Wednesday, 23 August 2017

IDF Centurion Matt Varnish

The model has now had a good coat of matt varnish and today I've finished off most of the lights and periscopes. I just have a couple of bits to do including the metallic elements then it's onto pigments and final assembly. The crew have also been test fitted and I think they work really well on the model. Overall the weathering is on the restrained side which I feel works well with the subject and the colour of the model.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Belgian M47 Figure Done

The figure is now finished and I will add some pigments to his overalls just before he goes on the base. He will add a nice bit of contrast to the tank I think.

IDF Centurion Pin Washes

The model has now had a couple of pin washes added using true earth filters. For some reason my usual wilder washes & filters have gone bad with some of them actually congealing! And that's with storing them out of sunlight too, very strange and slightly annoying as they are not cheap to buy. I've not added any filters but will add a little bit of oil dot fading next before the matt varnish goes on. A lot of the final weathering will be with pigments anyway.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Lacock At War Show

Myself and Brian popped over to Lacock yesterday for the annual "Lacock at war" show and a very nice day it was too. There was plenty of interesting vehicles to see and other items to admire as well as a good mix of re-enactment groups present. Brian even got to grips with some SLR's, sterling sub machine guns and browning 9mm pistols, re visiting his youth and warrior like career! Just don't ask him about the paperclips or dangerous typewriter ribbons!

I particularly enjoyed the dingo scout car which was beautifully restored and an interesting BAOR VW beetle which had a very interesting history. Also there were two very nice ferret scout cars which I thought looked superb. The show is reasonably compact and possibly due to the location vehicles are limited to wheeled only but there is still plenty to keep you interested. The best thing is entrance is free.

It's also a good opportunity to have a wander around the historic village, slightly bizarre as it is seeing German troops and home guard soldiers enjoying the scenery and having a pint in one of the pubs. Talking of which we also enjoyed a spot of lunch and a pint which was very pleasant. The show is usually held around the same time in August each year and is well worth a visit.