Saturday, 22 May 2021

More musings on Dunklegelb.

I have done some more investigating into my collections of German WW2 vehicles. My painting efforts started with a collection of 20mm Wargaming models. Some were resin but most were plastic. Back in those days (post 1987) I would have been using Humbrol German Dark Yellow. I sold off my stock of Humbrol's some years ago so don't have the product code on hand. This is a slightly yellow version of Dunklegelb and is pretty accurate as far as I remember. At this time I also made some 1/35th scale vehicles and which looks like I used the Tamiya version. The lightened version I used on the Tiger looks similar to the paint I used on my 20mm vehicles as seen on this Halftrack below.

The 1/35th scale Panther seen below looks like plain Tamiya XF-60.

Seen below is a PAK40 from Artizan which was hand painted using Vallejo Middlestone, which is a slightly yellow version of Dunklegelb.

This 88mm AA/AT Gun is the old metal version from Black Tree Design. I really love this model and the Luffewaffe crew I converted for it. This is where I feel the problem of colour choice started. I also painted a Corgi Halftrack, 2 Panzer IV's. Kettenkrad etc in this colour. Searching through my old jars I found a bottle of XF-59 Desert Yellow. This could be the base colour I used but I would have to spray something with it to be sure.

Shown below are all the Vehicles I have so far for my German Collection. Top left is a pre-painted JagdPanther from Tamiya I bought on a trading site. Then Tiger, Panther and the pre-painted Corgi Panther. Below left are a Tamiya Kettenkrad, four Tony Ashcroft 251's then a Corgi pre-painted quad AA Halftrack. 

Top right are two Tamiya PIV's, and below a re-painted Corgi Halftrack, BTD 88mm and three Corgi pre-painted Kubels.

Somehow I think I have too much for CoC and maybe should go back to Troops Weapons and Tactics (TWAT). I certainly have enough for What a Tanker (WAT). 

So in conclusion I think I will keep on using the Tamiya XF-60 but following a suggestion I saw on You Tube I will add some yellow and white to the bottle. 25% of each was the suggestion but I will have to experiment with this first. I could just buy some XF-88 which is the new paint but have so much XF-60 I might as well use that up first.

Saturday, 15 May 2021

Blitzkrieg Models Tiger 1 and Panther G Late.

It has been a while since I have done any Late War German Armour. The Last time I did anything German in 1/48th scale must be about 15 years ago. I saw that Empress was selling off its Blitzkrieg models a bit cheap I jumped at the chance. I had tried to buy the Corgi Tiger1 for what seems like decades but they always go for silly money. Somehow I got the Panther A for a decent price but when I was thinking about repainting it and first checked the price on Ebay, I found that I could triple my money on it so left it as is.

The Bltizkrieg models arrived very swiftly which surprised me as I was expecting a long wait time due to Brexit and Covid. Unfortunately they were delivered by Dropkick Couriers this end.  They seemed to be well packed but both had damaged track sections which required quite a bit of work to repair.

I used Tamiya paints with my Airbrush which had been in my spray booth for about a decade and had rust all over some of the parts. I gave it a quick clean up and it seemed to work ok for the camouflage job but I don't think I should use it for any finer work.

I was really happy with the finish until I took them outside to compare with my older models. They are all much yellower than these and look much nicer to me. I had used some white in the Dark Yellow for the top coat so will add some Yellow for anything else in this scale. I am pretty sure that I used Tamiya paints on the older models but it could have been Humbrol Enamels, I just cant remember. I also mixed the Green in with a lighter Green and put some extra Red in the Brown to get the colours I wanted. Possibly it is the undercoat at fault as I remember doing some US Armour that it took ages to get the US Green to a lighter tone I was happy with? I am undecided about the track colour, I tried different washes and products on them which didn't really change the colour very much.

I could not work out what the Tiger was meant to be? It has Fiefel Air cleaner system and Drum Copula but is covered in Zimmerit. I could not find any photos of its use in Russia or Europe in this configuration so settled on it being a Hollywood Tiger. The Tigers in SPR and Kellys Heroes are this type although built on different chassis. The number is SS-Oberscharfuhrer Karl Ottos Tiger from Kelly Heroes. I will have to paint a dismounted figure for it as I have some of the US characters already. I had to sand off some of the Zimmerit as it is really thick and over done. The decals would not have sat very well without doing this.

The Panther is well represented of a Late War G. I added some extra stowage and tools but it still looks bare. I didn't want to cover all the nice detail up and cover the hatches as they are well sculpted.

The Corgi Tank in the photos is much Yellower than my other models so don't take that as a comparison point. I just wanted to show the size difference between 1/48th compared to 1/50th.

Edit. After watching some videos it seems that Tamiya has gotten the Colour wrong. They have produced a new version of the German Yellow which is lighter. I now think I was using Humbrol Enamels previously.