Monthly Archives: September 2014

And a Stug IIIG

Everyone has to have a Stug IIIG for their late war Germans, right?

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This is also by Warlord.  Starting out I wasn’t too optimistic about it either, but I’m really very pleased with it and how it came out.  I clipped off half the side skirts on the right side to give it a bit of a beaten look.  That was really easy to do and it still came together really well.   I don’t know whether late StuGs should have zimmerit.  This model doesn’t.

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The markings are pretty minimal but looking at lots of pictures of StuGs it seems like often the markings on them were pretty minimal.  I guess it allows me to use it with any kind of unit I concoct.

I just threw some pigments onto the tracks and roadwheels to give some dust.  I think that’s a bit overdone.  So there’s more to learn.

I like this model a lot and would recommend it.

Warlord Panzer IVH

Just off the painting table.  It came out ok, I think.

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I don’t like the model very much.  You really can’t build it without the hull skirts.  It was designed to have them on.  There are three chunks of resin in the side where you put the mounting brackets for the side skirts and it would probably be impossible to take those off.  And then there is no depth to the roadwheels.  So it wouldn’t look very good even if you could take the mounting spots off.

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Still mounting the side skirts is a pain.  You can see I didn’t do a great job with it, and it’s mounted on top of the paint.  If I did it again I’d do it differently I suspect – put the mounting brackets on the hull, paint everything, then mount the skirts and paint them.  Live and learn.

All that being said I think it turned out fairly well.  The decals are from a Peddinghaus sheet and the tank represents a Pz IV from Panzer Lehr.  And yes, if you see the photograph of the vehicle they just slapped the numbers over the cross on the back of the turret.  So, so did I.

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I want to do some more Panzer IVs but I think I’ll wait for JTFM to make a version with zimmerit before I do any more.

Aufklarung platoon completed

It’s done!
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They look good.  The figures are a mix of Artizan figures from the Panzer Lehr grouping (for the guys with sturmartillerie wraps), late war Germans (guys with field blouses) and a few guys with zeltbahns from the camouflaged figures.  There are also two West Wind SHS guys – one of the machine gun teams.

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I don’t know if you can tell from these pictures, but if you can, please note I’m going to fix it.  I mispainted the Kar98s.  I didn’t realize the top of the barrel in front is covered by wood.  I think I painted what’s on the fig, but I’ll update those to be sort of correct.

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This is a JTFM/Die Waffenkammer T-34/85. This is an awesome model.  I need to get more models from him.  I have a panzer iiij that I’d love to do some work on.  But I got three Shermans from him and those are amazing models.  All of his stuff comes very nicely packaged, goes together very easily, and very minimal cleanup needed.

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My second try at a worn winter camouflage and this one cam out much better I think.    You learn a little from each one.

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There’s a little more refinement to the toothpaste technique on this one and I was a little more carefree with spraying the brown up onto the model.  I drybrushed the mud to bring out the highlights on the texture a little bit.  I think it all came out pretty well.

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The location of the exhausts lends the model to a nice use of pigments there, but that’s the only place I used pigments.  What do you think?