Saturday, 6 September 2014

M113 ACAV - Vietnam

What have we here then.... This is one of those projects that ran away with itself. Previously I had a commission for some JB Model ACAV M113's ( in my flickr somewhere) which i did with some SHQ "riders". In a moment of madness I thought i'd try and improve using the S Models kits, overlooking the "ACAV" bit! Anyways after some helpfull chaps over on the guild (Alan "Dadmassu" & Phil "Tinned Fruit") sorted me out with their excess ACAV turrets I was good to go. 

The four M113's have been built with commanders turrets ( mixture of SHQ and S&S figures) but with the rear open, some rear doors opened up and two with fixed MG shields.

The infantry figures are SHQ that I have configured togetther so that they fit on the rear decks of the M113. there are three "sabots" of infantry, plus two "plug-in" MG gunner sets. Hopefully this should be obvious in the pictures below.

The S models kit is clearly superior to the JB/Airfix, but lack of the ACAV turret does make things difficult! In general i'm really pleased with how these came out, although the pictures aren't really up to scratch.

I've had my fun with these so tehy will need new homes, one way or another, anybody interested then just shout!


As always full photo shoot up on flickr.

PS. I'm away with "real" work next week so thats effectively two weekends of painting wiped out,  and my comms may be a bit intermitterant, please bear with me......

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Vietnam - Sheridan M551

These have been on my desk for a while, as with the SU12, if its fiddly or involves extensive modification it requires more time... and these were both fiddly and extensively modified! The basic kit is the 20mm S-Models Sheridan, sourced from Plastic Soldier Company.

 I saved some build pics as I went so the Mods are detailed as below:

One hull was opened up to add a driver, and the bird cage mounts have been completed. I now use Sgts Mess .50 cals for models intended for gaming as they are much sturdier than their plactic counterparts. Various additional stowage has been added to the front of the turrets, along with headlight gaurds and ammunition box straps.

The rear stowage boxes were tricky. A basic cage was formed from wire and then mesh added, green stiff and resin stowage then covered any inperfections. 

Here is the initial base colours, no specific fancy techniques here, basic airbrush highlighting to achieve some tonal variation. Whilst modulation is all the rage at the moment, these are to fit into an existing commission which has scale appropriate colouring.

The crew figures are a mixture of S&S Models SHQ. 

Ta Da! all done. 
I have a few Vietnam pieces just finished, included is an infantry platoon ( yes, I do figures as well.....and aircraft, ships, spaceships.........

Off to the shed now for some extended airbrushing hours, but will post up when I get five.

As always, more pictures on my flickr which contains my complete portfolio of work, 

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Saturday, 9 August 2014

20mm SU 12

Had this one on the bench for a while, unfortunately "one-offs" are at the mercy of similar commissions going through, and its was coupled with a two part build! This is a 20mm kit from UM and is really quite nice! there are two fully detailed metal crew dremmelled into the cab, you can just about see them!

Some WIP shots ....

This is at the two part stage; the cab has been built, painted and weathered, along with the two crew, you can see interior colour around the window frames. Essentailly once this bit is done and assembeld you start again with the colours!

As always, full photoshoot on my flickr

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Friday, 8 August 2014

20mm Gamma Goat ( S&S Models)

Nice little resin kit from Shaun and Stewart At S&S Models. As usual I've added some extra details just to show it off a bit better

As always, full photoshot on my flickr

I've had my fun now, so needs new home, poa

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Tinkering with... HLBS SAS Pink Panther

Had this one around for a while, starting with a "fit it in as and when" is probably not a good start for it, certainly with my schedule! 

This one is badged at 1/48, all white metal and consequentially needing some cleaning up and filling to fit. I couldn't find the gpmg mount so knocked one up. I couldn't reconcile the co-driver with the gpmg butt so ended up amalgamating under the chaps arm. Added some green stuff for flavour, but otherwise fairly standard.

This one is for Bill's Workbench at "The Miniatures Page" and I believe it is now OOP, or at least I couldn't find it on the website!


Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Tinkering with... Warlords Universal Carriers

Finally got round to finishing the build on the universal carrier section. Shaun from S&S models helped out with the missing ladder on the AOP carrier and the stylmaster order of green stuff arrived! 

There are four carriers, all warlord, mortar, AOP conversion, HMG and standard. Added some A&B putty tarpaulins which will have the air recognition allied stars applied once I've added some colour.

These will be off to the shed tonight for final priming, along with some BMP-1's to add to the Shilka set.


Saturday, 3 May 2014

Flakpanther "Coelian"

I had been waiting for this one for a while, with Warlord stepping into the Paper Panzer domain I finally get to try out some snazzy masking schemes. I deliberately stayed away from the in-vogue ubiquitous red panel "patchwork quilt" approach (but reserve the right for experimenting down the line!)

I'm sure I saw an IR Panther previewed somewhere, now that and a UHU would be something special....
 This is quite a deceptively large vehicle, and with the cannons would inject some "fun" on the table.

Interestingly, I seem to be conducting a mini-me approach with some batches coming through at the moment. I have raft of lovely 15mm HEER46 goodness with some clockwork goblin and FIB vehicles thrown in, so there are 15mm versions coming through. I am finding accurate renditions of the '46 camo schemes a challenge, and as nothing goes out unless I'm happy, have some restarts, will be worth it in the end. Oh and whilst i'm on accurate renditions, work on a 15mm Ardennes BG is coming on, now armed with the third "Duel in Mist" book ( although sadly no colour pics in this one!)

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Friday, 2 May 2014

1/56 Jagdpanther - Warlord Games- needs new home!

Every now and again, I have a pleasant surprise, a paint-along that emerges in and amongst the commissions. I fail to recall when  I started this one, but it was certainly a while back.  I haven't really modified this one much, so its a fairly standard build, I've added one of my stand-in "stock" Tank Commanders to add a splash of colour.

I've replicated a later war scheme, no markings and taken the liberty of applying some heavy field weathering.

 As always loads of full fat pictures on my flickr, of this and some newer work, as well as the extensive archive:

 (my stock budget just took a massive  ebay hit with a load of Thunder Run goodies.....)


Thursday, 1 May 2014

Sd.Kfz. 251/22 - "Vanilla" straight as it comes!

Thought I'd add some colour as a change from the previous posts. So here's a quick snapshot of a vehicle I completed for Warlord Games' display set a few weeks ago. As you may be aware the Warlord display stuff is a "tinker free zone" for me, I am allowed to add windows on trucks but thats about it! so this is a vanilla kit built as intended. It comes with crew, but my figure style is different to their talented in-house painter Andres so I just concentrate on the armour!

I went for a later war scheme on this, leaving the Pak 40 in dunkelgelb hopefully indicating the merging of the outputs from two different workshops. I've battered it around a bit to give it a bit of interest, but nothing too serious.

As always more full fat pictures in my gallery, and there are a few of these with the full "Troop of Shewe" treatment, and crew! around there somewhere :o)

I'll be unashamedly be promoting my FOR SALE Jagdpanther next, kids need new shoes and all that......

Current FOR SALE items

1/56 Jagdpanther