Needless to say they've sat on my shelf until this week when I decided it was time to build and paint a test kit. Here's a work in progress shot. The base isn't quite finished and I need to get some transfers for the turret but otherwise it's done.
Overall I'm pleased with the end result. I aimed for a cartoon representation of a tank that will stand out on the table. As always the build didn't go according to plan.
What went well:
- Sticking this together with super glue was relatively painless and the finished model seems reasonably solid and stable.
- I put some metal nuts inside the body of the tank to give the model some weight.
- I'm pleased with the colour scheme I ended up with. It's only two colours and a wash made with Burnt Sienna watercolour. It's useful that Russian tanks could be almost any colour green.
- The hand painted red star stands out really well and it was really easy to get the detail on the model to "pop".
- I also tried a new basing scheme: sand washed with Burnt Sienna watercolour and one colour dry brush. This was really quick and effective. I'll be using scheme this a lot more.
- The tracks! After I built the model I realised that the tracks have and inside and outside edges. Now I know what I'm looking for I'll get in right on the other four.
- The reserve tanks. These should have been placed a little higher up and not resting on the track guard. Not a major issue but it highlights the lack of any instructions with the kits. At least they will be a lot more secure.
- The command figure. This is very small for 15 mm. The detail is there it just takes a while to paint but it doesn't really fit in the left hand hatch as there's not split hatch cover in the kit.
- Compared to my usual medieval and renaissance subjects there's a lot of research in a basic model. The internet makes it easier but I'm concerned I'll get drawn into "rivet counting" territory.