Saturday, 27 March 2010

T34 Quick Paint Job

Three views of Hat Industries 1:72 plastic T34/76 in various stages of undress. You get two in a pack for about eight quid as of today's prices give or take. They are good workmanlike kits, easy to build and fine for larger units where you need a shed load.

If you are doing a temperate colour scheme then slap on some green paint. Make it light/mid green because the dark or bronze green colour scheme was a short lived Finnish War colour far as my potted reading has taken me.

And 'slap' is the word. Expand the first group of three pics and you'll see it's a rough, fast paint job. Then, put 50/50 paint and water in your tin lid, jar, pallet or what have you and QUICKLY line everything. Where barrel meets mantle, hatches, grills, wheels, exhausts, joins, weld lines and anywhere that dirt might gather....look at the next three pics expanded.

Then the best technique you'll ever need...the dry brush! No,no stop crying, there, there it'll be OK....blow your nose and wipe your eyes it's me, I'm a modeller.
Take the brush, large and soft (no, put that down. It's a roller) and dip it in very light grey paint, any really light grey reasonable quality paint. Then wipe of nearly all the paint on a cloth or paper, it's not a waste...the result is exquisite (good). Once you've done that draw a line on your thumb with the nearly dry grey brush and you should see your thumb print clearly highlighted (if you can't..too little, if you paint your thumb completely grey..too much). Once you see your print, bingo, you're ready. Turn the model upside-down and start on the bottom tracks (that's easier to hide if you've miscalculated) and then scrub the vehicle all over. Yes, all over and don't forget the end of the barrel as it makes everything with detail stand out....see the last three pics. You see, you get detailing and weathering in one. Easy. Looks like you spent hours detailing. TIP: Use acrylics, it's just quicker.
OK, questions?....if not then get on with it.

Monday, 22 March 2010

Horror Pictures

More open plan than originally designed.
More still to come out ie floors completely, some more ceilings and, eventually all the walls.

World in a tin.....still, the bright side is that the wargames room will be extended in the corner by 60 square feet.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Again already

More, more just give us more I hear you not saying. From days gone by...

28mm WW2 stuff

In the meantime...

Game room totally gutted. Table de-sanded, pulled apart and wrapped in tarps in the back garden. walls floors and all fixtures and fittings pulled out. Dust and debris everywhere, wires hang from socket covers that dangle in mid air. A damp and cold atmosphere of hard to breathe heavy sodden still air pervades the gloom. Heaps of plasterboard, broken chipboard and splintered skirting create an erie and sullen landscape in a now unfamiliar and cavernous interior....woe and thrice woe....casm of despair.....

28mm Wild West anti junkmail campaign

28mm Russo-Finnish game from Shefield Triples once upon a year.

Stuart's convoy game..excellent homemade rule set, terrific fun.
Anyhooo never mind, it'll be grand when it is all back together! In the meantime here are some piccies.