Friends, the holiday weekend has given me some time to make substantial progress on the Bishkek 2nd Basilisk Battery. I painted the base, one of the soldiers and the gun itself. Here some some images to check out:
The gun is not finished but close and I haven't decided if I will add the shield on the front. The soldier is not glued down and I am playing with his position. I am tempted to put him up top to create some point of interest on the rather glum hill.
Here's the other side. The siding of the diorama looks a little ragged and I still have to paint it perfectly black.
From the back. I added nails to the wood and made them look old and worn, the same with the ammo storage. On advice of a reader, I am going to add a metal platform to the base, about the size of the gun. The base itself will be finished last of all, when all the stowage is added. I will add sand and paint it on the spot...
top view. Realize how much room I gained by removing the base structure (see post 2)
The gun is weathered, which I love to dabble with. This time it is very simply done. Here's the order
2. devlan mud wash
3. red/orange/brown mix, spunged on LIGHTLY
4. dark grey spunged on for damage
5. add silver highlights in the grey, only on edges
6. black wash in oily parts
7. after that I spunged on the light beige colour on parts of the camo and the grey damage, to lighten the effects of it a bit
(click on it to see it better)
Where there is a lot of wear, I added some more metal highlights. Remember the plastic card strip that I added to the base in post 2? Now you can see why; having edges to work with in painting really helps you make the model get line and shape, here's after
Here as well: I added an old hubcap in post 2 into the back of the barrel WITH extra rivets, which gives you more opportunities to make it look good in paint. You will be glad for the extra effort. Again here's after...
Here is our lone soldier. Check out the bareheaded German heads from West Wind, they are excellent for Guard, as are a lot of other heads in that range.
More next week!