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I have wanted to make a Berge Panzer for some

time and decided on a Panzer III. Why a Panzer III,

well I had a spare FOW Panzer III that never got

built for Early War so it was ideal. Most 15mm

manufacturers already make a Bergepanzer but I

wanted to scratch build one myself.

Its was actually a straight forward build. All I

had to do was build a plasticard box to sit on the chassis

and a winch frame of some sort. I added a few spare

vehicle bits which any decent vehicle recovery unit

would have. I also used a bit of model ship chain, a

model ship pulley and ship rope for the winching gear. The

three crew are from various places.

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Hope you like it ?

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I`m done until I build some more boards and yes

I hear you all groaning… not more boards !!!!

No my next project will be some Infinity boards so

rest easy.

Anyway back to the Normandy boards. I have added and finished

two new boards to make a total of six for the playing

area(4 x 6). The latest two have a nice river obstacle with

hump back bridge. They also contain a fixed defensive trench

line and artillery battery area. The artillery battery area and trench

line are camouflaged to stop the allied Typhoons rocketing the

hell out of place.

Please note you can click on all pictures to enlarge

and some of the pictures are quite big.

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I have added a full Panzer Lehr Division and the British 11th

Armoured Division to the board so you can see how it all feels

to play with.

Arty preparing to fire.

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Target spotted.

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View from above.

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Look out the boss is watching.

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Life in the trenches.

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Ok whos walked mud into the trench ?

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British forces prepare to enter the bocage.

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Panthers trying to deploy in bocage.

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Panzer Grenadiers moving up to join the action.

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German infantry moving up.

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Panthers stuck in a sunken lane.

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MKIV in ambush position.

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Moaning minnies at home in the thick hedgerows.

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Halftrack traffic jam plus a bit of anti air.

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Anybody bring any hedge cutters ?

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Hold on, hump back bridge.

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Lost Panzer IV.

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JagderPanzer IV`s defending the left flank.

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Thankfully the sun came out and allowed me to take the

photos above.

I will post up a battle report soon to see how bocage fighting

pans out 🙂

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Its a Revel Micro Wings Hawker Typhoon 1B

which comes as an unpainted 1:144 scale kit at

tiny cost of £2.99. The reason I went for this kit

is simply the price. The equivalent plane from

Battlefront is £11.50 plus P & P so I`m onto a winner

straight away.

Now apart from a few plane kits when I was about 10 yrs

old this was all new to me. For a start the kit is

absolutely tiny so unless you have the fingers of a church

mouse your going to have problems. Some of the parts are so

small I needed tweezers to hold them. On top of the that the

kit is not the best quality in the world but for £2.99 I`m

not moaning. I followed the Flames of War rough paint guide

which used Vallejo colours and did all the stripes by free

hand which you probably guessed by the not so straight lines.

Overall I produced a basic table top paint job. Three things that

bugged me about this kit were the rockets under the wings which

were just bad quality model kit, the cockpit which fails to have

enough model detail and the decals. The decals were intended to

go over a non D-Day black and white striped plane so don’t look

correct.

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The photo below is the same as the black and white photo and

without the stand being edited out.

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Finally I think a taller stand is needed ?

Anyway I`m off to straff some unprepared German armour 🙂

Eventually I want a board for town warfare and

this is the first house for the street. Its another

excellent kit by Najewitz Modellbau. Its comes under

the name of ” Dead mans corner” and I have modified it a bit

by removing the outside stairs and inserting floors inside

for soldiers to stand on. The roof is removable as usual.

All kits come unpainted and you have to fit it all

together yourself but its not hard.

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I think I might add some creeping ivy to the outside of it

eventually ? The colour by the way is an exact match to a

French house I saw recently in Auch. Not Normandy but still

a popular town house colour in France.

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Sometimes you just have too many things on the go

and I have reached overload, arrrrrrrrhhhhhhhhh.

On the work table as I type:

1. Laser cut 28mm radar built but not painted.
2. 3 Infinty Fusiliers about to be glued.
3. Saito Togan 28mm Infinity built but not painted.
4. 15mm Bergepanzer III, scratch built & half painted by airbrush.
5. 15mm Opel Blitz truck built but not painted.
6. SDkfz 251 built but not painted.
7. Hawker Typhoon 15mm built and 85% painted.
8. 2 large Normandy terrain boards 50% completed & painted.
9. 2 mini diorama boards just started(28mm).
10. 1 mini diorama board just started(15mm).
11. Large Normandy town house 75% completed and painted.
12. 3 Order Sgts Infinity 28mm 80% complete.
13. 5 ornate Scibor minatures bases attempting to paint to
a professional standard(95% complete).
14. 3 Chaos dogs 28mm 90% complete with no master as yet.
15. Large Infinity terrain boards times 6(metre square each) at the
drawing and planning stage.
16. 40k Ultramarine dreadnought.

On top of this like everybody else I have a large box of future

projects as well. Which future that will be is anybody’s guess lol

So I`m going to have a painting\building fest and put a huge dent

in my backlog. February was a lean month by my standards and my

blog as been a bit quiet, but fear not avid readers.

March is going to be crazy, hang on in there as I break the 100

posts mark.

I know, I know I`m still doing the Normandy board

thing lol. Its been on hold for a while but my

creative juice has returned and its back to the

grind stone. I have been working on a small river/

stream and its taken some time to get it right. I hate

the lovely blue rivers you get on most wargaming boards

and wanted something a bit more disgusting looking to be

exact. Thus I need multiple coats of varnish over lots of

greens and browns because that’s the colour of the nearest

stream to me.

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Now I have got the basis of the river in place I can

start to work on the bocage around it. I hope to cover

a lot of the river with overgrown stuff so it really looks

like a silted up, stagnant , slow running river.

Loads more work to do on the trench section and gun battery pits

but that will be a lot easier to do than the river.

If you have some British recon in WW2 and your

fighting in Normandy and beyond you just have to have

a SOD(Sawn Off Daimler). Why, because it looks like something

from a Mad Max road movie and that’s super cool.

In an effort to keep up with fast moving columns and a lack

of small agile vehicles the British removed the turrets off

Daimler armoured cars and came up with this crazy vehicle. Often

used as a command vehicle this thing was all about speed and wind

in your hair. Basically find a panzer and then drive like hell.

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Mine has a PIAT weapon(more for morale than anything else)

and some additional aerials.

I have been wanting to do a tutorial on painting

for ages and I finally remembered to take photos of

my work as I went along. This tutorial is aimed at

getting a basic to good standard on a 15mm Sherman or

any allied vehicle without using an airbrush. I use

a combination of Vallejo and GW paints.

Step 1: I assembled more or less entire the tank.Some

people leave the tracks off for painting.

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I sprayed the

entire tank with Chaos Black primer. Leave for 24hrs.

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Step 2: Using a brush touch up any areas that the spray

can missed with Chaos Black GW paint. Just brush it on.

Step 3 : With a flat brush gently brush on Vallejo 924

Russian uniform over the whole tank. Please note at this

stage its not going to look great but bare with it. Also ensure

you brush strokes are in one direction down the length of the tank.

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Step 4: Another coat of Vallejo 924 exactly the same

as before. It should now start to look better.

Step 5: Finally another coat of 924 and the colour should

be perfect.

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Step 6: GW Agrax wash(basically a black wash). Gently put

it in all the small gaps and places shadow will sit. Do

not wash it all over the tank ! Don’t forget to do the tracks and

areas in-between and behind.

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Step 7: Drybrush 886 Vallejo Green Grey using a flat brush

over all the raised parts. This will give you a good

highlight against the 924.

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Step 8:
Decals time. Carefully cut out to size and put on

your decals. I put mine on with Micro Set and leave them to

dry over night.

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Step 9:
Next up is the tracks. Some people as mentioned add

the tracks later making it easier to get your paint brush into

the area under the mud guards. Its up to you but I find it

possible with a small brush. Paint the tracks black.

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Step 10 : First I use a HB pencil to literally

draw on the tracks leaving a silver shiny track look. Don’t go mad.

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Step 11: Vallejo 818 Red leather dry brushed(small amount) onto the

tracks.

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Step 12 : I then stuck on the wooden stowage and painted it Vallejo

Flat Brown. You can paint the tool handles at the same time. Later

highlight with GW Tallarn sand or Vallejo New Wood.

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Step 13 : Tool heads and clasps are painted GW Leadbelcher and later

highlighted with GW Chainmail. Finally add an agrax wash.

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Step 14: Optional weathering. Light dry brush of Flat earth on tracks

and lower running gear and bottom areas of the tank.

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Step 15: Optional adding crew. The commander was added and I used GW

green stuff to back fill the large gap in the commander’s cupola and help

stick the twin opening hatches on. The commander was painted with English Uniform

followed by an agrax wash. I used GW Tallarn sand for highlights.

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Step 16 : Testors Dullcote varnish spray to make sure your paintwork is

protected.

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I hope this tutorial was helpful and will make it easier for some

people to get started in the hobby without having to become master

painters. The picture below is what the finished product looks like

with a nice backdrop behind it and in the correct lighting conditions.

I think my tutorial pictures had a bit too much light in them giving

the tank an incorrect shiny look.

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Happy painting .

Been reading a lot recently and I thought I would

share my views on some of the content.

1st The Americans at Normandy by John C.Mcmanus

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One of the best books around and a very detailed account

of what the Americans did after they got off the beaches at

the Normandy landings. This book goes into great detail about

the lives of everyday soldiers and the problems they had to

overcome at great cost. Its still unbelievable after all the

planning that went into D-Day that not a thought was given

to the bocage countryside awaiting them, which would

prove a far greater obstacle than any beach defence and cost

a huge amount of lives. Compelling reading beginning to end.

2nd WWII Diorama Art by Roy Wells

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This is the first book I have bought off Blurb and I was

extremely pleased with it. Its basically 1/35 scale models

set up in beautiful dioramas but we are talking serious,

serious high quality work. The book covers 20 detailed projects

with high quality glossy images of the superb work. You also get

an inside look towards the end on how the dioramas are built.

For me its something I just pick up now and again when I need

a bit of inspiration or want something to drool over.

3rd Painting Wargame tanks by Ruben Torregrosa & Mig Jimenez

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For those of you that recognise the name, “Jimenez” you

probably know what your going to get and your right. Lots

of painting guides using Mig paints(Vallejo) and pigments.

Lots of glossy step by step guides on painting tanks ,including

an early Sherman, Stuart M5 and a Panther Ausf G, Panzer IV,

Panzer III, SDKFZ 251, T34 and Tiger. The book is also split

up into a beginners section and advanced painter.

All in all a good buy with lots of mouth watering pictures.

4th Painting war WWII German Army by Heresybrush

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I found this book on http://www.breakingwar.com and also on

http://www.heresybrush.com and its a lovely painting guide on

WWII German soldiers. What makes it really specially is that

includes step by step guides on different size models so

even 15mm is catered for. Once again the guide is Vallejo

paint only but this seems to be the norm in most military

painting these days. This is a very detailed guide and on

looking at the contents covers just about every German uniform

going and more. A must for any miniature German soldier painter.

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I hope you liked my reading material and the very quick reviews. All

four were good value for money and are very well presented books.

More soon….

Below is a final tally of what I got finished in 2014

to the best of my knowledge. There are quiet a few things

I have left off because they are too small to mention and

I`m sure somebody will remember something else that I have

just plain forgotten about. Lots of things just don’t make it

onto my blog, especially refurbs and smaller projects.

At 1st glance it looks a lot but just remember all the 28mm

stuff and 15mm will each fit onto a single 2×2 board apart

from the larger bits of terrain.

28mm

  • 4 x Blood Angels Command team
  • 1 x Space Hulk Cat
  • 1 x Black Legion rhino
  • 3 x Blood Angel vehicle crew
  • 5 x Blood Angel scouts
  • 5 x Death Wing Terminators
  • 1 x Large Ork Fort
  • 5 x Blood Angel Terminators
  • 24 x Black Legion Choas space marines
  • 5 x Orks
  • 1 Kromlech Ork cannon
  • 3 x Salamander rhinos
  • 1 x Salamnder Landraider
  • 1 Gothic Church battle board(2 x 2 feet)
  • 10 x Orks
  • 5 x Ork Glyphs
  • 1 X Khorne Berserker
  • 1 x Blood Angel Space Marine
  • 1 x Death Wing Terminator old style
  • 1 x Ork Nob
  • 1 x Ork Copter
  • 9 x Gretchin
  • 5 Ork Nobs
  • 12 x Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines
  • 1 Iron Warriors Rhino
  • 1 Iron Warriors Warsmith
  • 12 x Imperial Guard & 1 Mortar team
  • 12 x Orks
  • 1 x 40k Statue
  • 2 x Imperial Guard Heavy Weapon teams
  • 2 x Iron Warrios Chaos space marines.
  • 1 x Iron Warriors Terminator
  • 1 x Chaos stone bit of terrain

15mm

  • 5 x Panther tanks
  • 3 x Firefly tanks
  • 10 x T26 tanks
  • 1 Horse drawn ambulance
  • 5 x explosion markers
  • 2 x BT5 tanks
  • 1 x Battle board(2 x 2 feet)
  • 1 x Jagdpanther
  • 1 x SU76
  • 1 x Fuel dump
  • 1 x Command bunker
  • 1 x ISU 2 tank
  • 1 X ISU 152 TD
  • 5 x wooden bunkers
  • 1 X Opel Blitz truck
  • 5 x Sherman tanks
  • 4 x Battle Boards(2 x 2 feet)
  • 5 x Cromwell tanks
  • Loads of bocage sections for battle board
  • 37 x British infantry
  • 2 x Sexton guns
  • 3 x Bren Carriers
  • 6 x Universal Carriers
  • 3 x 6pdr guns and crews
  • 1 x Matador truck
  • 8 x British MG teams
  • 13 x British Infantry
  • 1 X Normandy Farm complex
  • 4 x M10 tank Destroyers
  • 1 M18 TD
  • 1 Orchard terrain piece
  • Normandy signs and telegraph poles
  • 2 x Sexton guns
  • 1 x Normandy bridge terrain
  • 3 x Daimler Dingo scout cars
  • 1 x Staghound Scout car
  • 2 X Daimler armoured cars

My plan for 2015 is as follows but I`m bound

to deviate.

1. Lots more tutorials(step by step guides).
2. Lots more terrain.
3. Space Hulk stuff.
4. Infinity.
5. More book reviews.
6. Battle reports.
7. Reports from Wargames shows and museums.
8. Getting to grips with an airbrush.
9. Don’t paint as much stuff as 2014 and concentrate
on the detail and technique.

Finally I have left the piccies until last and

wish to thank everybody who has viewed or commented

on my blog.

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