Continuing to post pictures of the rest of my Germans that have managed to escape the grip of my total obsession of posting pictures of all my models......my 2nd PzIVH Platoon.
You can see the Command Section and the 1st Platoon elsewhere on my blog (although I have rebased the 1st Platoon since these pictures were taken)
|Field Repair on Tank 125 (broke left front corner of turret Schuertzen)|
The exception is on tank 125 where after a few games he sustained some real battle damage and the left front corner of the turret Schuertzen broke off. Whatever was I to do!!!!!! To cover the damage I added a little stowage. I took some aluminum foil and folded several times and cut down to shape...making sure I kept fold lines and areas where edges didn't overlap exactly. Then I painted it a basecoat of Vallejo 830 Field Grey, a wash of 979 German Camo Dark Green, a highlight of a mix of 886 Green Grey and 830 Field Grey and a final highlight of just 886 Green Grey. Looks like a piece of tarp lying on the turret and covers that missing section quite well...thank God!
The vehicles were all airbrushed with Vallejo Middlestone (882) as a base color and then stripes of Reflective Green (890) were added by hand. I was still new at airbrushing when I did these and wasn't comfortable with airbrushing the green lines at that point. The tracks were painted 950 Black and then a heavy drybrush of 982 Cavalry Brown with a final light drybrush of 863 Gunmetal Grey and a #2 pencil. Then I gloss coated the model, applied decals and a pin wash to bring our the models' details, a little touch up where the pinwash was too heavy and then flat matte coated the model.
I used MIG pigments for the dirty look. When you layer pigments start with the lighter color first as it represents the dried dirt...darker, wetter colors are always on the top and towards the bottom. I applied MIG Pigments to the lower hull using a MIG Fixer and then MIG Europe Dust P028 pigment. When that dried, I started to apply Track Brown (P414) below and on top of the Europe Dust pigment...and heavy in the tracks. This is all the freshly chewed up earth that hasn't had a chance t dry and the upper layers is that dirt/mud that has splashed high and dried. Finally, I applied another coat of MIG Fixer over the pigments I had placed earlier to lock them down really good. When that was dry, I gave it a final Flat Matte finish. Don't be alarmed when you apply fixer or varnish and the pigments get all wet and dark...as they dry they will go back to their true color.
The number decals on the turret were homemade using Testors decal paper. and the crosses are from Battlefront.