Wednesday, 4 July 2018
WW2 mood... Panzers in Sicily '43
Hi there mates,
Maybe it's because we are in July, and close to the anniversary of "Operation Husky", but I am in a World War 2 mood, so I finished a while ago 2 panzers for Bolt Action. They are plastic kits in 28mm or 1/56... Panzer III ausf. M is from Warlord Games, and Panzer IV ausf. G is Rubicon's. Both kits are great, not perfect, but quite good. I wanted to try both companies in order to test their quality. And both have advantages and disadvantages, I think Panzer III from Warlord is better than its Rubicon counterpart... because of the Schurzen or Schutzen (sorry I am not a German speaker) and their tracks... However, I found Rubicon's Panzer IV a better and cheaper kit than Warlords. Just personal preference.
I painted them with Tamiya paints, trying to modulate the light with the airbrush, then a coat o satin varnish and the decals. The decals are 1/48 Bison decals, for panzers in Sicily in 1943, very well researched, and of great quality.
After the decals were applied, I started the "wet" weathering with some filters, oil fading, pin washes, and streaking grime. then chipping with 2 colours, and dusting with washes and pigments.
It is time consuming, but the result is very pleasing for me. I am proud of this two little tanks. I would like to expand my german force for Sicily, with a 2cm flak, and a squad of Fallschirmjager in summer uniform from the old Artizan "Ramcke Brigade", I was lucky enough to buy them second hand just after its out of production. Already have Wehrmacht infantry, Pak 40, mortar and MG42 in feldgrau uniform, eventually I'll post them here.
I hope you like the kits!
Panzer III ausf. M Division Hermann Göring, Sicily 1943