Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Gettin' the blog rollin' again

Springing back into action!!

Missed me?  I've missed you, but sometimes summer and computers don't go together.  Unfortunately they don't make the best fishing buddies, they're not good teammates, and they definitely don't like the sun or the rain.  Other than everyday life stuff that everyone has to put up with, time spent away from the computer this summer has also meant more time at the hobby desk.  So it's time to get my butt back to blogging, sharing hobby and gaming stuff, as well as checking out what everyone else is up to.  :-)

I still have more Saga Vikings to share, but I've also been hard at work on my Mordain Imperial Guard for Warhammer 40k.  I've had some vision problems that have impaired the progress on my infantry models, but that hasn't prevented me from knocking out the vehicles.

The first of these I'd like to share is my first of eventually three Leman Russ Battle Tanks.  This guy is a little more roughed up than the initial Chimera I did, and rightly so.  It's a tank!  Not just some troop transport. :-)  I'm getting a little more comfortable with some of the weathering, but there's so much left to try. 

The paint chipping is solid, but I'd like to try using Chipping Fluid in the future.  Right now I'm sponging on Charadon Granite paint, then following up with some Boltgun Metal here and there.  The rust around the rivets and streaking is ok I guess, but I'm still looking for something that works better than the various washes I've tried.

Again, there's ton of weathering stuff like pigments, filters, oils, etc., etc. that I've yet to explore.  I'm satisfied with the way my IG vehicles are turning out, but I really want to perfect the process and techniques before I dive into my World War II North Africa Bolt Action project down the road.

This tank is technically still a work in progress.  Eventually there maybe more stowage added, some fuel cans in the compartment at the back, and the antennas will all have pennants with the proper platoon markings.  Also, there's a huge space purposely left on the right side of the turret for whenever I figure out what "names" to give to each of these buggers.

My LRBTs are all made from the original "Mark I" kit.  This gives them a slightly different look than the newer kit that I'm using for my LR Demolisher for example.  I've left off the side sponsons and added a bit of decorative armor plating.  I've always liked the look of the LR model except for the turret.  The newer kits are definitely an improvement, but I've replaced mine with Ryza pattern ones from Forge World.  I think they really look ace!

WIP: Army Painter Desert Yellow base coat with Minwax "wash" applied.

WIP: Drybrushing, detail work, and decals done.

Finally, just sharing a couple of WIP pics to show a bit of the process I use.  I detailed the steps way back in 2011 if you want to check out that post HERE.  Things may have evolved a bit, and I'd certainly like to try using an airbrush in the future.

Like building terrain, painting vehicles are on the more enjoyable end of the hobby.  I'm sure there's a lot more time and effort that could be poured into them, but for me vehicles are fun and quick to paint up.  They certainly add momentum to an army project as well as something closer to "instant gratification" for painting results.

"Tanks" for stopping by.  I'll be sharing more of my IG vehicles later in the week.



  1. Good to see you back! And good job on the weathering as well.

    Adding a bit of rust on the paint chipped areas and streaking from there could make it even more realistic. Chipping fluid with a rust coloured basecoat really helps a lot.

    Don't know how you do the streaks, but if you have a varnish coat in between the paintcoat and the streaks and are using some of the specialized streaking liquids, then using a cotton bud really helps to feather them out in the bottom as well.

    1. Thank you and thanks for the tips. Although I do wash over some of the chipped areas, I haven't rusted them up to much.

      These are desert vehicles, and I'm doing them from my own service memories of how our Army vehicles would look after a few weeks running around the desert. There was plenty of dust, some oil/grease strains and streaks, but very little rusting in a very dry environment.

      That said, I'm definitely going to continue to try out new stuff. :)

    2. Yeah my experience of what a tank looks like might differ quite a bit as my military service was mainly in forests and wet areas :) Not much dust buildup, but a lot of streaking everywhere in all imaginable colours.

    3. Well the bottom line is that these are desert vehicles based on my memories of going to the National Training Center at Ft Irwin, California (Death Valley).

      At the same time I know exactly what your talking about. My home state, Minnesota is very much like Finland. I spent time at Ft. Lewis, Washington that is appropriately nicknamed "Dagobah." Even Ft Hood, Texas got muddy and had tons of vegetation.

      I haven't mentioned Bolt Action much on the blog, but before I start my North Africa stuff, I'll be knocking out some Fallschirmjagers and Polish Paratroopers first. Your tips will definitely come in handy then. :)

  2. Welcome back to the blogosphere Jason.

    Nicely worked model tank with a very B-I-G gun. The heading picture of the airborne tank firing is possible nothing compared to what the Leman Russ gets up to when it fires its very B-I-G gun. 8O)

    von Peter himself

    1. Thank you but seem very preoccupied with my B-I-G gun... ;-)

  3. Welcome back!
    An excellent start with this splendid piece of work.

  4. Great to see your return! I've been enjoying summer too
    That LR looks VERY nice. I prefer the lack of sponson guns too. Weathering is a funny thing. You can think you are overdoing it, but if you want a veteran look then you can't! Don't forget to go over your decals with dust/dirt and chip them a little also. Great stuff!

    1. Thanks Paul! Yup, I've been applying the decals in the middle of the drybrushing layers. The clear edges get mostly covered up and I have come back and chipped them a bit on some of the vehicles. Some vehicles turned out better then others in masking the decal presence.

      I'm doing a balancing act on the weathering. The army is getting a campaign/field look overall, but these are still Mordians so I want the vehicles to look well maintained as well.

      Different vehicles will have different amounts of weathering. I mentioned already that the tank has a bit more than the APCs. When I post my sentinels you'll see that they're even more beat up since they are constantly scouting and patrolling. I'm currently finishing up a Hellhound and trying to figure what kind of marks a flame tank like that would have.

  5. Welcome back, Jason! That is a damn lovely tank and I can use some of the tips and trips for my BA armor painting. I overdid the washes on my first attempt at a T-34 so kudos to you for keeping a balance. Now, can you find a way to slip this bad boy into your FJ list?

    1. Thanks Monty! As for tips, read Samuil's comments, very appropriate for your Russians. Techniques I've yet to try.


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