Friday, January 17, 2014

Fall Blau Beauties!


Hey All!

My first post for 2014!



Finished up a platoon of Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf Js armed with the L/60 for my Stalingrad German forces. Lots of goodies added; tools, stowage boxes, gun barrels, Notek lights, headlights, tow hooks, racks, wirecutters handles (missing?) helmets etc.



I have gotten away from putting on aerials as they are harder to store and ultimately get bent. Tried to fix up the fenders/wheels/running gear but finally gave up. I am beginning to realize that I have to prioritize my hobby time and feel 2 hours on one mini just getting the running gear cleaned up is too much.



In the interest of saving a bit of time, I have began experimenting with various spray colors to prime armor with. I realize there are Army Painter sprays for 15 bucks but primed these with cheap $5.00/can Krylon Grey primer and the result was great. Good coverage and not too dark.


A shout out to Doms Decals, in my opinion, the best decal company out there for all your 15mm needs. I used a combination of 6mm GHQ and Doms decals for these minis.

I must say that I spent far too much time reworking these with add-ons and fixes and I was planning to add some other things but finally had to say 'Enough!' I have many terrain items and soldiers to paint so need to move on! 

Above, card for the Panzer III from Schwere Kompanie Rules...you know you wanna...


I for one am excited by the new BF plastic vehicles and have recently purchased the T34/76 - T34/85 combo kit. The detail and tooling of these tanks is magnificent! I am sooo done with the blobby irregular shaped details of the resin and lead/pewter of BF other kits! Even their more recent offerings have very unsymmetrical details and such. I don’t see going away from the metal soldiers but Plastic is where its at for vehicles. 

Now what to do with all the kits I already have...!

Troy


12 comments:

  1. nicest vehicles I have seen in a long time.

    how does Schwere Kompanie handles infantry combat?

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  2. They look great! Awesome work.

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  3. Very nice. Completely agree with you about Dom's Decals. Great products.

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  4. I totally agree with you about metal and resin tanks vs. plastic. Precision machines should have much more symmetry and crisp, hard edges. I hate soft details, miscast areas, and the brittleness of resin details.

    Have you tried Plastic Soldier Company tanks? They are very nice in that regard. They have issues with small accuracy details as they do 4 models with each kit but the kits are very precise in details and assembly.

    The tanks look really good. Nice subtle panel highlights. Doms decals are great. I really like that tank commander. The ones with just the head poking out are kind of boring. I like this pose a lot more.

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    1. Also, what gaming conventions are you attending this year? We met briefly at Salute, but I missed out on getting a game in with you. I'd love to join one of your demo games or play you sometime if we are at the same convention this year. Are you attending Gottacon?

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    2. Plastic isnow my main focus for tanks. I have seen the PSC's products and like what I see, I do agree about the minor issues.

      Salute, is sadly not on the horizon this year. We are on va-ca in April to
      Maui - wifes choice - so I won't be here. Next year is a fer-shur though. When/where is Gottacon?

      Troy

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    3. Gottacon is Victoria at the start of March.

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    4. Also, can I ask what colours you used for the colour modulation of the grey colour? I like the depth of colour you have achieved.

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    5. Thanks Cameron, I start with a base of VMC Dark Sea Green 868 and layer on progressively lighter coats, adding in to the base 836 London Grey, 907 Pale GreyBlue and finishing up with a 976 Buff dust layer.

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  5. Dom's are also far better scaled than BF decals, which are too big imo.

    Your tanks look amazing. The stowage added are really nice touches indeed.

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  6. Absolutely Fantastic! Love your Faces.

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  7. Gorgeous looking tanks, really like the tones and depth of colour of these vehicles. Great details that I keep running my eyes over.

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