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Lockdown Leisure League Blitzkrieg Project

Lockdown Leisure League Blitzkrieg Project

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About the Project

Little Lockdown project to help support my FLGS and to keep me sane

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Step 6: Painting Armor

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As I progress with the infantry I must not forget about the support vehicles which will be the backbone of my fast advancing Blitzkrieg force. I decided to start with the halftrack first and deal with the tank later on.

The research for the appropriate colour scheme was quite easy due to the fact that in early war almost all german vehicles were in various shades of grey (no movie or book reference intended). I therefore picked up a vallejo air colour painting set called  ” German colors 1927-1941″.

I started with a black prime followed by very subtle zenithal highlight. I then did a panel highlight over the whole  miniature.

I used the colour Vallejo model air AV7115 Blaugrau (bluegrey) as basecoat and repeated the panel highligting with the base colour mixed with an increasing amount of white ink.

After basecoating was done I gave the model a drybrush with Citadel Administratum Grey. I sponged on some chipping effects using Citadel Ulthuan grey and filled some of the spots with Vallejo Model Colour German Grey. I then painted the details on the vehicle such as the MGs, the tools, the jerrycans and the tires and tracks.

I continued by covering the whole mini in gloss varnish and then did a panel wash with black oil wash.

The decals were first put on the moist sponge of my wet palette as using this method it won’t float away or drown in a glass of water. I use Micro Set to prepare the surface for the decal on the mini, then put on the decal with a most brush and let it sit for a while. After that I put on Micro Sol to achieve a “painted on” look.

The last step was the streaking grime done by a sponge using black paint and wiping it from edges vertically downwards. I then covered the tires and the tracks with Citadel Typhus Corrosion and sprinkled it on the vehicle from an upward angle by pushing a brush loaded with typhus corrosion against a small cocktailstick at a 90 degree angle as shown below.

The last step was a coat of mat varnish and inserting  the MG gunner.

Step 6: Painting Armor

Step 5: Actually Painting

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After all this research its time for painting and I’m eager to pick up some brushes and get started.

I painted on all the base colours, then gave all the areas a good wash and then put on the base colour on the raise areas -nothing fancy as they are supposed to be gaming minis.

Step 4: Choosing Colours

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After reading some articles, chapters and gathering picture reference this is what I found out about early war german uniforms:

I decided to go for the uniform of about 1940 which is called “Feldbluse M40” but also the “Feldbluse M36” was still in use. The slight difference was, beside the number of buttons,  the collar changing from green to the matching uniform colour but in fact the green collar was so popular that soldiers kept it or changed it back to green. I decided to keep the green on the collar as it adds a little eyecatcher to the model making it more interesting to look at.
The pre war german uniform was mostly grey but changing in the 1930s to green. There were two versions worn by the soldiers: One was the fieldtunic (Feldbluse) in fieldgrey and the other was the mor comfortable fatigue uniform (Drillichanzug or Arbeitsanzug) which had a more dark olive or reed green colour and was used in the warmer time of the year. The trousers had a slate grey colour at the beginning but changed to fieldgrey or  during the Blitzkrieg. During the invasion of the soviet union the uniform changed to an overall fieldgrey and introduced the famous camo patterns. I decided on using a bluish grey trouser colour for  one half of my force and a fieldgrey for the other representing the colour changes happening during the early war.

A great article I came across:

So as I did all my research and decided on a colour scheme its time to choose some matching colours:

VMC = Vallejo Model  Colour

CP = Citadel Paint


VMC 70.920 German Uniform: uniform

VMC 70.816 Luftwaffe Uniform: early trousers

VMC 70.823 Luftwaffe Camo green: mess tin, collar, shoulder straps, MG 38 ammo box

VMC 70.995 German Grey: boots, Kar 98 ammo pouches, Y-straps, cup on top of canteen, helmet, weapon belt

VMC 70.830 German Fieldgrey: late trousers, gas mask canister, gas cape pouch, blankets, bed rolls

VMC 70.821 German Camo Beige: breadbag, MP 40 ammo pouches

VMC 70.875 Beige Brown: wood on  rifle, shovel and stick grenade

VMC 70.872 Chocolate Brown: canteen, officers map bag, holster, eather straps


CP Cadian Fleshtone: skin base

CP Kislev Flesh: skin highlight

CP Leadbelcher: metal parts

CP Stormhost Silver: metal highlights

CP Agrax Earthshade: shading for beige and brown parts

CP Nuln Oil: shading dar parts of uniform and metal

CP Reikland Fleshshade: skin shading


Step 4: Choosing Colours

Step 3: Colour Scheme

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The most Important part besides chosing between weapon options befor building the minis is to choose a colour scheme and decide on which paints to use.

In historical wargaming in can be a bit of pain in the back to get the right colours for a specific uniform. However there are paint brands like Vallejo that provide certain tints and hues in their colour range.

The easiest way is to pick up a paint set for specific uniforms or camo schemes but you often get paints in it you already have and this method is also a bit pricey regarding the wealth of diferent uniforms use in WW2.

Another way would be to mix your own tints, but if you are not accurate while mixin every time the colour will turn out differently every time. You could use an empty dropper bottle and mix a large quantitiy of the needed colour to extend your existing range.

The best method for me is to look at paintings of the specific period (in early WW2 photos were only in black-and white). I research in Books and the internet. Sources I can recommend are Osprey books covering a lot of different periods and Pinteres providing a lot of material which can be saved in collections with no ned to save every image on your harddrive.

What can also be found on the internet are painting schemes already provided by hobbyists or even paint brands or miniature brands themselves. Check out Youtube for painting tutorials or Websites of manufacturers to find some tips on how to paint your minis.

Video by Pete the Wargamer on painting Blitzkrieg Germans:

The research on correct uniform colours is a science on its own but we should not forget that the colours on the mini are only a represantation of the uniform and that camo  patterns cannot be applied in the right scale because hardly anything would be visible at the gaming distance of half a meter away. I therefore always try to find a compromise between historical accurancy and what I think looks good on the mini and the tabletop.

Below are some resource  examples of colour schemes I was coming across during my research. They were randomly picked and are no kind of advertising whatsoever!


The German Army 1939-45 (1): Blitzkrieg (Men-at-Arms, Issue 311)The German Army 1939-45 (1): Blitzkrieg (Men-at-Arms, Issue 311)

Step 2: Priming

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The Assembly of the supports and approx. half of the infantry is done. I like to batch paint but this hobby is supposed to be fun, so to give it some variety I only assembled 20 minis to get to paint them a little earlier and finishing the other ones later on.

Step 2: Priming

Step 1: Assembly and basing

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Due to Lockdown regulations in my homecountry my FLGS amongst others had to close. To make good use of my left over hobby budget of all the conventions I couldn’t attend I tried to make this time for the owner as well as for me a little easier and therefore gifted myself with a Bolt Action starter army which I want to assemble and paint during those crazy times to keep me sane. I was keeping and eye on that box for quite a while and I thought the time had come.

I will post updates of my progress not only to keep me motivated but to be part of lockdown leisure league and motivate others to go through those rough times by cleaning the “piple of possibilities” as I like to call it. Cheers!

Contents: 6 Sprues of Infantry, one halftrack, one tank, one artillery, one medium mortarContents: 6 Sprues of Infantry, one halftrack, one tank, one artillery, one medium mortar

DAY 2: Assembly of halftrack and tank

SdKfz 251/1 HanomagSdKfz 251/1 Hanomag
Pz.Kpfw IV Ausf. D tankPz.Kpfw IV Ausf. D tank
75mm LeIG 1875mm LeIG 18
81mm medium mortar81mm medium mortar
assembling first run of soldiersassembling first run of soldiers
based and ready for primingbased and ready for priming