Two offerings from Der Kampfflieger.

January 5, 2014

From another company called Der Kampfflieger, I have for you a British Dingo Scout Car and a German Panzer Jager I.  Both come in 1/72 scale so sizing does not need to be done.  Both models were easy to build but both had their problems.

The scout car is only about 1.25″ long.  That is problem enough!  Everything about the card was pretty straight forward.  There was one part of the fender that was printed on the wrong side.  Nothing that a touch of bleached bone paint couldn’t cure though.

The Panzer Jager I was easy except for the gun assembly.  I ended up building the gun barrel out of plastic and adding the muzzle break from a bit of toothpick.

Dingo Scout Car and Panzer Jager I.

Dingo Scout Car and Panzer Jager I.

Dingo Scout Car and Panzer Jager I Side.  The scout car wheels are on loose.  Notice the back wheel is slightly "off".  The axle went in crooked.  I am probably going to remove it and adjust.

Dingo Scout Car and Panzer Jager I Side. The scout car wheels are on loose. Notice the back wheel is slightly “off”. The axle went in crooked. I am probably going to remove it and adjust.

The inner works of the PZJgr-I.  The model was pretty easy to build but the gun was a pit of a pain.  I could not roll the barrels so I ended up getting two sizes of plastic rod from the local hobby shop.  1/16" is the top rod and something smaller is the bottom.  The gun is not exact but is close enough.  The bell at the end of the gun is cut from the end of a round toothpick.

The inner works of the PZJgr-I. The model was pretty easy to build but the gun was a pit of a pain. I could not roll the barrels so I ended up getting two sizes of plastic rod from the local hobby shop. 1/16″ is the top rod and something smaller is the bottom. The gun is not exact but is close enough. The bell at the end of the gun is cut from the end of a round toothpick.

Again, the models were quite inexpensive at about $3.00 each from E-card Models.  Print and build as many as you like!  The Dingo took about 2.5 hours to build but the PzJgr-I took something along the lines of 6.5 hours.  Good thing I don’t need to many of those!  As with any photography, some of the imperfections immediately showed up in the shots.  I assure you, the tanks look way better in person, especially from 3 feet away.

Panzer Jager I

Daimler Dingo Scout Car


1/72 Scale WW2 Vehicles in Paper

December 1, 2013

I’ve been experimenting with some World War 2 paper vehicles.  I have made several now and would like to show the results.  I’ve purchased so far from two companies and found one item free on the web.

From left to right: Matilda MkII, Universal Carrier, Stug III, Panzer III

From left to right: Matilda MkII, Universal Carrier, Stug III, Panzer III

First up is a diorama offering from Best Paper Models.  The item comes with a Matilda and a Panzer III.  These tanks were pretty easy to put together.  Simply adhering to some paper modeling “best practices” and you could get these together in about 4 hours each.  This includes, cutting, gluing and touch up painting.  The results are quite nice.  A side note, I felt that the colors were a little bright so I toned them down, making the Panzer III a bit more tan and the Matilda a bit more earthy.  The latter’s colors were clearly influenced by the Matilda at Bovington.  The gun barrels are supposed to be rolled paper.  I managed to roll the Panzer III gun barrel pretty easily.  The Matilda gun barrel is a simpler piece and should have been even easier to roll.  However, for some reason I could not roll the paper into a gun barrel for this model.  I used a toothpick instead.  The last thing I want to mention is that these models are actually 1/87th scale.  I pasted them into a PNG file.  The graphics are actually very high resolution.  I had to shrink the files to 28% size.

On a side note, I did look up measurements for the vehicles just to make sure they were close to scale.  I use www.wwiivehicles.com for most of my needs since the web site owner has done most of the research for me and even lists his sources.  All measurements varried but the Matilda II varied the most, especially with the length of the vehicle.  The difference between the smallest and largest measurement was something like 3 feet!

Matilda and Panzer III from the side.  Note the solid tracks.  No cutting out bogey wheels.  Just one solid foldable piece.

Matilda and Panzer III from the side. Note the solid tracks. No cutting out bogey wheels. Just one solid foldable piece.

The second purchase was from paper Tiger Armaments.  These vehicles are very nice.  The coloring is, perhaps, not quite as nice as those from Best paper Models in terms of texture and detail but a very good model never the less.  There are more details in parts, especially in the track area.  I was not up to the task of assembling the tracks a wheel at a time so I used the tracks from the PZIII from BPA.  I recolored them further to give them a near match to the PTA Stug.

Stug III with tracks from the BPA Panzer III.

Stug III with tracks from the BPA Panzer III.

The final model is a Universal Carrier from J. Friant and is available on his web page.  This was a pretty easy model to build.  There is a good bit of white space in the interior when you look down and at an angle into the drivers compartment.  This can be fixed with some appropriately colored paint.  The coloring scheme is very basic so it would be easy to re-skin it to anything you like before printing.

Universal carrier with the solid track option.  There is also a detailed track option similar to the PTA tanks.

Universal carrier with the solid track option. There is also a detailed track option similar to the PTA tanks.

Final Thoughts

Paper tanks can be slow to build.  I suspect that the process can be somewhat sped up by building multiple tanks.  I have not tried it yet though.  At 4 hours per tank, this is probably a bit slower than preparing some of the quick build plastic models for the game table.  The advantage is the cost.  You can purchase a tank image for $2 to $5 via the web and then build as many as you need.

Best Paper Models Matilda and Panzer III in North Africa

Paper Tiger Armaments Stug III

Universal Carrier from J. Friant


Someone brought a cave troll!

February 11, 2013

We turn now to some of the heavy hitters of Middle Earth, the Trolls.  These are all metal figures and are actually from the Westwind Dwarf Wars range.  Unlike the LotR Trolls from the movies, these are muscular and seem to be more wiry.

Dwarf Wars Unarmed Ice Trolls make a great looking LotR troll for 1/72 scale figures.

These Trolls are actually scaled for 28mm.  Once you get a handle on the rank and file, monsters are easy to fill in.  Sometimes, a 28mm monster works perfectly.

Trolls (rear)

Trolls (rear)

From left to right, Legolas, Gimli, Sam, Troll, Goblin.  They look about right with the Troll being about twice as tall as a man.

From left to right, Legolas, Gimli, Sam, Troll, Goblin. They look about right with the Troll being about twice as tall as a man.

Notes:

The Trolls were undercoated in black and painted Bronzed Flesh.  They were then washed with Wonder wash Dirty Dark Brown.  Then the skin was highlighted with Bronzed Flesh again and then Elf Flesh.  Like most of my bad guys, the eyes were painted Red.  The fur is painted Scorched Brown and highlighted with Beastial Brown.  I think I need to highlight the fur one more time…maybe with a lighter color.

The figures were bought from war Web as they have 20% off of all Westwind and Old Glory products.  You could gain even more savings if you bought into the old glory army.  $50 will get you 40% off all products at Old Glory products for 1 year.  I don’t so I went with the next best thing.  The cost of 4 figures is $12 so each figure is $3.  In a skirmish game, 4 trolls is plenty.  In an army game, maybe not so much.

Westwind Trolls


Now without further due…The Goblins of the Misty Mountains

February 11, 2013

Our next entry into the LotR 20mm realm is Goblins by Goblin Factory.  These were originally made to compliment other 28mm figures.  The Goblins are quite small so compared to a 28mm human, they work out well for that purpose.  However, they also look good as a full sized Orc next to a 1/72 scale humanoid.  This is fantastic news especially since Goblin factory has an extensive range of Goblins including Goblins on Wargs.

Goblin Factory Goblins come in like packs.  these are the Armored Spear Goblins.  They are what you would expect.  Goblins with spear and some with shield.  The one second from the right clutches his spear with 2 hands making an excellent candidate for a standard bearer.

Goblin Factory Goblins come in like packs. these are the Armored Spear Goblins. They are what you would expect. Goblins with spear and some with shield. The one second from the right clutches his spear with 2 hands making an excellent candidate for a standard bearer.

Spear Goblins (side)

Spear Goblins (side)

Spear Goblins (rear)

Spear Goblins (rear)

Sword Goblins also have six different poses.  The one with crossed swords would make a good commander.

Sword Goblins also have six different poses. The one with crossed swords would make a good commander.

Sword Goblins (side)

Sword Goblins (side)

Sword Goblins (rear)

Sword Goblins (rear)

Goblin Archers are unarmored.  They also come armored but I thought unarmored gave a better look for archers.

Goblin Archers are unarmored. They also come armored but I thought unarmored gave a better look for archers.

Goblin Archers (side)

Goblin Archers (side)

Goblin Archers (rear)

Goblin Archers (rear)

The Warg Riders are where the range really shines.  There are riders with axes, swords, spears or even bows.  Mine are 1 set of unarmored  spear and 1 set of command (3 per set).

The Warg Riders are where the range really shines. There are riders with axes, swords, spears or even bows. Mine are 1 set of unarmored axes and 1 set of command (3 per set).

Warg Riders (side)

Warg Riders (side)

Warg Riders (rear)

Warg Riders (rear)

The finally set of pictures is the Goblin Shaman pack.  3 different poses and, likely, power levels of Shamans come in this pack.  One is rather ordinary, carying abig stick and pointing.  The middle Shaman has a torch.  An adventurer perhaps.  The Shaman on the left is a bit bigger, hunched over and has a vulture or buzzard on his shoulder.

The finally set of pictures is the Goblin Shaman pack. 3 different poses and, likely, power levels of Shaman come in this pack. One is rather ordinary, carrying a big stick and pointing. The middle Shaman has a torch. An adventurer perhaps. The Shaman on the left is a bit bigger, hunched over and has a vulture or buzzard on his shoulder.

Goblin Shaman (side)

Goblin Shaman (side)

Goblin Shaman (rear)

Goblin Shaman (rear)

Notes:

These figures are metal.  They are some of the first 20mm figures I painted and the first Goblins I’ve painted in a long, long time.  The skin is like that of the Mordor Orcs. GW Bubonic Brown over Black and a wash of Snake Bite Leather.  Then lightly highlighted with Bleached Bone.  Tunics are mostly white and bleached bone as a wash.  Leather stuff is Snake Bite Leather again and Chestnut Ink as a wash.

These figures are all metal and, as you might guess, don’t come cheap.  The packs of 6 foot are about $7.50.  That puts us over $1 per figure.  Wargs and riders are about $8.50 per 3 figures.  They are very nice sculpts and the look is fantastic when painted up.  They are great for skirmish gaming.  Cost of this group is $17 for the Wargs, plus $15 for the melee, plus $7.50 for the archers and $4 for the Shaman.  $43.50 total.  A hefty some for 21 Infantry and 6 Warg Riders.  When you consider that GW plastic boxes are going for $30 these days (6 Plastic Wargs for $30!)  you realize that a comparable sized force in 28mm is $60.  Perhaps not quite the savings we had with the rebel Minis Orcs and Dark Alliance Orcs.  Should you wish to go another rout, Dark Alliance has just released 2 new sets of Warg Riders.

Goblin Factory Goblins

Dark Alliance Wargs These figures will probably cost about $15 for 12 figures.  They are not widely available yet.


The Fighting Uruk-Hai

February 9, 2013

I did a bit of photography today.   The second of the two major players is Saruman’s Uruk-Hai troops.  These are by Dark Alliance.  The box comes with 45 figures in 5 sprues.  There is a small issue with this setup.  Each sprue has a musician and a standard bearer.  This is not all bad however.  The standard bearer can be converted to a spearman by clipping away the standard and adding a spear of course.  as well, the extras can be used with Rebel Minis Bag o’ Orcs which have no musicians or standard bearers.

Uruk Hai (Front)

This is the 9 figures that come with 1 sprue of Uruk-Hai. There are several figures with shields, 1 that is shouting a battle cry, 1 with a standard and 1 drummer.

Uruk-Hai (side)

A side view of the figures.

Uruk-Hai (rear)

The one view you will rarely see from these guys on the battlefield.

Uruk-Hai regiment

The regiment deployed. 20 figures in all.

Notes

The skin of the figures was painted with GW Dark Flesh over a black base coat and highlighted with Vermin Brown.  The armor is Bolt Gun Metal dry brushed over black.  Boots and other leather bits are Snake Bite Leather with Chestnut ink washed over the brown.  The figures are made of medium consistency plastic.  they come with almost no flash but like all plastic figures, the mold lines have to be reduced.  I used a sharp blade to scrape the lines.  Several of the figures are very reminiscent of the LotR Uruk-Hai from the movie.  There is one figure in particular that holds the irregular rectangular shield on his left hand and several have the broad flat blades.

The figures cost $14.95 for a box of 45.  That means each figure is about 33 cents each.  When combined with the rebel minis Bag 0′ Orcs you can build my Mordor regiment (20) for about $17.50.  You can also build 2 regiments (18 each) for $6 each or a total of about $12.  So 3 regiments total would cost $29.50 for 56 figures.  Not bad at all.

Tracking down the manufacturer’s website is a problem.  They are for sale at Hobby Bunker.


Mordor Orcs (So I changed it up a bit!)

February 9, 2013

Last time I said I’d do the Goblins of the Misty Mountains.  Frankly though, it is easier to do the Mordor Orcs.  Fewer pictures and all.  Plus, the next instalment will be along really soon.  I promise! So here we go.  These Orcs are by rebel Minis.  They are the Bag o’ Orcs line.  originally, they were to be part of an extensive line of 20mm miniatures.  Probably, they were made with the budget conscious gamer in mind.  The orcs retail for $12.50 for a bag of 16 which puts them at about 78 cents each.  The sculpts are very good for their size and they come with very little flash or mold lines.

Mordor Orcs Front

This group comes with 16 Orcs in 8 different poses. There is one pose that there is only a single pose and another that is tripled.

Mordor Orcs (Side)

Side view of the same figures.

Mordor Orcs (Rear)

Rear View of the Orcs of Mordor.

Mordor Regiment

Regimental view. I goofed up the photo. I should have snapped it higher up so you could see the back three ranks.

Notes:

4 of the figures in the front are from the Dark Alliance Orc Set 1.  These are perfect for both Mordor Orcs and Uruk Hai.  I painted all figures as I did with the Goblins.  Using older GW paints I painted the skin bubonic brown over black undercoat.  I washed them with snake bite leather.  The armor is dry-brushed bolt gun metal over black.    Leather bits are snake bite leather and chestnut ink.  The Dark Alliance figures were added for a command element.  They are inexpensive figures but are really nice for the price.  more on these figures in my next installment.  The Uruk-Hai.

Figures by rebel Minis: Bag o’ Orcs

Quick comparison.  The Orcs themselves are metal and cost about 78 cents each.  Other companies make 28mm Orcs that start at $2 per figure and go up to $4 or even $5 per figure.  So these are not so cheap, BUT they are not $5 per figure either!


The Fellowship of the Ring in 1/72 scale

December 15, 2012

For those of you who are budget conscious, I will be posting the results of my quest to make Lord of the Rings characters and armies in 1/72 scale.  It has been a challenge so far, but with all of the new figures coming out, including some fine fantasy figures by Caesar Miniatures, the challenge is not impossible.  First up I have for you the Fellowship.

The fellowship arrayed.  Front Row: Merry, Sam, Frodo, Pippin Back Row: Boromir, Aragorn, Gandalf, Legolas, Gimli

The Fellowship arrayed. Front Row: Merry, Sam, Frodo, Pippin Back Row: Boromir, Aragorn, Gandalf, Legolas, Gimli

Merry and Sam.  Same is painted with similar colors as the Sam in the movie.

Merry and Sam. Same is painted with similar colors as the Sam in the movie.

merrysam2

Merry and Sam (rear)

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Frodo and Pippin. Frodo wore dark colors in the movie. The only thing missing on this figure is a cloak. Both Merry and Pippin have cloaks.

Frodo and Pippin (rear)

Frodo and Pippin (rear)

Gimli and Legolas are both painted similar to the movie characters.

Gimli and Legolas are both painted similar to the movie characters.  I was pondering if the Hobbits were too short or if Gimli is too tall.  I think mostly it’s Gimli.  he should be about 4 1/2 feet tall.  He should also be about a head taller than the Hobbits. He is considerably taller than that.  He looks to be about 5 feet compared to Legolas who should be quite tall as an Elf.  However, the Hobbits are a bit small as well.

Gimli and Legolas (reverse)

Gimli and Legolas (reverse)

Boromir and Aragorn are also very similar to the movie characters.  There was another character with a bow that could have been Aragorn as well.  I thought this one was better since he had a two-handed sword.

Boromir and Aragorn are also very similar to the movie characters. There was another character with a bow that could have been Aragorn as well. I thought this one was better since he had a two-handed sword.

Boromir and Aragorn (reverse)

Boromir and Aragorn (reverse)  Boromir’s shield actually comes from a set by MiniArt,  The Late Roman infantry box.  This set has extra shields both round and oval.

Gandalf the Gray.  This is an obvious knock-off of the movie Gandalf...as was the Legolas figure.  Not that I am complaining mind you!

Gandalf the Gray. This is an obvious knock-off of the movie Gandalf…as was the Legolas figure. Not that I am complaining mind you!

Gandlaf the Gray (reverse)

Gandalf the Gray (reverse)

Notes:

Aragorn, Gandalf, Legolas, and Boromir all come from Caesar Miniatures Adventurers set.  Gimli comes from the Dwarves set.  No Dwarves are included with the Adventurers set at all.  The Hobbits are from Chariot Miniatures.  Assorted Hobbits with swords.  the set also comes with 2 Hobbits with shields.  These would work well as Merry and Pippin armed for battle with Rohan or Gondor.  The discription on Magister Militums website says some come with helmets.  Mine did not.  I got 8 figures.  2 of each pose.  I am not sure helmeted hobbits exist.

The cost of any Caesar Miniatures set is about $10.  The bag of metal Hobbits was about $5.  So for $25 I got the entire Fellowship, and enough Dwarves to make an entire Dwarven army.  But more on that later.  Note that the Caesar Adventurers set also comes with about 8 other poses.  Some Barbarians, a few female types, an armored warrior who would make a pretty good Prince Imrahil and the previously mentioned ranger with a bow who I plan to make Faramir.  To put this cost into perspective, you can find a box of metal Fellowship characters for about $22 on Amazon.  You almost certainly can get them on Ebay for a similar price.  However, you will have only 9 figures for your trouble.

Next up, the Orcs…er…Goblins of the Misty Mountains.


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