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I am a big Stug fan and have come up with the following idea: a Stug III and a Stug IV stand side by side, and the two crews are sitting in between (maybe around a campfire to show they are resting far away from the front) having an argument about their vehicles, each crew thinking their vehicle is superior.
Still, how could I achieve this? Size is no problem, I'm building small scale. Also I could scratchbuild some figures, I have done this before in this scale. But I need some ideas for dio layout, look of the figures, and of course a good name. The only thing I already know about the dio is that I want a late spring/summer setting. Anyone got hints for me?
This wouldn't be realistic, but you could one of the tank crewman pointing at the "kill" symbols on the tank side. Like he's saying "See how many kills we have!".
I have yet to see any photos of tanks with number of kills on their sides. This was common among aircraft and anti-tank guns crews though. I know the Germans would paint white rings around the barrel of the Pak 40 and 88mm guns to show the number of kills.
Perhaps more realistic would be to find a figure who is holding up 7-8 fingers (indicating the number of kills) with other the tank crew shaking their heads.
OK. How about this? Have some of the crew members showing or exchaning "war souvenirs"- things like helmets, knives, guns of their defeated enemies. Not sure if tank crews would scrounge for souvenirs. They were probalby more interested in spare parts, extra track links and fuel.
Anyway, hope this helps or at leasts gets your thought process moving. Good luck.
Taking advantage of Steve's suggestion why not have one of the StuGs outfitted with the side skirts (shields) and have one panel with a bazooka hole in it or have the side skirts torn up as if the tank were near a "blast" of some kind. The you could have the figures doing the ooooooh -- ahhhhhhhhhh kind of thing as they compare notes.
Or you could do the comparison of "factory" fresh vs. war torn veterans..........