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Being a modeller for quite a few years now, I decided to explore the endless possibilities that the world (through internet) offers, and come up with a series of ways of building, modelling and painting fast (but not hastily), to create the worlds I was seeing in history books since I was little. . .If you care to join me. . . This is the place to be! And, I promise you to find the way (or ways)!!

Friday, 27 April 2012

Airfix - Bedford QL Trucks (QLT and QLD)

Good day my friends!

It's Friday, and the weather here in Athens gets warmer and warmer as the days go by. Good feeling is on the way. :-)

Last week I visited my local hobby store, and while looking for something completely different (as the notorious Monty Python group suggests...), in order to take a step back and paint something different than Russian Artillery models, I came across with Airfix's Bedford QL Trucks (QLT and QLD) - #3306. As far as I am aware, it's a rather new kit, hence the new package and its artistic representance. And since I am a guy that endorses new things, I bought two kits! :-)
Each kit consists two models, one QLD which was the (general service) cargo truck , and one QLT truck which was used as a troop carrier, for use by the British Armed Forces in WW2.
The models were built rather easily (Airfix models are good models, I am sure that most of you know that already). The level of detail is in high standards and alongside with the models, decals accompany the kit that can be used in order to give to each truck a ''personal'' and more realistic look. I am only mentioning that, because in ''fast-build'' kits (where this is not the case), most manufacturers (except Italeri but only for the new models), don't have any decals in the box, and each modeller should pay some extra money every time to acquire some (an additional financial burden). I don't want to sound cheeky - after all in terms of business and strategic plans I don't have a clue, but to express (as a modeller) my opinion about that in hope that this might change one day.

Well, enough said. Let's carry on with the pics....

VMC 70.924 Russian Uniform  (base truck colour),
VMC 70.873 US Field drab (for the canvas covers),
VMC 70.169 Black (for the canvas the tyres and the circular camo splotches),
GW Badab Black and Devlan Mud (washes),
VMC 70.866 Grey Green for drybrush (details and excesses),
VMC 70.983 Flat Earth (1st weathering - heavy drubrush), and
VMC 70.988 Khaki (2nd weathering -  light drubrush).

And a family photo.....

Rather rude they are don't you think? Showing us their butts in the last photo! 

I'll try to do a better job next time with the plastic windows...I promise!
I hope you like 'em.
C&C are more than welcome!

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Russian Artillery (Part 9) - Steppes Variant

Good day gentlemen!

As promised in my last post, today I will be showing some photos of the Russian Artillery section, destined to be used for the steppes (dirt bases). This is the second variant of the three.

It is consisted of the basic elements (what I consider basic in my mind anyway): four guns, crews, four GAZ trucks, officers and ammo crates. The guns and the trucks are the same for all variants. I wanted to be able to use them in every occasion and that was the main reason I didn't base the models (you have to be frugal these days...).

Some closer looks on the figures.



Radio man and runner

NCO and gun crews

I hope you like them.
As usual C&C are more than welcome!

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Russian Artillery (Part 8) - City Variant

Good day everyone!

It's been a while since my last post (almost three weeks), due to some exams I had to take (yep, constant learning is my moto). The exams and the preparation for them, didn't stop me from painting however (I needed some time to relax with all this studying). I apologize for not visiting your blogs, I will try to do my best from now on (no exams in the near future...). :-)

Today's photos show a full(?) battery element of Russian Artillery. It consists of 4 guns, 4 GAZ trucks (see post - R.Artillery #7), weapon crews (see post - Reinforcements from the post), officers (see post - R.Artillery #1)  and some ammo boxes/crates (scratch made from balsa wood - not the best ones, but they'll do the job).

This artillery section, is destined to be deployed and used in urban settings, thus the explanation of the bases (viariant).

I have finished two more variants, one for steppes (dirt) settings and one for snow terrain. They will follow in due course.

I hope you like 'em!

C&C are welcome!