Friday, April 22, 2011

A Dragon Stug IV arrives

The Dragon Stug IV with a Deagostini/Altaya Panzer IV for size comparison. 
No markings apart from crosses on the sides and rear of the hull. If i had to nitpick the only thing that lets this model down is the tracks which don't sag like the real ones would. 
The main gun actually elevates.

detail, detail, detail

A lovely model down to the periscopes for commander and gunner. Even the triangles for the side skirt holders to hang off are really fine and this model is a tribute to the skill of the assemblers of these models.
I picked this model up from Mil Sims in Melbourne for $16 while i was down there visiting the parents.  Its one of those shops which has had a strong internet presence for a long time which continued on from their paper based catalogue in the days of snail mail. For me its one of those places i seldom get to go but always enjoy putting around in the store. I've just found out they are having an Easter Saturday only sale too, bugger.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Coat d'arms german WWII paint set colour uses

colours in the set and their uses
  • 102 black - early war boots, ammo pouches, early war webbing
  • 227 field grey - tunics
  • 503 military green - mess tin, summer uniform (reed), possible zeltbahn base colour
  • 505 green grey - early war trousers and tunic, helmet
  • 515 black green - bare helmet & gas mask case
  • 516 iron grey - early war trousers & tunics
  • 518 field blue - luftwaffe field division uniform or trousers
  • 521 army green -  gas mask cape , summer uniform, late war mess tin
  • 525 uniform grey - early war tunic, late war tunic and pants
  • 533 slate grey - tunics, possible ammo puches
 take this with a grain of salt and experiment

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Quick review Repo men

I saw this movie last night on DVD and was pleasantly surprised at the content.

Jude Law and Forest Whitaker are great in this sci fi story that wanders along pretty predictably until the end. The premise is that they work for a company called the Union which sells artificial organs and has the ability to repossess them if you fall behind in your payments ie cut them out of your still living body. Its shot really well without seeming to have to resort to crazy CGI effects and seemed to be "believable" and in context all the way through although if you stop to think about what they are doing your head is going to spin.

There are plenty of little bits through the movie that give it a really well crafted feel like the bit where he comes speeding off the freeway and all you see is the overhead shot of cars crashing, the fat man in the street scene and the fight scene at the end which had a lot of similarities to the stuff that's in the Milla Jovovich's Resident Evil movies. I feel they handled the explanation to this really well at the end of the movie.

I'm going to use the Angry Lurker scale and give this a 4. It was that good.