Through the ruins of an unspecified European metropolis, the armoured soldiers of the Rustungmacht stalk the night. Their eyes glow red in the gloom as they pick their way over piles of broken bricks, their boots crunching into gravel beneath knee deep water. If the underground factories can only produce enough of these powerful suits of infantry armour then none of the allied pigdogs will make it home for Christmas '46.
Obviously, we're in Weird War territory again. At some point I'd like to write a real background piece for these, but for now the simple version is that these things are 1940s grade Storm Trooper armour for use in alternate histories of WWII. They are gas sealed, have nightvision, and are totally bullet proof -- just don't go thinking you can take a bazooka round to the chest.
Edit: Because a bunch of folks asked, here's where I got these guys (and I ain't even gettin' paid...): Eureka Miniatures.
These are also the first real miniatures pictures I've taken with my new camera. Lets see how things turned out (again, pics link to big ass pics)...
I've already described these guys in an "under the hood" article, and the painting is really simple, just highlighted panzer grey. I did add decals to the shoulders for the numbers, just to give you something to look at. The red eyes were what really brought them to life. It doesn't really come out in the pics, but they have a nice thick coating of gloss varnish over the eyes to make them look more like lenses.
We've kicked around a few ideas on rules for these guys in Flames of War, but I've never fielded them. If I ever get around to comming up with something solid and doing a spot of play testing on it, I'll post it up here.
Also, the name may or may not change, but I kinda like it. Using Google language tools, I figure it could maybe translate as "powered armature," or Power Armour, without using the word "panzer."