|Dismounted DSWA Schutztruppe Miniatures, 25mm - 28mm Figures, Various Manufacturers|
|Officer and men, Honourable Lead Boilersuit Company (HLBS), 28mm|
|Brigade Games, Great War in Africa, Germans in Slouch Hats|
|Foundry, Big Game Hunter 28mm|
Pulp Miniatures make lively and robust 28mm German colonial figures, both Schutztruppe and Seebataillon, and though they too lack the ammunition belts and harness that were issued in Southwest Africa, they are wonderfully detailed , very clean sculpts. I painted up two in Südwester hats and one marine in a feldcap as if he were in the Schutztruppe. I worked very hard to get all the detail painted correctly on his hat, including the blue piping around the crown of the hat and a leather chin strap above the visor. It took me longer to finish painting these than the
|Pulp Figures, Colonial Germans 28mm|
Tiger miniatures produce Schutztruppe figures that are larger than the 28mm offerings from other manufacturers, with some approaching 30mm scale. The one I painted up, an officer in a double breasted greatcoat, shown here with a Tiger mounted Schutztruppe figure that was discussed in the previous post. The officer on foot came with a five figure artillery crew, and when he is placed next to smaller figures such as those produced by Old Glory, Askari, or the diminutive
|Tiger Miniatures, 30mm|
Old Glory makes a 4 figure German Maxim gun set that they call their Spanish Fantasy Pack (SAW-26). It took a while for them to get my order straight but once I received the right set I painted up the officer as if he were wearing the brownish "kord waffenrock" piped in blue with blue cuffs and collar and silver
|Old Glory Germans from the SAW and Boxer Ranges, 25mm|
Askari Miniatures produced these wonderful 25mm figures, below, as part of a four piece Schutztruppe command set released last October. I am very pleased to have been able to paint the cord and tastle around the bugle on the musician's back in the imperial colors, and the blue and white "swallows nest" on each shoulder. The tip of the rifle snapped off, unfortunately, but I am still delighted with how the figure turned out. The officer with the drawn sword makes a nice change from the many others with binoculars. Askari are closer to 26mm in scale, a bit small along side the 28mm but still usable with them.
|Askari Miniatures, German Commander and Musician, 25mm|
Matchlock Miniatures produces most (but not all) of the German Colonial figures originally sculpted by Falcon. As Falcon has been unresponsive to my efforts to contact them, I have made two purchases from Matchbox, ordering single figures in each pose. They are very small, a true 25mm, and will not look right next to those that are 28mm or larger. Most are sculpted as if wearing the corduroy waffenrock uniform, and they include some unusual figures such as these walking wounded. My plan is to use a small number of these dismounted figures on my table, and perhaps to paint some of them as Hereros in captured uniforms (though the scale issue will be a factor there as well).
|Matchlock/Falcon Miniatures, 25mm|
I painted all of these figures in a mix of Vallejo Acrylics. The khaki is largely German Camouflage Orange Ochre 128 with lighter and darker shades created by adding either Dark Sand or Ochre Brown. I used a range of blues and grays to get the hat and trim colors, and the leather is a base of Cavalry Brown with a touch of Light Rust and New Wood. I also used English Uniform and Tan Yellow, as the khaki and corduroy were often mixed even in the same unit and faded to a range of shades.