My Dad was in the habit of buying small scale models and putting them away. I guess when I was around 10 years old, I was doing easy car models. At least a few. I remember always wanting a Gundam Armor model but my parents always had a reason for me not to go for it. I guess from about 12-14 years of age, my brother and I were into World War II model kits, pewter fantasy miniatures and Warhammer minatures.
I was looking through the stuff I had built and painted back then and I found that I had 6 completed sets of Wehrmacht Armor. None of the stuff was fancy, none of it all that large.
My Dad and I have been going to a “Military Miniature Show” for the last two years at a Rec center. I haven’t had any desire to build models but I did but two pieces of German Armor.
The pieces I bought are relatively low cost. The first year I bought a plastic King Tiger IV, the year after, I bought a loose, metal and I think plastic German Tank Destroyer.
The big company everybody at the shows is King and Country. They are heavy metal figures that come fully painted. For a basic 2-2 1/2″ figure, it costs around $50. While that company sells a slew of products from very old wars up to at least WWII, for what it is is not worth it to me. The armor that the company makes could easily be $250-300 for a small tank.
King and Country has huge selection of Third Reich Miniatures. What they do though is make all the key players of the Reich look ghoulish and evil. A Balcony Piece with three High Ranking Nazi Brass was I think about $300 too and that was with “the discount.” Long story short, while that stuff looks interesting, it’s mostly overpriced junk.
I still have a German Anti-Aircraft Tank model to put together. I hope to get around to doing so at some point this year. Putting models together is the easy part, the hard part is painting. Below is a picture of a talented paint job:
If you ever think about getting into this stuff, the model kits are the way to go. Forces of Valor pre-made pieces aren’t a bad second choice.