Sunday, 13 September 2020

20mm WW2 Crusaders and tank crew

I have had several assembled Armorfast Crusader II tanks in the ready to paint stash for some time, so decided to give them some TLC and get them ready for the tabletop.  For the commanders vehicle, I had to score along the hatch closure with a craft knife to separate the two halves of the hatch and I used an old PSC commander, probably from a Sherman kit.

They are painted in a relatively late desert scheme of Iraqi sand with black-grey wavy hull and turret  bases, washed in Agrax Earthshade and dry-brushed Iraqi sand.  Decals are Skytrex and I-94.

Command vehicle - commander sensibly keeping low in the turret.

And a view of the rear deck.

The troop (squadron for Rapid-Fire).

Then I worked up a few figures from the Orion set British WW2 tank crew in summer dress.  First up a resupply base, with a trooper passing a shell, another opening a 6pdr ammo case and a third trooper carrying a jerrycan of fuel.

British tank crew are depicted in light shirt and shorts, so I went with Iraqi sand washed with Agrax Earthshade, belts and holsters in khaki, desert boots in black.

Dismounted tank crew, one sensibly running for his life, the other two trading shots, probably not a good idea, but nice figures.

So, I still have another three Crusaders to paint up, plus some Valentines.  I think the next batch of Crusaders will need lots of stowage.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, 22 August 2020

20mm WW2 German Mediterranean infantry platoon

I finished up the platoon of Mediterranean infantry (DAK figures painted in a mix of tropical and temperate uniforms).  New figures are at the front, while the test figures I posted earlier are at the back.  I like the motley look that the mix of uniforms give to the unit.  Apart from southern European action, I think these would work well as units defending Tunisia, as well as troops fighting in the Caucasus.

The whole platoon, three rifle sections of 5 men and three MG34 teams, plus a 6 man command team at the back.

Assorted close-ups of the figures.

I shall do another of these at some point and I am also scouring my unpainted figures for troops in greatcoats so I can add some figures in earthy brown DAK greatcoats - those early mornings in the desert can be chilly, while the mountains of Tunisia can be bitter.

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, 19 August 2020

20mm Hetzer

An Early War Miniatures Hetzer, bought at the Vapnartak show.  This one completes a zug of three vehicles.

I think this is another of the old Skytrex range bought up by EWM.  Relatively quick to assemble with resin hull and white metal tracks, barrel, skirts, spare track links and MG.

I went with a three colour ambush pattern to match the other vehicles in the zug.

The business end!

Straightforward to assemble and painted up nicely.  This will add to the supports available for my Late War Volksgrenadier and Volksturm battlegroups.

As ever, thanks for looking.

Saturday, 15 August 2020

20mm M18 Hellcat

An Early War Miniatures M18 Hellcat for my Americans.  Relatively simple assembly, resin hull, metal tracks to stick on and metal turret with metal .50 cal to add.

Painted in brown violet, washed with Agrax Earthshade and dry brushed Iraqi sand.  Black grey for metal and tires.  Khaki for canvas cover on mantlet and tarps.

Decals from I-94 and Skytrex.

Another SPAT option to support an American battlegroup.

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, 12 August 2020

20mm WW2 Archer SPAT

I bought this Early War Miniatures Archer at the York Vapnartak show.  I think it's one of the old range from Skytrex.  Anyway, it went together relatively simply.

I still need to add divisional markings and a vehicle number, but it's ready for the tabletop.

Nice 17lbr AT gun to make those Panzers think twice.  Open topped though so not great in a mortar or artillery barrage.

The crew aren't super detailed, but do the job.  Hopefully, a useful addition to my WW2 British forces.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, 8 August 2020

20mm WW2 German Mediterranean infantry

Following Will's suggestion, I painted up some DAK figures in a mix of DAK colours and more conventional field grey uniforms.  These guys would work for Tunisia, Sicily and southern Italy, as well as the Balkans and Adriatic, and maybe even the southern USSR.

Figures are a mix of Esci, Italeri, Revell, Airfix and Caesar.

First up a 6 man platoon command group.

Field grey jacket and tropical shorts.

Tropical jacket, just grey helmet.

Officer in tropical jacket and grey trousers.

Revell SMG in field grey jacket.

Bendy barrel Caesar rifleman.

First section of 5 rifleman (on left) and 3 man MG34 team.  Mix of tropical and temperate uniform and kit.

Rifle section.

MG34 team.

I quite like the look of the figures, so will finish the platoon and probably add a second, which would use up the last of my spare DAK figures.

As ever, thanks for looking and thanks to Will for the suggestion.

Thursday, 6 August 2020

20mm WW2 Sherman V

This the the Ready2roll sherman with camo, that I picked up at the York Vapnartak show back in February.  Seems like a lifetime ago and on another planet.

Russian uniform green with khaki camo nets and tarps.  Washed with Agrax Earthshade and dry brushed with more Russian uniform green and Iraqi sand.  Camo vegetation picked out in reflective green and german camo bright green.  Wheels and metal equipment in black grey, wooden handles and crates in new wood.  Hatch interiors off white, uniforms khaki, flesh in sunny skin tone washed with Reikland flesh wash.  Caps black grey, badges silver.

Detail of storage on the rear deck.

The business end of the tank.

I've still got to add some decals, although a lot is concealed by the camo nets and storage.  This one is going to be the FHQ for a British Armoured Division force, but there's another troop in the pipeline.

Thanks for looking.