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Monday, 8 January 2018

Albatros D.Va Repaint for Wings of Glory WW1

Again, this is a post that has already featured on one of the Analogue Hobbies blogs, so if you've read it over there then there is no real need to view it here.

LINK to the original post on the Analogue Hobbies blog

For the Bonus Theme 'Flight', I've repainted a Wings of Glory WW1 1/144th scale Albatros D.Va of the Deutsche Luftstreitkräfte.
The colour scheme is based on an actual WW1 German pattern, but since my aeroplanes are to belong to a fictitious unit I've altered the colours slightly - mainly by painting the full length of the underside of the fuselage a yellow.
The plan was originally to build a three plane flight, and supplement them with two two-seater planes (one from Armeekorps and the other a ground attack aircraft from an unnamed Schlasta). But, as is the norm in these situations, such plans don't last long when they meet the wargame group, so I'm coming back to this project after a 12 months hiatus.
Anyway, I enjoy painting aircraft (and sea vessels) so it was no real difficulty to repaint this Ares Games prepainted miniature. No decals were used. Just careful repainting of the original national markings.
Below can be seen the extent of Jasta 89, my fictitious unit for mid-1917. It comprises one Albatros D.II and one Albatross D.Va (if we're talking points cost for Wings of Glory, those will get you a basic 160 points before upgrades or disadvantages).

[the D.II was painted prior to the Painting Challenge, and is included only for show]
Cheers for looking.


  1. These are little gems, Roy. Great job!

  2. Lovely planes and lovely pictures...excellent!

  3. Excellent looking aircraft !

  4. Fantastic work & paint-job Roy !

  5. Superb paint-jobs. I can't believe you didn't use decals on it!

    1. @Bryan Scott: Luckily the original paint jobs on the National markings survived the repaint work around them and I simply painted over the prepainted areas with the appropriate colours. I don't own any decals, so it was a case of necessity, really. Also, the National markings not being roundels helped, as trying to not paint over the circles by accident - and then fixing perfect curves - would have been a pain.

  6. Marvelous brush work Roy - stunning job :-)
    ...or should that be Jasta the job? ;-)

  7. Thanks everyone for your kind comments

  8. I've always been a sucker for WW1 airplanes and you've made a good job on this one.
    Back in the late 70's I used Paragon rules with I think 1/300 planes, about 25mm wingspans, flying on 500mm dowels. They did keep getting knocked over though.
    How do you rate Wings of War rules, I've always fancied having another go at this. Still have the planes - obviously. Never get rid of anything;-)

    1. @Vagabond: I've not played Wings of War, yet, to be honest. The two models were bought when I was active within a gaming group, but the talked of games never happened while I was there. That group did play Wings of War a fortnight ago, and Dave D (see above) took part.

      Another chap, Jonathan Freitag (see above) features WW1 aeroplanes quite frequently on his Palouse Wargaming Journal blog, and he uses the free to download Canvas Eagles rules.

    2. Cheers Roy I'll have a look at these, thanks for the info.


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