Monday, October 6, 2014

Diecast Chieftains

While I have acquired a number of the Matchbox Battle King Chieftains to use in modern games, I have never, until recently, obtained an example of the Playart Chieftain. Playart produced a range of diecast tanks at around the same time Matchbox produced the Battle King range.

Playart Chieftain Tank.
Unlike the Battle Kings Chieftain, the Playart version has a more realistic set of running gear. It does seem to have a turret that seems a little odd, as are some of the angles to the rear of the hull.

And painted up, with figure for scale.
In order for it to match the other Chieftains I have, I decided to give it a repaint using the same techniques I have used on other vehicles - sand coloured paint, followed by a brown wash.


Front view.  This gives a good view of the turret shape around the gun mount.
A side view. Note the length of the gun barrel.

Diecast Chieftains. The metallic green paint has survived rather well on the two Battle Kings.

I also have two Battle King Chieftains to give the same treatment too, of course the large horde of plastic Chieftains (click here for details) that I still have to work on.

8 comments:

  1. Great to see these. I have one of the Battle Kings Chieftains and have painted up one of the cheap plastic 'knock offs' that you mentioned in another post. Will be using them soon for a FUBAR modern game (cheap) Chieftains vs (cheap) T62s. Not quite sure where I got the T62s - I'll give you a shout when I have the game up.

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    1. Thanks D. de G.,
      I look forward to seeing your game posted. Cheap T-62s sounds pretty cool too!

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  2. Those shiny green guys: the Honour Guard to the Shah of Harad? I like the way the middle Chieftain turned out... a mean machine.

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    1. Thanks Ion,
      While the metallic green is shiney, it will be painted over to a more sandy scheme.

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  3. Surely this is a site well worth seeing.

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    1. Why thanks Jerry!
      I am glad you enjoyed visiting!

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  4. This post brings back lots of memories... :) Thanks for sharing!

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