Berlin The Downfall 1945, a disturbing time in history…

Berlin The Downfall 1945, a disturbing time in history...

I am in the middle of reading Berlin: The Downfall 1945 by Antony Beevor, the author of Stalingrad.

The Soviet attack on Germany in 1945 did result in the end of the war, and this book does not hide any of the nasty and gruesome details of that part of the war.

The advance on Berlin – it was to be the largest battle in history – began at exactly 4am on 16 April, 1945. Along the Oder Neisse front, two and a half million Soviet troops attacked one million Germans. The panic this induced in the German civilian population is easy to imagine. Hitler had sworn that Germany would never be invaded, yet now overwhelming Soviet armies were advancing on Berlin. Hitler, ensconced deep in his concrete bunker, could only scream at his military staff, denouncing the cowardice of the Wehrmacht. He had become convinced that Germany’s defeat proved that its people were not worthy of him – that they deserved to die. With many a score to settle from the German invasion of Russia in 1941, the battle was one of the most terrifying examples of fire and sword recorded, with mass rape, murder, pillage and destruction. Men, women and children suffered to the end from folly, cruelty and the naked exercise of power on a massive scale.

As with Stalingrad this book certainly evokes the horror of the time.

Ork Lootas with Heavy Bolter and Multi-Melta…

These are Orks who have looted Imperial weaponry. Not only can they use Space Marine weapons they can also take the transport option…

These are conversion using spare weapons from an Imperial Landspeeder.

Ork Lootas  with Heavy Bolter and Multi-Melta...

One of the issues is that they are Heavy Support and with my Killa Kans, Big Gunz, Grot Bomb Launchas and Squiggoth, I don’t really have any spare Heavy Support slots, so I may use these models as Flash Gitz.

Skorcha – mean and well armoured…

The Ork Skorcha is basically a Wartrakk with a fuel trailer and a small turret with a skorcha weapon.

Having got one for a present I decided to up-armour the thing and add some armour skirts from plasticard.

The armour sides were cut from 2mm thickplasticard, then thin “plates” of plasticard was added before thin slices of plastic rod were added for bolts.

Additional bolts were then also added to the mudguards.

I added a shield icon from the Warhammer Orc boxed set and converted the driver with bitz from the Ork Boyz sprue.


The model then looks like this once put together.


I think it needs to have the tracks lowered to raise the armoured part higher.

As with my Grot Bomb Launcha I decided to undercoat different bits white and some bits black.