All the 12 parts are on a single sprue and are easy to remove with side cutters.
Sunday, 24 July 2016
I see that Zvezda have brought out (or are bringing out) a shed load of new 1/100 Art of ataxic related AFVs thus year. So far I've seen the Tiger, M3 Medium and M3 Stuart in our local model shop, but am looking forwards to the Soviet SP a Guns and Elefant. I was disappointed to see that the Tiger was priced at £6 like the Cold War Vehicles. This doesn't make it particularly good value in my eyes when compared to the alternatives.....
Painted in Olive Drab, before sepia wash and then lightened Olive Drab dry brushing.
There you are, ready to go and take on the Tigers and Panthers!
Tuesday, 28 June 2016
My dear daughter swallowed her pride once again and visited Firestorm Games in Cardiff, to buy my Father's Day present.
And what a nice present it was!
There you have it, the finished article ready for painting.
An imposing vehicle that's almost a match for Panthers and Tigers. Lovely model to build, cannot fault it. Well worth giving these models a look.
Tuesday, 21 June 2016
The other vehicle that came with the starter set was Battlefront's plastic Panther kit.
Once again this was a straight forward kit to make, which offers parts for both the Panther gun tank and the 88mm armed Jagdpanther tank
I opted to make both hulls and leave them loose so I could have to option to field either model.
The only criticism I have is that the set of bazooka plates on the Panther have very prominent sink marks from the moulding process. Sadly I didn't notice these until I'd painted the models.
The US vehicles were painted overall in Vallejo Olive Drab. Then followed with a sepia wash before a final Heavy dry brush with lightened Olive Drab.
I then deviated from my usual track painting technique and started with a base coat of orange-brown. This then had a sepia wash before a final dry brush with silver.
Track were painted as above. There are no markings included in the set, so I used some old Dragon Balkan Crosses and QRF Allied Star transfers to improve the look of the models.
The final three steps were to paint in the tool sets, lightly dry brush Iraqui Sand to highlight the detail and then a spray of Matt varnish to protect all that hard work.
I base all my AFVs on sand coated mdf for two reasons;-
1. To avoid models sliding into one another and becoming damaged in their storage box
2. I try to hold the base when moving the vehicles to avoid damaging the paint job!
Friday, 10 June 2016
I treated myself to something new, that I thought I might be able to use to get my Grandson (4) into tabletop gaming.
Tanks is a steal at only £16.20 from Firestorm games. You get three models, which make up as two alternatives each (2x M4A3 75 or 76mm & a Panther or Jagdpanther) plus you get everything else to get you started - 2D terrain pieces, dice, cards, counters etc.
The games mechanism is simple but I can see it leaving you having to think before you act. Yes there's cards that give your crew members skills that owe a little to Hollywood. But it's a skirmish game after all.....you should be able to individualise your tanks!
One bonus is the deck of cards covers a dozen or more different vehicles, not just the Panther and Sherman that came in the box. This will allow anyone with a collection of 15mm tanks to get started straight away and enjoy multi-tank battles on their 3 foot square battlefield. I've got a sheet of flocked pvc left from my HoTT terrain boards that I will cut to 33" xx 33", which I think will be near enough.
I'm looking forward to playing a game.
Below are a few pictures I took while assembling the Sherman's.
Good models that I cannot fault.
Thursday, 2 June 2016
Finally tried these out in a solo game.
Each player can activate upto two figures per move . They can move twice, shoot and move, aim and shoot etc. There are cards at can be played instead of activating figures, but I chose not to cloud things too much for this first foray.
Firstly softening up with aimed fire.
Wednesday, 18 May 2016
Still plugging away at these and I have finally finished all 38 figures.
When dry, I touch up any white edges with either paint or washes and the bend to shape. When I spray the figures with varnish this finishes the job. I think they look just great.
One as the Black Prince and another from the artwork that came with the box. I opted to give the impression of the details on their surcoats as time's to short to paint all those tiny gold lions and fleur de Leys.