Tuesday, January 26, 2016

German Armor.. on loan..

A quick post before the game tonight..

3 German tanks.. I think they are Panzers, but of which type that eludes me.. I am a really terrible historical player here it seems as I don't recognize or understand any of the vehicles unless I have played them myself :)

For this my common floormat opponent at the club had a few unpainted German tanks kicking around in our last game. So I offered to paint them up for him since it should not take me too long to do so. He gave me all 3, plus a tank on which to copy for the pattern.

I did go on a very simple method for painting it. Mostly it was primed with the base color of IJA Yellow and Grey Green ( very little to tint the yellow mostly ), and then brown and green splotches were applied throughout the armor.

From here, and after all the metals were painted and the rubber for the tyres were done, I varnished it with the gloss, and applied a heavy black oil wash on it. Possibly too heavy in some spots, but then again it is German, and they got a lot of wear in the war I figured.

Once done, the matte varnish came out to seal it in, and I drybrushed the entire tank once more with the yellow to bring back some of the details and edges. I could go full on and do some pigments, and chipping and blah blah.. but looking at his test model, this is quite in line to that, and I didn't want to go too far on them. Always easier to move forward than backwards when painting up weathering.. so if he wants some of it later one we can always go back to it.

Now to finish prepping my models for tonights game.. he will be bringing a lot of little medium/light tanks vs my Pershing and 4 Sherman list. This should be interesting as I suspect I will be outgunned at least 2 to 1 here.. so he will have the tactical advantage on that aspect in the game.. for a change :D


Monday, January 25, 2016

Beep Beep.. gun toting Jeeps coming through!

Beep beep.. hot lead coming through!

This is a trio of jeeps that I finished the last week, but seemed to forget to post about them here!

Tons of fun to paint up, and they were done after the Pershing, but not with all the techniques tossed in. I don't want to spend that much time on things that die if they sit closer to the enemy than myself just because they are classified as transports still.

One thing I did do differently on these to the Pershing that I am quite happy with is the weathering.

On the wheels and sides of the jeeps were coated with thinned down ModelMates Mud pigments. Both dark ( as a base ) and light to give it some color and contrast.

I have to say that these came out much better than I was expecting after the Pershing debacle, and I think I need to just tweak it a bit more to get it fully right. I hope anyways.. But I do see it being used more in the future on lighter colored bases to really shine.

Also on these guys I skipped the black oil wash, and did a pinwash with black ink instead. Trying to be a bit more controlled on the use of it, and not given it a massively darken state look. I think it was more of a success as well, though took more time to get done.

Overall I am very happy with them.. I think I do need more Jeeps, and maybe some variations between them. As these all have the window frame pushed down, maybe a couple with it up still, and then the decals maybe for the hoods. Also since I will be painting them later on ( as in not now ) the colors will shift, so that is another reason to go with some different jeep designs.

Just have to see how well they do in game now.. which should be on Tuesday ( tomorrow ) when they go up against the Germans once more! To which another post will be incoming on 3 German tanks I painted up for my opponent recently as well :D

Enjoy the week.. hope the weekend was productive.. and hope more paint work with happen for all those out there!

Friday, January 22, 2016

MOAR American armor..

Ok.. the Americans are always one to ensure that they are not one upped! And with all the Japanese armor finished, they needed something more to be added to their forces.

I had ordered a few more tanks a while back, and they just got finished casting up from the Xmas rush at Warlords.

The main tank for me the M26 Pershing. Although it is a heavy, and worth a ton of points in game, and does not have that much really available within it to do that much damage... it is a massive tank to cause psychological warfare against my opponents. And to be used when no care is given to the outcome of the game :) Having played against many Heavy and Super Heavy tanks with my light and medium tanks, and the heavies going down fast, I know it is not worth the point. But it was fun to put together and try out new techniques on all the same.

Especially on this one, as I pulled out an art book called TankArt. A book that I borrowed from John Harrison of the Weekend Workshop for over a year to read, before finally just buying my own. And within it there is a step by step on how they go about to paint up a 1/24 scale Pershing. So I figured most of the steps could be used here on this one as well..

Some of the techniques were old ones used in a new way for me. One of which is chipping.. but without chipping fluids, or hairspray. The technique plays on different types of paints ( Enamels vs Acrylics ) and the thinners for them.

So in this case the Pershing was basecoated with Tamiya Dark Green, and then followed by some other greens whose names I forgot. I did not have all the proper colors that the book mentioned, but I had something close enough, and would give my model something different :)

But over the enamels from Tamiya we laid down Acrylic Olive Drab/Greens from Vallejo Model colors. Mostly zenthinal in nature, keeping the shadows holding the original color. I know now that I could have done almost the full tank in acrylics once I started the weathering process.

Once the acrylics are laid down, taking a wet, but not soaked, brush full of Tamiya thinner, I would drybrush it over the model. It would slowly pull up some of the acrylics, and leave the coloring of the darker Tamiya base showing. I have to say that it was really cool to see how this worked, and how easy it was overall. As stated, I probably could have done better overall with it had I done more top level of greens before this chipping step.

Another thing that it talked about was difference in texture of the metals. Where a lot of it would be matte from war torn and dust etc.. some more heavy traffic areas would be a bit more shiny from overuse. Their tip? Take a hard, condensed q-tip and rub it softly in the area. It will shine the paint up, giving it that sheen from overuse, without ruining the paint ( too much.. depending on how heavy you do it! ).

I would then go on to do things like pigments and such. In some areas it came out ok and everything worked well.. such as inside the track sections.. in others I would go overboard, do too much, and it would look like a mix of whitewash or snow.. such as well.. everywhere except the track sections :)

Live and learn on this, and I must work on my ability to mist the thinner/pigment fixer over the model instead of pooling it.. and also have more patience when letting it dry before placing more :) Oh and probably knowing more of what colors these pieces change to once dry :)

Overall I think it was a nice piece to play around with. I used the graphite stick that Raffa gave me years ago to give some of the shine an extra boost. I suspect this will not be the last time I do this, and I think I will be playing around with pigments a bit more in the future.. let's see how those turn out..

Enjoy the weekend.. mine will be full of infantry painting.. with photos of them hopefully sometime next week.. hope the weather is miserable for most and gives everyone a chance to stay inside with some hobby related activities.. Enjoy!
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