Monday, February 28, 2005

Slowly coming along....

Just a little more work done on the M10. I used some acrylic texture gel's to simulate mud on the chassis, and sprayed it with Tamiya Earth, and a 1-1 mixture of Earth and Khaki (Steve Zaloga dirt mixture...Only borrow from the best).

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Let the painting begin!

Well, it's finally time to start painting this beast. Ofcouse, I've already broken off some photo-etch, thus the grey on the turret. For the paint I'm using Tamiya acrylics, mixed to Steve Zaloga's faded olive drab (1 part Olive Drab 1 part Dark Yellow). This is the first coat, I'll spray the lower surfaces with earth colors to simulate caked on dirt. Then I'll start the weathering! I don't think I'll be doing much decaling, as I can't find too many pictures of the M-10 with visible markings.

I've also taken the opportunity to cut the tiger productions base up. I didn't like the height of the sidewalks, and it was simple enough to cut them off, and sand them down to a more realistic height.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

On to the figures

I've suspended further work on the M10 until after my local IPMS meeting Tuesday. I want to show off the work, and models look pretty cool when you can see all the metal and resin accessories.

The M10 had a crew of five. I'm using some white metal figures from AB Figures. I've blocked on some paint, but still have alot of highlight and shadowing to do.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Ready for paint!

On Friday my 16 y/o border collie finally forced my hand, and I had to have him put down on Saturday morning. It was hard, but it was his time, so vaya con Dios Trusty. Needless to say I haven't gotten as much done as I hope on the M10, but I think it's finally ready to paint. One good thing did happen on Friday, I got a little care package from Squadron. I ordered some Czech Masters resin accessories sets, and I really can't describe how incredible they are. Various bed/tent rolls and bags are now piled and tied all over the M10! I also took the time to scratch build an exhaust deflector, and nine track growsers that are glued to the racks. They turned out remarkable well, and the M10 just doesn't look right without a few of them bolted to the racks.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Home stretch!

I think I've go enough sandbags on there now. I also added the hedgerow cutter, a log made out of some evergreen tube, and a tarps on the turret and hull . I guess I should start working on the base soon!

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Just a quick update

Well I'm in the homestretch now. I used Apoxie Sculpt to make some sandbags to pile upon the front glacis. Hopefully, they'll turn out fine once they've been painted and weathered. I'm going to let it sit overnight before deciding to add more on. There's still a lot of "stuff" to pile on the M10, but the end is finally in sight.