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This damned tanks just took me too long to get finished. But now they are done and I am pretty happy with them. The build was straightforward, including some conversions on especially the two StuG’s from Armourfast. I gave them a basic primer with my airbrush (Dunkelgelb from Tamyia). Adding camo with the airbrush was hard as I am still learning to use it properly.
After painting the models I added decals using dry transfers from Archer, I then airbrushed the models with a semi gloss varnish to make it easier to add the wash. The wash I used is from AK Interactive, a great product that is easy to work with. But on one of the models the semi gloss varnish wasn’t good and the model became very dark. After repainting the model and adding the wash I sprayed all the models with Dull Coat before chipping.
The chipping was painted on with both a brush and with a sponge (mainly on the shurtzen). I like to add both light and dark chips, both gives a great result. The last thing to do was to add weathering using pigments, the tracks got a medium brown color while I gave the rest of the model a sandy looking beige pigment. Finally the models where all airbrushed with yet a layer of Dull Cote.
Italeri model, this was a great build which I can’t say about all of their models. I also managed to make the tracks look “almost” perfect :-)
Armourfast model. This is a quickbuild model and the details will be low but after since companies like The Plastic Soldier Company I has arrived at the scene I think the level of details on Armourfast is too low. I have tried to fix this and added some of the missing stuff myself – worst is the tracks as it aint easy to fix this.
PSC model. Really great quickbuild model. The tank commander is from AB Figures.
Armourfast model. As with the other Armourfast model I have added several details to make it blend better with the Itarleri and PSC models. The gun barrel is an extra barrel that came together with the Italeri models, I choose this over the Armourfast because it was thicker and stand out better.
The stowage in the back is just pieces of cardboards together with a oildrum covered with paper tissue that is dipped in a mix of water and white glue, when dry it becomes hard and can be painted together with the rest.
A close up on the figure in one of the PSC StuG’s. He is from AB Figures.
They look great, Thomas. I particularly love the big scrape down the side of the shurtzen on the one PSC model. Really gives the model character and makes you wonder how, when, and where it happened.
Just south of Cuverville the night between the 18th and 19th July 1944, trying to move between some barne buildings… ;-)
Outstanding work on the StuG’s and the StuH. Excellent work on camo & weathering.
Wow love the chipping/weathered look on the Stugs and the cardboard stowage is a great idea.