14 August 2016

Revisiting some old BAOR

As you would have seen recently, I've been painting up a bunch of  Liberation Miniatures figures to look something like some Royal Marine Commandos.  I've been basically quite happy with how they have turned out and am pleased with how the DPM smocks look.

Fiddling around with the figures, I was trying to work out how easy it would be to form 2 platoons of the Marines, by levening them with some helmet wearing BAOR figures.  Turns out it was very easy - but the bases didn't match.  And I needed to paint a few "new" additional figures.

OK - so looking at the bases of the old figures I decided that I'd just scrap off the Woodlands Scenics turf I had on the bases, paint them up to my current standard and add some static grass.  Sounds like a 5 minute job...    Then onto the new figures.

So, that's what I did - up to the adding static grass stage.  Then the more I looked at the old figures - painted in 2010 - the more I didn't like them - or at least the more I didn't like their DPM uniforms.  So - I decided to repaint them, up to today's standard - only the DPM mind you - I mean, how long could that take!  Until that was done, I'd just put the "new" figures to one side.

As previously, the aim was to have them look something like this:

So - in order to show you how things went - here is a set of comparison photos.  Obviously my photography has improved a little, and the background and lighting has changed for the better (I think), but I've tried to match the figures in each photo.

2010 Radio Operators

2016 Radio Operators

2010 Bren gunners

2016 Bren gunners

2010 GPMG gunners

2016 GPMG gunners

2010 Carl Gustav gunners

2016 Carl Gustav Gunners

2010 Officers with Sterling SMGs

2016 Officers with Sterling SMGs

2010 Riflemen

2016 Riflemen

So there you go.  Hopefully you'll agree with me that this was not time wasted...  At least I think they look a bit better, and more importantly - they now fit in with the rest of my British forces.




  1. Yes that was well worth the effort, the camouflage is much better defined.

    Richard N

  2. Excellent upgrade Richard. Full marks!

  3. Fantastic!! A lesson to not settle with things "just because"...


  4. Thanks lads - I'm pretty chuffed with them myself. Appreciate your comments