I've managed to accumulate a few new vehicle models for Op Husky, or possibly for later in the Italian Campaign. In addition to the Panzer IV that I painted previously, the Germans now have a Panzer III, a Tiger I and a beutepanzer Stug M42 (more commonly known by its Italian name, Semovente da 75/18.
The Tiger is from Warlord Games:
The M42 Stug was not used in Sicily by the Germans (although the Italians certainly had some) but once the Italians withdrew from the war in September 1943, the Wehrmacht appropriated any Italian vehicles that they could get their hands on. This model is from Warlord Games. The kit can be built either as the M41/14 Medium Tank or as the Semovente da 75/18. Unlike my usual boring plain dunkelgelb paint scheme, I attempted a fairly sloppy camouflage pattern based on this image from Tanks Encyclopedia:
The Canadians meanwhile now have 4 (count 'em, 4) Shermans, of various marks.
This was generally discouraged by the higher ups, but that never stopped the crews from doing whatever it took for them to at least feel safer! In order to make my own extra track armour, I learnt how to make a press mould from modelling putty.
And here is how the press mould tracks look on the finished model. This one is Cyclops, a Sherman V from Warlord Games.
Chief is a Rubicon Sherman I.
What's up with the pink stain on the driver's back? I'd better cover that up...