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(Lead) Mountain Musings - "Pendraken Miniatures” June 2023


"In 1939, most tanks had a maximum armour of 30 mm or less, with guns no heavier than 37–47 mm."

Due to my current enthusiasm for 10mm World War Two tanks, and the anticipated arrival of some 'reinforcements' from "Pendraken Miniatures", I thought it would probably be best this month to continue chipping away at my backlog of the Middlesbrough-based manufacturer's models. This should help me clear a little space within my metal 'pinnacle of potential', as well as encourage me to play some games involving both my Battle of the Bulge and (non-Winter) Early War campaigns.


Furthermore, I'm actually awaiting some passengers, seated drivers and tank commanders within my latest order, so intend to potentially add some of these little chaps to my existing fully-painted collection too. This shouldn't hopefully be too much of a distraction, as I'm genuinely only looking at half a dozen or so armoured vehicles. But I've always been a little 'irked' by the likes of the German Panzerjager simply being sat on the battlefield with no-one actually being visible inside firing the destroyer's anti-tank gun.

"Games Workshop" WIPs - Three Sons of Horus tactical space marines

Alongside this long list of 10mm tanks I am also planning on trialling a new batch-painting challenge where I'll pigment ten German Great War soldiers by "Wargames Atlantic" over the course of four consecutive three-hour hobby sessions. My intention is to use these dedicated sessions to help me quickly pigment a core unit for a game (in this case "Xenos Rampant" by "Osprey Games"), as opposed to my usual method of just working on a couple of figures before some new (or old) shiny comes along to completely distract me from my cause.


Finally, I aim to finish the last of the Mark VI armoured Space Marines by "Games Workshop" which I've had lurking around my hobby desk for the past several months. Once completed these Sons of Horus tactical traitors will form a third of my force for "The Horus Heresy" and lead me into the penultimate phase of my initial 500-point project - assembling/painting a ten-man squad of Horus Lupercal's former Luna Wolves all wearing Mark IV armour...

May 2023 - "Pendraken Miniatures" continues to climb up my Top Five table

Happily, my productivity appears to be on the rise once again, following my partial burnout at the end of the Thirteenth Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge (AHPC). True, I'm still not finishing quite as many miniatures every four weeks as I would like. But I am slowly getting my mojo back - thanks largely to the simplicity of the 10mm scale and "Pendraken Miniatures" incredibly broad range of World War Two armoured vehicles, such as Matilda IIs, M5 Stuarts, Panzer IIs, and Crusader IIs.


Indeed, I fully expect to churn out even more tanks in the near future as I finally finish enough Early War vehicles to actually start that project's series of battles, as well as add to both the Allied and Axis forces present during the Ardennes Offensive. I've also got some seriously hefty German Panzerkampfwagens planned for the painting queue, which should also help motivate my output, as the Later War sculpts truly dwarf those of the likes of the Panzer IIs and Panzerjagers I've previously pigmented...

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undercoat2670
18 jun 2023

10mm tank crew? They are going to be interesting to paint! However, I am sure you are up to the challenge.

I will be interested to see your updates on your WW1 soldiers and your new painting methods as I really liked those models.

I love those space marines. I think that range is superb so glad they are getting some attention.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
18 jun 2023
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I'm only going to be popping the odd driver in the German Panzerjagers to begin with, as I've realised you need to carefully file down the driver turrets on the 10mm tanks to fit a partially visible commander. Something I'll do only once I've finished painting a fair few basic tanks first.


Hoping to set aside the time for the WW1 Germans before the month's end, as Wargames Atlantic have now sent me WW1 German Marine STLs, which I thought I'd add to the Xenos Rampant force.


Gotta love the Sons of Horus, so I try to get work done on them whenever the mood takes me.

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planetmut
13 jun 2023

Sounds like you've got some solid plans to get stuff painted, Simon, and it's a better system than my own personal "that one looks cool" way of doing stuff!


It's so good to see the classic Beakies recreated so well.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
13 jun 2023
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Cheers Matt. I try to stick to a monthly plan, but frankly it only works once in a while, LOL!!. But the 10mm Pendraken tanks are definitely still keeping me busy currently.


Hopefully, I'll have a fair few Beakies finished before the month is over.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
07 jun 2023

Hope the plan goes well on the tanks, and the 10 man squad batch painting. Will be nice to see the sons one step closer to completion. Will you be taking part in Forgotten Heroes this year ?

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
07 jun 2023
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Thanks Dave. Fingers crossed I can tick some more 10mm tanks off of the 'to be painted' list. I did think about Forgotten Heroes, but I'm not really in the mood for much other than World War currently - so I thought I'd give it a miss this year.

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