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"The Main German Light Tank Of Word War Two."

Updated: Aug 7, 2023


"The Panzer II remained in service throughout the war."

These three 10mm metal German Panzer II Ausfuehrung tanks used to sold by “Pendraken Miniatures” as Code GR102 - Panzer 2. However, the sculpt now appears to have been superseded by a much more detailed product under Code GRV5 - Panzer II, Ausf. F. I bought this trio as part of a huge 'Battle Of Moscow" project some twelve years ago, back when I was playing an old version of "Blitzkrieg Commander", and only recently discovered a small cache of them whilst mooching through my backlog.


Initially, I had thought to simply add them to my previously painted Panzer II contingent. But, having recently started a 10mm Early WW2 project using various British armoured vehicles, I quickly changed my mind and decided upon them being part of the German forces for some non-Winter battles instead. Not only would this mean that I could finally field some opposition to my Matilda II and Crusader II tanks, but I also wouldn't need to dip into my final pot of "Citadel" Adeptus Battlegrey - which I used to pigment all my German cold weather forces over a decade ago.

"Pendraken Miniatures" WIPs - These two Churchill VII tanks have been primed and base-coated

Resultantly, having done a bit of colour comparison research on the inter-web I decided to purchase/trial some "Vallejo" Neutral Grey as an undercoat/base layer, and personally I can't actually tell the difference between this 'Model Color' and the now long Out Of Production (OOP) "Citadel" Foundation paint. All three tanks were then shaded with "Citadel" Nuln Oil and dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Neutral Grey, before having their wheels/tracks treated to a combination of Gunmetal and "Citadel" Nuln Oil.


As a final touch I added some turret numbers to each armoured vehicle using the NW-102 1/285 WWII Armour Tank Turret Numbers set by "Decal Details". Frustratingly, I'm still waiting on "Pendraken Miniatures" to post me some of their excellent WWII German Insignia and Swastika transfers so I can properly finish the Maschinenfabrik Augsburg Nürnberg AG-manufactured machines. But as their paint-jobs are now complete, I thought I'd just carry on by giving them a coat of "Vallejo" Matt Varnish and some grass flock...

"Games Workshop" WIPs - These Sons of Horus Space Marines are slowly having their details 'picked out'

My recent rummage through my decal collection has though helped me find a marvellous collection of insignia for the British Armoured Division in North-Western Europe 1944-1945. This means I should be able to add some extra details to my rather barren-looking Churchill VIIs (as well as some of the earlier Allied tanks). Inspired by this find I've assembled, based, primed and base-coated two more of Heavy Churchills destined for my "Battle Of The Bulge" tabletop, so I can apply the various emblems and numbers on all four miniatures at once.


Lastly, I have found the time to pay some 'passing attention' to my ongoing "The Horus Heresy" project and applied some "Vallejo" Gunmetal basecoats to three 28mm plastic Space Marines by "Games Workshop". These areas of MK VI armour are now ready for some "Citadel" Nuln Oil, and should help make each member of my second ten-man "Sons Of Horus" tactical squad individually stand out on the tabletop...

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planetmut
Jun 13, 2023

Those SoH are looking great and have made me realise that yet again I forgot to buy that colour the last time I went to my FLGS!


All the tanks are wonderfully painted and given they're so small I'm constantly amazed at the level of detail on them. Any more battles planned?

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 13, 2023
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Thanks Matt. Sons of Horus Green is definitely one of my fave Citadel colours. It seems to work very well with a Nuln Oil wash, imho.


Once I've got some more decals on these Panzer IIs, I have a lone Panzer IB to finish, and three Panzerjaegers. Then I'll have enough for a small Early WW2 BatRep between the British and Germans. But I do have another instalment of my Battle of the Bulge to come before that - once I've completed two Tiger 1 tanks.

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undercoat2670
Jun 05, 2023

Great looking German tank. I am glad you managed to find a matching paint colour, very lucky. Your tank enthusiasm looks to be unabated!

The Churchill tank looks like a bit of a beast, so I can't wait to see them done.

Keep plodding away with the space marines, you are getting there!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 05, 2023
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Cheers Undercoat. The colour match between the old "Citadel" and "Vallejo" paints is pretty spot on tbh. Far better than the "Vallejo" Heavy Grey suggested on by the Dakka Dakka forum - which is positively green in colour and looks nothing like the old Citadel paint..!?!

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Jun 01, 2023

Great finish on the tanks Simon, and progress on the others, always good when looking for one thing and finding a treasure trove of useful bits instead. Nice progress on the sons as well.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 01, 2023
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Thanks Dave. I'm hoping to get the Panzer IIs involved in a simple BatRep once my decals arrive from Pendraken Miniatures. In the meantime though I still have loads of other 10mm tanks to paint up - and add my newly-found transfers to.


Plenty more SoH WIPs to post as I move through the HH backlog. Though next week I aim to trial my 12-hour over four-day WW1 Germans painting challenge.

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