Monday, April 5, 2021

WIP: Ryefield Models T-34/85, Part IV


The first round of light colored chipping with a mix of Vallejo paints is done! I also painted the turret markings by hand instead of using the decals or masking and spraying them. This was done to better mimic how the markings were actually applied by the crews. 

Next up is the dark steel chipping that will have to be applied by brush and then I begin the real weathering.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

WIP: Ryefield Models T-34/85, Part III


My initial attempt at two-tone camouflage was an unmitigated disaster, but instead of stripping the whole thing down, I just re-primed everything with black (except for the tracks and road wheels). From there, I went back with MRP 4BO Green as a basecoat, painted grime/shadows with a mix of Tamiya Flat Brown and Flat Black, and then worked in highlights by mixing ever-increasing amounts of AK Real Color 4BO (which is much too desaturated and nowhere close to the real thing) into some MRP 4BO. After that, I highlighted some details with Lifecolor Faded Olive Drab and a fine paintbrush. 

Up next is the turret markings, which I'm probably going to attempt to hand paint instead of using the kit decals.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

WIP: Ryefield Models T-34/85, Part II


What a goddam roller coaster I’ve been on with this model over the last couple days.

I finally got around to priming the model, but for some dumb reason I decided to use an AK spray primer I had laying around because I was too lazy to turn my airbrush compressor on. Unfortunately, it appeared to have crazed the plastic, especially on the turret roof. Why I was debating on whether or not to strip it, I spilled a huge blob of MRP 4BO on the turret due to sheer clumsiness. That pretty much sealed the deal as far as stripping it goes, so off into SuperClean it went!

This afternoon, I pulled it out and scrubbed the paint off as best I could before sanding the shit out of the roof and then giving it a couple coats of Mr Surfacer 500. It’s not perfect by a damn stretch, but it’ll do because I want to move on with the build. I finished up by giving everything a healthy coat of MRP 4BO Green, probably the best out-of-the-bottle 4BO available.

In poking around the internet, I found an interesting camouflage scheme on a T-34/85 that features a base of 4BO with a pale greenish disruptive color over it. My friend and co-host Scott had the idea of using AK Real Colors “4BO” to serve as that color and my initial test shows that it seems to fit the bill quite nicely!

Friday, March 19, 2021

WIP: Ryefield Models T-34/85, Part I


Back in October 2020, my podcast started our first group build based around Ryefield Models new T-34/85 in 1/35 scale. Despite being the one to propose the group build, I dragged my feet in getting it built but I've finally gotten done!