Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Tanks, Tanks and more Tanks!


I think I finally have gone back to playing FoW in this new edition, our group was slow in embracing it and before the Rona hit we were getting in games again. So while stuck at home, I found this lone Panzer IV F1 that needed to be painted for my DAK force, so after sitting in the box for years unpainted, it hit the bench last Friday and got some new paint.

Panzer IV F1
 So I challenged myself to see if I could paint this one tank up during my lunch last Friday. One good thing about Arizona this time of the year, is that when you prime models they dry very quickly. So I was able to paint up this in about 30 min. Now decals and weathering took place after work, but the basic paint was completed on my lunch.

Panzer IV F1
Earlier in the week I decided to order a few kits from an online distributor to add some needed tanks for my Mid War Eastern Front German army. I had been using some older Battlefront models that were without side skirts. So being a fan of Plastic Soldier Company, I ordered a box of Panzer IV's and two boxes of Panzer III LMN's.

PSC Panzer IV's
 The tanks arrived on Friday and I got to assembling the kits. Now I had built the Panzer IV's before and have 6 of them in my DAK force, but this time I would be adding the skirting around the turret. The PSC kits are good kits, but the turret skirts were a bit of a pain. On the first tank the skirting was too low and rubbed on the lower hull and got hung up on the detail. I had to file down the skirting to get them to move freely. But one that was done, they were perfect.

PSC Panzer III M's
 This was the first time to build the late model Panzer III kits, as once again I have them in my DAK force but are the earlier model types.. I built these as M's and found that the turret skirting was going to run into the smae problem as the Panzer IV's, so I took care to make sure that they were glued on correctly to not interfere with the lower hull. These kits are awesome and I really love the look of the Panzer III's with all the skirting on them and can't wait to start painting them.

I also have been working on some late war German infantry that Robert gave me to add to this force and they are currently on the paint bench now, photos and a post will be forth coming soon.


Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Panther ready to Prowl


The other night I completed the weathering on the Rubicon Panther, used Vallejo environmental paints and did some touch up work on, it is now ready to hit the table to hunting allied armor.

All ready for battle

Read deck detail
Vallejo paints used

Toon tank vs Historical tank

Monday, May 11, 2020

WIP 28mm Rubicon Panther


I have had this Panther sitting on my desk for over a year now and I decided to get working on it and getting some paint on it. I was going to enter this kit into our local Hobby Expo, but that is on hold. So I figured this is a good time as any to do some work.

I primed the model in Flat black, then proceeded to brush paint the Vallejo Middlestone color onto it. I have an airbrush, but just don't like to clean it so its easier to brush paint items. I also painted the treads as well with Vallejo Track primer followed by a dry brush of Natural Steel by Vallejo.

Base Color applied
 Next up came Camo Brown from Vallejo which I made some splotches on the tank.

Brown Camo patern.
I then went with Vallejo Reflective Green, which I am almost out of, so will be picking up some very soon.
Three Colors now

Next up was a wash of Army Painter Strong Tone. Once I applied that I let it sit.

Dirty Panther
So there you go, WIP up until yesterday, hopefully I can finish it up in the next few days.


Thursday, May 07, 2020

Don't fence me in...


Time for some more Gaslands related projects, so for the longest time I have been wanting to make some terrain for Gaslands, specifically guard rails and barricades. So a few weeks ago I started working on some tire barricades using Nerf darts cut to the right looking width of tires and stacked them all together and glues to a base.

Nerf Dart tires!
Great barriers
 Well while surfing the old web, I saw someone post up a picture of guardrails made out of corrugated cardboard. The problem was the cardboard corrugation was too larger. Then I remembered that Drunken Sanurai gave me some corrugated cardboard for dollhouses for Spanish tile roofing. I found the scrap I still had left and it was the perfect size. Now the original poster actually peeled the backing away and glued another section to it to add strength. I just kept the backing paper of and I did not care that you can't see the ribbing from the back.

Glue, pile of sticks and cardboard.
 So once assembled I glued to some think plastic (which I ran out of after three!) and primed them up for paining. I made each section 4" long which seems to be a perfect size and I can then set them to form curves.

Paint and weathering was next and viola, three new sets of guardrails! Now I just need to make a bunch more.

New/old guardrails

For scale with my first ever Gaslands car.

Tires and rails.
 So there you go, another nice little project marked off the list.


Wednesday, May 06, 2020

For Mordor!


With the Stay at Home order still in effect in AZ, I worked on a few more figures this weekend. This time there were 15 Lord of the Rings models lurking at the back of the desk that I decided to paint.

First up, Nine Morgal Stalkers, I forgot ai had three packs worth (9 total) and I was planning on using these in a Minas Morgal list for LotR. Well better late then never I suppose!

9 Stalkers for Mordor!
 I also found that I had 6 Orc trackers that I had pulled out, so these guys fell to the paint brush and are now ready for action!

Orc trackers
 Now, all I need to do is talk a few friends into playing some LotR again! LOL