Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Warlord Stug III Ausf. G
A kit like this gives me something to work on while I'm working on more complicated build or detail projects -- like the 1/35 scale Dragon Smart Kit Marder III M. Ausf. sitting on the table. I spent more time assembling the engine on that kit that I will on this project when it's finished, base and all.
Another nice thing about the Warlord kits is that they're 1/56 scale -- making them large enough to do some of the quick and simple detail work that can make such a big difference.
The before and after shots here show the work I did to create the German forged steel texture. It only took me 30-45 minutes with my rotary tool, putty, MEK, and sandpaper to get this texture. But without it I'd wind up with a tank that had a glass smooth, very unrealistic finish no matter how well weathered it was otherwise. It's simple effects like this that really up the ante on a vehicle.
Next up for this one: the road wheels, and mud on the hull by the tracks. Then the side plates go on and final weathering starts.