Hello dear readers,
Well, as of now, I have more time on my hands as I am in lockdown for six weeks. As much as this has been a bit of a blow to me and my humble little business I am reminding myself that it’s for a very good reason. I’ll admit that when the COVID-19 started to become a thing I really thought it would blow over in a few weeks. How wrong I was. Since the first lockdown, even though I was able to work, I took it very seriously indeed and have done ever since.
So, as of this past Wednesday, I have been unemployed hehe. On the first day I did home schooling with the little one and spent time with all my girls. On Friday (yesterday) I cleaned all the windows inside and out. Last night I had a few beers and watched horror movies.
Today is a hobby day and I’ve already finished my very first WW2 tank!
It had been sitting (Built) in a box since 2017 so I couldn’t, at first, figure out what it was. So I emailed our friendly Tanker Mark A Morin with images of the mystery tank. Needless to say he pointed me in the right direction immediately and thought it may have been the German Panzer IV F2 or E. As it turns out I ended up finding the box it came in and it turns out Mark was very bloody close as it’s the Panzer IV D. I won’t hold it against him haha because, after all, if he hadn’t of pointed in the right direction I’d be wondering around in the dark splashing blood and gore on zombie miniatures instead of getting stuck into more Bolt Action haha. So a BIG THANKS to our resident Tanker and all round cool dude Marky Mark. 😉
I had a blast painting this tank and I’m excited to paint more. I have a few Sherman’s coming soon which, I’d have to say, are my favourite Allied WW2 tanks. The King Tiger would be my favourite of the Germans and I really like the Soviet KV-2. It looks like the kind of tank I would have drawn as a kid hehe.
I, roughly, followed this tutorial from Pete The Wargamer who has an amazing YouTube Channel.
It was pretty straight forward to pint but fun all the same and only took me about 2.5 hours all up.
The trickiest part was the decals but only because I haven’t don’t a lot of decal work in my time. I’m guessing for this Bolt Action project I’ll be doing a whole lot more. Do you guys just dab a bit of matte varnish over the decals so they don’t shine?
The only little extra flavour I gave it was “Gott Mit Uns” painted on one of the sides. Translated this means: God With Us.
Ok so without further ado heres my very first WW2 Tank. Im quite pleased with it.
Panzer IV Ausf D
I have a question; the scale seems a little small compared to the BA troops. Has anyone else noticed that? It’s only slightly out to my eye though.
Stay safe people and, hopefully, after six weeks I’ll be able to get back to work. In the meantime expect lots more from this hobbyist.