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1/16 Fallschirmjager Pair, Eben Emael, 1940

Discussion in 'Completed Figures' started by Peter Day, Oct 19, 2021.

  1. Chris Oldfield A Fixture

    Another excellent pair of figures Peter - I'm in agreement with Henk re a potential base, a bunker or armoured cupola with some grass would set them off brilliantly.
  2. Peter Day PlanetFigure Supporter

    Warren and Chris - Many thanks. I will work on the base at some point, though I think an armoured cupola is beyond me.
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  3. Martin64 A Fixture

    At first: Congratulations for this fine result. As said before a distinctive painting style that works very well and is easily recognized.
    About some errors of the given setting I wanted to keep my mouth shut but before you finally will be convinced to create an Eben Emael bunker I would like to point out that the troops conducting the raid on Eben Emael were highly specialized engineers that were issued several distinctive items and explosives that set them apart from regular Paratroops. In the first place the entire Sturmabteilung Koch received in advance of the raid on Eben Emael and some bridges in the Netherlands and Belgium specially camouflaged helmets that were daubed in paint mixed with cork to conceal the shape of the helmet but most probably even more to confuse the enemy troops. There are indications that the gliders that landed on top of Eben Emael did not even bear the German cross that would have identified them as enemy forces.
    Eben2.jpg Bundesarchiv_Billd_146-1971-011-27,_Belgien,_Eben_Emael,_Fallschirmjäger.jpg Major Koch 1.jpg Trupp4.jpg FJ Eben Emael.jpg

    In difference to the smocks worn by the figures (so called second model that could be buttoned between the legs) the glider borne troops at Eben Emael wore earlier versions (so called first model that had a step-in design) - mostly without pockets and pocket flaps - therefore if pockets were added individually you could see their zippers. Last but not least no knee pads were worn because the troops were landed by gliders. After the raid pictures of all surviving members of the unit were taken - therefore their gear and equipment is well documented - no exceptions.

    Nevertheless your pair makes a great set of German Paras at Crete or Greece 1941 without any changes.
    Very nice job!(y)

    Cheers, Martin
  4. Peter Day PlanetFigure Supporter

    Thanks for that Martin. I'm not one for extensive research, as you can tell.

    I've stuck them on a base that places them somewhere in the world at least:

  5. Stephen Hutchinson PlanetFigure Supporter

    Evening Peter

    Great base and an excellent finish to the 2 fallshirmjagers.

    Always good to see your completed work and more to come next week?

    I have a glider in the post for a 1/35 Eben Emael scenario as a retirement project, so the references are well received as I didn't realise the bone sacks were Mk 1.

    Enjoy your next project and the warmer weekend


    Steve H
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  6. 1969 A Fixture

    What a lovely pair (normally only say that to my wife :D)
    Love what you have done with these two, they work well together.
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  7. Peter Day PlanetFigure Supporter

    Steve H - Cheers. I've actually put them back on the plain base as I feel they look much better that way - just a question of personal taste As always with these things this would have benefitted from more research, but I never intended a wholly accurate rendering - just something that looked roughly alright. Next figure almost finished.

    Steve R - As long as it is just the wife you say it to...... Glad you like these two.
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  8. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

    Peter somehow everyone of your articles seems to enlighten us all a little more. Whether it be the approach you take, the insights you offer into how you think about your figures, the witty to & fro with the likes of SteveH and others, or the contributions like Martin’s above…
    I always feel I come away with more than I expected.
    It makes me read thoroughly everyone of your threads.
    I learn, I understand, I wonder…

    We’re all the better for your projects shared here.
    Thanks & Keep ‘em coming mate!
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  9. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

    Amazingly fascinating background share Martin.
    Appreciate you taking the time to constructively help us learn more
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  10. Peter Day PlanetFigure Supporter

    Cheers Mike - we try to entertain. I try not to take this lark too seriously - friendship is more important.
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