Mr Paint on helmets

11 May, 2014 - 20:52 -- jbandre
That's me trying the Mr Paint paints. They're opaque inks / Alclads basically, they smell (stink) just like the Alclads and they're absolutely ideal to work with my direction of the light techniques.
So first picture is some Russian helmets primed with Alclad white on one side and gradiently to Black where the sun don't shine. (I know "gradiently" is not English) put you get the idea.
Second picture is a whole spray with some kind of luminous green Mr Paint does, it gets darker on one side, very light on the other.
Third picture is a final spray of Yellow Mr Paint where the sun hits.

Actually quite a lot of layers of yellow. Being sort of inks those create a very subtle overlay.

Those effects I used to work with GW inks, but they don't dry that fast while the Mr Paint does very quickly. And they also leave a very nice glow / glossy effect.
The final picture show a corner of a diorama I am working on. I used several other coats when the elements were in place.




Vampire 1/48

4 May, 2014 - 19:00 -- jbandre

so I ticked "done"  in front of the  "diorama with sea through water showing a vehicle in it" line

Here is the second from the plane series, a 1/48 diorama with sea through water. i didn't build any base yet and I think it ought to get one. the colours are that vivid on the original diorama

See gallery here

Vampire 1/48 diorama

Another plane with Kursk somehow rescuing

22 April, 2014 - 22:30 -- jbandre

I decided I would make a sort of "off" to my recent "View From a Bridge" diorama. That's it, doing the opposite of it, to sort of place it out of this earth.

Anyway, i started building this kit, the De Havilland Vampire as made by Trumpeter that has been described by some dude on a British forum as one of the worst kit of the decade.

So plenty to see ibn the work on Alclad, shades and all (please note the bluish tint on the underside)

But then I needed something to figure the recesses between the panels as well as some local shadows too (the highlights being provided by Mr Color's Silver), so here is AMMO stuff to the rescue! I tried the grimes sort of products on the top of the silver but it really didn't work, however, using these Kursk soil as well as rthe tracks washes really did the trick, even though the picture is a bit blured and some effects eaten by the reflection of light..

AMMO washed on Vampire


View from a Bridge diorama completed

13 April, 2014 - 18:23 -- jbandre

Here is the View From a Bridge diorama, based on a picture of a F-8 Crusader that missed the bridge of an Aircraft Carrier.

I call that one not so much affectionnaly the 150€ diorama, because this is roughly what it cost me. The kit, the cockpit detail set, the figure (heavily modfied of course), the resin, the slicon etc etc. And I don't even count the 3 or 4 brushes ruined or the cost of the paint .

I also sort of blame this diorama as being a "Tory diorama", I mean, perhaps too classic, based on an actual picture etc.. Still I am very proud of my sea, and this is the first 1/72 plane kit I build in about 30 years!

View from a Bridge 1/72 diorama

Please see gallery here

AMMO weathering as applied to a F-8 Crusader

12 April, 2014 - 11:02 -- jbandre

Plane model making.. applied for a diorama of course. It is an expensive and very hard hobby..

Anyway, I used AMMO's version of Kursk-like terrain to weather a Academy F-8 Crusader, and yes it certainly does do the trick!

AMMO by Mig weathering on a F-8 Crusader

And here is a close up picture of the completed diorama i am going to post tomorrow around 6PM French time

Preview of the Crusader diorama


Metalic pigments from Uschi van der Rosten

12 April, 2014 - 10:47 -- jbandre

That's a hobby sort of posting. I recently bought Uschi van der Rosten's metalic pigments and well, I used to know Alex before he was Uschi you see and this kind of posts can't do him wrong.

So I spent the whole of last week thinking very loudly that plane modeling was the worst hobby on earth. I mean, scribbling the panels back after the Mr Surfacer, building and inserting a Aires cockpit in 1/72...
So what you see is the scratchbuilt underside of a F-8 Crusader wing. First image is after the Alclad work, not tops mainly because the needle is mostly out of service thanks to my usual rough handling of delicate material.

Alclad II on f-8 crusader engine bay

Second pic is me with some oil paints doing some sort of dark shadows -and mixing them with Uschi's metalic pigments (yeah it somehow worked). Then I found out that the pigments themselves were doing some nice shadows (3d pics). I had to take care of the Chrome one which is just too bluish for my tastes (and the current project). I then realized I could mix those pigments with regular AMMO like modeling ones, especially with blacks or greys..

Uschi van der Rosten metalic pigments applied

4th picture is me using Uschi's trick, ie buffering the surface with a q-tip and miracle! it worked, you have a real high shine on a very tiny surface which here was the top of my wire layers, what I needed actually. Now for smaller q-tips.
Uschi van der Rosten metalic pigments bottles
Just fell i was using the stuff at about 20% of its capacities, but it was enjoyable. the real downside I see with this material is that Uschi didn't put out a wider range of colours. I would have loved a copper or gold tint, not to mention a bright silver -even if my buffering the steel pigments coat, I almost got some silver at one point.

fional weathering of the F-8 Crusader with Uschi van der Rosten metalic pigments


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