Just recently I counted the number of unfinished, half-finished and yet-to-be-started kits sitting around in various cupboards and it came to the grand total of sixteen. Not a lot, admittedly, when you see photos of some people's collections, but a fair few. Admittedly, some of these I'll probably never get to starting never mind finishing, but others I have made a serious start on. One kit, of a Gloster Meteor jet (which I mentioned in my first ever post on this blog) I recently gave to my brother and he has presented me with a kit of a German WW2 motorbike and side car which is my current project.
This particular kit of a WW2 German Pak 35/36 anti-tank gun and crew, plus ammo boxes and shells, was one I had sitting around at home for goodness knows how long before I got working on it seriously in February this year, finally finishing it a few months back. As I've said in a previous post I have trouble finishing groups of figures, but a gun without its crew is particularly cruel, so I knuckled down and got it done, though I did keep the decoration of the figures rather basic, concentrating mostly on the uniforms, paying scant attention to the faces, which I simply shaded with some GW Ogryn Flesh. I gave the uniforms a good coating of Soft Tone Army Painter ink, then used the uniform colours to highlight the raised areas.
When I started painting model figures I was surprised to find that there was so much variation in the uniforms used by the German army, I had previously thought it was a combination of grey/field grey, but it seems that later uniforms were predominantly pale green, especially when most of their material started being imported from Italy. The instructions on the box had the gun crew in the green uniforms, but I decided to go with the earlier colour combo, which is more pleasing to the eye. The gun itself was used from the late 1930s and was quickly superseded by more powerful artillery as the war went on, so was a perfect choice for troops in early uniforms.
The colours I used were:
Humbrol 27 (Sea Grey) for the trousers
Humbrol 30 (Dark Green) for the collar and epaulettes
Humbrol 32 (Dark Grey) for the helmet
Humbrol 78 (Cockpit Green) for the jacket
Humbrol 72 (Khaki Drill) for the water bottle
Humbrol 75 (Bronze Green) for the gas mask capsule
Research in the net seems to suggest that Humbrol colours 86 or 102 give the light green shade required for the later uniforms.