16 Feb 2014

Tiger Tanks!

Remember those two BergPanzer Tiger 1's that came "free" with the collectable magazines which I got in order to get 2 Strykers for Force on Force? Well, a bit of spraying and painting later, and adding in a couple of barrels and some filler and here they are:


Here is the front turret plate, rather poorly "drilled" out by removing the plate, drilling a small hole in the middle of the (blank) plate and widening it out by spinning a craft knife round in the hole. This allows the metal gun barrel I bought to be glued into the hole.


The tracks - an Airfix-style loop of black soft rubber - are removed, which ended up breaking the drive and guide sprockets at each end of the wheel assembly, needing them to be glued back on. This is a pain, but you need the tracks off to spray them in Dunkelgelb, or to be precise, Army Painter Desert Yellow.


The nude Tigers are now ready for spraying and painting. I really should have filled the gap in the front plate, but I didn't get round to it, sorry...


The two finished articles, with the base yellow, the green and the brown all done in paints from Army Painter (Leather Brown, Desert Yellow and Army Green).  The green looks a little light to me, but German WW2 tank cammo was a real lottery with different paint batches, field-applied paints and different mixers (from water to diesel), so this is probably as accurate as anything else...


Washed in a diuted mixture of a few brown paints and distilled water, then drybrushed


The details of cables and the like are picked out in separate paint colours. I did them deliberately to stand out more, to help highlight the model


The numbers are 15mm scale FOW numerals from the Afrika Corps set of decals that came with the GREIF / Rommel vehicle. Not a bad job for a "free" model I reckon...

1 comment:

Sebastien G said...

Very nice job Tim. Honestly, at gaming distance, the hole around the gun is not visible. Well done, and your green doesn't look too bright to me.
Cheers

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