There isn't anything too unique about these models. I am most excited about the commanders (usually I loathe painting the tank commanders, they take too long!). The 1iC is the company commander from the new plastic Panzergrenadier command box. The long coat was way too cool to pass up so I decided to make him a tank commander (I still have one more for a panzergrenadier commander). The 2iC model is from the new plastic tank commander sprue. Fortunately, Battlefront has now released this as a special order item. The sculpts are quite nice. I bought three of them as I like plastic tank commanders a lot more than the metal ones.
|I added an iron cross and ribbon to him. I love his jacket. This is the new plastic panzergrenadier commander.|
|From the plastic tank commander sprue. His face was very nicely sculpted. Great detail.|
I painted these models to match the Panzer IVs I finished back in November. How I paint has changed a little bit since then. I'm using the enamel wash more. I'm using a filter to blend the camouflage now. I'm also doing finer line highlights. The new and old models look pretty close on the table though. In the future, I am going to paint (or at least airbrush) all of the tanks from the HQ and combat platoons at the same time to get a uniform look.
With these two finished, I am a little closer to my goal of finishing this company for Attack-X. I've also based, painted the guns and block painted the crews for the Nebelwerfers (just need to highlight skin, webbing, and uniform). Everything left is about 70% complete except for the Neb command and observer.
I got the Panzers to the Meuse into a game last night against Glen's Strelkovy super horde. We were trying to figure out last night if he has lost with it. I think he said he lost one game to Canadian infantry... It is pretty tough. He has a huge strelkovy blob (with pioneers and HMG) with commissars and 1iC that is hard to break. This is backed up with some support (heavy mortars, guns), some flame tank T-34-85s, SU-100s, and a limited Sturmovik. We played cauldron and I played a bit poorly and lost 6-1. I wasted my time assaulting the strelkovy blob even though I knew I would not break it. I finished the game on the objective but had timed out before I had a chance to hold it (which was unlikely). Oh well, sometimes it seems better to go into a tournament with some losses than with some big wins. Post any advice for defeating the Soviet horde in the comments!