Monday, August 22, 2016

Blitzkrieg Miniatures' M11/39 Tank

Another amazing AFV from Blitzkrieg Miniatures - the Italian M11/39 light tank. This model is spot-on as far as detail is concerned. I had to do very cleanup and some little additions (only adding the armored viewport on the right side and the tow hooks below the glacis plate). Details are sharp and crisp, with very little flash or excess resin. The MG turret hatch can be modeled open or closed and sits well in either position. I added a tank commander from the Warlord Italian Tank Crew pack.

As a departure from my normal single-color schemes for Italian tanks, I went with a hard-edged "dazzle" scheme of Testors Acryl Sandgelb (highlighted with VMC Dark Sand) and Testors Acryl Lichtgrun (highlighted with 50/50 Lichtgrun/White). I drybrushed the main colors in vertical strokes to mimic streaking from the weather. Rubber is Pavement washed with P3 Armor Wash and tracks are my usual Pavement, washed with Testors Acryl Rust, and drybrushed with GW Boltgun Metal. The mufflers are Dark Chocolate base with a wash of Testors Acryl Rust.

The tank commander is my custom "Telo Memetico" Blue, highlighted with Cool Blue, and washed with GW Asurmen Blue. Skintone is VMC Flat Flesh base, highlighted with VMC Basic Skintone, and then washed with GW Ogryn Flesh wash. Leather is VMC Red Leather base with VMC Orange Brown highlights, washed with Reaper Umber Shade.

The tank is weathered using pin dot oil weathering with some detail oil washes. Decals are Revell and GW. 

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