Cromwell almost done

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Cromwell almost done

Joined: February 27th, 2005, 4:31 am

August 12th, 2012, 7:54 pm #1

Just about finished with this one. Maybe a few more grease stains and such. First attempt at a Putty tarp. Think it looks a little "molded"
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Joined: January 7th, 2009, 10:46 am

August 12th, 2012, 8:32 pm #2

Love the gun protection! Nice model

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Joined: March 26th, 2003, 4:28 pm

August 13th, 2012, 9:04 am #3

Just about finished with this one. Maybe a few more grease stains and such. First attempt at a Putty tarp. Think it looks a little "molded"
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Patrick,

I see many good things ont he cromwell, and actually believe the pics do not help so much this time. I really like the wrapped gun and your first try on the putty tarp worked out very well too in my opinion, so one more point to you. The dusting up is barely noticeable but I feel is there. If I were you I would add some more dirt on the front and rear lower hull and I would call it done.

Keep us posted amigo.
Lu

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Joined: April 27th, 2005, 1:33 pm

August 14th, 2012, 2:33 pm #4

Just about finished with this one. Maybe a few more grease stains and such. First attempt at a Putty tarp. Think it looks a little "molded"
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Your Cromwell is looking very businesslike Pat, and I particularly like the Bren on the turret, a nice touch! The shape of your tarp looks good, but if you want to tinker with its finish, you could try painting more texture on it, faux finish style. I have found that Vallejo is the perfect medium for painting cloth, as it dries perfectly flat and the rich tones (it is highly pigmented) give it the depth of fabric. Wet blending the first coat works really well for creating tonal variations and depth in tarps and other fabric items, and because Vallejo can be thinned like crazy you can keep going back with tiny variations in the mix to add even more richness. I actually have found that repainting a painted piece makes it look much better - most of my tarps end up being 2 or 3 times semi-intentionally - going slightly lighter on the color palette each time - whether that makes them any better is a matter of contention though

Thinning Vallejo about 50% with distilled water on the palette makes sure no brush strokes will spoil the finish - but it likes to dry quickly and that can be an issue. Here is a tick I learned from the fantasy figure painting crowd to combat that: if you have some wax paper, a metal cough lozenge tin with a hinged lid (Altoid, anyone?) and a paper towel, you can make a wet palette. A wet palette gives you a moist surface to mix your colors on that makes working with water based acrylics a lot easier by fighting their tendency to dry on the palette. Fold the paper towel into a pad that will fit the tin, wet it an put it in the bottom - next cut a square of wax paper to cover the entire bottom of the tin and place it over the folded moist towel and pat it down to fully contact the moist pad - now you can mix your acrylic paint on top of the wax paper and the moisture in the pad underneath will seep through and help keep it from drying while you work. Shut the lid when interrupted and usually you can come back and pick up where you left off.

HTH

Konrad
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Joined: May 21st, 2005, 10:53 am

August 19th, 2012, 1:37 am #5

Just about finished with this one. Maybe a few more grease stains and such. First attempt at a Putty tarp. Think it looks a little "molded"
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I'd be over the moon with that tarp.

Cheers

Calum

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