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1/72 – Trumpeter – 07205 – SD Kfz 184 Ferdinand (“Reconnaissance” vignette)

For a long time I wanted to make vignette with a simple plot. Finally, it is true.
About the story of vignette: “before the next attack, the officer explains mission to the crew of spg.”
Ferdinand from Trumpeter. Very high quality model, though rather old.

Going without difficulty. Camouflage took normal for these machines “green grid”.
Machine going without historical reference. This decided not to paint camouflage upper surfaces. I made a gun barrel gray for more contrast.
Color sequence:
1) Dark yellow base.
2) Clarification of the basic yellow.

(MODULATION)
3)first highlights. 60% of the German yellow + 40% white.
4)second  highlights . 20% German 80% yellow + white.
5) Color selection of small details with previous color (with a brush).
6) Fading using oil paints.
7) Painted green camouflage.
8) Two-colored chips. (First white-yellow, then dark brown)
9) Yellow-green filter.
10) Dark brown wash.
11) Dirt and rain streakings.
12) Dirt and Dust using pigments.

These all stages of painting can be seen on the photo.
Figures from ORION.
Good quality castings but very poor quality material. This is my first experience in painting figures, so I learned a lot of methods and techniques focused on the “glazing”. Used for painting art-acrylic.
Stand is made by using plastic flower pot stand. Texture of land  made ​​with plaster.

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Painting steps.

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Trumpeter model available here, Orion figures here.

Something moving in Poland…

Well, as for sure many of you know, this year, 2014, is the 75th anniversary of the start of the Second World War. Considering his start as September 1939, with the German invasion of Poland, although certainly other events preceding this data advocate Europe and World to war.
Is interesting, to have a brief idea, take a look at this Timeline in the WikiPedia.

But for our today’s proposal, we don’t wish to start any controversial, the Second World War started on 1st September 1939, at 4:45 a.m, is not our scope give any history lesson, so if you are interested on this, for sure you can find thousand of references in Internet, with different points of view about the conflict, facts, numbers, consequences and so.

We wish to talk today about a military genre, poorly covered in our favourite scale, 1/72, during decades, The World War II Polish Army, and overall, the early stages of the Second World War, from the invasion of Poland to the ‘Fall Gelb’.

FTFlogoWe will start talking about “First to Fight”, a commemorative publication raised in Poland, which also issue a related 1/72 scale model with each number, they have the support from IBG for the production and by now 5 numbers have been issued:

First to Fight – 05 – Polish TK3
First to Fight – 04 – SdKfz. 265 Panzerbefehlswagen I Ausf. B
First to Fight – 03 – C2P
First to Fight – 02 – Pz.Kpfw. IA
First to Fight – 01 – Polish TKS Light Tankette

And many more are to come, including an infantry figure set, a topic which previously, was only covered by the infamous Hät set, so we expect a lot of this range.
Their quality is good, although they are “fast kits”, and the models issued to the German Army are also very interesting ones. Another fact about this models, is his very cheap price, which make us wonder by an Italeri (ESCI) mould used for decades is so expensive, or Revell, or the worst case, Airfix.

To show how this models looks like, we specially lithe the excellent work done by Artur Wałachowski. To see more, a contest is spotted in the brand site, here.

First to Fight – 02 – Pz.Kpfw. IA - Painted by Artur Wałachowski
First to Fight – 02 – Pz.Kpfw. IA – Painted by Artur Wałachowski

First to Fight – 01 – Polish TKS - Painted by Artur Wałachowski
First to Fight – 01 – Polish TKS – Painted by Artur Wałachowski

At this point we must cite brands such S-Model, already doing a nice effort for early war subjects.
Previous to this one, only RPM have a decent range for the Polish Army.
To end with the scale models, we wish also to mention ACE, who has released a 37mm Polish AT Gun wz.36 and two early French army topics, 3,5t truck AHN and S.A. Mle 1934 25mm anti-tank gun.
So as you can see, the list is slowly growing , and we want more.

scibor-logoSo, with so many model ahead, more figures are needed !!!, while we wait for the First to Fight’s infantry set, some other are taking care of this gap. Scibor Monsterous Miniatures, a well know manufacturer of fine and impressive 28mm fantasy figures, has started an historic line, in 1/35 but also in 1/72 scale, dedicated, by now, only to cover the Polish Army.
By now they have 4 references (in 1/72 scale):

1×72 Polish Officers 1939 Set #1 72HM0008
1×72 Polish TKS Tankette Crew Set #1 72HM0003
1×72 Polish TKS Tankette Crew Set #2 72HM0005
1×72 PolishCKM Wz 1930 with Crew Set #1 72HM0006

In their immediate plans, Polish infantry 1939 and drivers for Polish Fiat 508 and C2P artillery tractor…

Scibor - Wz 1930
Scibor – Wz 1930
Scibor - Polish Officers
Scibor – Polish Officers

Scibor, we want Stanislaw Sosabowski in 1/72 scale !!! It’s indispensable to play a Bridge Too Far game.

And that’s all for today, we want more of this early war coverage, for our taste, operations during the invasion of Poland, also the ones during the operation Fall Gelb, can be very interesting for games, so more Polish, French, Dutch and Netherlands troops are needed !!!
We will keep an eye on further developments by Scibor, and each issue of First to Fight is added to our listing in the database section.

Caesar Multipart Series InBox review. Product codes , 7211, 7213, 7214, 7216, 7217, 7215.

Well, all these new releases by Caesar have been expected as something new in the brand range, and who knows, if something new for the hobby.
We have received six boxes, for the codes 7211, 7213, 7214, 7216, 7217, 7215, the paratroopers box seems to haven’t been released jet.
Note that boxes came marked as 7711, 7713, 7714, 7716, 7717, 7715 codes.

We was happy to unpack the first box…

The first we missed out, was an instruction sheet… the only instructions are in the back box, the same in all the boxes, and four our taste, this is clearly insufficient (at least for us).

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What you get in all these boxes…
All the boxes haves the same format, there are two sprue for the bodies, which came with arms, legs and chest separated in 5 parts. These sprue allow you to built up 16 figures, with any option unless you built up less figures and try to combine parts.
This sprue is different in the six boxes.

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After this, all the boxes have 3 equal sprue with accessories such weapons, ammo pouches, helmets and so, they are enough for the bodies included in the box.
These 3 sprue are the same in the 6 boxes, we have purchased all these references, so we have 18 equal sprue in our hands. Well, we will have a lot of spare parts for other uses, but we think that some variation could be good…

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To see in detail, right click, open link in new tab, and see the full image. You will get 3 of this sprue in any box.

The last in the box are three small sprue with 10 faces and pistol in it, and these sprue also are repeated in all the boxes.. we have 30×6 = 180 faces for 96 figures… once again we think that some variation could be good…

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To see in detail, right click, open link in new tab, and see the full image. Another 3 of this sprue in any box.

Lets go with some figures…
We have chose the 7716 German Panzergrenadiers (in Normandy) box.
Plastic is hard, and it took well our glue (Tamiya plastic cement), you must be careful, this glue can damage smallest parts, and there are a well bunch of small parts.

Built so small figures is not always an easy question, the figures are engineered like Preiser figures, it means that position of the parts is not always clear, specially with arms, all the legs joint the other leg and then the body goes over them, this part is easy but don’t allow much (easy) variation.
As guide, you must take one of the box sides, where you will find the 8 poses of each box. Note than you have some space to variation.
Problems don’t take many time to appear… as always, maybe is my fault, but is impossible to get one Kar 98 decently posed in fire position… so both kneeling figures, well, we haven’t achieve any convincing pose with these. After some tries, we give as lost our first figure..
The prone pose haven’t interest for us… two other figures lost (it’s our personal taste).
Put the weapons in their hands is a common problem, the problem of rigid parts, and the problem of the lack of instructions or concrete suggestions.
We also don’t feel very natural the heads positions, and damage helmets when you cut of the sprue is very easy. Hats works better.

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After some assembly you will need to fill minor gaps. Weapons don’t fit hands in a natural way. These are our first three figures, after lost one.
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Attach to sprue are too tick for so small parts, is easy to damage helmets or other parts. We still have some work to do with these guys, fill gaps, sand imperfects.. You can choose a reasonable bunch of accessories for their backs.
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Comparison with the also new H077 German Soldiers with Tank Raiders, not the best Caesar box, some of the figures looks some flat… about tall as you can see they are fully compatibles.
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We can’t not say this is an excellent figure. A lot of work to achieve this, not recommended for beginners.

Three figures are enough for our first contact, a lot of work must be done to assemble the whole set, and for sure some of the pose will don’t look very natural.

And what about detail…
Well, proportions are good, these sets produces figures totally compatible with previous Caesar releases. Details is correct, but not very crisp, in fact, is difficult to see some details, and it will be worst during painting process…

So what we think…
Mmmmmmmm… we think that buy the 6 boxes have been a wrong decision by us, just one or two boxes it’s enough for us. 😉
You get some spare parts, which can be very useful to complete other figures, to use in vehicles and so, and you can achieve some nice variation combining different accessories in the figures and arms positions + weapons, although they don’t fit always well.
You get a lot of work to put together all the parts.
These are not bad figures at all, but we are not very happy with the way they have been released, with so many sprue equals in all the boxes. More variation in the weapons would be desirable, as panzerchecks, panzerfaust, different MGs.. you get the same in all the boxes.. (no panzerchecks or panzerfaust)

Sincerely, we expected some more of Caesar.  We don’t feel that these boxes beat the Preiser standard, and of course, they are thousand miles away of a 28mm multipart set.  What do you think ?

InBox Review – BUM – 2053 – Canadian Trappers, Summer.

The first box for the trappers was this one, the BUM – 2053 – Canadian Trappers, Summer.

You get several items in this box, as follows.

5 Summer trappers figures. + 1 Dog.
6 Indians figures.
1 Vivac
1 Bridge
1 Barbecue
1 Chart

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The Indian figures have a good sculpture level, but unfortunately they are not so well cast, there are some flash around the mold line, so they will need many work to clean them, also they aren’t cast in the same material than trappers, and this one is not so easy to work with knife. This six figures have been seen in many of the “The Last of the Mohican’s” series.

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The Vivac have been seen in the 2054 Review, as this box is bigger this time it not comes cut.

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The bridge is a basic resin piece, not the best in the BUM range, but it can be useful for gaming.

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The best in the box are the Trappers figures, no flash, no plastic excess, no mould lines. They are very nice figures.

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The Chart is also a nice piece, it comes in three parts, the chart plus the wheels. All is well cast, the wooden pattern is present in both sides of the chart.

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Our two preferred figures in the box.

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The barbecue, although is a nice piece, came broke in our box. It can be repaired, but it will take some time to you.

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Material used for the figures is quite soft, this would be and odd for some modelers, who prefer hard plastics, but this material took good glue and can be worked with knife in a very easy way.

The two six Indians can be found in other boxes of the “Last of the Mohicans” series, the vivac also can be fount in the other Trappers box, but the rest of the box is exclusive.

Many Thanks to Francisco German (BUM) who has sent us this box for review.

Inbox Review – BUM – 2054 – Canadian Trappers, Winter.

Together with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police BUM released two boxes for trappers. Here we go with the second of them, the BUM – 2054 – Canadian Trappers, Winter.

In this box you get:
6 Winter trappers figures.
1 Dogsled + 2 dogs.
1 Vivac (Our copy came broke, although usable)

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The vicac is a basic resin piece, but usable and well cast. The two mast came cut at the base height to avoid damage during transport.

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The trappers are the big value of this box, figures are well cast, no sign of flash or mould lines neither plastic excess.

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This time, the dogsled came without driver and only with 2 dogs.

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The figure below is specially beautiful for our taste.

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Material used for the figures is quite soft, this would be and odd for some modelers, who prefer hard plastics, but this material took good glue and can be worked with knife in a very easy way.

The two dogs and the vivac can be found in other boxes of the series, but the rest of the box is exclusive.

Many Thanks to Francisco German (BUM) who has sent us this box for review.

Inbox Review – BUM – 2050 – Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Parade and Yukon uniforms.

Our second review is for the BUM – 2050 – Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Parade and Yukon uniforms.

This is the first box of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Box, you will find the following inside:

3 Figures (Two in parade uniform)
7 Dogs (six are for the gosled)
1 Dogsled
1 Resin Base

The first time in our hobby that these well know men have been depicted.

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Figures haves sharp detail and are well cast, there aren’t mould lines, flash or plastic excess in any of them.

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The dogsled with the full six dog team is a very beautiful feature of the box.

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You get one extra dog, without carriage.

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The resin base is maybe no the best we have seen in BUM range, it’s intended for display the dogsled, there are footprints for the dogs, so in order to uses it, you must cut of dogs of their bases, not a hard work with this kind of plastic.

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To do a nice vignette with this base it will need some work and some complements.

Material used for the figures is quite soft, this would be and odd for some modelers, who prefer hard plastics, but this material took good glue and can be worked with knife in a very easy way.

The man driving the dogsled and the dogs itself can be found in other boxes of the series, but the rest of the box is exclusive.

Many Thanks to Francisco German (BUM) who has sent us this box for review.

Inbox Review – BUM – 2052 – Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Finally we have found time and light enough to take pictures to some BUM boxes that we have since several weeks ago.
The first is the BUM – 2052 – Royal Canadian Mounted Police, an original subject never done before, where you will find the following content:

A dogsled with 6 dogs.
A lodge.
9 Figures, (one of them casted in the dogsled)

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The lodge came in 4 parts, all are nice and clean cast.

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All the parts fits well, you must do some work with one of the doors side, but nothing hard.

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The figure in the dogsled is pretty nice and well cast, there are any evidence of flash or mold lines in any of the figures.

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As you can see in the pictures all figures haves sharp detail.

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Material used for the figures is quite soft, this would be and odd for some modelers, who prefer hard plastics, but this material took good glue and can be worked with knife in a very easy way.
The resin used for the lodge is very hard.

The man driving the dogsled and the dogs itself can be found in other boxes of the series, but the rest of the box is exclusive.

Many Thanks to Francisco German (BUM) who has sent us this box for review.

Strelets M012 Military Order Warriors

After the First Crusade, Military orders was raised to protect the way to Holly Land, and the Holly Land itself. They were not only the biggest Christian force overseas, their power grow to become some of them in great forces in the continent, which some times caused
suspiciousness and problems with Kings and Feudal Lords.

There a good mix of clothes and weapons, including leather armours, coat of mail and different helmets and shields, which seems to be quite correct.

Shields are quite big for battle, even one of the figures have a Pavise, more common to see on archers or crossbowman.

The box haves 48 figures in 12 poses (4 equal sprue). Around a 1/3 of the figures are kneeling, so it’s a good set to depict a wall standing for a charge. Sculpture style is the usual of Strelets, sometimes not compatible with other makers, but detail is shape.

Figures haven’t flash, all the separate parts (just a few) fit quite well, although spears quality is not the best.

Step by Step – How to Make Medieval Pavise (1/72nd scale)

They are available in Sets like Miniart’s French Foot Soldiers with Rams or Zvezda’s French Infantry of the Hundred Years War..but they come unpainted, there´s too few of them, and I’m too lazy to spend hours straining my eyes to paint them ( they wouldn’t turn out well anyway ).

So..I came up with this;

1. First up..tools etc. wood-glue (not in pic) Scissors, sharp-blade, cocktail stick, Thin cardboard, wood-grain and shield pattern printouts. The wood-grain and shield patterns I got of the web..and re-sized…there are tons of them about but look out for copyright.

2. Slice the cocktail-stick in half (lengthways) and place on the glue smeared cardboard surface. It´s best to leave a bit of the cocktail-stick sticking out as you´ll see later.

3. Cut the shield pattern out leaving a decent edge all around and place as near as possible with the center of the shield over the cocktail-stick, which will form the central rib. You have to make sure that about half a cm at the top of the shield is stuck just to the cardboard. The little bit of the cocktail stick that is poking out the bottom can be used to align or push/pull the rib into position. Using your finger nails, push the paper pattern firmly onto the rib and the backing. Turn the whole thing over and apply the wood-grain pattern , making sure that the grain is properly aligned. You can check this by holding the shield up to the light.

4. Let everything dry and cut out. I´ve found, that to remove the sticking out bit of cocktail stick it´s best to use a sharp blade. The shield now looks like this;

5. With the edge of the nib from a marker ( I forgot to put it in the top pic!!! 😀 ) colour in the edges. I´ve used brown, but red would look nice as well 😀 (I certainly won´t get any work as a “Hand model” :-D)

6. Lay the shield along the marker pen and with your thumb press down. This gives the shield it´s final curved shape.

7. A stand can be made using a paper staple. Simply make a hole up behind the paper on the back of the Pavise, insert the staple (with a bit of PVA) glue) let it dry, bend it to the angle required and cut to length.

I hope this little how to is useful and obviously this can be used for making 28mm Pavise and probably would allow a lot more detail.

Coates & Shine Set 8154 Indian Infantry IV BC

As many other ancient armies, Ancient Indian ones was mostly composed by infantry men. Forgotten by history, these men taken from the lower social caste, fight against Alexander the Great, but also joint him after Poros defeat, in Hidaspes battle.

Most of the Indian infantry was formed by archers and spear-men, well represented in the set. They used bamboo bows almost so tall as they was. Arrows were carried in large baskets in their back.

Some figures wear leather protection on chest, identifying them as heavy infantry. Armour was very uncommon in those armies, not so much as the set represent.

Second Row second figure is a “wild tribesmen auxiliary”. They usually works as archers without sword and he is the only depicted in the set.

Figure wearing feathers is mountain-men. The only difference is the absence of sword, and also is the only figure depicting these men.

The most interesting figure here is the Female Guard member. After Chandragupta Maurya king these guards was very common. Although is not sure is they fought in the battle field, is a nice detail on the set.

Clothes and weapons are well depicted here, although some variations could occur varying geographical zones and periods, figures are enough generic to cover quite well the subject.
Sculpture quality looks like all the Ancient India range by Coates & Shine. They are some flat figures, but flash is non-existent.

About the paint you can take a look to our other worked Indian sets, such Chariots and War Elephants..

You can find this set taking a look at our utility here..

HaT El Cid Spanish Infantry (8176)

The El Cid range along with the corresponding Moors is in my opinion, one of HaT`s better ranges. Historically, they represent the period well and as the styles of dress,weapons were pretty generic across Europe at the time they can be recruited into a Norman army, and some of the light infantry as Saxons. They are made of soft plastic, well sculpted and there is very little flash, although, due to the softness of the plastic, removal of any flash can be a bit difficult, as it just bends away from the blade. Scalpel / modelling knives, although sharp are not really thin enough for the job so I recommend using a razor blade, which needs cutting to a point to enable you to get in all the small corners. I also advise using a razor blade when cutting this type of plastic during converting the figures.

The set consists of 96 figures, which comes on four sprue of 24, divided into heavy and light infantry types. There are 8 heavy infantry poses and 8 light infantry poses, which means a few of the poses are repeated 8 times within the set.

All 16 poses

Some of the light infantry after head transplants

 

The same, heavy infantry part of the set, painted up as their northern “neighbours”, the Normans. A pretty versatile set…useful as Normans, Iberians or early crusaders.

A couple of the heavy infantry painted as Normans and stood alongside the Strelets Norman infantry.

The one really big difference between the HaT and the Strelets figures, the HaT ones have their shields held to the left or right sides of their bodies….the Strelets ones have them held forward. When the two sets are combined this has an advantage. The Strelets figures can be used to form the front part of the shield wall, the Hat Figures can be used to form protection to the left and right flanks. Combine this with a few of the figures from the Strelets Norman infantry on the march set to fill out the rear and you have a pretty decent looking battle line. The bottom photo shows 21 figures on a 12cm by 8cm Impetus wargames sized base.

If you are looking for this set, try our utility to find it at best prices.

Caesar World war two British Commandos 1/72 pt1.

Hello all,

Here is some work I did a year ago on Caesars World war two British commandos. The commandos were set up by Winston Churchill after Dunkirk to let Hitler and the British public know that they were still in the war. They were to launch raid on Nazi occupied Europe from Norway to Greece. The men were recruited from the army and the Royal marines to undergo specialized training in unconventional warfare and sabotage. Most of this training was conducted up in the rugged Scottish highlands.

This is the first new set of commandos in about twenty years so it has a lot to do with why I like them so much. They are a great rival for the old classics like the Airfix and Matchbox set. I believe the Matchbox set might be re issue in the future but do not quote me on that. The ESCI/Italeri blokes are still on the market and are well worth looking at for the earlier period of the war.

I have always been a big fan of Caesar figures, with there multi part moulding giving them more lively poses and better sculpting and detailing. This has dropped a little on the newer modern figures weapons and they do suffer from bent weapons but this is nothing that some boiling water could not sort out.

This set is aimed at the latter stages of the war and could even be used for the SAS as well. This figures would not look out of place fighting along side Partisans or the resistance in Northern France or Northern Italy. This set is screaming out for lots if head swaps and conversion with the Caesar world war two British army set to increase both sets. The same could be said for the ESCI infantry and commandos as well.

I believe that this set contains some of the best 1/72 poses on the market today. This is one of them,

The image if a soldier truding his way through the Scottish highlands on a training march was the idea behind this photo,

I will go in to detail in part two of this post on how I made this diorama base, but it was intended for another set of figures and a different war all together. All in all I am chuffed with these figures even if the wooly hat is the wrong colour and the smock is a bit iffy.

The set is easy to find in Ebay and many stores.

 

 

Fredericus-rex Medieval Trebuchet + Crew

This is a big Siege weapon, the kit measures H: 11cm´s W: 12cms L: 18cm´s, an impressive piece for any 1/72nd medieval army.

The kit, laser cut Balsa-wood and card comes with full and easy to follow instructions. The only part of the kit that is not wood or card is the sling which is made of resin. The kit can be painted with Acrylics (oils are recommended) and I just sloshed it on. This kit got 4 separate layers of paint added and absolutely no ill affects. The walls of the bucket (counterweight) being very thin, warped with the first layer of paint but went back to their original flat condition after a minute or so.

The kit fits together really easily, all that´s needed are scalpel, tweezers, and wood-glue.

TIPS
I recommend painting up ALL the parts before fitting, as when it´s put together it would be IMHO pretty fiddly to get into all the corners in order to paint them. The ladder. In the instructions it shows fitting the rungs in one go, they come on a sort of comb but it is impossible to get all the rungs lined up with the holes so I cut off every rung from the “sprue” and fitted them individually, lining them up by laying the ladder on it´s back and using two CD boxes pushed up from left and right. I dripped Revell’s liquid contact glue onto the ladder to “plastify” it and make it stronger. (I recommend doing this in a well aired place due to the fumes)
The Nylon thread provided is white..so I put it in a cup of hot water, added two old teabags and a teaspoon of instant coffee powder and left it for 1/2 an hour.

Here it is pictured with the trebuchet fron Minihistory

THE CREW

Sculpted by Markus Eckmann and available from Fredericus-rex, this set can be used for not just catapults and trebuchets but as hand-workers, labourers etc. I really like the style of these sculpts..all very natural looking (the one picking his nose 😀 ) and I hope Markus adds expands the range.

There are seven metal figures in the set, a “stretcher” for carrying a catapult ball (also included) and a sledge hammer (for banging in posts or knocking-out the firing pin on any throwing device they might be the crew of) Size wise they fit to virtually every available set of 1/72nd mediaevals.

Here they are with their trebuchet..also from Fredericus-rex.

and here with a mangonel from Zvezda

 

Zvezda Medieval Peasant Army (Set 8059)

The peasants are revolting!!!! (And they smell a bit as well :-D) A very useful set which can be used to cover a wide range of the medieval period. The box art (front) claims them to be for the 13th to 14th (XIII _ XIV) centuries, the back for the 13th to the 15th centuries (XIII – XV) and the insert for the 16th century. All a bit confusing but the set fits well to any of these periods so no real problem. There are twelve main poses and if you use every figure in the set you will get a small army of 42 figures. Of the twelve poses, three are are “command” figures and come on a separate sprue. The “command” group consists of, one figure holding a sword, shield and wearing a cuirass (breastplate) ..all items a rarity among the peasantry so this figure has to be the “Boss”. The next “command” figure holds a burning torch and a Falchion, also a rare weapon for the peasantry but not unlikely. The last figure is one holding a ole..on the end of which a head has been stuck!!! Judging by the heads haircut it looks like it belonged to an upper-class person..most probably a knight

The set contains only one “odd” pose, that of a man running whilst brandishing a cudgel. Whilst the general pose is ok..the fact that he is looking down seems pretty odd.

Flash is very minimal although there is a bit of “spare” plastic in places but this is still a very useful and dynamic set.

All twelve poses that are supplied in the set.
The slinger pose converted to a staff slinger as is the head on a stick pose
The running cudgel man with leg swaps and one of the "advancing with pole-arm" converted to a crossbow man
man with flail (far right) converted to standard bearer and an "arrow catcher"
The archer pose (far right) converted using an arm from the Zvezda english 100yrs war infantry
A few other conversions (I´ve forgotten from which other poses)
A couple of fun conversions (Mules from Atlantic sets)

 
The set is available through out utility here.
 

8265 HAT WWII American Tank Riders

 

My latest collaboration: Hät’s WWII American Tank Riders.

Set haves 4 equal sprue, with 9 soldiers and 2 (tank) drivers each. One of the soldiers have a bazooka and other a heavy machine gun. There is also a man carrying munition for the bazooka and one officer wearing binoculars. All the figures are one part, except one, which haves an option for an arm, wearing an automatic or semi-automatic weapon.

The sprue comes in a soft green plastic, but they almost haven’t mould lines neither flash, detail is better than many other Hät’s sets and they have been a pleasure to paint, so i hope this brand will be giving us good surprises in future, although they must change the plastic by a harder one some day.

The figure with the arm option will need some putty to seal the join.

Here there are the figs before to paint work. Due to the soft plastic the best work to put them ready to paint isn’t work with a drill, just heat a needle and then pin the figure by the rear zone 🙂

Blackened zones are due the “needle” technique to remove the mould lines, also based in hot a needle and pass them over the mould line, but be careful, a too hot needle could damage the figure, so try it before in a sprue part to get the feeling. Then figures have been primed with Chaos Black spray by form Citadel.

Right top stand up figure isn’t from this set. It’s an Italeri ones.

Figure paint is quite basic, based in the base colour – wash – highlight technique.

Helmets and Bazooka: Olive Drab -889 Vallejo Model Color.

Jacket: U.S. Green – 893 Vallejo Model Color.

Trousers and helmet’s straps: A 1:1 nix of Scorched Brown/Graveyard Earth Citadel

Straps: Khaki Brown- 988 Vallejo Model Color.

Boots, Leather jacket (tank drivers) and weapons’ wooden: 50/50 Scorched Brown/bestial Brown (Citadel). Jacket have been highlighted using some red.

Flesh: Tallarn Flesh Citadel.

Once dried, a wash with Devlan Mud have been applied. A highlight with original base colours is recommended to clear the result.

A useful and nice set which you can find here..

 

Zvezda WWII German Paratroops 6136 1/72

Hello all,

I swore I would never fall for the Zvezda con of 4 figures for £3 but I have! So far there are not really one great set of Fallschirmjäger, all have various problems like missing magazines, size issues to barrels being pointed into the ground (I still love that old ESCI set though).

This set contains four multi part figures that fit well together that only requires a little filler. No flash to speak of and hardly any mould lines to combat. It is such a shame that this isn’t a larger set and no signs of expanding it.

It comes with a larger base or movement tray as I think it is called in the war gaming world, or these individual bases. The best thing for me is the fact that they come not attached to any base’s because the normal Zvezda plastic is Farley hard to remove and I fear for me fingers with that blade!

The figures appear to be from the early half of the war which makes a change from the late Normandy/Italian campaigns. I decided to try and steer away from the Luftwaffe blue which always spark the argument that they never jumped in it and used the more traditional field grey trousers and helmet. I can see their point about camouflage but the other side is the blue does look good.

I want to try and paint some figures from the Operation “Mercury” Crete landings. Out came the Osprey men-at-arms book which is always a good fall back when some one moans about the wrong colour shoelaces or whatever, you just say I copied straight from the book!

I started by painting the jump smock a light grey with a light wash of Vallejo grey green. Then the helmet and trousers a field grey colour. Then looking at the book it showed them with sand coloured helmets so out came the Iraqi sand. I was hoping to get away without painting camo smocks but they do look better with a splash of colour. I could not resist at least one bit of Luftwaffe blue to creep in so one helmet got the treatment.

The base’s are already built for these blokes and are primed ready to be painted, so in time they will be peering around corners wait for the defenders of Crete to return fire. All in all I would say the Zvezda figure sets are getting better the the first offering.

The set is available through our Ebay utility here.

 

HAT 8180 Gardner Gun.

Here I bring you the latest work that I have done. It’s the 8180 HAT Miniatures reference that brings us a set dedicated to the British colonial wars. This set shows a Gardner gun of the Royal Navy which could be installed both on a ship and on land.

The Set includes four of these guns with support for ships or wheels to be used on the ground. It comes with two gunners, an officer, and three sailors with rifle. Likewise, it also includes three additional heads wearing the typical sailor hat, if you want to represent them by shooting from a boat.

The material of which it is made is the typical HAT soft plastic to which we are accustomed, which has given me more than one problem, taking me even having to replace and remodel parts in the assembly. Modelling in the Canyon is decent, but the soldiers is nothing short of horrible especially in the faces and the sables. It exasperate me so much that I decided to paint them as they were, rather than lose a big amount of time in remodelling the non-existent faces, good luck for us, with the hats they are hardly visible.

Paint (Base colour):

Hat / edge of the scarf / pants: white.

Jackets: Dark blue.

Wood rifle and boots: brown

Barrel guns and pistol: Boltgun Metal.

Skin: Tallarn Flesh.

To paint them has been simple, just I have applied the base colour over black primer colour, then I applied a layer of Devlam Mud and after drying, I applied a light with the same tone of the base colour. The figure does not deserve more effort, because although it is a good acquisition for the cheap and the quantity, the quality offered does not give satisfaction in the painted.

I recommend you to change wheel and barrel joints by metal bolts.

Even so, if you want to form a Colonial army is a good acquisition which you can buy here.

RedBox Gangsters (72036)

RedBox sometimes gets a bit of bad press for it´s sculpting but not from me. They come out with some pretty original ranges and subject matter, and this set (along with the “sister” Policemen and citizens) is no exception. My only complaint about the set is the flash. Virtually every figure had some flash and a couple were virtually “buried” in it. Still, with a fine scalpel and a bit of time this is quickly dealt with and the figures appear in a much better light. They may be a bit stumpy in thiestatures but this gives them a sort of ulp / Comic book style which is IMHO a real attraction of this set. The clothing is all okay, not 100% historically correct but the impression of 1930´s – 40´s gangsters, molls and Heavies is well represented.

The cars are Dinky / Matchbox and from my own collection aquired from fleamarkets / bootsales. Some of them are re-painted along the lines of the Henry Ford´s saying “You can have it any color you like, as long as it’s black.”

Bugsy and the boys
Bonnie and Clyde
A Moll and Street Thugs
A new one on me...Knuckle dusters in 1/72nd scale!
Machinegun kelly and friend

 

Set is available through our Ebay utility

 

Zvezda 8032 Medieval Heavy Bombard

This set contains a monster of a siege gun…what in real life would be a 600mm cannon or Bombard. The kit consists of a 7 man crew and comes with a hillock cast out of hard plastic onto which the gun can be placed and behind it the wooden buttresses that would have absorbed the Bombards massive recoil. There are some accessories, a hinged wooden shield, some wicker fencing and wooden panels which are intended to be added in front off and to either side of the Bombard to form a protective screen for the crew. Also included are two barrels, two sacks, two buckets, 3 cannon (Bombard) balls, a big wooden hammer and a ramrod.

The crew are not really a crew interacting with the gun as such..they appear to be getting on with moving things about in the main except one who is holding the ram and the ” gunner” who is giving out orders, but they fit well with their “monster” cannon.

The only complaint I can come up with is the defensive fence pieces. The moveable shield is fine but it is when the others are attached to the mound. The wooden mantelets seem to “perch” on the mound and the wicker fences reach out into nothing, leaving a huge space underneath.

To overcome this, I glued the mound onto a slightly bigger base and built the side around it up with layers of sand and wood-glue mix until there was enough area to place the fences with a realistic amount of space and not have them hanging in space.

The set is available through our utility at Ebay.

1/72 – Airfix 01720 – Robin hood

No longer released by Airfix, but by HaT, this has to be one of the most useful 1/72nd sets of medieval figures going.

It can be used to create not only Robins merry men but a revolting peasant army, generic levy troops, men operating siege equipment or just peasants standing about to fill, say a jousting scene.

The original plastic used by Airfix was a bit harder than that used by HaT. Although I have none in my collection (the figures pictured are all original Airfix products) I have seen the new HaT reproduction figures and the plastic used seems to leave a lot more flash than their 30 plus year old counterparts. This could also be down to the mould being old, but the softer plastic figures are certainly better than none, and as the original Airfix ones age, they can suffer from “plastic rot”..the plastic becoming brittle.

The original set still is easy to found, take a look here.
Hät’s new one is less abundant, but still available.

Each of the individual figures in the set, without repeats

And now…a couple of conversions! 😀

Conversions of the same figure headswops and new weapons for the 1st two. The one on the far right has had an arm from the Italeri´s english knights and archers set added, hood made from toilet paper, bow, a bent piece of wire.
Another 3 conversions of the same figure. Swap the head and that would make 6 new poses.
With a bit or arm twisting, swapping of weapons for pins as spears you can create more variety.
far left, a gunner firing a cannon, middle, head-swap and halberd from a Zvezda set, far right head-swap and a bit of green stuff (putty) and another gunner is created.


 

Italeri medieval Tournament / Challenge

These are among my favourite 1/72nd medieval sets. The sculpting is top class The range of figures and the extras included in the set portray a day out at the joust without any additions from other sets.

The standing figures.

I really can´t find anything to fault with them. The multi part knights fit together exceptionally well with no trace of any joins. The embossed designs are finely done as are the folds in the clothes and the armour.

The Lords and ladies
The knights. The one on the far left hasn't lost the end of any sort of weapon. It is a basic pole arm without any sort of point.
The Heralds, a gaurd and a referee
As I said..the sculpting detail is top class...the faces are wonderful

The mounted Knights.

The one thing that I noticed as I was painting them…..the lances can only be attached so that they end up facing outwards to the right. This is of course wrong as they should point to the left across the horses neck, on the shield side of the knight and across the dividing wall towards the opponent.

This can be altered by cutting the knight away from his seat and turning the body but as I noticed it, it was too late.

Still, they are lovely sculpts with some great details.

The four horsemen. The Cheques are lightly moulded onto the horses which makes painting them easier.
Some of the detail is very small but very well done

The Extras

With the medieval Tournament set you get a set of 3 wooden walls to separate the knights when they are jousting and a observers stand.

The Medieval Challenge set comes with a ruined church, a set of fences, a Quintain, some standards and water-slide transfers. I only used the Ruin and the fences.

The lords and ladies "under cover"
I've left the roof unglued so the figures can be removed. For a bit of extra colour I've added a tapestry of a hunting scene.
The fences and wooden walls. I´ve altered the fences so that they form a continuous stretch of fencing rather than the "S" form
The abandoned church. Even here the sculpting is very well done. The stonework is excellent

And finally, all of the bits together!!

If you still haven’t this set, there are two ways to get these beautiful figures. The Italeri 6108 Medieval Tournament which also comes with sets of figures for the 100 Years’ War, and the Italeri 6109 Medieval Challenge, which only comes with the Tournament elements, without 100 Years’ war sets.

Zvezda WWII Soviet naval infanty 1/72 (6146).

Hello all,

I would like to start by wishing everyone a happy new year and then say thanks for being invited to post on this great blog with people who can paint a hell of a lot better than me! I just hope my stuff is up to standard, I can get away with my shoddy work on my own blog.

I do not normally buy the Zvezda art of tactics infantry sets out of principle. Paying for only four plastic soldiers nearly the same price for a full set is a bit of a con (however good they are). The gun sets are great value for money and have a few gem’s there.I had to make an exception with this set though because I have a soft spot for unusual sets and these fit the bill. I know Pegasus have done a set of Soviet naval infantry but not in what appears to be summer dress.

The figures are up to the normal Zvezda high quality by using multi part figures to give a good three dimensional look to them. The poses are great especially the bloke kneeing down throwing the grenade, a great touch I think.There is a good level of detail on the figures like the ammo belts, I decided not to try and paint every round on every belt because I would still be there now!

The only down sides to these lads are the fact that they do not have the scarf thingy (forgive me but I was in the army not the navy) like the Pegasus set have.This could be sorted out with a bit of “green stuff” but I am not too sure if it would have been worn in combat, if anyone knows different please, please let us know.

The other problem was the fit of the parts. It say’s on the box “snap fit” but I found it very difficult to get them to fit, so out came a knife and super glue and surprise surprise they fitted! I am sure someone who knows what they are doing will get them to fit better than me but it worked.

I will look at getting the Soviet sappers and recon team just because they are something different and I have a plan in mind for them in a small diorama so watch this blog. All in all a good investment that will be put to good use in the future.

 
As always remember you can find this beautiful set at best prices through our Ebay utility searcher, here.

Airfix 01746 – Waterloo British Artillery

Hard to believe that this set came out in 1972!!! The 14 man crew, 2 guns and limber, all go to make a gun in action and one being towed. The following figures are from my private collection and are painted in Acrylics by my own fair hands 😀

It is one of Airfix´s better sets..although for the serious Napoleonic collector there are a few errors.

The guns...Why did they add rivets to the wheels!!? Apart from that the guns are accurate representations of 6-pdrs (?), even down to having small ammo boxes attached to the axle to the left and right of the barrel. The barrel doesn´t clip or peg into position but it simply lays on the trunions. This means if it were to be used for wargaming, the barrel needs to be glued or pinned to the carriage.

The gun carriage ( Limber) ..It has the correct number of six horses but they are not connected to each other although the one rear horse is attached to the limber and addition of traces isn´t impossible (see photos of the based set)

The Crew…Apart from the guy with the two buckets who seems a pretty odd pose and is therefore getting entangled with his scabbard, the whole crew look busy and engaged with the job in hand. Uniforms, of both crew and riders is correct. One notable point. The officer is holding his telescope with BOTH hands, which is correct. Most other telescope using figs seem to believe they have pirate ancestry and hold it with one hand.

This was at the time and still is a lovely set…and still the best representation of the Napoleonic RHA in plastic. It is however hard to acquire these days but it is well worth hunting down.

The figures and equipment painted but not based

The pictures have made the blue look a bit too light blue…

The painted figures..Based

I have added traces to the Limber and horses
The gun barrels have no holes to represent the bores. I´ve painted the "hollow" effect in.


You can try to find the set here.

Italeri 6068 German Elite Troops – Revell 02584 German Mechanized Infantrymen

Italeri Set 6068 German Elite Troops & Revell Set 02584 German Mechanized Infantrymen



This set was first issued by Italeri and then it also was issued by Revell.

Most poses looks quite correct, except the man firing the Panzerfaust and the mortar one. All seems to be equipped for winter time.

Wrong position to fire a Panzerfaust :).

Clearly, set is designed for late war years, showing several MP43/StG44 and high differences in equipment. Most of the soldiers don’t wear all the equipment and many of them have wrong position for the shale and canteen.


Overall set is quite well sculpted, maybe the worst figure is the mortar one, a bad base and just one server.

You must correct the angle of some MG0’s bipod, which have been rotated because mould problems, but it’s not a hard task.

Paint Guide.

·Coats: Base coat WWII German Field-grey (Vallejo), Devlan Mud (Citadel) washed and then highlight again with German Field-grey.

·Trousers: Basecoat German Grey (Vallejo), Devlan Mud washed, highlighted with Green Grey (Vallejo).

·Camouflage: Middle brown base coat, dark green dotted, the light olive green and latest dark yellow. You can wash it with Devlan Mud.

·Metal on weapons: Dry brush Oyl Steel (Vallejo) and Babab Black washed.

·Bazooka y Panzerfaust: Tausept Ocre (citadel) and Devlan Mud washed.

 

About the bases you can take a look here.

A very interesting set, you can buy it here (Italeri Box), and here (Revell Box).

Strelets Roman market

All I can say about this set from Strelets (comissioned by and exclusive to Linear-b) is that it is superb. The variety of poses, the sculpting and subject matter are excellent. There is very very little flash to deal with and the figures themselves are attached to the sprue mainly by their bases which means very little carefull knife work when detaching them.

street scene using one of my old roman scratch built houses
The Slave traders and their "wares" The one sitting comes seperately from the small gold laden table in front of him.
Traders. Not quite the butcher, baker and candlestick maker but Baker, potters and the butcher
A couple more traders. The bread maker. The cloth trader and cobbler. The bread maker comes with the table and if you look closely you can see that the cobbler has a nail in his left hand.
The rest of the set. Buyers. The arrogant stance of the paired figures....great stuff. The guy bidding..not only does he appear a bit annoyed but he seems to be indicating his annoyance with the all to familiar two fingers ;-D The last fig...this is IMHO the only small mistake in the set...the size of the goose´s head!!!!!

This is a wonderfull set that can be used for street scenes, camp scenes or to add to the two roman transport set.

Did I mention street scenes???? Here´s a couple more 😀

Remember that this set is exclusive for Linear-B

1/72 Hät 8179 Gatling Gun

1/72 HaT 8179 Gatling Gun

This work have been included in the Hat’s contributions page.

I love the colonial age… don’t know why.
These guys are my first colonial paint work, so they would be considering as a test painting.

The first mistake, the red coats’ trouser, which are too blue. Although there are some variants for these guys none is so blue, you can choose a dark blue as the royal artillery, a very light blue or a sand colour, but not so blue as i did.

Second mistake is the use of red coats and sand uniforms, these guns were allways crewed by the royal artillery guys, which worn a dark blue, but a for a test painting i wants to try these colours too.

Probably there are some other mistakes, figures has cuffs but i didn’t paint them in all the teams, as i haven’t see pictures of the royal artillery with cuffs in other colour.

About the guns itself i also paint one green, which is not correct, seems that all was painted in some blue.

About the set, we only can say that you get 4 Gatling gun fully crewed by just some Euro, i reserved one gun for the ACW project, although i must remade the munitions barrel. All the set is Ok, gun parts fit quite well, and there are a lot of figures which can be useful for other sets/uses. The only odd for my taste is the figure who stands close to the wheels, his pose only allows this usage and sculpture is quite strange, too big shoulders. Maybe he is just a very strong man.

Paint Guide:
Sandy: Vallejo Iraqui Sand + “Quick Shade”.
Red Coats: Vallejo 70957 Flat Red + Unknown Citadel Blue (Sorry, i don’t remember which one i used) + “Quick Shade”.
Royal Artillery: Vallejo 70925 Intense Blue + Citadel Black Wash.
Used in all the figs, white, Citadel Snake Bit leather, Gold and silver colours.

The novelty for this work is that i used The Army Painter “Quick Shade” Medium tone for the Red Coats and Sandy ones, and i quite happy with this product. The only odd is that you must use matt varnish after use the “Quick Shade” as it is terribly brightness, but it shades quite well over a lot of colours, most for light or brightness colours, such sandy, red, light “all” and so. Is curious how it works with the varnish, brightness go off, but also they look less shadowed after varnish… i don’t know… i will try this product for next works, we will see, but by the moment i like it more than Vallejo or Citadel washes.
I must said i didn’t use the “dip” method, i brushed the product, and you must carefully clean the brush after it, as product is more like a varnish than a wash. The other question concerning this product is that it took an eternity to dry, if you use it in the afternoon you could forget the figures until the next day. Also, and i don’t know why, this products works quite bad if you try to highlight figures with dry bush after apply it, so it demands other way to work: Base colour – Highlight – Quick Shade, while i usually use Wash – Highlight.

I hope you like it.

Buy unbuild and unpainted this excellent set here.

Coates & Shine 8143 Indian Chariot (Hät 8143)

Chariots were introduced by Aryans in the middle of 2nd BC century, and they were permanently used by the southern kingdoms while northern kingdoms were too mountain to use them. In this age Indian was a convulse territory with a lot of kingdoms fighting between them. Chariots were usually riding by noble men and was often used to charge against infantry formation to spread them as cavalry do. They also have an important physiologic component, see a two or four horse chariot charging against you… well…

Hät set comes with three teams of two horse chariots, they are well designed, better than the box illustration, which shows two lower lateral parts. You also get three men for each chariot, a driver, an archer and a noble men. They comes with a base, so can be useful for other things. Set also comes with some “estrange” extras, an elephant rider and an infantry man who can be used as crew instead of one of the above mentioned or you can reserve it for future uses as i did :). Set also comes with a beautiful umbrella which i used with the elephant set. As the mast is too soft i replaced it.

Maybe this figures looks to tick, but i like this style. Although the poses looks a bit strange in a first sigh they take a better appearance once they are put together in the chariot. Maybe you want to remove the base, but be careful with feet, cut this very soft plastic can achieve a disaster ! They fit tight even without bases so i prefer to don’t this.

Figures are quite well detailed and even if they are soft plastic the chariot parts fits very well, even without glue.

Paint

This time i used a different combination for the Indian skin, they are black primed and a layer of Khemri Brown. Washed with Devlan Mud and two lighting coats, one with Khemri Brown and second with a mix of Bleached bone and Khemri Brown.

Horses aren't the best, maybe you may replace it with some of the spare box.

For the horses i used Scorched Brown as base coat, washed with Devlam Mud, highlighted with Bestial Brown. Belts in red, straps also in red, they are made with slim wire (from loaf :)). Put them prior to painting, they need to drill, i recommend to drill a bit tick than the wire is.

Brown have been used for the chariot with some red, orange white and metal, not the best painting, but, it is for the battle field, not for a contest 😀

Although always there are different opinions about Hät quality or style this one is a quite well engineered set and easy to built. This one completes the Hät’s ancient Indian sets with infantry, cavalry, elephants and chariots, what more do you want ? ;).

Even the odds it is a cheap and quite nice option for gaming, yo get three full chariots with some extras.
You can buy this set here.

Hät 1/72 – 8142 Indian Elephant

Hät 1/72 – 8142 Indian Elephant

Is hard to know when the Elephant was used for first time at war, but it’s sure it was very common in ancient Indian armies, and they will remain during centuries in this role. Even they was a formidable weapon, they aren’t so big as African Elephants, so was no possible to create heavy structures over it to protect the crew/soldier. A well trained infantry could defeat them quite easily.
Even if it’s not sure it they was a really effective weapon against professional armies (such the Alexander’s ones.) they was a symbol of the King’s power.

This set is quite similar to other from Hät, the Macedonian Elephant , which probably were adopted by Alexander after know the Indian armies ones, the only difference is the head.
elephant comes in 3 parts, two for the body and the head. All parts fits quite well without glue. If you want to use glue to reinforce the union you will need Cyanoacrylate glue, the soft Hät´s plastic don’t glue with many other kind of glue.

Set comes with a classic crew of three men, one driver, one archer and one javelin men. All of them are well depicted in both weapons and clothes. Here i added one more men from the Hät Indian Chariot set. Figures haven’t any pin to put here over the Elephant’s back, so you can choose different combinations with more or less crew also changing the order.
Figures almost haven’t flash, which is hard to remove in this kind of soft plastic, so it’s good the absence of it.

Paint:

To paint the dark Indian skin i used a base coat of Citadel Scorched Brown, then highlight then several layers of Scorched Brown mixed with Bestial brown and even Elf Flesh. Lately i used a base coat of Kemri Brown and a Devlan Mud wash, highlighting with pure Kemri Brown, which gives a better result than the first try.

Elephant figure also have been painted with Citadel paints, as follows:

Face detail: Elf flesh has been used here to change colour in certain areas

Base colour is Citadel Charandon Granite, then it’s washed with Devlan mud. After wash several layers of increased mix of Charandon with Codex Grey applied by Dry Brush. A final highlighting layer of Fortress Grey have been applied. Around face, back knee and hindquarters areas another dry brush layer of Elf Flesh is used to depict the common albinism spots in this specie. Eyes are painted with Citadel Vomit Brown.

Base is made from a plastic part + cardboard over it. All covered with Pumice stone and painted directly with Ogryn Flesh. Tufts are from “The Army Painter” range.

A good set primary inspired for Alexander the Great which can be useful for other periods too. If you are lucky some boxes were manufactured with 3 elephants inside !!!

You can purchase this set here.

This excellent work from our mate Álvaro is showed now in the 2012 Hät’s contributions list.

Revell 1/72 02503 – US Infantry

Revell Us infantry

As box’s illustration depict, this set is an excellent choose for winter U.S. Infantry, such those who fought in the last German winter offensive in the Ardennes, the battle of the Bulge in the 1944/45 winter.

Figures haves basically three kinds of clothing, all appropriate for the period, most of them are wearing the standard jacket M1943 and rest are wearing the long coat which was not very appreciate in combat situation for his heavy weight. Just one figure is wearing the Mackinow jacket. All the figures have the helmet clasped, which was not very common due most soldiers though this was a risk against a blast.

Revell Us Infantry 3

Straps are correct but maybe some lack of equipment is showed here, such ammunition pouches.

Weapons are well depicted, Thompson, Browning M1918 , Garand and the officer is using a pistol, which was uncommon in the late war.

Also two heavy weapons are depicted, a one men team for a 81mm mortar (x2) and also a two men team for a Browning M2HB (x2). These are quite nice figures and additions to the set.
Poses are quite standard but all figures looks natural and well proportioned. Maybe the only odd is the slim mould mark, which most times goes crossing faces. Some work to remove these are needed.

Paint guide
A brief tutorial to show how to paint this U.S. infantry guys only with Citadel paints.

 

First a base coat of Chaos black (used as primer) and then base colour for all the different items as follow:

-Scorched Brown: Coats, helmet straps, wood on weapons, trousers and leather on boots.

-Catachan Green: Helmets and clothes on necks and heads.

-Dheneb Stone + Kommando Khaki (50/50): Jackets.

-Dheneb Stone + Camo Green (75/25): Strap, Gaiters and Canteen.

-Tallarn Flesh: Flesh.

-Boltgum Metal: Weapons’ metal parts.

Once the base coat is well dried we apply a wash with Citadel Devlan Mud. (“Magic soy” as a friend says :))

After wash:

Then is time to give them a highlight.

Highlight mostly have consisted in apply the original base colour (with some exceptions) in relief parts.

-Scorched Brown + Graveyard Earth: Trousers and coats. Coats haves two highlight layers increasing the proportion of Graveyard Earth and trousers just one and then final layer with pure Graveyard Earth.

Bestial Brown: Wood on weapons and boot’s leather.

-Catachan Green: Helmets.

– Kommando Khaki: Jackets.

-Dheneb Stone + Camo Green (25/75): Straps, Gaiters and Canteen.

-Tallarn Flesh: Flesh.

-Boltgum Metal: Weapons’ metal parts.

How to work the bases

Materials needed are: Packing rings, Pumice past, cardboard, white glue, epoxy bicomponent putty and Citadel Devlan Mud wash.

Vandal is a brand which manufacture Pumice past quite cheaper than Models’ brands ones, although Vallejo have and excellent range for this product, with different thickness.
Process is quite simple, glue the Packing rings to the cardboard and then cover it with putty.

Put the figure in the putty, with the help of a “lancet” cover all the figures’ base to ensure a good fixation.

Then apply Pumice past with an old brush. Once it is well dried apply directly the wash, Devlan mud.

An easy and quite nice figures for gaming are now ready.

We hope you enjoyed this, as much as me enjoyed doing it. For those who never have painted their minis, is an easy way to start !! Don’t be afraid.

Although new sets for American infantry are on the market this Revell’s one still performs well his task, heavy weapons are better implemented here than most of the new sets, so don’t miss the opportunity to get this one at best prices here.

News – Hät new releases.

Already on marketplace Hät have released a new large batch of sets, with some very interesting additions, from Colonial to WW2 through a couple of WWI sets.
Details as test shots can be found in Hät page, www.hat.com

Released sets are as following:

8191 Zulu Warrior
8235 WWI Highlanders
8236 WWI Indian Infantry
8262 German Tank Riders
8263 Russian Tank Riders
8264 British Tank Riders
8265 US Tank Riders
8271 Dervish Warriors

My personal interest goes to Colonial and WWII ones, which seems to have the excellent sculpture quality which Hät is lately showing, and cover some subjects hard to find in other ways (Preiser and some of them are depict for first time). We don’t want to discuss here if German troops were riding tanks to engage in combat, but as many pictures show sure it occurs in other moments, and the same for US and British troops, it was very common to ride a tank for transport and also they can work great to populate other vehicles such half-tracks.
About the WWI Indian infantry I guess they can be used as colonial troops for early 20th century or very late 19th. We will wait to Plastic Soldier Review comments to know more about this.

The 4 non WWII sets haves the same problem, they are 32 figures in 4 equal sprue, with only 8 poses, without command, NCOs, bearers or so. So they are a bit repetitive. $ tank riders’ sets have 44 figures in 11 poses, including 2 tank crew (half figures) and a great variety of weapons and officers, so they look more completed sets.

Pictures at Hät.
WW2 US Tank Riders
WW2 British Tank Riders
WW2 Russian Tank Riders
WW2 German Tank Riders
Dervish warriors
Zulu Warriors
Indian WWI Infantry
WWI Highlanders