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Posted: Monday, January 29, 2018 - 11:07 PM UTC
Back to the build then!

Started laying down Olive drab base with modulation of Olive drab Shadow, OD Highlights and OD shine. First time ever at using an Airbrush! its been a slow and frustrating process but im happy so far.


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Posted: Monday, January 29, 2018 - 11:42 PM UTC
First pass at the Tracks.

After a base coat of AK Dark tracks, I have given them a light brush with Track Wash followed by a dusting of Europe Earth pigment.

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Posted: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 11:51 AM UTC
First time using an airbrush! Wow, nice finish The frustration probably stems from not fully understanding the paint? I.E. thinning ratios, whether to use retarder or not (assuming that you are using acrylics?),air pressure, nozzle opening. The list can be endless and that is where practice comes in. Remember it's not the airbrushes fault I can't help with acrylics, I just can't get on with them!But after a thousand years of airbrushing I am still learning

Your Sherman is looking good, keep it up
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Posted: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 01:56 PM UTC
Thanks Mal, yes, my main issue seems to be controlling the flow, Im thinning the Acrylics and operating on a very low bar pressure, but still get the odd splash from the tip, like you say practise practise practise! Im a book illustrator by trade so using artistic tools with patience is something im used to.
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Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 12:27 PM UTC
I use MR Paint which has the consistency of ink! I would always use around half a bar (7 psi) when spraying fine detail and when using enamels that works. But with MR Paint I spray at about 20 psi which stops the paint building up on the tip and spattering Try spraying at higher pressure? You need to be careful not to open the nozzle to much! I saw Spencer Pollard do this and tried it and it works. When he did it though he would get a very fine flow/ spray pattern by just pressing the trigger. I don't get any flow without pulling back on the trigger, which makes it scary when there is need for fine detail work!
What paint do you use?
Book illustrator you say? I am trying to get into drawing and painting. I have been meaning to for years but I do want to but I find it difficult just do it!
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Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 08:09 PM UTC

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I use MR Paint which has the consistency of ink! I would always use around half a bar (7 psi) when spraying fine detail and when using enamels that works. But with MR Paint I spray at about 20 psi which stops the paint building up on the tip and spattering Try spraying at higher pressure? You need to be careful not to open the nozzle to much! I saw Spencer Pollard do this and tried it and it works. When he did it though he would get a very fine flow/ spray pattern by just pressing the trigger. I don't get any flow without pulling back on the trigger, which makes it scary when there is need for fine detail work!
What paint do you use?
Book illustrator you say? I am trying to get into drawing and painting. I have been meaning to for years but I do want to but I find it difficult just do it!




Thanks for the tips Mal.
Im currently using AK Interactive acrylics and have been spraying at around .8 BAR I think its figuring out the correct thinner ratio. Ive watched a few AK interactive tutorials and they recommend a couple of drops of Acrylic Drying retarder to help stop the airbrush drying at the low pressure, I just had some delivered so will give this a try.

My book illustrations tend to be for Fantasy and Sci-Fi books, mostly gaming books plus I have a number of clients I do regular novel covers for. The link below is to my portfolio page if you fancy a quick look

https://www.artstation.com/jongibbons
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Posted: Thursday, February 01, 2018 - 11:16 AM UTC
Acrylics are the paint of the Devil! I've tried them but for many reasons I do not like them. Mostly because they tend to be pulled up by masking, so painting on markings becomes a bit of a lottery!

I do use acrylic matt varnish but just hate trying to clean a quick drying medium out of my air brush using water!

Wow, I love those illustrations. Are you planning a book?
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Posted: Friday, February 02, 2018 - 02:27 PM UTC

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Acrylics are the paint of the Devil! I've tried them but for many reasons I do not like them. Mostly because they tend to be pulled up by masking, so painting on markings becomes a bit of a lottery!

I do use acrylic matt varnish but just hate trying to clean a quick drying medium out of my air brush using water!

Wow, I love those illustrations. Are you planning a book?



As a newbie I dont have the experience of working with different paints, im determined to get to grips with acrylics!.

Thanks for the kind words about my artwork, to tell you the truth I dont have time to create my own artbook, my diary is pretty full of paying commissions and any free time goes into other hobbies...such as Model kits! lol
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Posted: Saturday, February 03, 2018 - 01:01 PM UTC
You wopuld be right to master a type of paint and stick to it. I have been finding out about different paints, such as Tamiya recently and have been using them in a few cases. But if you can crack painting with acrylics you will be able to paint using any type of paint. I need to try and crack it!

When producing paint masks I ended up spending too much time on emails, just trying to get the information out of punters that I needed to produce what they wanted! Modelling became a distant hobby so I, eventually, gave it up. That wasn't/isn't anything like having your kind of talent, especially if it is what brings in the dosh The masks for me were just to pay for my hobby, modelling but as I wasn't doing very much modelling it just seemed a pointless exorcise! I still do sets, if I have them on file, or they are a for a good cause, such as for a vet or for a family whose relative was crew on the subject. 2 of those projects, Lancaster and Typhoon, at the moment.
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Posted: Sunday, February 04, 2018 - 01:43 AM UTC
Well its now official..no turning back now!

I was sick of using a fold down table so a quick trip to B&Q for MDF and shelving units..hey presto! a little corner in my study is now the start of my modelling workbench.

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Posted: Sunday, February 04, 2018 - 02:14 AM UTC
hello jon!
for someone coming back to the hobby you're not doing too bad!its the same story with me, built kits as a kid, then drifted away from the hobby during my late teens early twenties. when i did start back, i just continued where i had left off, buying airfix kits, a few tins of humbrol, a couple of brushes, and away i went!

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Posted: Sunday, February 04, 2018 - 12:33 PM UTC
A dedicated space is definitely the way to go

I recently upgraded(?) mine to a standing bench. I am lucky in that I have a man cave and my bench is around 3m long! I don't/can't use all of it as it's mainly covered in stuff. A lot of the stuff is model related and generally because of all the models that I have on the go!

So my advice would be, keep it tidy!
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Posted: Monday, February 05, 2018 - 02:40 AM UTC
A bit more modulation. Hand painted more lighter areas on the raised pieces plus a coat of satin varnish to protect the Acrylics before I start washes and filters.



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Posted: Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 11:02 PM UTC
The tank has been further colour modulated by applying a green filter from AK interactive. A satin varnish was applied and decals added (lol, that took me back!) The decals were weathered slightly then a further satin varnish was applied over the entire model.
Ive then started the Dot technique using colour tones from MIG Oil brushes, slowly blended with white spirit.





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Posted: Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 11:37 AM UTC
Yep, that works I also like the scratches on the stars, that is a nice touch
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 05:58 PM UTC
Hi John you have a great eye for this.
love your progress and looknforward to seeing rhe finished scene.
I am blown away by your artwork it's fabulous .

All the best.
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 10:16 PM UTC

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Yep, that works I also like the scratches on the stars, that is a nice touch



Thanks Mal!
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 10:17 PM UTC

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Hi John you have a great eye for this.
love your progress and looknforward to seeing rhe finished scene.
I am blown away by your artwork it's fabulous .

All the best.



Cheers Paul, I'm really enjoying the fine painting and weathering side to the build.
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 10:40 PM UTC
Really like the way the oil dot filtering came out.
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Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 03:39 PM UTC

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Really like the way the oil dot filtering came out.



Thanks mate, yeah, it seems very effective, its a learning curve though. next time I will user fewer dots and also thin down the oil slightly, especially on the lighter colours. there are patches where you can still see a very faint dot of light colour.
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Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 11:10 PM UTC
Having finished the Oil paint modulation another satin varnish coat has been applied. Ive then stated to use Acrylics fro chipping across the Tank. At first I tried using the sponge technique but decided to go with a fine brush and applied chips by hand, using a lighter base for lighter chipping then an olive shadow paint mixed with dark gun metal for the deeper chips. It took sometime but I prefer the look to using a sponge.





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Posted: Friday, February 16, 2018 - 01:02 PM UTC
I like the look of that
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Posted: Friday, February 16, 2018 - 01:53 PM UTC
Looking real good jon
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Posted: Monday, February 19, 2018 - 01:09 AM UTC
After a coat of satin varnish, ive applied a mix of Winter streaking grime and dust effects in a thinned down medium, very lightly brushed in certain areas. Ive then added a dark brown wash in key areas to help give a sense of depth.
I then used a light Rust coloured wash around areas that would be worn. darker rust streaks have been applied to heavy chipped areas.

My idea for this Tank is to have a vignette or diorama showing the vehicle laden with equipment and slogging through the European countryside towards the end of the War. I want it looking tired and battle weary.


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Posted: Monday, February 19, 2018 - 01:16 AM UTC
Certainly looks 'tired' Jon.
great stuff.!