Thursday, December 26, 2013

Building up dat PLA motor pool

Slowly growing this army with a couple more AFVs - an additional type 99 and another type 86, both by S-model. Nothing much to say about these kits that I haven't already said. In other news, The Brian @ Hobby Den will be sending me some test kits of their new PLA range to paint up for their website in this scheme, gonna be siiiiiccckkk :)



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Also managed to temporarily busted my airbrush by stripping the thread of the fuel nozzle through over tightening - not too bad an issue, only 40 dollars. However, the downtime is a pain in the ass. Derp of the year award goes to me!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Going oldschool green with Russian armor

Traditionally I haven't been that big a fan of monotone schemes on armor - the flatness often kills the 'ooo' factor and has been one of the primary hesitancies behind my foray into ww2. However, with my recent discovery of color modulation through the airbrush, this has all changed, and I've become a bit of a green junkie, to say the least.

This round I fired out a couple of modern Russian vehicles in plain green: A BTR-T by cromwell, and a revell T-72 with an aftermarket B turret.

The BTR-T: an APC constructed out of a redundant T-55 hull

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T-72B (crewman is a conversion of one of black dog's new Israeli tank crew with a Partisan pattern jacket.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Exporting the T-90

For those of you who have played Combat Mission: Shock Force and its expansions, you will likely remember the sense of uncertainty when first sighting the Syrian T-90S rumbling across the battlefield. Up until that point, the Assad arsenal's most formidable tank had been the T-72M2000; a fairly soft target, leagues behind even the most basic Abrams.

Thus the T-90's manifestation presented a worrisome development in the hypothetical invasion of the Levant; an AFV that could actually stand up to the coalition steamroller smashing in from Turkey, Iraq and the Mediterranean. The reality, of course, was less perturbing. Upon directing my M1 platoon in the general direction of the nascent Russian tanks I quickly found that although the T-90 could often absorb one or two hits from the Abram's cannon, its reliance on an older cannon/ammunition combination rendered it relatively impotent against the depleted uranium plates standard issue in US heavy armor.

Despite this, I've always wanted to field the T-90S in my forces. The unfortunate reality, however, was that no one actually made a kit representing this beast, until last month that is...

Revel's seeming re-ignition has seen the unleashing of several new modern kits on us, most prominent amongst these a T-90 kit capable of building both the original domestic T-90, as well as the export T-90S. The S lacks some of the more sophisticated systems of the Russian Federation's model, but I actually prefer the lack of laser blinders next to the barrel, as I always felt that made the vehicle look a tad comical. Instead it replaces these with extra ERA plates. The Revel kit is the usual level of quality we expect from this high-end manufacturer, and even includes fuel line hoses for the external fuel tanks! Simply superb.

I painted her in a similar style to my other Syrian armor, although in this case I also preformed a modulation technique to give a bit more depth and life to the whole thing, I feel this makes the overall scheme 'pop'.



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Super killy Russian doom mobile

Ah the old T-90MS.

Love this beasty so much that the flaws in the previous scheme caused a splinter in the mind's eye for me and I was forced to strip him and try a new scheme.

This time around I wanted to do a much more 'cutting edge' look. The idea was for an urban digital look, which turned out to be something akin to the Berlin Brigade camo, only a little more nuanced. I also muted the weathering, as I think the colors really work best relatively clean.

New photography settup too, with a proper light box from optex. Sexy times ahead

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Cromwell T-80U platoon

I finished up a batch of Cromwell's delicious T-80Us for funtimes in Syria and Tajikistan. In usual Russian style I decided to mix up the schemes - painting two in the light bone of Soviet vehicles seen in Afghanistan, and left the other in the more typical 3-tone woodland. The desert guys were modulated to give them a bit more depth.

Much to my chagrin I realized the AAMGs had horribly flimsy resin barrels, so had to purchase some fairly pricey metal replacements. I've since started constructing my own out of brass!

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To this day I'm still not sure what the deal is with the 'fins' at the bottom of the turret, since I'm fairly certain they aren't part of the functional K5 array. nevertheless, they add a certain aesthetic appeal to the whole vehicle I don't find in any other Soviet/Russian tank (or even the early models of the 80)

Monday, December 2, 2013

Selling Khurasan Arab Israeli gear

Hey guys.

I was going to get invested in this range and start a whole new collection - but time, money, and a general lack of terrain means I am not really capable of it at this stage. As such I'm letting go of the following stuff, all 15mm. All have been painted with a color modulation technique and weathered accordingly.

Egyptian/Syrian T-55 Platoon (3 vehicles) - $100

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Sh'ot platoon (4 vehicles) - $140

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