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Hand painted models and figures.

1/72 S-Model – 720023 – Syrian BRDM-2

Some history.

BRDM-2 (armored reconnaissance and patrol vehicle – 2) is a further development of the BRDM-1. Serially produced from 1963 to 1989 Arzamas Engineering Works (as well as under license in Poland, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia). BRDM-2 has a low sheltered, armor protection against small arms bullets and shrapnel. The main feature of the machine – very high permeability. Besides the main-wheel drive chassis with adjustable pressure in the tires, in the middle of the body, there are special additional retractable wheels, allowing, in particular, to overcome significant ditches, trenches. At present, to some extent used in the intelligence unit of more than 50 countries. In the army has the nickname “Mess”. In the USSR, production is completed in November 1989. Production continues under license in Poland.

About kit:

It going very simple, like any kit of trumpeter. The only addition is AKMS and handles made with wire of different thicknesses.

Painting:

Camouflage is made using adhesive pads “patafiks”. The model as always was painted with acrylic paint, and pigments from AMMO “Mig”.

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1/72 Trumpeter – 07267 – BTR-80A hungarian KFOR

Some history:

The BTR-80 (Russian: бронетранспортер, BTR stands for bronyetransportyer, literally meaning “armoured transporter”) is an 8×8 wheeled amphibious armoured personnel carrier (APC) designed in the USSR. Adopted in 1986 and replaced the previous versions, BTR-60 and BTR-70 in the Soviet Army. It was first deployed during Soviet War in Afghanistan .

BTR-80A (GAZ-59034) – IFV with 30 mm gun 2A72 and 300 rounds as primary weapon. The turret is called BPPU and is equipped with sights 1PZ-9 (day) and TPN-3 or TPN-3-42 “Kristall” (night). In production and service since 1994.

About kit:

It going very simple, like any kit of trumpeter. The addition of a turret with a 30mm gun, from “Armory”.  Additional handles have been made with wire of different thicknesses.

Painting:

Camouflage is made using adhesive pads “patafiks”.  The model as always was painted with acrylic paint, and pigments from AMMO “Mig”.

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1/72 Model Collect – 72007 – T-72B with ERA

History:

The T-72 is a Soviet second-generation main battle tank that entered production in 1971. About 20,000 T-72 tanks were built, making it one of the most widely produced post–World War II tanks, second only to the T-54/55 family. The T-72 was widely exported and saw service in 40 countries and in numerous conflicts. Improved variants are still being built for export customers.

T-72B (1985)
New main gun, stabilizer, sights, and fire control, capable of firing 9M119 Svir guided missile, additional armour including 20 mm (0.8 in) of appliqué armour in the front of hull, improved 840 hp (630 kW) engine.

The T-72 design has been further developed into the following new models: Lion of Babylon tank (Iraq), M-84 (Yugoslavia), M-95 Degman (Croatia), M-2001 (Serbia), PT-91 Twardy (Poland), Tank EX (India), and TR-125 (Romania).

 

About kit:

It going very simple, like any kit of Modelcollect. Vinyl tracks of good quality.

The model as always was painted with acrylic paint, tinted oil paints and AMMO pigments.

 

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28mm – HassleFree Fantasy Humans (and a Undead Necromancer)

HassleFree Fantasy Humans (and a Undead Necromancer)

I painted some of my single figures to start the year. All are by Hasslefree Miniatures, and all, have an excellent detail level, beautiful movement and perfect proportions. These figures, are probably the best i ever painted.
They are intended to join my Kings Of War Human’s Army. Some will be Heroes, some other will be ranked as captains. And probably Taxxis will never play.. who knows, she can be a good mage too.

I did some artistic touch on pictures this time, but i also attach original ones.

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Taxxis (B)
Ferrus
Ferrus
Volk the Bastard
Volk the Bastard
Akos the Scorned
Akos the Scorned
Libby & Sabre-tooth Tigress
Libby & Sabre-tooth Tigress

A family picture with some other beast i painted too…

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And the normal pictures.. (click on them to enlarge)

1/72 IBG – 72019 – Diamond T 972 Dump Truck

Some history:

he Diamond T was an American automobile manufactured in Chicago until 1911 by the Diamond T Motor Car Company. The name of company means: “Diamond” for quality and “T” for Tilt like name of owner Charles A.Tilt. Diamond T 4-tons 6×6 series truck introduced in production in early 1941 with 968/969/970 versions covered cargo truck, heavy wrecker and dump truck. Later chassis of this truck were used as universal platform for some special versions like asphalt tank, water tank, crane or snow plows. All versions of Diamond T trucks served in US Army on almost all theaters of Second World War and later to early 1950’s. Some versions of this truck were used by British, Canadian and Polish military units in Second World War too.

 

About kit.

Everything is fine. All neatly and accurately cast. Fit in perfectly. Added chain, pickaxe, shovel and replaced the mirror on the civilian version. I did a civilian version of the machine that works in the American heartland.

Painting.

The model as always was painted with acrylic paint, tinted oil paints and MIG pigments.

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1/72 Model Collect – 72029 – E-75 128MM

Some history:

The E-75 Standardpanzer was intended to be the standard heavy tank to be used as a replacement of the Tiger II and Jagdtiger. The E-75 would have been built on the same production lines as the E-50 for ease of manufacture, and the two vehicles were to share many components, including the same Maybach HL 234 engine. The E-75 would have had much thicker armour however, and in fact compared to the Tiger II the E-75 had improved hull armour all round. As its name indicates, the resulting vehicle would have weighed in at over 75 tonnes, reducing its speed to around 40 km/h. To offset the increased weight, the bogies were spaced differently from on the E-50, with an extra pair added on each side, giving the E-75 a slightly improved track to ground contact length.

According to some sources, the similarities between the E-50 and the E-75 went further; they were to be equipped with the same turret and 88mm L/71 or L/100 gun, along with an optical rangefinder for increased long range accuracy. German scientists and engineers had successfully designed a Schmalturm, narrow-front turret and infra-red lighting and sights for use on the prototypes of the Panther Ausf. F as the war drew to a close. Other sources however, indicate that the E-75 was to be fitted with the much larger Tiger II turret, which could be adapted to accommodate an even more powerful high velocity 10.5 cm gun.

The original complex suspension by torsion bars was simplified with bogies. The standard Tiger II turret was equipped with 8.8cm KwK 44 L71 gun. The engine was an improved Maybach HL234 which had 900 hp.

About kit:

It going very simple, like any kit of Modelcollect. Vinyl tracks of good quality. This kit includes a metal barrel and photoetched parts.

Painting.

Camouflage of this machine Invented by me, since the topic PW ’46 allows it. The model as always was painted with acrylic paint, tinted oil paints and MIG pigments.

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1/72 UM – 211 – M-12 King-Kong

Some history.

The M12 was built on the chassis of the M3 Lee tank; some sources claim that later M12s used the M4 Sherman chassis, but this might be a confusion with the M12’s use of “Sherman-style” bogie trucks with trailing idlers.

It had an armored driver’s compartment, but the gun crew were located in an open topped area at the back of the vehicle. It mounted a 155 mm gun M1917, M1917A1 or M1918 M1, depending upon availability, a weapon derived from the nearly identical French 155 mm GPF gun of World War I vintage. Limited storage space meant that only 10 projectiles and propellant charges could be carried on the vehicle.

An earth spade (similar to a bulldozer blade) at the rear was employed to absorb recoil. This layout—large gun mounted in an open mount at the rear, with a spade—was the pattern adopted for many years by other heavy self-propelled artillery.

About kit:

The Kit is not simple.  In this kit a lot of details. It can not be built quickly. During assembly will be a small problem with connection parts of the chassis and body.

The model as always was painted with acrylic paint, tinted oil paints and MIG pigments.

 

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1/72 – UM – 305 – ZSU-37 AA Tank

Some history

ZSU-37 – light weight Soviet self-propelled artillery unit (SAU), relating to the class of anti-aircraft self-propelled units. Machines of this stamp series issued by the Mytishchi machine-building and the Gorky Automobile Plant in 1944. Until the end of World War II was built 75 self-propelled guns. The basis for the ZSU-37 served as a light tank destroyer SU-76M. ZSU-37 production continued after the war, even after withdrawing from the production base Su-76M.

ZSU-37 was the first production of the Soviet armored anti-aircraft self-propelled crawler, ideal for protection against attacks from the air mobile units. The main weapon of the car was a 37-mm anti-aircraft gun 61-K, installed in the tower with a circular rotation. Self-propelled gun is also equipped with a range finder and a radio station.

 

About kit:

The Kit is very simple and neat. Tracks were folded with hot water. Added a little handrails made of wire. Tent made of paper with white glue blur. Tankman figure of “ORION”

The model as always was painted with acrylic paint, tinted oil paints and MIG pigments.

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28mm – Mantic Games – Dwarf Kings Box.

Dwarf Kings Box.
Well box is not complete in this post because Berserker Lord was already painted a few weeks ago, take a look here to see him.

I used NMM everywhere in this work, they said practise is the way.. so i’m trying, but not very happy with result, seems that more practice is need. Anyway, at least Dwarf Warsmith looks quite good for me (Central figure), not so happy with other two, king (Left ones) and Army Standard Bearer (Right ones)

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Not much more to say about this, this is probably last one in the year, now the stash is organized, Christmas season are not for paint, better to get drunk anywhere (and enjoy family, of course) !!!
As resume of this year i can say about 250 figures have been painted, among 4 elephants, 5 chariots and 10 guns.. not a bad year, isn’t it ?? All the works of this year can be found in the Gallery section, from Tatars & Cossacks to Ancient Indian and Macedonian Successors.
Next year will see the end of the Polish Renaissance army (Pancerni didn’t entered this year just by a couple of weeks more) and a lot of surprises and excellent miniatures by Red Box Games, Mierce, Mantic, Warlord Games or 1st Corps. We will try our best, as always (Hope to find also some time to my own KoW army, based mostly in Perry miniatures with some nice surprises by Hasslefree.).

As i will probably not will write again this year, i wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

1/72 ACE – 72263 – ADGZ M 35 Mittleren Panzerwagen with T-26 turret (S-Model – 720033 – T26 model 1933) Field Modification

History

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An ADGZ covers SS troops duringan attack on the Polish Post Office inDanzig, 1 September 1939

The Austrian army was using the ADGZ armored car at the time of Anschluss. 12 were used by the army and 15 were used by the police. The Germans used them for police work and some were taken on by the SS and used on the Eastern front and in the Balkans.

The SS ordered an additional 25 ADGZ which were delivered in 1942. An interesting feature of this vehicle was that there was no “rear:” either end was capable of driving the unit.

As part of the initial operations of the Invasion of Poland, the SS Heimwehr Danzig used three ADGZ armored cars during the attack on the Polish Post Office in Danzig, and lost one during the battle.

After the invasion of the USSR a few ADGZ armored cars were rearmed with turrets from the Soviet T-26 model 1933 light tank.

About kit:

Kit quality is lika all ACE

Like all kits of “ACE” this set is rather complicated to assemble. Most of the details in the burrs. Release from burrs captivity account for almost all the details. Unlike the hull of  “ACE” kit, turret (s-model) of the T-26 is made very high quality. With assembly of  the turret had no problems. Barrels of machineguns that were in the kit had to throw in the trash. They have been replaced by metal from “Mini World”. Camouflage I used a standard early brown and gray.

The model was painted with artistic acrylic paint , MIG pigments and artistic oil.

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ACE kit, can be found through our utility here, S-Model T-26 can be found here.

1/72 – T-90MS – Model Collect – 72010

About tank

T-90MS “Vladimir” – Russian tank, created on the basis of previous versions: T-90A and T-90S. [1] The weight of the tank 48 tons, length 9530 mm, width 3780 mm, height 2228 mm. Engine – multifuel diesel V12 B-92S2F2 power 1130l.s., Automatic transmission. The maximum speed on the road 65 km / h on the highway cruising range of 500 km.

About kit.

It going very simple, like any kit of Modelcollect. Vinyl tracks of good quality.

In this set, there are a couple of not very pleasant moments. I’d love to have a metall barrel. And anti cumulative grating is very thick.

A model is slightly different from the real tank. Exactly the same tank as a model I could not find.

Painting.
Camouflage of this machine is not standard. Camo is fictional, since the tank is not accepted for service, and I did not want to do the the Indian version. The model as always was painted with acrylic paint, tinted oil paints and MIG pigments.
A detailed step by step about the camouflage painting, can be found in this past post.

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1/72 Model Collect – 72012 – T-64 mod.1972

A bit of history.
The T-64 is a Soviet main battle tank introduced in the early 1960s. The T-64 was conceived in Kharkiv, Ukraine as the next-generation main battle tank by Alexander A. Morozov, the designer of the T-54 (which, in the meantime, would be incrementally improved by Leonid N. Kartsev’s Nizhny Tagil bureau, by the models T-54A, T-54B, T-55, and T-55A).

A revolutionary feature of the T-64 is the incorporation of an automatic loader for its 125-mm gun, allowing one crew member’s position to be omitted and helping to keep the size and weight of the tank down. Tank troopers would joke that the designers had finally caught up with their unofficial hymn, Three Tankers—the song had been written to commemorate the crewmen fighting in the Battle of Khalkhin Gol, in 3-man BT-5 tanks in 1939.

The T-64 also pioneered other Soviet tank technology: the T-64A model of 1967 introduced the 125-mm smooth-bore gun, and the T-64B of 1976 would be able to fire a guided anti-tank missile through its gun barrel.

Production history

Different sources differ on the initial production date of the tank that is set between 1963 and 1967. However it is normally agreed that the T-64 formally entered service with the army in 1967 and publicly revealed in 1970.The T-64 was KMDB’s high-technology offering, intended to replace the IS-3 and T-10 heavy tanks in independent tank battalions. Meanwhile, the T-72 was intended to supersede the T-55 and T-62 in equipping the bulk of the Soviet tank and mechanized forces, as well as for export partners and east-bloc satellite states.

It introduced a new autoloader, which is still used on all T-64s currently in service, as well as all variants of the T-80 except the Ukrainian T-84-120. The T-64 prototypes had the same 115mm smooth-bore gun as the T-62, the ones put in full-scale production had the 125mm gun.

While the T-64 was the superior tank, it was more expensive and physically complex, and was produced in smaller numbers. The T-72 is mechanically simpler and easier to service in the field, while it is not as well protected, and its manufacturing process is correspondingly simpler. In light of Soviet doctrine, the superior T-64s were kept ready and reserved for the most important mission: a potential outbreak of a war in Europe.

In Soviet times, T-64 was mostly in service with units stationed in East Germany. No T-64s were exported. Many T-64s ended up in Russian and Ukrainian service after the breakup of the Soviet Union.

About kit.
It going very simple, like any kit of Modelcollect. When engaged in assembling kits of  “modelcollect” I feel respect for the producer to the consumer. This kit includes a metal barrel. Vinyl tracks of good quality. The only thing that I have not found in this kit is parts that attach snorkel to the turret. Also in the kit has a commanding defense shield, but the T-62 of this year do not used it.

Painting.
Camouflage of this machine is not standard for Soviet military equipment. But on several machines I saw same. The model as always was painted with acrylic paint, tinted oil paints and MIG pigments.

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28mm – Mantic Games – Dwarf Berserker Lord

28mm Mantic Games – Dwarf Berserker Lord

Not everything can be renaissance polish… so a small update with a very nice Mantic Games figures, a Berserker Lord for their Kings of War game.

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PAINT GUIDE:
Skin
For the skin tones i used the Skin paint set by scale 75, following more or less their guide included.
Base colour is Pink flesh (also can be used Citadel Dwarf flesh (old name)) , then i apply a wash of Citadel Ogryn Flesh (now called Reikland flesh tone).
Then two successive highlights with a mix of Pink Flesh + Gold Flesh increasing Gold Flesh in each iteration (This can be done also mixing Citadel Dwarf flesh + Elf flesh (sorry i don’t know the new names))
As this set haves another colour called Light Flesh i added two extra highlights mixing Gold Flesh + Light Flesh.
To end, very small touches of the Pale Flesh (Vallejo haves a similar skin tone called Light Flesh)

Gold Metal parts
Trying some NMM technique here, using Vallejo Model Color, from their special set for NMM.
Base colour is Heavy Brown, to add some more contrast you can give it a wash of Devlan Mud or Dark Tone by The Army Painter.
Then apply Gold Brown, and then 2 or 3 successive highlights with Gold Brown + White, increasing the white in each mix.
To end, a very small touches of pure white.

Silver Metal parts
Very similar to gold tones, but varying colours used. Base colour is Cold grey (also from Vallejo Model Color NMM set), apply a black wash, and then start to highlight with Cold Grey + White. To end a final touch of pure white in the edges.
The blueish tone around the gold area in the axes is done with diluted turquoise blue, mixed with some white.

Cape (Red)
Base colour is a dark red, Citadel have some one in their range, but any other will work. I apply a first highlight of Vallejo Flat Red, and then to homogenize tone i wash with a red wash (From The Army Painter in my case).
Then i highlight again with Flat Red and to end a final touch with Vermilion Red (Vallejo)

Cape (Back)
Maybe this is the easier part, and it can be done with a lot of colours, just choose your favourite brown or grey, depend on the style of cape you want.
I used Vallejo Brown Sand, washed with Dark Tone (Army Painter) , some parts where highlighted (dry brush) with the Brown Sand again and some other with a mix of White + Brown Sand. Some final touches of this last highlight were applied by brush.

Skull
Base coat is a pale white, such “Rotting Flesh” or “Skull white” , black wash the eyes caves, and then pure white.

Dwarf beard is done with a grey colour, washing black, and highlighting with pure white, first by dry brush and then some small touches with brush to emphasize some parts.

And that’s all.

And the forthcoming Kingdoms of Men army…

99% Perry figures
99% Perry figures

28mm – The Assault Group – Tatars & Cossacks

28mm – The Assault Group – Tatars & Cossacks

Mounted Cossacks – Irregular

First of all, a well bunch of Mounted Cossacks, as irregulars, the most common for those men. War in East Europe can’t be understand without Cossacks for a well bunch of centuries from Renaissance to WWII. So any army for this area period must have or fight some cossacks in their files, was usual to see these guys fighting with or against the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, as well as fighting against Tatars, another folk with quite similar life way.
Both were famous for their raids, so cavalry was the most important part of the army.
Cossack organization were quite important and operative during this centuries and they were a pain in the ass for Ottomans, Muscovites and Polish-Lithuanian but also an important allied.

TAG provide a well bunch of blisters for this topic, so probably you can find there all you need to set up a Cossack party. Figures and casting haves the usual quality in the brand. To say and odd, maybe the horses aren’t best in the market, but they do his job reasonably well.

Paint all those hordes, with so many colour change are more tedious and laborious than other units, but at the end, the work is done. Officers’ capes are decorated using “nails decals”, yes you have read right, painting over them. Patterns are very limited but they can be useful, although this time we are not so satisfied with result as happened in the Haiduks regiments, where we used this technique for first time.

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Mounted Cossacks – Registered

Part of the Cossacks were in stable service of the Polish-Commonwealth, those we call “registered” cossacks, most of them Zaporozhian Cossacks. Probably uniforms were in-existent for those unit, but we take this license inspired by a work which was published in the old TAG gallery, unfortunately they changed their web site, ans seems to be not available any more.
Figures are exactly the same used for the irregular cossacks above (Who also are registered, as are intended to be part of the Polish army).
For the officer cape decoration i tried a new method based in some custom decal print, but it was a failure, but with this experience, soon i will show more work using this technique.

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Tatars & Lithuanian Tatars

Tatars are the heirs of the “Golden Horde” of Genghis Khan’s, the west part of his empire. Tatars, mainly weren’t part of the Commonwealth, but some of them, in fact, were. The term “Lithuanian Tatars” is unknown for us, we reference it because so is how TAG call that blister. But their appearance and horses, are exactly the same used in Cossacks blister, opposite to Tatars, mounting the small steppe horses and with a different and characteristic costume. In the pictures all the “Lithuanian Tatars” are those using pistols, a nice addition to the Cossack horde, while Tatars, are carrying spears and bows, maybe some old fashioned for the period, but it was so. Posses are very dynamic, we specially like ones charging with the spear and those firing the bows. Well done figures.

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Cossack on Foot

Although Mounted Cossack were the most important for raids, Cossack on foot were also raised in high numbers during this period. TAG also haves a well bunch of references for this, providing pike as well as musket figures. Pistols and sabres are common too. In the ranks we see an Orthodox priest, a gift figure by TAG, as well as a drinking Cossack, which also is part of the gift range for the Renaissance era.
Completing the rank some Muscovite guards. We already used some of them in the Haiduks ranks, but here it’s just a question of clean the stash !!

Two flags are my own pattern, middle one by Battle-Flag.com
Two flags are my own pattern, middle one by Battle-Flag.com

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Priest is a nice figure, from the Gift figures by TAG
Priest is a nice figure, from the Gift figures by TAG

All the batch.

And that’s all. Sorry for the poor quality of picture below. Another batch of the army completed. We start now the last one, the well know and beautiful Pancerni. Also we are working in some gabions positions for the artillery and a small surprise which can’t uncover today.

Family picture for this batch.
Family picture for this batch.

Hope you like them, best regards.

GAZ 61-73 (First comfortable 4×4 SUV with hardtop)

History
GAZ-61 – a family of Soviet light terrain vehicles with all-wheel drive. Modification of GAZ-61-73 – the world’s first all-wheel drive car with a closed sedan. During the Great Patriotic War, the GAZ-61-73 was actively used as a staff car for the high command of the Red Army.

About kit:
Kit quality is terrible and it is a fact.

Like all kits of “ACE” this set is rather complicated to assemble. Most of the details in the burrs. Release from burrs captivity account for almost all the details. For this reason, to achieve a perfectly flat surface is very difficult. Front wheel axle is too low, so I had to remake it to lift clearance.The model is very small and it is very difficult to putty. In a kit there is no glass. A drawing in the instructions of the wrong size. The only plus is the presence of a nice photo-etching. 

I’ve been thinking whether to paint in green or make camouflage . That was to fun i make camouflage “omeba.”

The model was painted with artistic acrylic paint , MIG pigments and artistic oil.

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1/72 Dragon LRDG Patrol Car w/Lewis Gun – finished

After one of the most challenging constructions since I build scale models, I finally managed to paint this little kit from Dragon. For the first time, I used Mr. Gunze Hobby Color acrylics; these are very fine paints, with a longer drying time compared to Vallejo, the paints I used so far. This is useful for airbrush, as for the hand brush nothing beats Vallejo.

I must mention again the excellent upgrading set from Hauler, it was a great addition and I strongly recommend it. I plan a little diorama, somewhere in north Africa, but my searches for some decent SAS figurines were fruitless so far.

I weathered the entire model with several layers of oil paints, and added a small amount of pigments at the end.

I still don’t like my photos against white background, but I know I’ll keep trying 🙂

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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.

1/72 – ACE – 72130 – BREM-2 (БРЭМ-2)

BREM-2

Some history:

ARV-2 – Soviet Armoured recovery vehicle, created based on the BMP-1.ARV-2 is designed in Design and Engineering Center of the USSR Defense Ministry in Kiev. Issued on the basis of requiring overhaul of BMP-1.The machine is intended for emergency evacuation infantry fighting vehicles.

About kit: 

This kit as all other kits of “ACE” very hard to assemble. Main problem is the amount of burrs and sink marks. The most difficult thing in this set is a truck.
Because of the poor quality of casting has to mess that would free them from the burr.

Eventually pulled from the kit all that I could. Add a little additions of tin, wire, etc.
The model makes the old and used.

 

The model was painted with artistic acrylic paint , MIG pigments and artistic oil.

 

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28mm – Polish Renaissance & Cossack Flags.

Polish & cossacks Flags.

I was looking for some decent Cossack flags as well as some flags for my Haiduks regiments, but at the end i didn’t found any commercial ones of my taste. If you have been following my work for this period, you know i already used Battle-Flags.com ones but even if they are excellent flags, they don’t cover all my needs.

So, after some time looking for them, i committed myself to give a try to my skills with Photoshop, and i found on Wikipedia a great source of plain flags to work on it. Most of the work is based on Alex Tora work, but not only. After check all images copyrights, i’m allowed not only to use them but also to distribute my work, which hopefully will be used by other period enthusiast. Remember always that flags are sized for 28mm figures. It’s possible to reduce and adapt them to 15mm, but if you try to make them bigger it can implies a quality loss.

NOTICE: Find high resolution files links below, don’t print images showed here.

I did 3 plates to full fill my needs. Maybe the mix on the plates haven’t much sense, as it’s a mix of Polish and Cossacks flags, but i did it just thinking on my needs, and not in distribute it.

Plate 1
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Credits of the image as follow:
Chorągiew królewska króla Zygmunta III Wazy.svg by Olek Remesz, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license.

Zaporozhian Sich flag.svg by Alex Tora licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.1 Japan license.

Flag of the Cossack Hetmanat.svg by Alex Tora released into the public domain.

And five flags contained in Alex K Kozaks flags 1651-00.svg by Alex Tora picking up flags by flag from his gallery, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

SEE COMMENT BY NORB BELOW, according to https://encyklopedia.pwn.pl/haslo/Orzel-Bialy;3952080.html the White eagle pattern i used doesn’t fit the period, as belongs to a more modern pattern. Sorry for the inaccuracy.

Plate 2
PLATE-II
Credits of the image as follow:
Herb Polski.svg by Follow by white rabbit
. This image is in the public domain according to Article 4, case 2 of the Polish Copyright Law Act of February 4, 1994 (Dz. U. z 2006 r. Nr 90 poz. 631 with later changes) “normative acts and drafts thereof as well as official documents, materials, signs and symbols are not subject to copyrights”. Hence it is assumed that this image has been released into public domain. However in some instances the use of this image in Poland might be regulated by other laws.

Four flags contained in Alex K Kozaks flags 1651-00.svg by Alex Tora picking up flags by flag from his gallery, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

Two of the religious banners are using parts of Zaporozhian Sich flag.svg by Alex Tora licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.1 Japan license.

Plate 3
PLATE-III
Credits of the image as follow:
Herb Polski.svg by Follow by white rabbit
. This image is in the public domain according to Article 4, case 2 of the Polish Copyright Law Act of February 4, 1994 (Dz. U. z 2006 r. Nr 90 poz. 631 with later changes) “normative acts and drafts thereof as well as official documents, materials, signs and symbols are not subject to copyrights”. Hence it is assumed that this image has been released into public domain. However in some instances the use of this image in Poland might be regulated by other laws.

Chorągiew królewska króla Zygmunta III Wazy.svg by Olek Remesz, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license.

My design of the Haiduks flags are inspired but freely adapted from the ones showed in the Stockholm Roll

 

Plate III Re-Do

Changed some colours as well as size for these infantry flags, which should be bigger than cavalry ones.

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Download:
Please, note than images showed here, are low resolution ones, i don’t recommend to print that files, instead of them, you can use the following links to download the high resolution ones, allowing to you a good printing. (Click right button and choose “save link as” or open in new tab to see the full image)
UPDATED 14/08/2014, png files changed to high resolution pdf for easier print.
Plate I Full Resolution.
Plate II Full Resolution.
Plate III Full Resolution. (NOT RECOMMENDED USE PLATE IV INSTEAD OF THIS)
Plate IV Full Resolution.

Instructions & Recommendations for printing:
High resolutions files will looks too big if you open them in an internet browser or picture viewer, this is because they are coded at 300dpi resolution images. If you open them in a image editor program such Photoshop (Commercial) or Gimp (Free), you will find they are adjusted to full fill an A4 landscape orientation paper. If you go to a professional print centre they will know how to handle this. Cost to print one single page (full digital quality) should be around or less than 50 Euro cent.
About the paper i recommend to you a matte paper, and as more slim as the printer can. Avoid thicker and brightness papers used in print centres, and ask him for standard paper, or best of all, archival matte paper (for ink-jet printers). If you plan to print yourself the flags, at home, i recommend to you the usage of the archival matte paper. It’s an inversion, but you can use this paper to print tons of flags, which surely you will need in the future.
Some colour tones like blue or red vary from printer to printer, i adjusted tones used in the images for my printer. If you feel as wrong some of the colour and can’t change colour configuration in your printer, i can supply you original PSD files, so you can directly modify the image colours.

Hope you find this useful, soon i will show how they look onto my Haiduks and then onto the Cossacks as soon as they will be available.

And now how they look !
Mostly showed here Plate IV, at the end my Haiduks regiments have some flag.

I used an old injected ink printer, with a special matte paper, at the end, i’m happy with final result, although it need several tries, printing from several programs. I used “photo quality” in the printer configuration. To save troubles to others i converted downloadable files to pdf format, which should works good for everybody.

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Regards.

1/72 – UM (352) + S-Model (720005) – (What If) 38(t) PanzerWerfer 21cm

(What If) 38(t) PanzerWerfer 21cm

Any resemblance to reality it’s purely coincidental. Just for fun a “what if” joining a 38(t) Hetzer hull by UM with a Nebelwerfer 21cm by S-Model.
Figure by Zvezda (Elite Troops 1941 – 1943).

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UM 352 Early Hetzer version can be found here. S-Model – 720005 – Nebelwerfer 42 210mm can be found here. Figure are from the Zvezda 6180 – German Elite Troops 1941 – 1943

1/72 – ICM – 72711 – Ural 375D Cargo Truck (Up Amoured)

Ural Cargo Truck (Up Amoured)

Although some imagination have been put in this model, it’s quite similar to picture below, a real armoured URAL truck used by Russian Federal troops in Chechen.

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A lot of Scratch built have been done here, using plastic sheet. Machine guns are taken from Zvezda and ACE kits.

Aboout thw original truck, Ural-375D was standard 6×6 wheel vehicle of 5t capacity for the Soviet Army. The modification Ural-375D was produced since 1964 in Miass. These vehicles were very popular in army because their robust construction and fantastic cross-road capabilities. Ural-375 chassis was used as the base for various special vehicles, such as command mobile posts, radio and radar stations, transport and launchers for anti-aircraft missiles, fuel bowsers and multiple launch rocket systems. Ural-375 vehicles were in service with Soviet and Warsaw Pact armies, armed forces in Africa, Asia and Near East.

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The original ICM kit can be found through our utility here.

1/72 Zvezda – 5003 – RT-2PM TOPOL / SS-25 SICKLE “The last argument”

A little about machine:

The RT-2PM Topol (Russian: РТ-2ПМ Тополь (“Poplar”); NATO reporting name SS-25 Sickle; GRAU designation: 15Ж58 (“15Zh58”);  is a mobile intercontinental ballistic missile designed in the Soviet Union and in service with Russia’s Strategic Missile Troops.

The three stage solid propellant RT-2PM Topol is an improved mobile ICBM which replaced earlier outdated missile complexes. It emerged from the same line of development as mobile missiles such as the RT-21 Temp 2S and the RSD-10 Pioneer, and was deployed as a replacement for the widely deployed UR-100. The United States considered developing their own road-mobile ICBM called the Midgetman, but the program was canceled with the end of the Cold War.

Development of the RT-2PM was approved on July 19, 1977 and carried out by the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology headed by A. D. Nadiradze. Flight tests were conducted on the Plesetsk test site from February through December 1985. The main problem that had to be overcome during this period was the development of battle management system. After the first test series was successfully conducted in April 1985, with the first regiment with Topol missiles put on alert in July 1985. Throughout this time work continued on improving the battle management system. The test missile firings were finally completed in December 1987. The first regiment of “Topol” missiles employing a modernized mobile command center (in the area of Irkutsk) were put on alert on May 27, 1988. After Nadiradze’s death in 1988 Boris N. Lapygin continued his work on the Topol missile.

About kit:

Great quality. Quality of this kit can be placed in series with some well-known Chinese producers. Easy going but long time. Many pieces. Good quality rubber protectors. This “Leviathan” compared to the other models will look eerily huge.

 

About painting:

Customer wanted to get this model without camouflage. So I used the classic Soviet military color “4BO”. But container of the rocket and machine itself painted different shades of green. To make easy variety of colors rocket  container was painted in khaki. Just like the customer wanted the model with abundant wethernig, but since these machines (unlike other Soviet military) is always kept clean and tidy, I just soiled lower part of machine. The rest of the machines were used only drips of rain and a little dust.

Also to add some interesting machine was painted using color modulation technology.

As usual, everything was painted with artistic acrylic, oil and MIG pigments.

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Find this model at best prices in Ebay here.
 

28mm – The Assault Group – Krakow Militia

28mm – The Assault Group – Krakow Militia

Renaissance is a period full of interesting units, some times everything looks the same, pikes and muskets in a sort of colours populated all the armies from Germany to England. Eastern topics and Ottoman empire add a touch of colour and a well bunch of “exotic” topics. But almost each country had particular regiments which are a pleasure to paint and depict. The Krakow Militia, is one of the best exponents of this. Krakow is a western polish city and in the time, and now, very influenced by Germany, in costumes and all. Also it was a rich city and because this his militia was full equipped and dressed at the time.
Based on an excellent picture from an Osprey book, this guys are usually depicted as showed here, dated so for early 17th century.

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All figures are by TAG (The Assault Group) who provide you 3 different blister for the topic, two musketeers one plus a command, which includes a drummer ,flag bearer and two officers.
The flag itself is hand painted, i did a b/w print including cross and then hand painted it, although probably blue tone is not the very right ones.

Yellow strips are already sculpted in trouser but not in jackets. Best way (for me) to handle this was to paint a wider yellow strip and then one slim blue strip in the middle, that works better (for me) than try to paint two slim parallels yellow strips.

This ends the infantry scheduled for the Polish army (that think my client), joining the four Haiduks regiments already delivered, for a big total of around 125 infantry figures.

28mm – Renaissance Artillery.

28mm – Renaissance Artillery. The Assault Group – Warlord – Bicorne – Lead Adventure

A nice mix of brands to make a whole artillery battery for the Polish Renaissance Army. It includes from “super” heavy pieces to the very small Cossack sled guns, and a mix of artillery crews in eastern/Cossack style and German/Western style.
From big to small they are as follows.

Super Heavy Artillery. Lead Adventure BRU-42 Cannon “God’s Hammer”

Lead Adventure produces some awesome miniatures, based on Fantasy subjects, but within his Bruegelburg range, a sort of dystopia Renaissance, you can find several useful items. Specially caught my eyes the beautiful and big cannons, and i choose the God’s Hammer ones to reinforce this artillery battery. It can look some fantasy at first sight, but as other times, truth is stranger than fiction, and after take a look at Tsar Cannon i found this Lead Adventure gun more than possible to happen in truth.

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To give the whole scene more contrast i painted crew in red tones.
To give the whole scene more contrast i painted crew in red tones.

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Cast quality is top level, as the sculpture is. I painted it using a sort of NMM technique in a base of metallic colours, using mainly vallejo model color paints.
The artillery crew is by The Assault Group, Russian labourers/gun crew REN208 painted in a mix of old Citadel & Vallejo paints.
Washes here, as in the whole lot, are mainly from the Army Painter, including coloured ones.
Tufts are this time a novelty for me, as for first time i’m using Tajima1 tufts, who haves a good and recommendable range.

Size Comparison with the largest guns by TAG & Warlord.
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Heavy Artillery. TAG – Warlord – Bicorne (Only Crew)

Next we have 4 ordinance pieces, 3 by The Assault Group and one by Warlord Games. The Crews are a mixing of TAG, Warlord and Bicorne, plus two Warlod Plastic conversions, to fill gaps in the crew numbers. The group is intended to have 4 crew men per gun, Bicorne pack has five figures and the Warlord conversion fill the gap of Fuse men not included in the TAG pack (TAG has another pack which include Fuse men). Fuses itself are a separate accessory pack also by TAG.
As the intention for the whole Polish Army is to cover from early 17th to late 17th century different period weapons are depicted here.

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Warlord guys, second figure in the left, is probably the best figure in all this batch. The right guy comes with Bicorne crew. The officer has changed his sword by a fuse to make numbers.
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Bicorne guys, they are quite big for 28mm scale, but are good figures. The officer remember to me to that 1/72 used by Revell in his artillery set for the period.

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Two Warlord Plastic guys reinforce TAG crews.

And now a size comparison picture with all the crews used in this batch.

Warlord Plastic and Bicorne are quite big for the scale, while Warlord Metal and TAG are the smaller in the batch. In the middle, a guy from the Krakow Militia by TAG
Warlord Plastic and Bicorne are quite big for the scale, while Warlord Metal and TAG are the smaller in the batch. In the middle, a guy from the Krakow Militia by TAG

All figures and guns have a good cast and sculpture. Probably, about the sculpture, Warlord metal guys are one step above, plenty full of crispy detail.

Light Artillery. The Assault Group (TAG)

To end this batch, the smallest pieces. All by TAG, also the crew used here, which is Cossack labourers/gun crew
REN207. This is just a way to depict the batch, as all the crews are intended to operate any of the guns. Only the two sled guns are purely intended for this Cossack guys.
Again, a mix of early and not so early pieces are showed here to cover all the 17th century.

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A family picture.

All the guns.
All the guns.

All the guns & Crews.
All the guns & Crews.

So at the end, we have 10 guns, 2 sled guns, 3 light guns, 4 heavy guns and 1 super heavy gun. I hope it’s artillery enough to support the Polish army. The 38 crew men are intended to be used in crews of 4, except the sled guns, with two crew men assigned, and can be used in a lot of combinations, having all crews at least one fuse men, and there is one extra crew, the Russian style ones.