For something completely different from the regular figure offerings, I dug deep into The Lead Pile and pulled out a stack of 15mm Zvezda plastic vehicles. A moderate stack of these models has lingered around for exactly five years. Looking back in my invoices, I see I bought fifteen models (three copies of each model) for $2.99 apiece. Each is a neat little snap together model with crisp detail.
Having received two sets of Vallejo Pigment sets two years ago as a Christmas present from a gaming buddy, I finally had reason to give them a try. Not knowing what I was doing, I mixed up a little 'mud' to slap onto the wheels, tracks, and undercarriages of the models. I like the effect it offers and adds some interest to the predominantly grey of early war German vehicles. Jake, sorry it took two years before I pulled these pigments out for a trial run. Glad I finally got to it! I think I will go back to a pair of 1/48 Shermans and muddy them up a bit too.
One final decision in the building of these models was whether to base or not. With the only recent 15mm WWII action an infantry only affair, no need to address vehicle basing at that time. Now that WWII gaming has piqued my interest, I want to try expanding the collection to include a vehicle or two. While indecisive for a time, I finally rationalized that since the infantry was based on 3mm thick bases that the vehicles should be mounted on 3mm thick bases too. This allows for all stands to lay on the same plane during a game.
On to the individual models...
|Sd Kfz 222 Armored Car|
|Sd Kfz 251/1 Ausf B|
|Opel Blitz Truck|
|STuG III AusF B|