Wednesday, 10 June 2015

The Stalingrad Project Is Finally Complete!

So after nearly nine months I have managed to draw the Stalingrad project to a close with four Panzer IIIs. They represent the other half of the 36th Panzer Regiment and this includes the Panzer IIIK Command Tank for the regimental HQ (The one with the tank commander).


The other three tanks are the Panzer IIIJ variant with short and long barrelled 50mm guns.The lists state that one of the Panzer IIIs has a 75mm gun on it, but I researched this to breaking point and found that they only had 50mm guns. It's another minor issue in the lists that I have found on this journey!


I bought a box of Plastic Soldier Company Panzer IIIs to build this unit, so there was an extra one in the box (I was going to buy four of their reinforcement sets, but it was cheaper to buy the box!), which I also painted and will use in future scenarios based in Stalingrad. Here's all five from the box:


As I said, this last unit finally completes the Stalingrad project, so here are the German forces in full:


These don't include the extra bits and pieces I painted along the way to completion, but this is the attacking force as laid out in the Rapid Fire! Third Supplement.



And to face them are the Soviet defenders of the beleaguered city.


Again, there are a few bits and pieces that I put into the project as I went along (such as the snipers), but this is the 'official' force list.



I am not going to list every single unit in this scenario (you'll have to track down a copy of the supplement to find out...), but it amounts to 170 German figures, 24 German Vehicles, 4 German guns, 184 Soviet Figures, 7 Soviet Vehicles and 3 Soviet guns. The final running total is: 354 figures, 31 Vehicles and 7 Guns. That is a lot of green and grey...

Now all that remains to actually play the scenario, but that will have to wait a while as I am currently working away and time is precious (it also means this blog may be a little slow as I don't have as much time to paint at the moment)... But check back in the future for a full AAR when we storm the Barrikady Factory!!

Thanks for reading!

21 comments:

  1. WOW! WOW! and WOW! that is an amazing sight! that is one heck of an achievement!

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    1. Ha ha, thanks Russ, I'm glad you liked the forces! I am not sure what to do with myself now...

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  2. Very very very impressive!

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    1. Thank you Phil! I am pleased that you liked the forces!

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  3. Well done! An excellent example of what some focus and persistence can achieve. Looking forward to seeing this lot in action :-)

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    1. Thanks Paul, there really was a lot of focus involved here!!

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  4. Well Done indeed! Congratulations on finishing, and on another well-painted unit. :)

    The Panzer IIIs look great, and I agree that there was not a 75mm version, the long 50mm is correct.

    It's inspiring to see someone finish such a high-quality project. :)

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    1. Thank you Anna! Praise indeed! Yep, I couldn't find any reference to a 75mm PzIII anywhere, so after asking on TMP I settled for the long 50mm. It's very little difference in gaming terms, but slightly frustrating when it states 75mm in the lists!

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    2. It is frustrating when you run into something like that, I always go look, assuming that I'm the one that missed it, and then it's like - "I should have had more confidence". :D

      I'm thinking I should start one of my 1/35 Panzer IIIs. I have the Dragon "Imperial Series" IIIJ, with the long 50mm.

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    3. I know what you mean. Self doubt is the easiest route to take!

      I haven't built a 1/35th tank for a while, maybe I need a break from the little ones to work on a larger model. I like the Dragon kits, they are really nicely detailed. Click on the '1/35th' tag to see the large taks I have built i the last few years.

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    4. I looked at your 1/35ths, very nice. I've been thinking I should finish my Tamiya Type 10 modern tank, I think I'm getting a little burned-out on wargame minis. And of course, start that Panzer IIIJ, and.... XD

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    5. Thanks, yeah sometimes you need something big to work on, just to get a fresh perspective!

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  5. A very impressive collection, looking forward to seeing the game pics when you get to play it.

    I remember being quite inspired by the RF 3rd supplement too....

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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    1. Thanks Pete, don't worry, I will be posting plenty of game pics I the future. This is the second of the scenarios that I have completed. One day it would be nice to have them all!

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  6. Looks Great will look forward to the AAR
    one point don't think there was a factory making Barricades did you mean Barrikady gun factory ?

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    1. Krasny Barrikady, that will be beyond AWE-sum!

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    2. Thank you, yep, you're right, a misspelling on my part...

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  7. Well done and congratulations on finishing. It is always a very satisfying feeling to get to the end of a big modelling project like that.

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    1. Thanks Martin, that's really appreciated, it does indeed feel good to have finished it at long last!

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  8. Good job that man!

    Looking forward to some game reports.

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    1. Thanks! There will be some reps, don't worry, I just have to find time to play them!

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