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Wolf’s Flames of war late war V4 update

Wolf’s Flames of war late war V4 update

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About the Project

First crack at a OTT project ^-^ In v3 I had 800 points of the big 4(German,US, British and soviets) for late war . With the newish V4 book I decided to upgrade my forces! So here are my project to update it to a full 100 points in Version 4 of our beloved rules. it is quite a big jump point wise as 100 points is the equivalent of 1500 points in V3 and earlier if I am correct.

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Slowly but surely

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Hello Ladettes and Lads!

So I been fairly quiet for a long time, partially due to a bit of a hobby wornout (that big pile getting smaller since months started not to interest me anymore, after all the salt of life is variety) However however however I did complete a few tanks and started to work on some other stuff too from the hum … spring cleaning challange.

So here we are, a second squadron of Cromwell for the 2nd Battallion Welsh Guards A squadron and a Cromwell CS that will go in the HQ.

As well as 2 Firefly but…. are those squares on the turret I see? My last shermans were had round ones from C Squadron not square ones from B Squadron! Could it mean? Oh my Goodness save me for I can’t save myself.

I must say that the turret decal of the Star is looking a lot better than I expected.

but without anymore blabbering here is are the pictures! LLoyd shot included of course

Slowly but surely
Slowly but surely
Slowly but surely
Slowly but surely
Slowly but surely
Slowly but surely

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Bring out your Deaaaaad!

I’m not dead yet…. feel quite fitting in those times πŸ˜›

Anyways, I must admit that I have been sitting on some minis without photos for a while and also started to work in parallel on what 4 to 5 things which means that everything slowed down.

 

Luckily I did manage to finish some stuff! First of all, the start of my Cromwell Reconnaissance Squadron one tank for the HQ and a platoon of 3.

Nothing special on them, pretty much painted like them the shermans except for the tracks which went like so:

Beige brown 875
Black wash (GW Nuln Oil)
1# done here so the dry brush can be done on the tracks and tow cables
Oily Steel 865 drybrush

and as you got an oily steel drybrush theΒ Β Β Β Β  #1 is for you to the the metalic bits in german grey 995 so once the oily steel shows up you can do it for it all!

For the weathering with the pigment I tried something different as I wanted those to look like they went through fields. You take the Mig Jimenez Pigment fixer, spread it on the part you want to weather and then saturate the area with the same pigment I use in the past. then wait for hours, usually I do wait more than 4 as I don’t want to ruin the work. and do that on the 4 sides separately:D

as for the Hessian Strips:
Dark Sand 847
US Dark Green 893
Overall brown wash

Without anymore due, here are the pictures

 

 

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Boosh! Lloyd shot

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Also came around of doing the 2 Paks 40 from the open fire box. The Panzershreck from the said box and as I needed a second Panzerschreck team I dug through a SS box and found a team painted to its own scheme

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15 days later.... US Tanks for Spring clean are done!

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Hello Sheilas and Blokes!

Here is a bit of an upgrade after 15 ishes days. The US tanks have been finished.

First of all, the mighty 76s for the first company, so I got the option of the full 75cm or 2 platoon of 75 and the third of 76s.

Of course picture, with da Lloyd shot

 

15 days later.... US Tanks for Spring clean are done!
15 days later.... US Tanks for Spring clean are done!

Really like how the command tank with the commander and the gunner poking their head out looks.

 

And then 4 tanks, 3 75s to finish the first company. And the lonely 1 camoflaged 75 for the second company, meaning the second company misses 2 M4s to be completed…. bugger

Find the pictures below.

15 days later.... US Tanks for Spring clean are done!
15 days later.... US Tanks for Spring clean are done!

Also was getting ready for the next bits. Which means brits tanks, german anti tank guns and PanzerShreck!

Damn those metal and resine Cromwells are just awesome. but they take ages to get ready and put together just the tracks are in 3 pieces each that are fairly fiddly to put together. But they still look stunning!

I couldn’t resist but to take a picture πŸ˜€

Also cleaning sheeps from that GW grass matt is a B!tc%

15 days later.... US Tanks for Spring clean are done!

So... what happened in a month?

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Hello Boys, Girls, Aliens, and all the rest that don’t fit in the 3 previous categories.

 

So I pushed this project in spring cleaning mode, good. What did happen in a month? Admitedly I did put the Team yankee in priorities, but I could not not do a thing so yeah, started to put together some tanks (well 9 of them)

The honor comes to the Americans and the Germans to open this spring cleaning.

With the 4 Shermans I had still in stock from the previous army, bringing the first company to its completeness and leaving the second company with 2 tanks missing (damn that itches on my OCD)

 

The germans meanwhile are having updates with 2 Panzershreck Teams (one from the open Fire box and one from the old metal box of SS PanzerGrenadier Kompanie, which will go very will with my SS PanzerGrenadier Kompanie that I have already painted) and also you can see 2 PAK Crews (also from the Open Fire Box)

Proof in the picture πŸ™‚ The shermans are not far off being done. maybe next week

So... what happened in a month?

But as I was so advanced on the rest… I felt the urge to also put together the 5 Shermans 76s, so that will make a nice option for my First sherman Company πŸ™‚

 

and the 2 paks for the germans, here comes the proof.

So... what happened in a month?

Spring Cleaning project update

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Hello chaps and chapette!

SO I turned this project into spring cleaning… ok fine. First thing first.

 

SCOPE!

British, US, Germans and Soviets will get their share of the cake.

Brits

Spring Cleaning project update

I shall start a second squadron, this time cromwells, really looking forward to it.

And I got a lone Spitfire that have been in my stock since it went out a few salutes ago… on and the first box of comets! So 15 tanks all together and one plane.

 

Germans and US

Spring Cleaning project update

So the Germans will be the most modest. with 2 PAK 40 and two panzer Shrek teams (so I can try the solo scenarios from Battlefront)

For the US.Β  Finishing 3 Resine and plastic shermans, and one plastic sherman.

Also, a plastic paratrooper platoon (same reason as the PanzerShrek), and a battery of Paratroopers 105. Just because I own a box πŸ˜€

 

 

Spring Cleaning project update

For the russians, 30 tank turrents. including 28 34/85 turrets

Sadly… I got an email on Friday saying “no decals for you now” so… yeah that will make them happen later.

 

A tally of:

  • 24 tanks
  • 30 Tank turrets
  • 6 Artillery bases
  • 11 infantry bases
  • 1 airplane πŸ™‚

Sometimes I hate myself when I see that πŸ˜›

Soviet T 34 Battalion ready for war

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Priviet!

So I show them in details, now here is the bulk.

 

Soviet T 34 Battalion ready for war
Soviet T 34 Battalion ready for war

And as soon as I layed them down my mind went “I need a tank commander for the 2 other companies…” and popped 2 tank commanders off the sprew, then popped a third one so I can add a Battallion commander on the T34 – 76 turret too πŸ˜‰

So that’s for what comes next for the russians. Will have to run down the inventory for the real spring cleanup challenge part. It will be Flames of war Late War only, not mid (the 2 desert armies that I have…) or Early war. Just Late, as I always am πŸ˜›

 

Damn my previous entry had to be split in two!

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Well for some reason the previous entry couldn’t hold all the tutorial. so I shall continue in this one. Sorry about the inconvenience.

Next grab another dry brush brush and Vallejo Luftwaffe Green 823. And do an over all drybrush, go easier than the previous one this time. at this point you’ll see the overall tank really pop to life. or at least for me.

 

Damn my previous entry had to be split in two!

Next, Vallejo German Grey 995 on the tracks, maching gun, the huge saw and other metalic tools if you do have any.

Also wood time, hit it with Vallejo Chocolate brown 872.

 

Then highlight it with Vallejo Flat Earth 983 (sorry no picture of that small step)

Damn my previous entry had to be split in two!

A quick Vallejo Cavalery brown 982 on the exhaust pipes, I know it looks quite harsh but don’t worry the spunging and the pigmens will tone it down and it’ll look ok.

Damn my previous entry had to be split in two!

Next! step that takes time as you do have to wait for varnish, decals and paint to dry.

Apply Vallejo Gloss varnish where the decals will go. Let it dry long enough, longer is better than not enough.

Apply the decals, use the microscale micro sol(red bottle) on it and wait that it dies, repeat the operation a few times (3-4-5 times depending of the surface). then once you gave it plenty of time to dry. gloss varnish over your decal.

In this case my russian star was white… the rest of the battallion got red star and I wanted red stars. so I took my Vallejo Flat Red 957 and painted over the decals.

Once that is dry, Vallejo German Grey 995 a small bit of sponge. and sponge all over the tank, don’t go too crazy, remove the excess on a tissue and then on your hand then take your time (yes I know it’s tempting to go fast but risks are that you’ll bugger off all your hard work).

Once that is dry, grab an HB pencil and go over the metal bits to give it some definition. do on the tank itself to represent recent scratches, or give deepness to the marks left by the sponge.

Damn my previous entry had to be split in two!

once that is done. you grab 2 dry brush brushes, a small one from GW to apply Mig Europe Dust pigment and an old brush small brush that you don’t care for anymore to do the gun and exhaust with MIG Black smoke pigment.

Once this is done, airbrush.Β  Ammo Matt Lucky Varnish (or Ultra Matt lucky Varnish) 1 bar of pressure and spray it, I tend to do the first approche fairly far away from the model to avoid blowing everything away. then once it gets wet go closer. I also always tend to do two coats of varnish with the airbrush to avoid overdoing it and ruining all the previous work.

Sorry no picture of that.

There done!

 

So… After talking on the Discord server I was told “yeah sure you can upgrade your Project to a Spring cleaning challenge one” and I still got gear for FOW… so even though I finished those 40 odd tanks that I started at the end of last October, I will carry on and kill some of my pile of shame.

Scope to be defined in the next post! With a picture of the whole Russian army of course πŸ˜‰

At Least, At Last, or is it?

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Ladies! Gentleman! Everyone in between the former two and the ones that are not in between.

I present to you, the other half of the russian T34 Company. And the upgrade for the Battallion Commander Turret a nifty 85 mm gun and a turret equipped with a cupolla (oh my, that’s russian luxury for you right there). We even got a Lloyd shot.

 

 

I was quite happy with the commander turret, therefor I could not resist to do a close up.

 

The commander was done as in t he previous post. the cap though was done in the following sequences as it’s closer to a uniform clothes. Some can tell me it’s the bloody same… well I wanted to have fun.

Vallejo Khaki Grey 880 as a base

GW Seraphim Sepia wash

Vallejo Khaki Grey 880 as a base on the raises surfaces and leave the dark bits dark.

 

Mix of 75 % to 25 % of Vallejo Khaki Grey 880/ Vallejo Stone Grey 884 just on the edges to make it pop some.

 

 

I was tempted to end here…. but I can’t. Here is a full step by step tutorial on how those tiny tanks were produced. Just if anyone there was wondering or wanted inspiration, also I could bloody remember it for the next time…. what you meant…..?

I’m very sorry if this tutorial will be very verbous but I wanted to try it out and see the feedbacks.

So first GW Chaos Black Rattle can undercoat, turrets removed from the hulls ,I tend to do it in 3 to 4 passes (2 on the top, two on the bottom) and go around the model doing short sprays.

Once this done put the turrets back on the hulls and do a zenith spray with a GW Chorax White Rattle can. no need to go crazy on it.

 

At Least, At Last, or is it?

Then we go back inside. Remove the turrets from the hull, Grab your thrusty airbrush the Vallejo Russian Green 894, Vallejo Airbrush flow improver, Vallejo Airbrush Thinner.

I find, for me that with this airbrush the following mix tends to go on as a base.

twice more thinner than paint and then about 1 drop of flow improver per two drops of paint

Exemple : Paint 20 drops, thinner 40 drops, flow improver 10 drops.

2 Bar of pressure

If you don’t have an airbrush you can go with a rattle can. the onces from The plastic Soldiers company are quite good. I prefer those over the army painter which gave me a fair bit of headache going from being so thing it hides details to giving me a sandy texture (and of all of it was on droopfleet commander minis…)

 

At Least, At Last, or is it?

Once that is done, have a break with the complicated stuff. Grab your jar of GW Nuln oil. and hit all the tank with it. try to avoid pooling on flat surface but really that’s it.

At Least, At Last, or is it?

Once the wash it real dry (give it a night or at least a few hours) grab that Vallejo Russian Green 894 that was trying to run away, your favorit nicely sized dry brush brush and do an overall drybrush. When I say nicely sized it’s not too small πŸ˜‰

At Least, At Last, or is it?

Reinforcements are in!

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Priviet Komrad!

God that is easy to say hello to anyone ain’t it?

Alright, well the first half of the last company for the Soviet Tank Battallion (31 tanks oh yeah) is finished! Sorry it took longer than I wanted but I kinda forgot to paint the company commander, and I didn’t want to take a snapshot with the unit half done πŸ˜›

The tank commander is fairly straight forward to paint:

Vallejo Luftwaffe Blue 816 for his overall

GW Chaos Black for the binocular

Vallejo Khaki Grey 880Β  for the tanker cap

Then GW Nuln oil wash on the painted parts

once that is done

Vallejo Beige Brown 875 for the skin

Then highlight the skin with Vallejo Flat Flesh 955

Then put a dab of pure white in your Vallejo Flat Flesh and do the last highlights on the skin.

Once that is done:

Vallejo Luftwaffe Blue 816 highlight on his overall

And for the tank cap, do a mix of 50/50 of Vallejo Khaki Grey 880 and Stone Grey 884 and touch up the details (saving that for after the skin also allows you to do touch ups if you messed up badly with the skin)

Then your proud Soviet tank commander is done πŸ™‚

 

Of course the post wouldn’t be complete with the pictures

 

 

Reinforcements are in!
Reinforcements are in!
Reinforcements are in!

And also a @Lloyd shot πŸ˜› also to show the marking at the end of the turret to differentiate this company from the others πŸ™‚ and the lovely work on the exhaust

 

 

Reinforcements are in!

Quick update from Russia

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Hello Fellows Confimenters,

 

Still working from home here, but I did work on my project some. Or well, quite happy with the amount of work if I am being entirely honnest.

The second half of the T34 Company was airbrushed today. Vallejo Russian Green 894. The first Half of the company got up to the point of getting its decals applied today. I will do another Gloss varnish layer on top of the decals tomorrow morning. The it will get the spunging, HB pencil for metal marking. Pigments, Matt Varnish. DONE!

So within luck I shall be done with the Russian part of the project by this time next week. And I just remembered that I need one more T34/85 turret! DOH! Oh well no biggie.

 

Of course here are the pictures

 

 

Quick update from Russia
Quick update from Russia

The yanks are done and the Kosaks are comin

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Hello Vault Stayers (as your government probably instructed you),

I have been quiet on this project for a bit too long. But! It’s because I didn’t want to trade productive hobby time against some picture taking, resize, typing my BS (sorry it’s just a regular size, not an XL one). And yes I was obsessed to get stuff done and finished and ready. So I told myself I will power through and do one big update. So here it is.

The American army is done!

First… the 9 last tanks that you didn’t see.

The yanks are done and the Kosaks are comin
The yanks are done and the Kosaks are comin

And of course the pictures of the whole army cause you know… that’s what we all want to see.

The yanks are done and the Kosaks are comin
The yanks are done and the Kosaks are comin

And then I packed them away…. and thought they looked cool too all huddled together. Here you are

The yanks are done and the Kosaks are comin

And here are those pesky Russians, I must say I did work on them while finishing the yanks as I didn’t want to have a kind of down time.

This morning I finished to put together the turrets and also airbrushed the first wave of 5 T34. the plan being to do this army in 2 waves. Of course here are the pictures

The yanks are done and the Kosaks are comin

Oh and I said on Discord that I was going to cork them… so here is the proof!

The yanks are done and the Kosaks are comin

Update!

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Hello Chap and Chappettes!

Here is an update after way too long being quiet. Some recent events might have drawn energy away from the hobby and another project might also have distracted me, look for the team yankee one πŸ˜‰

So I base coated the last 3 tanks.

And for the 2nd Squad I pretty much went my 2 drybrushes over the basic colors and shading and then went on the details. Finished today with a gloss varnish rattle can firing squad.

of course… proof in the picture!

Update!
Update!

On the last two I did put the turrets on separate corks and shaded the whole of them with the goody GW Nuln oil. In the background you may see a project I really should work on…

 

Update!

See ya!

Photo night and WIP on 2nd Platoon 2nd Company

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Hello everyone!

Finally got around to take proper pictures of the 2 last tanks for the 1st Company and also the 5 first tanks of the 2nd Company.

So without any further due here they are

Photo night and WIP on 2nd Platoon 2nd Company
Photo night and WIP on 2nd Platoon 2nd Company
Photo night and WIP on 2nd Platoon 2nd Company

And finally a quick snapshot from 2nd platoon and half of third platoon that are being worked on. only removed the turrets to put them on separate corks for the 2nd platoon and did the camo of the 2 others with some Vallejo Black Gre 862.

Also I found my Vallejo Chocolate BrownΒ  872 bottle which fall on the floor and rolled under the sofa >P

Photo night and WIP on 2nd Platoon 2nd Company

So well in the meantime I did that...

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Long story short completed the first squadron second company to the level of next is pigment time and matt varnish.

Also finished to put together ALL the tanks and add the stowage, undercoat, zenith them. And yesterday I Airbrushed them Vallejo Brown Violet 887. Started with 4, then thought I could do 5 so most would be done, had too much paint so did 6 >P

 

So well in the meantime I did that...

They call me Bob... Bob the B....

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So here is what I did tonight.

Couldn’t kick myself to paint anything after 2 hours and a bit of paperwork for a local club (curse me to accept this role)

they are not done yet and I will still need to put 2 more of them together to finish the 2nd Company.

Stay tuned!

 

They call me Bob... Bob the B....

Just keep on going... just keep on tracking!

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Hey hey hey,

 

here are the updates.

GW Nuln oil overall wash

heavy drybrush of Vallejo Brown Violet 887 (avoid the cammo for the most)

light dry brush of Vallejo Brown Violet 887 + Vallejo Green Grey 886 50/50 (avoid the cammo for the most)

tracks , tool metal and MG in german grey 995

 

and of course the picture

Just keep on going... just keep on tracking!

Social life, lazyness and First US company done

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Hello Guys and Guillettes!

So first thing first, I finished the first 3 waves of US shermans, 2 for the 1st Company and the try camouflaged for the second Company. Applied the pigments and varnished them tonight.

But before that they had to recieve:

Crates:Β  highlights in Vallejo Khaki 988 and brown shade

bags: green grey 886 then highlight green grey 886+ white 50/50 then brown shade

Tanker vests: Khaki 988 highlights Khaki 988 + white 50/50then brown shade

Leather straps: chocolate brown 872 then brown shade

canvas: german cam beige 821 then highlight german cam beige 821 + white 50/50 then brown shade

camo net : russian uniform base, high light strips in khaki and diluted brown shade

Then gloss varnish, the decals with the help of our dear micro sol friend, gloss varnish, German grey sponging to do the chipping which even looks ok on the sherman with the camo. so happy wargamer happy.

 

The second wave just got their Vallojo black grey 862 reproducing the scheme I showed earlier.

The antenas were done with a fishing line. 0.40 mm (tried with smaller ones on past models but it doesn’t look as good) and spray it with a GW chaos black. to fix it to the tank, use a good old German UHU super glue πŸ˜‰

anyways here are the proof! I shall do the pictures properly this weekend or maybe this week

Social life, lazyness and First US company done
Social life, lazyness and First US company done

German force picture and US follow up

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Hello!

This weekend I worked some on the US force (finishing the last 2 tanks of the first company and doing the test tank for the second Company).

On the camo tank after the original flatΒ  of Vallejo Brown Violet 887 I painted the camo patern in Vallejo Black Grey 862.

using loosely this reference for the pattern

 

German force picture and US follow up

 

Then applied an overall wash of GW Nuln Oil

 

What was done on all the tanks:

heavy drybrush of Vallejo Brown Violet 887

light dry brush of Vallejo Brown Violet 887 + Vallejo Green Grey 886 50/50

tracks in german grey 995

Crates: Vallejo Flat earth 983

 

Here is the overall picture

German force picture and US follow up

Also got around to snap a couple of picture of the German Force, without any other due here it is!

 

German force picture and US follow up
German force picture and US follow up

Kitty picture and corked shermans

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Good evening everyone,

Tonight I performed a proper photo shoot for those kitties that you’ll be able to see below.

As for the ones who always come 3 years late they were corked and the last of the resine did get a coat of nuln oil wash, trying to avoid pooling in the flat surfaces.

Also did some research on the 2 tones US Tank camo but so far nothing that got my interest… damned I was sure I had a guide in one of my FOW book… oh well I will find that.

Below the pictures!

Kitty picture and corked shermans
Kitty picture and corked shermans

might take a picture of the whole German army tomorrow

Germans Done! US Armor getting in

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Hello Everyone!

Quite pleased with the pigment work and airbrush work of the day.

So, this morning I applied The usual Mig Europe Dust and Black soot on the Panther and thenΒ  varnished it with the airbrush you see in the back, for that I used the suction cup as I didn’t want to use a big pot like the one on the airbrush in the picture.

Then I used the pot to mix some Vallejo Brown Violet 887 with some Vallejo Airbrush thinner and a few drops of Airflow improved by Vallejo also. Added some water in the mix, but next time I think I’ll try only with some airbrush thinner.

Took me a while but 7 of them (2 in resine and plastic and 5 in plastic) are base coated.

And as always here is the picture!

 

Germans Done! US Armor getting in

But I ain’t done just yet. This little airbrush really did stun me, it works real well and for the hour or so that I airbrushed the base coat I had 0 problems of clogging and didn’t even have to preemptively clean the needle.

Also in the picture bellow you can see how effective the suction cup is, you nearly loose nothing at all. Also in the paint pot it does suck out all the paint out, where I wasΒ  afraid of it leaving a bit at the bottom.

So yes I will use my old model as soon as I get them again, but for large areas or project…. I will go back to this one, plus unlike the one from Friday it is double action which is nice to blow air on the paint to make it dry.

 

 

Germans Done! US Armor getting in