The Weathering Magazine has hit a milestone with the publication of their most recent issue. This marks the twentieth issue for the magazine since AK Interactive began publication five years ago and Ammo of Mig picked it up a year or so later. Like all 19 of their predecessors this issue focuses on a single theme: this time it is ‘Camouflage’, which will be the star.
As per normal this issue is 74 pages printed on slick glossy heavyweight paper to give it a nice feel and provide a bit of gravity to the entire affair. This issue provides the reader with 11 different articles that all, of course, center on the theme of camouflage. Nine of these articles are model specific with two being more generic to camouflage in general.
There are the usual assortments of articles on World War II subjects but they are all, for the most part, German subjects. We get an article on German ‘disc’ camouflage as applied to a Jagdpanzer IV/70 (V), a King Tiger is employed for an article on how to use the popular modulation techniques in a camouflage scheme. There is also an article on whitewashing a StuG III Ausf. B and on painting an SS pea-dot camouflage uniform.
A little outside the normal range of models we get an article on weathering a WR360 C12 locomotive. The article never states but it appears to be a 1/72 scale offering. I say outside the normal range because this one doesn’t sport any type of camouflage but is a beautifully weathered subject nonetheless. The final World War II offering is another unusual subject, a 1/35 Bronco kit of the Type XXVII pocket submarine that has been placed in use by France after the war as a river patrol unit for smuggling intervention work. This article takes a different slant by showing how to apply a faded camouflage that can still be seen under a newer paint job; very cool indeed!
Outside of the World War II offerings is an Australian M1A1, which graces the cover, in the unique Australian camouflage pattern. Although the camo on this model appears to be finished this article is going to be a two-part offering, perhaps the author Maxi Fernandez, is going to next apply some heavy fading, the subject of the next issue? Another modern subject is a Russian Terminator II dressed up in a camouflage scheme that was used only once for an exposition of Russian Military equipment but never used in the field. As with many subjects, Ammo of Mig has a paint set just for this particular camouflage scheme; what a surprise!
The final model subject is a bit more out there in the sense that it is a sci-fi rendering of a Studio Ma.K model of a Maschinen Krieger by Lincoln Wright. Perhaps to make it even a bit more sci-fi Wright will finish the complete model using only brushes and a couple of cans of spray paint. Not only that but he uses lacquers, acrylics, and oils for brushing and manages to keep it all together for a great finish.
The issues finishes up with a pair of non-model specific articles; the first is an article on camouflage profiles and provides over 25 different camo profiles of different vehicles even including a Flower class corvette and, gasp!, an airplane!! The final article in the issue details the history of the use and development of camouflage with a heavy emphasis on World War I where camouflage came into its own.
Another fine effort from the folks at Ammo by Mig. I thought it was a bit heavy in German subjects and would have liked to have seen at least one treatment of an Allied vehicle but much, if not all, of the techniques discussed and demonstrated are somewhat universal. Recommended.
Highs: Nice price at 8 Euros, around 10 bucks in the US. Great photography throughout, easy to understand text and techniques. Lows: Of the World War II subjects the magazine focuses solely on German vehicles and camouflage. Verdict: Recommended.
About Rick Cooper (clovis899) FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
I have been modeling for about 30 years now. Once upon a time in another century I owned my own hobby shop; way more work than it was worth. I tip my opti-visor to those who make a real living at it. Mainly build armor these days but I keep working at figures, planes and the occasional ship.