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1. Very soon the construction is done and our model can be primed. Being a multi-media kit, a good primer is necessary. As usual I primed my models with Vallejo Acrylic Primers and this case was no exception. In this case I used their grey primer applied in several layers in order to keep the great surface detail.
2. Once the primer well dry, I airbrushed the entire model in Vallejo Model Air (71.017) Russian Green. Airbrushed in several layers.
3. Since the beginning my idea was to paint my model in a winter wash scheme. So, the next stage was airbrush the entire model in Vallejo Model Air (71.001) White.

4. The weathering started by applying hundreds of small scratches with the help of a small sponge. The color used was the base color, the Vallejo Model Air (71.017) Russian Green.
5. The scratch work was finished with the help of a brand new very fine brush. This stage is very time consuming and some care and patience is needed. During this process is very easy to ruin the model. The scratches must be applied in the logical places and not all over the model.
6. The model almost finished. Now it’s time to apply the decals. All the material need to apply the decals.

7. Dip the decal into water for a few seconds…
8. Where the decal will be placed, I apply a small portion of Vallejo (70.510) Gloss Varnish. This will turn the surface even more flat and ideal to receive the decal. Let to dry a few minutes.
9. Next step is applying a small portion of Vallejo (73.213) Decal Fix in the spot where the decal will be. This product will increase the decal setting.

10. I place the decal in the spot and remove the excess of water. Normally I use a cotton bud or a small piece of tissue paper.
11. Over the decal I apply a small portion of Vallejo (73.212) Decal Medium. This product will soften the decal and increase the setting. In fact this product will almost destroy the decal. The decal will turn with a bad look, but no worries, once Vallejo Decal Medium is well dry, the decal will look great and will look like painted over the surface.
12. To finish the job I apply a small portion of Vallejo (70.520) Matt Varnish over the decal. The varnish will protect and seal the decal.

13. The decal looks like painted over the surface. No flash is visible.
14. The propeller blades were airbrushed in Vallejo Model Air (71.062) Aluminium. Applied in several layers. The metal colors from the Vallejo Model Air range dry ultra fast and very soon we can continue the paint job.
15. Tamiya Masking Tape was used to mask the blades. A brand new blade is necessary for a clean job.

16. Then the blades were airbrushed in Vallejo Model Air (71.084) Fire Red. After that, we will take off the masking tape. Note that the masking tape is gently removed.
17. The two color blades will add an extra interest to the model.
18. Several scratches were applied with a sponge and a very fine brand new brush. Then, the blades were washed with Vallejo Transparent Acrylic Wash solutions. Applied with a flat brush and in and around the recessed details.

19. The finished model and ready to be placed in the base. Note all the small details and how the aluminium / red blades adds an extra touch of interest. Parts like the small flags and machine gun also add interest to the model. The size of the model is evident!
21. The interior of the base is filled with heat isolation foam. Eat isolation foam is cheap and easy to find in any arts and crafts store. Being lightweight is ideal to fill big volumes. Also is very easy to work. A simple draw was made over the foam in order to get the proper ground shape.
22. I started working the ground shape and determining the final model position.

23. I used to make the terrain Vallejo White Stone Paste (26.211), Brown and Black acrylic paint. The paste looks like chocolate mousse and was applied over the foam with a medium brush. Normally I use a cheap brush for this task. In the end it can be cleaned with water.
24. Once the terrain paste is well dry some more planning can be made. This time with more elements like a telegraphic pole from the MiniArt range, defensive element from Accurate Armour and damaged drums from Royal Model. Small details can always be added. They will improve the items. Note how an iron handle and damaged iron cable can add an extra touch of realism.
25. The terrain paste was mixed with small grass roots. The idea is to represent a soil full of roots and with a more spooky look.

25. The mixture is applied with a medium cheap brush and with the help of the fingers.
26. Vallejo (26.201) Water Texture was applied with a medium brush. This will add to the terrain the wet look I want.
27. The telegraphic pole was airbrushed in several colors. In this case all from the Vallejo Model Air. Using several colors turns the elements more realistic and more visually interesting.

28. The defensive obstacle was airbrushed in Vallejo Model Air (71.002) Yellow and with the decals in place, several scratches were applied with a sponge and finished with a very fine brand new brush. Then the item received a wash of Vallejo Transparent Acrylic Wash solution. In this case in Sepia Shade applied with a small flat brush.
29. With all the elements in place and the KV-152 definitely glued into the base, several coats of Vallejo (26.230) Still Water were brushed over the surface. This will add the wet look to the terrain and prepare the ground to receive the snow from Deluxe Materials.
30. The Deluxe Materials snow mixture is applied with a small brush and in the logical places. The roots covered in snow can look spooky and interesting at the same time.

31. The figure was entirely painted in Vallejo Model Color acrylics, except for the flesh areas that were painted in oils. Once well dry the figure was finished with Vallejo pigments applied directly from the jar and then fixed with small drops of Winsor & Newton Artist’ White Spirit.
32. The final picture.

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Date of publication: 04/04/2011
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