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"The Official German Designation Was Panzerkampfwagen II."

Updated: May 22, 2023


"The vehicle had originally been designed as a stopgap while larger, more advanced tanks were developed."

This resin and plastic 15mm Panzerkampfwagen II used to be produced by “Battlefront Miniatures” and is one of five models found inside the company’s now sadly Out Of Production (OOP) Panzer II Light Tank Platoon boxed set for “Flames Of War”. Each armoured vehicle consists of a number of pieces, including an optional stowage bin for the back of the turret and a plastic commander standing within an open hatch.


Having been lucky enough to purchase this marvellous kit for a very reasonable price at Salute 50, I must admit to later becoming a little overwhelmed by all its tiny parts when I first opened the package. Happily however, there's an excellent assembly guide on the New Zealand-based manufacturer's website, including a video by YouTuber Wargamerontour, which soon helped make sense of where all the fiddly metal bits needed to be placed and super-glued.

"Pendraken Miniatures" WIPs - Three Crusader II tanks at various stages of painting

Once I was happy with my ensemble - I decided to use one the stowage bins as I thought they looked super-cool - I permanently attached "the most numerous tank in the German Panzer divisions at the beginning of the war" onto a medium-sized "Flames Of War" rectangular stand and base-coated it with two layers of "Vallejo" German Grey. I then shaded the Panzer II with "Citadel" Nuln Oil, heavily dry-brushed it with (more) "Vallejo" German Grey, and finished the basics off with a light dry-brush of "Vallejo" Sombre Grey.


I next 'picked out' the light tank's spade, stowage, and fire-axe using appropriate combinations of "Vallejo" Gunmetal, "Citadel" Nuln Oil", "Vallejo" Heavy Brown, Heavy Sienna and "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade. As a final step I tied the colour of my armoured vehicle's tracks in with my usual basing palette by applying some "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna, "Citadel" Rakarth Flesh and Agrax Earthshade over them, and added a single Balkenkreuz decal to the turret.

"Games Workshop" WIPs - Three Sons of Horus Space Marines ready for their details to be 'picked out'

Staying with Second World War tanks I have made more progress on three of the six Crusader II tanks I bought from "Pendraken Miniatures" booth at Salute 50. These British armoured vehicles were originally intended for my Battle Of The Bulge project, but as I have since discovered the the "cruiser" predominantly saw action during the Allies' North African campaign, I thought I'd add them to my (non-Winter) Early War project instead - which essentially just means using green flock not white on their bases.


In addition, having been somewhat spurred on by my recent purchase of "Xenos Rampant" by "Osprey Games", I have been working on another trio of 28mm plastic Space Marine by "Games Workshop" from their Warhammer: The Horus Heresy – Age of Darkness boxed set. These multi-part figures have 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.

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undercoat2670
29 may 2023

Another great looking FoW tank. It is interesting to see the 15mm FoW tanks in the same post as the 10mm Pendraken ones as the difference in detail is very noticeable. I like that you can use the "early war" tanks in the late war setting thanks to the new Berlin book too. Makes those hobby pounds go further!

Always nice to see more Horus Heresy space marines. I love them and I love the setting! Awesome stuff.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
29 may 2023
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Thanks Undercoat. Yeah, there is quite a noticeable difference between the two scales of tanks when seen alongside one another. I like both though for different reasons - for example the 10mm vehicles are quick to paint and look rather good en-mass on the tabletop.


I really need to crack on with the Horus Heresy stuff, so expect a fair few WIPs over the next few months as I work my way through the Sons of Horus backlog I've built up. 😀

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Dai Dead
Dai Dead
18 may 2023

Panzer 2 is a great looking tank design and during the Blitzkrieg was an absolute terror. Cracking version you've done mate. A whole squadron of these is going to look great.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
19 may 2023
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'That' video is certainly getting a lot of backlash within both the wargaming forums and on YouTube, Dai. The fact the sponsor for it is the WW2 World Of Warships game-makers is just hypocritically bizarre too. Still as you say, we can play what we want - and its now just one less channel to pop up on my YouTube feed when I'm painting. 😀

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
17 may 2023

Great work on the German tank Simon, looks very detailed, the other tanks and sons are progressing well too, how many tanks from your Salute purchase and what you found have you got left to do.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
17 may 2023
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Thanks Dave. I think the old Panzer IIs are awesome, and I believe I have enough in that one box for any Late War German needs. The Pendraken stuff I've found alone will keep me going for the rest of the year at least, and then there's plenty of Salute 50 stuff to come too. LOL!!! I'm hoping to get a load of it painted before the late year shows though, as I want to start adding infantry etc to both my Winter and Early (non-winter) War projects then.

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