Completed...'In the Woods'....Brush Painted 'Disc Camo' Stug IV with schurzen.

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  1. spanner570

    spanner570 SALAD DODGER Moderator

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    I'm not ready for 'serious' building just yet, but when I was reading Jack10's excellent Panther build, I noticed Jen's reference to summat called 'Disk Camo'

    That old devil 'curiosity' bit me......

    When I saw the images of the camouflage I thought. "Now there's a challenge and a half for us brush wallahs!
    So I set to experimenting. I came up with the idea of using an old paintbrush with a suitable diameter ferrule, and cutting the bristles almost down to nothing.(I did the same with a smaller brush)

    After loading the near bald brush with suitably thinned paint, I found that by twisting the brush through a few degrees, a circle can be made.

    I was about to buy a 1/35 Stug kit, when I remembered I built one for one of my first ever dioramas in 2009. So up in the loft I goes and there it was. The dio. is long gone, but the Stug remains......Sorted!

    I had a play on the bottom of the model.....
    It's one thing practicing with paints where things can't be seen, but quite another actually applying your 'Idea' to the model itself. I sat in front of the thing for ages.....:eek:

    I didn't pencil in any guide lines, I just started in a corner and let the pattern develop where it would.

    There are a few bits missing from the kit, but as this is really a painting exercise, please excuse the model's inaccuracies..

    Anyway, here is the result so far. Still the weathering to do.


    Here's the German Grey Stug IV in the original diorama.
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    Stripped down and re-painted. The Commander's off on leave! Mud still on the tracks.
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    Luckily, I still had the original side plate thingies.
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    Here are the shots of my attempt at a 'Squeeky Clean' Disc Camo. Brush 'swirled' with Vallejo Model Air Acrylics.
    Detail and tools etc., painted with those lovely little pots of Airfix paints...Honest!
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    A few rugby balls here and there, but overall, I don't mind admitting I'm really chuffed at this first time stab at it. I hope you approve too?

    Next I'll touch up, and tone down the paintwork, then muck it all up etc., and place it on a base of some sort.

    Cheers all and thanks for looking.
    Ron
     
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    That's an interesting pattern Ron. I think its excellent considering you did it with a hairy stick.
     
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    Nice one Ron matey.

    Have fun, John
     
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    That has turned out real well Ron.
     
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    Wow, well done.
     
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    That looks great Ron, a fantastic job with a brush.
     
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    Great job mate , its sending my eyes funny looking at it , which proves the concept i suppose! , cheers tony
     
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    Ron, you have a touch! Awesome!
     
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    A magic touch, natch!
     
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    Impressive!
     
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    In real life they wouldn't have perfect disc templates in the field so your brush painted one is probably way more accurate than the most popular images out there! ;)
    Looking fab!
     
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    Thanks for all your positive posts, chaps. Much appreciated.

    Don't you just love this model making lark? Not only are we learning from each other how to build and paint plastic, we find out bits of history along the way!

    ....so thanks to Jen's input, I now know this wacky camo. really did exist.

    Thanks again everyone.
    Ron
     
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    Wonderful especially using a brush anytime I try it looks thick, great looking camouflage. Jim
     
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    Cheers Jimbob. Keep your paints thin. It will take 3, even 4 coats to look something like.....never be tempted to thickening the paint - No matter how awful the first coats look, and rest assured, they will be.....;)

    O.K., I've toned down the general paintwork, and finished the weathering on the wheels and the side thingies. I've tried for a splashed up mud/dust effect.

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    Cheers.
    Ron
     
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    Very interesting pattern, good job Ron. It reminds me of one of those magic eye puzzles. If I look at it cross eyed will I see a hidden image? :D
     
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    Very nice - reminds me of those tests for colour blindness!

    Pete
     
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    Love this! The disk camo looks awesome!
     
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    Yes. If you look really close you'll see a StuG IV!:D:D
     
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    Cheers Ron, now I've spat tea all over my keyboard. :D
     
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    spanner570 SALAD DODGER Moderator

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    twern't me Bob, t'was that loser Gern!
     
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