Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Sherman III

I recently purchased a Sherman III tank from Warlord Games. One of the theaters that my friend Jack and I have focused on for Bolt Action is the Mediterranean, from the Western Desert Campaign to Sicily and Italy:  essentially everything covered by the Duel in the Sun supplement.

Jack's Desert Rats so I decided to do up a Sherman to add to his forces. I decided on painting a Sherman III from the 3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters).
I liked the idea of painting it in the camouflage Light Mud and Dark Grey instead of the usual Allied Olive Drab colors.

One of the first things I noticed was that as I was trimming the flashing off of the pieces I noticed that the tracks seemed to be a bit too long, at least compared to the M4 Shermans I have. Shermans come in many varieties, but one, the M4A4, had a lengthened hull compared to the others due to its Chrysler A57 multibank engine.

The problem is, the Sherman III is the M4A2 version of the Sherman. The M4A4 is the Sherman V. What are you doing to me, Warlord Games?
Aside from a little grumbling, I got over this and started on the build.



For the basecoat I airbrushed it in Vallejo Panzer Aces #315 Light Mud.

Next came the black stripes. In most pictures I've seen, the black isn't quite black, so I painted it in #862 Black Grey.

Next came the tracks in #822 German Camouflage Black Brown.

After some waiting the decals arrived from the UK. Some of the decals (the hull number and the tank name) I used from some old Warhammer 40k Imperial Guard decals, and for the tank name, I had to apply the letters one at a time.
The tank is named "Gracie" which Jack will appreciate.
At this stage I also added some stowage.
Next I started the weathering process, which is same process I did for my Tiger tanks.
Layer of brown wash, as well as 976 Buff and 985 Hull Red on the tracks.

Another layer of washes, paint chips, and Pigment added to represent mud.

And the final result, with a protective layer of Matte Varnish airbrushed on:

Soon this guy will see some battle against my Panzers...and we'll see if Gracie survives.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Tiger Tank, Part 3

I don't have all that much experience with weathering. For most of the model vehicles I've done, the weathering consisted of slapping one some mud colored paint, and if I was feeling particularly ambitious, making some paint chips, smoke marks, and rust streaks. Doing it the "right" way, or at least, more in depth than that, seemed pretty daunting.

Thursday, April 28, 2016


I have an unhealthy obsession with getting the "right" color for my miniatures. In trying to figure out the color I need for a particular project, picking the right color by its depiction on a store's website is impossible. They never match. Looking at a paint pot or bottle doesn't work either, because sometimes the paint is unmixed, and wet paint is usually a slightly different shade than what it is when dried.

So I make swatches.

It's pretty simple: I just cut out a lot of 2-inch squares of posterboard, and then painted them with each of my colors. Now I know just what the color looks like when dry.  Whenever I'm dithering over which color to pick, I grab some of the swatches and do a comparison until I make my decision.  A 2-inch square is also good in case I need to go to Home Depot and buy a pint of paint for larger projects.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Unboxing: Dungeon Saga: The Dwarf King's Quest

As I've gotten older and had less time to play large scale wargames, I've had more and more thoughts of a smaller game that could be played that was also more accessible to non-gamer geeks.  I even did a post about it, hoping for a return Warhammer Quest. That hasn't happened, but Mantic Games has answered the call with Dungeon Saga: the Dwarf King's Quest.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Tough Ruck 2016

After my 2015 Obstacle Course Race season, I knew that I had a lot of work to do. I felt that in spite my finishing seven OCRs in 2015, and improving a little bit over the journey, I still had a long way to go. By no means did I feel "in shape," so I was determined to do 2016 better. On Veteran's Day 2015, I saw an announcement for Tough Ruck 2016, which was a charity event to raise money for families of Fallen Servicemembers and First Responders. In addition to raising money for a great cause, it would be good motivation for me to train.