flak 38 w/trailer) and the 2/1 cable layer (Eastern Front). Drop containers were a necessary feature and I plan to use four. One (that shown full) will be the centrepiece of the Crete story as, amongst the turmoil of that battle, a sergeant will be shouting out to others to come on and grab a rifle whilst surrounded by dead and wounded paras and an MG34 gunners propped-up against a stone wall (such as the inner workings of my head vividly detail). Another will have a radio fit-out (that with the lightning bolt emblem), another will feature in the mid-war dark yellow finish whilst the fourth (shown at the rear in its inaccurate DML light blue colour) will be used to show a container prior to loading with chute and absorber.

More pics to follow but it's all coming along nicely at the moment. Aside from the models, I'm also concurrently working on the narrative for the supporting information panels.

Enjoy, Steve
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Old 04-04-2022, 07:39 AM   #11
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And the Krad work in progress pics. You might recall the camo version from my 2018 and 2019 offerings. I thought it high time to repaint the camo in more accurate blurred edge as opposed to the sharp lines it previously had (which always gnawed at me).
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Old 04-04-2022, 07:47 AM   #12
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Man, you really have a huge amount of awesome stuff. Have these been in your collection, or are you finding them as you need them. I ask because some items, like the donkey/mule sets I haven't seen in the wild for quite some time.

Totally looking forward to Fallschirmjager project progress!!
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Old 04-04-2022, 06:17 PM   #13
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That is some sweet looking stuff! I love the ketts!
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Old 04-05-2022, 05:39 AM   #14
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Cheers all for the kind comments,

In answer to your last. I've had the majority of the items since their initial release in the early years of the 21st Century - sitting on the shelves boxed ever since waiting for their 'time to shine'. whilst other objects, such as the pannier baskets for the donkey, I've searched high and low for over the past several years and only found last year via E Bay.

Online stores specialising in 1/6th (such as the grand 'Monkey Depot' and 'Wartoys') have been my go-to, particularly over the past couple of years in terms of uniform/equipment items required to fit-out the last remaining twenty or so of the 70-odd fallschirmjager required in-total.

Fortunately, I first got the idea back in 2014 after purchasing a 2008 book by Histoire & Collections titled 'Fallschirmjager in action figures' which told the story of the FJR in action figure form (largely by the use of DML figures); the book was a sequel to the H&C title '12-Inch action figures'. This has given me a lot of time in-between to source the desired bits and pieces to tell the story right covering their role in the war in its entirety.

It wasn't until 2019, whilst doing another airborne story - the American 101st in Normandy - that I seriously put some effort in thinking about how I would tackle the FJR story.

Over the past couple of years, I've concentrated on uniform parts in order to have enough kit to fit-out the 70-odd fallschirmjager required.

No doubt they'll make another showing in 2024 when I put together my planned 2024 series covering D-Day where they'll share table space with American and British paras.

Cheers again, Steve
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