I have a bit of a sensitive question to ask and, please know, that I don’t mean any disrespect or harm at all. I’m just here to learn and find out what is ok and what is not ok.
As you know I’ve been painting up some very cool World War Two sculpts from Warlord Games. They really are incredible. TIM, I think you’d like them a lot if you haven’t had a look at them already.
Anyway, one thing I have noticed (or should that be haven’t noticed?) is that there are no Nazis. Well, to be more precise, no Swastikas.
Wellllllllllllll unless you count this chap.
Sir Oswald Mosley, BUF (British Union of Fascits). I don’t think his arm band is a swastika though, I think it might be a lightning bolt.
The SS is represented in the range of minis but I can’t see any Swastika Flags or arm bands anywhere.
Now, I’m guessing, this might be out of respect but that there raises a question for me that I’d like to ask all of you.
Should I incorporate the Swastika into my German army? Be it arm bands, flags or painted signs on vehicles etc?
I needed to lighten the mood haha. I do that a lot when things get heavy in real life actually.
I happened to get talking to one of my clients, Jade, today about this very thing today. She is an avid listener of the IRO Podcast and The Fly On The Wall Podcast so knows alllllllll about my crazy little hobby hehe.
Her opinion was that if I’m recreating history as accurately as possible then I should paint on the unnerving red, white and black symbol and that it would, almost, be disrespectful not to. As in pretending it didn’t happen.
I see her point.
However, I think I’d literally cringe every time I painted the ghastly bent cross.
So, for once, I am undecided and need your help, views and guidance.
The last thing I’d ever want to do is upset someone with my beloved little miniatures and I actually can’t imagine being proud to show them off here or on Instagram if they were adorned with the Swastika.
From what I’ve seen and read online people are quite divided on this. PLUS not many vehicles had Swastikas anyway, nor did the SS wear the armbands out in the field.
So, maybe, it’s a non-issue but one I’d still like your opinions on.