Sunday, January 18, 2015

MLK Tank Taco Airbrush Sessions

I do not know if Martin Luther King would approve of my hobby of creating a German vs Russian hate fest at Kursk in 15mm, but he may approve of the peaceful stress relieving effects the en-devour has on me after a week of fireworks at work.
 January and a Santa Ana was forecast and I was going to make a push on the hobby front

Saturday 1/17/2015
My original idea was to be spraying early (10am), but state worker Friday got in the way.  After a week of strategic sent eMails, I needed to blow off some steam, and a bunch of beers with a co-worker at home got in the way of my prep.  So Saturday morning, I spent prepping multiple models using hot glue techniques to adhere models to sticks that I stab into styrofoam for holding models in place. It was not till about 1:45 that I started spraying. I first started off with priming some 15mm soviets in Vallejo Dunkelgleb Surface Primer. I wanted to do a light spray, however I ended up giving figure a heavy base, that dried fine.   The airbrush worked well, the pressure was around 20-18psi
Next I started on the German AFV's. Originally I wanted to do a mix of 1:1 Vallejo Middlestone to Yellow Ochre, however I spent so much time prepping that I did not to have much day left, so I decided just to go with straight middlestone over primer of dunkelgleb surface primer, which I'm not sure was needed (not sure if there is reason not to treat surface primer like regular Model Air Paint)
   The temperature started dropping fast in my outdoor painting set up and the brush started clogging sporadically while spraying. The brush seem to stop spraying (hard to see when paint is being laid on model) at times, so I started pulling off the tip (i was using grey general purpose tip) and brushing the back of the tip with a brush soaked in airbrush cleaner and then putting tip back on and blowing cleaner thru brush.  However, I think that between the temperature dropping and the air getting much dryer, the Air Brush was clogging easier than usual.  I pushed the session until I finished all the german vehicles in middlestone.

List of Sprayed Items
Below: sprayed with Vallejo Surface Primer/Dunkelgleb RAL 7028  German Dark Yellow
35x PSC 15mm Soviet Infantry on 10 sticks
1x Zvezda 1/72 Soviet mortar team 
Below: sprayed with Vallejo model Air Middlestone 71.031 
 2x Zvezda 15mm Sd.kfz 251
1X Zvezda 15mm Pz.kpfw III
1x Zvezda 15mm Stug. III Ausf. B
1x Zvezda 15mm Pz IV Ausf. D (Camo pattern over Panzer Grey)
1x Armourfast 1/72nd Panther
Armourfast 1/72nd Panther Middlestone base

Zvezda 15mm Camo

Zvezda 15mm 251's

Sunday 1/18/2015
On Saturday I did not get to spray any green on the soviet vehicles, and that was main reason I was motivated keep spraying.  I started spraying at around 11am till about 1:40pm. The bush worked well the whole session, with no clogging.   It was warmer and I was also more organized, so spraying went smoother
List of Sprayed Items
Below: sprayed with Vallejo MA 1:1 ratio Russian Green 71.017 to Yellow Ochre 71.033 (did about 70drips of paint into paint cup with about a 1:6 ratio Paint thinner to Paint Mix.
 2x Zvezda 15mm T-34/76 (1940) : Info from Tim's Tank PART 1 & PART 2
2x Zvezda 15mm ZIS-5 3-ton truck
1x Zvezda BA-10: INFO from Tim's Tank.
1x 1x Zvezda British Matilda II (Lend Lease)

Below: sprayed with Vallejo MA 5:1:1 ratio(very ruff estimate) Yellow Ochre to Russian Green to Sand(Ivory)
1x Zvezda 1/72  Soviet 82mm mortar crew Link  I wanted to change the base color, want to green up Soviet base. So this is a test that will have Army Painter medium tone brushed on
9x figures Plastic Soldier Company 15mm Soviet Infantry. LINK I wanted to change the base color, want to green up Soviet base. So this is a test that will have Army Painter medium tone brushed on.

I'm happy with the 1:1 mix color on all the soviet, including these soviet trucks
Test of shooting on sprue
old color new mix comparison
BA-10 with missing headlight

Bottom upright figures are middlestone rest are mix with more green&Yellow Ochre

1x Zvezda 15mm German Truck
3x Canvas truck bed tops for zvezda german & soviet trucks   To be a gray canvas look for german and Khaki for 2 soviet trucks

Test spray during sunday session of Russian Green & Yellow Ochre. Top pie is 1:1 ration, and below is a serendipitous mixture of same colors with some Ivory.

Hand painted Model Air paint sample. Top pie slice picked for Soviet AFV's

Hand painted Model Air's dark yellows & greens sample

Misc. References:
∆ Most Excellent Dunkelgleg Flames of war comparison:  Excellent post -
∆ Sd.Kfz.251D's by PSC from Tim's Tank Blog:  PART 1PART 2PART 3, and Part 4 HERE. This is great explanation of the complete process! Tim's Tanks BLOG also demo's Zvezda 15mm Sd.Kfz 251B HERE. Also find most of the Zvezda 1/100 WWII under the TAG "Zvezda 15mm".
∆  Lightspeed on the Wrong Lane...  blog with the tag "1/100 soviet " HERE. This is really great stuff in 15mm and lots of PSC figures used.

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