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"The Pak 40 Was The Standard German Anti-Tank Gun..."

Updated: Jun 18

"...Until the end of the war, and was supplied by Germany to its allies."

This plastic 15mm 7.5cm Anti-Tank Gun team is sold by “Battlefront Miniatures” and is one of two eight-piece sprues (not including crew) which can be found inside the company’s “Hit The Beach” starter set for “Flames Of War”. The models consists of a single Panzerabwehrkanone 40 gun with four soldiers, and is the first of three stands needed to complete a full-strength 7.5cm Tank Hunter Platoon for my German Beach Defence Company.

Originally primed with two layers of "Vallejo" Dark Yellow, the gun was washed with "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade and heavily dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Dark Yellow. I then applied some sporadic patches of camouflage across the weapon, using a combination of “Vallejo” Heavy Brown, Luftwaffe Camouflage Green and Heavy Sienna. All of these areas were subsequently washed with “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade, before being highlighted back up with (more) “Vallejo” Heavy Brown, of Luftwaffe Camouflage Green and Heavy Sienna. Finally, I applied some "Citadel" Abaddon Black to the Pak 40's rubber tyres.

"Battlefront Miniatures" WIPs - This Panzer IV tank is slowly having its detail 'picked out'

With the Anti-Tank gun completed, I turned my attention to pigmenting the crew. The majority of these figures were painted in situ. But I quickly decided to paint the team's officer whilst he was temporarily super-glued to a wooden stick. As with all my other “FoW” German soldiers, the miniatures were primed in “Vallejo” German Fieldgrey WWII, shaded using “Citadel” Nuln Oil, and dry-brushed with (more) “Vallejo” German Fieldgrey WWII. Their details were then ‘picked out’ predominantly using “Vallejo” Gunmetal, German Camouflage Dark Green, Heavy Brown and a series of “Citadel” Shades.

In addition, the crew's fully-open shell box was swiftly treated to some "Vallejo" Buff and "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade. Whilst it's contents were given a lick of "Vallejo" Brass and (more) "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade. This exact colour scheme was then applied to the two projectiles which the soldiers were in the process of loading into their weapon. As a last touch, I applied a little "Citadel" Abaddon Black to all the shells' tips...

"Papsikels Miniatures" WIPs - Two FMSKA Failed Experimental Battle Droids & an Omega Zelucerean Tamer

Staying with my "Flames Of War" German D-Day Defence Grenadier Company, I have almost completed the fifth and final Panzer IV needed for a full-strength tank platoon. At a whopping 28-points, this formation will cost over half my allotted total for a small game. But will allow me to at least get another battle in before I've finished the other two 7.5cm Anti-Tank Gun teams I'm currently progressing.

Lastly, I am still adding plenty of pigment to my ever-expanding collection of eclectic science-fiction sculpts by "Papsikels Miniatures." I'm presently applying a brush-tip to a couple of up-scaled FMSKA Failed Experimental Battle Droid Series 1 & 2 figures, as well as a rather tall model of an Omega Zelucerean Tamer. Hopefully, these should all be ready for a dip in the flock tub soon...

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