Category Archives: WW2


This is a 1/48 scale model of a KV-1 made by Hobby Boss.  This is the first plastic kit I’ve assembled since I was a teenager probably.  It is a great little kit.  I’d say it’s done,  but I’ve got a couple of things to fix, and I think I may want to do some more weathering.


When I went to do the final assembly, which is really just putting the turret on it, the turret no longer fit.  Before I started the painting it fit no problem.  I must have squished something somewhere along the line because even after quite a bit of filing it no longer slipped into its hole, and it still doesn’t turn.  I’d like to remeidate that, but right now, I just wanted to get it photographed.


There are two weathering things I want to do to it now that I’ve got it all together.  First, the treads had a nice bare metal effect on them before and that seems to not be as pronounced so I’ll redo that on the visible treads.  And I’d like there to be more dust on the vertical surfaces, in particular the sides of the turret.  All the dust is from a mixture of pigments and I’m not convinced that will work that great on the vertical surfaces, so I’ll probably work on finding an oil mixture that gets me a good effect.


The Hobby Boss kit is a charm.  There were a couple of small things I didn’t get right, but they aren’t really visible on the finished model so I’m not too worried about that.  I’m also working on one of their T-34 kits which is more challenging than this kit was.  The main difficulty with this kit was getting the tracks to fit.  On the one hand it’s pretty easy, but those final joins were a pain.  You can see a little inconsistency in that on the front track on this side.


I’m also not convinced by the rusty exhausts.  I know everyone does that, so I did it, but I might repaint them more black or something.

I highly recommend this kit.  I’ve been thinking about switching to 1/48 because of the greater realism of the vehicles.  I’m not sure how well they will hold up to gaming use though.  I don’t want to be repairing it after each game.  We’ll see.




Start of a smallish project.   Well, it could be a fairly large project but my part of it is small.  I’m doing the Japanese Carrier Strike Force for Midway.  Here are the carriers:


I guess you can read the labels :-).  The models are ghq.  This shot pretty much features the decals from Flight Deck decals: Link to Flight Deck Decals.  They are very nice. I was worried about whether they would be hard to use because of their size, but they went on really smoothly.


You may be able to see on the Kaga that the red bled into the white and gray of the decal.  I’m not sure exactly why.  I noticed this on one of the other decals as well, but on that one it only bled around the edge of the gray.  I painted over the gray with Foundry Slate Gray C which is pretty close to a perfect match for the gray on these decals.  I had a couple of touch up spots on the wooden flight decks and I used Golden Skin from Reaper for those.  I think I’ll paint some planes and put them on front of Kaga to better hide the bleed.



Now all I have to do is paint a couple of battleshipes, a couple of cruisers, a bunch of destroyers and I’ll be all done!


M10s for the Yanks

I think this is the last of the supports I’m doing for my Americans for Chain of Command.  It’s a pair of M10 tank destroyers from Warlord.


Apologies for the photos.  I couldn’t find my camera and so snapped these with my phone.  (My phone isn’t bad at taking pics but it’s not quite the same).  The models turned out fairly well compared with what I thought they would be.  There was a lot of patching to the hull on one of the models and some patching on the hull of the other.  You can see if you look closely and it probably shows up on the pictures pretty clearly.


For my American forces I now have a full US infantry rifle platoon and a weapons platoon.  I painted up enough alternate command figures to use them as an armored rifle platoon from an armored division if we want to have a game like that, but the infantry are marked as US 90th infantry division and that’s how I intend to use them.  I have an FOO to bring in a devastating off-table mortar barrage, a 3″ anti-tank gun, a .50-cal (that could be part of the weapons platoon as they had one mounted on a jeep), 3 Shermans, and these 2 M10s.


Rubicon T-34/76 completed

I’ve been working on this slowly since my review post after assembling this and it’s now done.  I think.  I may go over the tracks to make the metal look worn but I’m not sure.  That’s visible in a lot of historical pics but not in all, and I don’t really want to call attention to that part of this model which is its weak link.  (ha)


I thought about making it a winter camo tank as I really like doing that, but opted for the dusty, summer of ’42 on the steppes (TM) look.


I added a couple of wood crates as additional stowage but nothing else.  You can see where I did a rather poor job of filling the hole on the back of this model.  It doesn’t show up that much unless you look close, but those kinds of things stare back at you in photos.


I absolutely love the decal sheet that comes with the model.  And the decals went on like a breeze and I had to do hardly anything about silvering with them.

I’ll have to get a couple more of these.

US Sherman Tanks

Models by JTFM/Die Waffenkammer.  These are beautiful models.  JTFM is my favorite maker of resin 1/56 vehicles.  High quality models professionally delivered.


I put together three of them.  That’s a nice group though I’m really tempted to do 2 more to have a 5 tank section.  Not that I know what I’d actually do with 5 tanks on the game table but it would be nice to have them!


I don’t think having all these vehicles will turn my favorite game,  Chain of Command, into a tank game but we might get these all on the table tomorrow!


And here are a few close-ups of one of the tanks.  I’m basically using Steven Zaloga’s techniques from his book on painting American armor.  It’s pretty straightforward really.  He has a nice OD formula with some suggestions on lightening it to get some effects on the model and then using washes for the dust effects.  It seems to be a fairly believable dusty Sherman technique.

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The decals are from a couple of sheets of decals from Warlord Games.  Those decals are extremely easy to use!  I love them.

Some Support for the Aufklarung

We’ll start out with a Pak 40.  It’s a Warlord model.  It’s ok.  Doesn’t come with enough crew for Chain of Command.  I’m not actually sure where the rest of the crew came from although I’m pretty sure I bought it recently.  Ugh.


I’d post the frontal shot but looking at it after photographing makes me realize I need to touch up around the eyes of a couple of the guys.  Eek.  For Chain of Command the AT guns need 5 crew and a leader.  I’ll have to get another guy somewhere for the crew.  And a leader.  I pulled this chap to be a leader but then realized he really belongs with my winter Germans.  Another project.



I’d post a picture, but WordPress seems to have stopped uploading pics.  Nice.  Maybe if I leave my computer for awhile and come back it will start working again.  But hey, it’s free (well, remember, when it’s free, YOU are the product).



Another easy support is the panzershreck.  These things are bad news in Chain of Command.  Basically any allied vehicle they touch is toast.  Excellent.  This is a warlord pair.  They are very nice figures.  And looks like they have plenty of ammo.

And they come in a pack with the flamethrower duet.  I love the way Warlord does these flamethrowers with the spout of flame coming out.  I have a Fallschirmjager version with the same thing.  I absolutely love it.



I’ll go ahead and hit publish.  Maybe the pics will come along later….

And a Stug IIIG

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


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.


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.