Friday, April 22, 2016

Italeri's 1/56 Tiger I E Platoon

 The last three models I built specifically for the Bolt Action Tank Wars "Battle of Kursk" event at Adepticon 2016 are three Italeri 1/56 scale Tiger I Es. I needed a full platoon of three similar tanks and these fit the bill quite nicely, as well as cheaply (All 3 cost less than $20 each). They were extremely easy to put together and the tracks are all separate assemblies, meaning I could easily leave them off until the tank bodies were painted and get mud effects on the upper tracks as well as the body overhang. I added some Tamiya stowage as well as a Warlord Bolt Action tank commander.

Exteriors were done in VMC Middlestone (highlighted with VMC Pale Sand), Testors Acryl Rotbraun, and VMC German Camo Dark Green. Decals are Rubicon. The vehicles are pin dot oil washed, with worn metal done in #2 pencil, and dried mud in Light Earth dry pigments and plaster.




Saturday, April 9, 2016

Warlord Games' Panzer III Ausf. J

The 2nd model I built specifically for the Bolt Action Tank Wars "Battle of Kursk" event at Adepticon 2016 is Warlord Games' resin Panzer III Ausf. J. Like the Nashorn, I bought this model on a whim and ended up really liking it. It's well detailed and proportioned and has a very nice heft. I added a stowage rack along the rear of the engine deck from an old HO model fence and various bits to make it look "lived in". 

Exterior was done in VMC Middlestone, highlighted with VMC Pale Sand. Interior is Testors Acryl Olivgrun, drybrushed with white. Probably not 100% historically accurate but more eye-catching then the creamy German interior color. Decals are Rubicon. The vehicle is pin dot oil washed, with worn metal done in #2 pencil, and dried mud in Light Earth dry pigments. 




Thursday, April 7, 2016

Warlord Games' SdKfz 164 "Nashorn"

I built this model specifically for the Bolt Action Tank Wars "Battle of Kursk" event at Adepticon 2016 and it's quickly become one of my favorite German AFVs. It's not terribly effective in a normal game of Bolt Action, but it's fun to play, looks good on the table, and is historically accurate. Warlord really out-did themselves with what could easily be a rather bland AFV model. The open fighting compartment is littered with small details - a discarded jacket, stowed shells, even a packet of cigarettes! Additionally, by using two rare earth magnets, I was able to mount the gun so that it's able to traverse slightly from side to side.

After it was all built and painted, I realized that I made a mistake - the track stowage rack on the front is actually upside down!

Exterior was done in VMC Middlestone, highlighted with VMC Pale Sand. Interior is Testors Acryl Olivgrun, drybrushed with white. Probably not 100% historically accurate but more eye-catching then the creamy German interior color. Decals are Rubicon & Tamiya. The vehicle is pin dot oil washed, with worn metal done in #2 pencil, and dried mud in Light Earth dry pigments. The crew are painted in Pavement, heavily washed with P3 Armor Wash. Hats are VMC German uniform, heavily washed with GW Green.






Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Death on the Danube: Bolt Action Nationals Best Appearance

So I've had a couple of players name drop my Hungarians in a couple of different groups after Adepticon BA Nationals for my Best Appearance award and I thought I'd share a couple of pictures of the completed army I used. If you are coming here for the first time, you can see detailed pics of every unit in my subsequent posts.

I'm as stunned as anyone with the award win, as there were many, many great armies and the competition was fierce. Thank you to Warlord Games, the tournament organizers, and the players who attended. It was an amazing time and I hope to see you all next year!





The completed Mountain Troop squad, which I didn't have time to post before Adepticon...


The Gendarme is usually the Medic's "assistant", but I used him as the 2nd Lt.'s for Nationals. I do like the juxtaposition of their differing gestures...


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Death on the Danube: Hungarian Hetzer

The second-to-last unit for my BA Nationals force is a Rubicon Models Hetzer (Late Production). This was a wonderful model to assemble and paint, especially when compared to other earlier Rubicon models. My one gripe (and it is minor) is the provided remote-controlled MG34 was not to scale - being too small - so I used a plastic Warlord MG34. 

I was inspired by this 1/48 Hetzer done several years ago by a scale modeler. The Hetzer is a very interesting little tank destroyer. There were several production models with relatively minor cosmetic differences....but parts were very often interchanged. For example, it's perfectly reasonable to see a "Late Production" Hetzer with a "Mid Production" gun mantlet, so on and so forth. Like many late war German AFVs, camouflage was factory-applied to later models, consisting of a hard-edge three-tone scheme. You may then ask - "why is the there no camo on the gun mantlet?"



The answer is because, oddly, the Skoda factory applied the factory camo before the gun mantlet was added. Why they did this, I don't know. My assumption is because the gun and gun mantlet were assembled in another part of the factory and, to reduce production time, the more labor-intensive gun assembly line simply sprayed a base of Dunkelgelb over the primer coat and called it a day. 

The most perceptive of you probably caught the three odd black rectangles painted around the driver's viewport on the glacis in the picture above. At first, I couldn't figure out why this was done...until I realized the Mid Production model had a simple flip-up viewport that looked like a black rectangle from afar. To confuse enemies who wanted to shoot the driver, Skoda painted the deceptive black rectangles around it. The Late Production model had a bullet resistant glass viewport so I did not paint them on mine.

Hungary received 75-100 Hetzers and they were assigned to the Assault Artillery branch. Most retained the German Balkenkreuz and were assigned a three-digit numerical designation, sometimes beginning with the letter "T". Mine is painted in VMC Middlestone/German Camo Beige, Testors Acryl Rotbraun, and VMC German Dark Green. Decals are a mix of Mad Bob and Rubicon. With this model, I moved away from the gloss sealant I've been using before doing the oil dot wash, instead using a flat sealant. I have to say I like this method better as it gives me much more control over the oil paint and it seems to dry faster.