Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Zvezda 1/72 scale WW2 German BMW with side car


I have been using all my hobby time this last week or so to build most of my 1/72 scale WW2 models. I was intending to go with my 88mm Flak 36/37 but the BMW motorcycle with sidecar looked like the most fun to paint first so that is what I am doing.

The kit from Zvezda is very detailed, cheap and only slightly fiddly to put together.

The look I want to achieve is similar to this photo reference.

I primed in grey and used the Plastic Soldier Company Tank War spray Mid-Late War German Dunkelgelb as the base coat.

The spray was OK, first time I am using it, mainly because it is much easier to paint large models especially with flat surfaces and get a good finish.

Next I washed the model heavily with a dark brown wash.

Stay tuned to see how it turns out.


Sunday, 6 July 2014

Dark Angels Deathwing Terminators - Dark Vengeance - Finished


I have finished all the highlights and the basing. The models have come out very nicely however after taking the pictures the limitations of my very old camera are very evident.

In the pictures you cant see the different shades of paint on the armour nor can you see the red highlights on the assault cannon. The green tabard has another area the camera has had difficulty showing.

I believe the core problem is the combination of colours, when models have any large red areas then I have this issue.

Anyhow, enjoy the pictures.


Friday, 27 June 2014

Dark Angels Deathwing Terminators - Dark Vengeance - WIP 2

I have now started to work on the Base colours of the rest of the model. I painted black all the areas will be metallic or grey first. These areas will then be painted with Boltgun Metal or Codex Grey next followed by a Nuln Oil black Wash. I will finish these areas with a drybrush of each colour mentioned to add a highlight to the raised parts.

All the red areas I base-coated with Scab Red then highlighted with Blood Red and then a wash of Reikland Fleshshade. Finished with a highlight of Mephiston Red.

The green areas were base coated with Dark Angels Green followed by a highlight of a 60/40 mix with Goblin Green, next a wash with Caliban Green and a highlight with the 60/40 mix again.

See the finished shots in the next post.


Friday, 20 June 2014

Dark Angels Deathwing Terminators - Dark Vengeance - WIP

Back onto my Dark Vengeance box set and this time I am trying out my hand on the Deathwing Terminators. The colour scheme is a new challenge as I generally stay far away from light colours over large areas of a model, they can be difficult to paint well, I am thinking of whites and yellows. The Deathwing colour scheme however is a bone colour so anything close to that is  a good choice as far as authenticity goes. I also had a look at various other hobbyist takes on the scheme in particular 'From the Warp' blog.

I started off with a grey primer, see top picture.

I then followed that with a good base coat of GW Karak Stone.

Next I gave the models a good wash with Agrax Earthshade to define the shading of the model.

Next was to clean up the wash by re-paint the stone colour.

Next step was to paint the areas of the armour that would catch the light with a 50/50 mix of Karak Stone and Bone.

Now that I have the armour pretty much done I will continue withe the rest of the model.

Stay tuned.


Wednesday, 11 June 2014

German Stug 1/72 Scale - PSC - Finished

So some nice shots of the finished models! looking at these shots without the 15mm FOW side by side it is impossible to tell how much larger they are.

I am happy with the results and the anticipation of putting together and painting some of the other kits I have stockpiled in the last few months is mounting! I am thinking 88mm !!



Saturday, 7 June 2014

German Stug 1/72 Scale - PSC - More WIP

Like my FOW models I painted the camouflage as per the Open Fire video guide on the Official website.

The base brown camouflage was a 50/50 mix of Middlestone and Chocolate Brown and a 70/30 Chocolate Brown and Middlestone mix for the center part of the camouflage. The green was a 50/50 mix of Reflective Green and Middlestone as a base then a 70/30 mix of Reflective Green and Middlestone for the center of the camouflage.

The trick is to 'feather' the edges of the camouflage to help the next step of blending the camouflage into the tank with a drybrush of Middlestone, followed by another drybrush of Middlestone and Bone or Ivory.

The last step was to paint the details of the tracks and other details.

Next up some show-case pictures of the finished models.


Thursday, 29 May 2014

German Stug 1/72 scale - PSC - WIP

After I finished painting up my Flames of War 15mm starter set I sat down and thought to myself.. I cant sit and get through any more of this, the scale is just way to small for me to paint up and enjoy my hobby. The miniatures themselves are superbly detailed which makes it even worse because I would like to do them justice.

Next step was to sell off my Open Fire set, which went pretty well on eBay, and to look for something a big bigger. I had my eye on Bolt Action and I love the scale of 28mm, very familiar to me. However I think the battles are quite small and you cant field the sort of mass army like you can in Flames of War.

I finally settled on 1/72 scale, slightly bigger than 15mm so easier to paint for me, but small enough to fight nice big battles if I want. I have no problem playing Bolt Action Rules with 1/72 scale. I found excellent value kits at Plastic Soldier Company and grabbed a box set of the German Stug and set about painting it the same way I did the Flames of War Stug with the exception of the primer and base coat which here is grey.

I then painted the base colour a GW Bubonic Brown which is more of  a yellow than brown.

Next layer was Valejo Middlestone.

Followed by a 50/50 mix of Brown and Black wash.

Stay tuned for the next part.