“Past Revisited” episode 6
Cromwell Staghounds which came as a pack of three individually stowed vehicles, ready to paint and game. The barrels were replaced by brass ones and crew added but that’s all … oh and a bit of paint. Completed as a commission and some of my favourites, I’d love a unit of these for myself!
Airfix Warrior crew finished ……
Finally got these guys finsihed and in the Warrior for a few pics. I haven’t decided yet if they’ll be fixed in place permantly but at the moment they’re removeable so that I can do the final finishing on the Warrior. A lot of work to get ’em up to model standard but I’m pretty happy with how they look in place ……
MTP test fig finished ………..
Well I finished the test trooper in MTP. Improved the detail on the Helmet by adding a replacement NVG mounting strap and clips. While painting I realised I should have replaced the platoon comms microphone. I’d previously replaced the ones on the turret TC and Gunner, figuring the crew headsets and mics were more prominent. I should have done the troopers too in hindsight, too late for this guy but I’ll track the others down and fix em …….
Anyway the paint went on ok. I decided to paint the body armour, knapsack and some of the pouches in plain DDPM to add some contrast to the camoflage. As Keith mentions in a comment on the first MTP installment, when painting modern camo especially, the packs and details can get lost in the camo. While that may be the idea (lol) it doesn’t make for a very visual figure. So the plain webbing helps and I also spent a bit of extra time working on the shading / shadows.
All in all and while it’s taken some effort, I think the plain and soft Airfix figures can scrub up pretty well. Which is just as well as there aren’t any other options available in 1/48th yet …….
I’m often asked about the colours I use. Well I usually mix my paint and current use mostly last generation (out of production) GW acrylics. This makes it really a moot point to try and detail the ratios of each colour used. Instead I’ve been producing colour swatches of paints as I mix them. That means when I come to re-mix a batch, even using a different paint system, I can faff about with my alchemaic blending until I have a pretty close match to my favourite colour.
Below are the primary colours I settled on for my MTP camo test.
Pea Green base – the whole uniform gets this as a base colour
Mid Green diruptor – this goes on next, covering roughly 25% of the uniform
Dark Earth disuptor – the third colour added to cover roughly 25% of the uniform
Desert DDPM base – my base colour for DDPM. Used as an light accent colour at roughly 5% or less
Dark Chocolate Brown (not shown) – the final dark accent colour, apply sparingly at around 5% or less
“Past Revisited” – Episode 5
SdKfz 251/9 AusF.D auf 7.5cm StuK 37 L/24 Stummel
Yup, yet another 251. Don’t worry I have heaps more ……..
Mini update ………
Or to use it’s official designation;
Multi Terrain Pattern Personal Clothing System Combat Uniform (MTP PCS CU) which started entering service in 2011 replacing the old Combat Soldier ’95 system which had a vareity of uniforms for different situations. Personally after looking at many ref pics I think the MTP does a great job in both desert and temperate surroundings. It just looks tricky to paint lol
So, I started experimenting with painting the current uniform MTP (also sometimes called multicam) on one of the troopers. In theatre pics often show a mix of uniform types so I was thinking of painting the two troopers in MTP and the vehicle crew in the earlier desert pattern DPM figuring the groundpunders would be the first to get the newer issued uniforms. Interestingly the US also adopted multicam after first rejecting it and now having largely abandoned their “digital” pattern experiment …….
Anyway I had to mix all the colours to match the reference pics, in which the shades often appear quite pale and subdued.
I’ve attached some assorted MTP pics below showing how variations in lighting (and probably fading esp in the Afghanistan pic) effect the colour hues.
And here’s my first attempt. I’m pretty happy with it so I’ll carry on and complete both of the troopers who will be standing in the fighting hatch.
My attempt at fitting crew figs to the Warrior …….
Following on from the fitting of the Jackal crew here are my modified Airfix crew figs for the Warrior. They’re made using a mix of figures from the Airfix Crew figure and Patrol sets plus a few bits from the spare box.
They are as follows ;
The track commander is a seated guy from the crew set. His right arm is from the crew set standing gunner.
The gunner is from the patrol set. His arms are from Bandai tank crew.
One standing trooper is stock from the patrol set.
The second standing guy is the gunner from the crew set. His right arm holding the Saw is from the patrol set and his left is his own arm but with an inverted Bandai hand supporting the mag.
I drilled and pinned the heads and filled any arm and head gaps with greenstuff. I had to re-build the arms where I had cut and modifed them and added pouches to the upper arms and body armour webbing to both of the turret figures. Not the best (my greenstuffing skills are naff) but once covered with paint they should look ok.
I’ve also carried out a bit of PIP (Product Improvement) on them. Fistly I scribed undercuts around the webbing and pouches, The Airfix plastic is soft (as is the detail) but easily worked with a little patience and no more difficult than working with any other figures. I added helmet mics and earpieces to the commander and gunner and had a go at adding the elastic turns ups often seen on the Brit helmets. Feeling adventurous I added the webbing foliage camo strips to the gunner for some variety. Worked out pretty well I think. I used thread tape (very thin) stuck down to a glass microscope plate. Then it was easy to cut the strips to size and add them with thin CA.
Finally I added a couple of detail shots of how I added the wiring to the ECM/COMs platforms. I drilled into the bottom of the aerial mountings added passed the whole thing through the mounting hole. Then I fixed them with CA and once dry bent the wiring up into place and trimmed to fit …..
“Past Revisted” Episode 4
Panzerkampwagen VI AusF.B Tiger II mit 8.8cm KwK43 L/71 – SdKfz 182
Another oldie for Keith and the guys (Arkie and Thomas) who are enjoying some of the older WWII 20mm from my archives.