Tuesday, 20 August 2019

SOTR German Von X Siblings & Blitzhund

I have kept what I consider the best sculpted figures from my German Weird World War 2 army to the last. These are the three fearsome Von X siblings, Gretel, Ilsa and Hans, along with a Blitzhund. Note that the stats and biographies for these four do not appear in the Secrets of the Third Reich rulebook but in its supplement, Doomsday.
Gretel Von X and her twin sister, Ilsa Von X are the daughters of Hugo Von X. Records of their mother have been purged. They were nine years old when the war began. Hugo was even in those early years of the war, possessed of feverish visions of the V-4 retro-virus. Believing he had stumbled onto the fountain of youth, Hugo injected both of his twins with an experimental serum derived from a compound that the Russians developed to create the Siberian Supermen. Gretel was the lucky one. She retained her intellect and beauty and became inhumanly strong, fast and tough. Ilsa became faster and stronger but her skin was marred by the chemical and her face became a mask of horror. Both girls adore their father and stand at his side in support of his goals. They trained in the arts of war throughout their late teen years, becoming brilliant tacticians, leaders and deadly foes. They would lay down their lives for their father, the SWD, and the Reich. Ilsa controls the defence of Gibraltar with her hordes of Sturmzombies, face hidden by a gas mask. Gretel is the operations officer for the Gibraltar compound and Hugo's right hand. Gretel is armed with a Sub-Machine Gun and a riding crop, whilst Ilsa is armed with two SMGs, which she may fire simultaneously.
Hans Von X is the eldest of the Von X children. Hugo's early experiments on him went horribly wrong and a monster was created. Hans is at peace wandering the channel floor of the Straits of Gibraltar, losing himself in the contemplative loneliness of the briny deep. He is melancholic and childishly sweet, but is prone to fits of blood rage and insensibility. He is at the vanguard of the bomber-zombies as they make their attack runs on allied shipping and he keeps a collection of frogmen skulls he has harpooned at Gibraltar's undersea gates. He is armed with a harpoon gun, which has a range of 12" and the penetration of a light anti-tank gun.

From the elite ranks of the Jagerhunds, top specimens are culled for another of Hugo's mad experiments. They are injected with the V-4 derivative and become killing machines without equal. Blitzhunds must be muzzled and chained and fed great hunks of bloody raw meat when not in action. When released into battle, they are able to sniff out the enemy like a trained hunting dog. In the claustrophobic corridors of Gibraltar, an armoured Blitzhund is last thing the enemy wants to see... and it usually is!

As I said above, these are some of the best sculpted figures I have ever seen. The Blitzhund in particular, is so dynamically posed, full of movement and animation. Gretel and Ilsa are also well animated, especially Ilsa. Hans, whilst more statically posed, is still a great sculpt. These are my four favourite figures from my SOTR German army. I'm not sure how well I could fit them in Konflict 47 but they'd be perfectly at home in Reichbusters.

10 comments:

  1. Great to see these "Incursion" board game minis once again, Bryan, and as you say, worthy additions to the "SoTR" range. I always thought that game had tremendous potential, not least because it crossed over so well with "SoTR", so I'm not sure why it didn't do far better than it did; albeit I believe a reprint/2nd edition was released at some point?

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    1. Many thanks, Simon. As soon as I saw these figures I instantly fell in love with them and I just had to buy them. I can't explain why "Incursion" didn't do so well. I did buy it but have never played it due to my lack of Allied forces. A second edition was released but only as a Kickstarter. I didn't know about until much later so missed out on it. TBH I'm not that bothered about missing out on it.

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  2. Great painting Bryan, on some really inspiring models

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    1. Much appreciated, Dave. These really are "inspiring models".

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  3. Lovely work on such fabulous models.

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  4. As you say Bryan these are very dynamically posed, especially the Blitzhund, will look good on the table.

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    1. You're absolutely correct, John. The sculpts of all of them is superb but I agree, the Blitzhund is the best out of the four. Such dynamism is rarely seen.

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  5. Well Bryan you weren't lying with your opening remark, I love them :)

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    1. That makes me so happy, Frank - they ARE awesome sculpts!

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