Saturday, 19 December 2020

9th SS Hohenstaufen - Jagdpanzer IV L/48

 It's only a couple of days, well more like a couple of hours till the Annual Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge is about to start. It's the 11th iteration of this bout of hobby madness and I'm pleased to report I've been... ahem... volunteered to act as a minion by our esteemed Snow-Overlord Curt.
After a somewhat challenging year I'm rather looking forward to indulge myself in the fun and banter the Painting Challenge provides aplenty year after year. 

My hobby output was rather sparse throughout the year as I frankly didn't have the best of years, neither job wise nor privately. I'm pretty certain that most of you out there will have had similar experiences so instead of dwelling too much on what has been a f***er of a year, let us just look forward to a -hopefully- better 2021.

OK then... as we head towards the final days of the year I have one more item to add to my SS force for Operation Market Garden in the form of a Jagdpanzer IV. The model is by Warlord Games while the commander is a Perry Failcast from their Afrika Corps range. I found the casting (and sloppy sculpting) of the Perry miniature as appaling as ever, but the figure suited the mental image I had of how I wanted the commander to look perfectly. Thus I bit the bullet and actually he turned out rather well if I may say so myself. The plain tunic in Feldgrau rather than fancy camouflage contrasting nicely with his ride.


The Jagdpanzer itself is quite a hefty lump of resin but went together rather well, not withstanding some annoying warping of the left track. It's a nicely detailed kit and the Zimmerit made it a joy to paint. To make it look a little more lived-in I added a smattering of stowage taken mostly from the Rubicon German Stowage Set and a few bits and pieces like the 3D-printed bicycle on the bag. My colour joice for the latter probably is a little too flamboyant to be historically accurate, but I quite like it nonetheless. Btw. it's available *here* if you fancy one -or more- for yourself.


I only did some light weathering on this one as I felt it'd look too busy otherwise with all the other stuff and the Zimmerit. For the foliage I used "Tall Shrubbery" by Green Stuff World. I'm rather impressed by this product and while I only added what was supposed to look like just a few branches of foliage to the front of the Jagdpanzer, I will do further experiments with the stuff. I can always go back and add more after all.


OK, that's been it for this year, as next time you'll read anything new on this blog will be after the challenge has started. And as I want this year to be over asap I've decided for myself to let my new year begin with the start of the challenge on Monday. Given that there'll, as of now, be no fireworks allowed in my part of Germany it shouldn't make much of a difference anyway. 

Good luck, a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to all you fine folk out there! See you on the other side.

15 comments:

  1. Nicely done, the stowage, bicycle and foliage look perfect.

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  2. Your not the only one who will not miss seeing 2020 in the rearview mirror! As I've mentioned that's a fantastic piece of work and the addition of the bike works a charm! I will need to try out that foliage at some point.

    Christopher

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  3. Wonderful piece Nick, love the get away vehicle🙂

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  4. Lovely work Nick, I must say the Jagpanzer is one of my favorite tank destroyers.
    cheers John

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  5. Outstanding mate! I saw one of these in Panzermuseum in Munster, I love that place!

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  6. Fantastic work on this, despite your issues with the raw materials it has come out brilliantly.

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  7. Top shelf stuff again Nick - it looks fantastic.
    "Failcast" - well said...

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  8. A lovely looking vehicle Nick...

    I do like the blue bicycle... clearly ‘Borrowed’

    All the best and a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours... Aly

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  9. Fantastic work. It looks so realistic. The bycicle is a very nice add on.

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  10. Awesome Jagdpanzer, Nick! Fabulous camo and zimmerit. Always loved the intimidating, sleek look of this vehicle.

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  11. Sorry for how your year turned out. It sucked for me too. Hopefully things will look up in 2021. And as for the Jagdpanzer ... it looks fantastic!

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