Yesterday I finished my 8.8cm Flak 36. It's an Italeri kit in 1/48, and it was both quick and pretty simple to build. The cannon can even rotate and you can change the elevation of the barrel, as well as move it back and forth.
It's built to be an objective or terrain piece, and I just put it on an old bit of MDF board that I had left from an old project. If you wanted to base it to look like it has been hastily deployed, the wheel pairs would most likely disconnected with one on each side of the cannon, not rolled together like this. That way it would be quicker to load it up again and tow it away.
The paint job was simple, I just covered everything with Panzer grey, and gave it a dark wash. Then I did a rough highlighting job with grey pigments. The chipping was done with a torn off piece of "blister sponge", first dabbing reddish brown and then a bright metal over it. I added some tiny specks of bright orange in the middle of some of the brown parts, to create a little bit of rust. Then I went over parts of the gun that would have seen the most dirt, such as the gunshield and the wheel pairs, with some mud-colored pigment and then some sand-colored pigments.
Finally I put some static grass and a few bits of grass tufts on the base, and called it a day.
I was a bit distracted since I was following the Sweden-Denmark European Championship qualifier, so the weathering is not always in the most realistic spots, but rather according to whim. If you are more careful with the application you can get a better result, but I like this way of weathering for wargaming models, as it takes very little time. Maybe just an hour or two of painting once the panzer grey was done and dry. But watching this movie, it's clear that the guns could get quite banged up with use, so you can add quite a bit of scratched in the paint without feeling guilty of overindulging:
If you want to build your own Flak 8.8cm artillery, this movie shows some good examples of the variety in deployment: on wheels, on the ground, with or without gunshield, and sometimes covered with camouflage. The Italeri kit is great in that you can build it in all these variations.
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This blog follows the second Chain of Command club campaign, set in the intense fighting over Stalino in October 1941.