Friday, October 2, 2015

1/35 Scale FT-17

The annual modeling show is coming up tomorrow, so I have spent a little time this week putting the finishing touches on this beauty.  I have always had a soft spot for World War I tanks, and the FT-17 is my favorite.

The kit is from Meng, and it is a brilliant design.  The tracks snap together and stay together.  I have not glued these, and I never will.

I started by airbrushing the model all over with brown.  I used Silly Putty to mask out areas for the yellow and green.  Once the basic colors were on, I airbrushed a very thin coat of the yellow to tie all the colors together.

I did a light oil wash of raw umber, then applied a heavy pin wash to all those rivets.  I tried something new, spraying dullcote through the airbrush (after a coat of acrylic clear), but it did not work too well.  The tank got nice and flat, but I got some fogging.

After the basic painting and weathering was done, I broke out my ground pigments.  All of the tank got a light application of dust pigment.  I used darker colors on the bottom of the tank and the suspension.

Here you can see my one big mistake on the build, but I'm not going to tell what it is until after the show!

The model has a great interior, if you want to leave the hatches open.

I just love the look of this little vehicle.

The kit came with all kinds of photoetched parts, which paint up nicely.

It's not a perfect model, and I have to find someplace to build that's free of cat hairs, but I had a blast with this one.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Giant Commission VII -- French Artillery

Glenn's French army will have 20 guns with 40 gunners.

Guard Horse Artillery

Guard Foot Artillery

Line Horse Artillery

Line Foot Artillery

Guns Galore

Next up is the French cavalry.  I am priming hussars, chasseurs, and dragoons tomorrow.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Giant Commission VI -- French Guard Infantry

Here is the last of the French infantry, 72 members of the Imperial Guard.  I used the invaluable Historie and Collections book as my main resource, with additional details drawn from Rousselot.  Tony Barton's sculpting really shines here, as he depicts the guard in all the glory of their full dress.

Grenadiers of the Guard

Chasseurs of the Guard

 Fusilier-Grenadiers of the Guard

Tiralleurs of the Guard

Voltiguers of the Guard

Next up will be the French artillery.  I have painted 588 French infantry in 2 1/2 months.  It will be nice to have a change of pace.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Giant Commission V -- French Light Infantry

Here are the 90 French legere infantry, all painted and ready for basing.  I painted enough for six stands of skirmishers, two stands of voltiguers, two stands of carabiniers, and eight stands of chasseurs (with command).  I always enjoy painting legere.  The uniforms just look sharp.

Next up is the guard infantry.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Giant Commission IV -- Based French Line Infantry

Here are all 414 line infantry glued to their bases.  Did I mention this is a huge project?  This is just the line infantry for one of five nations.

Those primed figures in the background are the light infantry.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Giant Commission III -- French Line Fusiliers

This is the third bunch of French infantry, and this marks the end of the French line infantry regiments.  There are 70 figures in this batch.

First are 30 French fusiliers loading and firing.

Next are thirty French fusiliers advancing.

Finally there are ten "enthusiastic" French line infantry.  I did a simple paint conversion on the elite company men, along with cutting off their shako plumes, to make them fusiliers.

Next up are 72 French legere infantry.