Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Commission: FOW Soviety Tankovy Company

So, I just realized I didn't post anything here at all for the entire month of May....yeesh, sorry about that dear readers. My family has been hit by some pretty major setbacks and projects in the past month. While I may have welcomed the change of issues, it certainly wasn't a change of pace.

Luckily, I was able to pump out an entire Flames of War Soviet Tankovy company for a client this past month in between issues. Everything you see here is from scratch - I cleaned, built, primed, painted, and decaled everything you see here. The client asked for a Mid to Late War Tankovy company in the (somewhat rare) two-tone camouflage scheme of Russian Armor Green and Green (really Brown) Ochre, that was applied in the field by some companies in the mid-war period.

This was my first foray into building the Battlefront plastics and, to be honest, I didn't really enjoy the assembly. Granted, the ISU was pretty much a breeze but the SU and T-34s have some issues that made it difficult to assemble them (floating barrel attachments, lower turret pieces not fitting correctly, and easy-to-lose separate exhaust pieces). The new plastic fenders are pretty spectacular in comparison to the old metal ones, which constantly chip and fall off my old T-43 Tankovy Co.; so I won't complain too much. The ISUs are missing their DshK AA MGs which have not been glued prior to shipping in the pics below.

Also, not pictured are the T-34/76 turrets I did for each tank as well

Base color is Testors Acryl Russian Armor Green (first time using this color and I love it!) with VMC Green Ochre stripes; detail washes with P3 Armor Wash and GW Green. Tracks are my usual Pavement Grey, washed with Testors Acryl Rust, then drybrushed with GW Boltgun Metal. Gunmetal parts are Pavement Grey, washed with P3 Armor wash, then highlighted Slate Grey. Tank crew wear my custom Telo Mimetico Blue, washed with GW Blue Ink; fleshtones in VMC Flat Flesh, washed with GW Ogryn Flesh.

Decals are either BF or I-94. Very slight weathering applied with Dark Earth Pigments.

A huge THANK YOU goes out to my always patient client on this one. Hope you enjoy it J!












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...