Sunday, 19 January 2014

Muddy Supply Run - My First Diorama

So this was another first for me in an attempt to get some skills in this hobby and to prepare for some builds I want to do during the year.
This is my first military vehicle and my first diorama or base with more than 2 colours on it even :-)

This kit is a cheap lil italeri kit, the Commando Car aka Jeep

Comes with a driver and a couple of small clear parts.

Only 2 frames here, a little flash and some seam lines showing but nothing worse than I expected and nothing that cant be cleaned up or hidden.

Its a weird feeling getting this far without even looking at the paint racks.

Ok, most of the Jeep is assembled and ready for paint

Primed with Tamiya Fine from the rattle can

Some VMA black in thew shadows (this was just the first coat)

First coat of VMA Olive Drab

Meanwhile work starts on the weapons (where the lack of detial starts to show) and stowage.

Basically assembled so a quick clear coat to protect the work so far

Base is cheap MDF from the local craft store clear-coated to stop anything soaking in. Premixed tile gout going to be the base of the mud.

Didnt want to drag the jeep through wet grout so made a simple jig to mark out approximate tyre marks

Does not look mush at the moment but hopefully it comes together ok

I masked the edge with liquid mask and tape to try and keep things tidier and started with the Tamiya Diorama base wet earth

Phew, it fits in the tracks :-)

More Tamiya Diorama earths and its starting to take shape.

AK Damp Earth and some Secret Weapon water add to the muddy look.

The rocks we more grout in a Woodland Senics mould, which took 2 days to dry :-/ painted with light grey primer and then a Flory Models concrete wash before the AK damp earth was used to blend them into the mud.
Damp earth and African dirt was used on the jeep.

The driver is annoying to fit, the steering wheel only just fits.

Everything was flatcoated and the masking removed

Driver painted and seated, no great but will do. Stowage added

Now its time to get really muddy :-)

Lil bit more Water and wet effects and the Jeep is attached to the base.

Final pics will be added once i get my portable booth back

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