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Colonel Kilgore

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Heavy Metal
« on: November 04, 2017, 11:08:05 AM »
I've just completed, after a long and sorry saga [http://rulesforcommonman.uk/smf/index.php?topic=870.msg6210;topicseen#msg6210], two out of three M48 tanks. And yes, I know you can only field two in the MOCB game, but I thought that a third would give me some flexibility if these ever turned up on an AK47 battlefield:





I used:
  • a black sprayed undercoat
  • basecoat of Vallejo Brown violet
  • thin wash of Army Painter Strong Tone acryllic, watered down with Citadel Lahmian Medium (which cut down on staining of raised surfaces)
  • Humbrol Gloss Cote varnish where I was applying the decals from Battlefront (using Humbrol DecalFix both to apply and when dry)
  • overall Humbrol Matt Cote
  • Tamiya "weathering master" set A (Mud and Light Sand)
  • NO FURTHER varnish (as this will destroy the weathering!)

Leslie BT

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Re: Heavy Metal
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2017, 02:05:18 PM »
They large rather splendid. $ has got to be better than 2 every day of the week.

See my bit on your disasters post about the powders.

I think you need to use Artist's Fixative which I would use after using pastels and charcoal, the old fashioned weathering materials.

http://www.winsornewton.com/row/shop/oils-solvents-mediums-and-varnishes/pastels-charcoal-fixative/artists-fixative-spray-5-07-us-fl-oz-150ml-can-3034913

Lots of colours https://www.royaltalens.com/media/4471849/Rembrandt-soft-pastels-ENG.pdf
https://www.royaltalens.com/brands/rembrandt/pastels/soft-pastels/rembrandt-soft-pastels/ they are usualy available at good art shops indivdually.

The other thing is to use a soft 6B graphite pencil to look like warn metal surfaces. Try it on the underside it will look great.

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Re: Heavy Metal
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2017, 02:30:48 PM »
Thanks Les - and also for all the tips.

The Tamiya stuff I used really is like make-up and unlike anything I've used before. Probably fantastic for stuff that just sits in a display case!

I think I will have to experiment with more conventional powders - and the soft pastel idea sounds great - a bit like creating one's own powder, I guess - and I can see why a spray-on fixative would work well on those.

And I love the graphite pencil tip - must give that a go too!

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Re: Heavy Metal
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2017, 04:26:30 PM »
You will find that the fixative is just that a very light touch to fixing the powder.

Try it on the underside of a model and just spray very gently with hair spray, several light drifts not enough to make the model wet.

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Re: Heavy Metal
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2017, 04:59:59 PM »
OK thanks, Les, will do!

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Re: Heavy Metal
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2017, 11:07:36 AM »
Simon an interesting painting idea for weathering from a different direction.

http://theminiaturespage.com/boards/msg.mv?id=438878

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Re: Heavy Metal
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2017, 03:48:19 PM »
Thanks Les - lots of things to play around with!

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Re: Heavy Metal
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2017, 09:46:05 AM »
Delighted to report that Tank #3 has arisen from the ashes of despair and superglue remover!



Now I can get back to painting Cowboys, while awaiting the new NVA...