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    Hah....I get to start it. Clipper must be taking a nap again.

    Got some more Bolt action Japs done for my weekly slug, and some Flames of War tanks for me. Yep, that is a Tiger 131 there for DAK. Then finish off with a M4 Sherman Platoon in 15 mm. Have a slug of Bolt action stuff that will be finished tomorrow so keep an eye out.

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    Very nice as always Ken. I see that Bold Action has figures out for the Korean War. Can't wait to see what you do with them if you get some of them.

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    Those look very nice! Looks like a good selection of tanks and men.

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    Super stuff. Ken!

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    You guys should see his stuff in person.
    Karl
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    Would I need a bib when looking at his stuff ?

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    Thanks for the comments guys. Only Korean stuff I have gotten so far is the 4077 M.A.S.H. box set. Had to hide it from the wife though as she is a huge MASH fan. Will get around to painting it some day after digging myself out from a mountain of commissions.

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    You never cease to amaze, Ken

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    OK, one more....a top view of the tiggers....

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    I don't have elves here, but somehow some strange stuff sneaks to the top of my modeling queue.

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    Anyone know what this is, or is it two steps too obscure?

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    Really loving those sPzAbt 501 Tigers, Ken!

    All the best,
    Matt

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    Daryl, are we looking at a Rumpler Taube biplane here!?!? It's pretty darned cool, whatever it is!

    All the best,
    Matt

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    501? I thought it was 504. Ah well...

    And a few more done today.

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    You keep tempting me to get some Bolt Action, Ken...I was at the hobby shop the other day standing before the BA stuff, wondering if I could 'just' get a German tank and a dismounted Panzer crew......still resisting...

    501 was sent to Tunisia, as were parts of 504, I believe - I don't remember if Tiger 131 was from the 501 or 504...easy enough to check, I imagine - regardless, they look mighty fine!

    All the best,
    Matt

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    Tiger 131 - No. 3 Platoon in No. 1 Company of the 504th Schwere Heerespanzerabteilung (German heavy tank battalion).

    "He is wise who watches"

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    That is what I had come up with but you never know...

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    The Tank Museum does !
    Here are some close ups to assist the modellers out there - look carefully and you may see the battle damage:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXP0QhbBDC8
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMDrQqtpq0s
    Now it's just twenty minutes away I must get down to a Tiger event one day, though I've seen 131 many times.

    "He is wise who watches"

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt56 View Post
    Daryl, are we looking at a Rumpler Taube biplane here!?!?
    Good guess, Matt. It's the first biplane produced by Albatros, the Albatros Doppeltaube or MZ.1. It likely saw use in the first months of the war in a reconnaissance role. I've seen some references saying about 60 were built, though that's still unconfirmed.

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    Sigh...Tiger Day....Maybe some year in another life will get to see it. Watch the You Tube videos all the time. Jingles does some good ones also. Also have Tiger 131 on my World of Tanks account but am running a Vista system so have not been able to play since August.

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    I knew it would be easy to find, Dave - especially given the T-shirt you brought over for Jim...I must admit I usually go with 501 for Tigers in Tunisia as it was the markings on the Tamiya 1/16 Tiger I with interior detail that I built in the early 70s...sticks with you for some reason...

    All the best,
    Matt

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    After David Manley put me onto the SW:X-W 'larger ship' the Scum C-ROC cruiser for possible use with BSG, I snagged one on E-bay. After staring at it for a week, I decided it needed a repaint job to better fit in with the colors that seem to be part of the last rag-tag fleet escorted by the Galactic.

    So I masked off the peg receivers on the bottom and sprayed the entire ship GW Corax White - I like it as a base coat and plan to start detail painting the beastie before some washes and drybrushing sessions...

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    More to come.

    All the best,
    Matt

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    Started blocking in some basic colors on the C-ROC cruiser I am repainting for BSG - I figure it will be a combination passenger/cargo ship...still lots more bits and bobs to slap paint on, but the model is made for that sort of detail...

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    ...more to come...

    All the best,
    Matt

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    Matt, good work going on here. You’ve made me go into my loft and see what X-Wing stuff I’ve got that I can repurpose.
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    Nice work Matt, looks like it's taking on a new persona.

    "He is wise who watches"

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    Bored with painting aircraft - decided to do something for Saga instead, so got some of my Shieldmaiden Army Mk II out to play.



    Lessons we have learnt today - North Star spears are bloody sharp!

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    Result of inappropriate touching of Shieldmaidens Steve..?

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    Quote Originally Posted by flash View Post
    Result of inappropriate touching of Shieldmaidens Steve..?
    My 15mm Swedish pike blocks are a bit Dangerous to paint as well Dave
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    Last month I posted photos of the Ethiopian F-86's and the Somali Mig 21's. Well I add some planes to those. First up Somali Mig 17's.

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    They had a winged Leopard on some of their planes but I didn't have one of those so I used some Flying Tiger (MISCMINI) decals for that.

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    Then in the beginning the Ethiopians had some other US planes. Here are 2 F-5's. As always AIM models and MISCMINI decals.

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    OK so here is how strange this war became. In the middle of it the Somali's kicked the Russians out and the Ethiopians did the same to the US. So the Russians moved in to replace the US. So here are 2 Ethiopian Mig 17's. Next month I should have some more additions to both forces and again it is a bit strange.

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    The camo schemes were the same with both AF's so I did these a bit different.

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    Other then the planes I have been doing some terrain for T&T. I have posted a few photos in the T&T part of the room but thought I would also post a few here.

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    A Locust advancing to a house objective.

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    The Locus reaches the objective.

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    The aftermath of the attack. Objective destroyed and the Red Weed is in place.

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    Like the T and T stuff, good job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowcat View Post
    Like the T and T stuff, good job.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    What he said.

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    Posted this one in the T&T section but more people look here so here is my airfield.

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    The game has a hanger so I went with an airfield instead.

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    Nice terrain units. Useful for many games
    Karl
    It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows. -- Epictetus

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    OK, not dead yet. Been busy painting again so here are some more new pics. Weekly slug of Japs for the hobby store and something else that may interest someone on this site.

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    Nice painting, actually that's great painting when I look a bit closer. Details like the helmet netting is spot on, very good.

    Are you using a wash and then highlighting? Or painting the shadows? Its very effective, especially on the Japanese troops.

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    I use a rather simple method. First I block them out by hand painting the basic colors. Then I double wash. First wash is black pigment in a water/Pledge floor polish mix. After that dries I hit it with a Army painter Soft tone wash (Small bottle, not the bigger can). Then finish off with Tamiya dust compacts to give it that dusty look and bring out the details like the helmet netting. Then top it all off with a matt varnish in a spray can. I aim for the wash to give it shadows while the dust highlights the raised parts. On the vehicles I may go one step further with Mig products for dirt, rust, and mud.

    Consider myself "Above Average" grade and get a chuckle out of the self proclaimed "Pro Painters" on Flea Bay who look to be lesser quality then mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowcat View Post
    Consider myself "Above Average" grade and get a chuckle out of the self proclaimed "Pro Painters" on Flea Bay who look to be lesser quality then mine.
    All it takes to be a "pro-painter" is to be paid for stuff you personally have painted - quality don't come into it!

    You can be a professional bricklayer, but fail to build straight walls!
    I guess, though, that you wouldn't remain in the "profession" very long!

    I would rate your work as well above average! Those troops and tanks are beautiful!

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    Thanks for the compliment. I also guess you are right on the "Pro" bit about getting paid, seen a lot of "Pro's" in US sports that are anything but.

    But for me Pro is quality, not finding some sucker to give you money... Though is enough people give you money to paint sooner or later you are likely to get better at it. Or in my case have been painting plastic tanks since the early 70's and never grew up...just ask my wife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowcat View Post
    I use a rather simple method. First I block them out by hand painting the basic colors. Then I double wash. First wash is black pigment in a water/Pledge floor polish mix. After that dries I hit it with a Army painter Soft tone wash (Small bottle, not the bigger can). Then finish off with Tamiya dust compacts to give it that dusty look and bring out the details like the helmet netting. Then top it all off with a matt varnish in a spray can. I aim for the wash to give it shadows while the dust highlights the raised parts. On the vehicles I may go one step further with Mig products for dirt, rust, and mud.

    Consider myself "Above Average" grade and get a chuckle out of the self proclaimed "Pro Painters" on Flea Bay who look to be lesser quality then mine.
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    Thanks Ken, I've been using the Army painter soft tone, small bottle but diluting that with pledge and a bit of water, I find it a bit uncontrolled, sometimes it stays in the fold and sometimes it sort of drys back leaving a scummy look around the edge of the fold and not in the depth of it. I'll see if I can post a picture to show what I mean.
    I then usually dry or wet brush highlights but find with drybrushing it looks good with my normal vission but when photographed and obviously magnified it looks pretty crude. I've not come across the powders before, maybe they are a way forward because I quite like a dusty worn look to my figures.
    Thanks for the quick reply.
    Cheers

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    flex file is very useful (strip of sandpaper on a U frame) and then a pic of some of my paints and dust compact. That will make it easier for you to know what to look for.

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    As for the drying issues with army painter, been there done that. Giving then a quick flick sometimes shakes off the excess, or there is dusting over the dark areas. Also I have found a wet brush will take off some of the over shading in the low points (Bottle only, I read somewhere the can is oil based). Of course sometimes the dark edges have a look of their own like on overcoat hems. or low points on the side of tanks.

    On that note it is 4:30 A.M. here, bed time for me.
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    AS usual, very good, Ken. Also, thanks for the painting tips.

    Karl
    It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows. -- Epictetus

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowcat View Post
    flex file is very useful (strip of sandpaper on a U frame) and then a pic of some of my paints and dust compact. That will make it easier for you to know what to look for.


    As for the drying issues with army painter, been there done that. Giving then a quick flick sometimes shakes off the excess, or there is dusting over the dark areas. Also I have found a wet brush will take off some of the over shading in the low points (Bottle only, I read somewhere the can is oil based). Of course sometimes the dark edges have a look of their own like on overcoat hems. or low points on the side of tanks.

    On that note it is 4:30 A.M. here, bed time for me.
    Thanks for the info Ken, I did wonder what time zone you were on.
    I had a good look at the last batch of figures I did and seem to have caught most of the run back, although some of them I had to go over 2 or 3 times. You are right about the can it is oil based, I used it once, and found it worked really well, in so much as it spread smoothly, better in my opinion than the water based washes but it made all the colour very dark, I've not used it since. I used to get good results with oil paint washes, they flowed very well, but I sort off got seduced by drying times with acrylics.
    I'll have a look for the Tamya and MIG powders.

    Thanks again
    Cheers

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    Well, I have completed Round One of painting on the C-ROC cruiser, turning it away from Scum and Villany toward the Rag-Tag Fleet of BSG fame...

    After spraying it with GW Corax White (really more grey than white), I used three different greys to pick out bits and panels, along with a medium blue and off-white for detail/color, and then a couple of washes of dark grey and brown - all Vallejo colors - to frame things and dirty it up. Next comes some dry-brushing and then a couple of more washes, along with some final detail painting....

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    Stay tuned - more to come...

    All the best,
    Matt

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    Nice Job Matt,


    On that note boxed up and ready to ship tonight

    Bolt Action Romanian with some Soviets command and tank added (he is going very late war option after they change sides. and yes, the coats are a bit light but that is what he wanted. Also the T34/85 is a 3D Printed model that he got somewhere, did not turn out bad.

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    Black Seas....To be continued..........

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    Nice ships Ken. Looking forward to seeing them progress.

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