Starting work on my Sherman Tanks, the PSC kit is perfect for me as it is easy to build, has lots of extras, good detail and is affordable. You can also make a Firefly as part of the squad which is a 'must have'.
I started off with a primer / base colour of Plastic Soldier Company Army Spray British Armour. This is a great way to get a smooth layer of paint on all those flat surfaces.
Next step was to apply a heavy wash for the shading which I used my usual 50/50 mix of black and brown.
Then I dry-brushed the models with Vallejo Russian Uniform.
All that remains is for me to complete the tracks and details.
All that I had to do was add washed to the models and some highlights of the base colours where required. I did not want to spend too much time on these as they are already tricky to paint as rider and bike "joined at the hip" so to speak.
I will have to go over the shading on the red parts of the armour with black wash as the dark brown does not work well enough. Other than that I am happy with the results and will keep working on the rest of the Dark Vengeance set, namely the Librarian and Commander.
Here is the Squad Sergeant.
The first Biker.
The second Biker.
As a Squad.
The final comment I have on these guys is about the quality of the pictures I took, my camera cant quite get to grips with the colours and they do not show the different shades that are apparent to the naked eye. I did use Picasa to edit them which helped but not good enough.
I am tackling my next little project, turning the Dark Angels Bike Squad into Knights of Blood. Firstly building the models was easy as this is the GW philosophy with starter sets. However I did regret this later on! Cutting and shaving all the Dark Angels iconography off the bikes did result in damage to the models but it was acceptable.
As usual I went for a black primer, see above.
Then painted in all the base colours using my custom mix for the dark metal armour and Mephiston Red for the rest. This is where I regretted gluing the riders to the bikes. Painting the torsos proved difficult especially the Sergeants robes. The backpacks had to be painted separately also.
Next up to add the shading and the highlights so stay tuned.
I started off with a primer which is grey, only because that is all I have at the moment.
The PSC kit is easy to assemble and great value for money with 3 tanks in a box.
I like the Flames of War Tutorials and so have painted all my models in the camouflage as per the Open Fire video guide on their Official website.
Next layer was Valejo Middlestone.
Next a heavy wash of 60/40 brown black wash mix.
Followed by a drybrush of Middlestone. 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
To finish I will paint the track and details and that should be it.