Thursday, February 13, 2014

Winter War Finnish

Those of you who follow the challenge @Analogue Hobbies might have seen these riflemen before...

Inspired by the fun we have playing Chain of Command I started with these Finnish rifleman from the Baker Company kickstarter.
I did about half a platoon a few years back using Brigade games and  Battle Honors figures so I was overly excited when this Baker kickstarter arrived on the scene. Eager to get my platoon to strength I backed for a finnish platoon deal and hoped for the best. Especially when Baker company announced it would catch up to modern standards since their current range was outdated and not compatible to the current standard of miniatures. Unfortunately it didn't turn out exactly how I wished for.

 IMHO Baker has been a victim of it's own success and he started sculpting, producing and shipping thousands and thousands of figures like a madman. And yes, I do appreciate the energy and enthusiasm he puts into it but I feel he just forgot his first goal as I understood it: Get Baker Company on the map again with fine quality modern figures.
So it became a rush job and you notice it.  Flash everywhere, some weird faces and a couple of odd figures. A detailed inspection does not make you that much happier.
But…
I decided to paint up a few and see how they turned out. I took them to my friends here for a final test (they are waiting for their Russians now) if I would continue with them. Well, obviously we found them good enough to give them a paint and have a few games. I was lucky I painted the other half of the platoon in a heavy mud look so I could throw all sorts of brown on those as well which helps camouflaging things.

In the end I'm happy how they turned out and I look forward receiving the extras for this kickstarter because for 60£ you get a lot, and I mean a lot, of extras. That, all the hardware you will get, and the fact these are Winter War makes the kickstarted worthwhile to me. I just hope Baker learned from this journey and sorts thing out when he starts his next kickstarter. We know he can sculpt well because there are good quality figures with these as well.








And the machine gun from Brigade games from the first half of the platoon I did previously. Just because I like this piece...


Complete platoon can be found here

25 comments:

  1. Fantastic Finns! The machine gun nest is especially striking.

    Well done!

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  2. I see what you are saying about the detail on some of the figs. They will work fine on the table-top I'm sure and the Brigade machine gun looks great!

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  3. Good job on the paintjob! Especially considering the minis you had to work with. The Brigade Games ones look nice. I guess I have to give them a try too. Maybe substitute the worst Baker Company castings with their offerings.

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    1. The Brigades are certainly worth it and are of the same size so no risk to give them a try

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  4. Very, very good paint work !

    Like the dirt effect on the white winte suits very much. You also got very good snow bases !

    Best regards Michael

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  5. Excellent work, the snow effect is just amazing!

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  6. I think you've done the Baker range great credit with your painting skills. They look very cool and unpolished, like you'd expect from a dug in front line units fending off the Russians. Great job!

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  7. These guys are awesome Mike! Beautiful work!

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  8. Fantastic work. If mine turn out half as well I'll be happy!

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  9. I'm not familiar with Baker, but you've provided a good review. I like that MG crew - particularly the way they're based. Best, Dean

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  10. Excellent painting work, really nice!
    I was tempted by the Kickstarter but in the end I concluded that too many projects on the table and, in any case what the heck! ... I prefer sunnier landscapes (...like North Africa...)

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  11. magnifique comme toujours!
    l'ambiance neige est toujours délicate a travailler!...belle reussite

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  12. You did an amazing job on these poor fellows. I'm quite happy not to have backed the project...
    Christopher told me you'll be at TACTICA also?

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    1. Yes, on Sunday. We meet at 10.30 at the Perry stand. Hope to see you there as well?

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    2. Of course. Looking forward to it.

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  13. These do look fan-bloody-tastic. Really like the grubbyness

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  14. Thanks all, great encouragement to paint the support teams once they arrive

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  15. Awesome work as always Mike! I feel I need a coat on just looking at them!

    Christopher

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  16. Great figures and basing Mike! They do look cold...

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  17. great painting the snow looks very realistic!

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  18. Excellent! You've captured the feel of white clad soldiers in the field.

    My buddy and I just started in CoC and he was thinking of Finns. I'm going to share a link to your post with your review.

    I can't believe its taken me this long to find and follow your blog. Looks great!

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  19. Great effect on the white - looks perfect for a battlefield. Did you build up from a grey or shade down from the white? The mud looks great - i saw your notes on this technique in the previous comments.

    I am getting my winter war stuff at the end. I am thinking about getting some brigades minis in the short term, which ill use to fill gaps / add variety when the Finns march in.

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    1. Thx gumbi, I started with a medium grey and did 2 highlight using foundry arctic grey. No need to be precise as you will cover them with mud. Good luck with yours, the brigades are excellent.

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