Thursday, May 24, 2012

Iran's heavy metal scene

This round I decided to try out a new painting technique I had been reading up on for a while. This was the integration of gloss spray as an undercoat to better help the control of the oil washes I like to use on my vehicles. Frankly my nervousness at trying something new turned to join as I watched the benefits of the technique unfold before my eyes. This approach allows you to make very clean looking vehicles with clear contrast between indentations and flat surface. Put bluntly, its probably the best thing since sliced jesus!

I finished up the two M1A2s using the discontinued Tamiya kits combined with the SandS early generation TUSK addon pack. Also got to use AK interactive's fantastic new US sand tan color. Really love the overall look of all that extra gear.

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and the second guy

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the SandS Stryker MGS to better beef up the platoon

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A generic BM-21 Grad I picked off ebay that will plug into my Iranian, Russian or insurgent forces at will

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An Iranian Scorpion, another Shah-era holdover that is contender for 'cutest tank ever' award.

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and finally the good old M113, in Iranian service of course.

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8 comments:

  1. Brilliant stuff, are they air bubbles on the Stryker, looks like a very poor cast, who makes that?

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  2. SandS - unfortunately the Stryker/LAV-3 casts seem to have a pretty consistent air bubble issue.

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  3. Lovely paint work. Unfortunately, the Scorpian's "armour" plate wouldn't stop a stone thrown by a sick ten year old let alone an actual bullet.

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  4. Neat idea - do you do the gloss coat after the regular paint but before the inks, or as an undercoat before any paint at all?

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  5. Like it. But I would paint the windows on the back of the gunshields (Abrams) as well. Otherwise it looks a bit strange!

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  6. Thanks guys!

    Sonoftaurus - the technique is undercoat coat black, basecoat with AK interactive's Sand color, gloss coat; oil wash the whole thing a couple times, then take a cotton bud dampened with white spirit and white away any excess.

    The gloss coat protects the tan color and also acts to help control the flow of the wash. If it wasn't in place both the oil wash and the turps would tear through that lovely tan base coat!

    After the oil wash has dried I then apply a spray of airbrushed dullcote, as it allows you to work with the subsequent detailing much better.

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  7. DHC - normally I would agree, but there is 0 detailing on reverse panel, so I decided to not worry about it.

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