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Sdkfz 234/2 Puma Action!

Wow, been busy lately… After posting that War was Declared, got a test game of Bolt Action in and have been for a great day at Salute.

It seems that the groups attention has wondered over to Drop Zone Commander which is not a bad thing, I am really looking forward to getting into that game again, or rather make a start. But I still have the WW2 bug at the moment. So I have been painting up some SS miniatures and a Puma.

This is a 1/48 scale kit from Tamiya the old Italeri kit re-boxed. I did some knocking around on the inter-web thingy for patterns etc. I have not done a model kit in 10+ years and was never any good but I thought I would give it a go.  😕

So here is my attempt at airbrushing:

I have now added 2 coats of filter from AK Interactive and added a pin wash and then tided it up a bit.

The next stage is to add some paint chipping and light scratches, until you are happy with the amount. I have added a fair few I can imagine that the Puma is thrashing its way though under growth  and sneaking into the woods and towns scouting for Allied armor.

The colours should tone down a bit more. I may add rain streaks, still have mud and dust to add. I have not used any of these products before, I normally just did drybrush and ink was but want to try and paint it like modelers do.

Adding the start of the mud:

I don’t want it plastered just some stuck under there from usage.

Here are the wheels:

So I have now been working on the crew, I wanted a crew of 2 for this one. The commander exposed commenting to the gunner who has just his head exposed, sort of a narrative.

Here are some bad pictures  😆

Here you can see the excellent decals from Warlord I picked up at the Salute show in London, I used two eagles and an officer rank Untersturmfuhuer. Excellent decals. I used Micro Set and then added a little Matt varnish.

Well I think I am finally there.

I took advantage of the nice weather and took some photos.

I am thinking about adding some foliage? What do you think?

The Devlan Mud of Drybrushing?

Following on from my last post I am getting on with constructing my 15mm Second World War force. For the first time ever rather than plunging straight in with sprays and Army Painter dips I’ve been trawling the likes of Youtube for new and interesting painting techniques. Obviously servitob style rapid speed painting is still the order of the day but I’m always willing to integrate new ideas. The Tamiya Weathering Master was one product which I liked the look of. So far I’m really impressed. It’s a powdery type material that comes with it’s own applicator which you use to dust the stuff on. It works like a really simple and effective drybrush technique without all that brush wiping hassle.

Another technique I have been trying is the use of window cleaner in ink washes. I’ve been using vallejo umber shade wash and diluting it with window cleaner to various ratios. So far I’ve found that for vehicles a mix of about 1:1 wash to window cleaner is about right. The science behind this is that the detergent in the window cleaner lowers the surface tension in the water based ink allowing it to flow better. I once added some washing up liquid to a waterslide at a kid’s birthday party to obtain this effect. The kids were loving it as they approached warp speed much to the horror of the mums present. Geek dad is awesome! The water molecules in the ink bunch up a lot less easily and so will tend to slide off flat surfaces and into recesses. This is important on large flat vehicle surfaces. Window cleaner makes a good detergent because it is transparent. Washing up liquid would also work but the artificial colouration might add an extra sheen to your model.

So I’ve finished my first two test models using these new found techniques. They are by The Plastic Soldier Company, including decals. They are in the photo at the top of this post, see what you think!