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"The Panther Was Intended To Counter The Soviet T-34 Medium Tank..."

"...And to replace the Panzer III and Panzer IV."

These two 10mm metal German Panzerkampfwagen V Panther tanks were bought together as a pair within a single clamshell from “Pendraken Miniatures” at Salute 50, and was simply labelled as a Panther G (armoured vehicles). Destined for my Battle of the Bulge campaign, the weighty models each consisted of a separate hull, turret, gun and pair of tracks.

Able to "traverse rough terrain better than the Tiger I", the duo were both treated to a double coat of "Citadel" Adeptus Battlegrey which I luckily found hidden amongst my dust-covered collection of Out of Production (OOP) paints. I then gave them a generous dousing in "Citadel" Nuln Oil, before dry-brushing them with (more) Adeptus Battlegrey.

"The Panzer I's design history can be traced to the British Carden Loyd tankette."

The Panthers' tracks (both in situ around the wheels and the spares located on the sides of the hull) were 'picked out' with "Citadel" Abaddon Black, base-coated using "Vallejo" Gunmetal, and shaded in "Citadel" Nuln Oil. Furthermore, due to the sheer size of the sculpts, I felt able to easily 'pick out' the odd visible shovel using a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade for the shaft. The medium tanks were finished courtesy of some transfers taken from both "Decal Details" DEC-GR-100 WWII German Insignia and Swastika, and RU-108 Russian 10/12mm armour numbers sheets.

Along with my two "best German tank[s] of the Second World War" I have also completed a second 10mm metal Panzerkampfwagen I armoured vehicle for my burgeoning Early World War Two project. These models used to sold by “Pendraken Miniatures” as Code GR186 - Panzer Ib. But nowadays appears to have been superseded by a much more detailed product under Code GRV3 - Panzer I, Ausf. B.

"Warlord Games" WIPs - These Confederate soldiers have had their jackets roughly layered

The two-piece sculpt was primed with a lick of "Vallejo" Black Surface Primer, before receiving two applications of "Vallejo" Neutral Grey and being sploshed with "Citadel" Nuln Oil. It was then dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Neutral Grey, before the 'light tank/tankette produced in the 1930s' had its wheels/tracks treated to a a little Gunmetal and "Citadel" Nuln Oil.

Lastly, I've been patiently working my way along a strip of 15mm scale plastic Confederate soldiers produced by “Warlord Games”. Initially, I had been trying to work on each of the "Epic Battles: American Civil War" infantrymen individually, but that has proved an increasingly tiresome and tedious technique. Resultantly, I'm now attempting to paint their uniforms from the inside out, having done their shoes and trousers first. This seems to be working, as I can easily tidy up the predominantly grey jackets with some "Citadel" Abaddon Black before applying a shade of Nuln Oil over them...

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