I think I have a tank problem. I’ve realised I enjoy painting armour a lot more than infantry, and keep buying new ones while my big pile of unpainted lead men goes unloved.

Of well, what can you do? Time for a chunk of German self-propelled arty: the 105mm Wespe. This vehicle is what happens when you bung one of their standard leFH 18 105mm howitzers onto an old obsolete Panzer II chassis that you’ve got lying around.

It’s a cool looking vehicle, the kit is a resin one from Warlord. I originally went looking for an 15cm sFH 13 Lorraine Schlepper that I need for my Kampfgruppe von Luck campaign, but a suitable miniature wasn’t available so I bought a Wespe to proxy.

The Wespe itself in Chain of Command it would have the following stats:

Name Armour AP HE Secondary Armament Speed Notes Support List
Wespe 3 8 9 Pintle MG Average Open topped, fixed gun 7

 

Wespe SP arty

The Warlord kit

First impressions of the casting quality were a bit iffy to be honest. There was aloads of flash around the wheels and big chunks on the front glacis that I had to cut off. All three main parts of the kit are resin: hull and two tracks. They fitted together reasonably well, minimal adjustment required but wasn’t a perfect fit. Metal parts include the gun, crew, gunsight and towing hooks. Happy with all of those.

Time for some paint. What could go wrong?

I’d suggest painting the tracks before attaching them. I didn’t and it was bloody fiddly to do afterwards. I was toying with the idea of doing an ambush camo on this gun, but instead decided to just leave it as the dark yellow colour. More fool me, as my normal treatment of washing Army Painter Strong Tone Ink over the entire model turns out to be a terrible idea on large flat yellow areas. On camouflage it works fine, as any irregularity gets lost in the disruptive pattern but on even light-coloured areas it looked patchy and terrible. I tried to salvage the situation by rubbing the large areas back to make it look like dirt and wear but the effect wasn’t good:

Plan B then? Well, I didn’t fancy getting out the spraycan and starting from scratch so I decided to conceal it. Like all good late war German vehicles, SP arty spent much of its time pretending to be a tree. Can camo nets and some leafy branches cover up my mistakes? You bet!

I went for camo nets on the sides and branches elsewhere, as I like to store my models snugly in foam trays and didn’t want flimsy things on the sides. It also makes it easier to handle, as you can just grab it by the sides of the superstructure.