MSC would like to share the second part in a twp-part review blog that originally appeared on Modelers Social Club. Jeff Tucker takes a look at Vallejo’s War Games Paint Series German Armour Paint Set # 70.155: (Original post in MSC http://modelerssocialclub.proboards.com/thread/8092/) Link to the first part of the series: http://wp.me/p4OHp2-9J
German Armour paint set
MSRP: £11.99 UK / $20.23 US
This is a six color paint set for the painting of WW2 German Armor models. This set is comprised of Vallejo’s high quality Model Color 17ml bottles.
70890 Reflective Green
70872 Chocolate Brown
70995 German Grey
70304 Track Primer
On the back side of the box you will find a painting guide suggesting where each color can be used.
You will note that, Gunmetal #70.863 and Beige Brown #70.875 are not included in the set but they are in the Infantry Basic Paint Set # 70.156 reviewed above. This is an excellent example of how the Basic Sets and Subsets can be used together to “cover all the bases” so to speak.
What you get.
The test bed for this review will be a 251/D Halftrack in 1/72 scale out of Plastic Soldier’s German SdKfz 251/D Halftrack Variants kit.
This is a simple kit with not very many parts and in about 15 minutes I had the sub-assemblies ready for a couple of light coats of Vallejo’s 73601 primer. It was a little too thick out of the bottle to run through my airbrush so I reduced it about 50% with water and it went on very nicely.
After letting the parts dry overnight, it was on to the color.
The plan was to spray the interior, exterior and track assemblies, then brush in the details.
After some trial and error, I found that for airbrushing, a mix ratio of 1 part water to 1 part paint sprayed at 12-15 lbs out of a gravity feed Airbrush worked very well for me. Clean up was a breeze using water and finishing up with Vallejo’s Airbrush Cleaner.
The interior got 3-4 coats of Ivory.
The exterior, tracks and wheels received Middlestone.
As you can see, the paint went on very smoothly and evenly. The technique that worked best for Me was to apply 1-2 light mist coats followed by 1-2 fairly wet coats, waiting for each coat to dry before applying the next. It was a bit of a learning curve but now that I have figured it out, I have confidence that I should be able to get good results with all the Model Colors.
After finishing the base color it was time to move on to brushing in the details. All of the colors were reduced to 3 parts paint to 1 part water, with the exception of the Black Grey used to paint the tires. This I reduced 1 to 1 to make it a bit thinner so it would flow into the wheel/tire seam giving a nice clean edge. Three coats did it.
For the tracks and roadwheels, I used Track Primer and Gunmetal for the edges of the wheels. I also dry brushed the tracks a bit with the Gunmetal to see what would happen. It worked well I think.
I won’t bore you with a blow by blow description of painting the body. After laying out the lines, I proceeded to brush in the area’s with their respective colors, Chocolate Brown # 70.872 and Reflective Green # 70.890 with the dots applied using #70.882 Middlestone.
Two coats of each color was all that was needed. At the 3:1 ratio coverage was excellent and made it easy to maintain a nice smooth edge. The paint dried slowly enough to let it lay down, leave very few brush marks and dry to a Matt finish.
Once I figured out these paints, I found them very easy to use and clean up was simple using water and Windex. All in all I was happy with the results I achieved and am planning on using more Vallejo products in the future.
I would like to thank Vallejo for supplying MSC with these two Paint Sets.
Reviewed by Jeff Tucker