Bruce Weigle is known for his very beautiful and realistic terrain boards. I just found out that he have made a tutorial on how he makes this boards. The boards is intended for 6mm games, but even if we do play our games in bigger scale there is still lots of tips to learn from the tutorial.
Haven’t been able to be very active in company with my small toy armies for a week. A combination of work assignments out-of-town and making our flat ready to be sold has forced me to use my time different than normal. Selling the apartment has forced me to clean out the man cave which has led the room to become very popular in the eyes of my female counterpart, that have been seen setting her foot in the room for the first time in ages… at the same time our two-year kid has totally lost interest of the room as there is no cool stuff to steal or destroy anymore.
But still I have been doing some process with the StuG’s. I used a whole evening giving the sideskirts decals. As much as I love the Archer’s dry decals I also hate them. I guess the biggest problem is my fat fingers in combination of making 12 skirts that have to look the same.
Cleaner than ever – I am going to miss Copenhagen’s coolest apartment…
Dry transfers gives a great result, but damn they can be annoying to fit onto the vehicles.
The decal on the StuH 42 is inspired from one used in Italy that had the number 55 written the same place (but in black).
I also gave the vehicles a wash using AK Interactive enamel wash for DAK vehicles. One of the tanks I had either forgotten to spray with satin coat or maybe the surface had become too rough due to bad airbrushing – the result was that the effect of the wash became very dark. I had to re-paint it. I decided to skip the camo, not because of being lazy, I love to paint camo, but to make some difference from the other StuG’s.
Wash done, next step is to paint tracks and tools.
Now I have to paint the tracks, probably the most boring task ever (that or fitting Italeri tracks to a model). After that I will love to add chips and pigments.
(I made this post just to avoid painting tracks – now I have no more excuses… aaargh)
Just a little update: Had a long session with the airbrush this night. Painted 7 StuG’s which took me some hours… They got the dunkelgelb colour last night and today I did the camo. Last thing I did was to give them a Satin Coat so they are ready to get a wash.
The StuG’s are from some different brands. The three late versions are from Plastic Soldier Company, two from Italeri and two from Armourfast (one of them with a 105mm gun, that is actually a StuH 42). Man, those Italeri tracks kills me, it took me four times as long to build those two as it did the four others. Models like this that I just need a lot of I will in the future always, if possible, get as Quickbuilds. But I did in fact use some time on the Armourfast ones too, had to add details that wasn’t there. They are quite simple and you get much more for your cash buying PSC models.
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A terrible model from Caesar, lucky that I was more alert than usually otherwise it would have many errors, I cannot recommend anyone to build it. Figures are as always my loved AB Figures. Hope you like it
This is Sdkfz 10/4 from Caesar Minitatures gave me both joy and frustration to build. Most parts would fit together well but the building instruction was terrible and had several quite big errors, but was also far from precise. I wont say that the plastic is bad, but still quite a few pieces was destroyed when opened the box, worst was the gun that was broken in two, luckily the piece that was broken of was still in the box even though it could easily had been falling out. Other minor parts that was broken of was missing. By checking pictures of the vehicle I could put it together and make it look reasonable, in the it was a fun challenge, but in the future I prefer to choose when I want a challenge instead of getting it because of a bad model. I added the number plate and the tarpaulin on the windscreen, put some ammo boxes in the back to a figure to sit on and added stowage in the front. The figures are AB Figures.
This is my first Diecast models a Panhard 178 for my recce patrols and two Wespes, all from Altaya. There have been some fixing to do before I can paint them, the stowage on the Panhard was really ugly, and when removed they left big holes in the plastic. I have to paint them before I can say if the quality lives up to the rest of my plastic and metal vehicles. None of this vehicles are some that I need very soon, so maybe I only paint the Panhard (have always liked the design of this funny little car) and wait a while with the Wespes.
Behind the diecast models a Marder IIIM from MMS is being assembled, it seems to become a fine model.
Probably a very easy task to paint this 105mm guns from SHQ, but still I have struggled a bit with them, it took me some time to find the right color and the wash didn’t look good at all – so how far they are right now is hard to say, I guess I will give them a dull coat and try to pin wash them one more time, normally I would use satin or clear coat but by using dull coat the enamels will spread out a bit and hopefully I can give the color some depth in this way. After this I will add weathering with pigments.
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Four new Shermans – the liberation of Europe has started…
Most of the stowage are from Goffy, the extra jerry cans are SHQ.
Two Armourfast (to the left) and two Revell.
Showing all seven Shermans that I have painted this last couple of weeks, nice and dusty.
More Shermans to be shoot to pieces by Pak40’s lurking in the boscage. Not long ago I finished the first three and has now painted seven. I started to build three more, but these where M4-A3E8 and didn’t enter service in Europe until December ’44 (I later found out). 2014 will not be the year where I use time on stuff that I cannot use here and now, so those are put back in their boxes and will be there until we enter Germany. I has now ordered some PSC Shermans, that hopefully are here before the weekend.
I actually ordered a really big bunch of stuff this time (I hope my girlfriend doesn’t read this), a box of PSC Sdkfz. 251’s, two Tiger II with Porsche turrets from Trumpeter, a single Sherman M4 also from Trumpeter that will get a Dozer blade, a box of PSC StuG’s, a box of PSC Panthers, two diecast Jagdpanzer IV from Easy Model, two diecast Wespe’s from Altaya, one diecast Panhard 178 also from Altaya and finally a Spitfire and a Typhoon both from Academy… Adding to these I also bought a Dragon Hummel and a box of German Artillery, including a horse tow and two 10,5 guns. After this I only need a few pieces for my US vs. German Normandie missions (it will start all over when I am going to buy vehicles for my unpainted british army).
While I wait I think I will paint these little fellows:
Say hello to Jimmy, Glenn, Bing and Tommy, the noise from them will be sweet music to the infantry fighting their way through the bocage.
After been doing nothing for ages I finally started up again last month. I have been working like I tried to make up for the lost time.
This is what I achieved:
• 1 full US Platoon
• 1 extra US Mortar Team
• 1 US Medic
• 1 German Fallschiermjäger Squad
• 3 US Shermans
• 1 House
• 3 new Terrain Boards
• 3,6 meters of Bocage
That is 53 figures in all. I am usually very slow to paint figures, so 53 figs is a lot for me. Making new terrain boards doesn’t seems to be much, but every board has got two layers of plaster and have been painted several times to get a differentiated surface that I wanted to look like a mix between grass and earth. I have started up doing my houses again which is something that I have longed for. And finally I have started using my airbrush (on the shermans)…
So in all a very productive month, I hope Januar will be as good and something is indicating that it will be. I am soon ready with four new Shermans. When they are done I will go one with three more, the first one I finished assembling this morning and I will start up on the next two tomorrow. The next step will be to paint 6 Armourfast StuG’s and hopefully make some more Fallschiermjägers to bring them up to a full Platoon. There are four US 105mm Artillery pieces together with trucks and gun teams that also would be nice to have ready. I hope to make some more Normandie houses and to keep getting more terrain done: fields made out of Fake Fur, dirt roads and a couple of forrest pieces would be nice.
But if you want to know how fast armies can be built and still keep a really high quality you should check out Piers and his blog: WW20mm
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A teaser of my new terrain. This is showing the first bocage pieces. I ran out of glue and was not able to make more than this few pieces. The boring plain green boards will hopefully be covered up by all kind of terrain pieces.
It feels like I am keeping myself from gaming, always abandon my projects to start new up, paint all my figures all over or trash my old terrain and make some new. Now it is the third time I make new terrain, and almost none of the old can be re-used. But this time I felt it was necessary, my old system of making all designed boards was killing me, too slow process to make new boards, too expensive and would soon have taken up all my space. I have made some clean boards with nothing at all on them and will now start to make terrain pieces that I can move around as I want. It will not be as beautiful as my old boards would have been, but now I feel that I will be able to game more instead of always have to make new terrain. Of course the terrain pieces have to be made, but it doesn’t feel like a hopeless task. I will soon have 3,4 meters of bocage ready – that needs to be doubled up. Then I will do dirt-road pieces, cobblestone streets, river pieces, woods, hills, fields, orchards, fences, stone walls, trenches and so on… The good thing is that I don’t need to have everything ready at once, and soon I will be able to play much bigger games than I have before.
Hopefully I will show lots of new terrain pieces in a near future :-)
Second World War Wargaming
This blog is mostly about making terrain, build and paint tanks and figures for scenarios fought in Western Europe 1943-1945, with a special focus on the Normandy campaign and the following months of fighting. The scale is 1/72 (20mm).