March 29, 2016

MTSC FIGURE OF THE WEEK #113: One Badass German

Nothing warms a retailer's heart more then when a youngster shows an interest in our hobbies. Such is the case with this take on a WWII German soldier painted by a young lady who came in with her father one day. While dad shopped this budding figure painter took to the palette and created the ultimate fighting man that would have made the Fuhrer proud. Who knows with a few thousand of these bad boys in the ranks the war might have turned out differently but more likely then not, this is just the product of one great imagination and more then worthy of the title FOTW...Paint on!

March 25, 2016

Product Spotlight on the True Cowboy kit ref.S8-F60 by Andrea Miniatures

True Cowboy (ref.S8-F60) from Andrea Miniatures by is a 90mm white metal kit. The box art was painted by Carlos Royo and the figure is based on the Frederic Remington lithograph from 1901: "Arizona Cowboy."

Frederic Remington’s paintings and bronzes played a foremost role in the building of the Old West myth such as it is perceived still today. Indians, soldiers, the imposing landscapes of the West and –of course- cowboys, were gloriously captured by Remington’s eyes and masterfully recreated in drawings and paintings of inspiring, impressionist palette. They, together with his series of bronzes full of movement and panache fully succeeded in casting an indelible image of the West and its lore that would later exploited in the movies of the past century.

Andrea's True Cowboy” intends to present a new concept in figure making and painting by revisiting the Remington lithograph "Arizona Cowboy." The first concern was the horse, closely following the Old West’s Cayuses: these small, strong and resilient mounts were favored by the real cowboys and so magnificently portrayed by Remington. One key point when considering professional, quality sculpting or modeling is documentation. A lot of research and study of photographs, paintings and even real horses was performed before starting work with this horse. This was quite the same when approaching the rider, for which many photographs were shot from a “real cowboy” (Fernando Andrea) in full western clothes and gear. The final figure is the result of a coordinated effort at the Andrea studio involving the work of four artists and consuming overall about 300 hours.
When it came to painting the master figure Carlos Royo started by carefully studying a lot of related documentation and meticulously planning his work before handling any brush. Planning is of course essential for a good work and even more so in the case of a big piece like this 90mm kit comprising quite a few parts and offering a lot of painting possibilities. Needless to say, Remington’s paintings and palette were carefully examined by Mr. Royo who, by masterfully using a mixed technique of acrylics and oils, succeeded in producing the striking result of the master figure used for the box art. View our listing HERE

Here's a S-B-S Tutorial by Carlos Royo on painting the True Cowboy in Acrylics

March 23, 2016

Historical Photos & the story behind them… Easter Eggs for Hitler!

Two black American soldiers with special artillery ammo for Hitler, Easter Sunday, 1945. Technical Sergeant William E. Thomas and Private First Class Joseph Jackson prepared a gift of special “Easter Eggs” for Adolph Hitler and the German Army. Scrawling such messages on artillery shells in World War II was one way in which artillery soldiers could humorously express their dislike of the enemy.

The sad part of course is that they were fighting for a country that was discriminating against them. Now, while the USA didn’t treat African-Americans nearly as badly as Hitler treated Jews, these young men were willing to die for their country, even though a huge chunk of their country was completely built against them. It’s a bit ironic that USA defeated Hitler with a segregated army.

The US Army was segregated during World War II, but the attitudes towards African-Americans in uniform were undergoing change in the minds of some generals, including Eisenhower and Bradley. At parades, church services, in transportation and canteens the races were kept separate. Black troops were often not allowed to fight. They had to drive the trucks and deliver supplies to towns after the allies had liberated them. Curiously enough, this ended up with the townsfolk having more of an appreciation for the blacks than the white because they gave them food, shoes, etc.

As one might expect they struggled with the war itself and how their fellow soldiers treated them. When they went to Germany however, they were actually accepted more there than in America. There was lots of footage of them dancing and partying with white German girls. Some wrote letters describing their treatment by the Germans as better than how people treated them in America. Some even wrote about how they wish Hitler had won the war. They found it hard to return after getting the taste of equality. Some of the early civil rights leaders and prominent figures were veterans of WW2 and historians point out that the soldier’s experiences overseas set the stage for the civil rights movement.

Due to the segregation and reducing of most black soldiers to non combat roles, they constituted well under 1% of US military deaths during WW2. But even so, in WW2 the black units were highly decorated. In addition to actual bravery, the US commanding officers often put these “more expendable” units in more dangerous areas. Racist officers didn’t care whether they lived or died. In 1948 the military ended segregation in the army by order of President Truman. Korea was the first war black Americans fought in the same units as whites did.

MTSC PRODUCT RELEASE NEWS: Glory Hallelujah! – The American Civil War 1861–1865

Glory Hallelujah! – The American Civil War 1861–1865 Supplement For Black Powder
This supplement for Black Powder describes the history, armies, key leaders, doctrine and tactics of the American Civil War, and includes a comprehensive set of army lists and optional rules for recreating the battles of that war in miniature. 180 pages packed with wonderful photography and superb scenarios!

MTSC PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Deluxe Materials Model Glues For Plastic Kits

We take a look at the different types of plastic model kit glues made by Deluxe Materials and tailored to every modeling task to help choose the best one for your task. Lower down you will find two excellent videos showing these adhesives in action! 

Deluxe Plastic Magic (ref. AD24) a super thin, fast acting liquid solvent glue that creates invisible glue lines & bonds most common plastic including polyester, styrene, ABS, acrylic & more. Apply with a brush or the Pin Flow Applicator (ref. AC11). Comes in a 50ml bottle & dries in 1-5 secs.

Deluxe Roket Plastic Glue (ref. AD62) a thin liquid plastic cement supplied in a 30ml bottle with a precision non-clog tip. It is low-odour, non-toxic & non-flammable & produces invisible glue lines. Dries in 8-10 secs, is water-washable & bonds styrene, polyester, butyrate & plasticard.

Deluxe Plastic Kit Glue (ref. AD70)
is a ...thicker, gap filling, plastic cement in a 20ml. tube for all types of plastic kits. The clog-resistant formula and fine tip bottle make for great ease of use. Slower setting time allows for adjustment of parts. Bonds: styrene,  clear plastic, and even wood to plastic.

Here's another great video done by Scale War Machines

March 22, 2016

MTSC FIGURE OF THE WEEK #112: The Easter Bunny

Who else but Peter Cottontail aka The Easter Bunny could take the mantle of FOTW for Easter 2016? I mean the guy has been keeping kids 'jacked' on sugar for eons! We've got Peeps, Chocolate Bunnies & Eggs, Malted Milk Ball Eggs, and Jellybeans just to name a few. Let's not forget the joy of dropping the fizzy tablets in a pan of vinegar and dipping those hard boiled eggs into a colorful mess. Ahh the joys of the commercial side of Easter!! So this week we give a tip of the hat the Easter Bunny himself as accompanied by his lovely wife Mrs. Easter Bunny and represented in this Vintage Bunny Couple in a Model T Ford Candy Container by Rosbro Plastics who churned out cheap, colorful plastic dime store junk in the 1950s & 60s for every holiday imaginable. Good 'ol American commercialization at it's finest!

MTSC PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Update on Wilder Modeling

Formed in 2011, Wilder Modeling produces effective finishing products and accessories for constructing, painting and weathering all types of scale replicas and dioramas. Who or what is Wilder you ask? Well Wilder is Adam Wilder and Adam Wilder is a modeler, and there are precious few modelers keen on building military vehicles that have not heard of him. Talented, affable and fun to be around in equal measure, this one-time employee of MIG Productions and AK Interactive, has now branched out to produce his own line of finishing products and tools under the name ‘Wilder’. Each product in this exciting new line has been researched, tested and chosen personally by Adam. Wilder offers the best bang for your buck with unique, superior quality products that are  economical in comparison with other brands. Wilder also supports their products with an ongoing series of Step-by-Step Tutorials for all the products in the range.  View the Wilder range HERE

Unique + Quality + Value + Support = Wilder
2016 Update:

HDF-NL-35 Nitroline: Grease Effect 50ml Bottle. An enamel based glossy blend that allows you to produce realistic looking wet effects. It can be used alone or over your earth tones. Thin it using TN-01 for blending and obtaining more satin looking effects when desired. You can also mix it with the rest of the products in the NitroLine and Gunpowder Line to get wet earth tones for example. It is recommended that you add Murky Water Wet Effect randomly to help you obtain authentic looking dry, satin and wet earth effects on your model.
HDF-NL-36 Nitroline: Old Grease 50ml Bottle. An enamel based glossy blend that allows you to produce realistic looking wet effects. It can be used alone or over your earth tones. Thin it using TN-01 for blending and obtaining more satin looking effects when desired. You can also mix it with the rest of the products in the NitroLine and Gunpowder Line to get wet earth tones for example.It is recommended that you add Murky Water Wet Effect randomly to help you obtain authentic looking dry, satin and wet earth effects on your model.

Wilder Textured Earth
Wilder Textured Earth Line is an acrylic based range of paints containing grains. These colors are great for creating ground surfaces on dioramas. Each color comes in two textures: fine and stony.

You can pour the colors right from the jar and spread them onto your diorama. They will not shrink or crack. Use the different tones together in order to obtain authentic looking multi-toned ground work.

You can also paint additional ground tones or add both enamel or acrylic washes over the solidified Textured Earth colors. It will be best to locate any structures, trees and foliage on the diorama while the paint is still wet.

Wilder Gunpowder Line
The Wilder Gunpowder Line consists of colored weathering pigment powders that can be applied onto the model dry to obtain dust effects for example. Both water based thinner and enamel thinner can also be used to spread the pigments in order to obtain different effects while also fixing them to the model.
Gunpowder pigments can also be built up in layers to represent thick layers of mud or rust using FX-01 Fixer.

These powders can also be mixed with other paints like acrylics and enamels in order to alter the tone or to obtain thick textured earth and rust effects. You can obtain the most realistic results when using different rust or earth tones together.

Wilder NitroLine
Wilder NitroLine are enamel-based products for quickly and easily applying various weathering effects onto all types of models and dioramas. NitroLine products can be used straight from the bottle or thinned using enamel thinner. Works best over acrylic finishes. The NitroLine range includes washes and filters.

Washes are a quick means of adding subtle fake shadows and tonal variations. Washes will help to highlight details such as rivets, seams and textures.

Filters are a thin transparent layer of paint applied over a surface to alter the tone of a base coat. Filters need to be brushed onto the model using a paintbrush dampened with the effect.
Wilder Weathering Oils
The Wilder Weathering Oils are:
- Fast-drying to a completely matt finish
- More liquid than traditional oils
- Easier to apply
- Designed especially for modelers
- The 20ml. plastic tubes are easy to squeeze and clean and prevent the oil from drying out.
View our expanded look at Wilder Oils HERE

Wilder Acrylic Primer
Acrylic based primer for all surfaces including plastic, metal, resin and wood. Paint onto the replica using a brush or dilute with water or most acrylic thinners to apply by airbrush.

Wilder Additives, Tools and Detail Sets
The Wilder range also includes additives, dry transfers, sanders, tweezers, metal barrels and resin turrets

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Product Support like no other....

The Wilder You Tube Channel offers professionally shot Step-by-Step videos by Adam Wilder. 

The first sequence is a 17 part series


devoted weathering and finishing technics using the same model throughout. This weighs in at a whopping 3+ hours of how to and is arguably the best modeling video series on the internet today

A 2 part Approaches To Color Modulation tells you all you need to know to master this popular technique. 
An overview on the new Weathering Oils range rounds out the current offerings on this fantastic channel. I know of no other channel that offers such an in-depth series for modelers of all skill levels.  Wilder You Tube

Wilder Static Step-by-Step Tutorials

March 16, 2016

MTSC PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Earth Effects - Mud & Splashes from AMMO

From AMMO of MIG we have a new range of earth effects. As with all their weathering products, these are enamel based and are designed to replicate both heavy accumulations of dried and wet mud and also mud splashes. There are two particular properties of the range that will make them of interest. 

- First, they don’t change color once they’ve dried out. This is a constant problem for those of us used to replicating heavy build-ups of mud with pigments – once whatever fixer has been used to bond them to the model’s surface has dried the mud is frequently a quite different color to the one you had envisioned! 

- Second, the enamel base allows them a much longer working time than if you were using an acrylic-based product or even pigments. 

The range is divided into ‘mud’ and ‘splashes’. The former is designed to mimic heavy accumulations of earth and dirt and can be used on both vehicles and groundwork. It can also be combined with sand, static grass and other materials to add extra texture. The ‘splashes’ are a much thinner mix, designed to splattered onto vehicle sides and the like. There are six references in each range and of course, the two products can easily be combined together or with other AMMO Earth Effects. Each reference comes in a screw top 35ml bottle.

Heavy Mud
AMIG-1700 Dry Light Soil Enamel Heavy Mud
AMIG-1701 Thick Soil Enamel Heavy Mud
AMIG-1702 Turned Earth Enamel Heavy Mud
AMIG-1703 Moist Ground Enamel Heavy Mud
AMIG-1704 Heavy Earth Enamel Heavy Mud
AMIG-1705 Wet Mud Enamel Heavy Mud 
Medium Density MudSplashes
AMIG-1750 Dry Earth Enamel Splashed Soil
AMIG-1751 Dry Steppe Enamel Splashed Soil
AMIG-1752 Loose Ground Enamel Splashed Soil 
AMIG-1753 Turned Dirt Enamel Splashed Soil
AMIG-1754 Damp Earth Enamel Splashed Soil
AMIG-1755 Wet Ground Enamel Splashed Soil

View the Range HERE

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Build, Paint & Play the Perry Miniatures Battle in a Box ACW Part 4 - Painting the Zouaves

In part 4 Matt tackles...
Painting the Zouaves
Included in the Battle in a box set are enough Zouaves to make a full unit of them and an extra six to include in another unit. These figures look much more daunting than they really are and, in fact aren’t too complicated to paint.

Starting again with a basecoat of Tamiya Surface Primer Grey Spray 87042 I began by painting all the flesh with the same color as the rest of the infantry, Medium Flesh 70860.
Next I painted the uniform with Dark Prussian Blue 70899. Don’t worry about getting paint on the trim here as you can touch this up when you paint the red trim.
To paint the red trim I used Scarlet 70817. This is a solid red that usually covers in 1 or 2 coats. I needed 2 coats to get the pants looking consistent but 1 layer was usually enough for the trim. I think the biggest trick to painting the Zouaves was patience. Painting the trim itself wasn’t too bad. Take it slow and try to get a consistent shade. For the pants and the hats its a lot easier to thin the paint a bit and just slop it on, going back with a second coat once the first is dried. For the trim its much more important to take it slow and try to cover any area thats exposed. With the majority of the Zouaves the left arm covers the majority of the pattern on the chest so you only need to paint whats readily visible. 
Next The tassle on the hat and putties are painted with Yellow Ochre 70913. I like this paint a lot. Its dark enough that it covers almost any other color just fine. Next to the blue and red it looks very yellow too. 

The final steps here are more or less the same as the union at this point. Using Black Grey, Ivory, and Burnt Umber paint in the details in the same way as the previous tutorial. 

I didn’t bother with a wash on these figures. After all the color and detail I didn’t feel like the figures needed it. For the extra step, should you feel it’s necessary, I would recommend Dark Tone from Army Painter.

Coming next: Cavalry

March 15, 2016

MTSC FIGURE (S) OF THE WEEK #111: Figures Inspired by...

They say Art Imitates Life which surely holds true in these figures released by W Britain as part of their World War I series.

This two piece set #23081 was inspired by one of the more iconic images from WWI of wounded British soldier and a German prisoner sharing a cigarette during Battle of Epehy 1918. This image is in the Imperial War Museum collection and has been wrongly identified many times as being from the Christmas Truce of 1914 and perpetuated throughout the internet. This is of course laughable considering steel helmets didn't appear until late 1915-16.

This single figure #23112 is inspired by another famous image from the Great War of a wounded British soldier holding his helmet, which has been pierced by a piece of shrapnel, during the advance on the Somme near La Hamel in 1916. When originally published the image carried the caption "Lucky Bastard!" and indeed he was. These latest pieces we have chosen as our FOTW have also made it into our Gallery Collection: Inspired by... A collection of Dioramas, Figures and Models that were inspired by original photographs and illustrations. You can also find these images in our Images of War - The Color of War in both their original black & white and new colorized versions.

DYK: W. Britain is a MTSC Bonus Company. Get a free $10.00 Gift Card with every $100.00 of WBN products you order!