Monday, 6 March 2017

Hotchkiss H38/39 from S-Models

Thomas and I are doing our best to fill the gaps in our French and German forces for France 1940 and Chain of Command.
We checked what we had and made a list of what was really needed and that list wasn’t too long - essentially a handful of figures with special weapons.
When I rummaged around in the box of 1/72 scale WWII-stuff I found some unbuilt tanks that just really wanted to be built. So, as a warm-up to the French soldiers, I built and painted these H38-tanks. Really nice kits, you get two in a box and can make a choice between long and short guns and also open or closed commanders hatch.
I chose to have two opened hatches as I have two commanders from the Matchbox Char B1:s that will fit well, but they are not painted yet.

So here you have four tanks to my ever expanding French 1940-army.

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    1. Very good kits. I should mention that there is also included some etched-brass stuff for super-detailing but I skipped that as I want robust kits for gaming

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  2. Excellent. I have one VB guy glued, will fix the other one ASAP.

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    1. and I have my figures ready for assembly

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  3. Nice work. I can't understand the logic behind camouflage, then a huge blue `shoot here' marker on the side of the turret.

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    1. Marker helps ID, preventing blue-on-blue in combat while being easy to cover up when the vehicle is stationary and hidden.

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    2. The most obvious example of that is the original big all-white cross on the German tanks in the Polish campaign. It worked so well as a aiming point that the Germans modified it to the filled cross seen in France and later.

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  4. Great looking camo on the tanks!

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    1. Thank you! It is somewhat grounded in real camo. French WWII camo really is a fascinating subject.

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  5. Nice work. The early war gear has a charm of its own. It appeals to me more than wall-to-wall Panthers and T34s cluttering up the battlefield.

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    1. Absolutely! That's why it's my favourite period of WWII + the tanks are so cute :-)

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    1. :-)
      Well, they're French tanks. Kawaii!

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