Painting German Vehicles – Red Devils in the Night, Scenarios 8, 9 & 10

Back in January, I completed my last batch of German vehicles for the ‘Red Devils in the Night’ scenario book.

I was hoping that I’d get the next set painted up in a couple of weeks, but with one thing and another, painting time has been hard to come by in the last month (certainly not the 30 minutes a night I was trying to achieve).

However, I’m pleased to say that I’ve finally finished the latest set of vehicles, which means that I’m now sorted for all the required forces up to scenario 10 of the book.

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The new models were a second Sdkfz 222 Armoured Car, which was a plastic kit from Zvezda

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Two Sdkfz 251/1C Half-Tracks. These are plastic kits from The Plastic Soldier Company. On the previous models I had painted, I had removed the passenger figures I’d originally stuck in the models. I decided to leave them in on these – they didn’t turn out too bad in the end. I tried a new ‘Y’ camo pattern on one of the half-tracks, which didn’t quite work in the end. Maybe this particular model will not see the table very often.

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I needed a 37mm Flak gun for a scenario where the British Airborne assault one of the bunkers at Merville. I only wanted to get hold of a single gun, but most manufacturers sell them in batteries of 2 or 3 guns. I ended up finding someone on eBay who was selling a single kit off. It’s an all-metal Flames of War kit from Battlefront.

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Next up were a couple of Half-Tracked Anti-Aircraft guns. First was the Sdkfz 10/5 2cm gun. This is a resin and metal kit from Battlefront’s Flames of War range. The kit comes with extra crew and a trailer, but for gaming purposes I decided to leave the extra crew off the vehicle (the model with the range finder is now part of a FO team) and dispense with the trailer.

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Probably my favourite vehicle of this batch was the Sdkfz 7/2 Quad 20mm AA Gun. Again, this was a metal and resin kit from Battlefront’s Flames of War range.

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This leaves a single batch of vehicles left to paint for this scenario book, but it’s a bigger group of vehicles, including Pz IVs, Marder IIIs and more Sdkfz 250/1s. Hopefully these won’t take quite as long to finish…

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