Friday, June 11, 2021

1/64 scale "Orange Crush" tank

Now that judging for the Brush Beast painting contest is finished, I can share my 1/64 scale conversion of Matchbox's Fire Stalker into a post-apocalyptic tank. I call it "Orange Crush".

I removed the wheels and boom crane, replaced the chassis, added tracks from Rubicon's 1/56 scale Hetzer, and added improvised armor with corrugated plasticard. The turrets are from Battlefront's 1/100 scale M113, with spikes and hatches added, and a 1/60 MG34.


Tuesday, May 4, 2021

4Ground Shotgun Shack - Painted!

 Decided on a whim to paint up my 4Ground Shotgun Shack that had sat in a box for about 5 years now. Wanted to give it an old, weathered look, so I used acrylic washes and ink to give it an overall green tone. I also added a rubble foundation using vinyl spackling and gesso, a tarpaper roof made from black construction paper, window glass from acetate sheet, and a few torn drapes from soaked tissue paper.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

1/56 scale Italeri/Warlord FlammHetzer

Continuing with the recent cavalcade of AFVs, this is the completed Italeri/WG 1/56 scale FlammHetzer. To date, this was the most rewarding tanks I've assembled from Warlord. The detailing is very accurate (with the exception of the driver's vision slit being a little too big) and the subject matter is really unique. My only gripe was that, normally, small portions of the hull need to be cut away to insert the pins for the side skirts - a process that's laborious and can easily lead to a mistake. To make mine more realistic, each section apart and I cut the pins off the back of each bracket. While this does make the skirts more fragile, it looks better overall.

Since this will be paired with the Rubicon Sdkfz 250 on the gaming table, I went with a similar color scheme of hard-edged Tamiya Buff/Yellow-Green, Red Brown, and Flat Green. Since I didn't have access to my hairspray at the time, I did all the chipping and worn paint effects with a brush. Washes and filters were done with oil paints and mud spatter effects were done with acrylics. 

This is also somewhat of a departure from my normal builds in that I refused to put virtually any stowage on. I really just wanted the vehicle itself to be the main focus. 


Friday, April 2, 2021

1/56 scale Warlord T-34 ChtZ

Despite being only 6 years old, this kit certainly shows its age and how far the 1/56 scale model range has developed in that time. It's not very detailed, there's a lot of molded-on parts, and its incredibly basic. To simulate the ChtZ stamped turret, I removed the incorrect secondary periscope, added grab bars, textured the surface to simulate rough steel, added pistol ports, and added hinges to the rear engine bay hatch (in addition to scribing the hatch correctly).

Due to the pandemic, it was hard to find good rattle can primer for awhile, so I used an incredibly old can of Testors semi-gloss to prime this. Not thinking it through, when I used hairspray for chipping effects and then used my usual pressure for removing the paint, it came off in large sections - especially on the top of the turret and front track guard! I thought it was ruined but then I realized I could use dry blending and oil filters to lessen the difference in tone. As such, this tank has a lot more tonal transitions than most of my other work and very much resembles panel shading (which I am normally a strong opponent of). 

I am still on the fence whether or not I'll sell this, but for now, it's grown on me....


Thursday, April 1, 2021

1/56 scale Warlord FlakHetzer

I'm still trying to adapt to my new lighting setup, so here's the first test photos featuring the completed Italeri/Warlord 1/56 scale Hetzer mit 2cm flak. Not having much material to go on, I opted for a hard-edged three color camouflage scheme. Unlike many of my previous builds, all the chipping is done with a brush. I wanted the flak gun to look like it had just rolled off the assembly line to be thrown inside the chassis with no painting at the factory, so I painted it a red oxide primer color. The netting is medical gauze, unrolled and lightly misted with green spray paint, before being wetted down with PVA glue and water.