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Tamiya StuG IV 1/35

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Tamiya StuG IV 1/35
Posted by Baratheon on Thursday, January 04, 2018 1:49 PM

This was very much a project filled with learning experiences, unsurprising considering that it's my first model. 

I was originally going to try and be a bit more historically accurate with it and use a desert color scheme but then, without thinking, I primed it with black. With that I figured why waste the paint throwing on 4 or 5 coats and just used a dark blue/grey instead, although that also turned out to be too dark for my liking. 

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After that I covered the tank in a brown acrylic wash, something that made me very nervous as I've heard it can be pretty difficult to work with but all in all I think it turned out pretty good. It gave everything a nice dirty effect, though if I use it again I'll have to darken it up a bit. 

I got a bit experimental near the end of the build. The rust patterns covering the back of the tank were done using acrylic and a frayed brush, which turned pretty out pretty good but look out of place since i didn't want to get too overzealous and cover the whole tank. The horrible light blue chipping I attempted on the front is the only thing I'm not too happy with on this one. 

Finally, I gave all of the rivets and tools and such a brown oil pin-wash (the detachable armour got a full wash) that really helped tie everything together. I'm particuarly happy with how the commander figure and the shield in front of him turned out.

Thanks for checking it out, and any critiques or tips are welcome!

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, January 04, 2018 3:34 PM

For your first model, your off to a good start. There is plenty of time to worry about historical accuracy. You can prime with black and use lighter colours underneath. I do all my aircraft black even the blue undersides.

Would i be right in thinking your useing Tamiya paints.

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On the bench: Tamiya 1/72nd Bf 109E-3

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Posted by Baratheon on Thursday, January 04, 2018 3:49 PM

Bish

For your first model, your off to a good start. There is plenty of time to worry about historical accuracy. You can prime with black and use lighter colours underneath. I do all my aircraft black even the blue undersides.

Would i be right in thinking your useing Tamiya paints.

 

Thanks

No, I'm a bit scarce on resources and bought whatever was available at a reasonable price for what you got. Being unsure of what colors I'd be using I just got a set of 18 2oz. Apple Barrel acrylics on Amazon for 20 bucks. I figured it was a good little starter kit just to see what's what. I thought they handled just fine.

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, January 04, 2018 3:51 PM

Ok, wel, thats something else you can build up as you go, along with referance material. If you can get a light buff colour, you can thin it a lot and spray a couple of coats and that leaves a good dust effect. But keep it light, the effect increases once it dries. My rule is, if i think it needs one more coat, leave it and let dry.

''I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so''

  

On the bench: Tamiya 1/72nd Bf 109E-3

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    March, 2007
  • From: Northeast WA State
Posted by armornut on Thursday, January 04, 2018 3:57 PM

Very well exicuted for your first kit, as Bish said, historical accuracy will come in time. 

   Reading your captions it sounds as though you learn quickly, I suspect it won't be long before your giving tutorials of your technique.

     Your commander is AMAZING! The face and hand photographed well. The uniform looked great too. Keep up the exellent work.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, January 04, 2018 6:35 PM

For your first model that's pretty friggin' amazing! Yes

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  • Member since
    December, 2017
Posted by Baratheon on Thursday, January 04, 2018 9:57 PM

armornut

Very well exicuted for your first kit, as Bish said, historical accuracy will come in time. 

   Reading your captions it sounds as though you learn quickly, I suspect it won't be long before your giving tutorials of your technique.

     Your commander is AMAZING! The face and hand photographed well. The uniform looked great too. Keep up the exellent work.

 

Thanks! The Sd.kfz. 251 I'm working on now wil hopefully be a bit more realistic looking.

And thank you as well, Gamera. 

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