Tanks for the painting

citadelpaintsIt’s geek time, yep that time where I need to bore most of you to death with some sort of very geeky blog that most people will look at and think, “Oh my god, he is a grown man for crying out loud, why is he playing with toys?”

Well everyone needs a hobby and I won’t disappoint, this blog is all about model kits and my latest discovery of Citadel paints from Games Workshop.

As you may have picked up from a couple of my other blogs, I was bought some Warhammer model kits for our 1st Anniversary.  These kits seem a lot better than kits from the likes of Revell and Mobeius so I wanted to get the best out of the painting but also make the vehicles look used and not factory fresh!

A very helpful guy in the Warhammer shop in Cardiff had a conversation with me about their paints, now I’ve been using Humbrol Enamel paints as this was what I grew up with but in recent years I’ve found they have become very hit or miss.  I decided to give these acrylic based paints a try and see what I could come up with.

I wasn’t disappointed!

For my testing I decided to buy a 1/35th scale Tamiya Panzer kit, build it up and see what I could come up with.

First was pretty simple, build and spray – For this I used a can of Humbrol Acrylic matt green.

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Nice coverage and even finish which gave me a good base for experimenting.

First was an Nuln Oil wash to see what effect that gave.

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Just the wash itself changed it massively, it brought out detailing and gave it a dirty, used look – just they type of thing I was going for.

Next was Typhus Corrosion and Ryza Rust – I was skeptical at first with the Ryza Rust as it was so bright in the bottle, but my fears of a day-glow orange tank soon disappeared when I saw how it went on and what the effects were.

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The bright orange became very toned and when layered with the Typhus Corrosion gives an amazingly realistic rust effect.

Not entirely satisfied I went looking for inspiration and saw that adding simple silver highlights gave another dimension to the model.

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Silver on the edges of the body, on some of the areas with Typhus Corrosion and Ryza Rust and a couple of places dabbed to make it look worn and scratched.

And the finished (well nearly) model – I’m going to buy some more paints at some point and see if I can add some scorch and ricochet marks.

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