Today's tale is one of tragedy, adversity and perseverance. OK, OK, enough with the melodrama!, seriously though, this is one post where you will see how things can go terribly wrong but end up on a good-but-not-so-bright-note.
So, it all begins with a box of 15mm StuGs. I was tremendously happy with them and very, very motivated to start painting them up. As I have mentioned in previous posts, I haven't played a historical game in quite awhile, and I'm really charged up for it.
Well, after I built them up I gave them an foundation coat of Dunkelgelb with my airbrush. I had already done my research, and I decided to go with a hard edged camouflage scheme.
I then spry-painted them German brown. This was to be my first camo pattern. After the brown dried properly, I got some Jovi soft playing dough to cover up areas I wanted the brown to show through. After which I sprayed everything in olive green - my next camo colour.
When the olive green had dried, I added some more Jovi playing dough, to cover up the areas of olive green that I wanted visible and then finally sprayed everything with dunkelgelb again. So far so good - or so it seemed!!!
It is not until I started to take off the Jovi playing dough that I discovered the true horror that awaited me. The Jovi had stuck to most of the olive green, but strangely enough to none of the brown!!
After nearly two hours I had managed to remove most of the Jovi, with only minimal olive paint removed, but the paint was significantly dulled to the point of not being olive green anymore. So I had to retouch most of the areas again with my trusty old series seven brush.
Painting in the details, like adding washes for depth, battle damage, and weathering are the most enjoyable part of the process. Overall, I think I managed to turn tragedy into triumph, even though they did not come out exactly as I had envisioned them. At least I have learned some vital lessons before painting my Tigers!
Once again, that is all for now. The next installment of my Flames of War month will be the mortars, and then it is off to play-testing.
Until then, farewell and good health,