Sunday, September 25, 2016

Panzer Gruppen '85

I live! Yes, time is in much shorter supply these days, so progress on hobby has been considerably restricted. Nevertheless, I was able to put together a small Bundeswehr force using Battlefront's new line. The nice thing about the German forces in the game is that they are so pricey in points cost that you only need to do a few of them to have a fairly hefty force at your disposal.


First up, we have the Leopard 2A1s, an absolute beast during this period with heavy frontal armor and a ridiculous gun capable of knocking a T-72 into the Russian Far East.


These kits were quite lovely and definitely an assembly improvement over the Abrams. My two gripes with them were the mounting hooks on the ablative side armor are extremely delicate and will break off very easily when handled, as well as the fact there was no additional turret armor to make the Leopard 2A5, which to me is really he most iconic version of this vehicle.


Camo was standard NATO woodland, with the disruptive colors done in free hand, rather than masking (imo just looks superior)


Next up were a couple Gepards to keep Hinds out of my hair. These were resin kits and cast quite cleanly.


For some reason the guns were fixed in their position, which was a bit disappointing, however, the radars were able to be mounted in any direction.


With their long barrel 30mm cannons, they are certainly a lot more impressive looking than the Shilka or Vulcan

 

To cap it off, I did a panzergenadier Zug to sieze and occupy territory.


Infantry was a fairly standard BF affair - not the highest quality sculpts, but certainly characterful, and nice to have some modern guys with G3s and MG3s, I can foresee some Iran-Iraq was enthusiasts rubbing their hands in glee!


I painted these employing the Battlefront modern German set. I must say that these weren't the most impressive of paints I've encountered, with Vallejo still seeming to top out the quality scale. The 'bullet bottles' feel extremely cringey, too. It was nice to do some non-camo troops for once, however.


The Marder 2A1s were excellent kits, although I do worry about the fragility  of that Milan system on the turret.


Overall, a fun little side project, but I am finding myself beset with Team Yankee fatigue at this point and doubt I will probably delve into the upcoming British release. From here on I'm not actually sure where I will go with future hobby, perhaps back to my World Eaters? I've been listening to Praetorian of Dorn lately and have a hankering to perhaps dabble in some super sneaky Alpha Legion types. Who knows...

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Not dead

Hey there all,

So I'm not dead, just dealing with the realities of lecturing over here at Perth - I also only just got all my kit dropped off interstate, so its been a while since I've been physically able to paint :)

The new place and setting is great, and I mosied on over to my local FLGS here in downtown (its so nice to live in a place with a good FLGS again) and immediately jumped on the new Bundeswehr bandwagon - more updates to come soon, but as you can see below, things are progressing!



Thanks for bearing with me!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

SA-13: Fly the unfriendly skies

Probably my last post for this month - about to embark on a massive interstate move to a much, much better jerb. So, for now, enjoy some anti-aircraft goodness in the SA-13 'Gopher.'

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Monday, July 4, 2016

Eat all the Worlds

My first complete squad for the World Eater 30k project! A long time coming, but turned out quite alright!



Just love the 'poppiness' of the scheme :)

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Khurasan Paper Panzers

While we bathe in the glorious clusterfuck of the current Australian election, lets take a little detour to something more interesting - hypothetical super heavy tanks.

These are all also for sale, either for $45 individually, or $120 for the lot. If you are interested, please drop me an email at tacobat@gmail.com

Jon over at Khurasan contacted me to do up some paper panzers for an upcoming release on the website. The specifications were a tricolor mix of yellow, green and grey. Ultimately, the latter color became quite difficult to see after the fading!

There were three 'types': a E-100-esque tank, a Jagd-type variant and something that resembles a Sturmtiger on steroids. I am something of a Luddite with hypothetical Nazi tanks, so you'll have to forgive my ignorance as to particular designations.

The kits themselves were quite lovely and came with lots of options. I think my one criticism, is that cupola-mounted MGs resembled the NSV HMG used on Cold War Soviet tanks and it would have been preferable to see the old MG-42 or a derivative thereof.

First up is the Jagd, or hunter type:


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As you can see, the side skirts are modular, and allow for the modeling of removed components.

Next up is the standard E-100 type, I decided to mount both AAMGs on the turret, although I think in retrospect this may make it look a bit crowded:

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Finally, theres the super-heavy rocket launcher tank. Big fan of this fellow, except for the peculiar solar panel/sight looking thing. Can anyone clarify whether this has some historical basis? As it really throws off the aesthetic of the model.

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Overall, a very fun little project. I'm always a fan of WW2-era German armor, as the colors tend to both pop and allow for some creative weathering which really stands out. This is also assisted by the big flat, featureless surfaces, which allow for lots of streaking and grit to be applied.

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Also, going on last time's post on progression, here's some panzers I painted about a decade ago:

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