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

Updated: Oct 9, 2023


"...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 were 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 But nowadays appears to have been superseded by a much more detailed product under Code GRV3 - Panzer I, Ausf.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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planetmut
Jul 30, 2023

The tanks look excellent, Simon, you must have a real force by now! Are you planning on getting another game in with them at some point?

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 30, 2023
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Thanks Matt. I'm hoping to post up another Battle of the Bulge BatRep asap, plus the first of my Early War WW2 ones too - maybe a fictional Operation Sea Lion game..?

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undercoat2670
Jul 25, 2023

Great work on the Panthers and Panzers. I think the Panthers are the nicer sculpt but they both look very good indeed.

The ACW troops are looking awesome. I love the variation in the uniforms!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 25, 2023
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Cheers Undercoat. I think the Panther Gs are my favourite Pendraken sculpts tbh - though the wheels went on a bit wonky on a couple of occasions - something which isn't luckily terribly noticeable unless you look at them straight on, slightly from below.


I'm slowly picking my way through the ACW - trying to keep to about 30 mins hobby time though, to keep my sanity intact. LOL!!

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Jul 12, 2023

Both sets of tanks look great Simon, bet you still have plenty more to go though ! LOL The ACW strip is coming along and starting to look more painted than not

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 12, 2023
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Thanks Dave. Lots more 10mm tanks to go - though I have broken the back of my purchases from Pendraken at Salute 50. I think I just have a few more of those to go. I'm slowly remembering how I painted my ACW last time, and definitely think the shoe, pants and then jackets process is a good line to take.

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