I'm away on vacation at the moment but before leaving I finished 7 panzer IVs for a commission. These models are Battlefront's new plastic Panzer IV Hs. Models are painted with colour modulation and include the new plastic tank commanders. This blog post will include some pictures of the tanks and a discussion on the new plastic models.
These models are the new plastic Panzer IV Hs from Battlefront. Battlefront's new plastic tanks are quickly becoming my favorite 15mm vehicles. The tanks assembled relatively quickly. The detail is a little more pronounced than on Plastic Soldier Company models. These models have been built with assembly in mind with details like one piece tracks. The zimmerit is nicely sculpted. It is definitely out of scale but is nice and easy to paint. These models shipped with the correct 5 panel schurzen.
To be honest, I don't think there are too many downsides to the newer Battlefront kits. Some people prefer the weight of resin and metal but I think the crisp casting of the plastic models outweighs this. I didn't really like how the gun assembled, with two pieces for the top and bottom of the base of the gun. My biggest complaint with these models is probably that they lack many options for stowage to customize individual models. I wish Battlefront would add a few more pieces of plastic stowage (as they have with the Stug kit, sort of) or produce a stowage and accessory sprue for each nation (like with tank commanders) to throw into each box. A small complaint, but armies could end up looking very similar without stowage.
I used the plastic tank commanders for these models. I really love the plastic infantry and tank commanders. They have much more detail than the old metal sculpts. In a month or two I want to put a tutorial up on how I paint German tank commanders.
These models were painted to match the KG Peiper commission I did last year. You can see the other models from that commission by clicking the Peiper label to the right side. There are still a few more models to come from this commission.
Finally, here are some sneak previews of the upcoming models for this commission.
Not too much else to say. I'm off on vacation until the start of August so you'll see more posts from me then. I've got this commission to finish, some models for a tournament list, and then you may see a bit of a change of direction on this blog... Thanks for visiting!