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Hand painted models and figures.

28mm – 1st Corps – Macedonian Successors & Ancient Indians.

Macedonian Successors & Ancient Indians.

One client commissioned me to reinforce two of his existing armies, and antagonist ones. By one side, Macedonian successors, a term which can mean a lot of different kingdoms over a couple of centuries at least. By the other side, Ancient Indians, suitable to face Alexander The Great himself or one of his successor kingdoms.

All the batch is based in 1st Corps Miniatures, a brand with a wide range from Ancients to Sci-Fi, through Medieval or Second World war.
This have been my first time with ancients 28mm, and mixing feelings came in the end. Is not my best work, for sure, I’ve enjoyed some parts and not so much others, but at the end, the work is done at an acceptable quality, i hope.

To begin the show, some very nice beast of war, two war elephants, references EL, C. Indian Elephant and EL, D Indian Elephant as well as two dead elephants, reference EL,M. Dead Elephant with tower.
This elephants are all cast in resin, with some metal parts as fangs and trunk (except the dead elephant who haves it already cast in resin). Cast is very fine, no bubbles neither resin excess. To correctly fit trunks and fangs you will need some putty to fill gaps, but nothing specially hard. Crews used here are reference ELC07 Successor crew 5, this reference seems to be intended for larger towers, as it comes with five figures, one driver and 4 men for the tower, two armed with bow, and two armed with pike. In this case, as my client need all the crew to be removable, it means more flexibility, as he can aim them with 2 bows, 2 pikes or 1 & 1. Fit drivers in a right position was the harder task about these elephants. I made two putty cushions to solve this, as well as all the figures haves a neodymium magnet in the base, towers has a metal plate in the bottom, so all the figures you see in the pictures are easily removable or changeable to fit my client needs.

MACEDONIAN SUCCESSORS WAR ELEPHANTS
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Although crew set comes with several small rounded shields, i used here spare parts from the Wargames Factory Amazon Warriors, and transfers by Vini Vidi Vinci Studios.

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Continuing the show, two beautiful scythed chariots, reference MSS61 4 horse scythed chariot which is randomly supplied with two different drivers. They are beautiful pieces, i made an error putting the reins, as all left side ones must go to one side, and all the right ones, to the other, otherwise it should be impossible to govern these horses. The archers showed in pictures are from the elephants, i just put them there to avoid have them loose in the table. In this case, drivers are fixed. To complete this part, also two 2 Wrecked scythed chariot, reference MSS62, are showed here. This reference came in two parts (resin cast), plus some small parts cast in metal, but i build a single scenery piece for each.
I tried to give these horses a different appearance, and i think i achieved it.

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The Indian army also haves his own chariots, in this case a unit pack reference INDU9 Light Chariots which includes three chariots and i aimed them with two crew each. These figures are removable, also haves a neodymium magnet in the base and chariot base haves a metal plate. With this condition, i didn’t find a way to put reins.
To decorate this chariots i tried a new (for me) technique, i printed some patterns and then paint over the pattern. Final result is not bad to my eyes, so i will try again this technique in the future if possible.

CLASSIC INDIAN LIGHT WAR CHARIOTS
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Macedonian Successors still got some more reinforcements, now reference MSSU01 Thureophoros attacking overarm x 16
Standard is a Vini Vidi Vinci transfer. All decorations here are hand made.

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Last for Macedonian, a Greek Oxybeles, reference GRK38.

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The Indian army still got a large batch of reinforcements, comprising the following references: INDU5 Cavalry x12, IND22 Forest Indians / bow, IND13 Maiden Guard command and INDU4 Longbow men x 40 and the pictures below are showed in the same order. Deal with skin tones was a real pain, and at the end, this is the part which makes me less happy in the project. All the standards are made of paper and hand painted.

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FOREST INDIAN WITH BOW
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MAIDEN GUARD COMMAND
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ANCIENT INDIAN LONGBOW MEN
Most of these figures haves a separate hand, the one with the bow, which not always fit well, so some trim is need in a few of them. Many of them haves also quite visible mould lines. Fortunately white metal is very workable with a knife, although it means spent more time than you desire to clean figures. This, and the continuous change of colour to achieve variety made this batch the most tired to paint

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A couple of family pictures to end.

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Bases are mostly decorated with The Army Painter tufts, plus some natural small stones (re-painted) and leaves are by “Secret Weapons Miniatures”. Paints used includes Vallejo (Model Color & Game Color), Citadel (Old Range) and The Army Painter (mostly washes).

1:72 ACE – 72417 – FV101 Scorpion, (Finished Model)

The FV101 Scorpion is a British armoured reconnaissance vehicle. It was the lead vehicle and the fire support type in the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked), CVR(T), family of seven armoured vehicles. Manufactured by Alvis, it was introduced into service with the British Army in 1973 and served until 1994. More than 3,000 were produced and used as a reconnaissance vehicle or a light tank.

About kit:

Like all kits of “ACE” this set is rather complicated to assemble. Most of the details in the burrs. Release from burrs captivity account for almost all the details. For this reason, to achieve a perfectly flat surface is very difficult. The model is very small and it is very difficult to putty.

The only plus is the presence of a nice photo-etching.

Of improvements made ​​antennas, protection for headlamps roll from overcoat, shroud on the barrel.

The model was painted with artistic acrylic paint , MIG pigments and artistic oil.

Camouflage is done by using “PattiFix”

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Zvezda – 5011 – IS-2 – Finished Model

This was my longest built to date. After the initial paint, I waited a couple of days, then applied the first oil wash in darker tones. I sealed it with Vallejo’s flat varnish, then added more oil colors, this time mixed to represent the dusted areas. Another coat of varnish, and then the final grease spots and other small details. For the first time I used Mig Jimenez Abteilung 502 oil colors, and I must say they are great.

The tracks were painted with Vallejo German Camo Black Brown, which is the best color in their range for bare metal. Some oil washes for the dust, then pigments and this is it. The raised surfaces on the tracks, as well as the contact surfaces of the road-wheels were “polished” with AK Dark Steel pigment, a GREAT product, also designed by Mig Jimenez. The shovel and cables were painted separately and added at the very end.

It’s time to work on the diorama!

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1/72 Trumpeter – 07272 – Jagdpanther, Finished model.

Little about history:

The Jagdpanther (German: “hunting panther”) was a tank destroyer built by Nazi Germany during World War II based on the chassis of the Panther tank. It entered service late in the war (1944) and saw service on the Eastern and Western fronts. The Jagdpanther combined the very powerful 8.8 cm PaK 43 cannon of the Tiger II and the characteristically excellent armor and suspension of the Panther chassis, although it suffered from the general poor state of Germany in the later part of the war, which resulted in small production numbers, shortage in spare parts and poor crew training.

About kit:

Models of “trumpeter” always very accurate and of good quality. This model is not exception. Kit is very easy-going, and does not require any modifications. Aside from a small amount of putty.

It is a pity that in 1:72 scale of Trumpeters sets do not have photo-etched parts.I think the bars on the engine compartment would be nice.

About painting: as in my past work, a little later I’ll show all the steps in a histogram. Like we Slavs saying “Better to see once than 100 times to hear” )

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The trumpeter model is available in Ebay through our listings here.

1/72 Trumpeter – 07284 – T-55 with BTU-55 (Iraq), Finished Model

Bulldozer T-55 BTU comes from battle tank T-55 1967 release. It is equipped with a dozer blade for earthworks. The equipment can also be used for stacking and explosion elongated charges with which usually created dividing strips in case of major fires.

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About kit:

It going very simple, like any set of Trumpeter.I did not like rail thin, which I immediately got rid of. Replaced them from stretched sprue. In the box are terrible vinyl tracks. But there was nothing to replace them. Model to be interesting, I added rubber sheets and chain.

There no historical reference. This collective image of many Iraqi tanks.The model was painted with acrylic paint, tinted oil paints and MIG pigments.

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UM(MT) – 404 – Т-26Т+ ACE – 72216 – 10,5 cm leFH 18, 1:72

T-26T – the pre-war Soviet tractor.

History.

According to the adopted “Program tank-tractor weapons the Red Army” was assumed on the basis of the production of tractors tanks.. The project is of such a machine , which received the name of ” Fighter “, was made ​​on the basis of the T -19 in 1930 , but mass production did not go, because the preference was given to a similar car on the chassis of the T -26. In the spring of 1932 at KB Voroshilov plant were developed two projects artillery tractors – one with a canvas top , the other with armored. Both projects were launched in the series in 1933.

Most of these machines have been lost in the first weeks of ’41, along with the other equipment of the Red Army. That’s why I decided to make it a tractor of German howitzers.

The model has been refined. Made the right hitch. Did the stairs in front. Thinning fender. And a little bit of different small parts .At the beginning model has been painted in the ” field green”. Then covered with hairspray, and painted in German gray. Next chipped. Assembling the model has not caused problems.

With howitzer was a bit more of a problem with the assembly. Since this ACE. But a little patience, and as usual the set of “ACE” can get something decent. Howitzer is painted in the same color as the tractor. Some color modulation, pigments and toning oil.

Vignette made ​​of plaster. Grass – Sanitary flax. pillar – toothpick.

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28mm – Polish Haiduks – Foundry & The Assault Group.

28mm Polish Haiduks – Foundry & The Assault Group.

As part of the commissioned Polish Renaissance Army, some Haiduk regiments were need. They are just 4.
First showed is the Guards unit, totally based in TAG figures, which haves a well bunch of blister dedicated to this topic, including a command, so TAG, bring you 2 different command blister, which includes Officer, Boy and two Standard Bearers. Musicians are taken from another TAG blister, only dedicated to this.
To complete de 27 figures, i used in this regiment an halberdier in Muscovite costume.

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I take some special care of most of the officers, decorating his capes.

Guards command detail
Guards command detail

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Second unit is a common blue-red pattern, also 27 figures, showing a mix of Foundry and TAG, although TAG numbers are higher. TAG provide you a Command blister, 3 different Haiduks blisters (Firing, Loading and Advancing). Plus the already commented Musicians blister and some other extras as the horse holders i used with the Bears.

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Command detail
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Third regiment shows an also well know pattern, blue-yellow, and also is a mix of Foundry & TAG. Foundry sculpture is pretty nice, but they have two problems for my taste, their command set is very good, you have musicians included there as well as Officers, two of each poses, but they haven’t boys. The Haiduks blister contains 8 figures each, one blister is firing and the other is marching, but all the figures are exactly the same pose. While figures are pretty nice sculpted, casting have several problems in both poses, which becomes to have moulding problems, and some areas have a lot of extra metal and no detail. That’s really an odd.

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Command detail
Command detail

Last pattern is based in a picture, showed in an Osprey book, but i found it searching in the net, coloured with this pattern, as Osprey book show it in black&white.
While Foundry blisters are too repetitive and have some moulding problems, TAG bring you a lot of flexibility to built the army, 3 different blisters of 4 figures each, all in different poses, plus two commands including the Guards one, a musician blister and the horse holders one. Also used in this unit is a gift figure, the one drinking.

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This scheme is based in a picture included in an Osprey book, Osprey show it black and white, but you can found it colored searching on the net
This scheme is based in a picture included in an Osprey book, Osprey show it black and white, but you can found it colored searching on the net

To don’t get bored painting so many equal figures, i imagined an extra unit for this army, for sure it’s not historically correct, but…
Bears are done by Foundry, three different poses, I found useful here the Horse Holders blister by TAG, as well as the peasants blister. The peasant blister is clearly inspired in the Osprey illustrations, as well as many other figures by TAG. The other problem was to find an appropriate chain for this… it was solved one day with my girlfriend in a H&M store. A jewelry chain is used here, it cost to me 5€.
It’s an item not useful for games, but, i found it’s a good decoration ones, and a distinctive for this army.

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When Foundry bears meet TAG and H&M
When Foundry bears meet TAG and H&M

With so many blisters purchased, at the end i had several extra figures, together with another TAG gift, the excellent Ottoman figure. Also included here, is a Cossack foot officer, which comes in another TAG blister. This cossack officer is also depicted in an Osprey illustration, and i tried to paint him as showed there.

Extra figures, the Ottoman officer is a very nice figure, gift by TAG guys.
Extra figures, the Ottoman officer is a very nice figure, gift by TAG guys.
Back details for the extra figures
Back details for the extra figures

Some family pictures here…

Family picture, the four regiments plus bears and extra command.
Family picture, the four regiments plus bears and extra command.

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I’m sorry to show these units without flags, but i still waiting for a new Flag Sheet for Haiduks promised by Battle Flag.

1/72 PST+Zebrano – 72004 – KV-7 (KV-6 SPG) Stalin’s Leviathan, Finished

A bit of history :

KV -7 ( Object 227 ) – Experimental Soviet heavy self-propelled gun ( SPG ) of the period of the Great Patriotic War.This war machine was developed design office Chelyabinsk Kirov Plant ( CHKZ ) in November 1941 under the leadership of Joseph Yakovlevich Kotin , Chief Designer of Russian heavy tanks and self-propelled guns of the time. In the creation of the KV- 7 also participated LE Sychev ( chief engineer ) , GN Moskvin , weapons designer of the Ural Heavy Machinery Plant ( UZTM ) KN Ilyin and GS Efimov . The car was first built in the Soviet heavy self-propelled guns during World War II. Although adopted the Workers ‘ and Peasants’ Red Army KV-7 has not been taken and the standard was not made, resulting in its development experience has allowed later in a very short time to create a serial SPG in this class.

This set consists of quite old kit PST and additional details from the company Zebrano. Of the additions Zebrano has 3 metal barrel and resin turret.

Set at first glance looks poor, but the assembly does not cause problems. Detailing is not bad, but almost all of the small details come together with one large piece. Casting quality is not bad, but the tracks are made fairly primitive, but better than the Pegasus)).In this work, there is no historical authenticity, because after the unsuccessful tests this tank was dismantled for scrap. But in my work, I gave him a second life to some alternative history. The upper armor plate I had left in the primer color, as is sometimes done in Panzerwaffe 46. Model painted as usual with artistic acrylic Polycolor, MIG pigments, and oils.

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1/72 – UM – 214 – M4A2 with M1 Dozer Blade, FINISHED Model.

A bit of history:

The destruction generated by military operations, and various obstacles deployed by the Axis forces to slow down the progress of the Allied armour led to the need for a dozer tank. The US Army needed an armoured dozer able to clear roads, fill in ditches and bomb craters, clear rubble and move destroyed vehicles blocking roadways. The allied armies used several types of bulldozer, however, these machines were un-armoured and could be used only in zones far away from the frontline.

This is one of my first works in the scale of 72th, after 35th scale of the model I have tried to carry out a full list of all the weathering techniques.

Green came out a little more green than allies, but I did not repaint it all over again. Dozer blade I dyed in three stages.The first struck a subterranean dark red (the color of burnished steel), then the method of hairspray struck green, a little flush green, repeated the same trick with Metallic paint. Model painted as usual with artistic acrylic Polycolor, MIG pigments, and oils.

Assemble this kit was easy. Problems perhaps made ​​only tracks. A little bit of Tamiya putty and the model is ready.

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This is an out production set, but from time to time, some one appear on Ebay, see here.

Self-propelled 15cm sIG-33/2 auf Jagpanzer 38(t), UM, finished

This self-propelled gun was planned as a replacement for not much successful SPG  “Grille”. Later, as an attempt was made to set the base s.IG.33 light tank destroyer Jagdpanzer 38 (t) «Hetzer”, but according to historian Thomas Yenttsa, documentary evidence of serial production of this model no. Issued SPG Grille fought until the end of the war, now aware of one survivor of this type of car is exhibited at the Museum of Aberdeen Proving Ground U.S. Army.

I made this SPG as field modification. With add-on armor that I do not crumble in camouflage. Camouflage the rest of the armor I picked up from the standard three-color camouflage of Hetzer. Model painted as usual with artistic acrylic Polycolor, MIG pigments, and oils.

This set was fairly easy to assemble, and did not bring problems to fix some of the shortcomings casting.

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12.8 cm Kanone 81(K-81/2), ACE, Finished

12.8 cm Kanone 81(K-81/2) was a German heavy anti-tank gun designed to fight against heavy Soviet tanks like IS-2. The German army had encountered the Russian 122 mm guns and had issued a requirement for a similar weapon. Approximately 50 barrels and breeches were used on existing carriages. The weapon that used the ex-French GPF-T carriage was known as the K 81/1 while the K 81/2 used the ex-Russian A-19/ML-20 carriages with shield and balancing gear removed. the cradle and recoil system were discarded and the 128mm gun was mounted in a ring cradle similar to that used on the 81/1. Another version K 81/2 was also built, in which original Russian equilibrators were retained.

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I would like to start with the quality of this kit. In the tradition of ACE casting quality is not very good, but this set is not worse or better than other sets of ACE. It will take a lot of patience to clear items from the remains of molds. But it will be rewarded with an excellent model in the end. Kit has a lot of details for this scale. The model can be assembled as in marching and firing position. For marching position provides transport trolley.

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Model painted as usual with artistic acrylic Polycolor, MIG pigments, and oils. To make the model look more dramatic I painted the carriage in dark red primer. This is typical of the last months of the war, when the equipment could get to the fight not fully colored, because of the grip of time due to the advancing Allied troops. I didn’t much spoil this model with mud, as it did for urban combat. By using this pigment: light dust and concrete.

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UM – 387 – Self Propelled Gun SU-122P – Finished Model

SU-122P – Soviet experimental self-propelled gun, created on the basis of self-propelled gun SU-100. Not commercially produced.

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The model is going without historical reference. Since I do not like clean and brand-new models, which is why doing this model after many battles. I used only Italian art paint Polycolor, and weathered it with oils and MIG pigments. I made model with some minor modifications, but basically kit is made out of the box.

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Strelets Normans (M001)

A nice set this one, the style is classic Strelets but the sculpting  is really very good., good proportions and poses,  clear details and vitually no Flash at all. They are made of  slightly hard plastic which always makes removing any Flash much easier and    as always,   I recommend using a razor blade, (which needs cutting to a point to enable you to get in all the small Corners) to remove any Flash.

4 sprues of 12 figs in different poses which makes 48 figures in a box. 4 figures on each sprue have ring Hands to take the weapons (which are attched to the sprue) which means that with a bit of swopping of weapons more variety can be added without any conversion. Simple conversions would be to simply replace some of the attached weapons with spears axes  or swords, which given the Forward facing poses be no problem even for a begginner. Simply remove the attached weapon flush with the Hand, use a needle to create a hole, a larger needle to expand the hole into a ring Hand and add weapon.

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 mixed with the HaT El Cid  they create a really good shield wall,

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Some of the shields have embossed Patterns on them. Normally this would annoy me, I don´t like embossed Patterns on shields, surcoats etc, but in this case they are quite good, especially the Dragon ones. To avoid repeat designs along the shield line the embossed Patterns can be easily removed with a scalpel / razorblade. Two of the shields Need attaching but this is not a Problem, no glue being neccessary as they fit firmly onto the pegs.

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The figures are dressed in  a  range of styles, chainmail, padded surcoats and leather surcoats with studs.

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As I have siad, they  mix very well alongside the El Cid Figures from HaT and if you add a couple of the Strelets Normans on the march figures as commanders you can  create a really good looking shield wall.

This set and all the Strelets range can be found in Ebay trough our utility here.

1/72 – Roden 706 – Sd.Kfz.233 “STUMMEL”

Sd.Kfz.233 “STUMMEL”

During the initial stages of WWII (1939 – 1941) heavy eight-wheeled armored cars of the Sd.Kfz. 231 (8-Rad), Sd.Kfz. 232 (8-Rad) and Sd.Kfz.263 (8-Rad) types were widely used in all the major theaters of war with considerable success. Reconnaissance and support of the front line were still their primary missions, however quite often when fulfilling these missions (especially on the Eastern Front), reconnaissance units met with strong opposition from the enemy, often including artillery. This problem could be resolved only by the introduction of a special support vehicle with a higher caliber armament, teamed up with the reconnaissance units, already equipped with standard Sd.Kfz. 231 (8-Rad), Sd.Kfz.232 (8-Rad), and Sd.Kfz.263 (8-Rad) cars.
As part of the experimentation, in 1942 at the Bussing-NAG plant, the 75mm KwK L/24 gun was mounted on one of the regular Sd.Kfz. 231 (8-Rad). Due to the short length of the barrel, this gun was nicknamed ‘Stumpy’. Though the dimensions of this gun were insignificant, it was still too big for the armored body of the Sd.Kfz. 231 (8-Rad), therefore its design had to be modified. The turret was completely demounted, and most of the equipment unrelated to artillery support was removed. In spite of all these measures, the crew decreased from four to three persons due to the lack of free space inside the armored body.
The vehicle turned out to be very successful, but it was never put into serial production. Relatively small numbers of these vehicles were needed for artillery support; also after continuous military action more and more Sd.Kfz.231 (8-Rad), Sd.Kfz.232 (8-Rad), Sd.Kfz.263 (8-Rad) were being returned to plants in Germany. As a result, the heavy armored artillery support vehicle Sd.Kfz.233 (the name of the new development) was built at the Bussing-NAG plant. Construction was undertaken using parts from its predecessors. However, unlike them, the Sd.Kfz. 233 did not have ‘8-Rad’ in its type name, since the analogous six-wheeled vehicle did not exist.
The Sd.Kfz. 233 proved to be a serious weapon. The major threat for these vehicles came from ground attack aircraft – the big opening on the top of their armored bodies was very vulnerable to bombs or strafing. Despite the small quantity of Sd.Kfz.233 built, they were actively used in every theater of conflict, from 1942 until the final days of the war.

Model is very fine, no burr or sink marks, no curvature on parts.
Some small parts have been done by scratch, as side fasteners, clamps for cans, anterior antennae (from stretched sprue) and canvas.
Acrylic paints, oil weathering and pigments.

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28mm Warlord Games – Hugo Raleigh – King’s Guard Ensign

Hugo Raleigh – King’s Guard Ensign

A small update…
Obviously seeing the flag… he is not Hugo Raleigh 🙂

I used this nice figure as complement for my converted French King’s Guard and to test the paper flag, by the same brand used in the Winged Hussars, Battle-Flag.

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Sorry for the poor quality pictures, i don’t know why , today’s light was not good…

1/72 – PST – 72059 – KV-220

KV-220

The Kliment Voroshilov (KV) tanks were a series of Soviet heavy tanks named after the Soviet defense commissar and politician Kliment Voroshilov and used by the Red Army during World War II. The KV series were known for their extremely heavy armour protection during the early part of the war, especially during the first year of the German invasion of the Soviet Union.

KV-220 (Object 220) – Was an experimental tank based on KV-1. Longer chassis (7 rollers per side). Armor – 100mm. New 850 hp V-2SN engine with turbocharging. New diamond-shaped turret and 85mm F-30 cannon. One prototype was constructed in 1941. The tank was lost in battle.

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28mm – Polish Winged Hussars.

28mm Polish Winged Hussars.
The Assault Group & Warlord Games. Polish Renaissance Winged Hussars

Well, i have been working around these guys some days. Well… many days !!!!
Although both brands are quite compatible in terms of size, Warlord ones are sightly smaller, both are intended for different periods, and seems hard or very inaccurate put them together in a tabletop game.

From ancient to modern the guys from The Assault Group are the oldies, according to Osprey books very appropriated for around 1600. The assault group have 3 different blister for this subject (REN004,REN005,REN006), one of them is the command one, which includes a trumpeter and a drummer plus the officer. I also used a special blister (REN069), to have an special command and flag-bearer.
I replaced the original poles of The Assault Group, they are more accurate, as they are ticker, but they seems to be quite bendable, and that can be a problem to play with them. These men only have a pistol in one of the horse sides, and you haven’t any weapon option, all the conversion that you can see in the pictures are done with spare parts form the Warlord guys.

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The guys in formation. You have several skin patterns, clearly showing that not all are leopards or tigers.
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Overall, these figures have some less ornamentation than the Warlord ones, so they are a bit easier to paint.
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The helmets allow to paint faces and eyes.
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I had some problems putting lances in the right position. You must drill the hands and you must force them to achieve a right position for all.
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All the wings are equal, so i used some of the spare wings from Warlord to achieve more variation, although it’s a bit historically incorrect. All these wings are attached to the saddle.
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The cross in the trumpeter is made of paper. To make the two colored poles i used masking tape.

The Warlord guys are very appropriated for Vienna, 1683.

These figures are plenty full of details and poses are very good, with the exception of a horse pose, which for my personal taste, is a bit odd. Warlord have these guys available as a boxed set and also in a blister of three. The problem of the blister is that the content is random. Poles are wired ones, a real weapon, but appropriates for games, as they will not bend easily.
You have different wings patterns, that’s very good, and some of the figures accept one or two wings, and some of them can be attached to the saddle, although i put most of them in their backs.
Two of three plumes in the command helmet came broken so i replaced them by spares from other Warlord sets.

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Details in horses and figures will give you a lot of entertainment.

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Some of the figures allow 1 or 2 wings, although most of them clearly are intended for two wings.
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You have several weapons option, although you must cut the original hand and drill a hole to correctly pose the alternative weapon, which includes the hand.

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Some family pictures.

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It has been my very first commissioned work. Hopefully the client will be happy. I pray every night (to the spaghetti monster) so these guys will arrive safely and a happy customer will purchase again.
By the way, i think i will never paint again Winged Hussars, at least the Warlord Games ones, or at least in not so great number.
I have seen great works with these nice figures, i made a lot mistakes as always, but i’m quite happy with final result.

In this work the paper flags have been very important, and they are provided by Battle-Flag. You must deal with borders, as with any other paper flag, but they bend specially well. I didn’t do anything special with them, just follow their instructions here. My problem with the Warlord ones are that paper is too tick, and in this case i needed more flags than the ones provided in the Warlord boxes. It’s a pity because their designs are pretty nice.

Also a mention for the guys of http://www.warbases.co.uk/, who always have some more bases than the ones you ordered.

Both sites are a pleasure to deal with, as well as The Assault Group Company, and of course, Warlord Games.

The Warlord Games ones are also available through our utility here.

Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. C – S Model, finished

After the construction of this kit, I continued with painting and weathering. I like the Panzer grey colour, but I find it quite difficult to bring it to life.

The turret doesn’t have decals because the yellow numbers turned green, through a mysterious chemical process, or maybe just because they were too thin. There are also white numbers on the decal sheet, but I finished it without registration.

The weathering was made with oils and Vallejo pigments.

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Though marketed as a quick assembling kit, this Pz II from S-Model turns into a great little tanks, with lots of potential for upgrading.

1/72 MACO – 7206 – sWS with 3.7cm FlaK43

Probably this is the kit that I wanted more since starting scale modelling. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get one sooner, but the wait was worthwhile. The sWS is fabulous, and its tracks are probably the best I’ve seen in 1/72 scale, very delicate and detailed, yet remaining “in scale”. I used a PE set from Part, but this kit really goes fine just out of the box. There are a few pin marks on the cargo, but that can easily be solved with mr. Surfacer or any other putty.

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The Flak is also very good, though the shield is a little too thick, but the excess could easily be sanded off. Besides that, I added few other details, based on some reference photos. I purchased the brass chains for the cargo separately.

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The most difficult part was to scratch the spent shell basket, which was missing from the kit. I used a Lipton tea bag for the net and stretched sprue for the frame, and I was very happy with the result.

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After the construction I airbrushed the basic colours, while the camouflage pattern was brush painted.

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After that, I applied oil colours for the weathering and some pigments. And I made a little base with cobblestone using some kind of insulation foam engraved with a toothpick.

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In conclusion, this is one of the finest kit I have ever built in 1/72 and the one that I’ve enjoyed most so far.

All the MACO range is available in our Ebay search utility, take a look here.

28mm – Warlord Games – (Imperial) Cuirassiers.

Our second incursion in the 28mm Thirty Years War is not so successful as the first one.
The subject is a very beautiful one, the Cuirassiers or Reiters, used by any side at this time, but we have chosen to depict them as an Imperial unit.

Warlord figures are very nice as always, box comprise 12 mounted metal figures plus 12 plastic horses. If i’m not wrong, horses are the same used in many other Warlord boxes.

Figures have some spare arms to built a unit based in swords or pistols, and it includes a trumpeter and an ensign.

The box also comes with several paper flags, as the used.
This flags are very nice, but paper is too tight, so these flags are hard to handle.

As you can see in the pictures there are three figures not included in the Warlord Games box, they are from “The Assault Group” range, who produces a very interesting range of metal figures highly compatibles with the Warlord range.

If you want to buy them unpainted, take a look in our utility to find them at Ebay.

28mm – Warlord Games – Conversions (French Musketeers King’s Guard).

28mm Warlord Games French Musketeers King’s Guard.

Painted 28mm French Musketeers.

Warlord Games figures are easy to put together and easy to paint, they have and excellent plastic and metal range covering English Civil War and/or Thirty Years Wars. One of the odds is than you get the same plastic sprue in many different boxes, together with different metal accessories and/or special metal figures plus different flags and history fragments. That isn’t of our total approval, but any way they are excellent figures.

After paint a whole box of Imperial Infantry we needed to make something different with these figures, maybe isn’t a very accurate depiction, surely more cinematographic, but it has been a nice exercise for convert these figures in something different.

To make the well know French Musketeers King’s Guard cape we have used standard tissue paper, after several tries we use the best looking one as template to make the rest, it haves 4 parts, chest, back and the two arms.

The cross in the cape have a more intricate design than the one showed here, but we opted for this basic pattern to simplify the paint work.

More complicated was the conversion of the boots, the Warlord Games figures didn’t came with mount boots, so some green stuff was used to create the boots and the spurs (made from metal bits).

If you want to buy these figures unpainted as new, take a look at our utility to find them on Ebay. Note than several boxes come with these figures, we have linked only the Imperial Infantry box.