Monday, March 22, 2010

Panzer IV E Platoon - Basecoat

Yes, I know, another exciting post about the Panzer IV E platoon. =)


Yesterday the platoon was basecoated with Testors Panzer Grey spray can.

After researching winter white washing and the various techniques (wash, hairspray, salt chipping, masking, marmate, etc), I've decided to use Testors Panzer Grey in a spray can and then white wash the tank with various thicknesses of VMC white paint. It seems the easiest. The hairspray technique gives really great results on 1/72, 1/35 and even 28mm (WH and WH40K) miniatures, but I do not believe the benefits outweigh the headaches on 15mm vehicles (unless it's a Tiger, Panther or King Tiger).

So, no airbrushing for me. Saves me $$ and bugging a buddy to borrow his and all that entails with worrying about not breaking or ruining his airbrush.


The next step in the process is detailing the tracks, stowage and add worn areas to the basecoat.

I likely won't get near the platoon until April. Lions Den I is in two weeks and I'm working on what list to take.


  1. What did you think of the Testors Panzer Gray spray? I saw it in my local hobby store and was thinking of using it on my Stalingrad StuG33B's.

  2. GeekEGuy - Thanks for asking. I highly recommend Testors Panzer Grey. It goes on smoothly. The spray is powerful, so I suggest holding the can at least 10" and moving closer after getting a feel for the can's compression. My only issue is that the cans are only 3oz. Still I was able to cover 4 sets of tracks, hulls and turrets quickly and still with plenty of can left. The color is a little darker than the photo, but not the Vallejo Black Grey color that Battlefront recommends for panzers. No, I'm not a fan of the Black Grey color. LOL