Thursday, 26 January 2017

From SimonM: "Copplestone Castings" Mgebrov Single-Turret Armoured Car (20 points)

'The Interceptor' - Accompanied by Mad Max and Imperator Furiosa
This 1/55th Scale Mgebrov Single-Turret Armoured Car can be bought from "Coppletone Castings" as code K53 and is actually produced by "The Honourable Lead Boiler Suit Company". Designed and sold to compliment the manufacturer's "Back Of Beyond " range of miniatures, I actually purchased the resin model in order to use it as a rusty 'steampunk' version of Mad Max's famous Interceptor for my fledgling "Mad Max: Fury Road" project.

Unsurprisingly the kit, also available from "North Star Military Figures", is supplied unpainted and unassembled, and actually proved somewhat cumbersome to put together as a result if it arriving with no instructions. This omission was eventually overcome largely thanks to a picture of the vehicle on the "Copplestone Castings" website, and a bit of drilling (so as to accommodate the metal wheels).
"So I exist in this wasteland... A man, reduced to a single instinct: Survive."
In addition to the model, I also separately prepared a "Games Workshop" 120mm x 92mm oval base for it to sit upon, by marking out the position of its wheels and gritting around them. The base was then primed with "Citadel" Chaos Black, and dry-brushed first with Doombull Brown and then Rakarth Flesh. As a last step I washed the stand with "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade and left it to dry...

The 'Interceptor' itself was initially primed with two coats of "Citadel" Chaos Black and subsequently dry-brushed with "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal. I then 'picked out' it's turret weapon and wheels with Ironbreaker, and heavily washed with the entire vehicle with "Citadel" Nuln Oil.
"How much more can they take from me? They got my blood, now its my car!"
With the car's basic layers finished, I then took some "Mig Productions" Extreme Rust Wash, and having shaken the bottle vigorously, simply administered the particle-charged solution over the majority of the model using a "medium sized round soft paintbrush". Once this had thoroughly dried, and the bottle's contents had been given time to settle to the bottom, I roughly dappled a far more sediment-filled brush over all the seams, rivets and bolts. This technique really seemed to help build up some thick rust in the deeper recesses of the vehicle.

As I wanted the automobile to appear somewhat well-cared for, despite its post-apocalyptic environment, I decided to 'clean' the car up a bit by dry-brushing certain areas with more "Citadel" Abaddon Black. In addition to this, I tidied up the wheels, weapon, and painted the headlight with a combination of "Vallejo" White and "Citadel" Nuln Oil.
'The Interceptor' WIPS - The model was dry-brushed with more Black once the rust effect had dried
Having fixed the vehicle to its 'finished' base (as the car's clearance was so low as to make painting its stand impossible otherwise) I shook my bottle of "Mig Productions" Extreme Rust Wash once again and applied the 'watery' solution over the edges of my recent dry-brushing, so as to tone down its starkness. The 'Interceptor' was then varnished.

I certainly have experience in building models sans instructions! I can also acknowledge how tenacity, ingenuity, but really just sheer honest stubborness will win the day. The effort you put into this iron(ok resin) beast has paid dividends in the last. A very fine ride it is. I appreciate the stage shots as I can see how stopping at any one of the "Mig" wash steps would have yielded a different ride altogether. This is very well suited to Mad Max, but I do envision many other games where it would have an impact as well. I'd like one myself!
just for the extra work and the base, I piped you up a few points. Very fine work, Simon!

29 comments:

  1. This is a great piece, needs a guy with a electric guitar that shoots flames on the top

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    1. Oh absolutely Martin :-) Such a corking film imho. Hopefully they'll make a couple more and turn it into a trilogy.

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  2. Nice, got to love an inter war armoured car, especially with a lived in look!
    Best Iain

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  3. Very nice work, love facing these AC's LOL

    Ian

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  4. I have to say I do not normally like gloss varnish but this time it makes it look like it is raining and that kind of enhances the rust.

    A very good job mate.

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    1. Thanks Clint. I know gloss varnish is a love-hate thing; especially on something so supposedly dry and rusty.

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  5. Great looking AC Blax, lots of care and attention needed but great results.

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  6. I love that armoured car! Must get on for the collection.

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    1. Its a lovely model Curt, and with your paint-brush I'm sure it'll look awesome!!

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    1. Nice to see someone else with a memory for that film's awesome quotes, Barks :-)

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    1. Its about as historical as I get, Dave ;-)

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  9. Excellent, love the rust effect.

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  10. Very clever idea to repurpose that model, it turned out well.

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  11. She looks like she been put to hard use. The rust came out really well. Nice work!

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