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"Originally Known As The Českomoravská Kolben-Daněk LT vz. 38."

Updated: Nov 2, 2023


"The Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) was a tank designed during the 1930s."

These three 10mm metal models were bought in a single clamshell from the “Pendraken Miniatures” stall at Colours 2023, and are available separately as Product Code GRV19 - Panzer 38t. The two-piece tanks were originally just going to be added to my Operation Sealion German invasion force. However, having spotted that the Romanians fielded fifty of them in 1943, I thought I'd use this information as an excuse to paint them a little differently from my usual predominantly "Vallejo" Neutral Grey palette.


Obviously, this decision somewhat skews the timeline for my ongoing annexation of the United Kingdom campaign - which is set in September 1940. But considering that Romanian didn't officially join the Axis powers until November 1940 anyway, it isn't the only anachronism I've created. Besides the attempted occupation of Southern England is fictious anyway, and the inclusion of Ion Antonescu's military forces would allow me some wriggle room for a number of mid-war Allied armoured vehicles I'd also like to similarly squeeze into the offensive.

"Wargames Foundry" WIPs - This French Chasseur is slowly having all his white straps 'picked out'

Resultantly, the Czechoslovakian-designed tanks were undercoated using a mixture of "Vallejo" Surface Primer Black and "Citadel" Abaddon Black. To mark them out as Romanian, the models were then base-coated with two layers of “Vallejo” German Fieldgrey WWII, washed with "Citadel" Nuln Oil, and dry-brushed with (more) “Vallejo” German Fieldgrey WWII. Lastly, I applied a combination of "Vallejo" Gunmetal and "Citadel" Nuln Oil to their partially-covered tracks.


Disappointingly, these Panzer 38(t)s aren't quite finished as I'm still waiting on "Pendraken Miniatures" to send me some WWII German Early War Markings + Bulgaria/Romania/Hungary [1/285] decals. Originally I had placed some transfers taken from the Middlesbrough-based manufacturer's WWII Hungary Bulgaria Romania Finland Turret Markings Crosses sheet. However, the Cross of Michael looked far too big when attached to the rear of each tank, so having waited overnight, I decided to remove it - ultimately scrapping each model down to its bare metal to do so. These areas have since been 'successfully' repaired and should be 'covered' by a more suitably-sized red, yellow and blue roundel in the future. I might even replace the tiny German crosses on the turrets if the mood takes me.

"Wargames Foundry" WIPs - Three (more) French Fusiliers and a lone (test piece) Chasseur

In addition to increasing the size of my already impressive collection of 10mm World War Two tanks, I have made more progress on ten 28mm metal light infantrymen from an old "Wargames Foundry" blister labelled Code FN54 - Chasseurs In Campaign Dress Advancing. All of these Napoleonic Frenchmen have now been rather clumsily base-coated and had a very rough (boundary) line of "Citadel" Abaddon Black placed around their sabre-briquets, cartridge pouches and back-packs.


Having subsequently daubed all their numerous leather straps with some "Two Thin Coats" White Star, and shockingly spent seven hours in total pigmenting the 'hunters', I have now singled out a lone pilot piece to push on with. Furthermore, I've plonked the figure alongside three spare Fusiliers In Greatcoats, so I can focus on a much more manageable and infinitely less off-putting quartet...

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caveadsum1471
Oct 12, 2023

Got to love a 38t and you're steaming along with your Napoleonics!

Best Iain

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Oct 12, 2023
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Thanks Iain - glad to see you being able to once again comment. Once the new decals arrive I hope to have the Romanian 38(t)s straight onto the tabletop for another Operation Sealion BatRep.


I'm really enjoying my Naps currently. I think once you can get over the fear of all their straps etc and tackle them piecemeal, they're a lot of fun.

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Michał Kucharski
Michał Kucharski
Oct 11, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Great stuff. Love the French a most!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Oct 11, 2023
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Cheers Michal. Much appreciated. Hope to have the French finished soon.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Oct 11, 2023

Great work on the tanks Simon, Shame you had to scrape off the paint to remove the transfers but good to hear that you have already repaired the paint. The French are coming along, hopefully you can get them finished without too much trouble.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Oct 11, 2023
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Thanks Dave. The Romanian crosses looked like giant sunflowers on the back of the tanks, imho, hence their departure. I did sleep on the decision, as I always try to do with painted figures etc. But the new Romanian decals Pendraken do should look better - once they arrive.


I'm hoping to focus on more Napoleonic figures next month, so would like to get these four finished before then - as I quite fancy some of the other nations.

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