My entry into the first Bonus Theme Round is my attempt to make amends for some cheeky behaviour in the last challenge. Last winter I entered a couple of 6mm Mk IV tanks in the Nautical bonus round on the basis that they were 'landships' and were therefore a valid entry. This year when I saw what the first theme round was I knew immediately that I had to revisit the project but this time paint some MkIV's in 15mm.
are from Battlefront and are composite models with a combination of
Resin, Metal and Plastic parts. I'm not normally a fan of mixing resin
and metal parts but Battlefront seem to have made a good job of avoiding
warping and misaligned joints. This particular set went together with
minimal effort and required very little cleaning prior to assembly.
Battlefront set includes two MkIV's and two sets of sponsons and Guns
so these can be made up as either Male or Female tanks. The Mark IV Male
carried three Lewis machine guns and a QF 6 pdr 6 cwt gun in each
sponson. The Female tanks were equipped with five machine guns making
them formidable anti-personnel weapons.
have gone for a simple plain design with an emphasis on weathering
effects rather than on camouflage. In particular I made extensive use of
a Rust weathering liquid by AK that I bought a few months ago. I used
this on all the joints, rivets and exposed metal surfaces. I also used a
Tamiya weathering stick to apply mud effects to the tracks and lower
hull of the vehicles. This stuff is thick, gloopy and sticky (just like
mud) and produces a very realistic looking effect. I'm quite chuffed
with how these turned out and they will take pride of place in my
display unit with my collection of other 15mm tanks.