So, Twilight ‘49… what is it?
A crazy hybrid fusion of a lot of influences….
My latest project idea, one Mrs. GG is admittedly not a huge fan of, that has had me a bit obsessed for the last couple of weeks.
It is basically a wild mix of Weird War 2, Dieselpunk, Atompunk, Occult Horror, Alien Invasion, Pulp Adventure, Post-Apoc, Retro-futuristic sci-fi, “not-quite-Fallout”, Dust, Konflikt ‘47, Achtung Cthulu, Red Skull & Hydra vs Captain America & the Howling Commandos, Black Sun, Twilight 2000, Chain of Command, Last Days, Five Klicks From the Zone, Zona Alpha, This is not a Test, Gamma World, Aftermath, Wolfenstein, the Keep, the Outpost, Metro 2033, STALKER, Mad Max, Sgt. Rock, Zombies, Giant Spiders, Robots….. etc etc etc.
Suggestions for more inspirational influences welcome in the comments below!
OK, I have to admit that for a long time I did not think the world needed more “Space Nazi” miniatures and that influenced my opinion of what I saw of the Eisenkern minis online.
However, now that I am looking at a Weird War 2 (Dust/Konflikt/Achtung Cthulu/Fallout) project I picked up a sprue of the Eisenkern on eBay… and they are great!
They look to be the newer WGA Eisenkern rather than the older Dreamforge ones. Great sculpts, lots of options. And if the “Space Nazi” vibe puts you off it is easy enough for a head change to create a completely different look.
I had wondered if I made a mistake deciding not to pledge for the miniatures of the Castle Wolfenstein Kickstarter but with the Eisenkern I feel like I can make much of what I need.
At the very least the sprues make an excellent addition to your kitbashing conversion bits box. Highly recommended!
And they should go well with our Konflikt ’47 miniatures.
Speaking of Konflikt ‘47… one way we found to save money was to buy damaged products or ones that may not be complete. Here we have some Konflikt Fallschirmjäger missing some arms. I had planned planned to replace them with normal Fallschirmjäger arms but now I may use some Wargames Atlantic Eisenkern instead.
We have plenty of German Infantry, with at least one sprue of each of the types of Warlord Games Germany Infantry (Blitzkrieg early war, grenadiers, winter and Afrika Corps).
I do not have any Waffen SS sprues but I do have some of these troops won in an auction already assembled.
As well as various 28mm metal sculpts, as you can see above.
Some of the metal sculpts are a bit small compared to the Warlord plastics. We had won some 28mm “true scale” Perry WW2 plastic miniatures but we put them back on eBay as I found them not really “fitting in” with the more “cartoony” heroic scale Warlord figures. I like the “cartoony” aesthetic for the sort of wacky Pulp vibe I am going for.
This is why I am leaning more toward 1/43 to 1/50 scale vehicles rather than the 1/56 vehicles commonly seen with the Warlord Games’ Konflikt ‘47 and Bolt Action war games.
I will be wanting to also get some of the Wargames Atlantic WW2 German Panzer Lehr when they become available.
If you are curious as to how we afford all this… most of our best deals we find on ebay.
Time not spent painting is spent trawling thousands of international eBay listings, looking for good deals. Snapping up great “buy it now” opportunities before someone else spots it, buying bigger lots and breaking them up, bidding on things incorrectly listed, buying damaged items and in general just getting lucky. We lose a lot more auctions than we win.
A couple of real gems I found on the British ebay include a historical 1/48 scale Panther and a fictional 1/48 scale Fledermaus from the game Dust.
The previous owner of the Panther is a very nice person who had quite a reasonable asking price considering the time that went into painting it, all I need to do I think is add a MG34 for the commander. And except for postage it cost us less than it would have if it had the usual retail store price of the unassembled kit.
The Fledermaus was an amazingly lucky find. It is the premium model which I believe came originally painted to a high standard. Again, a great price from a very nice seller. I was surprised no one bid against us considering the starting price. It looks even better in person than it did in the eBay photos so I am really pleased with it. This model is exactly the kind of thing to take the game out of the historical WW2 vibe and into the Weird War 2 setting I am after.
I am going to have to figure out how to use it (and the Mars Attacks Flying Saucers) for Chain of Command. Perhaps a question for the Toofatlardies forum.
So……….MG34 or MG42? What do you think?
Whenever I think of Panzers I think of this scene from the movie, “Battle of the Bulge”.
These three brilliantly painted vehicles were a find on the German ebay. The Tiger was a bit spendy but the other two vehicles cost about the same as the new retail prices, and the time that went into painting them must have been substantial.
The next three are factory pre-built models. Two 1/43 Atlas models and one 1/50 Corgi model. Can you tell which is which?
Next is a lovely little Luchs… normally Gasoline prebuilt finished models are way outside our budget but we found this one on sale for a fraction of the normal retail price, this time from France.
Definitely worth your time to check out their website. Great models and accessories.
Next we have several brilliantly converted 1/43 civilian vehicles.
Excellent examples of French vehicles captured and pressed in German military service. I love the possible narrative that naturally springs from such an eclectic bunch of vehicles. Another German ebay find, originally converted by “Bert‘s Military Toys” I believe. Decently priced considering the work that went into them, costing about as much as the unconverted models were priced when first sold retail.
Everything so far should only need some minor detail changes to suit my personal preferences. However, the next lot require a major overhaul. Five Solido 1/50 scale German Half-Tracks.
I do not know what the deal is with the damaged front tires on old Solido Half-Tracks but these five were won in two different auctions and I notice the upgrade packs available for them from Promodels.EU include front wheels so I get the impression this is a common problem.
I am thinking of accessory kits and new paintwork, probably camouflaged with three of them to be for a Panzergrenadier Platoon. I am not sure about the other two yet.
So while the Alien Invaders (from Zeta Reticuli) are one of the main villain factions for this project the other is the Occult obsessed Nazis with a Hydra/Black Sun twist.
I am toying with the idea of an anti-Nazi German faction inspired by this real historical incident….
…. perhaps in Twlight ‘49 Hitler and his top cronies were all wiped out by the Zetans, an Allied atom bomb or maybe assassinated in Operation Valkyrie.
This is one of the trickiest parts of this project. Living in Germany I am aware of the cultural sensitivity and social taboo around this topic. However, Nazi Vampires and Zombies make brilliant villains for an atmospheric narrative game. I do not want to appear callous or indifferent to the real historical horrors of the period yet I feel there is a certain poetic justice in portraying Nazis as some of the key villains in this gaming story.
Now for some Yanks!
Yes, I know it is a WW1 song…
Most likely the main protagonist faction of this project will be the Americans. Which is a little unsurprising as I am a veteran American Infantry NCO. However, I did serve for 4 months in the British Army on exchange with the Royal Welch Fusiliers and was a British cop for several years… so there is some appeal to focus on British Forces.
But I keep falling back to my familiar nostalgia for vintage GI things.
I have done WW2 historical re-enacting as both US and German soldiers. I love films such as Cross of Iron, Saving Private Ryan, A Bridge Too Far, Sahara, Where Eagles Dare, etc.
So we have a lot of plastic Warlord WW2 US Army miniatures. Infantry as well as paratroopers, which can be easily converted into late war M43 uniformed
To push the alternative history aesthetic I may even go with the US Army Normandy Camouflage.
But that may be a real headache to paint well.
Speaking of alternative history, one reason I want to go that route is that the racial segregation of the WW2 US Army really bothers me. The idea of “white supremacy” is deeply offensive to me, hence one reason the Nazis are a villain of choice.
So the “Buffalo Soldiers” we have are going to be integrated into a more diverse US Army for Twilight ‘49… I figure an Apocalyptic Alien Invasion and World War might just help humanity get over the concept of “racial and gender inequality” a bit quicker.
I will probably skip unit patches on any of the uniforms but that decision is not final. However I do like the rank patches. I was a Staff Sergeant “back in the day”.
And we have not just American infantry…
At the very least I wanted an M4 Sherman and a platoon of three M3 Half-Tracks. As you can see I am not there yet. The Jeep is cool but will be better when I figure out how to make a driver for it and perhaps a pintle mounted machinegun.
The Jeep is a 1/43 scale Atlas die cast model. The Sherman and Half-Tracks are 1/50 scale Corbi die cast models. The Dodge truck is a 1/50 scale Solido die cast model.
The advantage of the die cast models is the time saved as they come prebuilt and prepainted compared to the usual plastic scale model kits. They are demonstrably bigger than the 1/56 scale vehicles most folks use but I prefer the bigger vehicles in part because I do not intend to have many vehicles on the table at once.
Scale for 28mm war gaming is a funny thing. Many buildings used for 28mm games for example are on the small size, so that they do not overly dominate the limited table size. Same with vehicles.
However, one thing that really struck me when I have seen WW2 tanks in various museums is just how big they generally are.
In the near future I will go over my plans for Allied British Commonwealth and Axis Italian troops. I am still unsure how I am going to treat Soviets. I am leaning toward having them break from the Allies to form a pact with China, similar to the game world setting of Dust. At this stage I have no plans for anything in the Pacific Theater but one of the only WW2 nations that intrigues Mrs. GG is Australia… and I mean need to add the Pacific Theater to convince her to participate in this project.
Although she does also like Agent Peggy Carter…
This has turned into quite the long blog post. Deepest respect to any of you still reading along. Hopefully the blog post sparks some conversation, inspires new projects and provides you some helpful information.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this project. Suggestions, feedback and advice… always welcome!