Monday, 27 June 2016

Work in progress (slowly)

Experimenting with colour schemes for chindits using the Airfix Australian Infantry.  Main colours are GW Loren Forest and Straken Green.  One has been painted up as a member of the Nigerian Regiment, who fought as part of the Chindit operations.  Definitely from Airfix's best period.

Progress on a British Stuart light tank from Plastic Soldier Company.  A great kit.  Needs some markings.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

I built something!

Don't know how I did it, but I found some spare time to actually build something!

Three PSC Stuarts.  One British, one US and one that I haven't decided yet, but one of each mark the kit makes.

Yet another nice kit from PSC, with a  options.  My only complaint is that the optional Cullin hedgerow cutter doesn't fix on very easily, so ended up with a wonky one.  Ho hum.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Completed Panzers

Some shots of my completed panzer iv's from Plastic Soldier Company, finally complete.  Just confirming that my painting and modelling time is genuinely out of the window these days!

Monday, 29 June 2015

First panzer iv complete (finally!)

After my airbrush problems I had to go a different direction with the Panzer IVs.  German armour camouflage wasn't particularly standardised, with the brown and green added by individual maintenance crews using whatever was available: sprays, brushes, rags, etc.  In the end I decided to go with a 'hand applied' look.  Quite pleased with the result overall.

EDIT: Just realised that I've but the back piece on upside down!
I've fixed this on the remaining two panzers,  but to late for this one

Still too more to do.  German armour takes much longer to paint than British, flat green is much easier to do!

The PSC panzers are a lovely kit though.  Still a fast build but more complex than the Churchills were, and the instructions could do with improving.  Other than that, highly recommended.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Airbrush Woes

Had some time off work recently, so whilst Mel took the little miniature to various baby groups (I believe dancing and singing is involved, which is why she does it rather than me!), I decided to get out the airbrush and get some camo on those Panzers and Stugs that have been half finished forever.

It did not go well...

Even using VJ airbush paints, the result was far too speckled to be usable.  Unfortunately re-doing the base coat only made it worse:

Oops.  Good job I only practiced on the one Stug!  Back to the brushes then (as shown in the test on the left of the photo).

Still not sure how to rescue that Stug though...

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Churchills Complete

A bit of work still needed finishing off the tank commander, but to all intents and purposes finished.  Could probably do with some stowage but I'll leave that for now.

Painting process was simple.  Spray undercoat of black, then PSC spray over the top, allowing the undercoat to show through in the recesses.  Touch up with VJ Russian Uniform and drybrush with Khaki.  There's a lot of nice detail on the PSC kits, so they come up well.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

That WAS quick!

Very quick update.  Progress on the two PSC Churchills.  When these are billed as being fast build, they're not kidding!  About an hour and a half total build time, including waiting for glue to set, and deciding where to place all those spare track links the kit comes with.

Realised I've made a slight error in giving them the 75mm gun option, which wasn't very common, should've gone with the much more common 6 pounder.  Oh well, they really don't look that different!