Nice approach on this little model. It almost makes me want to try something other than German Panzers .
Thanks and for a difference you might find a non-German subject more intriguing than you might expect.
While I did the Airfix Type 97 years ago, I didn't have the advantage of the Internet to research my subject so the colouring is quite wrong. Researching this tanks was quite a learning experience as I'd had very little knowledge about Japanese armour.
@PanzerAlexander, PedroA and Braille
As for the weathering I suggest that you start experimenting with oils (if you don't use them already that is) to get that ''faded'' or ''used'' look on your models.
- Guys, I appreciate your suggestion and endorsement of the use of artist oils but I just don't see adding a new complication or twist while still trying to refine the methods that I am currently using and learning.
My wife is an extremely talented and accomplished acrylic painter with an impressive selection of paints and also teaches methods and techniques of the art form. From taking various seminars and classes she has passed on valuable hints, tricks and information on various things, including but not limited to the use of various mediums (Sno-Tex, Fierro, Acrylic Glaze Base, Canvas Gel...). On top of everything else, I've recently been experimenting with various techniques outlined in Alex Clark's book and trying to achieve similar results to his with acrylics as opposed to enamels. @Braille -
Eddy, as the cork cocktail coaster was an experiment to explore the Fierro medium, I am in no way disappointed.
The warping was mostly eliminated by painting the reverse side but it is obvious that the coaster should be thicker and perhaps made of a different material. As Santa brought me a large tub of the medium I probably now have enough to do dozens of larger bases. BTW, DecoArt makes several other texture mediums like Terra Cotta, Stucco, Stone, Glass (making water?) and these are available at the Michael's franchise stores or similar places that sell craft material. The large jar/tub (10 oz.) is available from most online dealers for $7.99.@erhntly -
Thanks for dropping by and commenting.
I must say that it has been a fun experience building this little tank.
While learning all these new things about acrylics, mediums and such, I've also been reading about small subject (Macro) photography. There was also a hint or two about photographing models in the Clark book. I normally shoot work in progress pictures using camera settings of ISO 100, Aperture Priority (for larger depth of field), F18-F20 and with a 4X macro filter. As one might guess, this is great for seeing all the flaws that the naked eye or even with magnification devices are not noticeable. Digital cameras are both a blessing and a curse.
Anyway, I've changed a number of settings on the camera and tried some experimental shots on a build that I am doing for a campaign. The main ones were changing the exposure metering from wide area to centre weighted, pre-setting the white balance based on a sheet of white paper and changed the aperture to F11. Below you'll find two images taken of the Chi Ha with the new settings. I have touched up several little detail pieces on the tank and applied some pin washes with the glaze base added to them. The colours used are similar to what many use with artists oils for the same purpose. I think that between these points I can see a subtle but definite difference that hopefully improves the overall effect.
Thanks for looking.