Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Destroyed Panzer IV's

Finally finished the D-Day project.

And I'd have to say, these destroyed Panzer IV's are some of my favorite work.  They turned out so well that It makes me want to paint my Panzer IV army.

They will show up on one of Shawn Morris' new D-Day terrain boards.  I can't wait to see pictures.

I really don't have too much to say about them.  Just enjoy the pictures I guess.
I added black soot to the front becasue shawn wanted them destroyed form the front as they were coming over bocage. 

Oh wait...I did discover one thing.  EXPENSIVE BRUSHES WORK!

Ya, I was one of those guys that always bought the cheap brushes.  They curled so fast, and I did a lot of dry brushing in my early days.  That just destroys your brushes.  I Finally broke down and bought a $40 brush.  I probably didn't use it for months because I was scared it would just curl and it would be a waste of money.  That was over a year ago, and the tip still hasn't curled.

So, I decided to buy an expensive flat brush for dry brushing.  And I used it for the first time on these Panzer IV's.  Usually when I dry brush, I have to be realy careful because you can get "streaks".  I always thought this was just becasue I still had too much paint on my brush, or the paint was too watered down.  Well now I believe it may have been the cheap brushes I was using.  This new brush did dry brush lines perfectly.  And I wasn't even trying to be careful because they were destroyed tanks after all.

Any way...enjoy.

Before any weathering
Mud and damage added
Mud and Damage
added chipped paint
More Chipped paint
added black soot


  1. these are awesome, make me want to tear apart some of my tanks.

  2. ya I had a hard time with these. I procrastinated for a long time on how I should do them.

    Then turned out better then I had expected.

    I really wanted to try and de-track one of them. but I couldn't think of any good way to do it.

    Schurzen are super easy to make a tank look damaged or destroyed. I'd probably have a tougher time with other tanks.

    There are some holes in the front hull, but can't see them very well.

  3. I'm glad someone else has discovered the joys of working with good brushes. The $100 I spent on my Windsor&Newtons was some of the best-spent hobby money ever. Just remember: The quality remains long after the pain of the price wears off!

  4. Looking good. I broke down and bought some good brushes this past summmer. they have lasted longer and work better than I expected.