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"The Wehrmacht Made Much Use Of Captured Enemy Vehicles..."

Updated: Oct 29, 2023


"Whenever and wherever they were suitable and available."

This 10mm metal Soviet four-wheeled armoured scout vehicle used to be sold by “Pendraken Miniatures” as SV53 - BA64 armoured car (2). But nowadays appears to be available as Code SVV34. This particular model was actually ordered as part of a large 'Battle Of Moscow" project I was working on approximately twelve years ago for "Blitzkrieg Commander", and was only recently discovered when I (once again) searched through my 1/150th scale backlog for some Early World War Two units.


Initially mistaken as a German Sd.Kfz 221, the 'jeep' was super-glued onto a 30X40mm plastic base, and given a couple of coats of "Vallejo" Neutral Grey. Its "multi-faceted hull" was then doused in "Citadel" Nuln Oil, before being dry-brushed in (more) "Vallejo" Neutral Grey. I also 'picked out' its tyres with "Citadel" Abaddon Black, and the reconnaissance vehicle's wheel trims in a combination of "Vallejo" Gunmetal and "Citadel" Nuln Oil. As a final step I pigmented the car's stowage using some "Vallejo" Heavy Brown and a dash of "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade.

"The Nazgûl or Ringwraiths first appeared in the Second Age, according to the Akallabêth in The Silmarillion."

Having had my error pointed out to me, I did originally consider simply repainting the entire model in 'Russian green' and then 'tucking it away' with the rest of the Soviet Early War forces I painted more than a decade ago. However, before I committed to this decision I thought I'd just check to see whether the Axis Powers ever captured any BA64s, and was delighted to discover that "his little Soviet-built armoured car was captured in quantity by the Germans and easily converted for their own use."


Unfortunately though, when I dug a little deeper it appeared that the Panzerspahwagen BA-64 was notably utilised by the decidedly disagreeable Das Reich 2nd SS-Panzer Grenadier Division during the Battle of Kursk in July 1943. This meant that their use was well past the time-frame I was using for my Operation Sealion Early War project, and also raised the currently contentious issue of fielding "an elite division of the Waffen-SS" on the tabletop. In the end, I decided to add the unit to my 'Battle of the Bulge' Late War campaign (hence the snow-flocked base), as Heinz Lammerding's division did fight in the Ardennes Offensive, and stick to applying just a pair of German crosses to its side from the WWII Hungary Bulgaria Romania Finland Turret Markings Crosses sheet by "Decal Details".

"Wargames Foundry" WIPs - These four French Fusiliers are patiently being progressed

Moving across to Zomtober, I thought I'd squeeze in a 28mm scale metal model of a Nazgul produced by "Games Workshop" before the challenge closes in a few days time. This previously-started second-hand figure had its prime smoothed out with an application of "Citadel" Abaddon Black, before being dry-brushed in “Vallejo” Heavy Charcoal and drenched in “Citadel” Nuln Oil. The Ringwraith's armour and sword were later ‘picked out’ using a combination of “Vallejo” Gunmetal and “Citadel” Nuln Oil. Whilst, the dead King’s armoured gloves and boots were given a little “Citadel” Reikland Fleshshade to suggest rusty weathering.


Alongside these miniatures, I have additionally managed to 'eek out' a bit more time on the final four figures from my Napoleonic French blister of Fusiliers In Greatcoat Marching by "Wargames Foundry". I'm hoping to get these soldiers completed "toot sweet", so I can spend November both increasing the company's number, as well as adding some additional regiments to the Emperor's army - such as the odd Chasseur and perhaps Old Guard Grenadier...

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Nov 12, 2023

Great catch on when the vehicle was in use by the Germans Simon, and also helps that you have two different time periods to add all your models into ! LOL The Nazgul looks suitably dark and foreboding, and good progress on the Naps.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Nov 12, 2023
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Thanks Dave. Bit of a school boy error on my part - especially as I've previously painted some BA64 armoured cars for my Early War Soviet forces. However, it's not a major problem as the Germans did apparently capture and use a fair few - admittedly a bit later in WW2 than I had thought.


The Nazgul are really nice to paint due to their straightforward palette, so make a nice contrast to the much more complicated Napoleonic French.

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wsd50
Oct 29, 2023

Good stuff mate, love the 221, all you need now is a 10mm Lieutenant Grubber to go with your "little tank".


Nice work on the others too, top work on that NMazgul.


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Oct 29, 2023
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LOL Roger. It's an easy mistake to make though, and if Dai hadn't kindly pointed out my initial error I'd still be calling this car a German Sd.Kfz 221 - at least until I bought some more from Pendraken and realised the model was somewhat different. 😁

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Michał Kucharski
Michał Kucharski
Oct 28, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Great looking stuff! Love the Nazgul!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Oct 28, 2023
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Thanks Michal. Much appreciated.

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Dai Dead
Dai Dead
Oct 27, 2023

More great progress! Love the Nazgul - GW's sculpts for those horrors were always lovely.


BA-64's are one of my fav armoured car variants in WW2. Built on a little GAZ(Soviet jeep) chassis, they were nippy and perfect for reconnaissance needs. I like the look of yours in Veermacht greys.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Oct 27, 2023
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Cheers Dai. I've got a couple more Nazgul currently on the painting table - as the last pair of figures for Zomtober.


Thanks ever so much for the heads up on the BA-64s, and glad you like the German grey versions - I've found another pair to make it a three-car reconnaissance unit. 😀

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undercoat2670
Oct 27, 2023

What an interesting little journey you have had with that armoured car. An interesting read to see your research and decision making process. Fascinating.

Another Nazgul is always nice to see. How many is that now? Surely you have to go for 9 now?

Good progress on the Napoleonics, they are looking great too.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Oct 27, 2023
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Thanks Undercoat. I've two more scout cars to add to this one, and hope to have them finished by the start of next week.


Bizarrely, this is only the third Nazgul I've painted, with another pair almost ready for posting. I do though have a few more 'named' Ringwraiths lurking in the wings, as well as some mounted versions (somewhere).


I've still got my eye on finishing this quarter of Napoleonic Frenchmen by the month's end, and then I'll probably spend a little time adding to my meagre British 95th Riflemen contingent.

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