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Mark P Hartig
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Tamiya Marder III 1/35

December 18, 2021 · in Armor · · 12 · 1.8K

I suppose I ought to show the item I chose for the My Stuff picture. The Tammy , a delightful little kit that assembles very well as most by this manufacturer do. Built 100% OOB, the model was finished in Model Masters acrylic Panzergrau with a couple of succesivley lighter transparent applications of grey. An overall acrylic gloss clear was applied, decals added, and pinwash with AK Dark Wash went on which was followed with a clear acrylic flat coat. Once dry I stippled some AK Desert Sand mixed with MM Dark Earth acrylic on the running gear for a bit of texture, then dusted the whole model with AK Kursk Soil with the emphaisis on the lower portions. Worn paint and semi metallic effects were done with Tammy weathering powders.

The figures, I don't recall where they came from but they are from as well. I'm not very good at painting figures, especially faces but these seemed to turn out OK. The base is a piece of pink foam board insulation I scrounged somewhere that was coated with air drying clay, AK ground effects texture, some small rocks from the driveway, and painted with a variety of acrylic earth tones and washes. Some of the rocks were picked out for detail painting but due to poor planning many of them ended up under the vehicle. The grass is from a company called WW II Scenics, I think and they are self adhesive tufts.

This was done in the summer of 2021 when I was installing a salvage engine in my old Ford Explorer. It was savagely hot at the time so I'd get up at 0300, work in the garage until it got too hot at 1100 or so, then slink off to the nice cool basement and work on this.

This iteration of my model building cycle has been on for eleven years now. I have lots of stuff I've built, just about exclusivley ; if you guys are interested in seeing any of this older stuff let me know and it can be arranged

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  1. Yeah, I'd like to see your older stuff.

    Those figures work for me, and the model too. The diorama really says "the tedium of war."

  2. Another vote for seeing the "previously done" stuff. It's what we do here ๐Ÿ™‚ This one looks great, love the lash-up Marder III.

  3. Nicely done! I luv the early war panzer gray schemes.

  4. Very nice result, Mark @markh
    Quite a huge cannon compared to the frame.

  5. Thank you gents

    I'll begin to load up some articles on the stuff I've got laying about here.

    John the Germans were good at using things that were obsolete. This version of the Marder used a 38(T) hull with a Russian 76mm gun...the Germans captured many of these guns with huge stocks of ammunition for them in the early days of the war

  6. Nice work, looks great!

  7. The figures work very well with the tank making a nicely balanced display.

  8. Thanks gents

    George you can have the most excellently finished models and figures in the world and it'll come to naught if you don't have a sense of compostion and balance. This is something it took me years to learn, and hey I'm still learning it.

  9. ๐Ÿ™‚ ... Greetings ... ๐Ÿ™‚ :
    Nicely done Mark.
    I have this kit still sealed, slowly setting my mind towards a diorama, but really no hurry.
    The images in your post serve me as a way of seeing what to expect and further more.

  10. I really like your Marder vignette.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ I'm only doing vehicles for now but will eventually attempt figures..

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