Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Playing with Pigment Powder and an Ambulance

Recent research leads me to conclude that WW1 British Artillery equipments in Mesopotamia, Egypt and Palestine were painted in the standard khaki-green rather than in a desert scheme. So, when I was asked to take on a rather large project of four 18pdr guns, ammunition wagons and horse teams from that theatre, the challenge was on. How to make a gun look as if it had been dragged through dry desert sand and dust..... on dark green paint? Drybrushing sprang to mind but I might have done that on a desert paint scheme but it simply wouldn't work on khaki-green. So I bought some pigment powders (more than I really need but one day they will come in handy) and pigment fixer and I began to play.....



... it was a steep learning curve. The next one will be better!

Last weekend saw the local Wargames club here put on their annual show. It has been a few years since I last attended, but I needed a few bits and pieces for the painting table and popped in. Not much for me there, I'm afraid, but Warbases were in attendance and I stocked up on some MDF bases and purchased one of their new 28mm MDF WW1 vehicle kits just for fun. The lady who served me said that there was a PDF file of instructions on their website. I couldn't find it so it became a problem solving exercise. It was a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon. I slapped some paint on it very, very quickly (in less than an hour, in fact, and lots of details NOT painted) just to get an idea of what it would be like with some colour. So here is the MDF Model "T" Ambulance.



Obviously a MDF kit can not provide the same level of detail and realism that a resin or plastic kit can reproduce but these models (Dennis and Albion trucks, a Crossley Tender and the Ambulance) don’t look half bad and would add some interesting detail to dress the gaming table at quite a reasonable price.  The Dennis truck is quite a monster! Less successful is the MDF kit for a Mark I tank. You need rivets on a tank and MDF does not give you that! Go and have a look. 





6 comments:

Ubique Matt said...

Fantastic use of weathering powders, they came transform a model.

Have to agree about the tank - they definitely need rivets.

Bedford said...

Well, I think the pigments have worked well.

funnily enough I was looking at some in the local model shop a few days ago. In the end I left empty handed as i wasn't sure which one's were the correct one's to buy for the desert (Sudan) and what were the best in terms of quality(?).

Darrell.

Black Powder said...

The attractive proposition price/quality of laser cut MDF products are also growing on me - but I never thought they be able to do cars/trucks. Brilliant!

Mark Hargreaves said...

Darrell, I bought the Vallejo "Mud and Sand" set of four pigments from SnM Stuff. I also added the Burning Sands and Yellow Earth from the Secret Weapon range.... a nice lady from the Midlands had these in stock at the show on Sunday. Individually the Vallejo bottles contain more pigment for your pound than other ranges such as MiG. In tems of quality, well Vallejo featrure quite a bit on online tutorials on You Tube....

Carlo said...

This looks great if you ask me. I gave purchased pigments and fixer but too be honest have been to scared to try them. You've given me the confidence to have a crack!

afewroundsmore said...

That's a fantastic green you've used on the ambulance. May I know what it is?