|So, no basement in this house...|
I stumbled across the box in the basement last week, and felt guilty that I had not yet painted it, so I put it together and painted it on the weekend.
|A sturdy chunk of a model from Battlefront|
Like nearly all of the Battlefront vehicles (at least that I am aware of), the model is a mix of resin and metal parts. The casting was clean, and the parts assembled very well. Battlefront is not much for instructions - not important for the obvious bits like the treads, but useful for stuff like exhaust etc - but thankfully there are a lot of photos out there on the ol' Internets to help me figure it out. I went with both hatches open for crewmen to have the vehicle "unbuttoned".
|Basecoat(s) on the vehicle|
I primed with black (of course), then I put GW Snake Bite Leather as a first coat, followed by GW Desert Yellow. After that, camouflage was dabbed on with a brush (GW Dark Angels Green and GW Dark Flesh). Naturally, Devlan Mud wash from GW was used to bring it all together, and when that dried, a very thorough dry-brush of GW Desert Yellow to soften the camouflage and bring up the strange scratchy surface of the zimmerit a little bit.
|Devlan Mud does its magic once again...|
|Ready to take on the enemy....|
And so I have a cheesy "big cat" ready for the 15mm battlefield. I don't even know what the stats are for this thing in Flames of War, but given the heavy armour, the 88mm gun, and Battlefront's penchant for special rules, I'm pretty sure this thing would be tough on the table and take out all sorts of Allied tanks before getting swarmed by T-34s, knocked out from the air, or just generally breaking down or running out of fuel. One Jagdpanther seems about right, given how rare these were in the overall battlefield.
My 15mm WW2 stuff is focused solely on North Africa, so it will be a while before this thing sees any action in a game. I have some other stuff for Europe for the Germans (not even close to a whole force), and I'm thinking Curt's painting challenge is a good excuse to at least get it started. So watch for this tank to get some company as the summer approaches.
|Nobody will ever see us in this clever ruined house...|