This was one of the first models I undercoated with my new compressor, the effort required to finish it off was not too much, just some silver, black and brass. The weapon in the nose section is removable so I can run it in Steam Wars as just a transport or a tank!
Now that Easter is well and truly out of the way and life has returned to whatever passes for normal around here, I can start doing fun stuff again. I have been continuing to try out my new compressor and have been spraying large stuff so I can practice a bit, I have some old hills around here somewhere I can have a go at… I resprayed the underside and finished the top of my Quinjet, and I am now calling it finished. But as this was bought as a test piece of terrain, I may decide to respray it again sometime.
Ages ago, I did a quick bit of modelling on a plastic Avengers Quinjet, nothing fancy, I just added some wheels. This was mainly to be some scenery at a space port or something. I put off painting it for ages as I decided to wait until I got a new airbrush and use it as another test piece. The top was okay, in fact I was quite pleasd with the cammo effect I managed, but I did get some nasty splatter on the underneath. I also decided I did not like the blue very much. I can fix that…
With this big bad boy, I sprayed it all white and then did some areas black. Using an airbrush has way more control than an aerosol can, so it is possible to target small areas. I still need to practice more, but I feel like I am getting the hang of it slowly but surely.
This is the Transformers model that I bought for next to nothing on eBay. I have removed all the internal crap and glued plastic over all the openings I could see from the inside, of which there were lots. It actually did not take long and in the greater scheme of things, this was one of the quickest conversions I have done, it only took three episodes of Game Of Thrones (I’m watching series 2 again). Now for undercoating with my new compressor, in white this time…
One of the many problems with eBay is that I keep using it to buy crap. Luckily this Transformers Ark only cost a couple of quid, when I say a couple of quid, I actually mean £1.90 which was too good to turn down really. I am going to strip out all of the interior, cover all the holes from the inside and then glue it so it does not transform any more. As I now have a new compressor for my airbrush, this will be one of my test pieces to practice on before I attempt painting anything important.
For my second Imperial Knight, magnetising the Chainsword/Power Glove options was a little bit more complicated then the ranged weapon options on the first Knight. The first step was to get all the bits laid out so I could work out where to make the magnetised joint and what spacers were required for the magnets. I had to do plenty of trimming and drilling on the main arm joint to take a 6mm diameter magnet. Another magnet was added in the Chainsword join on top of some plasticard spacer. This should work well when the whole thing is painted and fitted together.
The Humvee, despite being seen on the battlefield all over the world, was not designed for a combat role. It was a utility transport, unarmoured, suited for rushing around behind friendly lines. However, nothing goes to plan, and every since 1993, they have found themselves in the line of fire. Post 2001, they soon became upgraded and burdened down, the sheer weight of upgrades needed to survive the counter-insurgency world stressing power units and risking lives. At the same time, to fight the rise in IEDs in both Iraq and Afghanistan, the US Army developed the MRAP program. These Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles were easily able to survive strikes that would destroy humvees, carrying troops straight through hostile lands. However, these vehicles were huge to maximise protection, and their sheer size made them less appropriate for the modern battlefield against near-peer adversaries. After another US Army run military procurement program, Oshkosh (the makers of the M-ATV) eventually won wi
The interior gubbins has been finished off, the screens have been added and it is just about finished. I think. The bridge has three screens on the main wall, and looks quite good. The back wall of the bridge has a famous nebula display… The green screen displays are not brilliant, but taken overall, they will have to do. The EVA suits came up very nice. The rear part is the engineering section with some Star Trek screens. The Med bay area with medical bed and medical screens. I may add a few more lengths of wire as it looks quite good. When the lights are on, the red tubes illuminate nicely. Now I need to work on the landing pad for it.
Some of the large transporter wall decor are separate resin bits, mostly from Ainsty and Antenocitis Workshop. These have been painted as individual components rather than trying to paint them glued into position. I do like Antenocitis power junctions with the tinted plastic tube. Next up are some Ainsty bits, a computer bank, a spacesuit (painted in 2001 colours), some oxygen/chemical tanks and a medical bed. I have cheated a bit and used some printed screen images for monitors dotted around the ship. I still have two more do, but the finished screens have some displays from well known movies and tv. The interior of the ship is nearly finished, I think. I have to hope that some inking and the addtion of the wall components will bring it all together.
Having time off work helps with old projects. After many months of being ignored, I am determined to finished the rather large transporter. The exterior is pretty well finished. I have been busy painting the interior details. Some of which are difficult to get to.
Vehicles specifically for Twilight 2000 in 28mm are quite rare, so occasionally you have to improvise.Crooked Dice have a miniatures game (7TV) and a matching range of figures, most revolving around the film and television output of a fictional British production company from the 'sixties to the 'eighties.To provide transport for some of the characters, in 2016 they introduced a vehicle which has a remarkable resemblance to a Series III Land Rover.A slightly out of focus William Killian (another Crooked Dice figure, sadly not currently in production) for scale.This makes a nice shortish wheelbase hard top Land Rover.Recently Crooked Dice have run a Kickstarter for a Post Apocalyptic version of their 7TV game. They added a number of conversion items including a Medium Stowage Set. This includes one piece that fits neatly on to the front of their Land Rover, and another that makes a great roof rack load.In the Tankograd book on Key Flight '89, on page 28 there is a photograph of a Land Rover series III wit
The Soviet Union and PolandThe Soviets had a multitude of camo patterns and paints during the war, but the most common base pattern was a color that compared very closely to FS (Federal Standard) 34077, a dark green known as Zashchitnuy Zelno that the Soviets had been painting their equipment in since 1956. Thousands of Soviet vehicles saw action wearing this color, and it was still the most common paint scheme in Soviet service, especially in Category III and Mobilization Only divisions, but this scheme was not limited to those units by any means.Soviet T-72B from unidentified division from 38th Army in Zashchitnuy Zelno scheme, Manchuria, 1996Soviet T-64 from postwar modeling magazine, taken from a photo from an actual example in Poland, ca. 1999 (Taken from Cybermodeler)Zashchitnuy Zelno SchemeThe Soviets had had field regulations regarding disruptive camouflage since the 1960s, but the colors were those used often for other purposes, such as primer coats for equipment or interior colors, and the applica
Last time we looked at Project Humvee, we’d just finished adding another chassis to our convoy. In this post, we’re going to add some more weapon options. When running scenarios, it’s nice to be able to pick from a selection of gear, so the hot-swappable turret system is perfect. But first, I needed to add an upgrade to Humvee Alpha. Up until this point, the only variant that had space for a spare wheel was the SF upgrade. For anyone using the regular variants, there was no mounting point available. From reading the Haynes guide to the Humvee, this is actually a pretty common occurrence. However, seeing as I haven’t covered my vehicles in bags handing off the side, I was looking for a way to make these vehicles look a bit less factory fresh and more utilitarian. I’ll admit, there isn’t much too it As part of the last wave of releases, Spectre has released HMV Upgrade Delta, inspired by the tire carrier seen on military Humvees. This is a simple two-part kit, comprising
Wargamers like building themselves piles of lead. This is a known phenomenon. Of course, having a blog does like to remind you of these lead piles, especially when you start cleaning up your blog of old posts. One of the first impressions pieces I wrote, way back in May 2017, was on the Evil Bear Foxhound. Now, over a year later, and after watching some Humvees being ripped to shreds by an explosive device, I’m finally inspired to get my act together and get these wonderful little vehicles painted up. Preparation The first step was getting the vehicles ready. As you can see, I’d already hit them with a tan spray colour sometime in the last year. However, there were a few things that needed tweaking before I could finish them. The first was redoing one of the magnet positions for the GPMGs pintles. I decided to magnetise them so I easily swap the vehicle between up-gunned British Army pattern and a less overt version if they were being used by a non-government organisation. My first attempt