Sunday, May 27, 2012

J.E.B. Stuart 1863 by David Lakin

This is the Andrea Miniatures 54mm J.E.B. Stuart 1863 painted by David Lakin using Vallejo Acrylics.

James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart (February 6, 1833 – May 12, 1864) was a U.S. Army officer from Virginia and a Confederate States Army general during the American Civil War. He was known to his friends as "Jeb", from the initials of his given names.

Stuart was a cavalry commander known for his mastery of reconnaissance and the use of cavalry in support of offensive operations. While he cultivated a cavalier image (red-lined gray cape, yellow sash, hat cocked to the side with an ostrich plume, red flower in his lapel, often sporting cologne), his serious work made him the trusted eyes and ears of Robert E. Lee's army and inspired Southern morale. (Wikipedia)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Staghound Mk. 1 Late by Gary Boggs

The Italeri Staghound Mk. 1 Late Version is modeled in the colors and markings of the Polish 2nd Corps, Italy, 1944. The build was extremely fun and straightforward with only minor cleanup and minor fit issues. To increase the accuracy of the model, I added weld beads and casting marks, scratch built handles, tool support brackets, an antennae base, and replaced the kit gun barrels with a 37 mm and .30 cal from Barrel Depot.

Priming and base painting were done with an Iwata HP-CS using Vallejo primer, then a coat of Tamiya XF-1 Flat Black. The base yellow is a 60/40 mix of XF-60 Dark Yellow and XF-4 Yellow Green. The green camo was then airbrushed freehand using an Iwata HP-B+ using XF-64 Nato Green. All paints were thinned with Tamiya Yellow Top Lacquer Thinner.

Next came a gloss coat to protect the camo from the weathering steps and to provide a good base for decals. After the decals were applied, the model was given a flat coat, chipping was applied, and several weathering steps ensued using oils and pigments.

Finally, some parts from the Legends Staghound stowage kit were painted and added to the model, along with some scratch built tarps and bed rolls made with Milliput. All detail painting was done using Vallejo acrylics.

To see the complete and detailed Armorama build log for this project, go here: