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Coming in out of the Cold

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Part Three: Painting the Panzer
At some point during the painting of the stable I began the process of painting the Pz.IV. As always, I first laid down a primer coat. This will always show any small items I missed and that need correction, and gives a nice clean pallet prior to the paint. I chose a close rendition of one of the paint schemes suggested from the kit instructions. This would be a variation of a Dunkelgelb base with a Green camo design applied. I also knew at this point I was going to chip back some of the green field applied camo as seen from normal wear and tear.

I have to say that the separate center rims from the wheels made for a real treat in painting these tiny wheels. A light grey mix was painted on the rubber of the wheels with no worries of staying in the lines and the center rims were painted with the airbrush.

I often start with some pre-shading; this was followed with a four tone shading of the paint to give the tank some depth. Even at this scale the deep tones and highlights show up nicely. The brighter tone definition will ease back after a filter and some washes.

Once the filter dried completely it was time to apply the decals. I applied a quick squirt of Future to seal the placement area and make the water slides…well…slide! After placement of the decals, another light application of Future to seal them in. Once the Future more or less dried to the touch, I gave the entire model a quick clear coat in preparation for the washes to follow.

Just prior to the washes I used German Camo Black Brown to apply some various chipping to the areas that would see some wear from use. This was followed by some dark washes to bring out the raised and recessed features.

This pretty much finished the initial painting and weathering of the little Panzer. Now it was time to try to put the whole scene together.

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About the Author

About Todd Michalak (TRM5150)
FROM: MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES

I am building what I like, when I like and how I like it; having fun doing it. I have been building and finishing models on and off my whole life but the past ten years things really exploded. Just about anything goes when it comes to hitting the bench, but wrecked armor, rusted hulks, ships or ...


Comments

Impressive, Todd! Very impressive!
OCT 28, 2013 - 11:39 PM
Great diorama, some of the most realistic snow effects I've ever seen, 1/72 too superb job!
OCT 28, 2013 - 11:58 PM
Hello Roman!! Thank you very much my friend!! Hi Dave...thank a bunch, most appreciated!!
OCT 29, 2013 - 04:17 AM
Hi Todd, Excellent work, the build up of the snow on the vehicle looks terrific, a really interesting read and a super little dio. Nice work Sir. Al
OCT 29, 2013 - 08:28 AM
Todd, pretty sweet Dude. A great build and review. Truly Grand And the correct scale too
OCT 29, 2013 - 08:34 AM
AL - Thank you Sir! The Ice and Snow is a really neat product. I think I am just touching the surface on what can be done. "Directional" applications, working with clear resin and silicone to create ice effects...I think I have some playing around to do!! Jeff - Thanks buddy!! LOL...does it show that braille is not my forte'?? Big fun! The Panzer fell together! I am sure there will be more little builds in my future!!
OCT 29, 2013 - 09:16 AM
Buddy, I wish my builds came out half as good
OCT 30, 2013 - 08:52 AM
LOL...they do my friend! We are always most critical of our own work!!
OCT 30, 2013 - 09:30 AM
goooooooooood
NOV 18, 2013 - 06:52 PM
You da man Todd!!!!!
DEC 31, 2013 - 08:22 AM