Welcome to the third article in my series on modelling and painting the mighty Royal Hungarian Army. This time around we are talking tanks. During the second world war, Hungary produced many of it's own unique AFV's as well as being supplied with some German Panzers. In Bolt Action the armoured vehicles really are what gives the Hungarian list it's unique flavour, and you'll be sure to include at least a few of them in your reinforced platoon. So lets get painting!
|Zrinyii Assault Howitzer (left), Toldi light tank mk I and IIa (right)|
Mad Bob Miniatures
My miniatures come from the extensive and high quality range of 1/56th scale Hungarian tanks by Mad Bob Miniatures. I was lucky enough to back his kickstarter and have 15 or so AFV's on the way. But never fear, Bob will make the range available sometime after the kickstarter orders are delievered in April 2015. Bob was nice enough to even send me these early castings to paint up. I have here two versions of the Toldi light tank as well as the Zrinyii II Assault Howitzer.
First a quick review of the miniatures. You can tell these miniatures have been designed by a wargamer for wargamers. They come with a minimum of parts, so assembly time is quick. That doesn't mean you don't have options. All the hatches for instance are separate, so you can have them open for putting crew in. They are robust. The resin is very high quality and not brittle at all. The detail is well defined and not delicate. You can tell Bob has durability in mind when he's designed his miniatures, these tanks will survive with the most ham fisted gamers. Because the masters have been designed with 3D software and printed, the pieces fit together easily and precisely. Hardly any clean up was required at all. I am very happy with these miniatures, 4.5 out of 5 for me (they lose .5 for not having the crew and decals available yet, but that won't be the case in the future).
Colour schemes and markings
There isn't much reference material out there on Hungarian AFV's but I did find this little gem online, 'Magyar Steel'. It is invaluable for reference on camo schemes and markings from early through to late war. The Zrinyii Assault Howitzer will have a fairly typical late war scheme of straight green, featuring the late war Hungarian national symbol of a white cross on black. For the two Toldi tanks I am opting for a typical early war scheme of hard edged three tome camo and the more gaudy (and awesome!) Hungarian Balkenkreuz, which is bright red, white and green. Ok, on with the painting!
Step by Step painting
|Hungarian decals are by 'Bison Decals'|
Once again I used Magyar Steel as reference on what decals went where on the tanks. Before you put the decals on, it's a good idea to paint on some gloss varnish in the area they will be, then repeat this process again after the decal is placed, sealing it in with gloss varnish. This will mean it applies without wrinkles and is protected from rubbing off later.
On the left there you will see a collection of what you require for shading and weathering these tanks. Artists White Spirit, basic oil paints (a dark brown and a black) are all from an art supply store. I also collected some make up removal sticks and a small plastic cup to mix up the oil paints. Lastly, you can get yourself some weathering powders to simulate dust and mud. These are essentially powdered paint. There are now many companies making these and I chose Secret Weapon Miniatures for mine.
6) Make a mixture of roughly 4:1 Brown and Black oil paint. You don't need much, just a small blob. We are making a wash, using the white spirit instead of water we would normally use. Appply this wash over the entire vehicle, don't worry that you are seemingly covering up the decals, we'll be removing much of this in the next step. Remember when using oils to wash your brushes out afterwards in the white spirit, water won't work here.
The idea is that the heavy dark oil wash we applied previously can now be 'rubbed off' in places to reveal the lighter painter areas underneath. This will both create the shading and a feeling of dirt and weathering in a natural looking way as we aren't painting it on with a brush.
Once dry the white spirit will have evaporated leaving just the powder, it's a very natural looking effect. You can easily adjust the effect and remove some if you went to hard, like I did with this first attempt. Just use more spirit and rub it off like before.
If you have any questions on painting tanks or Hungarian armoured fighting vehicles, just join me on the forum.