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Hello all! It's been forever since I've posted here or painted anything for that matter. Life has been extremely busy as of late, and I haven't had a lot of time to pursue my artistic interests... well, that and I tend to jump from hobby to hobby. At any rate, figured I'd drop this here as it's miniature, even if not a mini. I need to get back to minis, but I ended up with this 1/72 Tiger tank... So here's where we are.

 

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For some reason, I decided to start in 1/72. I'm not sure why. Maybe because it's tiny. Maybe because it's closer to "minis." Maybe I just ate some bad chicken and thought it'd be a great idea! However, I ended up with Hans and Frans....

 

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They are really, really ugly and really, really tiny! I should probably put a mini Dwarf on the turret just to show that they are indeed in the Land of the Lost, and surely to meet their end at the charge of the Gutbuster Brigade or the like....

 

At any rate, it's a different change of pace from normal minis... although it's been about a year since I've painted any additional minis. My experience with Hans and Frans hasn't done anything to encourage extra exploration, but I think if I do more armor, (and it'll happen, I have a 1/35 Matilda in a box....), at least their figures will be closer to what I'm used to working with. They're just a lot smaller and with not as good casting as I'm used to with Reaper minis and others.

 

In the meantime, it's nice to be getting back to painting. I need to come up with a diorama for these guys. I've got a few touch-ups to do here and there, but I'm pretty much done with the model at this scale. I need to order some pigments to weather this thing as that's where I was headed before I went on mini hiatus. Purchasing too many pigments I mean... It's going to take pigments to make the funky rubber treads this thing came with look anything like real tank treads. LOL!

 

Comments, questions, and WHERE THE HECK HAVE YOU BEENS!?!!? are welcome!

 

-K

 

 

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Welcome back!

 

There are some more WIPS for Panzers at  the moment so you can get inspired there.

1:72, I used to have the whole range of Airfix soldiers when i was young including many aircraft and vehicle kits.

 

Who makes this Tiger? Revell, Monogramm, Hasegawa?

 

About the diorama, do you want to make a historical one? Or are we talking about putting this tiny tank on a jungle base with a large T-Rex?

Just something that crossed my mind...

 

Looks good so far.

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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!

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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

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Front View

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Rear View

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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

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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

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