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Monday, December 21, 2009

Painting for December 2009


First of all, thanks to everyone who'se been following this blog. I've had so much bandwidth transfer from people looking at pictures that I've had to upgrade my Photobucket account. True, I don't let people looking have much choice (thumbnails annoy me) but it's still flattering!

Here's some stuff I've painted recently. I've also finished up some Mid War British Rifles, and Late war Nebelwerfers, but I was too lazy to pull them out.

The begleit are mounted on plastic cut from the blister packs they came in, fit to the back of each individual stug so they can be easily removed.

The Commander

Plenty more after the break


First zug

Second zug

Third zug (at twilight?)

3rd Zug again

The whole battery


One more time

Mounted Panzergrenadiers

Captured transport


Dismounted 2

Kingforce Churchills.



jmezz382 said...

Awesome shots Steve. The whole battery charging over the hill would be any opposing forces worst nightmsre

Itchy (aka Jared) said...

Hello. New follower. Your models are some of the best I've seen! Your technique is really quite incredible.

I myself have only just begun collecting Flames of War. I happen to be building a Fallschirmjagerkompanie.

I look forward to seeing more of your work and reading many more of your AAR's!

indierockclimber said...

Thanks for the comments guys, and welcome Jared. I am about to start painting some jagdpanthers and since it's just 2 models I was thinking about photographing the entire process and posting a tutorial.

My technique is a good balance between final effect and speed. You can easily get an armored platoon from blister packs to game table in a day, given enough time for drying.

Itchy (aka Jared) said...

That is a tutorial I would be very interesting in seeing as I am trying to decide whether to include Jagdpanthers or Jagdpanzer IV's in my list.

Either way, I could use the painting tips. :)

indierockclimber said...

No problem, I'll post it soon. But here's a brief rundown of what I do for all armor:

1- clean all the flash, rinse the resin bodies

2- once dry I glue on "fiddly bits"- hatches, MGs, barrels.

3- spray coat. I use el cheapo 99 cent flat black spray from wal mart. Works just as well as stuff 5 times the price (armor, GW, etc). Seriously, it's identical.

4- glue the rest of the model together. I spray coat before assembling the tracks usually, it's just easier to get good coverage of the wheels.

5- base coat. Slap it on to the vehicles main body. Do it cautiously on the road wheels so you don't have to come back to them later. Avoid the tracks. Honestly, sometimes I will even do the base coat before gluing the tracks/wheels to the vehicle just to make sure I don't have any clean up later.

6- Once the base coat is done I apply all the camo.

7- After the camo is applied I heavily drybrush the model with the base coat again. This blends the camo in nicely

8- Now we're almost done. Using black paint go over all of the details that need to be a different color (tools, MGs, etc), and then paint them the proper color.

9- blacklining. I use a technical pen to do my black lining. Everywhere there's a seam or a sharp angle I draw in the black line. This step takes far less time than most people think.

10- decals and weathering. Now it's all about the stuff to top it off. Now is when I quickly paint up any crew (obviously for open topped vehicles that takes a bit more time), apply decals, and weather. I just drybrush the lower seciton of the vehicles with a cheapy acrylic brown. (Americana Milk Chocolate). Wham bam, thank you ma'am. Can easily get a platoon of tanks done in an afternoon.

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