sabato 11 maggio 2019

DAK vehicles Sd.Kfz. 250/3, Sd.Kfz. 138, Sd.Kfz. 222

Since the first time in which I saw the Altaya model of a Sd.Kfz. 250 during Milano Wargame 2019 I thought that I have to paint it  ... so …

I found some (rare WwII original colorized) photos and …

… I started to work on it

During WwII, with his MG34, the Sd.Kfz. 250 was largely used for reconnaissance and scouting missions but Rommel used it many times the version 250/3 as command vehicle
I found another colorized photo with Rommel on his GRIEF that is speaking with Oberst Crasemann (the commander of 15. Panzer – May 1942)

Unfortunately I did not find a 20mm Rommel model but Caesar produced two boxes of panzer crews that can be used for the DAK

as well as the Italeri green devils ... perfect for Ramcke brigade

A great part of the plastic vehicles models have not crew  so I used the Caesar miniatures to create the crew of a Marder III with good effect. 

The model I bought it was painted for the Normandy but this kind of tank- destroyer was used also on the African front

The Marder IIIs were used in panzer divisions of both the Heer and the Waffen SS (as well as in several Luftwaffe units) such as the Hermann Göring division so with this camouflage I can use it also for Italian and Tunisian theatre.
The Marder' IIIs weaknesses were mainly related to crew survivability due to the open-top armor protection that made them vulnerable to indirect artillery fire, handicap that is correctly reflect into Bolt Action army list.

Another light reconnaissance vehicle designed by German army to meet a simple construction and good off-road performance was the Sd.Kfz. 222.

Below the only one colorized photo I found of this model even if the crew  that is inspecting it are English and not German

Times ago I bought a Altaya model 1/72 and I re-painted it 

It was the first DAK model I painted using these colors so ... it is not the best vehicle I re-painted but for Bolt Action can be used

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