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    Little British sports cars, painting historical - and more recently, gaming - miniatures, Middle East and military history.

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  1. Zen and the Art of Painting Miniatures. Ommmmmmmm...
  2. Ah, I get it now. I found the Ausf M above. I've built Tam's Pzkpfw III Ausf L myself - eastern front Panzer Grey. Basically out of the box + 10%. What Panther are you working on?
  3. So far, so good... Outside of the gun breech, Tamiya doesn't normally include interiors in closed top AFVs. They leave that for the aftermarket. Not sure how far you're going with this, but drill out the MG barrels if you haven't done so. I can't tell. Turret-mounted smoke mortars seem to have been rare on this variant, but weren't completely unknown. They were more common on the Ausf M, the short barreled Ausf N, and Ausf K command tanks. If you want to go nuts, add the cable leads (thin copper wire) at the back of the mortar barrels, twist them together, and insert the three into the turret right behind the mount. Add the lead (also thin copper wire) from the fender Notek lamp base out to the edge of the fender, then down into hull plate. Again, not sure how far you're going... The tight shot patterns indicate a derelict vehicle being used as target practice by the other side. The hits on the track links would likely have severed the track pin(s) and forced the links up and apart. 'Sand' indicates North Africa? Waiting for more!
  4. Thanks. Subtle makeup is your friend...
  5. Some progress. I've painted the dress and hood a blue-green - complement to the red-orange hair. The neckline and hood have silver stripes on the, but they're not readily apparent here. The dragon is painted a dark violet - a second split complement/triad to the dress color. The fire surrounding the dragon is basically a mix of Adamantium (a metallic black) and Blackened Steel, while the flame tips are Scorched Metal darkened with more Adamantium. It's what I'm calling Black Fire. Black Fire casts little light. I have my reasons... the box art shows the dragon bathed in green fire. The entire front of the figure is then bathed in the green light. I thought it was a bit of OSL overkill since everything was green... a well done green, but I wanted some color in there. Hence, a non-OSL generating Black Fire. More to follow. Stay safe and well.
  6. I've mocked up the figure so I could work on the house. It's a brown stone... I've fixed the face (pics later) and started to paint her dress/cowl. It's a bit catch-as-catch can. Good weather means yardwork and I ain't gettin' any younger...
  7. Pioneer and maintenance tools were included with the tank. Rations and crew stuff were from the quartermaster. Or a wrecked wine shop. Vive l'France!
  8. Tank you both! I do get called out on the lack of stowage thing sometimes. Appropriate for dios, but I like to show the technical aspects of the vehicle. I don't mud them up for the same reason. Call me a rebel...
  9. Aaaaand, we're done! I've added the .50 cal MG, the rear exhaust diffuser (the grill thing) and stowage rack and a few more scrapes and scratches, dusty washes, and chalks. I'm thinking April 1945 here and few dry days, so no mud packed into the running gear. It's also devoid of stowage, which I prefer, but may add later. Maybe... Qs and Cs welcomed.
  10. I would agree; which is why I thinned the lower lash line right after I posted the pic. Great minds think alike... The upper lash is a bit more problematic. If you look at the face close-up in the first batch of pics you can see the upper 'lash' is a large zig-zag shape. I'm still not totally sure if this represents lashes or something else. I lean towards the former, so it was painted as such. Remember, one of the purposes behind eye makeup is to make the eyes bigger. Maybe in the this case, a bit too big... As for the hair color; it's the basic Carrot Top triad + Fire Orange (appropriate, think) + Linen White. For the most part, red hair can range from dark auburn ( red-brown) down to bright orange with final lights being near white. You can start with pretty much any dark red-brown and work up to light oranges, yellows, and warm whites. It's a fantasy piece, so there's no rules. Google (images) red hair and you'll what I mean. My take anyway...
  11. Progress! Hair, face, peachy-pink lipstick, same color as a glaze for the blush. Still working the eyes - trying to get them looking straight at the dragon she's holding in her hands. Touch-ups needed where skin meets hair... One thing I noticed is that the eyes seem a bit large. Not quite anime/manga, but getting there. Additionally, her left eye and socket appears to be rotated back at the top. Also the area under the jaw at her throat had a casting flaw. It's not visible unless you look under her chin. Pressing on.
  12. More weathering and fiddly bits... Bits o' dust and dirt. More scrapes, abrasions, stains, and some greasy bits on the engine deck screens and the rear engine access door (which you can't see here). A.50cal MG has to fitted to the turret roof and spared track links and a stowage rack on the rear hull plate. I also test fitted the main gun - a long-barreled 76mm piece firing a hyper-velocity anti-tank round. The gun is and aftermarket turned aluminum piece. It, and the three brush guards on the front hull hatches and the turret roof, are the only aftermarket pieces on the model. Everything else is plastic or brass sheet, strip, rod, or tube.
  13. Standifer, so we're talking cajun...? Eyes in progress. I went with blue. The eyes seem a bit large - like they're walking into anime/manga territory. There's also large stylized eyelashes on her left eye. At least I think they're eyelashes... The lashes on the right eye are covered by the hair. The eye liner and lashes will get trimmed and cleaned up when I start the flesh tones.
  14. Thanks. The muscle definition was thanks to the sculptor; I just put some dirty paint on it.
  15. Yup... What Doug said. Flat paints are flat because the paint is rough and scatters light in different directions. It's akin to laying a sheet over microscopic mountains - the sheet sits on the peaks, while the air is trapped in the valleys. The clear gloss fills in the valleys and goes over the peaks providing a smooth bond for the decal's adhesive. Click on the link in the March 6 post for more info. Salud.
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