WIP – Heer46 Bergetiger – Part II Finished

WIP – Heer46 Bergetiger – Part II Finished

I finished the Heer46 Bergetiger yesterday. In the first part of the WIP we showed the history of the Bergetiger, the basecoat and the tritonal camo. Now it’s time to see the final pics of this strange but lovely feline. The Bergetiger kit from Heer46 includes the turret and the crane for less than 6€. All casted in good quality white metal. A nice piece to decorate our army or to use it as a recovery vehicle (although we know from the previous post that the Bergetiger wasn’t really a recovery vehicle ;)). After priming and painting the base colors, the steps were as follows: Dark Brown Wash in the recesses A little profiling in some edges and areas with a lighter color Chipping with sponge Painting the details (ropes, tools, driver, etc) Wet pigments on the tracks Some little streaks Some pics of the finished model: The chassis is from Battlefront, but the Heer46 kit of the Bergetiger fits really nice on the Plastic Soldier Company Tiger tanks. View the other part of the Work in Progress: WIP – Heer46 Bergetiger – Part I Paint Share:Haz clic para compartir en Facebook (Se abre en una ventana nueva)Haz clic para compartir en Twitter (Se abre en una ventana nueva)Haz clic para compartir en Google+ (Se abre en una ventana nueva)Haz clic para enviar por correo electrónico a un amigo (Se abre en una ventana nueva)Haz clic para imprimir (Se abre en una ventana...
WIP – Battlefront Panzer III J Platoon – Part III Washes

WIP – Battlefront Panzer III J Platoon – Part III Washes

After applying decals for the 15th Armored Division (Panzer Regiment 8), it’s time for washes. And to explain that, I’ve recorded a videotutorial showing how I apply enamel washes. Let’s ride! First of all, I decided to represent the Panzers as the ones from the 15th Armored Division in North Africa. Inside this Division, the regiment was the 8th Panzer Regiment, with almost 110 Panzers III and 20 Panzer IV. This regiment had 2 batallions, each of them with 4 tank companies (and other companies without tanks, of course). So, in total, 8 companies of battle tanks. To recapitulate, the organization of the 15th Panzer Division in North Africa was, showing only battle tanks: Other regiments, like infantry, artillery, communications, maps, transport, etc. Panzer Regiment 8 1st Batallion 1º Kp.: 17 Panzer III 2º Kp.: 17 Panzer III 3º Kp.: 17 Panzer III 4º Kp.: 10 Panzer IV 2nd Batallion 5º Kp.: 17 Panzer III 6º Kp.: 17 Panzer III 7º Kp.: 17 Panzer III 8º Kp.: 10 Panzer IV Note that the companies with Panzer IV were the 4º and 8º companies. And for my tanks, I decided to make 3 of them (the ones with the short L/42 gun) of the 1st Company and the other two (longer L/60 gun) of the 5º Kompanie. This will let me to enlarge forces with more tanks in the future, like two complete companies, the 1º and the 5º, each with 5 tanks. The models used in this WIP are Battlefront’s GE033, wich comes with both L/42 and L/60 guns. Talking about the markings, the 15th Panzer Division used only...
Videotutorial – Modulation in a bitonal camo. SdKfz. 251

Videotutorial – Modulation in a bitonal camo. SdKfz. 251

Hi everybody! Yesterday I painted a SdKfz. 251 for my Bolt Action army. So I decided to record the process of painting the green color using the modulation style. This model is a gift from my friend and companion here at ModelBrush, Rubén (HeresyBrush). Thanks mate!! Now some explanation of the process, with pics: For the Dunkel base color I used Tamiya XF-59 Desert Yellow with a little bit of Tamiya XF-78 Wooden Deck Tan: Highlights with Buff and pure white, to do the subtle modulation: I used Silly Putty (thanks to my uncle Nacho for giving it to us!) to make the masks for the green color, in a random manner all around the vehicle: The green modulation done: The Silly Putty removed and the Hanomag ready to be really dirty!! 😉 Share:Haz clic para compartir en Facebook (Se abre en una ventana nueva)Haz clic para compartir en Twitter (Se abre en una ventana nueva)Haz clic para compartir en Google+ (Se abre en una ventana nueva)Haz clic para enviar por correo electrónico a un amigo (Se abre en una ventana nueva)Haz clic para imprimir (Se abre en una ventana...
WIP – Heer46 Bergetiger – Part I Paint

WIP – Heer46 Bergetiger – Part I Paint

I had on my desk a rare tank (another one!) produced by our Heer46 friends. I have tried to paint it with a common line tritonal camo. The Bergetiger is one of this tanks showed in very few pics. It’s a german armored vehicle based on the Tiger I chassis. Only 1, 2 or perhaps 3 units were made in 1944, and only one vehicle was found, in Italy, without a gun and with some strange apparel in the turret. At first, the soldiers think it was a recovery vehicle, so they named it as the Bergetiger. The ‘Berge’ prefix is the name the allies gave to the recovery versions of other tanks. Some examples are the ‘Bergepanther’ or the ‘Bergepanzer’. But the real role of the Bergetiger is still a mistery. It’s almost certain that it wasn’t a recovery vehicle, based on assumptions that the tow cable was too thin and the crane was too weak. This two things couldn’t tow the weight of a tank. Other people think that it was used to place explosives and these kind of works, like mine-clearing or lifting big obstacles. This is the best explanation of the Bergetiger’s possible role. But it’s quite clear that the tank wasn’t a recovery vehicle. Talking about the 15mm model, it’s made of two parts: a Battlefront chassis and a Heer46 turret. All is made of metal, instead of the resin tanks that Heer46 produce. Detail is superb and no 3D printing lines are seen in the model (that’s because it’s not made in a 3D printer 🙂 ). The only things I added were...
Review – Heer46 E100 Krupp 15mm

Review – Heer46 E100 Krupp 15mm

Turn now for a real beast from Heer46: an E100 with Krupp turret. A paperpanzer is a tank that has never been built, it exists only in schematics and blueprints. Heer46 sells three models of the E100 super heavy tank. This one we’re reviewing uses the same chassis as the Ausführung B model, but with a bigger and more boxy turret. It features an enormous 150mm gun and weights over 130 tons. A massive one… The tank comes in a white cardboard box with all the pieces made of resin and metal. It consists of: – Resin: one block turret, chassis, 2 tracks pieces and 2 mudguards. – Metal: the gun, IR light and hatch. The detail is superb, as usual with Heer46 vehicles. The turret: some 3D printing lines are barely visible but with a fine sandpaper they disappear in just seconds. The tracks are in the same piece as the wheels, saving us some building time and maintaining crisp details: look at the track links and each and every screw clearly represented on the wheels: The chassis maintains the same level of detail, but I wish some tow cables or more tools had been included: The mudguards are the pieces I like the most. Relaly big, perfectly rounded and with fine details. Some printing lines are still visible… but sandpaper and ready. They’re completely different of what I’ve seen in other tank models. The white metal parts are the huge gun, IR light and turret top hatch: The kit is built in minutes, with all the pieces fitting together PERFECTLY with no need to sand or cut...
WIP – Battlefront Panzer III J Platoon – Part II Base color

WIP – Battlefront Panzer III J Platoon – Part II Base color

Some free time to continue with the Battlefont Panzer III J Platoon for the Afrika Korps army. I’ve done the base color and some modulation style to achieve some contrasted lights. The above pic shows the first step of the painting: priming. You can see the first step of the Work in Progress in the previous post: PART I Now I’ve done the base color with Tamiya’s XF-59 Desert Yellow mixed with XF-57 Buff. I was searching for a lighter color than the Desert Yellow but still retaining some of it’s yellowish tone. All the painted pieces: Then, I started to paint some lights with modulation style, but in this case, on less areas than other times. If you overexpose some panels (for example using more white than needed) a little trick is to spray the original color but highly diluted. Let’s say 5% paint 95% alcohol (because they’re Tamiya paints). With 2 or 3 layers, the color will recover some of it’s tone, covering the parts that are overexposed or desaturated (excess of white in this case). Some example for you. Do you recognize which turret lost some color/looks more whiter? Ok, I’m not giving you the solution 🙂 The other turret has been sprayed with 3 thin layers of the 5/95 mix and it recovered some of it’s original yellow tone. The modulation effect is still noticed, but the overall color is more correct. A shot of all the highlighted parts: Don’t worry about the set looking so much contrasted… we’ll lower the contrast with the next steps: decals, washes, streaks, chipping, etc. To achieve the modulation,...
Flames of War demonstration game in Goblin Trader

Flames of War demonstration game in Goblin Trader

Our ranger group in Madrid, ModelBrush Rangers, played a demonstration game with the Open Fire boxed set at Goblin Trader store, Madrid. The Open Fire boxed set is a great way to start playing Flames of War, the WW2 15mm miniatures game. It features more than 100 infantry miniatures, 11 tanks, 2 AT guns, full rulebook, quick start guide, tokens, dice and some cardboard terrain. In fact, 2 well leveled german and british forces to start playing great battles. All of these for… 54€/$74 !!!! Thats why we are doing some demos, showing gamers (and non gamers!) how to play Flames of War, and how to expand his forces once they have the Open Fire box. In this case, we played a basic battle on a 120x120cm table (4’x4′). Enough for two armies of 800 points, like the ones inside Open Fire. We played at Goblin Trader store, a great shop based in Madrid. The scenery was from GaleForce9 and from a new brand that we’re testing (the tall brick walls painted in red all around the village). In the first and second turn, the german grenadiers and the Stug platoon entered the town, holding positions and waiting for the arrival of the Shermans and the American Paratroopers. The first casualties were a Stug and a British tank platoon defending an objective. Long distance shots, but 3 casualties in one turn (one Sherman down with a 7.5 cm Pak 40 AT gun, stationed on the other side of town, and the other with the Stugs). The Stug was destroyed by a Sherman Firefly, who died in the next turn...
Document – Lighting styles in tanks

Document – Lighting styles in tanks

Today we give you a document showing the basic lighting styles that can be applied to tanks. The PDF document can be printed or downloaded to view it in any device. Thanks to N4gash for redesigning the document!! Click the picture to download the PDF: Share:Haz clic para compartir en Facebook (Se abre en una ventana nueva)Haz clic para compartir en Twitter (Se abre en una ventana nueva)Haz clic para compartir en Google+ (Se abre en una ventana nueva)Haz clic para enviar por correo electrónico a un amigo (Se abre en una ventana nueva)Haz clic para imprimir (Se abre en una ventana...
Irishserb 15mm M1114 Humvee .50cal

Irishserb 15mm M1114 Humvee .50cal

Today I’ve finished two little US Humvees from Irishserb. They came with hatch and .50 cal machineguns. What gorgeous minis! The models were a gift from Rubén, thanks for them! They’re resin, handmade with good detail and manufacturing. You can see more models in his web: Irishserb. They doesn’t have any mold lines and only some green stuff is needed in very few points. Nice and cheap!! Totally recommended. The base color is Tamiya XF-78 Wooden Deck Tan. For the highlight, I mix it with pure white, again from Tamiya. When I finished the modulation, I found that the color was a little pale, so I made a filter: Tamiya XF-59 Desert Yellow mixed in a proportion of 1 part paint 5 parts alcohol (1:5). I applied it with an airbrush in very thin layers (2 of them). With that, the base color gain a more yellowish color, making the model more ‘real’ without removing the underlying paint. It’s VERY important to dilute the paint of this filter in a great proportion (1:5 minimum), so we don’t cover the earlier highlight work wich has take us so much time!! The detail of the green door was an idea of Pecadolr, a friend from the forum. Thanks for it Ricardo! It adds a nice color touch to the vehicles. It represents a spare part not available in the original desert color. The triangle mark was done with a Tamiya masking tape, cut to shape. The front metal protection bars were done by scratch with electronic cables. In future posts I’ll show some steps of the painting and weathering process, but...
WIP – Battlefront Panzer III J Platoon – Part I

WIP – Battlefront Panzer III J Platoon – Part I

Hi friends! Today I’m starting with a Panzer III J Platoon from Battlefront. I’m going to paint them as an Afrika Korps Platoon, in a desert scheme. The Panzer III was one of the tanks with more versions available. In fact, the J version I’m going to paint had two subversions, early and late ones (with increased armor plates). And the late versions had two types of gun. So, to sum: Panzer III J Early with L/42 gun (5cm KwK 38) Panzer III J Late with L/42 gun (5cm KwK 38) Panzer III J Late with L/60 gun (5cm KwK 39) The L/60 gun was longer and designed to fight again the Russian T-34, the British Crusader, etc. But it proved insufficient against the T-34, and of course, against the KV family. That’s why the 7.5cm guns started to be developed. But that’s another story… Talking about the paint, I’m going to do 3 units of the Late L/42 and 2 units of the newer and better Late L/60. But I’ll put the 5 of them in the same platoon. I know that Battlefront differences between the two versions, but I’ll use them as one or another platoon. I don’t care about this, as the only difference is the gun (same hull and turret). For now I have cleaned the models and primed them with an airbrush and AK Interactive Grey Primer. Next step, base color with a Tamiya paint I’m still deciding. Share:Haz clic para compartir en Facebook (Se abre en una ventana nueva)Haz clic para compartir en Twitter (Se abre en una ventana nueva)Haz clic para compartir...
Flames of War – British Mortar Platoon

Flames of War – British Mortar Platoon

My brother has finished a Flames of War British mortar platoon and I would like to show it in the blog. Long time has passed since he painted his last mini, and I think this is a good re-entry to wargames. My brother Luis began collecting miniatures more than 10 years ago. But the truth is that he doesn’t paint too much. He buy, I paint what I like and what I have time to. This reminds me of the duet Heresy-N4gash… 🙂 Furthermore, it happens that he has gone to Auckland, New Zealand, to study/work. Just where Battlefront, creators of Flames of War, has it’s headquarters… He finished this British mortar platoon, the first thing he paint since a long time ago. In my opinion, the result is very very good, with some interesting contrasts. I’m looking forward for him to return to Spain, so he could continue to paint this army. It can be downright cool. For the time being, I sent him a pack full of paints and brushes… we’re on the good way! Share:Haz clic para compartir en Facebook (Se abre en una ventana nueva)Haz clic para compartir en Twitter (Se abre en una ventana nueva)Haz clic para compartir en Google+ (Se abre en una ventana nueva)Haz clic para enviar por correo electrónico a un amigo (Se abre en una ventana nueva)Haz clic para imprimir (Se abre en una ventana...
WIP – T-34/85 Plastic Soldier – Part III

WIP – T-34/85 Plastic Soldier – Part III

After assembling the tracks on the tank and retouching some chipping, it’s time to end with it by adding the fuel barrels and painting the tank commander. I made a mistake applying some Vallejo varnish to the pigments on the tracks, as I moistened most of them destroying their original color. 🙁 Otherwise, I like the achieved weathered tone. It doesn’t look like the one I had in mind, but I’m happy with the ‘mistake’. The tank commander has been painted with Vallejo acrylics, and a satin coat of satin varnish has been applied with airbrush (Marabu Seidenmattlack) to all of the tank. So here they’re, the final pics of the T-34: And with these pics, I close the WIP and the T-34 goes to the showcase. Now I’m going to continue with a Panzer III platoon from Battlefront (Afrika Korps) and two Hummers from IrishSerb (a gift from HeresyBrush), but I want to continue with my 1/72 collection. So the next 1/72 could be a Sturer Emil or a Panther A with Zimmerit… what do you think?? 🙂 To see the other parts of the WIP: WIP – T-34/85 Plastic Soldier – Part I WIP – T-34/85 Plastic Soldier – Part II Share:Haz clic para compartir en Facebook (Se abre en una ventana nueva)Haz clic para compartir en Twitter (Se abre en una ventana nueva)Haz clic para compartir en Google+ (Se abre en una ventana nueva)Haz clic para enviar por correo electrónico a un amigo (Se abre en una ventana nueva)Haz clic para imprimir (Se abre en una ventana...
WIP – 28mm Sd.Kfz. 251/1D – Part I

WIP – 28mm Sd.Kfz. 251/1D – Part I

As Heresy and Incanux have been talking, we’re playing Bolt Action for the first time. Heresy has gifted me a Hanomag (GRACIAS AMIGO!), so better if I start painting it before the next battle!! After cleaning the resin and applying green stuff in many holes, I’ve primed the whole vehicle in grey: Hull with Vallejo Grey Primer, and the tracks with AK Interactive. Although we’ll talk about these two products in another post, comparing them, I’ve to say that the AK Interactive Primer is soooooo much better than the Vallejo one, in terms of coverage, drying times, ease of use with the airbrush, etc. (I’ve been using the Vallejo one for the last 4 years). After the primer and letting it dry for 24 hours, I’ve paint a layer of Tamiya XF-60 Dark Yellow mixed with 20% white (XF-2). When I paint models in larger scales (1/35 or 1/48), I airbrush with the Dark Yellow as it is, without mixing with white. But as the scale for this model is smaller, I’ve decided to lighten the color a little bit. The result was: Next step, a little bit of modulation and shadows in some areas. Share:Haz clic para compartir en Facebook (Se abre en una ventana nueva)Haz clic para compartir en Twitter (Se abre en una ventana nueva)Haz clic para compartir en Google+ (Se abre en una ventana nueva)Haz clic para enviar por correo electrónico a un amigo (Se abre en una ventana nueva)Haz clic para imprimir (Se abre en una ventana...
WIP – T-34/85 Plastic Soldier – Part II

WIP – T-34/85 Plastic Soldier – Part II

After ‘almost’ finishing the work in the hull and turret, I have advanced in the tracks, filling them with dry mud and dust… I’ve done a very simple technique, because I’ve realized that dedicating too much time to the bottom part of the tank (if the tank is going to be in dusty environments) it’s a waste of time (in that scale of course). First of all, I’ve airbrushed a thick layer of Tamiya XF-24 Dark Grey. No washes or something similar, as dust is going to cover everything!!. Next, I’ve done a mix with pigments: MIG P028 European Dust and AK-042 European Earth. Both ‘European’ tones, but different ones. I add White Spirit to the mix to create some kind of paste like the one in the next pic: I’ve applied this paste with a big brush, generously over the grey painted tracks. Although the color is very very dark, once dry it returns to it’s original tone and color. Befrore the paste dries (5-10 minutes), we sprinkle the two pigments (separately) directly from their bottles with a dry brush. Lastly, once the pigments are dry, I rub the whole tracks with my finger, touching the edges to eliminate the pigment. This will show some paint through the pigment layer. It’ll simulate the parts of the tracks that are in contact with the ground, resulting in a very real effect… And thats all! The tracks haven’t taken more than 10-12 minutes and the results are really nice. You can see the other parts of the Work in Progress: WIP – T-34/85 Plastic Soldier – Part I WIP –...
WIP – T-34/85 Plastic Soldier – Part I

WIP – T-34/85 Plastic Soldier – Part I

I begin my path in this blog posting something that I’m painting right now: a T-34/85 in 1/72 of Plastic Soldier Company. In this case I haven’t done any modulation, only a few highlights the classic way: illuminating the center of all panels. The color used is Tamiya XF58 enlightened with pure white, not with Buff, as it was done many times before. With this, we get a cooler and duller green color… more ‘russian’ style. 🙂 I haven’t applied any kind of filter. Next to the painting I have done a few scratches and chipping all over the tank, in the most worn surfaces, and some streaks with AK024 Dark Streaking Grime and AK013 Rust Streaks. Two faults with this: one is making all the streak lines the same way, straight down. And the second one and more important: I forgot to clean them up, and the enamel dry too much… when I wanted to clean them, I couldn’t do it… 🙁 So next time I’ll need to revise those concepts and make it better. The only good thing is that some fuel barrels are going to be there, so the ‘prison bars streaks’ will be hidden (more or less). Another mistake is the white stripe in the turret. The chipping product I used must be bad or something like that, as the chipping didn’t occur. Well, NOTHING occur. Then, I tried in other pieces, varying the water quantity, the quantity of chipping product, the time passed between layers, using many tools as scratchers… nothing. The product itself smells nothing and tastes the same, so I think I...