I finished this platoon for Attack-X as part of my painting frenzy. I fortunately completed them a few days before the convention. Since then I have been too busy to even post a blog entry on the finished models. Work changes and personal and volunteer commitments have taken up all of my waking hours (and some of my sleeping ones too!). In the next few weeks my schedule should settle down and I hope to continue to post and paint more regularly.
|Zeltbahn camo on the tank commander and the tarp on the engine deck (he is scared of planes, who cares about fumes...).|
I'm quite happy with the finished platoon. I spent lots of time adding individual detail to each tank as I got bored with the same sculpt for each. The tank commander is an open fire grenadier cut down to size. The stowage is from every tank model I could find and a few pieces custom sculpted. I cut away some hatches and things to makes these early model Panzer IV Js (although the hatches and cupola are incorrect, among other things). I cut away some other hatches to reveal details like the crewman inside the turret.
I've found that it is difficult to keep models totally consistent between different batches. I use lots of weathering and colour modulation that is difficult to keep the same between different batches when painting. In the future I think I will paint the 10 core company vehicles at the same time to make them a bit more uniform. I'm planning on painting some panzergrenadiers next and so I will paint the 10 half-tracks at the same time. I just have to keep focussed to avoid getting completely bored when painting so many similar models at one time.
|This crewman poking out of the side is my favourite. The idea was shamelessly copied from an Art of War painting guide.|
I hope you enjoyed seeing these tanks. I still have to post pictures of my finished Nebelwerfer platoon (I want to repaint the sandbags first-a 15 minute job). Thanks for visiting!