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Sunday, August 29, 2010

WW2 1/32nd (54mm) Plastic Airfix US Paratroops

Quick update on my (1/32nd scale) WW2 US Paratroops. I have finished the shoulder patches. These are for the 82nd Airborne.
The first guy is not surrendering! He is holding a grenade in one hand and his Thompson in the other.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

My first airbrush efforts 15mm Modern pickups

These are Command Decision 15mm pick up trucks, from Old Glory 25s, which are intended to be used as 'technicals' for modern scenarios in Somalia, Iraq etc. I chose them for my first airbrushing project as they were simple. I have a couple of hundred other vehicles primed and ready to go after this!
I airbrushed the vehicles previously but was not happy with the result. I ended up using a black ink wash over the lot, which improved the job significantly, and then airbrushing in the white 'highlights' again.

I want my work to look like vehicles from the excellent "Troop of Shewe". His vehicles seem to glow. It seems this is achieved by first painting the vehicles in a lighter shade, and then painting parts of the vehicles in the final colour(s) to make them "pop". I undercoated black, as I wanted anything I missed to disappear from sight. Next I hit the vehicles with a very light grey, which was to be the contrast colour. Finally (I thought) I slowly built up patches of white in the 'highlight' areas (just highlighted by contrast to the area surrounding). After a black in wash I repeated the white highlighting.

These photos seem to kill some of the contrast. I will have to fool around with my camera settings.

Next step - cold war Soviet vehicles.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

WW2 1/32nd (54mm) Plastic Airfix US Paratroops

These are some more of the figures I bought at the Tripples Wargames show in Sheffield. I have hundreds of 20mm US paras to paint up, so I am painting these as a test of the uniform colour I am using.

I will be adding shoulder patches in time.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Warhammer 40K Cadians in WW2 German splinter cammo

Please forgive the fluff that appears to have colonised the lens of my camera. None of the detail was hidden, so I didn't take the snaps again. I actually painted these Cadians over a year ago. But I never got around to highlighting the solid colours.

It was a real headache to paint this scheme. I must remind myself never to do it again!

Unfortunately I seem to have misplaced one figure. I now have nineteen instead of twenty figures. Somewhere around my office a Cadian is lurking ambush.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

WW2 1/32nd (54mm) Plastic Airfix Afrika Korps

These are some more of the figures I bought at the Tripples show in April in the UK.I had hundreds of Airfix figures when I was a child. I used to take them out into the garden and have mock wars across shrubberies; one force holding a rocky feature and another attacking it.