Thursday, March 29, 2012

QRF load build slogs on

I've been neglecting my QRF load build, so I decided to dive back in this week - these guys are up for sale along with the artillery and T-55 from the last update.

T-62 Platoon

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Shilka

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ZU-23 on and off an MTLB

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Another PT-76

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SA-something or other SAM

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group shot

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Soviet hardware, Persian service

added more armor to the swelling ranks of Tehran's arsenal

First up a T-72B, just for some variety since we always see T-72S's in Middle Eastern armor collection. Kitbashed it out of a ACE and Revell kit.

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Some Ataya BMPs, not the best kits, but I guess they serve. I wasn't super happy with how they turned out.

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and have kitbashed up a T-72BM, basically a munted T-90 without some of the sexier features. Love the K5 look on the turrets. Now waiting some bar armor from SANDS.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Relics of a fallen dynasty

I recently got the opportunity to pick up a few of the famous Pier's cast offs, including a couple M60s for a great price. Given that I have largely used Soviet vehicles for my Artesh units I thought it would be nice for a change, so when they arrived I promptly got to work 'Tacofying' the kits with lots of weathering, lenses and stowage.

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I also finished up the SandS MRAP cougar thing. The kit was a bit mangled castwise with lots of air bubbles, but weathering covered most of it, and what paint couldnt fix, stowage did.

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Splashin' some ink

Well, somehow in between going away with the wife for the weekend, writing up some practicals for 2nd years, writing for a peer review journal and writing an article for the ABC I managed to get some airbrush time in.

An hour or so put out the following

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20mm -
2 BMP-1s
2 BMD-1s

15mm -
2 SA-13s
3 T-62s
Ural
Shilka
ZU-23

Also somehow got a SandS MRAP done this week. Fun little model, sadly very flawed with airbubbles, lots of work to get operational.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Well this has never happened before

When I first started this blog little did I expect it would have the following it has today. I must say I am very grateful to you guys to take such an interest in my work! You may have noticed that the pictures are currently down. Thats because my photobucket has currently exceeded its 10 gigabyte monthly limit for views, crazy!

Hopefully they should be back up some time today or tomorrow.

Thanks for your patience guys!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Stryking at Iran

Took on a couple Strykers this week to give my grunts some wheels. Sadly the 1/72nd Stryker doesnt appear to have a bar armor or TROPHY add on kit, so I had to go with an unrealistic vanilla configuration (seriously no one thought about the 1/72nd RPG threat??? :P). They are Trumpeter pre builds repainted and weathered with MIG washes and Vallejo acrylics.

I had a spare can of USAF Tan laying around, so lazily decided to use it, actually quite pleased with the resulting color, as it proved much more durable under the MIG oil washes. They also don't sell an airbrushable US Tan color so you never get quite the right look. I will be using spray cans for my future US vehicles.

Also went with dark green for the chipping since the Strykers were all painted in flat green, including most in Iraq/Afghanistan.

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Noncoms and rocketmen

Got a bit more work done this week, I must say, painting 20mm is slow going compared to 15mm. Managed to get the remainder of the US troops ill be using from Elhiem, so now I have little excuse not to get stuck in (apart from working/studying about 60 hours a week of course....).

Painted up some NCOs and specialists for my US fireteams

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Matt at Elhiem really knocked it out of the park with these ones. He took what could have been a really dull range and added a great deal of character into the figs, lots of little customizations and personalization on the minis themselves.

Also got more Artesh guys done. The Iranian armory is very fun - lots of options.

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