While logging in to YouTube, it recommended the following video for me. I normally ignore these recommendations because they are usually far, far off key…but this one was good.

Modellers, take your cues from that. I liked the simple yet realistic camouflage scheme and that it had a few side skirts. But that gun…deadly.

Now, Eastern Suburbs Scale Modelling Club had their annual second-hand kit sale. Best purchase of the day for me was a platoon of UM’s Hetzers (Commander’s version) for $20 AUD. I was reliably informed by the very knowledgeable Neil G. that the external differences between this unit and a standard unit should only be an extra radio mount, so I won’t get yelled at for fielding four of these as standard vehicles.

Lastly, today was the second most intensive day spent working on the Horch 108…which isn’t saying much. I’m not enjoying building it and I’m especially annoyed that of the only piece to go missing, it had to be one that holds the gun in place on its mount. Why not a freakin’ wheel?! Got plenty of spares of those in my leftovers collection…

I don’t know why this kit has to be so troublesome. Maybe tomorrow I’ll be able to post a bit more on it.

Some YouTube fun

July 24, 2008

Great to see people are using their ‘pride-and-joys’ for more than just wargaming or admiring:

and there’s the longer

Partini01has done a few more, too, so go have a look at his YouTube channel!

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I’ve had a dabble with LinkedIn. At the moment, it’s a bit too restrictive, and I felt may exclude some potential users. Certainly the list of occupations was slanted towards certain occupation types. This is perhaps it’s strength and weakness – the occupations it expects and caters for. Those in those occupations will get onboard and use it – those who aren’t, won’t. All it’s features reflected that – Q&A, Inviting people, etc. Maybe it’ll broaden in the future.

TV not rotting my brain

June 26, 2008

SBS has been screening a documentary series called “The Wehrmacht” – at the moment we are halfway through.

It features lots of colour movie footage taken during the war, making it invaluable for wargaming and modelling – and it’s reassuring to see my colour schemes for people, vehicles and buildings are all fine! I’ll watch it all again sometime in the near future in order to get some ideas for terrain and scenery (although there’s no need for the great Russian plains – thousands of miles of thigh-high grass with the odd bush or tree – easy).

I rescued some polystyrene insulation blocks from the waste skip of a building site. It’s nice and thick, so I’ll try to use it for hilly/mountainous areas such as Hungary, Romania and Italy. Colour photos and footage would be nice before I start, obviously…

Achtung! Marder!

April 9, 2008

The platoon is now finished. It took a long time, even allowing for excessively hot days and busy periods at work and home – but I wanted them to be as good as I could possibly make them. After all, hopefully I won’t have to do any more for a good while, so these ones have to be good enough to be played with and photographed for a good few years. Hopefully admired, too!

Here are some photos of the completed UM (UM Models) kit number 343, the Marder III Sd 138 WWII German self-propelled gun in 1/72 scale:

The other 3 Marder III h\'s

Unit 12

The platoon, units 11 - 15

You can go and see the rest over at my Flickr account.

Unit 12 was the best one to emerge out of the other three. The wavy camouflage pattern turned out very well, and I’ll use it again (albeit with a little less curve in it). The other camouflage patterns are very true to life…especially when you have a look at these two YouTube videos, where my wavy pattern is not so unlikely:

Real restored Marder III H in action Sheffield 2007

Real Restored German Marder III H in action!

One of the biggest delays was in the very fiddly work doing the spare track links. All those washes and drybrushing sessions to get them right…mercifully, I didn’t try to be too perfect with the kill markers. They are leaning a little, but only at close-range inspection.

The decals are acceptable, but with drybrushing a dust coat over the vehicles, the decal outline is somewhat visible. I’ll put up with that, as my hand is nowhere near steady enough to even attempt to do handpainted numerals Heer-style at that scale. Mike G can do it, but I can’t.

This friday, they’ll get their first workout, in an Attack/Defence game. There may be more photos of them “getting blooded”.

Preface

September 13, 2007

Having ordered a number of kits from HobbyTerra and with some Italeri kits already owned, I’m going to work through the process of preparing, assembling, painting and basing WW2 German Forces in 1/72 scale for the miniatures wargame Panzerfaust: Armoured Fist and blog it here for you.

You’ll get to read about what I’m doing, how I’m doing it, what resources I’m using and a few photos as well.

There won’t be daily posts unless I think it’s worthwhile. I also intend not to bore you with personal ramblings.