Battlefront Miniatures 15mm Panther Gs, Jagdpanthers and Stug IIIGs (Flames of War)

Battlefront Miniatures 15mm Panther G

Following on from the trio of 28mm Warlord Valentine tanks I finally completed in July for Bolt Action, then the trio of 15mm Battlefront Shermans for TANKS! and then completing my OG 15mm DAK force for Flames of War 1st Edition, I was still keen to work on more of my 15mm models that have been sitting around for ages, and so I pushed on with some renovations to my German Armour as well as assembly and painting of some of the models from the TANKS! starter set (notably the Panther) as well as the Panther expansion set I’d picked up some time ago.

Battlefront Miniatures 15mm Panther G

The models (Panther Gs) come with two different sets of skirt armour, though frankly one of the sets is unusable (IMO) unless you’re removing panels to represent damage/wear due to the very visible sinkholes on them or willing to spend the time to model the mess away. Poor form there on an otherwise nice little gaming kit. I (obviously) just added one set to my two Panther chassis.

Battlefront Miniatures 15mm Panther G

With the slight variation in painting each model, I did have to make sure that each of the chassis matched up with one of the turrets properly in terms of the stripes.

Battlefront Miniatures 15mm Jagdpanther

The alternate build from this particular Panther kit is the Jagdpanther. and well, I wasn’t going to throw half of a perfectly good assault gun or tank into the bits box, so I built and painted them as well. As you’ve no doubt seen, I painted all four of the vehicles in the “dot” version of the Ambush Hinterhalt camouflage pattern.

Battlefront Miniatures 15mm Jagdpanther

Not being at all competent with an airbrush, and not having the right physical setup/space combo to be able to use one easily, I went for a brush implementation attempt to somewhat mimic the feathered effects of sprayed camo. Since the Germans in WWII field-applied their camo in many cases using anything from spray guns to rags dipped in paint, there’s a huge amount of variation even among “established” patterns.

Battlefront Miniatures 15mm Jagdpanther

For a first try especially, I’m pretty happy with how the camouflage patterns came out. I know there’s more of this stuff in my future, so we’ll see how well it goes next go round!

Battlefront Miniatures 15mm Panthers & Jagdpanthers

Oh, and here’s how I put these four together. Rare earth magnets and plastic struts and greenstuff. The numbers on the chassis undersides go with the turret numbers (211, 212) so I know which ones go together. At some stage, I’ll have to get hold of some 3d printed lower hulls somehow so I can turn these models into four permanent armoured vehicles. I’m not sure why, but these kits and their “proper” box set appear to be discontinued at this point in time. Maybe they’re in one of the army sets perhaps?

Battlefront Miniatures 15mm Stug III G

As I noted in the DAK army post, I did a bunch of work on my never-fully-completed old-school Tiger I to make it fit in with the colour scheme used by the other armoured vehicles I was finishing at the time. When it came time to take those photos, I found that my pair of Stug IIIGs annoyed me in how they stood out with a different, much paler finish – so I created some paint filters and went back over them with those (as well as washes) to get them to a better place.

Battlefront Miniatures 15mm Stug III G

Since then (early August) I’ve come up with some other ideas for these models, so they may make yet another appearance here down the line with a new(er) look. But for the time being, this update is how they look right now….

Battlefront Miniatures 15mm Panther Gs, Jagdpanthers and Stug IIIGs (Flames of War)

So here we are with the post for August Part One. With four… erm… six… um… The Panthers/Jagdpanthers are more than an optional turret in my opinion. They’re neither a single model, nor two models. I think I’ll call them 1.5 each – that’s what “feels” right to me anyway…  And while I’m posting these WAY late, they were also intended to count for the 2021 edition of Dave Stone’s Season of Scenery Challenge.

Battlefront U.S. M4A3 (Late) Shermans (Season of Scenery Challenge)

Battlefront U.S. M4A3 (Late) Shermans 75mm Turrets

A half-shift of gears from the previous post – we have another trio of WWII tanks, though this time the models are a touch smaller – 1/100 scale aka 15mm, from Battlefront Miniatures. These three specific models come from Battlefront’s now-discontinued Tanks! game, and one from the individual unit/tank pack – that when I found out was the same sprue as the pair in the starter set – made the rather obvious choice to paint alongside the others as a batch. After finishing the Valentines shared in the previous post, I had the motivation to press on with more armour – especially since vehicles also count for Dave Stone’s Season of Scenery Challenge.

Battlefront U.S. M4A3 (Late) Shermans 75mm Turrets

Since I already have a bunch of Shermans of various types, both painted and unpainted, I decided to stick with the main purpose of these three – which is to paint them primarily for use in Tanks! Of course, they can be used as a unit of three/trio in other games, but given the nature of Tanks!, I wanted to make them a little more distinguished from one another, which gave me an opportunity for a little Easter Egg…

Battlefront U.S. M4A3 (Late) Shermans 76mm Turrets

These models were actually pretty nice to assemble and paint – much nicer that Battlefront’s earlier attempts at plastic Shermans (I have a bunch, still WIP-assembly), and these come with the options for the 75mm/105mm gun turret, as well as the 76mm turrret, as well as hedgecutters and some additional armour, tracks and so forth. Sadly, the Tanks! versions of these kits (say it with me!) don’t come with any fucking decals, so I had to scavenge some from my heavily-declining number of other sources. I used the decals, along witht he add-on parts and a touch of freehand to customise the three tanks differently.

Battlefront M4A3 (Late) Shermans 76mm Turrets

Aside from the decal issue, and how hard it is right now to find 15mm Allied Stars through any of my normal channels, these three were relatively pleasant to paint and assemble. Adding all the magnets so I can swap out the two different turrets was a bit of a pain, but it was certainly worthwhile. As I noted earlier, sadly, TANKS! was discontinued a little while ago now, and re-released with a few changes as World of Tanks, with the eponymous videogame licence attached, in preassembled and pre-primed form. They did make enough changes so that the rules aren’t straight-across compatable, which is annoying since I would have liked to get a bunch of additional unit cards beyond the ones I picked up as “expansion” sets and the ones included with the core box. Also, we seem to have lost the actual rulebook… good thing I found the PDF at least…