It is only now that I am able to step back from Operation Sting and think about how much I was able to complete for that event! I really enjoyed making the display board, which was featured in a number of step by step articles... https://wappellious.blogspot.com/2018/11/monte-cassino-part-4-more-rubble.html
The army was really unusual for me, since most of what I have been painting all these years has been for early war! Some of these weapons seemed like space age tech at one point :-) Of course, I especially enjoyed the basing on the army, and matching that terrain board... https://wappellious.blogspot.com/2018/11/amidst-rubble.html
I suppose that I was able to get in some practice on sandy Mediterranean colors for my upcoming DAK, Italian and British desert forces. Those have also been under way for a while in terms of prepping, basing, etc.
When I researched what I should do for the uniforms, the variety of what I found gave me an opportunity to make each figure more unique. This really helped when it came to playing in the tournament, because I never had any opportunity to play test the army before the event!
I wasn't able to do everything that I wanted to on the army due to time constraints, but as I tell folks all the time in my instructional videos, there is nothing that says I can't go back and add more details!
I also have to start making additional terrain pieces so that my display board can become the centerpiece for an entire Monte Cassino table. The idea is to make more modular mountain style sections which could be used for several theatres, such as the Caucasus, etc.
It all worked out in the end, and I was very glad to receive the Best Axis Appearance award!