A few years back I found that the sculptor Soapy had converted some Red Shadows, but at that time there were no plastic Blitzkrieg era Germans, and I didn't feel like converting metal figures. Then last week I picked up Wargames Illustrated which had a free Warlord Games German Blitzkrieg sprue. Along with a few AK-47s left over from my Wargames Factory zombie hunters, I decided to do some converting.
|NCO and trooper|
|Grenadier and another trooper|
|Another shot of the Grenadier, this time with the machine gunner. I kept the WWII heavy weapon.|
|The whole squad together.|
So what to do with these guys? I considered getting some Falklands Brits and painting them up as Z Force, the infantry backbone of Action Force. I thought I had also seen some SAS minis in gas mask and hood a la the Iranian embassy siege, but I can't find where I'd seen them. But if I could find them, I might do SAS force (my favourite as a kid). Q Force - the naval component - doesn't really do it for me, and Donald Trump is already building Space Force on a 1 to 1 scale which I can't compete with, so Z force seems the only option.
In the meantime, they will make an appearance in the NDC universe, as part of Baron Death's coterie. The thinking is that Baron Death found Ironbloods old files, including information to reactivate some old sleeper cells of Red Shadows (who have passed on their mission to new recruits - no pensioners out and about with their AKs). Along with his Deathbots, he's got a nice big terrorist organisation to threaten world peace with. And the best part is that the Shadows can legitimately still cry 'Blood for the Baron!', just before getting shot and crying 'Aieee!' and 'Argggh!'.
Also fresh of the painting tray with no real plan on painting them, are some underwater dwellers. Atlanteans have been done to death by other, inferior, comic universes. So these guys are going to be the Krakeni. Oh yes, NDC is the true house of fresh ideas (Apart from all the borrowed stuff).
|Krakeni assault force|
Dad: What colour do you think underwater people would be?
Then I felt that any form of metal would be rather odd for an underwater people without smelters (yes I later thought about volcanoes - there hasn't been much thinking time here), but that coral would be plentiful. So we got the coral colours for their armour. I further reasoned that living at the bottom of the sea it would be too dark for the Krakeni to see just how stupid they look. I don't know what excuse people in the 80s had for making the same fashion mistakes.
|The Krakeni leader in al his flouro glory!|
|Close up of their leg warmers... errr armour.|