|Some 15mm Panzers for winter action on the Eastern Front|
|Plastic Soldier Company Mark IV-G on the bottom, and a Battlefront Mark IV-F2 at the top of the photo|
I think tanks of this vintage would have seen action on the Eastern Front in the winter of 1942-43. There are a lot of really interesting aspects to that campaign which would make for great scenarios - the rush to cover the retreat of the German army groups from the Caucasus, the attempted counter-attack to relieve the trapped German 6th Army at Stalingrad, the battles for Kharkov etc. In all of these actions the Germans would have relied heavily on the few Panzer IVs available to their mobile divisions at any moment.
|Pigment powders used to add soot to the engine decks and exhaust|
I am unsure about the use of the numbers on the turrets - this is based on a few references I have seen in some different books where German Panzer divisions sometimes just put a single number on the turret to denote a company, even as the three-digit numbers were starting to be used. I thought it looked interesting, a little different from the usual three-digit approach.
|I forgot to leave the areas around the crosses "grey" on this tank...|
I really like weathered tanks for WW2, vehicles that look like they are seeing some serious action on the front and not on a parade. So once again I went a little overboard on the weathering. I imagined these tanks as having been hastily white-washed by their crews during a short break between Soviet attacks, and then in constant action through the winter, being exposed to snow, rain, ice, then more snow, then some rain, all while driving through mud, forests, built-up areas etc. while getting shot at with the heaviest stuff the Soviets can bring.
|The white wash is wearing away from continuous action and exposure to harsh winter elements|
|The detail of the stowage on PSC models is not quite as crisp as I would hope...but you can't beat the value|
|Those long 75s will come in handy against the Red Army's T-34s|
|Ready for action on the table|