My Dutch village is now complete. I’ll pack it away soon, to wait till I’ve painted up an enemy force from May ’40 Miniature’s forthcoming Fallschirmjäger (German paratroops) Kickstarter for my 1940 Dutch to fight.
The final addition was to make the canal. I simply sprayed some textured sandpaper dark green, then edged the banks with sand and flock. Simple and effective, especially with the addition of some random bits of fencing and a couple of boats.
The back gardens on the left are a Sarissa Precision product, which just happened to match the dimensions of two of my cardboard row houses. The only thing I had to adapt was to draw a little more crazy-paving to align the garden paths with the the back-doors of each house.
By the way, some people have asked why I use 1/72 scale buildings with 28mm figures. The answer is that I prefer my houses to have a small footprint, as they then don’t dominate the table as much. In any case, wargamers usually play with underscaled trees, rivers and hills, so also having smaller buildings makes sense.
I’m getting my Dutch village ready for May ’40 Miniatures’ forthcoming Kickstarter for a new range of early WW2 fallschirmjäger (German paratroops).
May ’40 Miniatures Fallschirmjäger Kickstarter
My 1940 Dutch army is badly in need of an opponent, so I am eagerly awaiting the Kickstarter that May ’40 Miniatures are about to launch for a range of German early war fallschirmjäger.
These figures will be accurately modelled to represent the paratroops who took part in the 1940 invasion of the Netherlands.
Once they’re here, these fallschirmjäger will of course have to jump (ha ha!) to the top of my existing lead pile!
Sarissa Precision’s canal bridge
In readiness for wargaming the 1940 invasion of the Netherlands, I have added a typical opening bridge to my Dutch village.
Although Sarissa’s MDF canal bridge kitset is based on the bridge at Bruegel from the later Operation Market Garden in 1944, it will work perfectly for wargames set during the German invasion .
The only additional detailing I have done to this kit is to cover the ramps with latex brick roads by Early War Miniatures.
My next project will be to make a canal for the bridge to cross over, rather than the little stream in these pictures.