Saturday, November 29, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
...were modeled well, but the castings had much to be desired. One gun tube was mis-cast and didn't have a muzzle brake on the end. I could chance my luck and send for a replacement part, or just model the gun as being w/o said brake. This is completely plausible as they were an assembly that screwed into the muzzle of the gun. Aside from losing a bit of projectile velocity, the gun would still be servicable. In addition to the mis-cast barrel, the lower half of the gun shield on all three models had a considerable amount of flash and 'crap' that had to be cut and filed down. This proved to be very difficult.
Monday, July 28, 2008
One way I did depart from the KingTiger was that after the wash and drybrush, I took another shage of yellow and "brightened up" the panzer yellow patches of the tank. In what amounted to a 'heavy dry-brush', the yellow portions appear more yellow than tan. Again, attention was paid to spare track, cable, pioneer tools, as well as the crew, and I must admit that I am happy with the end result.
Heavy washes for the engine deck, tarnished black drybrush for the powder fouling of the muzzle brake. I went with dirty white foe the loader's hatch, and dark yellow (washed & drybrushed) for the driver's hatch.
What's next?? I need to finish Wittmann's command stand, and then a "PanzerMeyer" command stand. I'm using this opportunity to get reaquainted with SS infantry camo painting.
Friday, June 20, 2008
The light in this photo gives a yellowish cast, but the results are fantanstic. Primers, as opposed to 'full-on' paint tends to apply thinner and cover better provided you don't have a heavy hand with the can.
This is "Rustoleum", in OFF-BLACK... no full black or standard gray. It kinda splits the difference between the two. I prime figs, vehicles, everything with this stuff and my results have been very satisfactory. It sells for around $5 a can, and does a great job, however, towards the end of the can, or if it has sat for a while, it can "spit" and ruin your project. Always (and this is a good rule for any product) test it first. I use a cardboard box to spray into and keep the overspary contained. A few test shots inside the box before I spray the model or fig is a good idea before I prime.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
My first offering with the new project is a review of both the new Battlefront sculpts of Tiger 1E and Tiger 2B (Konigstiger). I have experience in the old sculpts for both vehicles and it will be interesting to see how things have changed.
Here is an older sculpt of a Tiger 1E, late war production (see the pressed steel roadwheels). As I recall most of the "iffy" parts (fenders and mudguards) were molded either with the hull or with the track assembly. This made "extreme weathering" which I like to do rather difficult. It became a major project ot "lose" a mud guard or a fender part. BUT... one also had to glue the commander's hatch lid open. If you were to game with this model either you lost the lid rather quickly or you kept gluing it back on. Me, I chose to leave it off.
With the new latewar Tiger 1E, it comes with many crew options, an "open or closed" single-peice TC's hatch, and the entire fender assembly (front, side, and rear guards) are seperate. Now this makes the overall assemply more "fiddly" and time consuming, but the weatherin possibilities are dramatically increased!! Bravo Battlefront!!
Now, in this instance I am modeling Wittmann's "007" Tiger from his final battle keeping the northern neck of the Falaise Pockt open. Yeah, I guess just like everyone else who buys the Wittmann box. Point being, it was the batallion Commander's tank, and in these instances they are kept pristine... not all banged up and gnarly like the "line tracks". So, I gotta put it all together properly and not take liberties.
Here you can see better the entire fender assembly, and understanding I am NO master modeler, they seemed to fit together well. I will suggest that one attached the side fenders first, BEFORE the tracks. Trust me, it will be easier.
Anyway, the fenders fit well, were proportional, and in all look great. The rear fender went on very well and I was impressed. BF really seemed to put in some time on this model. The trick now will be to have the front/rear fenders on both sides symmestrical and hanging at the same angles. I do have concerns about their resilience on and off the gaming table... but only time will tell.
next, a word about primer...
Monday, June 2, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Now I get to start all over with new sculpts and better boxed sets. I think I will let my own political qualms go and do a strictly SS army. Yes, yes I know, but they look utterly fantastic on a table.
It's a whole new project, and a whole new beginning. See it unfold.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
What will become obvious soon enough is that I am a Germanophile... and NOTHING will ever compare to the Panzer VIe "Tiger". It is pure poetry in line and form. Everything else seems to trickle down from that point. I'm very happy the Hitler regime did not survive the 1940's, but the tools at their disposal are simply intoxicating, and the manner in which they were used was brilliant.
I've been into wargaming since I got bored with chess. My first game was "Feudal", kinda like an "uber-chess on steriods". Trouble was I could not find anyone to play with. From that I graduated to "Axis and Allies" when I was in high school. In the service I fell in love with "Battletech", and in college I was talked into buying a copy of "Fire and Fury". I soon built several brigades of troops, guns, horses, etc. My expereince with WW2 gaming began with Panzerblitz. I never got into Squad Leader though, very strange... Anyway, the leap into the tabletop variations wasn't a large one. Now I find myself with a respectable German "Flames of War" army.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
I firmly blame my great friend Scott MacPhee for inspiring me to this "undiscovered country". I hope I can pull this off as well as he does.
What is to come? EVERYTHING to do with historical miniatures. What's wrong, what's right, and all things "between the idler wheel and drive sprocket". Let's take this march together.
next... "TIGERtanker, Front and Center!!"