Thursday, 21 November 2019

Tamiya Type 10 Weathering

The model has now had a good selection of weathering added finishing off with some oil dot fading and dust effects added to the lower skirts. Once that was all dry I finished off with some dust effects sprayed on with thinned tamiya buff. The model was then given a matt coat before picking out the lights last night.

The tracks received a slurry of pigments and once dry I'll use a stiff brush to remove the excess before picking out the contact surfaces with graphite powder. I'm pleased with the effects on this and have purposefully kept it reasonably clean because that's how they are in real life. 

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Mk IV Male Tank Primer

So after a check for any flaws or areas needing attention and a wash the model has now had a quick blast of primer and looks much better for it. I've also sorted out the two figures I had for it courtesy of my old mate Soapy. The standing figure has had a new head fitted as well. They should work a treat with the model.

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Tamiya Type 10 Weathering Begins

I've now started on the weathering for the type 10 and have added a couple of light dusty filters and an initial pin wash using dark oils. I'll add another dark pin wash before mixing up further dusty filters then finish off with some oil dot fading. As the model has extended side skirts I will probably finish off with a dusting of tamiya buff to show some buildup along the lower edges of the hull.

Some manoeuvre boards have also been made up from plastic card and spare decal numbers as it's something I've seen in pictures and also adds a nice splash of colour to the finished model.

Monday, 18 November 2019

Tamiya Mk IV Male Tank Shelf Queen

Whist rummaging in the loft I came across the Mk IV male tank from tamiya that I almost finished back in 2017. I got to the primer coat and just lost interest so it went up in the loft. So back from obscurity and covered in dust and spider webs it's time to make something of it. 

Saturday, 16 November 2019

CSM Romfell Finished

Here's the romfell all finished on it's base after some static grass, carved weeds paint & pigments. The engine side covers are my best guess as they seem to be hinged along the bottom edges. They are just placed and not fixed at the moment until I can find out for definite that was how they were on the real vehicle.

I really enjoyed this kit, the quality of the parts was excellent and the construction was pretty easy. I just love the look of it and hope Copper state models release more WW1 armoured cars in the future.

Friday, 15 November 2019

Romfell Basework

Today I've been working on the base for the model. As usual nothing fancy just a nice wooden base with some plaster, fine sand and fine gravel added. Once the plaster mix starts to set I use a finger to smooth out the surface then a piece of cling film goes over it and the model and accessories are gently pushed into the setting plaster. The cling film stops anything sticking to the wheels. 

Once it's dried I'll add some grass, weeds and fallen leaves after fixing the sand & gravel using VMS sand & ballast freeze.

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Romfell & Type 10 Figures

Over the last few days I've been concentrating on the figures for both models. The romfell figure just needed a matt coat and the buckles picked out on his leather leggings.

The type 10 figure received my usual method of decals for the uniform followed by painting with vallejo colours. I painted the legs black as they won't be seen once he is in the turret and it also saves on the decals too.

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Type 10 Fading, Detail Painting & Decals

The model has now had a very light bit of paint fading using tamiya sky mixed with the base colours. Then most of the detail painting was done followed by a satin varnish and the decals. Next will be the final bits to paint before filters and washes. I'm not adding any paint chipping to this for a change as the real vehicles seem to be kept in extremely good order. 

Monday, 11 November 2019

Romfell Figure

The figure is now finished apart from a matt varnish once the boots and leggings are dry. I used oils on these so a few days curing should do it. Very happy with the final result, he should work well next to the romfell.

Saturday, 9 November 2019

Romfell Figure Painting

I've been cracking on with the figure and spent a fair bit of time researching Austro-Hungarian WW1 uniforms as it's something I know sod all about. Once happy with what I discovered I started by using vallejo 869 basalt grey as a base then added a small amount of 816 German WW2 Luftwaffe blue. Next some dark shadows went on followed by some very careful dry brushing with white added to the main colour. 

The sculpting of the figure is excellent and it really comes alive with some shadows and highlights. So just the insignia, face and boots to do now.These CSM figures are a joy to paint.

Friday, 8 November 2019

Type 10 Primer & Camo

The model has now had a primer coat and today the main camouflage colours have been sprayed on. I have used tamiya XF 72 JGSDF brown & XF 73 JGSDF dark green. I will be adding a little bit of paint fading next using XF 21 sky added to the base colours.