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Flak 36/37 88mm gun crew
HQ Co, 3.SS Division
Demyansk, September 1942

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Left to right loader/ammo handler, assistant gunner, HQ Co Officer, gunner, gun commander, ammo handler

This is a commissioned crew for a Flak 36/37 88mm gun which was part of the HQ company of the Division. It will man a FOA 88mm gun.
From September 1941 the 3rd SS Division was involved in desperate fighting in the Demyansk area. They were surrounded for months until they finally broke out in April of 1942. After that they remained in defensive operations in the same area. Between October and November 1942, what was left of them was moved to France to refit. They were there until February/March of 1943, when they were sent back to the Eastern Front, this time to Kharkov.
Used one of my vehicles from the motor pool to pose the six figures.
DML nudes reduced and shortened for height variety.
Unifors and helmets are mostly DML with my usual washes and dry brushing. The officers tunic and insignia are from DID. Boots are from Newline (will somebody pick these up PLEASE!).
Most of the field equipment is from DID. Hands from Soldier Story. Officer's crusher from DID as is the NCO's sidecap. Insingia mostly CVI, but I did use DID sleeve eagles. NCO's overcoat is from Soldier Story and not sure the officers version, but believe it is from DID.
As it is a unit inside the Division'd HQ Company, decided to stick with white waffenfarbe. There were 88mm flak guns in the HQ Company before the organic 3.SS Flak Abt was added to the OOB.
I had not done anything 1/6 in a while, so these were a lot of fun. Just when you hope for some clouds, you only get bright sunlight, but it is what it is.
Happy how the images turned out. Used one of my vehicles, a gray Horsch to pose the figures as I do not have a gray 88mm gun.

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Great stuff, as always!
The Sturmhauptführer has an espeically nice head sculpt. Reminds me a bit of Maximilian Schell mixed with a bit of Dan Hedaya...
 

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Beautiful work as always. Especially in varying the heights.

What headsculpt is the figure in the crusher cap?
 

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Don't remember the figure, but it was a modern figure. One of my favorites, for sure.
 
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