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Sdkfz 234/2 Puma Action!

Wow, been busy lately… After posting that War was Declared, got a test game of Bolt Action in and have been for a great day at Salute.

It seems that the groups attention has wondered over to Drop Zone Commander which is not a bad thing, I am really looking forward to getting into that game again, or rather make a start. But I still have the WW2 bug at the moment. So I have been painting up some SS miniatures and a Puma.

This is a 1/48 scale kit from Tamiya the old Italeri kit re-boxed. I did some knocking around on the inter-web thingy for patterns etc. I have not done a model kit in 10+ years and was never any good but I thought I would give it a go.¬† ūüėē

So here is my attempt at airbrushing:

I have now added 2 coats of filter from AK Interactive and added a pin wash and then tided it up a bit.

The next stage is to add some paint chipping and light scratches, until you are happy with the amount. I have added a fair few I can imagine that the Puma is thrashing its way though under growth  and sneaking into the woods and towns scouting for Allied armor.

The colours should tone down a bit more. I may add rain streaks, still have mud and dust to add. I have not used any of these products before, I normally just did drybrush and ink was but want to try and paint it like modelers do.

Adding the start of the mud:

I don’t want it plastered just some stuck under there from usage.

Here are the wheels:

So I have now been working on the crew, I wanted a crew of 2 for this one. The commander exposed commenting to the gunner who has just his head exposed, sort of a narrative.

Here are some bad pictures¬† ūüėÜ

Here you can see the excellent decals from Warlord I picked up at the Salute show in London, I used two eagles and an officer rank Untersturmfuhuer. Excellent decals. I used Micro Set and then added a little Matt varnish.

Well I think I am finally there.

I took advantage of the nice weather and took some photos.

I am thinking about adding some foliage? What do you think?

WAR Declared!

As some of you may have noticed, it’s been mighty quiet, from me certainly. After all the buzz around DropZone Commander I have still failed to get a game or paint anything, it’s been nearly a year since we first saw them at Salute, which is on again 20th April.

Since then I have been concentrating on board or pre-painted games, I know heresy. Although I do love X-Wing, more on that later in another post in the future.


So after a few conversations with my fellow 6inchmove gamers we have decided to do some small scale games. After a bit of discussion we decided on WW2 and the bolt action rules. While not the most accurate in the world and perhaps stylized in the vain of the great GW monster, and army list based over scenarios, I agreed. I have been a fan of the period since a small kid playing with Airfix models and soldiers.

I had a large US Army squirreled away in the extension but have always loved the German uniforms, especially the¬†camouflage¬†and that of the SS, while I have no interest in the¬†political¬†side of them or the terrible things¬†committed¬†in the past, this was purely¬†aesthetic¬†and wargaming orientated. Hell we all need a bad guy and I guess that was me. Hmmm I¬†also¬†found some British infantry, British Commandos, US Para’s, I do seem to collect a lot of unpainted lead.¬†We have¬†¬†working on his American Infantry and¬†¬†with British Commando’s and our choice of scale, 28mm

I have looked high and low for decent Waffen SS minatures and came down to a choice of Artizan Designs and Bolt Action from Warlord Games, I went with Artizan as they IMO just looked cleaner and nicer overall. However I noticed they did not actually do Waffen SS miniatures but do late war Germans instead. So I went with those. A thing to note about them is that although they do wear smocks they do not have helmet covers, most SS units were issued with helmet covers, so I plan to sculpt some of my own.

I placed my¬†order with Great Escape Games (¬†as they were cheaper than getting them direct from North Star and I got a great discount, they have all sorts of deals available. Boxed units and army deals, saving a few ¬£’s is always good. I also ordered a tank from Die Waffenkammer ( more on that in another post (plus I am keeping it secret so I can¬†surprise¬†them in a game)

So I am now busily painting away, trying to catch up with  and his Yanks.

I have to say it’s nice going back into WW2, getting into the historical¬†research¬†again, looking into uniforms and armour, weapons etc, it’s like being a kid again. I look forward to bring you some reviews and painted examples in the future and share some of my experience of putting together a WW2 game of Bolt Action…