Converting Wings of War Prepaints. (1) Fokker DrIs from Jasta 2
I’m not sure that converting is the right word here, as it’s all done with a paintbrush. Anyway, I’ve been playing Wings of War a lot recently, with my son and his friends and at the wargames club. I don’t like using planes from several different squadrons in my games and that’s what is provided in the WoW prepaints. Similarly I don’t like using planes that are all the same. So I set out to convert some of the prepaints to represent different planes from the same squadron.
First up a kette (flight) of Fokker DrIs from Jagdstaffel 2. Fritz Kempf leads Otto Löffler (back) and Wilhelm Papenmeyer (right).
Looking round the Internet I found that the WoW Kempf prepaint was an ideal candidate for conversion. On the FokkerDr1.com website I found a page with a whole series of pictures of Jasta 2 DrIs from March 1918. All of these are the same base colour as Kempf’s plane but with slightly different details. Those of Löffler and Papenmeyer were basically all green planes with different coloured stripes round the fuselage. These planes are also illustrated in Jagstaffel 2 “Boelcke” in Osprey’s Aviation Elite Units series.
Looking through my paint collection I found that the Citadel “Knarlock Green” foundation paint is an almost perfect matcjh for the colour of the WoW prepaint. Paint out the details for Kempf, paint in bands of colour for Löffler and Papenmeyer and I was sorted.
But reading the Osprey book and studying the pictures in it leads me to believe that the WoW Kempf prepaints aren’t very accurate.
- The decals on the WoW prepaints are not positioned properly or carefully, at least on some (probably most) models. In real life the rear end of the white square which surrounded the German cross seems to have been positioned in line with the front end of the tailplane. On the WoW prepaints they seem to be all over the place and are usually in different positions on the left and right sides of the model. This makes painting stripes round the fuselage a bit difficult.
- The DrIs of Jasta 2 are described as being in “the usual Fokker streaky camouflage finish on upper surfaces”. From the pictures I’ve seen it looks like that was what is represented on the WoW model DRI for Arthur Rahn rather than the green that comes with Kempf.
- The planes of Jasta 2 carried the black and white scheme of their tailplanes down onto the sides of the fuselage, the pictures in the Osprey book show the rears of the fuselage under the tailplane matching the colours on the tailplane, black on the right, white on the right for Kempf, this is not done on the WoW prepaint. Other planes in the Jasta seem to have reversed the colours on the tail and rear fuselage.
All in all it seems that the Kempf prepaint is not particularly accurate models – though I’m quite happy to use the three models I’ve got for gaming.