WIP – the Type 97 Te-Ke 2

Type 97 TeKe
Type 97 TeKe

Back on 26 June 2014 I noted that I was working on the The Type 97 TeKe, a Japanese tankette used in the Second Sino-Japanese War, at Khalkin-gol (Nomonhan) against the Soviet Union and Mongolia, and in World War II generally.

The photo to the left indicates where I had got up to with regards to painting these vehicles.

I got some time this week so finished them off yesterday. The photos below show how they look in their full camouflaged glory.

The tankettes were reasonably new as they were designed in 1937 and a total of 616 of them were built. They were small, however, only being large enough for a crew of two (a commander and a driver).

Anyway, these are the last of the Japanese tanks to be painted. On the painting queue for the Japanese are two aircraft and all the infantry. The infantry still needs to be adhered to bases and prepared for painting but that may need to wait for a week or three, depending on (I hope) new work.

I will photograph all the Japanese armour later this week once varnishing is complete and dry.

The Type 97 Te-Ke tank park ... such as it is
The Type 97 Te-Ke tank park … such as it is
A slightly different view of the Type 97 Te-Ke tank park
A slightly different view of the Type 97 Te-Ke tank park
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WIP – the Type 97 Te-Ke

The Type 97 was a Japanese tankette used in the Second Sino-Japanese War, at Khalkin-gol (Nomonhan) against the Soviet Union and Mongolia, and in World War II generally. It was classed as a light armoured car even though tracked. It is a small vehicle and was designed as a fast reconnaissance vehicle.

Type 97 TeKe
Type 97 TeKe

They were designed in 1937 and a total of 616 of them were built. As I mentioned, they were small, only being large enough for a crew of two (a commander and a driver). The armour was between 4-16mm thick and the armament was a 37mm Type 94 gun. The vehicle itself was capable of a speed of up to 42 km/h and had a range of about 250 kilometres.

The vehicles being painted have been based, then base coated in Army Painter brown, then covered in a desert sand colour before doing the yellow contrast stripes. Some green, brown, rust and dark earth with a dark brown wash and then some weathering to finish them off will see the armoured component of the Japanese finished leaving two aircraft and the infantry to do.

These models are CinC. I’m not sure why I bought two boxes of them but I did and so I have 8 🙂

Back Painting – Finally. WIP Type 97 Chi-Ha

It was back on 5 April 2014 when I last put paint brush to metal. The stress of the unemployment, finding some money, any money, for rent and the bills whilst receiving no benefits (and no retrenchment package either from my previous employer) has not really left me in the frame of mind to try and relax – so “stressed” has been my middle name for the last few months (4½ months to be accurate). There have been moments in that time when there was the prospect of work but those evaporated, generally slowly over time.

It now seems like there is a good possibility of work, although we will need to fund ourselves for another couple of months (sigh). To celebrate, and after not having painted since 5 April 2014, I put some paint on some metal last night.

I decided that the Type 97 ChiHa tanks I had started back then should be finished. All that was needed really was to finish the camouflage scheme, add a wash, touch up the machine guns with some gun-metal (it makes them visible rather than having them disappear into the tank camouflage) and then weather the tanks. I could not, however, remember the weathering process I used on the first two so I mixed it up – some sandy, some dusty, all dirty.

The pictures below show the differences. The models with the grass on their bases are the ones I finished in April. The ones in the centre are the ones weathered last night. The ones on the left are the tanks before weathering so you can see the difference the weathering makes as it not only makes the tanks look dirty, especially around the tracks, but also fades the colours on the top surfaces as the Mongolian, Manchurian, or Pacific sun tends to do.

I hope to get into another hour or two’s brushwork over the weekend and finish all remaining Japanese tanks. Then when starting work I can start on the infantry.

I should note as well that the tanks in the rear are GHQ models, the ones to the front are CinC. Even on the phone’s camera you can see the greater level of detail in the GHQ models. As far as vehicles (and WWI, WWII and Modern Ships) go, they are by far the best models on the market in this scale. I like the CinC and the Heroics and Ros models but the GHQ models are just a class above (with a price that reflects that).

Two Type 97 Chi-Ha Japanese Tanks

I finished two of these, as a sort of prototype. I have some that are GHQ models and some that are CinC. When viewed alone, the CinC models look fine. When you put them next to GHQ they look, well, a little simple. The photos below are of the two. The GHQ model is the one on the left in all photos.

Note (20 June 2014): These are, of course, Type 97 ChiHa tanks – not the Type 95 originally labelled. Too much sake in the write-up stage!

What’s Next — More Soviets?

The stock boxes - mid and late war Soviets waiting for their turn on the painting queue
The stock boxes – mid and late war Soviets waiting for their turn on the painting queue

I have the Japanese modern fleet in 1/3000 ready to paint but that is a small task and really will be a filler between the early Soviets being completed and the next 6mm project. One option is to finish off the Soviets with mid and late World War 2 troops. This is the lead-pile ready for that.

Lots more AFVs – 20 or so T34/85, 10 JS-2, KV-2s, more KV-1s.

Also more artillery, Katyusha rockets, some later war aircraft (Yaks) and a bigger artillery battery or two.

Lastly, in case one finds oneself near a river, some floating vehicles would be useful so we have some boats 🙂

A close up - yep, some riverboats for the Soviets as well - Thomo thinks of everything!
A close up – yep, some riverboats for the Soviets as well – Thomo thinks of everything!

Early World War 2 Soviets Finished

My early World War 2 Soviet Battlegroup
My early World War 2 Soviet Battlegroup

Phase 1 is complete!

The early world war 2 Soviet force is shown below. I will be using this against Japanese and Hungarians, both of which I still need to paint. The battles against the Japanese will be a little bit anachronistic as I do not have the very early armour used by the Russians at Khalkin-gol (Nomonhan).

Still, look out Doug, there are more to come – including late war heavies to see your Tiger 2s off 😉

In the meantime, feel free to have a look around this force in the gallery below. I will admit that I still need to add decals to the tanks. I am waiting until the mood takes me again to do that much fiddly cutting and decaling!

Russian Armour and Artillery Finished

Well finished except for a touch up to the spent shell cases which I’ll do tomorrow, and a touch up to the base edges which I’ll do later before varnishing.

Also shown in the last couple of stages of the basing process.

Now the first Drybrush

Now a dry brush of a yellow ochre type colour was done to the top of each of the bases. This lightens the colour on the bases considerably while leaving some depth. It also is a good base for the next two dry brush colours.

WIP2 – Sand on Bases

Yes, I’m testing out WordPress and posts 🙂

Next stage with the artillery and tanks was to put some sand on the base ready for colouring. I’ll let the bases dry overnight and then hit them with a wash of dark brown paint tomorrow.