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StuG E-75





Originally this was painted in that two tone winter camo I've been applying recently. It just wasn't looking right though, so I couldn't bear to finish the thing. Well, I decided to give up with that and give it a repaint. Now its a bit more interesting looking, sitting in the factory red primer. That gives a bit of narrative, along with the E-75, inferring just how new the model of tank is; with the Germans pushing them to the line as quick as possible (or maybe the factory they were being finished in was really close to the front lines).

The gun's ridiculous of course. Its something like a 150mm. Perhaps this is a prototype (going the way of a lot of 150mm tank destroyers of the era), in a fantasy world where the suspension is made from titanium or that stuff they made Starbug from (puppies I believe). feth, a rear mounted casement would've been so simple as well seeing as I wound up tearing off all of the deck's detail. Damn, that's annoying, guess I'll just have to make another one.

Its one of Die Waffenkammer's Tiger IIs - the one with the early model turret specifically. As the turret ring wasn't flush with the deck like on the other model, along with the turret itself being too early to use for a regular E-75, I decided to make a StuG instead. Everything's either plasticard or milliput, including the gas turbine engine (the idea stolen off a guy on Facebook).


E-75




As I've said before; I wasn't very happy with how the first E-75 turned out. The mantle looks a bit daft (hell it might even come to me going back and taking a knife to it). Here's my second attempt with the traditional mantle. As I mentioned this started out with the same camo as the other E-75, till looking at how it turned out made me be sick in my mouth and I repainted it. I picture the tank having been sitting in a repair shop where they shoved a spare turret on quickly to get the tank back into the fight (whether or not this actually happened, or the tanks were just sent back to the factory in the real world is beyond me). Despite not having the time to paint the turret they managed to fit some infra-red sights for the commander.

Again, a Die Waffenkammer Tiger II. A great mini. Whilst the tracks outside faces don't have the detail of Warlord's, overall I prefer this one. A shame then that I wound up covering up a load of it with the new front glacis plate and engine. With Warlord releasing their plastic Tiger IIs I'll be picking up the Zug. The plan with that's to make other stuff (which isn't so easy to do with a resin brick), like a Bar, E-50, and maybe an APC. That'll give me the chance to look at the kit and see if I want to use it, or stick with Die Waffenkammer's one for any future E-75s.

Damn, a missed opportunity. I could have painted the whole thing in red primer like the tank in this thread's header post.


Maus




Yup, another one. This is Warlord's go at the shoe box on tracks. The proportions are a bit different from Blitzkrieg's, though there's only millimetres of difference. The details are superior however, along with there being more pewter parts for robustness. I'd been picking something else up from Warlord's site at the time and thought, feth it I may as well go for another of these as well (they were supposed to operate in pairs).

...Probably the same attitude which has landed me with three E-100s on order and god knows how many vehicles at this point.

I've painted it in the same scheme as the first- the "we didn't bring enough paint to do the whole thing look". Ah, though with some variantion - mostly larger insignia for personal taste. Though I picture the Maus pairs being serialised, the two manufacturer's kits have different details, so I went ahead and painted the obvious divergent bits in a bare red primer (seeing a theme here) to hint at them being replaced at a later date.

And hey all the barrels are bare metal with this batch as well. You just get an idea in your head...



 
   
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E-25


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Here's my scratch built E-25 all done up now. I went for Octopus camo with the armour plates being added at a later date. Those wheels and tracks look beefy enough to take all the extra weight (we'll assume the engine is all right too).

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Jagdpanzer 38 (d)


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This one's done up in a plain white wash, no fancy camo here. ...Mostly for ease of copying it if I want to make another later on. Looking at it I wonder in the real world if they'd have favoured this or the E-25 (I doubt they would have fought in the same units). The E-25 has a lower silhouette, though overall profile wise they're quite similar. I kind of like the look of this one. A Hetzer that's just a bit "off".

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Here's my go at some guys in early NBC suits. Probably uncomfortable to wear (...though that's par the course with those things), and overly bulky. The design's not really based on any real world suits from the period ...as well I couldn't find any pictures of those. Specifically he's wearing a smock beneath a ballistic vest, trench coat (purely for the aesthetic) and a gas hood. This particular one's armed with a Wimmersperg Spz, though the rest of the squad have StG-45 lookalikes.



I'm thinking of painting them up in tan colours; not sure how well camo would look. The actual model started as a Wargames Factory Special Forces soldier, with a Crooked Dice SAS Gas Mask head. Is he too anime looking?



 
   
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I feel like I keep repeating myself in this thread, but your armour is (are?) things of beauty.

   
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Sturmpanzer III/IV "Stupa 44"




Here's this one done. I went for a winter camo scheme over a hastily applied paintjob from the factory. The mud's not on it yet as it takes forever to set, so here's this one naked. I'm into the wide design, so once some spare Tiger II tracks come along I'll have a go at a StuG on the chassis at some point as well.

And the WIP in case you forgot.






 
   
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Great paintjob on the Stupa. Why stupa instead of stug?

   
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Sturmgeschütz translates as Assault Gun. Stupa's an abbreviation of Sturmpanzer. An assault gun's generally designed for anti-tank/ artillery, etc duties in an infantry support role. A sturmpanzer's an indirect fire vehicle mostly for urban areas (thus the fancy rangefinger on the roof > that big cylinder beneath the infra red sights. Zimmerit would be handy too, but the Germans used that for camouflage more than mine protection, and with RPGs being developed it'd be worthless). The Allies called the real Sturmpanzer IVs "Brummbars", though that was actually the German designation for the Dicker Max bunker buster tank (though there was the Sturmtiger II Bar as well).



My Sturmpanzer III/IV doesn't have the profile of the real vehicle, instead it has a jagdpanzer style casement. Originally it was going to be a stug till I made the angle of the front glacis too steep. The vehicle is much wider than a Panzer IV, and the gun's fairly far forward in the casement, so they've managed to squeeze the gun in I guess.

Real Sturmpanzer:



Post-war the Germans managed to shove a fairly large gun in a tight casement though.



Woo, rambling.

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Well look what turned up today.



Hmn, did I order three of these? Ah right I did. There's some sound judge right there for you.

Now you're possibly wondering just how does the Special Artizan Services E-100 compared to Warlord's Maus? Well...



Yeah, its a bit big. I asked for the model to be scaled down a bit, but the seller said that thing became complicated when printing ah well. For the curious though here's the measurements in centimetres (including turrets).

Maus - real world values converted to 1/56th:
18.2118- 6.6294 - 6.477

Maus- Warlord model:
15.748 - 6.35 - 6.096

E-100 - real world values converted to 1/56th (presumably this includes the skirts):
18.3388 - 8.001 - 5.8674

E-100 - model:
17.2- 8.8 - 6.1

So not wholly accurate, but meh, my Lowe's too big as well (ah wait, that'll be fixed ). Who cares, with these three I think that's about all the E-series got models now.

Detail wise well ...its passable. The turret has rivets along the top, but I'm going to have to obliterate most of the surfaces with glass paper to give them a smooth finish (there's print marks all over which will be apparent with a dry brush). Other parts are as detailed as the print will allow - i.e. will need to be replaced. I'm fine with the work though. If I hadn't bought three I'd have built another from scratch out of spare 1/48th Tiger II parts.

The plan's to make one into a Krokodil, and the other two as regular variants (at least one with a replacement streamlined turret). The spare turret from the StuG can be turned into a Flak variant as well. Ooh and then maybe I'll turn one into an APC. ...No!

*edit. FFS. Just noticed that the turret's missing the lip the Maus one has so it clear's the engine deck. Hah.

 
   
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The first E-100's still being touched up, with most the details needing replacing (I'm just going to cover the non-existent tracks with mud at this point). It'll be great to stick some paint on it, but I'm being side tracked from another heavy tank project which I'd like to finish first - which hopefully I'll find the time to post an unpainted picture of this week (an AA turret with tracks attached is how I'd describe it).

In other news, here's a load of infantry which I've had around for a while now. I've been side tracked with real life so much lately that it took me two weeks to add grass tufts to the bases to take pictures of them... (and yeah, clearly I was lazy this time as I couldn't be arsed giving them a white background ) .


SS Stormtroopers






A second squad of these fine chaps. This time I went for all gas masks for that cliche look. Originally they were wearing M1956 helmets (from The Winter of 79 range), then I noticed Warlord had those gas masks. Paired with the rifles the M1956s may have been more appropriate. The guns themselves are a mix of G3s and FN FALs. They're supposed to be a generic rifle in the style of the CEAM Modèle 1950 (itself based on the StG-45 and beginning development in 1946), so these soldiers are for more of a late 40s > setting.

As with the first lot which I posted a few months ago these are Mantic Games OOP human soldiers with Wargames Factory arms, just done up in WWII uniforms. Clockwork Goblin are coming out with similar looking SS Shocktroopers at some point conveniently, so I may manage to throw another squad or two together seeing as there's not a hope of finding that Mantic stuff anymore.  

They'll look great along with Clockwork Goblin's own similar looking Shocktroopers (I'm totally picking up at least two squads of them). Maybe then I'll be able to throw together a proper modernized force of SS - mounted in Katzchens with 38 (d) support.


Luftfaust Team




Some AA support. A dedicated infantry carried AA weapon may be a bit impractical, but well at the end of the war when the enemy had air superiority they're worth a shot. I can picture a squad carrying one in their Katzchen, or given to one soldier to carry for the eventually it'd be used. Though once you start thinking about secondary weapons like this we're getting into modern squad organisation territory.

They're both Warlord Games soldiers from the Defenders of Berlin set, again with the same gas masks as the SS. I went with the winter scheme as ever as it keeps them apart from most of the other paint jobs you see on this pair. The Luftfaust specifically looks really simple to build (I bought them in the first place just to copy the measurements), so hell, maybe making enough to kit out a proper small Motor Rifles style force mounted in Katzchens could happen one day.

SS Nachtjaer





Now these I've had for ages. Finally infantry to go along with all the night finding tanks.  

Warlord only makes five individual sculpts, and felt generous by giving me three duplicates of two of them between two blister backs... Again with the gas masks. Hey they keep the cold off the men's faces.

I painted the ZG 1229 Vampir Scopes up like their counterparts used on vehicles. This isn't historically accurate (I've seen the light painted yellow, and scope gunmetal, or both gunmetal), but let's say production changed eventually. Nah, no MG-42 with the scope kit unfortunately (because the one bloody model I found with one in 28mm is OOP!).

Yeah, they ought to have a Katzchen UHU following them about too.

So... The aim for the week's to have the first E-100 in a paintable state along with that second tank. I'm doing the E-100 in a realistic setup, though the other two will be a Krokodil and simplified turret/ AA variant.

 
   
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Here's the state of the E-100. No paint yet, just making the thing ready.





With the model I've gone ahead and sanded every surface along with using millput to smooth out all the stepping on the underside (which was pretty bad). The plastic's super hard, so I wasn't willing to replace all of the details that I wanted - particularly in adding a rim around the driver's hatches.

The exhausts are now off of Warlord's Tiger II, along with details from Die Waffenkammer's being used on the engine deck (spare from giving the original vehicles gas turbine engines - something I'm seriously considering giving the second E-100). The barrel also needed replacing, both due to stepping on the underside and being completely solid.

I went ahead and added some spare T-55 fuel barrels to the rear (courtesy of the T-44 project) which personally I think look really good. Stowage is maybe a little overboard Anything for a bit more detail. Most of the tools come again from the Warlord Tiger II plastic kit.

The plan formulating for the second turreted E-100 is to modernise the vehicle. I'll give it a Tiger II style turret with a fancy rangefinder and maybe telescoping periscope (like the Paper Panzer models have). As I said the gas turbine engine's likely, though I'll probably give the Alligator/ Crocodile the same engine as this one - just with extra armour.

Then I need to work out what to do with two spare E-100 turrets... Heh, for the detail level in these models I could probably just scratch build another too (without the damn moulded on side skirts...).

 
   
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I have a couple questions about those E-100s.

Are the skirts remove-able? Are you happy with where the skirts meet the upper glacis? It appears to have issues. But that could be just how the camera catches the 3d prototyping lines.

How do you plan on doing the Ausf. B Turret? With a 1/48 or 1/35 Tiger II turret?

I had looked into getting some of these, and also some of:

https://company-b-models-and-miniatures.myshopify.com/collections/german-afv/products/afv-germany-e50m

From Company B.

Personally I didn't like the box turret and hadn't wanted to try to build the Ausf. B Turret. Might have to give it a go though.

Good luck, and great models so far!!!
   
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The model comes in two pieces - hull and turret. The side skirts are moulded on, and the plastic's so hard that you'd need to take a hacksaw to them to be removable. The issue with removing them is that the tracks have *zero* detail, so better to leave them on. IN general the kit has a Lego amount of detail. How they look is decent enough.

I'm just going to make the whole turret from scratch. I don't think that I've posted it, but I already made one ages ago out of plasticard - just for a smaller scale one.

Company B's E-50s Ausf. M are more like 1/50 than 1/56th. They're a fair bit larger than the Tiger IIs other companies make, nearer in size to the Maus. I already have two of the things, but would recommend just scratchbuilding one if you want an E-50 (I've one sitting about somewhere unpainted made out of Warlord's new Tiger II kit).



Ah and here's the mock E-100 turret I made.







I'm sticking with at least one of the box turret as well, that's what it would have had in the real world. The E-100 was a lighter version of the Maus,but people make assumptions with the design (across the board with tanks people love sticking ridiculously huge guns in their turrets. The E-100 had seriously difficulty in using the gun it already had). This current one's attempting to match the original design closely, but yes my other ones are going to be more like the stuff you see 1/35th scale modellers do.

If you want an E-100 there's probably the raw files available for one online. Just find those and have someone locally print one up. For the price I couldn't recommend the ones that I bought. They're not suitable for wargaming without a load of work as in my pictures.

 
   
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Well thanks for the great info. Glad I didn't order the E-100s. I see what you mean about those E-50s also. They look like they are 1/48 scale. Very nice kits by the look though. I have contemplated making 1/56 E50s out of Panthers, but the Tiger II is probably a better idea.

The Trumpeter Turret that I keep calling the Ausf B. was based i believe on the dimensions of the Jagtiger fighting compartment, to house the same weapon, the 128mm.
   
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Die Waffenkammer have expressed interest in making the whole E-Series lineup. The owner Jeff's been swamped with commissions for other companies though, so I don't think he's been able to start on one yet. Though on that note he's going to be selling a Lowe some time this year (which I'm already jumping at the chance to buy - even if I already have one). They already sell other super heavies like the British Tortoise and American T-28.

Are you meaning this thing?



Or



And I do remember the Dust Australis blog converting a Jagdtiger casement to be a turret on a Tiger II.



Right now the plan's to make something similar to each of those. I'll likely give the StuG (or Alligator/ Krokodil as they're called in the community) extended armour at the back and the E-25 Ausf. B turret as a replacement for one of the cupolas. As I've said the second regular E-100 will be a modernised variant.



When search for some bits for another build (never found them), I came across a child's toy which I'd picked up years ago for Post-Apocalyptic conversion fodder.



It was initially dismissed then for all its weird angles. Tearing off the tracks helped a bit; replaced with spare 1/48th scale Panther ones, before I then set about obliterating the oversized details.

With its sloped casement (if you can call it that) I was reminded of the Jagdpanther a tad. Extending this out with some plasticard and sticking dual 128mms in turned the toy into this.




I'm calling the the Flakkanonpanzer at the moment, after the post-war tank series. Specifically its tangentially related to later German prototypes of a dual gunned main battle tank (the VT series, which predictably went nowhere). I imagine this is maybe something similar; a competing project to whatever mainline battle tank was being used, though predictably impractical.

Its pretty much an E-100 Flak turret jammed onto a set of tracks. Working out where all the vents, hatches and vision slits would go was a right pain in the arse...

Yeah, you get this instead of that Panzer III/IV thing which I couldn't find the right road wheels for.

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That one. I have the 1/35 model. Very nice looking kit. But far too large for wargaming. I'm having a hard time deciding between 1/56 and 1/48. If 1/48 I can get the Company B E50s, and Gasoline makes 1/48 E100s (with the Maus turret http://www.gaso-line.eu/news/gas50124.htm). Those could be mated to cut down 1/35 Tiger II Turrets. That would make my converting much easier. Although the kits would then be slightly out of scale to Infantry.

Your models are fantastic. As I rebuild my collection I will take inspiration from them. I especially like the PzIVs with sloped armor. Thank you!
   
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Personally I prefer 1/56th for most 28mm models. The issue with most 28mm stuff is that the models proportions are far too wide, so when placed next to a tank the size height as them the tank looks too small (compounded by the models being on bases). Real humans are like 1/3rd thinner (at least) than 28mm models generally. If you stick a 1/48th vehicle with them you sort out width (they're still too wide even for those), but now you have the tanks piloted by dwarves (a real human's shoulders come up over the front glacis of a Tiger. A 1/48th's head barely crosses that, and that's with them on a base). So your choices are either live with models with gakky proportions, buy more realistic ones like Perry Miniatures or Wargames Factory do, or ...buy 1/48th scale infantry. CP models make a Kharkov German as do Empress Miniatures make loads of stuff which scale much (much) better with 1/48th vehicles.

Summary, feth "heroic" scale models.

Yeah, the Panzer IV's a favorite. ...Though I'm annoyed about the gun which I gave it. It has a long barreled version of the late Panzer IV's gun to make it a bit more competitive. That was a mistake given it'd still not be up to snuff. I should have had the realization that the IV by that point wouldn't have been intended as an optimal tank. Instead I'd follow what was happening in the real world at the time. The Germans intended to replace their 75mms with a smaller gun which had the same performance - the PAW 600. Much cheaper to make, and more modern - firing HEAT shells, it would have easily fit inside that simplified turret - which couldn't take the larger more powerful guns other tanks at the time were being fitted with.

...Its probably something others don't care about. But yeah, not having the foresight to replace my 75mms with PAW 600 (along with similar guns) does my head in a bit. Realistically of course we can get away with saying the old gun was an interim cover till the newer stuff was standardised . ...Or some bollocks. At least I'm not sticking 150mms in my turrets like most of the 1/35th weird war community are obsessed with.

 
   
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It may still be barely the height of Winter in the real world, but somewhere post the Winter of 1945 things are beginning to heat up once more.

...And with that's going to be the last of any crap puns for the foreseeable future.

Yup, its been over a year since my last update in this particular thread. In the meantime I've worked on various other settings. Tsk, I now have two modern collections going. However, recently events have transpired which have pushed my towards wanting to return for a bit to my WWII models (read: Nazi Zombies).

For phase two things are taking a different turn as I look towards developing foreign elements outside of the Nazi German military. To date the games which I've played involving these figures have been strictly blue on blue, in a German civil war affair. Which, well, isn't all the great. I mean the models have been fine, but well, its just a little dumb to have the same army facing off against itself.

So here we are today, with the start on the forces of the Soviet Union. Despite Germany being ascendant compared to its real world counterpart come 1945, the War in the East rages on to a stalemate, as Soviet technology keeps a pace with their enemies.


With that needlessly long preamble, what's actually been done since my last post? Well, not much. I mean, tonnes has gone on with all my other miniatures, but WWII's been sitting at a bit of a well ...stalemate, with all those half built and unpainted models from where I last left off largely remaining in that same state. However, I'm beginning to creep back into handling these things. A few of those WIPs are now sitting in my immediate "to do" pile, and I've started some more (...yes, despite the actual "to do" pile remaining as large as ever).

I'll go into my plans for the Soviet forces later down in this post, however, I've nattered on long enough without showing anything off. Here's what little I've completed over this past week, besides my modern and other projects.









Soviet T-5/2



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Known in German service as the Panther II, this vehicle flips what I've been doing with my Axis forces on its head, and gives the Soviets a taste of their own medicine. Originally this vehicle would have been destined to complete a trio of similar looking Panther IIs in my Germany forces. However, it would have been just another (if anything about the Panther II could be called atypical) model among that force. With a Soviet paint scheme and insignia it looks far more interesting.



I may have given the history of the Panther II earlier in this thread (its been a while, and like hell am I fact checking myself here!), but I'll lay it out regardless. It was a real vehicle, though my representation of it isn't fully accurate. The Panther II was intended as a successor to the original vehicle which would offer more parity with the Tiger II, both to ease production and improve the model. The project became too ambitious, and was curtailed into a simpler upgrade, and eventually its role would be intended to be filled by the later E-50 tank (which itself was never built).

My own Panther II incorporates design elements from the real vehicle and later Panther Ausf.F - i.e. the new turret (the Panther II had a less developed variant of this "Schmalturm" turret). In my post-1945 world these Panthers serve as a stopgap vehicle, using existing production tooling and parts as the Reich prepares to build E-50 in quantity. Functionally, with its improved armament (an 88'), armour and engine (though in this case I chose to go for a conventional diesel instead of a gas turbine like one of my others had), it would remain an acceptable vehicle at the front, if outmatched by Soviet heavy armour.




A note on its namesake as well. In Soviet service German tanks were given the designation "T" (i.e. whatever the Russian was for Tank) followed by a Roman numeral for whichever model the vehicle was. Thus a Panther was called a "T-V". I just added a 2 at the end.



This, like most of my prior Panther IIs is built from a few kits. The base model is a Rubicon Panther Ausf.D. This is paired with a turret and infrared sights from Heer 46. With that I then added extra armour made of plasticard (the real vehicle has a thicker front glacis, and I added to that with a welded on plate - which given the Soviet's production of some truly monstrous tank destroyers by the end of WWII, is definitely warranted). The spaced armour on the sides and turrets is an extension of the real style of spaced armour the Germans were using (at first to protect against anti-tank rifles, and later HEAT munitions), in response potentially to the Soviets rushing production of the RPG-1 (which was being tested as early as 1944 in the real world).

I kept the paint scheme fairly basic. With the vehicle looking like a more recent capture than the beat up old warhorses the Panther IIs in my German force look like. In reality the Soviets didn't make use of Panthers, preferring Panzer IVs for their reliability and glut of spare parts, but I'll make excuses that the II was a bit more of a robust beast, or at least an asset enough to warrant a new paint job in the short term. The stars could have been painted better, and if I was doing them again I'd go for sharp instead of rounded points, though its hardly like a factory stencil was used on the real ones.


There's lots more German vehicles laying unpainted for now. Whether any more are destined to oppose their original owners is a possibility (I know I have plenty of captured Soviet vehicles in German hands), though I'm not want right now for Soviet vehicles to build either.


T-44



Succeeding the venerable T-34 design, the T-44 brings a more modern chassis to a tried and tested armament. This is in fact a touched up model which I've already shown off here. Coming back to this project I'm not all that chuffed on the quality of some of the paint jobs, and with this Soviet focus, it seemed silly not to tidy the model up a bit. Currently this is the first of a few T-44s and its variants planned, in its regular guise as opposed to the up gunned and later variants.

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Historically the T-44 is in fact a real vehicle, and was produced in decent quantities (though not quite up to Soviet production figures) during the Second World War. However, it was built too late. Either due to not wanting to commit unnecessary resources for the final push, or potentially in an attempt to hide this new vehicle from the Western Allies, the T-44 never left Russia. At least not until later on during the Cold War when they took part in quenching the Hungarian Revolution.

These initial T-44s, like many of the vehicles featured here, weren't without their teething problems. Nor would this truly by the model which defined this chassis. Rather after a series of prototypes were developed, a vehicle based on this chassis would see serial production. Whilst there was a T-44 tank with a 100mm gun, it wasn't until it received a larger turret and other improvements that the vehicle would be renamed the T-54, and well, the rest is history.




Currently nobody makes a T-44 kit in 1/56, however Clockwork Goblin had recently said that they intend to produce one for their Konflikt 47 range (and have rules, albeit with a non-existent hull Machine Gun in their main book). Mine is made from a T-54 kit from Blitzkrieg Miniatures. I swapped out the turret for a modified T-34/85 one from Rubicon and widened the turret ring. The early T-44s had solid road wheels, so I also filled in the ones on the kit. Other than that it was a case of removing some more modern components like the fuel tanks and trim vane, and the vehicle was ready for stowage and some paint.

This one's painted in its WWII guise, rather than the paint scheme which would be adopted post-war. So less of the standardised insignia we'd see during the Cold War, and instead some fanciful numerical unit designation and big slogan on the side.


Planned Projects

Now other than that pair, more stuff is in the works at the moment. Primarily vehicles, though I do have some ideas for infantry (however, the rules I'm using are mostly geared towards tanks, so they aren't currently a priority).

First I'll show off what I've been thinking about when it comes to real vehicles, before delving into the silliness.

SU-122/44

The Tank Destroyer variant of the T-44. It had a Jagdpanther style casement, as opposed to the more angular one of the SU-122/54 (which actually saw (limited) production). Like the T-44, none really saw service, though in this case it didn't make it past the prototype stage.




Uralmash-1 / SU-101/2

A T-44 based tank destroyer which used T-34 parts. It won out over the SU-122/44 for production, though still, didn't see service. Designed to replace the T-34 based SU-100, which had problems with its gun ramming into the ground on inclines, meaning that the gun casement was moved to the rear (which was a feature also seen on late-war German tank destroyer prototypes).




Object-704

KV-2/3 hybrid Tank Destroyer. Something which I'm already in the process of making (or rather continuing from where I left off last time). The turret's pretty weird, and tantamount to just how cramped Soviet fighting compartment's were (preffering to go wider rather than taller when it came to making space... "German's had no head, Soviets had no shoulders").




SU-57D/ 76D

The Soviet "Hetzer". T-70 based Tank destroyers with an enclosed casements. Similar to post-war airborne ASU-57 tank destroyers.




Gaz SU-85

Another T-70 based Tank Destroyer (the chassis was so popular that it would live on even post-war, despite being obsolete in its original role) which lost the bid to the T-34 based vehicle which used the same namesake. Same chassis length as the SU-76 production model. ...I'm just into the blocky forward mounted casements on these things.




LTTB

An intended successor to the T-70 Light Tank. As tankettes were seeing the door even before WWII, such vehicles didn't have much prospects in seeing development. The T-34/85 is a fictional additional from World of Tanks, but I'd be doing the same with my own model.




SU-122-2

"Hey Vladimir, you know how our 122mm guns are already enormous and adequate at taking out most German tanks already? Yeah, how about we stick two of them on a tank? ...So it can fire faster ...or something"




Besides those, which being they're based on real vehicles and largely existing chassis aught not to be too much of a paint to begin work on, I've had some ideas for fictional vehicles too. Yes, pictures will be coming, but till then deal with these ramblings and ah ...paint a picture in your mind or something.

* T-34 armoured artillery tractor. A cross between a Japanese Ho-Ki APC and BTR-50. ...Maybe with a ZPU-4 on the back.

* Vichy French Tank Destroyer. Looking like an even more Germanic AMX Chasseur de Char (read that as the post-war French built their tanks out of German parts, so an alt-history Vichy French tank would be the same ...but ah, with more ...Fascism. Hmn. Still junk though)

* Something to do with a spare IS-2 kit I have. Not another Object-704. At this stage I have no idea, as the IS-2 really didn't see much in the way of prototypes, and Warlord already sell an IS-3, so there's no use in turning it into that. I could get silly and transplant something like this onto the chassis I suppose.




And... Well that's my rambling to date. Things will hopefully progress over the coming weeks, with more tanks and a bit of terrain planned. For the moment I'm working between this and other projects, so it'll be down to what's being played at my local wargames club what takes president (though I have a tank game this week coming, and ideally I'd like to have one more thing done for that). Which yes, does include some WWII zombies, but ah, I'm not sure if I want to further taint this thread with stuff like that. The walkers and power armour were bad enough...

Till then, well, hopefully you guys find this sort of thing interesting. If you want to check out more of my stuff then I've kept a few other threads here and other places over the years ...not necessarily WWII or Modern miniatures of course, and hope to start some more weird stuff in future (something about a Sunless Sea I've heard...). Thanks folks.

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Cool stuff in this thread! It looks like you've really done your research when it comes to obscure tank designs and designing your own. Your custom creations could pass for models of real ones! It's also cool to see those pictures of wacky tanks that you've dug up, that last KV looks hilarious!

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To be fair, when it comes to fictional vehicles as long as you don't go too silly, there was enough dumb looking prototypes out there that your's are passable. That Jagdtiger II for instance just looks dumb, but well, if you're used to sci-fi tanks, its not the worst offender out there I suppose.



With World of Tanks and similar games there's much more material out there on the internet these days for those "what if" vehicles. Ideas are either in those games, or being discussed on their forums. Though admitedly, so is a load of fictional stuff as well, though its not like I'm not open to making fake vehicles (as long as they aren't too stupid). And that's the thing, with my own collection all those vehicles in reality wouldn't have been feasible in this alternative history world I'm using. Technology would have diverged. For instance things like the Panzerschreck may not have existed in a world where America didn't enter the war, as it was based on the US Bazooka. Similarly, without the Allied Lend Lease, this is perhaps an opportunity for making vehicles which the Soviets would have otherwise had access to in number.

Examples of these "replacements" have been something I've considered. For instance without access to British Universal Carriers (though still existing in a world where the British were using them, so the idea of a light artillery tractor was present) the Soviets may have considered putting similar vehicles into service. Or rather further modification of Komsomolets artillery tractor like this.



With the Germans making use of the Sd.Kfz 251 armoured half track, nor access to the M3 Half Track, the Soviets may have considered putting their own vehicles into service. The post-war Czech V3SO armoured truck comes to mind as a similar vehicle to what the Soviets could have came up with. Particularly in that this vehicle would then develop into the OT-64 SKOT, so whilst I could not necessarily copy this vehicle directly, building something which say looks like a BTR-60, but with a half track like body, may look the part for one of these alt-history vehicles.




For the moment, other than the WIPs which I mentioned, I pulled out another half built WIP from the last time I worked on this project. This one is the Sd.Kfz 251 mounted on a Panzer III chassis (similar to what the Soviets would do with T-34s, and T-54s post war), which I was calling the "Eber" (Boar). With this one I was originally sticking a T-34/76 turret on the roof, but it was already a strange vehicle, so that was just overkill (though the Germans did stick tank turrets on their half tracks for training vehicles). Instead I'm going with an autocannon, which modernises the vehicle's armament a bit too (and with how tall the vehicle is, the Soviet turret was even more unsightly, as does the low profile autocannon turret mean I've plated over the roof, which saves the passengers breaking their legs from existing out of the roof). Here's the model which I'd made previously to give you an idea of what I'm talking about. Its a design which has certainly grown on me.



Maybe I can work out a Soviet variant of this. Though it'll need to be based on the T-70 chassis, as the T-34's just too large for such a light vehicle. I'm already making a T-34 armoured artillery tractor at least(which I have a ZPU-4 on order for right now). Hmn, damn, this is giving me ideas. A BTR-152 style chassis on a SU-76 chassis. Oooh...


 
   
 
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