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Flames of War Panzer IV Ausf F2 Platoon, Tutorial

Postby Whiterook » Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:07 pm

Back in March of 2009. I built a Flames of War Panzer IV Ausf. F2 Platoon.

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Box cover art



I have four very nice Axis & Allies Miniatures versions of this tank, and I knew I wanted more for larger scenarios. Buying a platoon box set in Flames of War not only made good cost sense back then, but the sculpt on these are absolutely gorgeous and hooked me right off the bat! I then quickly found I also loved the added weight these have over their plastic A&AM bretheren! Since then, I've purchased more from FoW and really like the brand a lot.

The miniatures come in resin for the main body; and metal for the gun barrel, tracks and smaller components. After attaching the big gun barrels, I needed to prop them up as the components are glued on with Superglue (CA), and need to cure. They actually grabbed enough that I could use the packaging material as a prop!

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Barrels assembled


This platoon pack can build F1's with the smaller gun barrel, or F2's. I went for the later. :D
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Re: Building a Flames of War Panzer IV Ausf F2 Platoon

Postby Whiterook » Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:09 pm

The tracks are quite heavy and give the miniature a lot of weight, which is awesome! They grabbed fairly quick against the resin, and didn't need much cleaning of venting or mold lines. A good wash with dish detergent is definitely warranted, however.

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Tread assembly


A trial of the turrets in place assured all was progressing well!

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Gun barrels in place


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Gun barrels in place
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Re: Building a Flames of War Panzer IV Ausf F2 Platoon

Postby Whiterook » Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:10 pm

And then some of the bling was added....

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Stowage & Hatch


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Stowage & Hatch


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Commander on deck!!!
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Re: Building a Flames of War Panzer IV Ausf F2 Platoon

Postby Whiterook » Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:13 pm

First up, came some black primer. I knew I was going to paint these in grey, and I wanted to further experiment with drybrushing, leaving the black in certain nooks & crannies behind... so on went some Folk Art Acrylics Black. This actually applied a heck of a lot quicker than the Tamiya Flat Black I used on my plastic modeling back in my re-jumping into that activity about the same time; and the application went on with very little noticeable difference, I might add!

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Basecoat in blac


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Basecoat in black


I mixed up the acrylic paints, which are craft paints from my local Michael's Craft Store, called Folk Art....

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Palette
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Re: Building a Flames of War Panzer IV Ausf F2 Platoon

Postby Whiterook » Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:15 pm

It took a fair bit of mixing to get the right tone of grey...which considering the fact that we're talking grey here, may surprise some; but mixing a solid neutral color can often be more difficult than a brighter color. The other thing I concentrated on was having a slightly lighter hue to the grey than the traditional 1943 timeframe grey, which was considerably darker. I did this to minic some fading...but also to counter the miniature from being "Lost in the felt"; a problem that miniatures can suffer when the camouflage is so well and accurately accomplished that you lose the darned thing on the diorama!

Of course, mixing this much acrylic paint can be trying too, as it will dry hard as a brick overnight, so you either have to get it all on there; or in a case like mine, have a fairly air-tight palette designed for water-soluable media such as acrylics and watercolor.

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And then the grey went on. I drybrushed the paint on by hand, by loading a large flat brush with some of the grey, and wiping off the excess on a paper towel. Then, holding the brush horizontally to the surface the paint was being applied to, I lightly dragged the brush over the top, being careful not to "press" the paint into the nooks and crannies into which I wanted to preserve the black undercoat.

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Danger grey!


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An applied grey tank, and basecoat only example
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Re: Building a Flames of War Panzer IV Ausf F2 Platoon

Postby Whiterook » Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:17 pm

And, the finished product!

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Platoon en masse!


And the intrepid commander....

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Intrepid Commander


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Handsome devil!
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Re: Building a Flames of War Panzer IV Ausf F2 Platoon

Postby Whiterook » Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:18 pm

The stowage for these miniatures are awesome and adds a lot to them.

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Great stowage


And though I've never been a HUGE fan of the soldier figures of FoW, I love that I can use the units with Commanders as Commander Tanks in Axis & Allies Miniatures game scenarios!!!

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Mean looking move-out



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Insubordination in the ranks? That's gonna hurt!
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Re: Building a Flames of War Panzer IV Ausf F2 Platoon

Postby Whiterook » Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:20 pm

And what it looks like on a diorama.....

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In-game footage


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In game fottag-



The diorama was actually a game in process that I was a Gamemaster for on another forum site, in which we played-by-Personal Messages Orders.

And a comparison against a M4A1 Sherman Platoon....

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Comparison


I hope you liked them....they were one of my first efforts mapinting 15mm miniatures!
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Re: Flames of War Panzer IV Ausf F2 Platoon, Tutorial

Postby Whiterook » Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:00 am

One of my many threads that had broken links....revived with pictures cleaned up in my new Photoshop Elements 15 (just done last night!), and now attached using the forums' Attachments feature. I guess I should have just done this to begin with.



These were actually, some of my first ever made, Wargaming miniatures, and also my favorites. I always get an extra trill when these roll across my table battlefield!
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