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1/72 – Trumpeter – 07205 – SD Kfz 184 Ferdinand (“Reconnaissance” vignette)

For a long time I wanted to make vignette with a simple plot. Finally, it is true.
About the story of vignette: “before the next attack, the officer explains mission to the crew of spg.”
Ferdinand from Trumpeter. Very high quality model, though rather old.

Going without difficulty. Camouflage took normal for these machines “green grid”.
Machine going without historical reference. This decided not to paint camouflage upper surfaces. I made a gun barrel gray for more contrast.
Color sequence:
1) Dark yellow base.
2) Clarification of the basic yellow.

(MODULATION)
3)first highlights. 60% of the German yellow + 40% white.
4)second  highlights . 20% German 80% yellow + white.
5) Color selection of small details with previous color (with a brush).
6) Fading using oil paints.
7) Painted green camouflage.
8) Two-colored chips. (First white-yellow, then dark brown)
9) Yellow-green filter.
10) Dark brown wash.
11) Dirt and rain streakings.
12) Dirt and Dust using pigments.

These all stages of painting can be seen on the photo.
Figures from ORION.
Good quality castings but very poor quality material. This is my first experience in painting figures, so I learned a lot of methods and techniques focused on the “glazing”. Used for painting art-acrylic.
Stand is made by using plastic flower pot stand. Texture of land  made ​​with plaster.

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Painting steps.

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Trumpeter model available here, Orion figures here.

1/72 Orion 72039 Hussite War Wagon And Command

Orion 72039 Hussite War Wagon And Command

Another tiny review for one of the latest released set, this time the Orion Hussite War Wagon and Command, 72039 set.
First of all I must said than figures in this set have a high quality sculpture, and are a must be in any Hussite or Medieval army in our scale, but the set have other odds which don’t glad to me. The most important the lack of instructions to built the wagon, which haves around 35 parts, and just a one angle picture in the box’s back will be your only help.

Orion Hussite War Wagon built.

Hussite Wagons were covered time ago by MiniArt, but this new wagon from Orion have some better features, and also another odd, which is size. Figures are completely covered by the wagon wall, while this probably is more accurate it means than the figures you will be painting a couple of hours will be almost hidden. The best of the wagon is the wooden pattern, clearly visible in all pieces.

Comparative between Orion Hussite War Wagon and MiniArt's ones.

Another odd of the set is that Orion don’t managed new horses for this great figures, they just re-release one sprue of horses used in previous sets, which we must say are too small for the riders, as pictures show. I replaced them by some Italei horses, but just for the pictures, i don’t know which will be the definitive horses if i paint this set.

Orion horses aren't the best of this set.

Figures of the set depict three own named historic personages plus three figures including one horse standart and one driver for the wagon. The historic personages are Jan Hus, Jan Ziska and Prokop the Great.

Jan Hus (1369 – 6 July 1415) is who named the Hussites, he is the first actual Church reformer, prior to Luther or Calvin. Their defense and rebellion against Roman Catholics became known as the Hussite Wars.He died burned at the stake for heresy, something very common in that time.

The left figure represent Jan Hus.

Jan Ziska (1360–1424) was an Hussite Leader, probably the famous ones and is one of the four general in history who never was defeated. One of his innovations were the War Wagons which are a tank precursor 5 hundred years before. I recommend the lecture of the Wiki article, as he was a really impressive and important General who improved and changed the medieval warfare forever.

Prokop the Great (1380 – 1434) Another Hussite Command, who was the most prominent leader of the latter Hussite Wars.

Prokop in the center, Jan Ziska on right.

The last feature remarkable of the set are the couple of ox, which are not common in our hobby. MiniArt’s wagon use horses. Take care that real War Wagons were capable to acommodate 15 or 20 men, which are impossible with these two representations.

You can buy the set here.