|Sometimes I like to make black and white pictures to compare to historical photos.|
The Zvezda KV-1 model is a great little kit. I bought this model for only $3.50 or so. It is 100% plastic. The plastic is softer than Battlefront and Games Workshop plastics. It is quite similar to the plastic the Open Fire Shermans are made of. The kit is very precise and can be assembled without glue. In fact, assembly only took me 5 or 10 minutes and the entire kit is only five parts. The model has a nice general shape. Unfortunately it lacks many of the additional details that can really make a paint job "pop". For example, there are no tools on the tank, it is missing the front machine gun, the tracks are not detailed inside, the hatch does not open on top and there are no stowage options. For the price, this is an excellent kit for a unit that may not see the gaming table too often. I love how precise the parts are and I think the final model looks pretty good on the tabletop.
I painted this model in the same way as many of my German vehicles. I painted the colour modulation as in this post: Dunkelgelb tutorial. I painted the soft edge camouflage using the airbrush. As this was originally a Soviet tank, I painted the tracks gun metal as opposed to a dark brown with metal showing through like on most German tanks. I used a filter for tritonal camouflage from MIG Industries to tie the camouflage together on the tank. I used AK Interactive Mud Effects, the Tamiya Weathering compact thing, and some pigments to achieve the dusty effect on the tracks.
So after my brief palette cleanser I am feeling ready to paint some more models. I've got a whole bunch of German tanks about 50-80% finished that I want to get finished in the next few weeks. I've also got some Panzergrenadiers and airplanes that need the finishing touches on them. I also have a lot of new terrain I've made that I just need to take out and photograph to share it on here.
Thanks for visiting. How do you stay on track with a project and make sure you keep enjoying painting? I'd love to hear some thoughts in the comments. Your comments and constructive criticism on the tank are appreciated as always!