For those of you reading my last post and expecting me to have bitten the bullet and painted a Finnish StuG III, it’s bad news! For me, the fact that it prompted me to at least take the easy option and finish a generic StuG is the good news.
So, I’ve finished one unmarked-so-can-be-used-by-just-about-any-army StuG IIIG in plain overall yellow. This is just the Armourfast model but with spare track and side skirts from the Plastic Soldier Company kit (more details here). Only slight variation in painting is the gun barrel in grey, which I’ve seen on Romanian and Bulgarian StuGs and which probably just represents a vehicle fitted with an older gun barrel from ordnance stores.
I decided to finish it off because it was quick to do. A coat of Humbrol 84 Stone (which I use for German Overall Yellow), tracks painted gunmetal, exhaust and spare track painted in Vallejo Saddle Brown and the gun barrel in Humbrol 27 grey, with the whole washed in an enamel black/brown mix cleaned off with a wet brush to leave it looking dirty/shaded. Then a sandy mix drybrush and that’s it!
I decided to put it next to the Hungarian StuG I painted a couple of years ago for a photo. Which is when I noticed that the two are slightly different colours (although the photo seems to accentuate this)! I have no idea why! When I’ve looked at my other German vehicles, the really old ones look like the Hungarian StuG, but those painted in the last year (Tiger I, Brummbär and Helga) all look like the new generic StuG. I might have changed the colours I use for the wash, mixed up Humbrol 83 and 84 (which would be stupid), changed primer colours, changed varnish, I have no idea (Humbrol may also have changed the shade slightly). Fortunately, and it’s taken me years to learn this lesson, I don’t care! The difference is not that much under normal light at a distance.
As far as the Finnish StuG is concerned, I think I’ve sorted out the colours I need to paint the Finnish three-tone camouflage used in 1944. Whenever I get round to it I think I’d better do all the tanks at the same time to avoid any more mismatched colour hiccups!