After what has seemed like ages (well, I suppose it has been really) I have finally finished the first few of the re-released Airfix commandos, which I bought in a wave of nostalgic fervour.
They have been painted with the Army Painter and I based them in the Crossfire style (although they are far too big for such an endeavour and would require a table the size of a football pitch) for a commando colleague of mine.
I hated painting them initially as the hideous shiny 'K-Resin' they are made of, while making them quite hard and un-bendy, also leaves them a pain to paint , despite washing and priming. Their large size too, means they swallow up masses of resources.
However, as they progressed and neared completion I finally got it again and remembered all the boyhood joy these figures' predessessors had given me in my formative years. I doubt whether they have any gaming value due to their excessive size though and don't intend to use them for anything other than modelling and display purposes.
I'll complete a couple more examples and post them before sticking them on my desk to fight it out amongst themselves.
Although the example above has been matt-varnished when snapped, they were were still a little shiny and so received an extra blast, which I never bothered photographing again as I'm sure you can imagine what they now look like...
Just got hold of the classic Airfix German infantry too, which I shall have a go at in good time and I can happily report that the iconic grenadier is among them.
More to follow...
All the best for now,