Panzer IV #2: Coloring a tank!

Hey folks!

In this part of my small "how I did my Panzer IV" series, I will show you my first essential steps of painting. If you missed the first part of the tank building klick HERE to repeat this!

For the next coming steps I used my airbrush. Usual I would say everything is possible with an ordinary brush too, but in this case it is inevitable to have one. Again and again different layers in different mediums shall find place on the tank, so it would take ages to finish it with a brush. But I don't have an expensive equipment. My airbrush pistol is an very old model by Revell. The nozzle size works like a flame thrower and I can't  controll the pressure. All my tools and additional must haves are more on of the cheaper ones. So I'm not convinced about that, that an airbrush equipment must be high expensive and has to be always the best, but it depents on the use.

Anyway, lets go back to my tank! At first I primed all with common white primer from Games Workshop out of the spray can. I decided to use only white to get a good bright base, because I know that the model will getting darker and darker with every new wash, filter, waethering effect and more. So I would safe a much bright color start as possible. 



After priming I need a lot of layers of the bright yellowish base color. But with the airbrush and a comon hair dryer it was done very fast. For the wheels I used a more black base color to get a realistic tone for the rubber parts on it. 


To get a nice and smooth camouflage look I almost used Blu-Tack and stripes to cover up the areas where I wish to have only the yellow base color. I choosed a stripes schema for the camouflage. Of course it is a lot of work to cover up all the areas, but these technique is it worth at all! I love the moment where the sprayed color is dry and it is time to remove the covers :)


Sprayed it red/ brownish....


... and enjoyed every moment after removing the tape and the Blu-Tack! 
As i said before, now the appereance of the whole tank is very bright. And it is good how it is. With the first washes it will getting darker, and there will follow a lot of them. If you start with to dark colors you could get a 'color brick'. That means a to much dark model without any contrasts later on. 


The same technique for the turret and the armour plates. 



On the left side in the picture you can see the colored wheels. Maybe you remember that I colored them total black before. To spray the inner areas red I cutted a template out of carton with a round hole inside. 


Again nice camouflaged bright colored armour plates. 


Decals for the army marks. Next time in every case with decal softer! On the picture it looks good, but in real the decal looks like a "sticker" on the model. 


In the past I did project almost with plans and ideas out of my minds. But had a lot times the experience that I'm get lost at the process of a project. In my last projects I began to write down my needed steps in bullet pionts. That almost helps me to stay on a good path. Further more projects like this needs a lot of different techniques in a correct setted order. I would definitly lost the overview with no plans on paper. So I writed down a nice manual from a model building magazine. 


Now it was time to bring the next color variations on the tank. I used oil colors to do that. With a very thin mixture of color and with spirit I brushed the mix over all areas of the tank. From time to time I mixed a little bit more brown, yellow or orange to the mixture and used that for seperate different areas. For example you could paint the whole turret in a more yellowish color. With this effect the turret is a could be part from another tank.
These small unsimular painted parts shouldn't  look totally different, but they bring more varriation in the general color. 



I used the oil to create a first rust sketch on the armour plates. For this streaks I painted small unthinned oil color streaks under the holes, and waited a moment. Then I took a bigger brush with white spirit on it to blend the streaks to smoother rust streaks. Unfortunately I have no pictures about it, but there are a lot of (youtube) tutorials in the world wide web. 


And this is the main body of the tank after a thread with an other streaking grime by MIG. How I did that and much much more weathering effects, I will explain you in my next part of 
"how to build a Panzer IV!"

all the best 

Siggi

Halloween is coming ....

Hey folks!

One week left to Halloween. So I took the chance for a small quick scary and dirty project. I bought this small bust at the Scale Model Challenge two weeks ago. Unfortunately I can't remember who sculpetd this or the name of the company. Maybe someone  could me in this, because the range of the sculpts was very very nice and I would like to know the name. Anyway, this one shall be a quick paint job, and I hope to finish it in the coming week.


At first I did some small conversions. But all in all the bust is very cool how it is and it would be nice too to paint it out of the box. 



Priming ...


And ready to go! 


Started with a wet in wet massacre. 


And some more layers in different colors.




It's almost finished. In the next days I will add some more color layers to skin. The good thing is that there is slot of space to play with different skin colors. And at the mo I have no ideas about the eyes, but I'm certain that I will find a creative solution. At least some more variations with blood and slime. Thought about to use blue blood instead of the comon red one by Tamyia. We will see ...

So keep your bloody eyes open and stay tuned! 

best 

Siggi

Panzer IV #1: Building a tank!

Hey folks!

Days ago I had post my first real model building experience. I built a Sherman M4A2 for a tank challenge at our local hobby store TTS Hamburg. if you missed it klick HERE. After a post on facebook.com about this topica friend asked me if I'm interested to build another tank for a photoshooting (maybe some more infos about it later on ;) ). I really enjoyed the work with the model plastic kit, so I said yes and start to built this 'Panzer IV Ausführung J' by the company Tamiya. With this and the next posts I would like to invite you to take part on my journey in this new field of my hobby. 



The model number 'Ausführung J' was the last built series in the WWII and in general the 'Panzer IV' was the most buillt tank in the second worldwar. 
No worries, I won't give you a huge shot about historical facts, because these are my almost known infos about the tank. A lot of "real" model builders would hate me for that, but the historical backrounds aren't not so much important for me in these kinds of projects. Just some three or four details in coloring of the tank should be enough ;) 

The plastic parts maze will start!



I did some small changes on parts of the kit to create a more individuell and used look. For some bigger gaps I used 'Plasto' putty from Revell. But all in all the parts fits very well.
To know how the tracks will work and look on the tank I put all together before starting to color it. But I didn't glued it then for a better painting of the upper tank part. 
Btw: For the whole building I used super glue. This one works but it isn't the best choice. At first you have to fix the glued parts in just a few seconds before it is fixed hard. As second the parts could break easier later on. With real plastic glue the parts are really melting together and gives the whole piece a more stable construction.


Attention, more historical backround!
Usual the 'Ausführung J' had side armour plates build in wire simular to fences. Enough to catch tank grenades. But There were also some models with medal plates as additional armour on the side. I really love the look with that plates, so I created some by my own with plastic card. If you would like to know more about the tank, klick HERE for some (german) infos. 

metalic side armour plates 
wired side armour


To get a more interesting view on the model I reduced some plates later on, and gave them also a used look. 
Again, the tracks, the turret and the armour plates wasn't glued on the main body to could paint them better later on. 


At least everything was finally prepared. I created some easy little helpers, to handle all parts better in all painting steps. It is good to think about the coming painting steps before you do this. 

And here we are! The tank is built, ready to paint and how this was done I will show you in my next 'Panzer IV' posts!

all the best

Siggi





Contest: Paintmaster 2014!

Hey painters out there,

our contest is nearly done and the next contest of a painter and blogger we like ,Tuffskull from tuffskullswopp.blogspot.de, is just started:


Here are the rules, german and enlglish (as Copy from the original blogsite)

Regeln des Paintmaster 2014


Insgesamt gibt es drei Kategorien:

1. Foto: Hier dürfen schöne und interessante Bilder eingereicht werden. Dabei ist es egal, ob aus den Bereichen Natur, Gebäude, Portrait oder Tiere – wir sind da sehr flexibel. Bewertet werden Bildkomposition und Gesamteindruck. Damit man auch etwas erkennen kann, sollte die lange Seite des Bildes mindestens 1.000 Pixel breit sein.

2.  Einzel-Figur: Vollkommen egal ob SciFi, historisch oder Fantasy - auch der Maßstab ist egal. Es dürfen alle Figuren eingereicht werden: Thema: Ein echter Haudegen. Dabei ist unerhelblich, ob es sich um einen Fußer, oder ein Monster handelt. Es gibt nur eine essentielle Regel: Die Figur darf bisher noch nicht in einem Wettbewerb eingereicht worden sein. Sollten wir mitbekommen, dass die Figur schon eingereicht worden ist, wird sie disqualifiziert.

Der Beitrag sollte mindestens von drei Seiten fotografiert werden. Ein viertes Bild sollte Eure Figur mit einem Schild mit aktuellem Datum und dem Schriftzug „Paintmaster 2014“ zeigen. Bei der Bildgröße solltet Ihr den gesunden Menschenverstand walten lassen. Man kann nur bewerten was man sieht. Breiter als 1.000 Pixel, muss es aber nicht sein.


3. Open Modelling: Wir überlassen es Euch, was Ihr in dieser Kategorie einreichen mögt. Egal ob Raumschiff, oder Diorama - auch Fahrzeuge sind im Open Modelling genau richtig. Es gibt nur eine essentielle Regel: Die Figur darf bisher noch nicht in einem Wettbewerb eingereicht worden sein. Sollten wir mitbekommen, dass die Figur schon eingereicht worden ist, wird sie disqualifiziert.

Auch für diese Kategorie gilt:  Der Beitrag sollte mindestens von drei Seiten fotografiert werden. Ein viertes Bild sollte Eure Figur mit einem Schild mit aktuellem Datum und dem Schriftzug „Paintmaster 2014“ zeigen. Bei der Bildgröße solltet Ihr den gesunden Menschenverstand walten lassen. Man kann nur bewerten was man sieht. breiter als 1.000 Pixel, muss es aber nicht sein.

Ihr seht also, die Regeln sind denkbar einfach!

Start ist der heute. Offizieller Abgabeschluss ist der 30.11.2014 Mitternacht! Zwei Monate Zeit!
Bitte sendet Eure Beiträge an tuffnox (at) aol (dot) com
Als Juroren werden Dirk „noxious“ Bröning, ich, Florian Weinheimer und noch ein dritter bisher noch nicht benannter Juror versuchen möglichst objektiv Eure Leistung zu beurteilen!

Viel Spaß beim Mitmachen! 

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One year is over and it is time to call out for a contest: The Paintmaster 2014. Nearly the same as last year.

Rules for the Paintmaster 2014

1. foto: You can enter interesting and beautiful pictures here. It doesn’t matter in which theme it takes place – nature, animals, portraits or buildings. The composition and the allover look are most important. The picture should be at least 1.000 pixels wide

2. figures: It doesn’t matter if scifi, historical or fantasy - monster or soldier. Even the scale doesn't matter. Al we want is that it is a true grit. There is only one rule: The mini is not allowed having been already entered in another contest. Should we recognize, that it has already taken part in a contest, it will be disqualified.

There should be at least three pics with different views. A fourth pic should contain a written paper “Paintmaster 2014”. From the size of the pic we trust you - but always remember, what we can’t see can’t be judged.

3. open modeling: You can enter whatever you want – spaceship, dioramas – whatever you like even 28 mm vehicles are possible of course. There is only one rule (again): The mini is not allowed having been already entered in another contest. Should we recognize, that it has already taken part in a contest it will be disqualified.

There should be at least three pics with different views. a fourth pic should contain a written paper “Paintmaster 2014”. From the size of the pic we trust you, but always remember, what we can’t see can’t be judged.

As you can see: Simple rules!

The Contest is starting today till 30st november midnight. So two month of joy!

please send your entries at tuffnox (at) aol (dot) com


In the jury are  Dirk “noxious” Bröning of course myself, Florian Weinheimer and a third which I still have to ask.


I wish you much fun taking part! 
I will also try to finish something, good luck to you all!

And the Winner is.... Contest Results!!!!


Ok all.. it has been a while since we finished the competition, and it has been very difficult process to do all the judging due to all the high level pieces being submitted!!! Really have to thank everyone who entered as it was great to have over 50 entries in our first competition!

But I guess everyone just wants to know what the results are, and who won!!!! So without further ado, here goes the results!!!


Category Single Miniature

In Third place.. Artem Romanov - Hellgirl 



TechniqueAtmosphereCreativityTotal
3,83,63,53,6



In Second Place... Maartje Giesbers - Alice in Wonderland



TechniqueAtmosphereCreativityTotal
3,83,73,73,7

And in First place... Roman Lappat - Frogs X-ing



TechniqueAtmosphereCreativityTotal
4,1554,7

Category Monster/Vehicle

In Third place... Jorge Ayora - Rocco



TechniqueAtmosphereCreativityTotal
43,22,83,3

For Second place... Remi Argoud - Legio, Chaos Knight



TechniqueAtmosphereCreativityTotal
3,73,23,53,5

And in First place... Thomas Wasch - Minotaure



TechniqueAtmosphereCreativityTotal
4,73,533,7

Category Tall Tales

In Third place... David Powell - Lost in the Dark



TechniqueAtmosphereCreativityTotal
44,844,3

In Second place... Stephan Lang - LiMinZhu



TechniqueAtmosphereCreativityTotal
3,754,54,4

And in First place... Justin Rae - Super Savior



TechniqueAtmosphereCreativityTotal
4,54,34,74,5

Most Creative

and the most creative award goes to... 
Melanie Drews - Fragile Shelter



Again, we want to thank everyone for entering the contest once more! It really has been quite the ride for us here at 5th-dimension. Getting to know how to run such a contest from our blog, and how much work it would be required to run such a contest! Trust me when we say that it has been a huge learning curve for us, and we are really looking forward to the ability to do this again in the future!

Lots of Prizes to be sent out from the 5th-Dimension crew here! The prize pool from our Sponsors is quite large and many of the contestants are going to be winning a prize!

Here is the break down of prizes:-

Only Single Miniature winners will receive:-

3rd place
  • Figone's Lharm
  • A Square Micha Plinth
  • A Rectangular Micha Plinth
2nd place
  • Figone's Caapiti
  • A Square Micha Plinth
  • A Rectangular Micha Plinth
1st place
  • Figone's Minotuar
  • A Square Micha Plinth
  • A Rectangular Micha Plinth
  • A 40mm Darkmessiah Bases' Cog Plinth
  • A Kellerkind Miniature 
  • A 10 Euro Battlefield Berlin Voucher

Our Monster/Vehicle winners will receive:-

3rd place
  • Figone's Carmina
  • A Square Micha Plinth
  • A Rectangular Micha Plinth
2nd place
  • Figone's Remussen
  • A Square Micha Plinth
  • A Rectangular Micha Plinth
1st place
  • Figone's The Prowler
  • A Square Micha Plinth
  • A Rectangular Micha Plinth
  • A 40mm Darkmessiah Bases' Cog Plinth
  • Kellerkind's Plinth Scenery
  • A 10 Euro Battlefield Berlin Voucher

Our Tall Tales winner will receive:-

3rd place

  • Figone's Arthur
  • A Square Micha Plinth
  • A Rectangular Micha Plinth
2nd place
  • Figone's Carlos
  • A Square Micha Plinth
  • A Rectangular Micha Plinth
1st place
  • Figone's Sapo
  • A Square Micha Plinth
  • A Rectangular Micha Plinth
  • A 40mm Darkmessiah Bases' Cog Plinth
  • Kellerkind's Plinth Scenery 
  • A 10 Euro Battlefield Berlin Voucher

 Our Most Creative entry will receive:-

  • Figone's Charming Toad
  •  A 40mm Darkmessiah Bases' Cog Plinth
  • A Square Micha Plinth
  • A Rectangular Micha Plinth
  • A Special Round Micha Plinth
  • Kellerkind Diorama Accessories 
  • A 10 Euro Battlefield Berlin Voucher
  • Massive Voodoo's Uber Mystery Pack 

Now, on to our random prize winners!

From Figone, our random prize winners are:-

  • Dark Elf - Harald Moosmann
  • Sci-fi guy with Gun - Peter Toth
From Darkmessiah Bases our random prize winners are:-

  • 30mm Cog Plinth - Stephan Lang
  • 30mm Cog Plinth - Andy M. Schuppeschampoo
  • 30mm Cog Plinth - Florian Weinheimer
  • 30mm Cog Plinth - Helgar
  • 30mm Cog Plinth - Chris Suhre
  • 30mm Cog Plinth - Robert Dannies
From Kellerkind our random prize winners are:-

  • Kellerkind Miniature - K23
  • Kellerkind Miniature - Dennis Hedin Salo
  • Kellerkind Miniature - Thor Intararangson
  • Kellerkind Miniature - Oliver Späth
  • Kellerkind Miniature - Arne Wilkens
  • Kellerkind Miniature - Cristoph Blumenthal 

From Scale 75 our random prize winners are:-
  • Gold NMM Paint set - Martin Vermeulen
  • Silver NMM Paint set - Sebastian Gröger
  • Gold Metallics Paint set - Patrick Cudrey
  • Silver Metallics Paint Set - Daan Rami

From Big Panda V our random prize winner is:-
  • Bumper Hobby Pack - John Keys 
From Fernando Ruiz Minaitures our random prize winner is :-
  • Richardo Pisa

For those that have won, please email us at the same address you entered with - contest @ 5-th-dimension.com ( just remove the spaces ;) ). And provide us with your mailing address so that we know where to send the medals and prizes!!!!

We would just like to thank our sponsors for their generosity. Without their support we would have not been able to reward our competitors to anywhere near the extent we have!


  

That's it for now, thank you to everyone who has entered, we hope you enjoyed the contest, until next year, cheerio!

5th Dimension Team