In addition to the Desperate King Tiger I posted last week, I also painted a King Tiger in winter camouflage for the same commission. The client requested that this King Tiger be in Ambush camouflage with winter whitewash camouflage over top. It was a lot of fun to paint the ambush camouflage and I was quite interested to see how it looked with the winter whitewash over top. I was concerned it would look too busy but I think the end result turned out nicely.
I painted the winter whitewash in the same way as the Panthers and T-34s I posted previously. I have some step-by-step pictures from the Panthers that I have been meaning to write up as a tutorial for winter whitewash. I used whitewash and the airbrush and it is fairly easy to get nice results. I tried to airbrush some of the sections quite lightly so you can still see the ambush pattern through the whitewash. I’d really like to try whitewash with oil paints in the same way as I do the dirty streaks. I think it would be a lot of work though and might just look messy.
In games, I always am drawn to playing with big, expensive models like Tiger and King Tigers because they are so iconic. I haven’t played with them though because they are so many points. I always feel like I need larger tank platoons so I can assault infantry effectively and can’t make lists I am happy with when they also contain King Tigers. For myself, I can’t see how I could really win attacking infantry with a King Tiger in a tank company. I feel like they might be more effective in an infantry company on defence than in a tank company that has to attack.
I’ve played against King Tigers a few times recently. Their big guns and high front armour make them a problem against my Sherman company. My smoke from the heavy mortars and direct fire smoke can be quite effective at negating them. It can be pretty frustrating trying to chase them down to get a side shot though. In my last game I kept the King Tiger from firing all game until it got two concealed shots through smoke in defensive fire and destroyed my assaulting tanks, winning the game for the other player! My King Tiger pet peeve has to be when they back up into a corner of the board where I cannot possibly get a side shot.
I hope you enjoyed seeing this model and reading my thoughts on the use of King Tigers. I’d love to hear how other people have played with and against King Tigers. I’ll finish off that whitewash tutorial and post it up in the next week or so. As always, comments and constructive criticism are greatly appreciated!
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