For a while now I have been considering how to incorporate some Weird World War II elements in to my growing 1/72 WWII collection. I thought about the Dust Studios walkers and some of the Bones CAV stuff that will be on the market soon. I came to realize that what I really wanted were some BIG walkers towering over the troops below and to achieve this I was going to have to do some “scale jumping”. I had an opportunity to pick up a few of the 28mm Scotia Grendel Biped walkers for a clearance price I couldn’t pass up. They appeared to be generic enough in style that they could be brought in and modified with some smaller details.
I added some DIY styrene cannon barrels and a commander from a Plastic Soldier Company kit.
These kits are resin metal hybrids and the resin parts (not my favorite material) do require a bit of time and patience to clean up. I gave it a quick paint up involving primer, some washes and drybrushing:
Here it is scaled up with a couple of Dust Studios German walkers:
While building this model I managed to pique the interest of my teenaged daughter and we before we knew it we were able to get a game in using some home-brew rules that utilized the charts from Akula’s Bad Ar:se skirmish rules and here are a few shots:
My German squad flanking:
Her Russian answer:
Although she started out with some weak dice rolls she ended up prevailing in the end and kept the invading regime at bay. All in all a fun time to be had.
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