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"The Panzerkampfwagen I Was A Light Tank Produced In Germany In The 1930s."


"The Panzer I's performance... was limited by its thin armour and light armament of two machine guns,"

This 10mm metal German Panzerkampfwagen I tank 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 But nowadays appears to have been superseded by a much more detailed product under Code GRV3 - Panzer I, Ausf.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. Rather embarrassingly, I probably bought this tiny model as part of a huge 'Battle Of Moscow" project some twelve years ago to use with an old version of "Blitzkrieg Commander", and only recently discovered it whilst searching through my collection for any Early World War Two units.


Originally, I did consider just adding it to my previously painted Panzer I contingent. However, having recently started a 10mm non-Winter WW2 project using various British armoured vehicles like the Matilda II and Crusader II tanks, I eventually decided on simply adding it to the German forces I plan to field as opposition. The move also meant I wouldn't need to drop my brush into my sole surviving pot of "Citadel" Adeptus Battlegrey - which I have been saving simply to pigment all my German cold weather forces in order for them to 'precisely' match the forces I finished over a decade ago.

"The legendary Tiger had a reputation way above its real statistics."

As a result, the armoured vehicle was treated to a couple of coats "Vallejo" Neutral Grey - which 'near as damn it' matches the Out Of Production (OOP) "Citadel" Foundation paint anyway, and washed with the new formula "Citadel" Nuln Oil. It was then dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Neutral Grey, before having the tank's wheels/tracks treated to a combination of Gunmetal and "Citadel" Nuln Oil. Finally, I added a single German cross onto the hull using a transfer taken from the WWII German Insignia and Swastika sheet by "Decal Details".


Sticking with 10mm German armoured vehicles produced by "Pendraken Miniatures", I have also completed a second of Panzerkampfwagen VI Ausführung H models for my Battle of the Bulge campaign. This was one of two models bought together as a pair within a single clamshell from the Middlesbrough-based manufacturer's stall at Salute 50, and was simply labelled as a Tiger I.

"Pendraken Miniatures" WIPs - These three Panzerjagers are at different stages of completion.

Due to wanting the tank to fit in with the rest of my increasingly old Third Reich forces, it was primed using some "Citadel" Adeptus Battlegrey and shaded using plenty of Nuln Oil. The hefty metal miniature was then dry-brushed with more "Citadel" Adeptus Battlegrey, before its tracks were 'picked out' with "Citadel" Abaddon Black, base-coated in "Vallejo" Gunmetal, and finally drenched in "Citadel" Nuln Oil. It too was then 'peppered' with transfers from the WWII German Insignia and Swastika sheet by "Decal Details", as well as their RU-108 Russian 10/12mm armour numbers set.


Finally, with the arrival of my latest 'reinforcements' from "Pendraken Miniatures" I have been able to add some crew members to a trio of old Panzerjagers I discovered alongside my Panzer Ib. In the past, for my Battle Of Moscow project, I've just based these self-propelled anti-tank artillery pieces unattended, despite never really liking the empty hull. This time round though, I thought I'd plonk a crewman into each vehicle, to at least give the impression that the gun is actually manned...

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planetmut
Jun 23, 2023

So the figure are what, 2 or 3mm? Blimey, I wouldn't even be able to see them let alone paint them LOL!


Great stuff as always, Simon. I'm guessing the Panzer I was more of an anti-personnel tank?

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 24, 2023
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Cheers Matt. The crewmen are super-tiny. LOL. The Panzer I was designed to be a training tank, but did obviously see action with its machineguns.

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undercoat2670
Jun 18, 2023

All this mixing and matching grey paints must be tricky to keep track of?! The tanks are looking good for it though.

I think it was a good call to add the crew to those other vehicles as they look better for it.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 18, 2023
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Thanks Undercoat. I think the "Vallejo" Neutral Grey is a great match for the old "Citadel" Adeptus Grey. Not sure what the Dakka Dakka forum were on about saying "Vallejo" Heavy Grey worked, as that's visibly green in colour..!?!


The crew shouldn't be too difficult to pigment either, as they're uniforms were also grey - as opposed to being black like tank crews.

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Dai Dead
Dai Dead
Jun 16, 2023

Pz1's are a fun design and I like yours - great addition to the squadron.


That Tiger is going to be a bugger for those poor Shermans to tackle... Hope your rules include something to account for them breaking down half the time? LOL


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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 16, 2023
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Cheers Dai. The old Pendraken Panzer 1b is probably one of my fave tanks, so I was pleased to find one in my stash. Once the Panzerjagers are finished, I should have enough for an Early War campaign to run alongside the Battle Of The Bulge one.


I will be adding some cards reflecting issues - lack of fuel etc for my Ardennes Offensive rules in the future. But for now, I'll just be adding the two Tigers I've recently finished to our forces for Part Three of the campaign. 😀

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Jun 15, 2023

Excellent work on the completed tanks Simon, the addition of the crew to the Panzerjagers adds interest and completion to the vehicles, otherwise they would look abandoned ! LOL

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 15, 2023
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Thanks Dave. Simple stuff on the tanks, but I'm having a lot of fun with them - and the Tiger will shortly be hitting the tabletop too. I was definitely disappointed with the Panzerjagers not having crew, hence the move. But now I'll need to go back and add a man to the three vehicles I originally painted for my Battle of Moscow project over a decade ago, LOL!!

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