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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Early War Germans so far

Though pretty much all of these have featured in recent Battle Reports, I hadn't really taken the time to show them off in their entirety! Now that I have a repsectable panzer force for EW, it's time to move on to some infantry after a quick detour to work on another Steve-o-grad building!

If you haven't kept up you should know that these are painted using my ultra-fast technique for EW German armor. I started on these guys not long ago at all, and have been knocking them out. Are they up to my usual standards? Probably not,but I am quite happy with them considering the small amount of time invested!





I actually have 1 more Panzer IV, though it was missing a gun barrel- Battle Front's Customer Service was quick to get my a replacement- just haven't painted it yet.



Technically these are all Panzer II Fs, though after buying and painting 17, I'll be damned if I do any other variations- road wheels and hatch shapes be damned! These will be used for all flavors of Panzer IIs throughout early and mid war.


Anatoli said...

Looking good, and you do the right thing with your Pz II's. I would do the same thing.

Johnnyutah said...

Hell yeah Steve! Looking great and I too would be doing the same thing with my Pz II's

AKCraig said...

very cool looking. i love the pz II tide of steel.

Beccas said...

Great work mate.

Anatoli said...

Btw, have you tried out your StuG's in combat yet? Would be really interesting to hear your thoughts about them as they scare the crap out of me with those stats :D

indierockclimber said...

Thanls everyone!

Anatoli- nah haven't tried them yet since they can only support infantry. Whenever I do a new army, I usually knock out as much armor as I can first (since it paints more quickly for me), then start fleshing out the infantry. In this case, I used the Stugs as my test pieces, even though it means they won't be usable for a while.

They are fairly scary, but they have some significant shortcomings! Lack of MG is a big one- your big polish infantry units should have no problem overwhelming them. Your tanks can't go toe to toe so you need to use indirect fire smoke bombardments to force the stugs to move (and thus reducing their firepower and forcing them to come closer).

Good luck!

Neal Smith said...

Great stuff! Really like the Stukas too!

Can't wait to get back to my EW stuff! I need to find some decent number decals for the single digits. That's one thing I haven't done yet on my EW armor.

indierockclimber said...

Clearly I need to go buy some Microsol- these decals are not blending terribly well unfortunately.

The numbers on the turrets I picked up from I-94 enterprises.

jmezz382 said...

Strong work my friend. My Russians are drooling at a chance to "pop" them open

Neal Smith said...

I was going to mention the micro-sol in private... :)

OK, love I-94 decals. I'll have to see what I can find for the earlier stuff. Thanks!

Kage said...

look great...decals decals Steve! ;]

Griddon said...

Very nice work.

indierockclimber said...

yeah yeah, I need to get some micro sol and spend a day touching up all my models.

Hypothetically speaking... let's say I've been lax about putting gloss varnish or microset underneath them... will the microsol eat the paint on my model? What if I'm reaaaaal careful? :)

Kage said...

I guess it depends if you do a varnish before. Some times a thick future wash will help too.

but if you don't it will for sure eat your paint.

I find even putting on a brush on gloss varnish for decals ruins the paint if you don't do a spray on coat before.

Kage said...

although if you did a full varnish and you are trying to touch up your decals now you 'MIGHT' be ok.

indierockclimber said...

I hit my models with some Dull Cote at the end- that's been pretty good in the past. Most of my decals blend well because of that. But these decals I've been using for EW just don't look right. :(

Kage said...

ya looks like the glue isn't that great on that batch of decals.

you can really see it in that last picture. the '135' looks like its sticking in spots but there is defiantly air between other spots.

That is why I use micro sol and micro set. Micro sol makes your decals stick better, and micro sol makes your decals soft so they will conform to irregular spaces.

Especially if you get that resin with all those little bumps.

Tracy "Tito" Lynn MacLauchlan said...

Steven, these models are looking fantastic and the photos equally so! You are so talented :) Good luck with everything, I'm always impressed with what you're doing here.

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