June 20, 2016

Pat Hillard Part 2: Painting the Rubicon Models Sdkfz 251/1 & Warlord Games SD. KFZ 251/1

Side by side view of completed models. 230 command vehicle is the Rubicon 
model and 234 is the Warlord model. The rear Mg was removed from
 the 230 in order to utilize the canopy.

Part 2 The Painting: 
The painting of the two models was completed with a Badger 105 Patriot airbrush and Reaper finish detail brushes. The primer coat was Vallejo Black surface primer sprayed on and thinned with Vallejo Airbrush Thinner.  I went with a late war Eastern Front camo. 

Paints Used:

Vallejo 70.820 Offwhite
Vallejo 70.882 Middlestone (vehicle basecoat and final dry brush)
Vallejo70.826 German Camo Medium Brown (camo pattern)
Vallejo 70.890 Reflective Green (camo pattern vehicle and uniforms)
Flames of War 862 Black Grey (tires and track base)
Vallejo 985 Hull Red (exhaust and dry brush rust)
Vallejo 70 984 Flat Brown (water bottles)
Vallejo 70.846 Mahogany Brown (leather seat pads)
Vallejo 830 Fieldgrey (uniforms)
Vallejo70.821 German Camo Beige (tarps. uniform base color)
Vallejo 70.950 Black
Vallejo70.845 Sunny Flesh
Vallejo70.510 Gloss Varnish (crew/vehicle finish before dull coat)
Reaper Master Series Paints 09082 Shadowed Steel (metallic highlights on vehicles/crew)
Citadel Shade Reikland Fleshshade (flesh)
Citadel Shade Agrax Earthshade (vehicles and crew)
Wilder Fine Dark Brown Textured Earth TE03 (tracks/tires and vehicle weathering)
Testors Spray Lacquer1260 Dullcote (final finish)

After applying primer two base coats of middlestone were applied. Brown and green camo patches were added. The "dot" pattern was applied with a sharp toothpick using the base colors. Once all of the detail work was completed a coat of Agrax Earthshade was applied. Once it was dry a 50/50 mix of middlestone and white was used for dry brushing highlights. A coat of gloss varnish was allplied once that was dry the decals were added (another coat of varnish was applied over the dried decals). A light weathering was achieved using the Wilder TE03 Dark Brown Earth, Fine Texturing
 . I have used heavier weathering techniques in the past but have had issues with handling during game play.

I opted to use the Warlord crew in both vehicles and the half tarp on my command vehicle (Rubicon model). I decided to use decals from both kits to create the look that I wanted. Overall it is very hard to tell the models apart after completion. I will proudly field both of these side by side as transports for my Panzer Grenadiers.
Looking inside the Warlord model with 3 of the Warlord kit crew
One Warlord crew in the command Rubicon model.
Front view show the subtle differences between the two kits.
 Nothing that will ruin your day on the battlefield.
Rearview showing the Wilder mud effects.
Rubicon or Warlord; you decided which is your favorite.
Rolling into action.
On my display board; a very nice addition to any force

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