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The Panzerjäger I Was The First German Tank Destroyer..."


"...To see service in the Second World War."

These three 10mm metal German Tank Destroyers are sold by “Pendraken Miniatures” as Code GRV36 - Panzerjäger I. However, these are the OOP (Out Of Production) sculpts, following the company's decision to 'update some of their older models' in February 2023. Furthermore, each open-topped vehicle contains a single figure taken from Code GRX22 - Seated Drivers, as I disliked the look of the anti-tank gun being simply sat on the tabletop without any crew.


Like so many of the World War Two miniatures I'm currently painting, this trio were found in the loft whilst I was having a good rummage around my lead mountain, and were originally bought over a decade ago as part of a huge 'Battle Of Moscow" project I was working on for "Blitzkrieg Commander". As a result I thought theses particular Panzerjägers could now add some much needed firepower to my current Early World War Two campaign, and thus treated them to a layer or two of "Vallejo" Neutral Grey.

"Warlord Games" WIPs - The Confederate cannon crew's uniforms are slowly being 'picked out'

Each Tank Destroyer was subsequently doused in "Citadel" Nuln Oil and dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Neutral Grey. I then applied a combination of "Vallejo" Gunmetal and "Citadel" Nuln Oil to the Panzer I chassis' wheels/tracks, before adding a pair of German crosses onto the fixed gun shield using some transfers taken from the WWII German Insignia and Swastika sheet by "Decal Details".


The more eagle-eyed might notice that one of the the Czech Škoda-built 4.7 cm KPÚV vz. 38 anti-tank guns is a little bulkier than the others. This is due to the weapon somehow almost being snapped off in between the model being matt varnished and placed in my flock tin. So I ended up super-gluing a tiny piece of plastic (taken from the shaft of an Agincourt-era arrow) along the top of its barrel to provide it with some much-needed stability - before painting the makeshift support appropriately.

"Games Workshop" WIPs - These two Space Marines just need some washes and a basic tidy up.

Moving almost a century back in time, I have finally returned to a partially-pigmented Confederate artillery piece which I started many a moon ago. My enthusiasm for the 15mm plastic American Civil War range by "Warlord Games" is at something of an all-time high currently, despite the time it takes me to finish off a strip of their ten-man infantrymen. Happily, I haven't found this particular unit quite so frustrating, especially as it's destined to form-up alongside my 1st Alabama Infantry Regiment - meaning predominantly dark blue jackets and black broad-brimmed hats.


Lastly, I'm making some reasonable progress on another pair of 28mm plastic miniatures produced by "Games Workshop" which have been assembled from the Warhammer: The Horus Heresy – Age of Darkness boxed set. These multi-piece tactical Space Marines have been assembled to 'fill out' a (second) ten-man strong tactical squad for my five-hundred-point Sons of Horus traitor force and come armed with standard Boltguns.

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Michał Kucharski
Michał Kucharski
Aug 08, 2023

Beautiful work sir!

Oh, have to add a 'New' website to my list.

I don't know why I overlooked it a few years ago! My apologize.


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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Aug 08, 2023
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Cheers Michal. Really enjoying the 10mm WW2 tanks currently, as their simplicity is a nice contrast to the grind of Epic 15mm ACW.


No problems. Welcome back!! 😁

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Dai Dead
Dai Dead
Aug 07, 2023

Love the trio of Panzerjaegers. Even the single crew member adds a very needed detail to these open topped tank destroyers.


Likewise liking very much your ACW artillery piece. I recall enjoying very much painting up my own batteries when I had an ACW project.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Aug 08, 2023
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Thanks Dai. At 10mm the crew man in the anti-tank destroyers is a minor detail, but definitely adds something to the ensemble in my opinion.


I do have a few more ACW artillery pieces ready to go as a result of this one. Great little kit imho. Indeed, I'm really enjoying the Epic stuff currently.

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undercoat2670
Aug 07, 2023

A great trio of tank destroyers. Good call to put the crewman in as it really enhances the overall

look. Really great looking unit for your force.

You are really getting through your epic ACW minis at a fast rate. I can't wait to see the finished cannon.

More Sons of Horus is always good to see as I love those minis. Looking good!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Aug 07, 2023
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Cheers Undercoat. The Panzerjägers are a bit simple compared to the newer version, imho. But I do think they look better with a crewman apiece.


The ACW cannon is already finished. LOL!! I have another two on the painting table - as I want to try to see how they paint in pieces as opposed to putting them together first. I had a few issues getting my brush-tip where I wanted on a couple of the crew.


Hopefully, I can get the last three SoH MK VI finished soon, and then do a 12-hour Painting Challenge on the next ten - which should see them completed over three days.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Aug 07, 2023

Great work on the tank Simon, and another one finished. Nice progress on the ACW, and sons

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Aug 07, 2023
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Thanks Dave. This trio of tank hunters should be hitting the tabletop soon - as I hope to post the first of my Operation Sea Lion BatReps at the end of this week. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the ACW Cannon team is already finished, and just needs varnishing/flocking. Hopefully the Sons of Horus won't be far behind either.

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