Friday, April 27, 2012

Post Adepticon rumination... and tanks!

I took the Old Japanese Man bust to Adepticon as my first major competition entry. As soon as it went into the cabinet I realized I'd lost. Here I was trying to compete with a bust done in the French style... against the guys that invented it. I've been doing this for eight months and they've been doing it for years. And how many tanks did I take with me? None. Zero. Nada.

Um... oops?

And that's when I realized that I hadn't painted a tank in eight months. EIGHT MONTHS!

I've taught my weathering classes and I've done some videos, but I haven't actually painted a tank in eight months. And so I picked up some "Flames of War" tanks at 1:100 scale and got to work. I also have a 1:35 Dragon kit on the table and several 1:48 simple resin kits on the way.

It's time to get back into the tank business!

I will, of course, continue to work on painting figures in the French style, but I'm a tank guy and it's time I started acting like one.

Day 1: FoW Destroyed Sherman - Base Coat

I will be making this one look long abandoned. Thus the extreme oxidization. Next up are details, pigments, and oils!

I have also done some work on the new plastic Sherman and StuG kits from FoW just to see which detailing techniques will translate all the way down to 1:100 scale. The answer is... not much. But I'll figure it out!


  1. 1/100 is good. 1/100 is your friend. Welcome to the dark side.

  2. HA! I actually spent some time this week experimenting on the new plastic StuG and Sherman kits to see if their representative forged steel effects would scale down. The answer... not so much. That makes this my first real go at a 1/100 scale tank. So OF COURSE! I had to choose a wreck ;)

    I'm glad I took this photo too -- because I'm looking at the updated piece and there's very little resemblance.