Airfix Vintage T-34 tank

When discussing the subject on Stalingrad you’ll more than likely hear about a particular Russian tank, regarded as one of the best during the conflict during WWII. Mass produced by the many due to its simple yet effective design, the T34 tanks were Russia’s offensive might against the Germans.

Airfix produced a miniature scale of the T34 in 1968 with a choice of either assembling the T-34/76 or the T-34/85 turret. The difference is the turrets and personnel capacity, as to the former only carrying four crew and the latter five crew members. Because the kit lets you build these two turrets separately, you can swap them around to represent the different variants of the T-34. No magnets and extensive drilling for custom changes needed!

The kit I brought was the vintage set costing around £5.99 (compared to the larger kit by other brands that costed £30 to £40). A simple cast, the plastic kit has the basic design of the T-34 shape, but the details are limited due to it being produced way back in 1968.

I’ve based the model on an old GW rectangle base and painted it white, sprinkling some snow basing to make the miniatures environment much more realistic. Just to add that final touch I’ve used some flock cuts to add to the environment of the setting.

I like Airfix kits for a quick build for small diorama projects, it’s great for times like these when you’ll want to spend some time being distracted from isolation sluggishness. I’ve got some plans for a future project once things have settled down, a WWI tank or Tiger tank will be a fun challenge to try out.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Painting in isolation

Being stuck in the house has been difficult considering the fact that I’ve got to be 2 meters away from everyone. It’s either that or a worse case scenario happens, so I’m doing the best I can.

But on the bright side, it’s sunny and I’ve got loads of miniature painting to do. Luckily I had a load of miniatures spray painted before I had to be self isolated in my room.

Another positive is cooked tagliatelle in turmeric and mixed herbs.

Recently I’ve been able to get some neglected models painted as part of my Imperial Guard project, made entirely from neglected miniatures. So far I’ve got a Company Captain painted, two tanks and two infantry units done.

My T34 kit has been given a undercoat, ready for painting as part of my upcoming Stalingrad miniature collection series.

Finally, I have a display piece of WWII British Infantry on patrol undercoated too. This will be part of my Lincolnshire WWII tribute, as of yet I’m currently researching who to base it on.

That’s all for today. Stay safe,

-Bjorn

Returning to historical miniatures

Last year I wanted to try something new and fresh for my hobby past time, that was historical miniature collection. Inspired by subjects like the American Civil War, WWI, WWII and many more, I wanted to try my skills at more mature themes outside my comfort zone.

However, due to several media coverages on historical miniature gaming being put into question, I decided it would be best to stall my projects and scarp posts in fear.

But I’ve decided after many months of thinking about wether to return to historical miniature projects or not, I was finally swayed back after seeing 1917. It made me realise that it can be all too easy to forget, and dangerously neglectful if the memories and sacrifices of those who gave their lives for our future were to be lost.

I think back to my Great great uncle who served in the Royal Navy as a 2nd class stocker on a steam drifter ship. How he gave his life to power the ship to patrol the British coast waters in search of mines. Which he eventually lost his life after a German aircraft bombed the ship and all its crew.

His memory and sacrifice was nearly forgotten as his story was lost along with photos of his existence. A ghost. All we have is a record of his service.

Its the stories of those who experienced the horror, tragedy, hardship, bonding of comradeship and most of all sacrifice. My historical miniature project work is a way for me to research such stories and experiences and represent them in miniature form.

My first project will be focusing on Stalingrad, the city of fate.

I’ll also have a few side projects such as my WWI French forces diorama.

This time I’ll be able to cover wider range of subjects without the need of point lists and gaming formations, just to present dioramas and photography presentation.

That’s all for today. If you have any suggestions or themes you’d like me to cover for a historical project, post a comment below for your ideas and inspirations.

Until next time,

-Bjorn