Montag, 18. Januar 2016

Bolt Action British Fighting Group #3



here is the next update on the Tamiya Dingo. 
The Dingo got markings for 11th Armoured Division. The decals came from the spare box. Used what I have in this scale. Have done some washings with greenish oils and the edges were sharped with a pencil for further weathering.
I am definitely pleased so far - but there will be much more work.


Donnerstag, 14. Januar 2016

Bolt Action British Fighting Group #2

mid January is not to late to whish everyone a good new year.
Have had some slow progress on my little Bolt Action Fighting Group. I would consider the Bren Carrier in completed state. I have complaint with the offering from BA - maybe the white star is a bit oversized. The phone operator is from white metal range of BA. Lovely figures they are.

I also spent some time on the Italeri/Bolt plastics. Still have some work on the faces but they turned out nice so far.

I also started a little experiment with Tamiya´s Scout Dingo wich is scale 1:48. So far I can´t see any scale issue. Size does not matter here.

Was quite a pleasure to work on Tamiya Models again. The Dingo is primed with Humbrol acrylics and ready for the next painting stage.


Dienstag, 29. Dezember 2015

Bolt Action - British fighting group (#1)

have been quite absent during the last months. Many other projects and activities have been around...

Last week my old chum Tim from Dorset called me on the phone with some seasons greetings. Told me he is doing "Bolt Action" with some gentlemen from the neighborhood.
Well, this was something like "getting back in the hobby". Have´nt done anything modelling during the last year. I went to my favourite local modelling store and bought some British "Bolt Action" stuff: Some metal figurines, some plastics and a Bren Carrier. 
This Bren Carrier is an upscaled version of the well known Plastic Soldiers (PSC) offer. It is labeled as Italer i/ Bolt Action. I like the upsacled rendition of the carrier. Quite pretty in comparison to the (slightly) smaller version of the 1:72 replica.

The figure (man on the phone) is from the Foreward Obsever Team offered by Bolt Action series. In comparision to the PSC 1:72 models the Bolt Action versions offers decals!!!!!  I have never understood why PSC (wich is on the top of wargaming products) are offering NOOOO decals with their models. It is no pain nor business damage to recreate serious decals. Have done quite a many decals for myself and have not gone the Greek way...
The Bolt Action decals are OK... OK but nothing the "in-scale modeller" would like. Some of the offered numbers do look NON military; the "stars" are oversized...but I feel fine!


What will be next?
I failed to get a Bolt Action Version of the "Dingo Scout Car" on Ebay last night - but managed to buy a Tamiya rendition in 1:48. 


This one looks quite nice to me and hopefully it will compare in size to the Bolt Action offerings.
Will share some of the in-buid results here.
Per (aka darkbirk)

Dienstag, 23. September 2014

Fun with Dunkel-Gelb


during the years I painted most of my German vehicles in a desert yellow tone. I was always quite pleased to work with Tamiya or Vallejo acrylics in combination with an airbrush.

During my wargaming trip to Danmark I noticed that most of my friends have givn´away their airbrush equipment in exchange to quite simple spray cans. These guys achieve excellent results with "Army Sprays" from PSC plus a chipping medium from company Citadel plus a decent water mixed wash from Vallejo. Quite simple, quite fast and quite convincing.

Back at my homeplace I thought to give this simplified technique a chance. I orderd a spray in "Dunkel-Gelb" a wash for dark yellow and a chipping medium for all the corners and edges of my vehicles.

I tried this technique on a "Puma" from Hasegawa and a Dragon scout car. Dunkel-Gelb is quite on the "green-side" of live but I found the results extrem interesting and worth a try. I like to share some of the results here.

Mittwoch, 10. September 2014

The truth is on the table


This evening I am booked on a flight to Denmark, to meet up some of my war gaming friends. We will stay together until Saturday evening and I´m looking forward for some real fun. Theme would be northern Europe in 1944. Usually my friends will come along with vast plastic armies; Don´t have anything to compare in size but thought to have two small task forces from each side with me. Both “battle-groups” are quite mobile and will do a good job in skirmishing, scouting and holding positions to some degree.

Just before leaving to airport I will share some images of my little battle groups.

My German “Kampfgruppe” was build around a half-track and a “Beute” Universal carrier; both from PSC. As mentioned in an earlier post the Sd.Kfz 251/22 receive its main gun from a (Roden) spare part; while Universal Carrier got its upgrade from the Sd.Kfz 251 of PSC.
Both vehicles come along with six Infantrymen, all from Company Italeri. YES they are Paratroopers but I painted them in the Luftwaffe Field Style. A Sniper, a mortar men, a machine gun…. Guess they could deliver some punch.

The British force is build around two Staghounds and two Lloyd Carriers (PSC). The Staghounds are from Company Cromwell, quite straightforward builds. The Lloyds will run in the Infantry carrying role; most prominent is the Lloyd carrier with Sergeant Nigel O´Hara and Lt. Richard Todd. Beware: These guys don´t have the recently found Panzerschreck for decoration.
The vehicles are accompanied by a small group of grimy berserks. These men are from PSC and Company Caesar. Would say the fit together quite good.


Mittwoch, 3. September 2014

Sd.Kfz 251/22 -WIP-


Plastic Soldier Comp. is around with two reliable kits of a fast-building Sd.Kfz. 251.
These kits/sets offer the most common sub-versions of the 251 half-track, a flame version, the "Stummel", etc..
Not gettable from PSC is the 251/22, a late-war 7.5mm PaK-upgrade of the half-track. Never mind! Over the years I stored a quite nice 7.5mm PaK 40 from Comp. Roden in the spare box.  And ... this gun fits just perfectly into the half-track.
My rendition of the 251/22 is getting in a ready stage. Looks quite convincing to me. Again PSC made a good job.


Freitag, 22. August 2014



I am joining another competition in the wargamers "Guild" forum.
My entry is called "Sperrfeuer!!!!".

I build up a little 60mm dio-scene. Five Grenadiers in full winter gear; four providing "Sperrfeuer" while one man is ordered out to find some harder target.

More pictures are here...: