Saturday, 25 June 2011
Beginner with a Panzer Co...
DiceHex here with some excuses for not finishing my Normandy Table! I got pretty distracted by my first FoW army project!
I have a background in 40k and other GW games, and I became pretty exited at the prospect of trying a painting project which was very different to what I was used to. I bit the bullet, after months of talk, and purchased a fairly balanced panzer company.
Assembly was not particularly difficult (the schurzen are pretty fiddly though), but as with all miniature products, there were a few rules to follow...
If resin: wash in warm soapy water. (I used a drop of dish washing liquid in a tub of warm water, and an old tank brush).
If metal: Check diligently for mould lines or flash which needs to be cleaned off. (I have unfortunately missed a couple of spots on the panzer IIIs and infantry). If I had've noticed in the first place I would not have to go back and correct the problem now, after painting.
After assembling my force (apart from the side skirts), I gave it a black spray, and set off blocking in the base colours. My local store does not stock a very good variety of paints, so I did some research online for equivalent colours in the Citadel range.
Gretching Green Foundation is pretty good as dunkelgelb, and Charadon Granite is perfect for German Grey.
I took particular care assembling the Armoured Panzergrenadiers. By adding a few ordinary toothpicks to the bases, I was able to get the infantry to look like they were bracing their guns on farm fences.
The tanks were all "Gretchined" and "Mudded" as you see here:
Then I brushed some "Dried Blood" weathering powder into the tracks. This shade is fairly good for simulating a red oxide primer coat, and looks pretty good as reddish dirt as well. A careful drybrush of Bleached Bone defines the edges, corners, and details.
I tried my hand at airbrushing for the first time! I am far from what I would call competent as yet, but I had so much fun! I'm fairly pleased with my first results. I used Scorched Brown (below), then Camo Green...
Here are a few shots of my nearly completed panzer company! After a fair bit of worry about weather I'd get them looking okay for the Breakout Tournament, they are now coming together rapidly, and I'm very pleased at my fist attempt.
I might try to slap together a basic display base before I pick out the stowage details and apply transfers.
PS: please forgive some of these poor snap shots, my better half has commandeered the nice camera.