Saturday, November 2, 2019

1/48th Tamiya Matilda Mk. III/IV - Completed

Known as the Queen of the Desert in the early part of the Western Desert Campaign, particularly against the Italians. It's heavy armor proved virtually impenetrable against the early enemy tanks and artillery. However, they were decimated at the Siege of Tobruk by German 88's. Later German armor and artillery made them somewhat obsolete - read...slow moving targets.
I used Pledge (formerly Future) floor wax mixed with inks for the wash. It's not at heavy/thick as Minwax and dries as fast as acrylics.
With some Warlord British figures. Tamiya 1/48th seems to work well with 28mm figures, IMO.
The OD green was toned down a bit with some highlighting/drybrushing.
According to the Western Desert Bolt Action supplement, Indian troops trained closely with the Matilda's early in the campaign.
The Matilda was used in all theaters the British operated in, and even on the Russian Front by Soviet troops.
So much for now - waiting on another (small) order from Warlord Games. This time some light artillery for both the British and Germans. Until next time, happy gaming and painting to you all!

40 comments:

  1. A wonderful looking Matilda, great job!

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  2. Convincing camo scheme very well executed - I shouldn't imagine it's easy to paint?
    Best wishes,
    Jeremy

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    1. Thank you, Jeremy. The camo wasn't too bad; being linear patterns. The use of cheap dollar store masking tape was invaluable. Warm regards, Dean

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  3. Sensational job Dean, this looks the business.

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  4. Now that's what I'm talkin' about! Great finish Dean.

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  5. Great finish, lovely work and nice aging!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks, Iain. It's quite an enjoyable break from figure painting. Warm regards, Dean

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  6. Great paintjob Dean. Looks superb.

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    1. Thank you very much, Ray! Warmest regards, Dean

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  7. You have done a splendid job on this one.

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    1. Thank you very much, Scrivs! Best regards, Dean

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    1. Thank you very much, Denis! Warm regards, Dean

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    1. Thank you very much, Peter! Kindest regards, Dean

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  10. Looks terrific. Great job. I've had my eye on the Tamiya Matilda for some time. This might just push me over the edge.

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    1. Thanks, Doug. Tamiya 1/48th kit are quite nice to put together - fit and finish highest standards. I got mine from a seller in Japan - took about 3-4 weeks, but well worth low price (free shipping). Warm regards, Dean

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  11. That turned out a real treat Dean!

    Christopher

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    1. Thanks a lot, Christopher. I am very happy with the way the camo came out. Kind regards, Dean

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  12. Every time I see one of these lean mean fighting machines, inside my head springs the ole song....

    Up jumped the swagman and sprang into the billabong.
    "You'll never catch me alive!" said he
    And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong:
    "You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me."

    Cheers mate looks great!
    Kevin

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    1. Impressive, Kevin! You are a true scholar and gentleman! Warm regards, Dean

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  13. Having the two Indian Sikh soldiers by the side of the tank makes for a great overall picture ... especially when they are so well painted. Nice!

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    1. Thank you very much for the kind compliments! Best regards, Dean

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  14. Oh wow, that's really solid stuff Dean. Great job.

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    1. Thank you very much, Greg. Best regards, Dean

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  15. That Caunter cammo is amazing. My favorite desert scheme that I never dare attempt. Well done.

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    1. Thanks a lot for the kind compliment, Allan. I just had to do one up in the camo scheme. Warmest regards, Dean

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  16. Absolutely gorgeous Dean! I haven't been brave enough to try my hand on caunter but your rendition looks just the ticket to me.

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    1. Thanks a lot, Nick! It wasn't too bad using the diagrams from the Tamiya kit. Warmest regards, Dean

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