keskiviikko 10. joulukuuta 2014

Painting Challenge entry 1: Barbarossa German AFVs

A bit late on this blog, but better late than never :) I managed to open up my challenge with a quick set of 6 Early War German AFVs for my Barbarossa era Flames of War army project. I had wanted to take the first place in the challenge for at least a short while and succeeded in it! My glory lasted for a few hours, but now Finnish honour has been upheld on our independence day so all is well in the nation.


So I present to you 2 Sdkfz 231 8-rad reconnaissance cars and 4 Panzerjäger I light tankhunters. The 8-rads will probably not see too much action as after a few revisions they have been dropped out of the list. Still they are cool models and I had already bought them so decided to paint them up anyways. Maybe with another revision of the list they can make the cut again :) The Panzerjägers on the otherhand will play an important role in providing fast moving AT assets to act as mobile reserves boosting defences and taking flanking shots or go and take on enemy artillery etc.


Paintjob wise these were fairly simple with a Panzer Grey basecoat followed by two successively lighter drybrushes. This was followed up by an enamel wash meant for panzer grey followed by slapping on some mud to make them look like they've actually driven somewhere after coming out of the factory. I didn't really want them to look too worn as I'm planning to have my force present something from the beginning of Barbarossa campaign.


At the moment I'm working on some Infinity miniatures. Progress is super slow as there is just so much delicate detail in these guys that every shade takes ages to put on. I also decided to copy the style of the studio painter which is causing some problems as I don't usually do much edge highlighting etc. and can't really seem to get the effect to work like I want. Definately won't make it before Friday so I'll have to wait until my next appointed entry publishing date.

 

10 kommenttia:

  1. Nice work! I'm working on some Barbarossa Germans myself, nearly finished four half-tracks. Hopefully they'll turn out as nice as these. Do you use anything special to do the mud, or just paint?

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. Thanks! It's something called Easy Mud from MaruTechnics. It's meant for scale modellers and comes in plenty of different shades. I guess it's basically just a mix of paint and fine sand with some binding agent.

      I've used pigments in the past, but those take ages to build up a good "thick" texture so I've transitioned to these Marutechics mud products. A lot faster and mixing a few different colours gives a nice result. And it's actually quite durable and stays on even when the models are moved around the table

      Poista
  2. You got off the mark fast with your entry and held that first place spot for at least two hours!

    I like those Infinity figures. They've such style to them. I think you're doing a fine job with them so fat. I like the palettes you've chosen and I think they'll really "pop"

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. Thanks Anne! That was my two hours of fame :) Probably won't be surpassed ever in my life :)

      All the Infinity stuff is quite a bit love or hate thing. If anime style aesthetics are your style you'll love them, otherwise people seem to be a bit put off by that. Bright colours really do bring the best out of these in my opinion too. Really works great in sci-fi

      Poista
  3. Nothing beats an 8-Rad for cool. Looking forward to the Infinity stuff. They already look good.

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. The 8-rad is definately an iconic vehicle with an interesting design!

      Poista