Tuesday, March 31, 2015

T-99 Armata...

Russian tank design is a funny thing. There always seems to be about 20 different new designs, upgrades and concepts on the go at any given time. Currently the Federal army is taking deliveries of the T-90A, whiles also upgrading their T-72 to the B3 standard. At the same time, however, they are also working on pumping out an entirely new platform to rival the NATO MBTs on the market. The T-99 is current contender for this, although after the experiences of projects like the Black Eagle, I will reserve judgement as to whether it will ever enter full scale production.


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Sharkit recently put out a conversion kit for the beast in 1/72 and me being the perennial Russophile immediately picked one up. its a neat design, with a remote turret, RELIKT ERA and some nice brass etched slat armor for variety. When combined with the cost of a base Revell T-90A you are getting near 100 AUD for a single vehicle, so I don't think I'll be outfitting a company's worth any time soon.

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The Kit itself is quite simply designed and I was struck by the relatively spartan detailing when compared with Model Collect's impressive new Russian beasts. This is partially wheat inspired me to do a digital scheme using classical modern Russian colors.



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That said, the kit was very easy to work with and fit well with the Revell parts. It also has a certain cool vibe, mating an MGS-style turret to a T-series hull. Very neat.

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Oh, and while I was at it, I did up a PKM team by Elhiem too :)

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Armor for the Donetsk People's Republic

With the new chipping technique I've been playing around with lately, I thought I'd go back and try some plain green armor to see what I could do with it. ostensibly these are based off the current Ukrainian civil war, but really, a green Russian tank is a green Russian tank at the end of the day :P

Model Collect T-72B1

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And an ACE BMP-2 (really hope another company starts producing plastic kits of these, sick of the deficiencies of these kits)

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Until next toime!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Armor for the Ayatollah

Under my current theme of modern Central Asian conflict I did up a couple of Iranian beasties for 2020. Demoing a new type of chipping technique where I balance darks with lights. Particularly pleased with how they turned out :)

M60A1

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Revell T-90A export

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May return to Ukraine next, got  a hankering to paint up some more polite green men

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Leman Russ 'Bellerophon'

I've been experiencing a bit of 40k nostalgia of late and I've decided to dip my toe in a little and try out some of the techniques I've developed in modeling real world armor. The objective is pretty simple: make the ridiculous look a bit less so. With that in mind, I decided to have a go at a Forgeworld Krieg Leman Russ tank, while indulging in a little nerd lore.




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The Bellerophon was an Mars-pattern Leman Russ Vanquisher deployed to Taros as part of imperial efforts to recapture the lost planet from the Tau dominion. The tank was part of an Arcadian motorised battalion that saw the majority of infantry having to walk across the blistering surface of the desert planet.

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With the widespread mechanical difficulties experiences during the first Taros campaign in mind, Mechanicus personnel insisted vehicles used in the new campaign be fitted with extensive mechanical air filters in order to minimize the extra maintenance necessary in the highly dusty and arid environment of operation.

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Given the relative weakness of the standard rolled homogenous armor of most fighting vehicles in the Imperial Guard arsenal when facing the advanced particle weaponry of the Tau, numerous tanks and APCs were fitted with additional reactive armor plating for additional protection.

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 The Bellerophon itself was a relative minority amongst its peers. As an 80A hull variant, it replaced the ubiquitous diesel engine found in most Russ types with a gas turbine that added greater acceleration and top speed, with the trade off of increased fragility and maintenance requirements. As a result, the rear of the hull on such models was dedicated to extra stowage.

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Overall, a fun, if somewhat exhausting build! lots of resin to cut and fit and painting digital camo in the 1/56 scale is quite an extensive process. Future endeavors may utilise more traditional schemes, I will have to wait and see.

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Ultimately I'm very happy with the end result and suspect a few such vehicles, in tandem with a chunk of infantry will look quite spiffy.

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