2017. március 29., szerda

Rotbraun done

Well, this camo turns out to be interesting. Historically not correct but as I don't try to imitate any specific vehicle, I don't really mind the issue. If I were a "rivet counter" than maybe I would worry more about the historical issue but...
So. It is too reddish to my eyes but later it will fade and change. I sprayed a light gloss cote to prepare for the markings but the pics are "before-cote".
Regarding the paint: AmmoMIG paint is OK for large surface painting but it was really annoying to use it with the 0.2mm needle for precision painting. Every 20 second it clogged the needle (though I used its own thinner in 2 parts paint : 1 part thinner ratio) - the finish is nice, and it levels smoothly but I hate when I have to stop to clear the needle or when sudden "bubbles" burst out of the airbrush and make spider-like results which are hard to correct. Nonetheless the basic painting is finished. Now let's get to the weathering. Not too much as I don't like nowadays' trend of over-weathering everything - covering details with mud saying "the real vehicles are really dirty". But these are models. And I like to see the details not the mud effects :)


2017. március 26., vasárnap

Playing with camo schemes


Which to choose? Life is full of tough decisions. BTW a simple drawing app on the iPad can turn out to be very useful.

2017. március 21., kedd

Green on

The camo green is sprayed on. I used Gunze H405 and just had some nostalgic feeling about Gunze paints. So smooth and nice finish, no problem with clogging (Vallejo, Mig does clog at least for me) and best choice for fine lines (I think I'll paint my 1/72 Tiger I with this, too. Once I get to assemble that little cat). Not 100% satisfied with the pattern but will correct it with the brown - it was a hard decision what camo to paint. Finally I just thought that as no specific unit or no specific vehicle is modelled, why not try some imaginary camo pattern? I hope will turn out nicely. With these two colors on I just wonder how well this pattern breaks the silhouette of the Jagdpanzer IV.
In the meantime some ammo-loading crew figures and some waffen-ss soldiers were bought. Not decided about the final setup (and still... I have NO finished diorama yet, so this would be the first if I could manage to finish it) but as I have nice ammo and nice ammo loading crew it seems quite sure that somebody will load ammo at the end :)

2017. március 13., hétfő

Weekend painting

I had 3 full hours free this weekend. Used it well, base coats are painted on both the Leopard and the Jagdpanzer IV. Leo was painted with Vallejo NATO Green primer. It has a very nice smooth finish but is a bit annoying as it clogs the airbrush even in diluted form. At the end I "over-diluted" it resulting in ugly side armor plates that has to be repainted. But overall the paint is OK and both the hull and the turret looks cool. Now I try to find out: how to paint the three-tone camo... that question applies to the Jagdpanzer as well. 
It was painted with the Ammo MIG late war paint set. No pre-shading. No tricky modulation techniques. Just the paint. It is a bit too light to me, has some satinish finish but there was no problem with it otherwise. Green and redbrown is undecided - maybe I'll use my good old Gunze paints...