Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Warlord Stug III Ausf. G

I got a chance to get my hands on some of the Bolt Action models from Warlord Games while I was at Adepticon. Given the simplicity of these resin and metal kits I was VERY impressed by the detail and quality -- and very excited to have something I could paint in a hurry. The total assembly and detailing time on this guy is less than one hour. The total time spent at this stage is about four hours.

A kit like this gives me something to work on while I'm working on more complicated build or detail projects -- like the 1/35 scale Dragon Smart Kit Marder III M. Ausf. sitting on the table. I spent more time assembling the engine on that kit that I will on this project when it's finished, base and all.

Another nice thing about the Warlord kits is that they're 1/56 scale -- making them large enough to do some of the quick and simple detail work that can make such a big difference.

The before and after shots here show the work I did to create the German forged steel texture. It only took me 30-45 minutes with my rotary tool, putty, MEK, and sandpaper to get this texture. But without it I'd wind up with a tank that had a glass smooth, very unrealistic finish no matter how well weathered it was otherwise. It's simple effects like this that really up the ante on a vehicle.

Next up for this one: the road wheels, and mud on the hull by the tracks. Then the side plates go on and final weathering starts.


  1. I think you need to post a HowTo on that texture. I could see it being really useful for people looking for additional realism in their Guard / Chaos etc. armies. It looks great!

  2. I'll see what I can do. There are a lot of good texture techniques too depending on what you want to represent. That might even give me an excuse to work on another Leman Russ....

  3. Just wanted to second the request for a tutorial, or at least some hints and tips.

  4. Hmm, it seems that I need another tank to work on....

    Let me get this one finished first and I'll make something happen.