Sunday, 1 May 2016

20mm ZSU - 57 - 2 WIP ( a pig of a build!!!!)

Bit of a change this post, have included quite an extensive Work in Progress Picture board for two resin ZSU-57-2 AA tanks, destined for indo china. I forget the manufacturer, but its a pig!

These two pictures are of the paint to date, this is what I consider my base layer, all the basic airbrushing is complete prior receiving a sealer coat and then the detailing.

As you can see its a multipart build and paint due to the amount of detail required to be painted with the turret. The turret baskets are separate as I have two spent shell piles to out in them which I clearly cant paint in situ.

 These two shots show the build in progress and the complexity of etched brass, converted resin crew and replacement bits and bobs due to fragile resin breaking. Pretty ugly at this stage

What you cant see is the subassembly with the wheels, this was completed separately, and was an absolute pig, the hulls had to be drilled out to accept the turret cage and then a floor reconstituted, The tracks needed heating to conform to the shape and were very troublesome to say the least. What you wont notice was that chassis wall behind the wheels and tracks was coated with a light mud texture at this stage as its easy to apply when separate.

Here we have the test builds to prove the turret cage and superstructure fit together, I hope you note all the brass grab rails, made even more difficult as they curve around the corners of the turret.

All the bits together, you can see the fabricated chassis decks added.

Just to prove my point on the grab rails, note also they all need to be the same size!
Here we have some pics of the pre-shading, initial grey "plastic primer" ( Halfords) undercoat to unify all the materials, and then a black undercoat, this is then work up with greys and whites to make a pre-shade.


Hopefully you can see the effect, although not the best photo!

Here's the paint in progress, the yellow bits are Tamiya masking tape to keep the inside nice and white, without overspray. I had intended to use some MIG/AMMO specific rusky paints for this but wasn't happy with the colour so reverted to good old Tamiya mixes.

These pictures show the base coat applied, I reinforced the pre-shade with some post shade lighter mixes. The weathering process considerably darkens the initial colours, so a lot of the contrast will be lost, hopefully giving a realistic finish. So often modulation techniques are overdone resulting in a lovely technical artistic interpretation, fine as they can be, I've not seem much cubist art in my reference pictures. These are for the table top so they need to be shaded and weathering in context

I sneaked in a up-mod'd S&S models 15mm MT55, which you may have seen in previous posts. I used this as the guinea pig for the green tones as this will be sealed and then a top coat of middle east desert yellow will be applied, heavily chipped I think......




Friday, 22 April 2016

15mm "1946" American Heavies and Super Heavies - Khurasan & Heer46 [SALE]

More wonderfull "what-if" 1946+, this time a little more grounded in realism. This little lot is the T34 (conjectural M34 "Taylor") for Khurasan and the super heavy T28 from Heer 46. I've used primarily Peter Pig crew figs, although there's a converted skytrex 30 cal gunner with a headswap in there somewhere. I've also added odd stowage and tarps ect to add some character.

I'm superly impressed with this bunch, the allied green has came out just as envisaged, with a level of weathering appropriate and in context. These ( along with some super detailed Pershings) are FOR SALE, I've had my fun, and i'm really pleased with the result. 

So POA -
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  I've mod'd the gunner on the T28 and added so super fine aerial tie-downs ( from ship rigging material)

Two M34/T34's and one T28, both M34/T34's all three have crew.

I've rendered the images "full fat" here, to show the detail, remember these are 15mm so at this level the odd bit of sprurious fluff and cat fur can creep in !

I think this shot (above) is my favourite, all the techniques have came together and it just "works"
 Subtle stowage can add character but still be unobtrusive.
Last shot of all three. As always there are more pictures in my flickr portfolio, best get a cup of coffee and set to slideshow......

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Thursday, 21 April 2016

15mm Heer46/Luftwaffe46 - Grav Tanks (Ravenstar Studios)

Interesting use of sc-fi genre here, all down to the customer, inspired!  Here we have three Ravenstar Studio Mercury class fast grav tanks, repurposed in a Heer46 or is it Luftwaffe46? "What-if" role.

I've tried to emulate a combination of the Luftwaffe splinter and mottle edged camouflage style with some light chipping through to aluminium.

All three are on detachable home made bases, 5mm clear acrylic rod on pre-cut MDF bases, so they raise the sculpts about 11/2 inches off the ground.

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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

15mm E-50 Section (Heer46)

Back to Heer46 this morning. Two E-50's with some minor mods, and yes the obligatory "red oxide" panel so often loved of the Paper Panzer Brigade, I may do some more un-primed panels on some Panther II's, but lets see.

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Monday, 4 April 2016

15mm E-100 Twin 88mm Turret (Forged in Battle)

One of my favourites of this first batch, this is the Forged in Battle (FIB) E-100 with twin 8.8cm turret. Again no major mods from me, apart from belt sanding off the integral base, just paint after that!


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Saturday, 2 April 2016

15mm E-75 (Heer46)

More paper panzer goodness from heer46, this time two E-75. Only minor mods from me, have removed the tracks guards on both as I prefer the look, also removed all fixings from the chassis on one to make some clean sides.
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Wednesday, 30 March 2016

15mm E-100 with Krupp Turret (Heer46)

Couple of E100 variants coming up soon; this one, again, from Heer 46. I've battered it around a bit, so its lost some track guards. The camo was pain and the pictures are a bit washed out but its a lovely cast. As usual more pictures:

Current FOR SALE items

1/56 "Fury" M4 E8
1/56 RSO Steyr
1/56 Weasel
1/56 KV 1

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