Painting SCW Renault FT-17 in 1/72

Painting SCW Renault FT-17 in 1/72

I have recently been working on a couple of French FT-17 from the Spanish Civil War, from Minairons Miniatures. I have chosen some paints from the new painting sets of Ammo of MIG dedicated to the Great War. The new set of plastic vehicles from Minairons Miniatures involves the French FT-17 tank. The FT-17 was one of the first developed tanks and after the First World War, it was scattered all around the world. Indeed, Spain received some of them. Although they were too old when the civil conflict started, all available armored vehicles were put in service. From the modellers viewpoint, and because of the lack of time, I decided to paint one tank in a plain color (pale green) and the other one with a bitonal camouflage, like the following picture (pale green and forest green): Fortunately, weeks ago I received the new painting sets of Ammo of MIG JIMENEZ for First War World tanks. Although my tanks are based in the Spanish Civil War, these colors are perfect. I picked two of them: Green Moss (074), from the German and British tank set, and Forest Green (065) from the French tank set. I have to say that I’m totally delighted with these new paints!. The new jars (yellow tap) include a metal sphere and therefore it’s too easy to mix the pigment and solvent of the paint. And as the other paints from AMMO, you can use them directly from the pot without diluting them and they cover really nicely. I used the Color Modulation to increase the contrast. Therefore I used black and white to...
Painting canvas

Painting canvas

Some times, specially when we are painting trucks, we have to paint big canvas surfaces. And obviously, we cannot paint the canvas texture in the same way we paint a painted metal surface. Here we try to explain a very simple method to paint canvas with a real look. In this ocassion I will use a Henschel type 33 truck from Minairons Miniatures in 20mm (1/72 scale), painted following a Spanish Civil War and early Second War World scheme. That is, grey color for the track and green for the canvas. First, after priming the model, we paint the canvas in green color. I have used XF-58 (olive green) from Tamiya, diluted with some drops of isopropanol. Apply as many layers as you need to cover completely the surface. Next step is probably one of the most complicated when we are painting canvas: what kind of illumination we should use?. It is an important question, since if you apply an incorrect illumination the result can be totally irreal. In my case, I decided to apply in some way a panel lighning-like ilumination, where I apply the light on the superior sides (on laterals) and on the sites where the metal supporters of the canvas are placed. I only applied two lights, using white. It is better if you dilute a bit more the paintings when you are applying lights, since the gradient effect will be smoother. After applying a varnish layer, it is time to apply some weathering effects. I decided to apply some streakings effects from Ammo of Mig Jimenez in order to achieve some streaking effects (of...
Spain in Flames V2 released!

Spain in Flames V2 released!

We are glad to announce the new version of Spain in Flames, designed to play the Spanish Civil War, and directed by Ivan and Ignacio Notario. Inspired in the briefing books of Flames of War, inside you could find all army list to play the Spanish conflict, plus aditional rules from Capitan games to play small scale skirmishes. Some authors notes: There are in total 15 army lists: EPR Agrupación de Milicianos Compañía de Carros Compañía de Carros Pesados Compañía de Blindados Compañía de la Guardia de Asalto Batallón del Ejército Popular Batallón de las Brigadas Internacionales Ejército nacional Centuria Falangista Compañía del Requeté Compañía de Fusiles de la Legión Compañía de Regulares Compañía de Fusiles Nacional Compañía de Carros Legión Condor Compañía Fucilieri In addition, there are new things, such as new armament: “pichis”, flamethrowers, grenades “revientatrincheras”, etc. Some curiosities, like the “true” story of the nickname “negrillo”, and new special rules (“la victoria es nuestra”, “detente bala”, “Sindicato Español de universitarios”…). Some examples which you can fin inside Spain in Flames: 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...