(ABOVE) Guards Airborne Division positions around Prokhorovka.This post will provide some progress pictures of the painting I've been doing to fill out the 1st SS LAH Panzergrenadier Division's OOB for our Kursk project.
We ordered 10mm tanks and infantry from Pithead Miniatures. I drilled out holes with a hand drill and glued plastic broom strands into the tops of the hulls for radio antennas. Below are pictures of the German infantry and Panzer IV's in progress. I primed them black and then glued the dirt ballast onto the bases. I've learned through hard experience to glue the dirt on before I paint any of the details onto the miniatures.
(BELOW) 15 poses of infantry in the German infantry pack! Pretty impressive.
(BELOW) After the ink wash, another dry brush with the base color on the tanks.
(BELOW) Here are the German infantry with some of the details painted.
I then went back and highlighted the uniforms with the Vallejo German WW2 Green again. This draws out the sharp colors of the base paint that were dulled by the wash. If it doesn't highlight the details enough, mix it with a little white to lighten the highlight color. Once the painting is done, I brush watered -down white glue on all the base areas where the dirt ballast didn't stick perfectly and where the figures don't match smoothly with the bases. Dip in static grass and basing is done. Nice and easy.
(BELOW) Here are the Panzer IV's after their final basing. and a dull cote varnish.
(BELOW) 2nd SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment and the infantry from the division's recon battalion. I'll give them one more spray of Testors' dull cote to take the gloss from the ink wash off before they're done. I think the infantry really came out great! Excellent miniatures. I finished them up in about 4 hours of painting:
Vallejo German Camo Orange: German tank base color
Vallejo German WW2 Green: German uniforms and tank camo stripes
Vallejo Saddle Brown: Alternate tank camo stripe
Ceramcoat Charcoal: German helmets
P3 Paints Khardic Flesh: skin
Equipment: Vallejo Russian Uniform (gas cannisters, ammo cans), P3 Gun Corps Brown (rifle butts), P3 Bootstrap Leather (canteens, ammo pouches)