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About Sairou

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  1. Sairou

    Masterbox 1/35 Wehrmacht Infantry

    Thanks for your kind words! That's the plan eventually, but I have nothing particular planned. The Panzergrenadiers might be placed in a diorama advancing with a Panzer II I have ready to paint, and I'm planning to use some of the figures in a street-fighting diorama. Because I'm in university at the moment, larger projects like full models and dioramas will be done during holiday time. Until then, I just want to get them all painted, hopefully refining my technique for German infantry, a subject I want to specialise in.
  2. Thought I'd make a post for these WIP I've been working on the past few months. The standard of photography isn't great, and I'm still working out my own ideal method of figure painting. German captain. The Iron Cross and eagle on his breast are Tamiya decals. German assault engineer. German NCO. German Private. Panzergrenadier unit, led by a captain on the left, followed by a three-man LMG team. Of course, none of these are quite finished yet, and the photo quality from my current phone is fairly awful, but any tips and pointers would be appreciated.
  3. I'm trying to track down some spare parts for this thing, which is a case for spare MG barrels commonly carried by Wehrmacht infantrymen. I'm somewhat baffled how I have so few in my spares, and how they seem to be uncommon in terms of aftermarket, considering one basic infantry squad would carry up to three of these at a time. Does anyone know where I could find these? I have two Tamiya versions off their machine gun crew sprue, and could probably make copies of these, or make my own out of tube, but other than buying the Miniart machine gun set *just* for the two cases, I have no idea how to solve this problem.
  4. I have painted the model panzer grey, in winter whitewash (hairspray chipping).
  5. Started base coating the figures today. This was my first time trying to paint an oak-leaf camo pattern, and I think it looks okay. (Apologies for the blurry picture, it's the best my current phone will take.) Next time, I need to make sure the colours are more contrasting (since the olive green and black green look too similar) and to ensure the 'shapes' are larger, and that the dots aren't too big. In the background, you can see a little gruppe of German infantry. I will photograph them after some finishing touches, but they are for another project.
  6. This was a quick build, today I'm going to prime it, and tomorrow put down some base colours, hopefully.
  7. I'm definitely not well-versed in M4 types, so my help is going to be limited. Luckily for you, there are a few Sherman buffs on this forum, who will hopefully respond in due time. Have you looked for resin conversion sets? They might be able to deliver this modification. Or, since those are relatively simple shapes, you could scratchbuild them. I'd also advise that the Asuka M4, while being a lovely kit, might give you some grief as a first tank model. Personally, I would attempt to modify a Tamiya version, because it'd be a far less costly investment if things go south.
  8. I'd suggest searching Scalemates for models of M4A3s, I know a few companies sell a model, such as Tamiya, which should suit your purposes. However, I don't know what that item above the left headlight is, so that might be something you have to scratch build.
  9. Sairou

    ICM 1/35 T-34/76, 1944

    I washed them in soap and water, I didn't know paint wouldn't adhere until the primer unfortunately, should have tested it perhaps. I thought that the tamiya paint might cling better, but even after a coat of varnish it was wont to peel.
  10. Sairou

    Tamiya 1/48 German Heavy Tractor SS-100

    Oh, I might have explained myself incorrectly. I very much enjoy the research, because I'm seeking to make my theoretical model as realistic as possible. For example, in my recent Sd.Kfz 250/3 project, I thought to myself 'What would a battalion HQ halftrack of 24th Panzer look like? What kind of stowage would there be, and where?'. I'm sure you're the same as me in that I like to know exactly what every piece of equipment is and how it works. Having an understanding of it gives you a better idea of how to weather it.
  11. Sairou

    Tamiya 1/48 German Heavy Tractor SS-100

    I'm impressed with your research, very interesting. I usually try and depict vehicles that aren't in photos, because it gives me more of a blank canvas for weathering, and also means I don't have to adhere to a single reference photo.
  12. I find that oils are easier to use, although I too procrastinated switching to them. You have much more versatility with oils, since you can apply multiple colours then streak and blend them, giving more tonal variation. Also, they're much cheaper in the long run.
  13. Firstly, let's talk about the good things. The chipping looks good to my eye, it's not overdone, and adds a nice effect. With chipping, it's often a matter of personal taste how much you do, but I always try to focus on high-traffic areas, so for your build, I would have done more on the top of the hull, and the turret, since that is how the crew will get onto the tank. I see no real issues with the general paintjob (airbrushed I'm assuming) and personally think you represented the rusty exhaust quite well. Now, onto things you could improve. The overall finish of the tank seems a little glossy, especially around the decals. Another matte coat might have solved this, although I can never seem to get a perfect matte finish myself. One technique I'd definitely recommend you trying is the 'oil dot filter' technique, where you streak and blend dots of oil paint, which creates an effect of grime and dirt streaking, and also helps unify the overall finish. I am by no means an expert on this, so I suggest you research it further yourself. The only other real thing I would suggest concerns the tools, specifically the wooden handles. (The wire cutters IIRC would have bakelite handles, so the painting should reflect this.) The wooden areas on this model seem to have just been painted a wood brown, and to my eye contrast a lot with the dark yellow, so the eye focuses on them. However, when the wood effect is not pronounced, this can make a model look unrealistic. So, in future, I'd recommend using a less contrasting colour, or alternatively creating a wood effect, through washes and highlights, or oil paints, both of which are fairly easy techniques. I hope this critique is helpful. Overall, as a second model, this is a cut above average, and you should be proud of it.
  14. Another project that languished for a bit. I mostly enjoyed the build, although the ICM T-34 had some fit issues, and the tracks don't want to take paint, which peels off easily. As a result, I was unable to weather the wheels and tracks as much as I wanted to.