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Help arming 28mm Volkssturm, RAD etc

Posted: 14 May 2020, 08:25
by dadlamassu
As the title says.

My son bought me a Red Army starter set and some reinforcements are due for my birthday I thought that I would add a few sections of German Auxiliaries for some 1945 actions. I am using up some leftover German 28mm plastic figures.

I have all sorts of figures and small arms. What I am looking for:
- a few Tellermines for a tank hunting group (I have some panzerfausts)
- a few early war German infantry (I have one sprue) to be painted as RAD, NSKK and other auxiliaries in the old style uniforms
- smaller figures for Hitler Youth

Anyone know a source of figures suitable for 28mm female auxiliaries?

Thanks

Re: Help arming 28mm Volkssturm, RAD etc

Posted: 14 May 2020, 08:38
by Richard B.
I take it you have tried Warlord for those female auxiliaries?? They try and sell all sorts of shit :D

Failing that search resistance types or weird WW2 range (Conflict 46, etc) gangster ranges, post apocalypse stuff??

Re: Help arming 28mm Volkssturm, RAD etc

Posted: 14 May 2020, 15:29
by dadlamassu
Since my son "does" Bolt Action I have tried Warlord (some nice male multipose figures), Plastic Soldier (lots of identical male poses) but no Female Auxiliaries. I have had the same problem in 20mm. I can get Soviet female troops and British ATS and Land Army from Bad Squiddo. I have found a few Pulp type figures for armed ladies in civvies and "She Wolves" (North Star Miniatures). And a few Spanish Civil War female militia who might do with head swaps.

Gangsters and post apocalypse are usually too "American" in weaponry.

Not sure why you say that female auxiliary figures are part of "all sorts of shit". They were an essential part of most nations' armed forces.

Re: Help arming 28mm Volkssturm, RAD etc

Posted: 16 May 2020, 19:48
by CarlL
Sorry Alan,
I dont have any 28mm ... except by accident of buying 25mm Essex Ancients years ago that were huge! Probably nearer 30mm!!

The best bet is probably 28mm VBCW (Very British Civil War) ranges as they often have loads of female militia.

CarlL

Re: Help arming 28mm Volkssturm, RAD etc

Posted: 16 May 2020, 20:30
by dadlamassu
Carl
Good idea. I found these (with help)
https://elitewargamesandmodels.com/prod ... flak-crew/

and https://www.northstarfigures.com/prod.php?prod=7124

and https://www.dixon-minis.com/shop/28mm-wwII/RES2/

Your suggestion yielded but they have 37 pattern web and .303" rifles
https://www.ironcladminiatures.co.uk/ou ... BCW31.html

I'll keep looking

Re: Help arming 28mm Volkssturm, RAD etc

Posted: 17 May 2020, 10:41
by CarlL
Alan,
So maybe you need to look at those what if themes like the ranges pursuing idea WW2 continued into 1946, (like Konflikt 1946? if memory serves me well, - oh dear another Granty open door) or into Zombie wars etc.

Good luck.

Let us know what you find...

CarlL

Re: Help arming 28mm Volkssturm, RAD etc

Posted: 17 May 2020, 17:51
by dadlamassu
Found a few more

Empress have an 88 wit https://www.empressminiatures.com/nat4- ... vvie" crew

Artizan have a few useful figures in the Thrilling Tales series

Re: Help arming 28mm Volkssturm, RAD etc

Posted: 17 May 2020, 21:57
by CarlL
Alan,

I am not a 28mm figure buyer but you found some cracking female fighters there that would make good German (female) Volksturm.

The North Star "She wolves" ('oversexed' in the ad painting could be de-tarted and made a bit more down to earth desperados with milliput capes?) and the Elite "Luftwaffe flak crew" (you could get a mortar crew out of them and perhaps an officer and NCO type) and the Dixon Resistance fighters" and Ironclad "female militia" would make good civvie draftees?
The late war Volksturm are likely to be issued with old and captured kit from previous adversaries and maybe only the NSADP party faithful are likely to get access to 'current' late war kit?
The Empress Miniatures MIL9 pack would give you a LMG set and a possible officer and banner waving fanatic, mind you could swop flag staff for a Panzersfaust or simply a rifle in hand?
Not sure if helmets would have been available to Volksturm, but you could cut off helmets from cheaper plastic figures and replace likes of SCW fore and aft forage caps (gorillo or isabelino) with helmets or versions of late war cap (based on mountaineers cap)?

looks fun idea
CarlL

Re: Help arming 28mm Volkssturm, RAD etc

Posted: 17 May 2020, 23:26
by dadlamassu
Carl, I've done a lot of research into the Volkssturm. It was under Nazi Party control for training and equipment and so uniforms and equipment depended very much upon the degree of efficiency or lack of same of the Kreisleiters and Gauleiters. This was modified by the place of work, the patronage of Party Officials etc etc. The whole process was labyrinthine. The basic Volkssturm "uniform" was only a red and black armband with the German words “Deutscher Volkssturm Wehrmacht” in white printed on the black central stripe.. Some variants of the armband worn by Volkssturm members were simply red or yellow cloth-bands with "Deutscher Volkssturm Wehrmacht" printed in black on them. Some units like the Siemensstadt Battalion was very well equipped (by Siemens). Several men were invalided out of the Wehrmacht and wore their old Heer, Luftwaffe or Kriegsmarine uniforms some dating back to WW1. Others wore civilian clothes, a mix of military and civilian even SS and captured uniforms were issued but were not popular for fairly obvious reasons.

There was a lack of weapons as the Volkssturm levy needed (on paper) some 6 million weapons. There was also a shortage of ammunition and even the ammunition being produced was of poor quality with steel cases instead of brass. These steel rounds had to be lacquered to prevent rust but when rapid fire or machine guns were used the lacquer melted and jammed the cases in the breach or clogged the barrel so that the bullet stuck. There are many reports of German soldiers using entrenching tools to free the working parts of their weapons. LMG barrels had to be changed after every few bursts and some units acquired additional LMGs in an attempt to retain their former firepower. Some commented that the rate of fire of a German rifleman of 1945 was comparable to that of a Prussian musketeer of 1815!

Young women were not supposed to be part of the Volkssturm though my research indicates that many did serve in units as combatants and some were snipers. There is some evidence that women were drafted from mid-February 1945 but I have not found any BDM confirmation.

So practically anything goes.

Re: Help arming 28mm Volkssturm, RAD etc

Posted: 18 May 2020, 21:05
by CarlL
Alan,
You have lots of scope for play, and painting for fun! Enjoy!
CarlL