Completed>>1/35 SU-122>>”Marching to the Battlefield” diorama

Finally! My second military project is completed! It turns out to be a small diorama, capturing the soviet soldier on maneuver by riding along the SU-122

"Marching to the Battlefield"
“Marching to the Battlefield”

The SU-122 (SU-122 stands for Samokhodnaya Ustanovka 122 mm) was a Sovietaelf-propelled howitzer used during World War II. The number “122” in the designation represents the caliber of the main armament—a 122 mm M-30S howitzer.

DSCF7650So this is not actually a Tank…it is more known as a Self-propelled Guns (SPG) or assault guns. Assault guns had some advantages over tanks. It has no turret, therefore it made them cheaper to produce. They could be built with a larger fighting compartment and could be fitted with bigger and more powerful weapons on a given chassis. However, without turrets, assault guns could only aim their weapons by turning the entire vehicle, and were thus less suited for close combat than tanks.

DSCF7651This tank is equipped with 45 mm thick armor, 4 crews, 500 hp engine, 55 km/h speed, operational range for about 300 km long.


As for the diorama, it represent some moment in Prokhorovka, July 1943. Just like any other armored vehicle in WW II, soldiers often use them as a ride. Because sometime, it is just a very long journey to get into the battlefield.


It’s been a total fun to build this kit. I tried various kind of new techniques, and I can pretty much accept the end result of it. Still lots of thing to learn though (especially on painting figures). So here’s the rest of the pictures 😀

Hope you’ll like it 🙂

You can witness the WIP here!


5 thoughts on “Completed>>1/35 SU-122>>”Marching to the Battlefield” diorama

  1. h4mster says:

    thanks 😀

    I make the base from a styrofoam, cover it with gypsum (hydrated calcium sulfate), and paint it with Mr. Hobby Dessert Sand. For the grass, I cut some cheap paintbrush and paint it in a various green color 😀

  2. chubbybots says:

    Man sweet dio ^^. Love the whole look! Agree with rockleelotus, the base looks very real. The figures on the tank brings this kit to life… a bit hard to such things with gundams though, the figures would be even smaller! Btw, how many paint brushes did you sacrfice? haha ^^

    • h4mster says:

      True, giving a figure for a 1/144 or 1/100 Gundam has never crossed my mind…it’s gonna be so small that it becomes hard to paint…
      I use one BIG paintbrush for this one 😆

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