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PostPosted: October 21st, 2017, 2:14 pm 
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Sorry Ratch, going to have to bite my tongue over the Beutepanzer! Notwithstanding the totally incorrect rendition Airfix have offered of a Mk1(ish) tank, the Imperial German Army only fielded captured MkIVs late in 1917, by which time the Mk1 was obselete on the Western Front. Oops, sorry Ratch! Tongue now firmly bitten again.

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It was never intended as an accurate replica Tony :ha:
Here's my next set of restorations, 4 Esci (for the flank companies) and 13 Airfix (for the centre companies) to form the 42nd (Royal Highland) Regiment of Foot, the "Black Watch"
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Not lots of painting per se but plenty of cleaning up and retouching :-|

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Here's how I repainted the tartan for the 73rd Regiment of Foot
First blue Hu:25
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Then green checks Hu:80
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Hu:33 black outlines to the checks
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Finally yellow Hu:24 stripes through the checks
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Good Lord! Tartan paint no less :-D

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:lol: Cheers buddy :lol:
All but finished now
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Hope to finish these tomorrow ;-)

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Great work Ratch. I can imagine painting tartan must be a fair old challenge in any scale but especially in braille scale!

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Cheers Shaun, I could do with a finer point on my brush :lol:

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Ratch, it really amazes me how you crack on with these figures. Great work.

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Really nice work here, Ratch!

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Cheers guys, I'm now working on the 79th Regiment of Foot (Cameron Highlanders) - pix to follow soon :razz:

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Finished the 79th this morning :razz:
Mostly Airfix 01735 with 4 Esci 215 figures for the Grenadier and Light Companies
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More great work with these tiny troopers, Ratch. You must have quite a collection by now!

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You mean there's more than one kind of Tartan paint? :shock:

Smart work yet again :-D

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Yes Iggie, all Military tartans are based on the Black Watch Military Sett, but with slight variations :ha:
Straight onto the 92nd Gordon Highlanders, using the last of my pre-painted 01735 Airfix Highlanders, this time supplemented with a few more Esci 215 British Infantry. Starting with a conversion...
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The figure on the left (as you can see) has been made into a standard bearer. I wanted the flag to hang more naturally, but using a heated soldering iron I attempted to soften the thin plastic just enough to fold it - but I over-did it and the flag is now torn :shock:
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I have persisted with the painting, though I may replace it if it's not convincing :twisted:

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I came across one of my old Bellona vac-formed diorama bases. After thirty-odd years it had become rather tatty and in need of some renovation to make it useable. Unfortunately, I didn't think about taking pictures when I started, so let me explain; one corner was totally missing and there were a couple of raised areas. I cut a piece of hardboard to size and I decided to pack these from below with expanded polystyrene all stuck down with PVA. The exposed pieces were coated with plaster of paris.
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The existing vac form had been painted with enamels - no need to alter this as it will act as a base colour. When everything had dried and was set the plaster of paris was painted with burnt umber poster paint using the leopard spotting method.
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I then brushed PVA over the base.
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The thick coat was then ready for various ground scatters:
    Grey stone
    Ballast
    Sand
    Cork granules
    Dried tea leaves
    Mid-green scatter
    Summer mix
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A few sprigs of lichen were also added
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This will be allowed to dry overnight before I shake off any loose scatter (and recycle it) :twisted:

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