Tamiya 1/35 Nashorn

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Evening all. Would love thoughts on the progress of the Nashorn. Probably the most enjoyable kit I have ever made...now embarking on painting and weathering, which has never been my strong suit. Here is gun compartment WIP...most effort so far has gone into the crew. Really appreciate as honest a comment as possible. My main thoughts are: Is the wash on the gun carriage too much, have I highlighted the uniforms enough. (shell cases on the floor are wrong size, just wanted to get a feel of how it looked.
 

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Figures look good Jack. I would personally lighten the wash as I think it is a little heavy. However, it depends on the effect you are after. Do you want to stain the surface or highlight the detail....
Best advice with weathering is do it little by little....and let each layer dry before adding the next. That way you can gradually build up the effect, which will make for a more subtle and believable finish. Don’t rush it and try to do everything in one sitting. However, there are as many ways to do this as there are modellers to do it....
 
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Figs look good. Have to agree w/Tim on the gun. Most accounts I've read get the brass overboard soonest as they get in the way big time. Would half expect the brass to bounce out the open doors anyhow. PaulE
 
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Hi Jack, I agree with the two gentlemen Tim and Paul. The wash needs a bit of control for both filtering or highlighting the detail. On application, a moist brush with thinner is used to tease the wash to corners and edges of raised detail as can be seen on some of your rivet and bolts on the gun cradle edge. Excess wash stains on wide flat surfaces should be wipe away with a clean cotton bud. To ecentuate further detail is to do a darker pin wash in places that you want highlighted.

Filters and washes can vary in different hues of cool or warm pigments depending on the base colour.

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Hi Jack,
A great attempt but agree with the others a little at a time. Plus another thing to remember the gun would have been kept fairly clean as heavy dirt would not have been tolerated by those in charge. As Steve said a gentle dry brush will tone it down.
 
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Hi Jack,
A great attempt but agree with the others a little at a time. Plus another thing to remember the gun would have been kept fairly clean as heavy dirt would not have been tolerated by those in charge. As Steve said a gentle dry brush will tone it down.
I admit I got impatient...the first few layers were fine...then I went over the top!
 

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Jack .
I agree with my good friend Steve " Rivet " Jones. There can't be anyone who has not done it. I still do !
Don't be put off, take the advice as you have and lets see the results. :thumb2:
John.
 

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well done on the rescue the barrel look spot on now...and love the action with the figures in the fighting compartment
 
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Something I thought of the order day, but forgot to post: you aren’t going to put brass-coloured shell cases in the model, are you? By this stage of the war, most German cases were made from brownish, varnished steel, so a steel metallic colour with a brown wash over it will be more historically accurate than bare turned brass cases.
 

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Jack.
Great, you've got it. Nice work mate.:thumb2:
Looking fwd to seeing more of this, I've a couple of open topped SPG, ( fun to do the weathering on ). in my stash .
John.
 
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Thanks all...certainly a very enjoyable build so far. Next step is some green/brown cammo, light weathering on that, and then a winter cammo whitewash (never attempted that before), so looking forward to it.

Something I thought of the order day, but forgot to post: you aren’t going to put brass-coloured shell cases in the model, are you? By this stage of the war, most German cases were made from brownish, varnished steel, so a steel metallic colour with a brown wash over it will be more historically accurate than bare turned brass cases.
Thanks Jakko...hadn't considered that. I initially wanted brass to add a bit of colour (call it artistic license), especially with the detail of the crew holding them, but the shells I ordered don't quite fit in the racks...so need to have a bit of a re-think there anyway.
 
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