Monday, November 22, 2021

1/48 scale Citroen CV11

(EDIT: I noticed the tide marks on the tires and above the windshield as I was editing these photos. They've since been cleaned up.)
Tamiya 1/48 Citroen 11CV in Luftwaffe service, Berlin
Well, this was my first ever Tamiya kit and I'm legitimately blown away by how easy it was to assemble and how nicely it looks finished - so much so I picked up the 1/48 Kubelwagen last week!
This build is straight out of the box, with the exception of the license decals. As its scaled perfectly with 28mm figures, I wanted this to represent a vehicle for my Battle of Berlin army and needed the 300 series. The car is painted overall in Tamiya Field Blue - with a few drops of Tamiya Neutral Grey to tone the blue down - with detailed painting done with Vallejo acrylics. Unfortunately, you can't see the interior in the photos, but that is well detailed, fully painted to represent brown leather seating, and weathered.
As this is a staff car, weathering was lighter than what I normally do, mostly consisting of oil pin washes, some acrylic dried mud spatter (Secret Weapon Caked Dirt is perfect for this effect), and AK enamels to represent petrol spills and the rusty muffler.
Definitely my most enjoyable build of 2021 so far.


Sunday, November 21, 2021

1/56 scale Lend-Lease Churchill

Warlord Games 1/56 scale Churchill tank
This build is basically out of box, with the exception of the turret - I added a weld bead around the bottom edge, as well as cast texture using Tamiya putty. Deciding that I wanted to do a Lend-Lease Soviet version, I also removed the front track guards, but was unable to remove the rear guards (the Soviets did this to prevent thick mud from building up inside the upper track runs).
Like most of my Soviet tanks, I wanted to do a whitewash version but decided against using oils, instead opting for a grey primer with Tamiya flat white overspray. Unfortunately, pure white vehicles like this are difficult to photograph, so you don't see the subtle variations in tone. I then did detail painting in Vallejo acrylics and added custom "over/under" turret numbering and insignia.
I then applied an overall filter of white oil paint and did pin wash and dry-blended weathering using oils. As I wanted a heavy emphasis on muddy conditions, I did a second pin wash and heavy streaking on the lower portion of the hull, then added splatter effects with acrylics and heavy mud with Vallejo environmental effects. Oil and gas spills on the engine deck, as well as muffler rust, was done using AK enamel washes.


Saturday, August 21, 2021

1/56 scale ETO Marder III(r)s

 To finish out my backlog of finished projects, here are two Italeri Official Account / Warlord Games 1/56 scale Marder III(r). As I mentioned in my last post, these are very nice kits and the multi-part crew are a nice addition, since this allows part swaps with Warlord's other 28mm German infantry and tank figures.

I wanted to take a different approach to painting the crewmen, so I primed them in medium grey and then overcoated that with GW's Athonian Camoshade acrylic wash. This provides a quick and easy field grey uniform with shading and allowed more time to focus on skintones and faux glass lens effects.

These were primed using Krylon Red Oxide primer, then basecoated with a 75/25% mix of Tamiya Dark Yellow/Yellow Green, with soft edge camo in Tamiya Red Brown and Medium Green. Detail painting was done with Vallejo acrylics and some craft paint. Decals are all Italeri/Warlord brand. An overall yellow oil filter was applied, then oil pin washes added to accentuate details, and some dryblended oils to simulate caked dirt (mostly in the crew compartment) and rusty exhaust were added. Mud spatter effects were done in acrylics.

Friday, August 20, 2021

1/56 scale Afrika Korps Marder III

 This is an Italeri / Warlord Games 1/56 scale Marder III(r) in Afrika Korps colors. This is a pretty nice kit that has a lot of nicely molded detail, as well as a good selection of three multi-part crew. My one big complaint is the tarp/netting poles are INCREDIBLY fragile, both of these broke simply by my handling during painting (one disappearing into my carpet) - not a great feature on a model meant to be handled for gaming.

As this model goes in my Afrika Korps force for Bolt Action, I switched out the plastic crew for 28mm metal crew from Perry Miniatures.

Basecoat is Testors Panzer Grey, then overcoated with Tamiya acrylics, with detail painted in Vallejo acrylics. Decals are from the kit - though I did make the earlier SP AT tactical symbol from a combination of two different decals. An overall oil filter was applied, then oil pin washes to accentuate detail. 

(Continued apologies for the picture quality. I'm still experimenting with the new camera which takes the lighting setup I had before VERY differently than the last camera. If you notice something odd, please let me know.)

Thursday, August 19, 2021

1/56 scale Panzerkampfwagen B1/B2 740(f)

 Here is Italeri Official Account / Warlord Games 1/56 scale Char in German service, otherwise known as the Panzerkampfwagen B1/B2 740(f). Overall, this was a fairly good kit with a lot of options. My only issues were that it seems a little undersized and the large rear fuel tank had fit issues and needed filling and sanding. This is almost entirely out of box, except for the folded tarp and oversized chain (not a great idea to put a lot of external stowage on a flame-throwing AFV!).

It's painted using Tamiya acrylics for the vehicle paint and Vallejo acrylics for any details, then an oil filter was applied overall, followed by a pin wash. Areas of heavy dirt, soot, and the rusty exhaust were done by dry blending oils (as well as an enamel wash for the exhaust). Mud splatter and streaked grime are all acrylics.