Monday, March 9, 2015
'Antihero' from MarkG - 'Oberst Steiner'
For the last themed round I decided to revisit one of my favourite childhood films, The Eagle Has Landed; German Fallschirmjager masquerading as Free Polish Paratroopers in an attempt to kill/kidnap Churchill from a sleepy Norfolk village. Memorable as well for the first outing of our favourite Texan, Larry Hagman as the hapless commander of the American unit billeted in the village.
Now I generally don’t paint Germans (to be more precise, WWII Nazis), though I’m willing to make the exception for Oberst Steiner, a rugged veteran of many campaigns who has no truck with the Nazis. I’m sure the character’s name is more than a nod in the direction of Sam Peckinpah’s Sgt. Steiner in Cross of Iron, though this one seems a bit posher, (though Caine’s accent is infinitely preferable to the music hall attempt at an Irish accent by Donald Sutherland).
The figure is from Warlord Games, and paints up very well, and probably could be used for an early war Fallschirmjager commander. I’ll probably pick up another one for myself, as this one will be winging its way to Canada in the next few days. I must say, that the figure has given me some strange thoughts about putting together a Chain of Command scenario for this...