Tank Geek 101!

My wife has no interest in my wargaming stuff!  As long as I leave her enough storage space for her stuff and the dogs’ toys, blankets, beds and food, she just lets me get on with being a geek!

So, I thought I’d test her to see how much she knows and doesn’t let on about!  Over the weekend we’ve had some warm weather in the UK, so instead of sitting and watching my paint dry too fast I decided to get some tanks built.  I put together four fast-build plastic tanks, put ’em in a row, told my wife they were all near-contemporay types and asked her which she thought was the best historically!

2018_0604_19364700She asked if I really meant “most effective” so I said yes I did!  So she then picked out the third tank from the left, a T-34 Model 41.  When I asked her why that one, she said because it had the most streamlined shape!  And she’s absolutely right, because the T-34’s sloped armour gave it significantly better protection than the other tanks shown here (a British A9 cruiser, a Panzer III G and a Panzer IV D – I deliberately put them in no obvious order).  So I think she knows way more about wargaming than she likes people to think!  I was impressed!

2018_0604_19371600These are hopefully all models I’ll get round to doing for different bits of WW2.  The A9 is a Plastic Soldier Company model and very well done, both in terms of detail and assembly.  The Panzer III and IV are Armourfast models for early war German forces.  The T-34 is also by Armourfast and I intend to represent a late-war Finnish vehicle, which is why I bought their 1941 variant.  Also lurking on the back of the board, but not part of the test, is a Lancer Miniatures T-26 light tank (but with a Frontline Wargames turret), also destined to be a Finnish Army vehicle.

2018_0604_19383700The Armourfast models are not bad for fast-build models, but they’re not without some faults (they’re not alone in this).  The turret stowage bin on the Panzer IV seemed quite a poor fit, but since I wasn’t going to use it I wasn’t too worried about that.  The Panzer III lacks the hull upper rear armour plate and the roadwheels float in thin air, so I added plasticard strips to remedy these issues (accepting that this is a bit of a simple solution as far as the running gear is concerned)!  The T-34’s turret base had the hole for the spindle moulded off-centre, so that had to be enlarged to allow all of the turret parts to fit together correctly.  In addition to that, the prominent vision blocks on the turret sides were missing, so I added these from plasticard carved to shape.

2018_0604_19375200Overall, they all looked fine after these little tweaks and I was pleased to get them all put together so quickly.  They’re no doubt going to have to wait for a Neglected Model (Tank) Month challenge before they get painted!  Unless I can persuade my wife to paint them!  I wouldn’t be surprised if she knows all about camouflage schemes and tactical markings for 1944 Finnish armour!



  1. I like that you tested your wife. I bet she was rolling her eyes internally. Haha. My wife doesn’t take interest unless I show her a particular model I’m proud of then she is very complimentary and encouraging. She’s a good woman but if I asked her the difference between age of Sigmar and 40k she’d laugh and then change the subject. Bless em aye? Tanks look good man. You would have liked the show I went to last weekend. Lots of tanks. Some were made from that white flexible plastic.

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  2. My Wife has only recently taken interest in some of the models I’ve been working on. I sometimes wonder if she forgot that I used to paint minis in our old house, while her and the kid watched TV. I like the “test”. I’ll have to think of something clever to go along with Blood Bowl or Necromunda minis.

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    • Selective memory can be a wonderful thing! You maybe have an advantage with your minis, because you can involve your wife by asking about colours, or badges, or markings, or tattoos etc. that she might come up with, but you wouldn’t think of! I usually ask my wife about scenery items if I remember and she can come up with things I’d miss! I’m still sorely tempted to paint a giant spider and leave it lurking in a corner somewhere – if my blog suddenly goes offline, you’ll know I’ve finally done it!

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      • LOL!!! Yea, I wouldn’t be leaving a giant spider anywhere. Would take me about a month to paint it, and 10 seconds for her to smash it to bits! 😉

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  3. My wife tolerates my hobby, as long as I keep it neat (which I do pretty much). I did get her into a few games – nothing like having your wife command Fallshirmjagers while your adult daughter has the 88’s…

    As for the Finnish project, I am looking forward to it. I am 25% Finn, so that is always interesting. There is a free download for Finnish and Russian skirmish combat in the Winter War in 1940 – http://www.bucksurdu.com/Personal/documents/CombatPatrol/WinterWarSupplement.pdf

    Also, as I am sure that you know Finland used many different tanks, to include German and captured Russian (and a few others). Here is a good resource for you:


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    • Sorry about the delay in posting your comment Mark, for some reason I must have overlooked it! I think we’re lucky when we have family that let us be ourselves with our hobbies, whatever they are! I’m fairly certain my wife would beat me soundly in a wargame!
      Thanks for the links, I still need to check them out! And I never knew you had Finnish blood in you, so no pressure for me to get on with my Finnish Army then! I do need to get a test vehicle done so I can be happy with the colours I think! I’ve got quite a tank mix planned – two T-26 Model 33s, a T-26 Model 37, a T-28, a T-34 Model 41, a KV-1 (would only use one of the last three at any one time to represent the heavy tank company), a StuG IIIG and a BT-42. The KV is a pre-painted one, but the colours aren’t right so it’ll need a re-paint!

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