Some figures for the Panzer II tank

After a long break, I continued to work on the second Warsaw street fighting scene, and started to work on some figures to be added to the Panzer II tank. I bought a resin figure set from Stalingrad. The figures are ok, featuring some nice poses. I replaced the heads with Hornet offerings, and the rifles and the other equipment is from my spare box.

I built all three figures, reworking the poses and fixing some flaws. Then I painted the first figure and added it to the base:

Now I also added the second figure:

Finally, I added the third and last figure to the scene:

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Panzer II – painting

I covered the tank with a base layer of Tamiya panzer grey, followed by an oils based filter and pinwash. After that, I added stains, streaks and other details again using oils. Finally, I added a first layer of pigments below the fenders:

Now the tank is finished and attached to the base. The tracks are from Friul. There will be also some figures at a later stage:

The Panzer II tank

I finished building the panzer so that it is ready to be painted now. The build went smoothly, I added some scratch built parts to the running gear and also to the tow shackles at the front of the tank. Apart from that, all parts are either from the Tamiya kit or the PE set. The 20mm gun and the MG are from an Aber set:

I also started with the base, which will be very simple, consisting only of a strip of resin cobblestone pavement. The white stones are made from plaster and are used to fill a gap between the resin parts.

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New project: Panzer II Warsaw street fighting

I have an Tamiya Panzer II kit on the stash, that I want to use in a small scene, again based on a historical picture:

Scherl Bilderdienst Polen - September 1939 Erste deutsche Vorhuten erreichen die polnische Hauptstadt; Infanterie mit Panzerunterstützung geht in einem Vorort von Warschau vor. PK: Lanzinger 11846-39 ADN-TEXT: ADN-Zentralbild II. Weltkrieg 1939-1945 Überfall der faschistischen deutschen Wehrmacht auf Polen am 1.9.1939 Warschau ist durch faschistische Truppen von allen Seiten eingeschlossen. Die regulären polnischen Truppen und freiwillige Arbeitsbataillone verteidigen heldenhaft die Stadt gegen eine vielfache Übermacht. Deutsche Infanterie geht im Schutz von Panzern in einer Vorstadtstrasse vor. 11846-39

So it will be a very simple scene, the tank and some soldiers seeking cover behind the tank. I also ordered two PE sets from E.T. models (a general upgrade set and a fender set). There are some figures coming with the kit, that fit quite well to the poses on the picture, so I will still need some thoughts on how to build the figures used.

Some more details

To make things more interesting, I will add some details to the scene. I bought a bike kit from Masterbox some time ago that also contains some nice PE add-ons. I did not like the thin and fragile plastic bike frame of the kit at all, so I decided to rebuild the bike from brass parts. This also allowed me to keep the wheels and other parts movable, which made painting a lot easier. The kit also contains a hand bag and an umbrella, which I will scatter across the pavement, together with a self made Polish newspaper (from Magic Sculp and a self made decal):

The bike is just being painted (some details and washes are still missing).

Now everything is finished and attached to the base: