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So it looks like I have all of today free, and I figure that makes it an excellent opportunity to do my Tiger WIP before I disappear into parts unknown again.  As I've already built one of this kit and know what to expect, theoretically I should be able to get it all done today in one go.

 

So will be Tiger #222, #221 having already been completed.  As the store did not have any regular Tiger minis in stock, I will be using the same kit I used to make #221, said kit being this:

 

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That's more money than the regular Tiger, and comes with the extra bits shown in the photo like the neat little Schwimmwagon and figures.  I won't be doing anything with those.  I shelled out extra so I could knock off my second Tiger (of four) without having to wait on an order. 

 

So here's what I'm working with today:

 

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The first of these, 221, was actually my first mixed-media kit ever.  Well, technically that was a resin and plastic conversion kit long ago in 1/35 scale for a Bison I german self-propelled gun that some Ukrainian dude cooked up in his garage... which went rather poorly.  So I count the Tiger as my first proper MMK.  Given those frail-looking parts, I was very concerned about the strength of the finished piece.  I'm pleased to report the kit turns out very strong and can handle some fairly rought knocking about.  It also had an unfortunate side effect on the first Tiger where I botched something and the fit was so strong I actually couldn't get the bit back off. A pic at the end will show this.

 

So first I scribed the tracks and hull with a crosshatch pattern for better mating and glued them together:

 

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While that was drying, I turned to the turret.  As I already have a command tank, this one will be hatch-closed.  The instructions show a closed hatch option, but I couldn't find one in either this box or the spares left over from the other Wittman kit.  I did, however, have a spare cupolar from my King Tiger.  So I checked to see if it was the right size, shape, and pointed the right way when attached:

 

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And since that was a yes, glued it and the other turret bits on:

 

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By this time my tracks were secure, so I added side fenders and other bits:

 

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This left the front and rear fenders.  Once the side fenders were secure enough to handle, I did the front:

 

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The rear:

 

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And now I can show you what I botched on 221.  The instructions only show one angle, which is not very clear, and the pictures do not show the attached rear fenders.  I discovered later that the FoW website has many assembly guides, but didn't know it at the time.  In fact, I only discovered my error when I was looking at real Tiger pictures as a paint reference.  So here's the new (proper) job next to my old job I have to live with:

 

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And that's Tiger 222 assembled and ready to begin painting.

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So the first thing I needed to do was paint the metal bits with a bit of trusty Reaper brush-on primer:

 

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You may be wondering why I didn't also use primer on the resin bits.  It's because I found it wasn't necessary because the next step treats the resin nicely.  Said step being a healthy coat of Reaper MSP Brown Liner so I can use its nigh-indestrucible superpower adhesion:

 

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That, unfortunately, is still far too dark a base for the next colour, which is Flames of War "Colours of War" Panther Yellow.  Yellow is notoriously bad behaved over dark undercoating, Panther Yellow is no different.  If I was instead doing a Sherman I could skip this stage and just go straight to the olive drab, but since it's yellow it's going to need an intermediate light coat.  In this case, supplied by Reaper Stone Grey:

 

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And that's finally all of the priming parts done and I can move on to the actual painting.

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Time for some real colours.  First I painted it in Panther Yellow.  This stage always makes me feel like I'm painting heavy construction equipment.

 

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Now here I'm going to deviate from Tiger #221.  For that one, and my 5 Sturmgeshutz, I used the FoW suggestions from their hardback painting guide.  Those called out Boot Brown and Army Green for the brown and green splotches that go over the yellow.  This worked out okay, but in my personal opinion Boot Brown is a little too brown and Army Green is a little too light.  The brown should be more of a red brown, and the green a skinch darker.  So for 222 here I'm substituting Dark Leather for the brown splotches and mixing some Heer Green (very dark green) to Army Green for the green splotches.  See how it works and if I'll use it going forward.  The slight variation in my force won't be enough to stand out and look weird.

 

German tanks came from the factory in all yellow and camo was field-applied.  Things will get a bit ugly for the next few steps.  I don't really splotch to a pattern (the variety is practically endless) I just dab it on with a brush and pretend I'm tired, hungry, and mad at the tank commander for giving me this crappy job. 

 

So.  The brown:

 

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And the green:

 

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That seems to be working out as planned.  Next I'll paint the treads, tools, and some other bits... and then I will show you some actual, literal magic.  Hold on to your butts.

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Good work on those Goblin!

 

FYI- Battlefront has the same kind of Customer service as Reaper.....

(Anyone here need that explained?????) :blink: 

 

A lot of those camo jobs were literally done with a MOP, and Bucket of paint!

 

Suggestion for down the road, from someone that has painted a couple of battalions of 15mm tanks, paint the tracks seperately when the don't have the fenders attached! (ie Stugs) Will make your life much easier, especially with the US Rubber / Metal Tracks...

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All my Stugs came out of the Open Fire 1st version plastics, so the tracks and bits were all molded in one piece anyway.  The King Tiger's skirt actually covers the top run of track completely so I never even bothered painting under it.  For 221 I painted the tracks before assembly, then discovered it was just as well to glue it all in the first step.  Anything visible I can still get to, and the inner top track and under the side fenders got well smeared with brown liner so it just looks shadowed.

 

I don't actually even paint the track bottoms.  Can't see 'em, why waste the paint?

 

For Shermans I'm even lazier, I just paint them grey and soak them in shader. 

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Why aren't the Sherman's Green? Olive drab? Who had grey Shermans?

 

Oh, I meant for the tracks - instead of differentiating the metal and rubber bits.  Also, this whole thread would have been over in 30 minutes if I didn't have to wait for stages to dry.

 

tick... tock... tick...

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So was this a bad idea?

 

 

 

 

 

Honestly, I'll probably end up selling most of the bones 2 and bones 3 core sets. I like the bones material but my tastes have changed so much over the last year, I don't see myself ever getting around to most of them. The big ones, I'll keep. Love the larger bones minis.

I stashed mine along with my metals. My interest in fantasy (of all media forms) is presently super dead. Will probably come back, which is why I'm holding onto them.

 

I've been painting Flames of War and watching war movies (and also The Pacific and Band of Brothers), but as much as I love Return of the King (which is really rather a lot) I don't think I could sit through it right now if you offered me 1000 bucks.

 

Even in American bucks.

You should dig out a nice quasi-Aryan looking knigget ...set him on a plinth, ...paint him as a statue, ...to make a middle-of-the-town-square terrain piece.

Bones figure as a 12-15 foot tall statue...

...quick FOW terrain.

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So the next thing was to paint all the track bits in Red Oxide.  This is not supposed to represent rust, it's the primer colour that was sprayed on at the factory.

 

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Now I promised you some magic.  Said magic is Rommel Shade.  Longtime forum observers know how much I love Reaper's Brown Liner for its versatility - well, these FoW shade colours thrill me just as much.  I've played with lots of inks and washes, but these are magnificent.  Trust me, the camera doesn't do it justice.  Pure witchcraft, the difference it makes.  Unfortunately, the wheels could use another wash but I actually jut ran out of Rommel Shade.  So that will have to wait until I can get more.

 

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Having thusly shaded, now it was time to drybrush the basecoat of Panther Yellow on top of the camo to help blend and tone it down.

 

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Then add some gunmetal to the track bits, paint tools and other details, and one more go-over with Panther Yellow to be sure:

 

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And that, ladies and germs, actually finishes the painting part.  Some decals later, and my Tiger Force has doubled in strength!

 

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Quick and easy.  Although, as it turned out, using the different brown and green made no appreciable difference at all.  So I guess I'll just use whatever I have most of at the time. 

 

 

As a bonus, here's one of my lazy shermans:

 

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So was this a bad idea?

 

 

 

Honestly, I'll probably end up selling most of the bones 2 and bones 3 core sets. I like the bones material but my tastes have changed so much over the last year, I don't see myself ever getting around to most of them. The big ones, I'll keep. Love the larger bones minis.

I stashed mine along with my metals. My interest in fantasy (of all media forms) is presently super dead. Will probably come back, which is why I'm holding onto them.

 

I've been painting Flames of War and watching war movies (and also The Pacific and Band of Brothers), but as much as I love Return of the King (which is really rather a lot) I don't think I could sit through it right now if you offered me 1000 bucks.

 

Even in American bucks.

You should dig out a nice quasi-Aryan looking knigget ...set him on a plinth, ...paint him as a statue, ...to make a middle-of-the-town-square terrain piece.

Bones figure as a 12-15 foot tall statue...

...quick FOW terrain.

 

 

 

Generally, non-functional scenery bits probably aren't worth the trouble.  A table crowds up real fast so the cleaner I can keep it, the smoother things will run.  My rule of thumb is that if it's on the table, it does something.   

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Not to hijack you, but I thought I would show you a Special Sherman, and a Special Tiger...

 

Thought you might get a kick out of them!

 

Sherman:

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Never did paint the base....

 

Tiger:

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The (unfinished) Tiger Commander:

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And Just to give you folks an appreciation of the size of these guys....

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The Sherman was the 2012 Nationals freebie, the Tiger from 2013 Nats...

 

Bonus question, Why are they special?

 

Especially one of them....

 

And of course, he does it to me again!

Now I gotta finish that base and the Obersturmfuhrer....

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Does Major General Colt know that DeGaulle is coming?

 

Also, having shown the Tiger all up close and personal and a bit nasty-looking, I thought I'd snap a pic to show why I don't generally mess about too much with the details for these.

 

This is pretty much as close as anyone's ever going to get to them, so being fancy really just adds work for no reason:

 

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Multiply that little group by about 20 times and there's so much stuff going around nobody's going to care if the finish on a particular piece trends a little sloppy.  And anyway, they'll probably wind up dropping it on the floor (this has already happened twice to #221, which has weathered the torment well and illustrates the benefit of that brown liner protection layer).

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