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Kharsin last won the day on April 10 2016

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About Kharsin

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    Brushslinger Who Deals In Lead
  • Birthday 06/12/1976

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    Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Crossfit, MMA, Graphic Design, Writing, Painting, etc.

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  1. Kharsin

    Good morning, Midgar!

    Haha! I KNEW I'd seen your avatar before! And now all of this makes more sense! I remember seeing this a few years back... Made me wanna burn my brushes and green stuff. LOL! That has to be one of my favorite of all time pieces!
  2. Kharsin

    Good morning, Midgar!

    How lovely! Still makes me angry! LOL! This is a beautiful piece!
  3. Kharsin

    Of Pigments and... well... Pigments

    Yeah it was pretty sticky-sticky to the brush. This was only mixed with isopropyl alcohol... and was a pain to get off that Pyrex dish. Lol!
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    Of Pigments and... well... Pigments

    Okay, so I ended up making Lampblack instead of waiting to order pigments. Money's a bit snug right now, so freeish is much better! I ended up with this set-up: My wick is a bit sketchy, but in the end I ended up with a good bit of corn oil infused lampblack... which smelled terrible. Note that I didn't burn ALL of that oil. In fact, I didn't burn much at all. Maybe a couple of minutes worth as I didn't need a ton to finish the Tiger. Here's a before: During: And After-ish: I say after-ish as after I took this photograph, I noticed a noobie armor mistake: there isn't anything on the part of the exhaust surrounded by the exhaust shielding. That's bare plastic glaring out from under that endcap! At any rate, I did my best to hit it with black primer to cover up the light gray color. I'm not sure if I did this correctly, but essentially I used an old brush to pick up the pigment (wearing a mask, of course!) and just dab it onto the tank. In places that needed more, I attempted to make a paste-ish substance using rubbing alcohol (91%). I essentially ended up dipping the brush in the alcohol and then dabbing or brushing the substance where necessary. The lampblack seemed to like sticking to the brush much more than the tank, but I'm pretty satisfied for a first time working with pigments that I had to make rather than purchase. I'd love input from those who know better! I am planning on purchasing pigments soon as I'll need other colors than black to finish my 1/35 Matilda. The next step for this tank is to figure out a diorama to stage it in. I'll get around to it soon. As always, questions, comments, and suggestion are always welcome! -K
  5. Kharsin

    Of Pigments and... well... Pigments

    I haven't messed around with Testor's enamels for years. I think I have quite a few in storage... which most likely means they're reduced to shiny, slimy goop. The last time I did models was probably back in high school or early college. At any rate, I was still living with my parents. I really enjoyed learning acrylics through minis, and they don't require all of the thinner. It'd be interesting to mess with enamels now as I'm much better with painting in general than anything I can think of back then. I think I was even using krylon industrial spray primer at that time... if anything! Lol!
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    Of Pigments and... well... Pigments

    Haha, I had a class with Wapple in 2015. He's a hoot! I'd noticed he's been doing armor but forgot to take a look. I'm going to try to find the book I keep thinking about after work. If I remember correctly, the oils over acrylics were used for skin due to their ability to blend better than acrylics over time... or something like that. When I see it I'll post the book and reason. Seriously though, thanks for the insight! What brands of oils are y'all using? I'm sure there's a difference among the brands.
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    Of Pigments and... well... Pigments

    Thanks Pingo! That's a great write-up. I appreciate the science behind things as I like to know the "whys." I'll have to see if I can find that book I remember having something to do with oils over acrylics.
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    Of Pigments and... well... Pigments

    Ok, so oil paints... I have no real experience with oils. I THINK I have a book somewhere that discusses using oils with acrylics, I think in that particular case to get subtle tonal differences in skin color on the face and such. I'm familiar with acrylic washes and glazes, and used them to weather the current Tiger project, but oils are currently unknown to me. I did find a good price on a Tamiya pigment set, so I'm probably going to go with those.
  9. Okay all, I'm sure you've noticed that I've popped back up on the forum. Basically, I'm picking back up where I left off, with the exception I've also started getting into armor as well as minis. At any rate, where I left off was that I was about to start messing around with pigments. The problem is, I'm not sure which line, if any, to go with. What got me started was the Tiger 1 model I'm currently working on. I decided that I needed pigments to weather it, but got impatient and just started using what I had lying around. I sufficiently muddied the thing, and now I'm going to have to make a muddy diorama to go along with it to justify Hans and Franz' off-roading antics, but I digress... What I'm curious about is what brands do some of you use/recommend? I'm leaning towards the Secret Weapons weathering pigment set as it has quite a few pigments in it, and I can't see needing more than that. However, I'm also aware that Scale75, Tamiya, and quite a few others I hadn't heard of before also produce pigments. Shoot, I even made a rust pigment in the past to use on one of the exchanges we did on the forum, and I may just make lampblack to finish out the sooty areas that need to be on the Tiger. At any rate, I'd love to hear y'alls experience with whatever powdered pigments you've used in the past. Thanks for any input you can provide! -K
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    Ordnance 3: StuG III Ausf B SBS

    Nice! I'm looking forward to working with more (and bigger!) pieces when I start the 1/35 Matilda. That's one thing I'm starting to see with my exploration into armor. There's a constant push for more and more historical accuracy and detail. Now, I'm not convinced that all historical detail is actually historical, but there's definitely a bias towards more history than the whatever goes in fantasy/sci-fi minis. What sources do you use to do this out of curiosity? I remember (and have seen) books that were dedicated to (in my case in the past) specific aircraft with many of their variants included. Then again, I used Google to search for my muddy Tiger, but even in that case, there were many more variants of Tigers than I would have thought. LOL!
  11. Kharsin

    ReaperCon 2017 (official dates announcement)

    I'm really, really going to try to make it this year. Last year got canceled due to wife's cancer, but we're nearly over that hill... Which means I've gotta paint something other than that Tiger Tank I've got going on right now.....
  12. Kharsin

    Long Time / No Paint

    Okay! So I haven't ordered pigments yet as I'm trying to amass funds for the big pack from Secret Weapons. However, I can't leave well enough alone and I'm not a patient person, so I decided to see if I could use what I have to achieve what I'm trying to. Now, you must understand that: 1. I'm never fully sure what I have. 2. I'm not usually sure what I'm trying to achieve. At any rate, the Tiger got dirty. I referenced a photograph obtained through a highly technical Google search algorithm entitled: "Muddy Tiger I Tank" and found a muddy Tiger linked to a Getty Image pic. I'm not sure if I can link the file directly on the forum, but the full title is "Russia, Orel, A German Tank Tiger Going Through The Muddy Land On 1943, August 24Th" if you're curious. At any rate, I proceeded to use various mixtures of Reaper Walnut Brown, Scalecolor Inks, Vallejo Red Oxide Paste, and Golden Fiber Paste to make up mud and various washes. I also used Liquitex inks combined with all of the above mess to make several washes to take the "new" out of the gray color of the Tiger above. Below is what transpired: Side View Three-Quarter View Front View Rear View This pic helped as I was able to go back and cover the non-treated portions of the exhaust shields. Note that I intend to cover these with whatever pigment goes for "soot" whenever I order whichever pigments. Even so, it looks funny clean, doens't it? Top Down View So, that's where it stands right now. I'm fairly happy with it. I do think I'm fighting the red tint of the Red Oxide Paste as some of the "mud" looks like "poop." However, it's not as brown IRL as this model is pretty small. Again, it's an experiment before moving up to a larger scale. I basically wanted to look like it's taken the wrong route to Grandmother's house, Into The Woods and Back, over the river and under the bridge, etc. Also note that Hans and Franz still look just as ugly. I really need to do something to help those poor guys. From here, I still need pigments, and I think I'm going to try to find some foliage to throw up there. If they've been knocking down trees and fording rivers, they gonna have some weeds on their ride. At any rate, it at least looks like Hans and Franz have been earning their Reichsmarks now vs. the earlier, cleaner stage. Suggestions, questions and comments are always welcome! -K
  13. Kharsin

    Ordnance 3: StuG III Ausf B SBS

    This looks like an awesome thread as I'm starting to get into armor. I'm literally falling asleep while typing this, so I'm going to have to check it out in detail later...
  14. Kharsin

    Jasper takes on a PzKpfw IV H

    Jasper! You're doing a tank too! I've been off the forum forever, but I'm working on a 1/72 Tiger for grins and giggles. I'm definitely going to keep an eye on what you're doing here...
  15. Kharsin

    Long Time / No Paint

    Hahaha, it's a Hasegawa MT8 kit. I'm not too sure about the diorama yet. It'll probably be fairly simple as I kind of just picked up this kit as it was really inexpensive and it's been years since I put a model together... Not counting the 2(!) Space Marines I did last year. I'll definitely have to check out the Panzer WIPS! It'll be a while until I post again as I need to order pigments and I'm looking at ordering a big set to spend more to save less... or something like that. LOL!