A Bridge Too Far – Finished Project

1/56th Bridge Too Far finished project pics ….

Finally processed the finished project pics, now packed up and ready to ship.

As a recap the project for Bolt Action Gaming purposes represents the 9th-SS Hohenstaufen SS-Aufklärung-Abteilung (Recce Battalion) and with a little historical licence comprises;

HQ
1x Humber A/C – Grabners Humber
1x Schwimmwagen – Recce/command (4 troops)
1x 251/8 – Medical (2 medics, 2 troops )
1x 251/7 – Engineers (9 troops)
1x SP Flak – Opel Blitz and SPAA Quad20mm

AC Platoon
1x 222 – 20mm light a/c
1x 232 – 20mm heavy a/c

Recce Platoon
1x Luchs – 20mm recce light afv
1x 250/1 – SPW (5 troops)
1x 250/1 – SPW (5 troops

Heavy Support Platoon
1x 250/7 – 81mm Mortar
1x 250/8 – 75mm SPG

Infantry Platoon
2x 251/1C – 20 troops
1x Opel Blitz – 10 Troops

And the gaming kits used were

Warlord Games
Opel Blitz with open canopy
Opel Blitz and 2cm Flak
SdKfz 251/1C SPW (Plastic kit) x2
SdKfz 251/8 Ambulance
SdKfz 250/7 Neu 81mm Mortar
SdKfz 250/8 Neu 7.5cm SPG Stummel
PzKpfw II Ausf.L Luchs Recce
Flakvierling 38 20mm
Schwimmwagen
SdKfz 222 Armoured Car
Grabners Humber Armoured Car

BlitKrieg Miniatures
SdKfz 231 2.0cm 8rad Armoured Car
SdKfz 250/1 Neu SPW x2

JTFM
SdKfz 251/7 Engineer SPW

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Perry Morris CS8 AT-Portee – Project DAK finished

Perry AT-Portee finished ….

Finished the Perry Morris CS8 Bofors AT-Portee. Kept the finish plain as the vehicle is pretty busy anyway and Caunter would have been a bit tricky to pull off, plus most pics of Portee conversions show a basic sand finish. All in all a very attractive model and should look even better when the new owner add the crew ….

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And the build wips pics. I added the white styrene mudguards and rebuilt the supports for the overhead stowage rack.

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Ersatz M10 Panzer Brigade 150 – Dragon 1/72nd Panther and Cpl Overby conversion kit wip4

Base builds ….

Final assembly of the Ersatz M10s and getting close to base painting. Still have some pin holes to fill and a few lifting eyes to replace and will box on once some new fine drill bits arrive on shore …. a little more modern and some PSC PzIVs and 251s up next.

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Project DAK finished – Perry and Blitzkrieg desert theater vehicles

Finished pics ….

Ok, updated with a few group pics and a bit of a re-cap is in order.

The vehicles are ;

Blitzkrieg SdKfz 250/1C
Bliztkrieg SdKfz 222
Blitzkrieg Marder II
Perry SdKfz 250/1
Rubicon SdKfz 250/1
Perry Dingo
Perry Universal Carrier
Blitzkrieg M3 Stuart
Perry Marmon Harrington MkIII

Stowage is a mix of Perry, Rubicon and JTFM, decals used were from Warlord, Rubicon and Tamiya. Everything was given an enamel base/primer coat and all top finishing was brushed acrylics using GW and Vallejo. Final weathering was mostly Windsor and Newton oils with some homemade acrylic washes and finished with Mig and homemade pigment powders.

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Perry Dingo – Project DAK wip11

Dingo …..

Perry Dingo Scout Car. Picked a different camo for some contrast. Nice simple and attractive model, just needing decals and flags, which should go on this week as the plan is to wrap up everything except the Perry AT-Portee by the weekend.

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Blitzkrieg PanzerIII, 251/1C and 222 – Project DAK wip9

More DAK …. yup.

Base colours went onto the last three German DAK vehicles. That’s pretty much all really, nothing exciting to report yet …. except the “stipple on and rub off” chipping worked out pretty well. Although it doesn’t show in the pics very well as they require some details/contrast to photograph better.

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And a bit of a close up (dang I wish I had a better/modern camera) of the brush stippled and rubbed off paint chipping

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Caunter Base Paint – DAK Project part8

Almost there …….

Completed the basic shading on these guys and they’re starting to look the part. Only final detailing, AOS markings and some selective chipping to go now. Oh, and aerials with flags. The British desert forces loved aerials with pennant flags on them, all very boys own !!!!

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A progression/SBS pic. Hopefully this gives some idea of how the layers of paint build up from the starting block colours to the final shading …

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Caunter Base Paint – DAK Project part7

Even more Caunter progress ……

Ok, it might not look like it but I recoloured the Silver Grey hue to make it “Greyer”. Why, because I’m odd like that, little things annoy me. So I fixed it. In my happy place now so I painted on some markings. All very British looking 🙂

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Caunter Base Paint – DAK Project part6

Caunter progress ….

First pass of the Caunter shading on and tracks, wheels and a few details blocked in. Still not 100% sure about the grey hued “Silver Grey”. While it looks attractive it tended to go blue when lightening and so I might either put a filter over it or tint it more towards the light-grey spectrum and re-paint.

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Caunter Base Paint – DAK Project part5

Perry Marmon-Herrington MkIII, Bliztkrieg M3 Honey, Perry Universal-Carrier MkI ….

The mysterious Caunter Scheme 3colour Disruptive camouflage pattern takes shape. The base scheme is on the first three brit vehicles using HOQ paint renditions of Portland Stone, Slate and Silver Grey. All colours are base solids and will get lightened considerably, especially the Slate (which is a green – dark grey) and Silver Grey (which is a pea green – grey).

Should be interesting to see how they work out …..

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Blitzkrieg MarderII – Project DAK wip4 “updated”

Updated …

Finalised the stowage and detailing on these three. Added tool clamps, a stowage bin, ammo crate and tarp, spare track and gun cradle to the MarderII. Put straps on the Perry 250/1 for the hanging bags using thread tape cut into fine strips, made a replacement MG shield and repositioned the gun mount back and down. The Rubicon 250 got an added Jerry can rack.

So they’re all ready for the final paint work now …

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Just a little progress. the Perry 250 is looking a tad better with stowage and the base lining done.

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Blitzkrieg MarderII and Perry SdKfz 250/1 comparison – Project DAK wip3

Blitzkrieg MarderII ….

More from the DAK project. Blitzkrieg MarderII and Perry 250/1 with the base paint laid on.

The Blitzkrieg MarderII is quite a nice moulding for the most part with little of the 3D master lines a lot of Blitzkrieg kits have. The Pak40 mounting needed the sides filing back to fit so look up some reference pics if you’re assembling one. The gun barrel itself is a very (very) rough casting and despite being straightened 3 time with hot water/chilling refuses to stay completely straight. It’s looks a little big/thick too, over 1/48th in thickness compared to the Tamiya kits I have here. I’d replace it with something but I don’t have a muzzle brake, however with the above taking into account it’s going to look pretty nice when finished.

I also did a quick side by side comparison with the Perry 250/1 and Rubicon 250/1 halftracks. Suffice to say the Perry one is not a favourite of mine, (way off in shape and rough casting quality, mostly shape though). The front MG shield has to go as well, not sure what it’s doing so I’ll make a new shield and mount. I will save it with stowage and paint but …. not a recommended buy though (unlike Perry figures) 🙂

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Perry vrs. Rubicon SdKfz250/1 halftrack comparison

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Rubicon SdKfz250/1 – Project DAK wip2

Rubicon SdKfz250/1 …..

Buttoned the top up and did a little basic blending and shading. Probably wont do much more on this now until some of the other vehicles get to the same stage that way I can tweak the final finish if required to help them look more of a “group”. Also moved to headlights back into the correct or at least one of the correct mounting locations. I assume Rubicon moulded them to the top of the front plate for simplicity – ie being sort of close to the real mounting and to save having two separate fiddly lights to add. Looks much better to my eye now …

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Rubicon SdKfz250/1 – Project DAK

Rubicon 250/1 …..

Just a quick look at the 1/56th Rubicon SdKfz250/1. I was in too much of a rush to get sprue pics but in summary it’s a pretty nice bit of kit. Very accurate overall in shape and with optional parts to build a 253 version. So I whipped on the base paint and though I’d try to get the look of the “hairspray” chipping technique that the big boys get to use i.e. those with airbrushes 😉 – but using my old faithful brushes.

Base paint was Humbrol Enamel Grey 27 for this as I figured laying down acrylics over enamel might allow me to rub off and distress the top coat a bit. Top was just some Vallejo desert colour, not sure which I just grabbed it for the experiment. Making it look worn turned out to be fairly quick and easy and I think it’s turned out pretty good so far. Bear in mind this is just the base paint, with a few more layers, touch ups, detailing and then usual washes/shading/dusting I think this should end up looking pretty ok.

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Ersatz M10 Panzer Brigade 150 – Dragon 1/72nd Panther D and Cpl Overby conversion wip3

Base paint …..

Finally decided what latch details to add to the new turret hatch (no detailed pictures show the locking mechanism) and laid on a base coat of green, my version of Olivgrun 6003. Various US technical documents on the M10 conversions state the colour was US Olive Drab but I suspect that is rubbish, with neither the German supply system being able to husband and supply stocks of US paint but also GIs being unable to see the wood for the trees and viewing all greens as “Olive Drab”.  My view is that the conversions were most likely painted with the predominately available German green at the time, RAL6003.

Anyway enough detail, the base colour is mixed with GW acrylics and brushed as normal. I’ve started the lightening process with a basic highlighting and streaking, nothing too obvious yet, again just my standard painting process.

Also I’ve included a bonus pic of some other 20mm “stuff” that managed to fall under the rattlecan for priming …..

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A wild herd of primed 20mm ……

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