Monday 20 November 2023

Zinnfiguren Armies gathers pace

I have added 5 more units to my Zinnfiguren armies.

Firstly I have painted the Karlstsder Oguliner Grenz in their earlier pre 62 uniform.  The privates are Grunewald figures whilst the NCO is a Kieler figure.

Grunewald figures are well cast with good definition and paint up nicely.




I have recently sold some of my lead mountain and used some of the funds to buy some secondhand painted figures from Berliner Zinnfiguren flea market.

When you buy figures from Berliner Zinnfiguren their website utomatically deducts German VAT for shipping to a UK address. I also kept the order and shipping costs under £135 and this did not attract any UK customs or VAT charges. 

Firstly 2 units of the Hungarian infantry using Kieler figures. These have been painted as the Batthyanji regiment but I will use these as the Nikolaus Esterhazy regiment for my Freiberg project. 



I also purchased some Prussian Cuirassier. These are painted as the 1st  Schlaberndorff Cuirassier using Herbu figures.  I have used 6 figures per base and like the look of the extra figure. I will add an extra figure to my other cavalry bases as and when I paint up the second base of figures for these regiments.

I have been pleasantly surprised by the painting of these figures. There are different grades of painting and these were classified as Extra Fine painted. They also have standard as well as the very basic painted by manufacturer.

Pricing for these second hand painted figures is just over £2 for an Infantry figure and £4.20 for mounted. Postage was 15 Euros.

Monday 13 November 2023

Kieler Zinnfiguren

I have been painting some more Kieler Zinnfiguren for my Freiberg project.

First up a unit a Prussian Frei battalion.


I have painted these as the Frei-Infanterie von L├╝deritz and these were part of Kleists command at Freiberg.

For my next unit I decided on a paint restoration on the remaining old factory painted Kieler Austrian Grenadiers I bought on ebay. 


This is how they looked before my restoration.

I have tried to recreate how they might have looked when they were bought in Vienna in 1936. I repainted, touched up and tidyed up the paint work.

Finally I have painted an Austrian officer again using a Kieler figure.