To My SS Gebirgsjager Figure Page.
This figure came about after I did some research
into the SS mountain units during WW2, and the idea for a kitbash formed
regarding an NCO from an SS regiment. And after making quite a few changes to
the original idea I had, I have decided to make the figure as below. So I have
used a bit of Modellers Licence here with my figure, and made him as a
Hauptscharfuhrer (Master Sergeant). As I wanted the figure to look like he has
seen some active service with the awards he has, plus with the headsculpt he has
also been wounded.
The headsculpt that I have chosen for this figure
is the DiD Kurt Dorr head, as he just struck me as the perfect choice of a
battle hardened sergeant. And the look I am trying to get is that the
troops who would be under his command, would be just as afraid of him as the
enemy would be. The first two pictures above left, are of the head
as it came from the factory, the next two pictures are of it after I have given
it a Brown pastel wash and a dust over lightly with some Flesh pastel chalks.
Note: What I like about this headsculpt is,
that the pastel chalks have only slightly lightened and altered the face.
The tunic is from Toys City as it has the correct
white edging on the collar for the rank I want to use, the Gebirgsjager trousers are from Dragon.
The boots and the puttees are from Toys City.
With the insignia for the collar I have used some
of the woven Toys City insignia, as I do like the way that it stands out from the
black backing, plus it also has some very nice scale pips for the
Hauptscharfuhrer rank. The shoulder boards are from Dragon with the centre part
repainted Black, and onto each of these I will also add four of the pips as
well. The two pictures above on the right, show the finished collar tabs and the
With the Gebirgsjager trousers that I used with
this figure, I got them loose and they are from the Dragon
Borsheim figure. And upon checking them on the figure I found them to be
well made, and I have found that the
buckle on the bottom of the trouser legs really does work, plus it will help me
to tighten up the trousers under the Toys City puttees.
Important Note: But, be very careful in
tightening up the buckles, because as shown above the vinyl strips are very
fragile, and as shown in the picture above right I have tightened the trouser
bottoms as I wanted but the straps broke on me. Note:
I doubt very much it is fault with the product itself, the fault most likely
lies with the person (me) pulling too tight on the strap which caused it to
One thing I have meant to do for a while is a step
by step, about how I laced up the Gebirgsjager boots. And in the pictures below,
from the left to the right show how I do it. The first pictures
1. & 2. show how I
have replaced the laces with some longer thread, this then allows me as I have
in picture 3. been to tie a bow in the lace. In picture
4. I have tied
another bow, this is to keep the lace tight.
Picture 5. shows how I have made the loops
in the bows smaller, by putting each loop in turn back through the lace at the
side of the boot, and then pulled tight towards the knot. The purpose of this is
that the loops are now getting smaller, and as shown in pictures
6. & 7. once the puttees are in place the loops are more in scale.
The belt and the Kar 98 ammunition pouches I am
using for this kitbash are
from Toys City, as I wanted to see how they would come out after a repaint of
the Black acrylic paint. And I have found that they take the paint very well,
and I get a very nice dull look to them.
Note: I kept
putting off using these items as they just did not look right to me (too
glossy), but after the repaint, I have found that with the thin vinyl that Toys
City has used, they can look very realistic. The other items that I want to use
with my figure like the bread bag, shovel, bayonet, mess tin and gas mask case
have all been given the same alterations treatment as shown on my
For this figure I decided to use some of the Toys
City spare parts that I bought loose, one of these was the pistol and holster as
shown on the right. And like most of the parts I use for my figures, I have to
lose the factory glossy look that they have. So for this holster I first tried
the Model Color Matt Medium paint, and even though it gave me the flat look that
I was after, but I decided to see what it would look like after a repaint with
some Daler-Rowney Burnt Umber 223 artists paint.
And the result is shown on the
right with the photo of the holster, and I have discovered that with the thin
vinyl material that is used for these parts, they really do come out very well
and also they look very much in scale as well.
The rifle is I believe from DiD which I managed to
pick up either in a trade or from a purchase, and I do like both the weight of
it and the detail that it has. Although it has me puzzled at what the 'wood'
parts are made from, as I suspect that it is a kind of resin rather than wood or
Because with this rifle I had a heck of job
changing the colour of it, as it does not sand down like wood, the material is
too tough when I dug into it with my model knife. And all the Dark Tan shoe
polish did was to make it slightly darker and even more glossy, so to dull it
down and bring out the grain detail a bit better. After the polishing I rubbed
it between my fingers, which had some Brown pastel chalks on them, and it helped
to keep the darker colour plus it also helped to dull the shine down.
Various pictures of the figure
The Uniform and the trousers on this figure have
as shown above in the last four thumbnails, had a very light brushing over the
top of the creases with some Tamiya Light Sand weathering powder. It was done
very lightly to only cover the tops of the creases, and change the cloth colour
slightly. I also went over the top of the collar, shoulder and the arm insignia
very lightly as well, to get an aged look to them rather than the new look that
I felt they had.
The final thumbnails above show the completed and
loaded up figure. The backpack is the smaller DiD one, which has a rolled up
Dragon camouflage smock in the top and a DiD zeltbahn. On the top is a Dragon
plastic helmet and cover, the elastic helmet strap was replaced by a leather
strap by a fellow modeller for me. At the bottom of the pack is some more of the
2.0mm polyester rope that I bought for my kitbashes.
I have also had some very generous help from a
fellow modeller (RogueJK), and he has very kindly
allowed me to use the superb information below on this page. As it has helped me a lot,
with distinguishing between the Heer (Army) and the SS mountain troops insignia.
In the SS Gebirgsjager units, there are two
main styles of cap insignia seen on the Bergmutze mountain cap or the M43 field
The first, and most common, was the use of the standard Waffen-SS cloth skull
and eagle patches on the front, and the cloth SS Edelweiss patch on the left
side. That can be seen in photo 8. below of
an SS Gebirgsjager officer, as well as in picture 9. of a 7th SS 'Prinz Eugen' officer conferring with an Army officer. The other commonly seen style was
for just the cloth skull to be worn on the front, with the eagle patch worn on
the left side of the cap. This can be seen in pictures
10. 11. & 12. of some 7th
these men have chosen to wear the eagle in place of the Edelweiss patch on the
left side of their cap, I recall some photos in which both the eagle and
Edelweiss are both worn together on the left side. This is shown in the picture
here on the right.
However, while these were the two most common
variations, there were always some SS Gebirgsjagers who chose to deviate from
the uniform standards. These include the SS-Gebirgsjager officer on the right in
photo 13. While the officer in the middle of
the same photo, has the standard style insignia (cloth skull and eagle in front
with Edelweiss on the side), the officer on the far right in picture
13. has also what also appears to be a metal
skull on the front and the cloth SS Edelweiss on the side, and is not wearing an
eagle on his cap at all.
in picture 14. above, there's this SS Gebirgsjager, who is
wearing an Army-style metal edelweiss badge on the side of his
Waffen-SS cap. As well as this SS Gebirgsjager
officer in picture 15. above, who is not only wearing an Army
style metal Edelweiss along with his
cloth SS eagle, but also has the Edelweiss badge pointing the wrong direction!
Pictures 16. to 19.
show some other SS M43 caps.
One other thing that was also very kindly supplied
by another fellow modeller Heersbergfuhrer to help to clear up my confusion was the last picture as
shown on the right,
and it shows the differences between the Heer (Wehrmacht) and the SS M43 cloth
cap and the arm insignia. This is because as it was explained to me, the Toys City German
mountain set has a Heer sleeve emblem but an SS emblem for the cap.
Thank you to RogueJK with his very detailed help above, regarding information about SS
Heeresbergführer for all of the detailed help with my