Thursday, December 20, 2018

Last of the 28mm German Armor

These are the last three pieces of German armor for my 28mm WWII collection. I may add more in the future, but these were the last un-painted vehicles I have. I had thought these would be the last figures in the army, but when going through my unpainted lead I found a single German motorcycle still left. I had thought I could use it in my Finnish army, but after doing some research, I couldn't find any evidence that any German motorcycles made it up to the Lapland. I guess that means it will be the last to be painted.

These are two Warlord Hetzer assault guns and a Trenchworx Models Grille Ausf K. The Hetzers are painted in field-applied three-color cammo. I wasn't up to painting the factory hard-edge cammo, and considering the rest of my army is in three-color late war cammo, I went with that instead. The Grille self-propelled artillery is in two color squiggle cammo. I've applied a liberal amount of dust and grime using Mig pigments. Some of which will rub off over time to more closely match those I painted earlier (shown below).

I'm a big fan of the Czech Panzer 38t tank. Unfortunately, they are inappropriate for my late war German force. That said, the Germans used this excellent chassis for many conversions. Here is a family photo of all of the variants that I own models for left to right: Flakpanzer 38t (Warlord conversion), Marder III, Hetzer, Hetzer (all three Warlord) and Grille Ausf K (Trenchworx).

The only late-war variant that I don't have is the SdKfz 140/1 Aufklärungspanzer which was made by putting the SdKfz 222's turret on a Panzer 38t chassis for use in a reconnaissance role.  Seventy of those were built, so it's possible that I may do a kit bash of one just for completeness.

Below are some photos and a panorama video of my German WWII collection so far. My hopes is anything else I add will still allow the collection to fit on the one shelf in my display cabinet. I guess that means I should be very prudent with future purchases. Hopefully my British collection will catch up with the Germans soon.


DeanM said...

Great looking additions to your awesome armor collection, Allan. You've motivated me to pick up a few more for my meager collection - I still have a fresh, unopened can of Tamiya Dark Yellow :)

Christopher(aka Axebreaker) said...

Great looking collection AJ!