Saturday, June 18, 2011

Puma on the Prowl

The past week's project was an Sd. Kfz. 234/2 Puma armored car, my first armored vehicle model in many years (and my first ever "serious" attempt at one). The model itself is an Italeri 1/72 kit. I used a very basic paint scheme – a generic "Panzer Gray" with a black wash for the crevices and then two layers of lighter gray dry-brushed highlights. It's extremely simple, but since I have no true vehicle painting experience, I figured it would be hard to actually go wrong with that.

The Puma was always one of my favorites back in the years I was obsessively playing AH's Panzer Leader. It sported a 50mm gun, and despite being one of the most heavily armored recon vehicles of the war, it still had a top speed of 53 mph (85 km/h).

Same vehicle -- just a change in camera angle that radically changes the appearance of the color.


  1. Very nice paint job. It is a very nice vehicle to field in battle

  2. Yeah agreed, nice addition to your collection


Two Up, One Back

"The dominant (though not the only) tactical formation for the infantry in both attack and defense remained 'two up, one back.' This was a product of the triangular organization that the infantry used from platoon to division level. Triangular units had three main 'maneuver' elements (weapons units did not count as 'maneuver' elements). Rifle platoons had three squads; rifle companies three rifle platoons; battalions, three rifle companies; and so forth. This encouraged commanders to place two of their maneuver units forward while keeping back the third so that it could relieve or reinforce a frontline unit."

--John Sayen, U.S. Army Infantry Divisions 1944-45 (28)