Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Guns of Autumn

More German WWII guns. Models by HaT. The big jobby on the left is a German Pak36, a rebuilt Russian 76.2 anti-tank gun from the hundreds captured in 1941. It used upgraded high velocity ammunition and was a serious tank killer. The model shows how large and unwieldy AT guns became in WWII. Infantry did not re-acquire a man portable long range tank killer until the advent of the guided missile.

The pic illustrates something else. As the winter progresses our day length shortens up here on the roof of the world and our light is 'pastel', filtered by its long glancing pass through the atmosphere, the last stage of which is in the air pollution of the Thames Valley.

PS I sprayed these with Valejo acrylic spray to keep the static grass on. It is so much better that Citadel satin.


  1. Very nice John. Ive been doing something similar but in 15mm for Flames of War. Im putting together an Gepanzerte SS-Panzergrenadier company (cant decide on using the 2nd Das-Reich or 12 hitlerjugend at the moment though)

    Hadnt considered going for the bigger sizes though. Might be a good one to do for 6yr old who is getting fascinated with daddy's models!!

  2. DearZed
    They are also cheap. £5-7 buys a box of 48 soldiers and tanks come at £8 for 2. Rapid Fire have a free set of simple rules suitable for kids on their website.

  3. Are you using the armourfast tanks? i saw those at the war and peace show but (at the time) didnt think they had a place in my life. Apparently im wrong.

    ill check out the rapid fire rules as well.

  4. Dear Zed. The MkIIIs were armourfast. The other options are Italieri quick assembly and Pegasus Hobbies. Italieri and PH are the best but they all do different models.

  5. "Guns of autumn" sounds like an Eldar unit. Consider the moniker stolen for my own pointy eared ends....

  6. Dear ZZ
    I am pretty sure I stole the name from a book or film - so it's open season.

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