WWII German Jagdtiger

19 Jan
WWII German Jagdtiger

Following up on yesterday’s post, here is my next (Theme Round) entry for the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge.

This weekends topic was “Epic Fail” and it gave me some headaches at first. I could only count out a Leman Brother Bank, since we are not allowed terrain in this Challenge.

Then I thought about the Death Star, but my better half insisted we had no space for a PS 2014 from Ikea.

So it was back to the drawing board. But then I had an idea… World War II produced so my tanks, there must have been one that was an epic fail, at least in my eyes.

In my humble opinion, this had always been the wrong type of tank for the time. It was very heavy and thus suffered from the same problems as its turreted brothers, the Königtiger. As such it took huge resources to build, was a nightmare to transport by train, had problems with terrain due to its high ground pressure and guzzled so much fuel, that the Germans did not have at that time. Even worse yet, most of them seem to have been used on the western front, were its 122mm gun was the overkill for any opponent, while on the eastern front where it might have been useful vs. the JS-2s and big ISUs there were hardly any.



But what really underlined its status as an epic fail was an incident that took place when a Jagdtiger from the 512. Panzerjägerabteilung (the unit depicted above) attack an allied column near Holzwickede in Germany, which incidentally was less than 10 kilometer from where I used to live until a few years ago. This Jagdtiger fired at a Sherman. By that time Germany had no smokeless ammo anymore and after the first shot, at maximum range, the whole tank was shrouded in smoke. Seeing this, the infantry accompanying the tank though that big beast had been taken out and ran. Without any support the Jagdtiger was forced to retreat as well. So in essence, the big tank, which should have instilled calm in its troops and could have taken out the enemy without them ever having a chance to fire back, had broken the units morale with a single shot. As such this was my epic fail.



Not much to say about the model here. It is a 1:48th scale Tamiya early model Jagdtiger straight out of the box.





Looking at period photos I found that most of them seem to have been painted in a simply soft edged three tone camo. So I went with a Dunkelgelb base with, red primer and green camo airbrushed on. Some chipped paint effects and washes & filters to enhance the worn look as well as the soft edged effect of the camo. Also added some rain marks to the superstructure to round off the slightly for look. (I do not like my tanks if they look like they have not been cared for for months.) Unfortunately I ran out of time, otherwise it would have received a slight coat of dust with the airbrush, but that will be easy enough to add in the future. While painting it, I remembered, why I usually hate to paint Königstiger or Jagdtiger. All those tow chains and spare tracks are a pain in the behind to paint.



Hope you like the final results.








11 responses to “WWII German Jagdtiger

  1. dragoonregt

    January 19, 2016 at 18:30

    Nice job. Total waste of resources when trying to compete with the resources of the Allies.

    • Burkhard

      January 28, 2016 at 12:26

      Thank you!

      And yes… I am actually a firm believer in the fact that, had they put the resources for all these super heavy beast into producing PzKw IVs (maybe with a longer barreled version of the 7,5cm) they would have been far better off!

  2. Doc

    January 19, 2016 at 21:18

    As you say, a logistical nightmare to produce and transport. Perhaps the reasons there were very few (any?) sent to the Ostfront was that it was impossible to transport by rail beyond Poland due to change in rail gauge – that and the rapid loss of territory with the collapse of Army Group Centre in June 1944 made it impossible. By then it was too little, too late anyway. I agree, stupendous waste of scarce resources – really nice model and paint job by the way!

    • Burkhard

      January 28, 2016 at 12:31

      Good point there. I know they re-gauged (is that even a word) the tracks in Russia, but I am not sure what the situation on Poland was, but no matter what it could not have been easy.

      I have always been wondering how they managed to get those Königstiger to Hungary and Budapest. I mean most transfer routes must have led through Austria and I wonder how many railroad tunnels were wide enough for a Königstiger. But in the madness that was the Third Reich, they probably unloaded them numerous times to drive them over a mountain pass to entrain them on the other side.

  3. Nysse

    January 20, 2016 at 10:59

    Definitely an impressive beast, but as you said the wrong vehicle for the time. Small, cheap and low maintenance might have slowed the allied advance down for longer, but then again with more human cost.

    Interesting story about the 512th. Certainly adds a more personal touch to the entry!

    • Burkhard

      January 28, 2016 at 12:32

      As I said above, I very much agree there. But as you said… in the long run it would not have changed a thing but only extended the suffering.

      And yes, I always loved the story. Although… from the accounts it is pretty easy to find the spot and one has to wonder, why they did not simply fire on, even with the infantry having fled. It would have been quite easy to play out their range advantage, dispatch the enemy convoy and retreat before the enemy (infantry) even got into fine range.

  4. von Peter himself

    January 25, 2016 at 08:58

    The history story certainly tells of an epic fail but the model is certainly not. The beast has a certain attractiveness in it’s form … even if it was a ponderous resource sapping chunk of machinery.

    von Peter himself

    • Burkhard

      January 28, 2016 at 12:35

      Thanks vP! Happy you like it, too, as I do not feel the model was a a fail either!

  5. Burkhard

    January 28, 2016 at 12:24

    Sorry for taking so long to reply… the past week has been mad again!

  6. Dean

    February 9, 2016 at 04:50

    Great selection for the Challenge requirements, Burkhard. Despite it’s historical “fail” I always think no WW2 tank collection is complete without one. I saw one at the Bovington Museum a few years ago. It is massive and quite impressive for what it is.

    • Burkhard

      February 9, 2016 at 10:17

      Thanks Dean.

      I too think it is one of those essential tanks for the later war period and an impressive beast to behold.


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