May 19, 2017

TRENCH RUNNER REVIEW: Mastering Oils 1 - Oil Painting Techniques on AFVs from Abteilung 502

Abteilung 502 has released an amazing book showing how to use the oils paints.

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Mastering Oils 1 - Oil Painting Techniques on AFVs (ref. ABT-602is the first volume of a planned book series on the techniques for using oil paints in modeling.

Mastering Oils 1 begins with a very general explanation and an introduction to oil paints. Author Joaquín García Gázquez (who also wrote HNC-2982 The Paint Guide for Figures of World War Two) succeeds through a beautifully written and illustrated explanation, starting with the oil paints themselves then on to  the color theory for mixing and ending up on the right brushes - nothing is missing.

In a very comprehensive way, the author describes a "how" for almost everything you can do with oil paints on models. These include lights, shadows, contours, filters, rust, dust, mud, etc. Everything is explained with a short but easy-to-understand approach using step-by-step instructions on certain master models. This starts with the basic finish and ends with the finished weathered model. The high-quality and large-format pictures help the modeler understand this. The attached gallery at the end of the book shows other numerous models after the finishing with oil paints, which will surely provide inspiration to the reader.

As with most modeling books translated from their native language there are some translation errors but that does not detract from the overall positive impression of "Mastering Oils" Here's hoping the next edition covers figure painting with oils.
124 pages, soft cover
View to order HERE

1. The oils and the modeler
2. Introduction
3. Oil paints
3.1 Preparing the surface
3.2 Mixing the colors
3.3 Veils or filters
3.4 Special colors
3.5 Light and shadow
3.6 Patinas
3.7 Different brands of oils on the market
4. Materials and preparation
4.1 Oil paints
4.1.1 Basic Palette
4.2 Thinners
4.3 Preparation and storage
4.4 Brushes
5. Applications in modeling
6.Alteration and erichment of the base color
6.1 Concept
6.2 Airbrushed base color
6.3 Application technique
6.4 Colors to use
6.5 Schwarzgrau RAL 7021
6.6 Olive Drab / Green 4BO
6.7 Desert sand
6.8 Winter whitewash camouflage
6.9 Multi color camouflage
7. Step by step painting – GMC Airfield Fuel Truck
7.1 The model
7.2 Airbrushed base
7.3 Multi tonal treatment
7.4 Outlining and contrast
7.5 Lower areas
7.6 Filters
7.7 Grease, oil and fuel
7.8 Stains
7.9 Wheels
7.10 Dust marks
7.11 Gallery
8. Step by step painting – Stug III Ausf. G “943”
8.1 Basic dust
8.2 Outlining and adding contrast with washes
8.3 Filters
8.4 Tracks and supension
8.5 Wet mud and lower hull work
8.6 Accumulated earth and dust
8.7 Grease and fuel stains
8.8 Rust
8.9 Painting accessories
8.10 Gallery
9. KV-I, Winter camouflage
9.1 Intensified wear
9.2 Tracks and supension
9.3 Damp and wet dirt
9.4 Stains
9.5 Rust streaks
9.6 Gallery
10. Panzerjäger “Jagdtiger” SD.Kfz 186 Frühe Produktion
10.1 The Tamiya kit
10.2 Outlining
10.3 General dust
10.4 Filters
10.5 Main gun
10.6 Tracks and suspension
10.7 Dirt, fuel and grease effects
10.8 Rust
11. Final gallery

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