Showing posts with label WW2 Germany. Show all posts
Showing posts with label WW2 Germany. Show all posts

20 September 2009

Nebelwerfer Scratch-Build – Juan Reyes

Scratch-built Nebelwerfer

Our gaming group had a list of things we needed to build for some of the forthcoming games we had planned in the Disposable Heroes Arnhem campaign, one of those being a Nebelwerfer.

The old Esci kit still hasn't yet been re-released by Italeri and the expensive prices on Ebay for the old Esci kit made it a no-no, and resin or lead alternatives aren't really our thing, but Juan said he'd take care of it.





The rocket-tubes on the Nebelwerfer are made out of sprue, and the split-trail carriage, and wheel assembly are from the HaT Industrie German Pak-36 37mm Anti-Tank Gun.

The Steyr 1500A in the background is also another of Carlos de la Concha's Altaya-Repaints.

02 September 2009

Graebner’s Humber


Graebner’s Humber

This is a Matchbox 1/76 Scale Humber II Armoured Car built and painted by Carlos de la Concha for an Arnhem wargame campaign.

04 May 2009

Italeri DAK



Some pictures of figures from the new Italeri set, painted by Carlos de la Concha.

Very nice new additions to our club's WWII Afrika Korp wargame forces




01 May 2009

1/72 Scale Italeri Coastal Defense Bunker

Italeri 1/72 Scale Coastal Defence Bunkers.

Nice solid models that paint up really well.






These were made and painted by Carlos de Concha from the Tenerife Brazo de Nelson Wargames Club.

05 March 2009

Altaya Die-Cast Elephant Tank


Thought I'd post a photo of one of the new Altaya ready-made-n-painted 1/72 German tanks in action on the wargame table.



This model above, the "Elefant" tank, was in newsagents at a special introductory offer of Eur 2.95.

And of course I bought three......... well, for that price who wouldn't ? Then, once the mist had cleared from my brain, I thought what on earth do I want three Elephants for.

Still, I suppose will use the three together in a game one day.

02 February 2009

Hasegawa 8-Ton Half-Track 20mm Quad & 37mm AA Guns



These are both nice kits, plenty of raised detail and easy to assemble.






The tracks are soft plastic but can be glued with normal solvent based glue. The "sag" in the tracks was actually obtained by glueing the tracks to the wheels with normal Revell liquid glue.

The Hasegawa crew you get with these mobile Flak platforms are not very good at all, big jointed, stiff poses, and lacking detail.

The two kits were painted using a drybrush technique, consisting of applying a black undercoat and heavy drybrushing with dark sand. The final effect is very nice from a distance, but close-up it's not so hot.

The crew figures shown here are all resin from the Milicast "late war German tank riders" set.

Dec-2004

16 January 2009

20mm Wargame Photos - Stalingrad - City Ruins & Street Fighting -

With a few members of our gaming club, we recently finally got ourself enough 1/72 scale city ruins to get a decent sized game going.

We decided to work on this about 6 weeks ago and together we scratch-built various ruins, and also finally painted some resin ones that had been lying around unpainted for a long time. The results can be seen below.





One of Carlos' modified Altaya Sd.Kfz 250, now converted into an early war mortar carrier with 2 Pegasus figures and 50mm mortar inside



A Revell Russian sniper (very effective during the game by the way) in one of Juan's scratch-built ruins.



Matchbox Sdkfz 251, one of Carlos' repainted Altaya Pz IIIs and in the background a scratch-built factory by Iván.



The interior of Iván's factory (with my double-pinned Russian infantry hiding out in there).



That's what you call a "fire-engine". One of my Russian SMG squads tries to flush out some Germans (The squad is made up from Chinese copies of old Esci hard-plastic 1/72 Russians, which in turn are scaled-down copies of the old Airfix 1/32 scale Russians ..........if all that makes sense.....) Complicated anecdotes aside, these fellas got thrashed as they came onto the table by one of Juan's "last-man-alone" German squads !



Intense house to house fighting. The ruins are resin I bought off a friend, Rob, some time back. They've been hanging around for about a year now, and were painted last week by Carlos for the game.



Pegasus German Infantry Gun and crew in a crater made by Juan.



Nice atmospheric shot, Revell and Airfix grenade throwers silhouetted by a smokescreen thrown up by the Germans to cover their advance.



Airfix and Revell Russians trying to take the factory.



For the game, the we used a system of entry points into the sewers and Juan made these excellente stands with manhole covers as entry points a couple of days before the game. They added a really nice touch and the opposing squads were able to enter and exit at different points on the table.

01 February 2007

Italeri 251 and Dragon prebuilt Tiger by Doug Iovinelli

This is a repainted Italeri 251 and Dragon prebuilt Tiger serving in the Tunisian campaign, early on.




The figures are MIlicast and Revell. The markings still need to be weathered a bit.


Doug Iovinelli

29 June 2006

Flakpanzer V Coelian by Bram Corts

By Bram Corts (original article formerly on the miniaturezone.co.uk website)

The green Panther-conversion is a so-called flakpanzer V coelian






It's a what-if project because the Germans only made a mock-up of the vehicle. The turret is scratch-build and I used the Hasegawa Panther G with steelwheels as base.

Copyright Bram Corts, Netherla

01 February 2005

DAK Diorama

DAK Diorama- Javier Fernández - (original article formerly on the miniaturezone.co.uk website)





Aquí tienes algunas fotos de un diorama que he hecho sobre el Afrika Korps. En concreto lo he querido situar en el Paso Halfaya, zona rocosa y con escasas dunas. En el están incluidos algunos de los elementos más característicos del Afrika Korps, como es el temible 88mm, el Sd.kfz 223 de las unidades de reconocimiento y el transporte pesado Sd.kfz 11.



El 88mm de Hasegawa se ha transformado ligeramente añadiendo diversas varillas que sujetan el mantelete, así como algunas palancas de accionamiento del mecanismo de elevación y tiro. ademas he reconstruido entero el sistema de sujeción del cañón cuando va montado en su transporte. Asimismo detallé el "pie" o cruceta del cañón que es donde descansa en el suelo, añadiendo diversos detalles hechos con varillas de plástico de la marca Evergreen.

Esta pintado con aerógrafo con acrílicos de Tamiya en concreto con el XF-60 y silueteado con la misma pintura pero añadiendo 30% de marrón XF-10 y un toque de negro mate. Aparte de eso le di una subida de luces con el color base más blanco. Una vez seco el conjunto lo trabajé con aguadas de greman grey de Vallejo para provocar ese efecto de desgaste tan característico del desierto. Termine aplicando ligeramente y de forma selectiva como si fuese polvo una mano de XF-57 "Buff" de Tamiya, así como las clásicas manos de pincel seco en las aristas con el XF-57 mas 50% de blanco mate.

La dotacion es parte del magnifico armón de artillería de Revell a 1/72 alargándoles los pantalones ya que en el desierto no se utilizaban ese tipo de botas, salvo al oficial al cual si se le han modificado para que parezcan las típicas botas de lona de los oficiales. El artillero sentado es una figura de plomo sacada del "cajón de sastre " que todos lo modelistas tenemos.



El Sd.kfz 223 es una preciosidad en resina de la marca Alby a la que le he añadido todo el equipo posible, desde cascos de infantería, pasando por mochilas y macutos hechos con masilla de modelar hasta las planchas anti atascos para evitar quedarse bloqueados en las arenas, que hice con las omnipresentes planchas de plástico de Evergreen.

Las figuras son de plomo y corresponden a una caja de caritas de la marca El Viejo Dragón, que desgraciadamente últimamente es muy difícil de encontrar. Están ligeramente modificadas para que de la imagen de hablar con el oficial de infantería que se encuentra a su lado.



Este también esta algo modificado, cambiándole la cabeza de postura y añadiendo un pañuelo para disimular el corte. Este como el resto de las figuras corresponden a la caja que contiene el Sd.kfz 11 así como un pak 40 que no incluí en este caso.



Al Sd. kfz 11 le abrí las puertas , detalle la posición del conductor con un salpicadero nuevo, las palancas de cambios y freno nuevas diversos detalles del capot, ademas he reconstruido los asientos con masilla dándoles una sensación de más blandos, con arrugas, pliegues efectos de desgaste y aplastamiento.

También le añadí las barras que mantienen el toldo con unos alambres y las correas que sujetan el toldo con alambre. Asimismo le coloque multitud de equipamiento, como lonas , macutos y otras bolsas hechas con masilla.

Tanto el 223 como el 11 tienen el mismo sistema de trabajo en pintura que el cañón de 88mm, únicamente se varia la intensidad del desgaste en cada vehículo.



El terreno esta realizado sobre dos piezas del famoso "corcho blanco" fácil de encontrar y de utilizar. Le di base de escayola para dar las formas generales y posteriormente se le dio otra capa mas densa para realizar los detalles del terreno, como las huellas de los vehículos las grietas del terreno etc. Al final se le aplica cola blanca muy diluida con agua y se pegan las piedras y arena en función del efecto que queramos dar. Añadimos los sacos terreros y finalmente se iguala para que los vehículos y figuras asienten bien.

Esta todo pintado con aerógrafo dando sombras a las piedras mas gruesas y ¡ojo no olvidar! a las zonas donde están nuestros vehículos y figuras, porque debemos tener en cuenta que la intensidad solar en el desierto produce sombras de mucha intensidad. Plantamos unos hierbajos hechos con pelo de brocha, los sombreamos y ¡voilá!. Aquí tenemos nuestro Afrika Korps.

Javier Fernández, Spain, Feb-2005

06 July 2004

Stalingrad, reinforcements on the outskirts



By Mark Thomas (original article formerly on the miniaturezone.co.uk website)

Photos of a big Stalingrad 1/72 scales scenario we played in late Aug. 2001.

The table is 6 feet x 12 feet long, and we are using modified "Spearhead" ww2 gaming rules.

Some stuff out of town, including a 15cm hvy. Inf. gun battery (revamped Lyzard's Grin 1:72 metal).





In the back, RGT.HQ, and a ESCI 3 ton half track prime mover towing 5cm PAK (modified Matchbox 7,5cm PAK 40). Horch kfz.19 is 1/76 resin. Wagons are Airfix & homemade.







Several of the buildings were from Scenic Effects, while one is from Queen's Hussars, and one is 1/87 from Pola, also one from Ian Weekly, and the old reliable Airfix French farmhouse. I also made resin cast of brickwalls from old Bandai 1:48 brick walls set, which made for 5 ruined brick houses. The remainder of buildings are homemade, using either wood, or sheet styrene w/ brick paper affixed.



A tractor factory assembly hall was made from a widened cassete plastic storage box. The brick chimney stacks came from Pola & Walthers Co.,of Milwaukee, USA. A resin cast was made of a used turbocharger brass bearing, to make sewers in the streets: the lid was a mold of a large wood screw. ( I am a diesel mechanic).

The Russian church is homemade. Most multi-level buildings have removable roofs, for the placement of troops.





























The wagons were from Airfix pioneers & also homemade using ACW Airfix cannon wheels.A stuka is from Revell.

Barbed wire is from Faller. Many artillerymen are conversions.




Russian:

7 infantry companies (3) Guards SMG, (1) Naval Inf., (2) Line/ Rifle, (1) Workers Militia (aprox. 17 figures per company), w/ headquarters stands comprising an additional 12 figures.(1) 45mm ATG, (1) 76mm inf. gun, (1) 76mm ZIS-3, (1) maxim quad AA pedestal mount, (1) 37mm AA gun, (4) ATR stands, (3) 82mm mortar stands, (1) 120mm mortar stand, (1) T70 light tank, (1) T34/41 med. tank.......offboard (across river); (2) 122mm how., (1) BM-13.

German;

(1) Inf Regiment, aprox. 200 figures, plus (2) Assault Pionere companies, (1) Rumanian Inf. Co.(1) 3,7cm PAK, (1) 5cm PAK, (1) 7,5cm light inf. gun, (1) 15cm hvy. inf. gun, (2) 10,5cm how, (1) 15cm gun, (1) 17cm gun. (2) ESCI pzkw.III, (1) ESCI pzkw.IV, (1) ESCI pzkw.II, (2) ESCI stug.III, (1) Airfix stug.III, (1) RHINO 1/72 resin 15cm auf pz.III SP, (3) ESCI 251/1 spw, (1) ESCI kfz.250/1 (mod.)(1) ESCI kfz.250/3 stabswagen, (1) ESCI kfz.11, (2) ESCI Blitz, (1) Hasegawa pkw & BMW R75. (1) BP Horch, (1) Hasegawa mod.) G4 staff car - 2 axle, w/ tilt down.

© Mark Thomas, Oregon USA