Daily Archives: August 12, 2019

US Tanks and Tank Destroyers for Normandy Breakout Scenario

Mark A. Morin

Welcome back dear reader for the latest installment on my US armored forces!  I needed to add more US vehicles for my Normandy Breakout scenario which uses the What a Tanker© rules by the UK-based company Too Fat Lardies.  I do modify these rules for the scenario.  For those who missed them (like some of the HAWKS did because I used the wrong hashtag!), the posts about the other vehicles and playtests for this scenario can be found at these links:

Vehicle Posts:

  • British Armor and Some Blogs Worth a Look
  • Dingoes and Greyhounds for Normandy
  • A Preponderance of Panzers
  • A Preponderance of Panzers – Chapter 2 – Scout Cars and Behemoths
  • US Armor for 75th D-Day Anniversary

Playtest and related gaming posts:

  • I Just Wanted to Do This!
  • Normandy Breakout Game of What a Tanker!

I am planning on running this scenario at three upcoming events:

  • August 24th at the Mass Pikemen Gaming Club in East Brookfield, MA
  • September 28th at BARRAGE in Havre de Grace Maryland
  • October 19th at the Fort Devens Game Day at the former Fort Devens, MA

This project, with the possible exception of an additional stray German vehicle or two, completes the list of vehicles I need for the scenario.  In looking for vehicles, I wanted to add some Shermans, another M10 Wolverine, and an M18 Hellcat.  I found a deal on a box of 5 plastic British Shermans M4A1’s with cast hulls that would work.  I would have preferred getting models like my M4A2 – but that one is OOP and even the American Shermans that Battlefront is selling now are basically M4A1’s.  So these British ones, properly assembled, at 15mm scale, is just fine.

For an M10, I converted an Old Glory M10 Achilles by using a leftover gun to make it look like an original version.  Technically, is that a conversion of a conversion?  After seeing how John at Just Needs Varnish! added a plastic card underneath his models to make them easier to paint, I was inspired to add a small steel base under my M10 chassis.

The M18 Hellcat I found was really nice – and I wish I had another as well.  This one had a slightly broken front fender, but its hardly noticeable.  In any case, I used enough mud and dirt to obscure that problem.

I also decided to use the Battlefront naming decals on all of these to help differentiate them on the tabletop – as well as by adding spare road wheels, spare tracks, and other accouterments to all of the vehicles.  Thanks to my good friend Jeff Smith, the Shermans got some real steel in them by means of ball bearings in the chassis.

I decided to weather these slightly differently by adding pigments – inspired by Pete’s blog and a Merkava he built.

After a few in-progress shots, I will describe the vehicles alphabetically by name and type.

M4A1 “Betty”

1 M4 Betty, left side, crosses a field“Betty” crossing a field.  

2 M4 Betty, right side, in a field

M4A1 “Blood ‘N Guts”

1 Blood N Guts completed, left side“Blood ‘N Guts” crossing an opening in the bocage.

2 Blood N Guts completed, left side, crossing the opening in the bocage

M4A1 “Destruction”

1 Destruction after decals“Destruction” early in the weathering process right after decal application.2 Destruction after pigments“Destruction’s” chassis after weathering3 Destruction in the hedgerows“Destruction” moving down the road between the hedgerows.4 Destruction completed, left side“Destruction” left side – as an experiment I used Citadel contrast paint on the tarp.

M4A1 “Let ‘Er Buck”

1 Let 'Er Buck after decals and some weathering“Let ‘Er Buck” chassis early in weathering.  I chose this name/decal in honor of Buck Surdu, though as an infantryman he may object…

2 Let 'Er Buck finished, left side3 Let 'Er Buck finished, front side

4 Let 'Er Buck finished, right sideNote on all these that I used different gear in different stowage to differentiate the tanks.

M4A1 “Polly”

1 Polly completed, left side“Polly” by some ruins.  As I have a pet cockatiel named Caesar, this is as close as he gets to an avatar tank.

2 Polly completed, right side3 Polly completed, right side, at crossroads

M10 Wolverine “Demon”

1 M10 Demon after weathering“Demon” getting dirtied up.2 M10 Demon crosses field, left side“Demon” crossing a field.  I did not buy crew for this one.

3 M10 Demon crosses field, right side

4 M10 Demon crosses field, front sideNice view of “Demon’s” front showing the replacement gun.5 M10 Demon and other Battlefront M10On the left, “Demon” from Old Glory, on the right, my previously built M10 from Battlefront for comparison.  I used more mud and dirt on “Demon” as it was a much less detailed casting.

M18 Hellcat “Lucky Tiger”

1 M18 Hellcat Lucky Tiger after some weatheringM18 Hellcat “Lucky Tiger” chassis all dirtied up.  I chose the name/decal as I am sure sometime it will face a Tiger I or Tiger II, and it will need to be lucky!2 M18 Hellcat Lucky Tiger right side on road“Lucky Tiger” completed and moving down the road.

3 M18 Hellcat Lucky Tiger right side on road4 M18 Hellcat Lucky Tiger left side on road

5 M18 Hellcat Lucky Tiger aerial view on roadAerial view of “Lucky Tiger” showing the ID decal to keep away friendly air attacks.

6 M18 Hellcat Lucky Tiger front view on road

Group Shots

1 Shermans aerial viewShermans in convoy on road.

2 Shermans aerial and side view

3 Shermans front shotFrontal view of the five Shermans.4 All US front shotMy complete American armored troops (currently) for the ETO.  Front row left to right: two M4’s (Wargame Models in Ohio); the five Sherman M4A1’s of this blog post (Battlefront); one M4A2 (Battlefront).  Second row l-r: M10 Wolverine of this post (Old Glory); M10 Wolverine (Battlefront); M18 Hellcat of this post (Battlefront); three M8 Greyhounds (Old Glory).  Third row l-r: two M5 Shermans (Wargame Models in Ohio); one M3A1 Stuart (Battlefront); two M24 Chaffee’s (eBay 3D printed acquisition).  I built and painted all but the Wargame Models in Ohio models.

5 All US side shot

The US vehicle menu for the scenario looks like this now.

US Army Menu

I hope that you enjoyed this post – and thanks in advance for your feedback in the comments section!


  1. Gorilla Glue
  2. E6000 epoxy
  3. Vallejo “Flow Improver”
  4. Vallejo “Airbrush Thinner”
  5. Vallejo “Surface Primer – Black”
  6. Vallejo Model Air “US Olive Drab”
  7. Extra .50 cal machine guns from Battlefront kits for the M10 and the M18
  8. Extra 3″ gun from Battlefront kit for the M10
  9. ½” steel base from Wargame accessories for the M10
  10. Steel ball bearings from Jeff Smith’s fairway mower
  11. Daisy Air Rifle BB’s
  12. Reaper MSP “Black Primer”
  13. Vallejo Model Air “Dark Brown”
  14. Battlefront “Dark Gunmetal”
  15. Army Painter “Military Shader” (wash)
  16. Battlefront “European Skin”
  17. Battlefront “Skin Shade” (wash)
  18. Testors “Universal Acrylic Thinner”
  19. Citadel “Contrast Paint – Militarum Green”
  20. Battlefront “Oxide Red”
  21. Secret Weapons Washes “Armor Wash”
  22. Microscale Micro-Set
  23. Microscale Micro-Sol
  24. Microscale Micro-Satin
  25. Microscale Liquid Decal Film
  26. Vallejo Game Air “Satin” (varnish)
  27. Vallejo “Gloss Varnish”
  28. Appropriate decals from Armorcast
  29. Appropriate decals from Battlefront
  30. Vallejo “White”
  31. Vallejo “European Mud” (Thick Mud)
  32. Vallejo “European Slash Mud” (Splash Mud)
  33. Vallejo Weathering Effects “Crushed Grass”
  34. Vallejo “Light Slate Grey” (pigment)
  35. Vallejo “Light Yellow Ochre” (pigment)
  36. Vallejo Mecha Varnish “Matt Varnish

from Mark A. Morin https://markamorin.com/2019/08/12/us-tanks-and-tank-destroyers-for-normandy-breakout-scenario/
from Tumblr https://harfordhawks.tumblr.com/post/186962535688

Rusgo, Terrapin Driver: Bones 4 Dreadmere Figure

Chris Palmer

     This past week I painted Rusgo, Terrapin Dirver; the human figure that goes with the Land Terrapin set.  I’ve been looking for ward to doing the Land Terrapin set since I got my Bones 4 Kickstarter delivery, and it was one of my favorite parts of the Dreadmere set.
       I prepped the figure in the usual way, soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added, then giving it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying it.  I then glued the figure to a black-primed 1" fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and when dry, glued the washer to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of Elmer’s glue.

     I began by painting his face and hands a mix of Reaper MSP “Tanned Flesh”, and Reaper MSP HD “Umber Brown”.  I then painted his shirt Crafter’s Acrylic “Orange Spice”, and what looked like some studded armor peaking out at his waist and under his right arm with Ceramcoat “Black”.   After that, I painted his coat with Americana “Cranberry Wine”.

     Next, I painted his hat with Accent “Golden Harvest”, and his scarf with Crafter’s Acrylic “Citrus Green”.  After that, I painted his boots with the “Umber Brown”, and his leggings and wrist guards with Accent “Mustard Seed”.

          I then painted his belts and pouches with Americana “Asphaltum”, his canteen with Ceramcoat “Territorial Beige”, and his scabbard with Apple Barrel “Burnt Sienna”.   Next, I painted the back tucked in his belt with Americana “Mississippi Mud”, and his staff with Americana “Light Cinnamon”.  After that, I painted the metal parts of his staff and his scabbard/sword handle, as well as the chain around his canteen,  with Americana “Zinc”.

     Next, I over-painted the metal parts I had just painted with the “Zinc”, as well as the studs on his studded under-shirt, using Folk Art Metallics “Gunmetal Grey”.   Then after everything had a while to dry, I gave the entire figure a coat of “Agrax Earthshade” wash.    When the wash was dry, I painted his eyes, and then highlighted his face with a mix of the base “Tanned Skin” and “Umber Brown”, along with some Reaper MSP “Tanned Highlight”. After that, I painted his beard and hair with the “Black”

      I then highlighted his shirt with Reaper MSP “Pumpkin Orange”, and his scarf with Americana “Margarita”.  Next, I highlighted his hat with Americana “Moon Yellow”, his coat with Crafter’s Acrylic “Deep Red”, and then did some highlights on his hair and beard with  a little of the “Zinc”.

     Next, I did his shoes with the “Mississippi Mud”, and then his leggings and wrist guards with a mix of Ceramcoat “Maple Sugar Tan” and Ceramcoat “Raw Sienna”.   I then did the highlights on his belt and pouches with Americana “Sable Brown”, the highlights on his canteen with Crafter’s Edition Taupe, and the highlights on the bag tucked in his belt with Americana “Fawn”.  After that I did the highlights on the shaft of his staff using Americana “Khaki Tan”, and then highlighted all the metal bits with Ceramcoat “Metallic Silver”.   Lastly, I painted the entire base with “Americana "Mississippi Mud”.
       I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave it a coat of Americana “DuraClear Matte” varnish.    Then, when  the varnish was dry, I used some white glue to flock the base.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor’s “Dullcote”.

     I’m very happy with how he came out.  It was a fun figure to paint.

     I plan to have the terrapin done for Thursday, so check in then to see the pair together.

via All Bones About It http://allbonesabout.blogspot.com/2019/08/rusgo-terrapin-driver-bones-4-dreadmere.html
from Tumblr https://harfordhawks.tumblr.com/post/186953599853