28mm – Mantic Games – Dwarf Berserker Brock Riders Regiment

Dwarf Berserker Brock Riders Regiment

Something different for today.
A friend will assist next Weekend to the first Official Regional Tournament of “Kings of War” in Madrid (Spain). As he run out of time to bring his army fully painted to the tournament i offered my help painting this beautiful Dwarf regiment, mounted in Brocks !! a very different subject to our usual work.

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This figures are cast in a sort of soft plastic / resin, right arm is separated so you have different combinations. The three especial figures have the the right arm cast of metal. The musician, that sort of auto-drum, get a lot of metal in the right arm, so it’s a very unstable figure even once based. If you works your own one try to put the arm as closets to the body as you can.

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Another hard point in this figures are the capes, you must need to work with putty to fill the junction on shoulders, is a not very well engineered part. Also for our personal taste, fabric capes would allow a more colorist / striking paint work, but they are skins, probably also of Brock, although we avoid the same pattern used in Brock to don’t homogenize to much colours used.
Also you have to take care about the cape angle, or it will avoid a correct position of the saddle over the brock, as cape block the correct position because hit the brock’s back before the saddle is in the correct position.

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Heads, some Brocks armour plates, and Brock’s heads for the capes are also separated parts. I prefer to don’t use the Brock’s heads in the capes, but they already came glued to me.

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There are just a few parts were you can put colour, so i used blue, easy to highlight and very striking, to counteract so many metal and skins.

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Brock can be painted in several patterns, just take a look at real ones and choose your right ones. They came in two valves and there are two different poses.

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Overall detail in figures is very good, there are some small mould lines, and the soft material used not always easy to work with a knife in intricate parts, but they are very nice figures.
It have been a pleasure to work on something different for a while.

1/72 – Revell – 03175 – M60 A3 w/ Dozer Blade

M60A3 w/ Dozer Blade

The M60 Patton is a main battle tank (MBT)[2] introduced in December 1960.[3] With the United States Army’s deactivation of their last (M103) heavy tank battalion, the M60 became the Army’s primary tank[4] during the Cold War. Although developed from the M48 Patton, the M60 series was never officially classified as a Patton tank, but as a “product-improved descendant” of the Patton series.[5] On 16 March 1959, the OTCM (Ordnance Technical Committee Minutes) #37002 officially standardized the vehicle as the 105 mm Gun Full Tracked Combat Tank M60.[6]

The M60 was criticized for its high profile and limited cross-country mobility, but proved reliable and underwent many updates over its service life. The interior layout, based on the design of the M48, provided ample room for updates and improvements, extending the vehicle’s service life for over four decades. It was widely used by the U.S. and its Cold War allies, especially those in NATO, and remains in service throughout the world today despite having been superseded by the M1 Abrams in the U.S. military. Egypt is currently the largest operator with 1,716 upgraded M60A3s, Turkey is second with 866 upgraded units in service, and Israel is third with over 700 units of Israeli variants.

M60A3 series

In 1978, work began on the M60A3 variant. It featured a number of technological enhancements, including smoke dischargers, a new flash-lamp pumped ruby-laser based rangefinder (AN/VVG-2) that could be used by both commander and gunner, and an M21 ballistic computer, and a turret stabilization system.

Late production M60A3s omitted the commander’s cupola (Israel Defence Force armor doctrine required tank commanders to fight commander-exposed, and it was discovered that non-penetrating hits upon the vehicle could dislodge the cupola from its mount while the commander was in it). The remote-controlled M85 machinegun was relatively ineffective in the anti-aircraft role for which it was designed compared to a conventional pintle mount. Removing the cupola lowered the vehicle’s relatively high silhouette. The cupola’s hatch also opened toward the rear of the vehicle and was dangerous to close if under small-arms fire owing to an open-locking mechanism that required the user to apply leverage to unlock it prior to closing.

First the picture inspiring the camouflage scheme, a variant of the MERDC cammo.

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Inspiration picture for the camouflage schema

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Revell model can be found though our utility here.

Painting in the tri-color camouflage on the example of the T-90MS. (with modulation)

Not so long ago on facebook I promised to show you in more detail how to paint a model in scale 72 in the tri-color camouflage. To make it more interesting, I used the color modulation technique. P.S. I offer my apologies for my not perfect English. I promise as soon as Ukraine joins the EU I will speak it perfectly 🙂 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

To see the model finished, take a look here.