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"The M5A1 Stuart Was Used As A Forward Patrol Tank..."


"...With the ability to call in artillery support and heavier armour."

These three 10mm metal American light tanks are sold individually by “Pendraken Miniatures” as Code BRV58 - M5 Stuart and each consist of a separate hull and turret. However, I picked them all up within a single plastic clamshell whilst visiting the Middlesbrough-based manufacturer's stall at Salute 50, and, having established that the armoured vehicle did see "action in the World War Two Battle of the Bulge", have added them to my growing Allied Winter War contingent.


Resultantly, all the tanks' turrets were super-glued in place and independently housed upon a plastic 30mm x 40mm rectangular stand. The trio were then undercoated with some "Vallejo" Surface Primer, treated to two layers of "Vallejo" USA Olive Drab, and washed with "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade. Furthermore, they were given a dry-brush of (more) "Vallejo" USA Olive Drab and had their wheel tracks treated to a combination of "Vallejo" Gunmetal and "Citadel" Nuln Oil.

"The Battle of the Bulge was the last major German offensive campaign on the Western Front."

I also briefly considered applying some names to the M5 Stuarts from "Decal Details" 10mm US Armour Names and Slogans sheet - as I have previously done with six Sherman M4A4 tanks. However, from the photographs I found of the armoured vehicles during the Ardennes Offensive they seemed to simply wear Allied Stars, so went with that option instead.


Alongside my refreshingly straightforward tank project, I have finished another (much more time-consuming) 28mm plastic Space Marine by "Games Workshop" from their Warhammer: The Horus Heresy – Age of Darkness boxed set. This multi-part figure has been assembled wearing MK VI armour and will form part of a (second) ten-man strong tactical squad for my five-hundred-point Sons of Horus traitor force.

"A Sons of Horus army fights on every front."

The miniature was initially primed with "Citadel" Sons Of Horus Green, before being heavily washed with Nuln Oil, and dry-brushed with (more) Sons Of Horus Green. I also applied some "Citadel" Abaddon Black to one of his shoulder-pads, his grenades, Bolter, chain bayonet, backpack, helmet, and the ever so difficult to reach joints of his Corvus Armour.


The Space Marine's power tubes, "anti-personnel ballistic weapon", and equipment were later treated to a combination of "Vallejo" Gunmetal and "Citadel" Nuln Oil. I then gave the miniature's right shoulder-pad a single coat of "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna, before applying some "Vallejo" Gold and a splash of "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade to it. These areas were later highlighted using some additional touches of "Vallejo" Gold along the edges, iconography and rivets.


As with all my Sons of Horus I lastly applied some "Scalecolor" Speed Metal to the figure's eye lenses. These were subsequently given a lick of "Citadel" Flesh Tearers Red and tidied up with some "Citadel" Abaddon Black. Lastly, I applied a couple of the many decals found on the "Games Workshop" Sons of Horus Legion transfer sheet onto the model's bare shoulder-pad and right thigh armour plate.

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undercoat2670
May 16, 2023

Another great looking WW2 vehicle. I like the Stuart tank. It is a great little design! Good to see some in your force.I

I really like your Sons of Horus marine. I just adore that green colour they have, it looks superb. Great job.


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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
May 16, 2023
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Cheers Undercoat. The Stuarts will appear in the third instalment of my current Battle Of The Bulge campaign once I've painted up some Tigers.


Plenty more SoH to come, as I really want to get my 500-point force finished and get some games in.

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Dai Dead
Dai Dead
May 15, 2023

Always like to see more WW2 armour added to your collection mate. Stuarts were cool looking little tanks, though not at all made for standing up to Panzer 4's!


Beakies were and will always be my fav Space Marine armour variant and this one is a lovely example, nicely done!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
May 15, 2023
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Thanks Dai. Fortunately the Stuarts won't be facing more Panzer IVs, just a pair of Tigers. LOL!! 😉


Still got a fair few more beakies to go. But I need to settle down and pen a list for Xenos Rampant for them, as I fancy using them for that too.

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planetmut
May 12, 2023

As Dave says, you're blasting through these tanks! Have you thought about using spray paint to speed things up? Regardless, they're all looking great and I'm looking forward to seeing these appear in more battle reports. The SoH looks great too and I keep forgetting to buy that bloody colour LOL!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
May 13, 2023
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That's why I've predominantly moved over to "Vallejo" from GW tbh. Albeit I'm now a big fan of Duncan Rhodes' range - and now I have somewhere I can buy it, I'll be moving over to them.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
May 11, 2023

Excellent work on the latest tanks Simon, you're really on a roll with how fast you are progressing through them. Nice to see another Sons miniature finished as well, once you've got this 10 men squad finished how much have you got left to do to finish your 500 points force ?

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
May 11, 2023
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Thanks Dave. My painting table is like a Pendraken 10mm painting factory currently, LOL!! Once the second squad is finished, I'll just have a third to complete & the commander. I might do them as a 24-hour paint session across a week with daily updates etc. As I've always wanted to try one of those. 😀

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