Monday, 22 May 2017

Gama Goat Vegetation 2

I've now finished painting the plants on the base and have also added a few around the fence posts. Various custom greens were used mixed from vallejo colours to get a varied look to the vegetation. I've also started adding some moss and algae effects, most notably the tyre and the oil barrel. More will be added along the walls and waterway using oils next. 

More corn stalks are due to arrive this week so I can then finish off the field and matt varnish the base. I'm tempted on this one to not use any pigments at all as I like the finish so much. I'll try the same on the goat and see how that turns out using instead thin washes of tamiya and vallejo colours to get the dusty look I'm after. 

That's also it for a few days as I'm off to France in the morning for a trip to the Somme which I'm really looking forward too.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Gama Goat Basework (Vegetation)

I've now started work on the vegetation for the base and here I've used stuff from lots of different sources. The corn stalks are O scale railway products which work really well for 1/35th. More stalks are need to finish off the edge of the field but you can see the general effect so far. The beauty of these is that they don't really need any painting except perhaps a little dusting of earth around the base of the plants. 

The lower area has had loads of grass tufts added, a few plants again intended for railways and a small bramble bush and stinging nettles. They are actually etched items. I then began carving various plants and weeds using stretched spune and a fresh scalpel blade. A lot of plants are concentrated around the culvert and some time was taken to get a random look to their placement.

Finally I've re-painted the oil can and then made up a rusty tin and circa 1980's Fanta & Pepsi cans. These all add a little bit of interest and different colour to the finished base. I've now got to paint all the plants & tufts then start adding a few small weeds and grass along the fence line.  

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Gama Goat Basework 3

Today's progress now and I started by making up some fence posts using scrap etch from the spares box. I drilled holes for the wire then bent the posts to shape. They were then fixed to the base using epoxy glue for a firm bond and the wire was then fixed in place using fine gauge wire. I did try to add a length of barbed wire to the top run but just could not get the tension correct. 

After that the culvert pipe was hollowed out and the base given a coat of primer. Once that had dried I sprayed tamiya XF52 flat earth over the base then picked out the brickwork with tamiya XF9 hull red. I then started painting the fence and selected bricks and stones in various vallejo tones. Finally the pointing between the bricks was picked out using heavily thinned vallejo german beige. 

Not a bad bit of progress today I feel!

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Gama Goat Basework 2

More work on the base and this time I have added the groundwork using filler then added various grades of sand, grit and small pebbles. Once dry some sand and gravel fixer was added liberally to the base to ensure none of the surface texture was lost. I will now clean up the sides of the base and then give it a spray with primer.

With the model in place it's looking quite good although there is still loads to do on this. I was hoping to have this all finished before the Salisbury show in a couple of weeks time but realistically can't see that happening. I may just have to take it as a WIP instead. 

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Gama Goat Basework

It's again been a struggle to get any bench time this month, far too much going on socially and domestically plus the mojo has taken a bit of a bashing. Mostly due to me over thinking things, you know what I mean. Anyway I've finally got round to starting the base, as this is an important step in the builds progress I wanted to get this sorted before weathering the goat.

My idea is an elevated base with an agricultural look to it. I came up with the idea of a drainage ditch so started with the plaster culvert and went from there. Foam board was used for the base as it's very easy to cut and glue. I also added some tamiya diorama brick sheeting for the retaining wall. I'm planning on adding some corn stalks in the left hand far corner and a barbed wire fence along the front of the raised section. This should hopefully give it that agricultural look. Lots still to do but at least I'm at the bench!

Monday, 1 May 2017

Gama Goat Driver

Today I've been painting up the driver figure for the goat. I used various vallejo colours and lots of refs to try and get the look of the US woodland pattern. I think it's pretty much there with just the flesh areas and a light bit of dry brushing left to do. The cargo has also been sprayed up with a khaki shade.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Happy St George's Day!

Today is saint George's day here in the UK and as usual I'm celebrating all things English, be it warm beer, roast beef or anything else which could be considered English. We have just enjoyed our first barbecue of the year of which steak featured pretty heavily! I'm also enjoying a few choice English ales as I write this so all in all it's a fine day.

"Cry God for Harry, England and St. George."

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Gama Goat Cargo Work

I've now finally sorted the cargo out for the goat by using nothing more than some off cuts of foam board and duro epoxy putty. I firstly glued various shapes of foam board together to represent a load then rolled out a large sheet of putty. This was then draped over the cargo and sculpted to fit the cargo bed.

A suitable pack and a cooler box were added too and pressed into the curing putty. The whole thing once dry can be removed for ease of painting later. I will also be adding a couple of other bits of stowage to the cargo bed later.

Tamiya Jagdpanther All Finished

Today has been a monster session at the bench completing the base work for the model. I started by priming then spraying black on the frame. After an hour or so I gave the frame a good coat of lacquer, thanks to the lovely weather today it only took a couple of hours to cure in my conservatory. After that the base was masked then sprayed with dark earth colour and then finally adding pigments and lots of fixer. 

The pine trees went on next followed with some grass tufts and a fence made from toothpicks and thin wire. The lower portion of the model also had some pigments and fixer added and then finally some damp areas were added to the base. So there you have it a Jagdpanther on an Ardennes base. Again I've really had fun with this 1/48th kit and the result is I think rather good.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Jagdpanther Basework

Today I've been working on the base for the model using an old ratty picture frame and some foam board. The base needed a bit of sanding to get a smooth finish and I also filled in any dents and nicks. Then the edging was made using foam board and the void filled with more board and polystyrene.

The groundwork has just gone on and some tracks and sand were pressed into the setting plaster. I then used some cling film as a barrier  then placed the model into position. Once it's all dry I'll prime then spray with gloss black before finishing off the groundwork. I have a couple of pine trees to add to the bank and will also make up a bit of fencing too.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Jagdpanther Done

I've now finally finished off the jagdpanther and only have a bit of pigments to add once on it's finished base. I'm very pleased with how this came out, looks pretty good considering it's only 1/48th. I have binned the idea of displaying it with the US staff car abandoned in a ditch. Firstly because this projects taken too long as it is and secondly I'm not sure it would have looked right. I'll save the staff car for another project. 

I will be cracking on with the base work this weekend so with any luck by Monday it should be all done!