Over the years, I somehow picked up two of the Cromwell Armoured Platoon (BBX12) box sets. I got these sets, even though I already had and entire Welsh Guards Company....and had already sold a complete Welsh Guards Company a few years ago. What was I thinking? The Guards Armoured was one of the first lists I really went after and painted over time. I had not achieved a consistent look to the tanks and I had messed up the decals and marking more than once. Instead of flipping the box sets, I went ahead and painted both up.
Decals are a combination of Battlefront and Dom's Decals. I really like Dom's large bridge weight numbers. Dom has a variety of decals available and very, very consistent quality to the prints. They do require more trimming and tend to be thinner and curl up a bit if the water is over hot.
|D'oh! I think I see some flash on that mantlet! Looks like a little fixing is needed before declaring this done!|
While I was at it, I painted up yet another Firefly. I have seven of these now. I will likely pick the four I like best and sell off the rest. This one looks like a keeper to me! I put a lot of stowage on this one to get the gypsy caravan look a lot of British tanks seem to have.
I already have some giant artillery I don't use, so why not get some more? I picked these guys up in a plastic bag at one of the HMGS conventions for some reason -- they were cheap, I guess!
I went for a new paint scheme that I found in a book I like: German Wehrmacht Panzer Divisions 1939-1945. The worn out look is great on German camouflage, so I went with it.
For the Panzer III OP tank, I used Evan's great guide on the Battlefront site to convert up a model. For this guy, I also dug up a camo pattern out of my book. I used some thick plastic sheet for the mantlet, and I think mine is a bit too flat for my taste. Oh well, it looks good from two feet!
More Early War!
I actually purchased the Zvesda Panzer 38(t)s on purpose. I was thinking of using these with my Early War army, but I decided to go with the 4th Panzer Division instead of the 7th, so these sat. Craig has already done a great job reviewing these guys, so I won't say much about them.
So, no Dirty Jon painting article is complete without some random model acquired from someone at a place I have forgotten. I present Generalmajor Rommel (GE892)! I again referenced the great article by James and Evan for the painting. I am pretty happy with how Rommel turned out.
I used the excellent Panzer Turret Number decals from Dom for these guys.
|Zvesda on the left, Battlefront on the right.|
So, that's my random bag of tanks! As of today, that's 104 tanks painted in 2013. D'oh! I have a problem....