23. März 2010

More painted Soviet Infantry

I continued the work on my Soviet Infantry forces. The colors are still the same that I showed in this post with one little addition. My local toy store has now the Revell Aquacolors in its sortiment.
For the officer's hats, their jackets and the rolled coats of the normal infanterists I used Revell Aquacolor Dark Earth (# 36182).

One of my six mortar crews.
From left to right:
converted officer (
see here), a Revell figure with a Preiser (?) crate and the Italeri mortar gunner with a new head.

From left to right:
Airfix officer with the head of the Pegasus Russian Summer infantry, Revell LMG soldier with a new head and new legs, Revell grenade thrower with the arm/rifle of the Italeri Soviet grenade thrower and the sniper of the Revell Soviet infantry box.

From left to right:
converted officer (
see here), Dimestore binocular officer, Airfix Soviet grenade thrower with new head and new grenade from his Italeri comrade and a Pegasus Summer Soviet with a new head.

This is what I already finished.

This is what I still have to paint.

I am waiting for some more figures that I ordered but his will take two weeks until they arrive. And off course I am still waiting for the new Soviet infantry figures of The Plastic Soldier Company that will appear on the market in the next weeks.

Italeri JS-2 Tank

I just finished my first batch of Soviet hardware. The upper picture shows 2,5 of the tanks of the Italeri fast-build kit of the JS-2 tank, which contains 2 easy to build models. I found them at
MACO Modellbau for a great price.
In the background you can the the AER model of the T34/85 with che commander cupola of the Pegasus T34/85 and an Aber Aluminium barrel. That kit is a mean bitch which needs a lot of putty to fill all gaps on it. More on this kit soon when it's finished.

The colors I used were Revell Aquacolor Sea Green (#36148) for the upper structure followed by a black wash. The tracks were painted with Tamiya Metallic Grey (XF-56), then I used a selfmade wash (made of Revell Aquacolor Rust (#36183), GW Chaos Black (# 61-51) and, of course, water) on them.

I did only two minor modifications on it, the first was to drill the muzzle of the barrel. The second modification was that I made three handbars of 0,5 mm steelwire on the tower.

All tanks were sealed with a coat of Revell Aquacolor Clear Matt color (# 36102).

In the next days I will order these decals at
Peddinghaus that will be applied to them.

10. März 2010

Mini review: Toolset by MACO Modellbau

Some great additions for models come from MACO Modellbau. MACO Modellbau offers the tools on the picture above as a limited edition. This toolset contains an axe, a shovel, a boltcutter and a pickaxe (don't know the English word for it).

A closer look to the tools. They are a great addition to the simple wargamer kits of HÄT and Italeri, and the price is not to beat. You will get 10 sprues of the toolset for only 2 Euros. If you want to buy them you have to be fast because it is a limited edition.

Check out the website of MACO where you will find all other excellent model kits made by MACO and from a lot of other companies, too. You can find the store at
http://mc-modellbau.de/ .

9. März 2010

Pegasus German trucks

Not much text today, I had a little accident at work which made me a big headache. An empty beverage box, I remember it was a Coca Cola box, felt on my head from 3 meters height. It caused no blood but made a lot of pain.

Used colors:

When I got them I painted them in grey, can be seen inside the drivers cabin. But I was not satisfied with that. So I repainted the trucks with the following colors:

Revell Aquacolor Sand plus Seagreen and Citadel Bestial Brown for the camo pattern, then a mild black wash. Citadel Chaos Black for the tires and Citadel Catachan Green and Citadel Thraka Green wash for the cover.


- added Headlights from the spare box

- a scratchbuilt
Notek for booth trucks made of plasic card

- driver mirror made of steel wire and plastic card

- a windshield made of clear plastic

- build spacers, I hope it is called spacer, of steel wire. The balls at the end are drips of pva glue

There are still some little spots I will have to rework (what I actually wanted to do today) and add some decals but the two trucks are almost finished (for today).

8. März 2010

Some Soviets based

Beside I was a little ill last week, I think it was some kind of flue, I was very, very lazy. But here're some pictures of the progress I made on my Soviet forces. In one of my first posts in this blog I showed some pictures of the figures, but now they got the final matte varnish and are glued on their bases.

Heavy machine gun support, a DSchK 12,7mm machine gun. The figures are from Mars, the bases are pokerchips. I changed the positions of the gunners arm because it looked poor in its original pose. The structure of the base (and all other bases) is made from a mix of birdsand and pva (white) glue.
I have alternative hmg teams on the workbench, some Maxim guns from the ESCI/Italeri Soviet set.

Some antitank rifle teams. These figurese came from Mars, too. I took the barrel of the at gun from the Revell "Siberian Riflemen" antitank gunner, the handlebar is made of scratch plastic. The base is from some plastic card.

More figures from Mars, this time a 60mm mortar. The legs of the mortar were made of 0,5 mm steel wire. There is a small bag with mortar ammunation for every mortar which I can't find anymore. When they are found they will be added to the base, too.

Some mortars. The smaller mortars are of 80mm calibre, they come from the ESCI/Italeri Soviet Infantry kits. The two larger models are from the Airfix Soviet Infantry set, they shall be the heavy 120mm mortars. I added some static grass to their bases, I still have to do this on all other figures in this post.

Light machine gunners, the are from the ESCI/Italeri Soviet Infantry kit. Every rifle squad has a light machine gun for fire support.

The color that I used were:


Citadel Bronzed Flesh, then Citadel Ogrin Flesh wash


Citadel Desert Yellow, then Citadel Devlan Mud wash


some Hobby Color green mixed with a little part of white


different brown tones of Citadel, Vallejo and Hobby color


Citadel Chaos Black

Heavy weapons:

Tamiya XF 5 Flat Green

Other colors:
Citadel Burnished Gold, Citadel Blood Red, a selfmixed dark silver/steel tone, and some more colors I can't remember

Now I'm almost finished, only 120 figures more to paint, and in the last days I had not much desire for painting figures.
And then there are some tanks, I think there are 6 T34/85, 4 JS-2 and some support vehicles waiting for glue, paint and decals. There is still a lotta work waiting for me.
But there are some old projects finished, tomorrow I will post some pics of my Pegasus German trucks and my scratchbuilt Bergepanzer III.