The Warrior finished and some figure building

After doing some additional weathering and painting, I consider the Warrior finished.

Finished, rear view
Finished, rear view
Finished, front view
Finished, front view

I’ll take better pics of the finished build later. I need to push on with the figures to get them done. Here’s a pic of the current progress on the figures.

Eight figures on the go
Eight figures on the go

It has taken some time to clean up all parts, and fitting the arms in order to hold the weapons properly.

Warrior, weathering and final steps.

I’m getting closer and closer to finishing this kit, and one part of the process was adding all the 7 decals, which at some point turned out to be harder than I’ve thought. Two of the decals go on the fire extinguishers, wouldn’t conform to the cylindrical shape, and required some extra work, but in the end I got all the decals in place!

Decals on
Decals on
More decals
More decals

I have no idea why the rear panel is slightly tilded, but I can’t adjust it now without the risk of breaking something.

After the decals was in place I did some weathering with brown oil colour and Tamiya weathering sets, mainly sand and light sand.

Weathering done
Weathering done

Then I could start with the protective bars that goes around the vehicle.

Protection bars awaiting assembly
Protection bars awaiting assembly

Putting all those bars/plates took a while, and once done there isn’t much left to do, except some additional weathering to tie it all together.

I also need to assemble and paint all the figures. They look quite nice but the guns are very delicate. I’ll have them on their stands for now, until I decide about a possible dio.

Almost done
Almost done

More built and painted on my Warrior

This kit is in some ways not an easy build, as it requires some planning. Some parts won’t be easy to reach when painting otherwise, and in some cases it won’t be possible to add some of the decals as they sit inside of the protection bars.

Anyway I’ve added some more parts to the body and turret, prior to adding the protective skirts.

Small parts added
Small parts added

I also started building on of the figures and a few small parts that will be needed later.

One of the figures
One of the figures

With the small parts in place I could start painting. First the tan base colour.

Base colour painted
Base colour painted

Next I painted a slightly lighter tan.

Next layer
Next layer

And finally a layer of Portland Stone, not covering entirely, mor like dusting it on.

Last cote
Last cote

Now I will continue adding side plates and some other stuff until next phase is reached.

The Warrior build progress.

The wheels, armor plates and underside got painted with the last colour tone.

Underside and wheels painted.
Underside and wheels painted.

The wheels got their rubber surfaces painted.

Wheels paianted
Wheels painted

I also re-painted the tracks in a slightly different metal colour.

Track parts painted.
Track parts painted

I’ve worked some with the turret interior, and got it ready to assemble.

Turret before assembly
Turret before assembly

Turret and body test fitted. I hope I can unmount it!

Turret test fitted
Turret test fitted

Next will be to assembly all the wheels, and start to give the tracks a rusty sandy kind of look using Tamiya weathering sets. Then I can assembly the tracks and get on with the topside.

The Warrior underside and wheels painted.

A bit of slow progress, but I’ve finally managed to get the underside and all wheel parts painted.

Underside painted.
Underside painted.

There’s an intentional uneven look to it. Now I only need to paint the wheel rubber rims, and start assembling wheels and then the tracks.

The turret is really a bit further ahead, but I’ve started working with it a bit, and the interior part is done, and the inside of the turret got some primer inside, as the primer is a match for the interior colour.

Turret parts, ready for assembly.
Turret parts, ready for assembly.

There’s actually quite a few parts that go on the outside of the turret, hatches, and periscopes and boxes and whatnot.
The plan is to glue these parts, and then continue with tracks and the hull and all the parts on the topside.

Some more painted on the Warrior.

The build have been standing still for some time, as I had more urgent things to take care of since my dad passed away. Now it’s all in the hands of the lawfirm, and I can’t do much until that is done. So I did some painting, mainly on the other side of the wheels with the basic desert colour.

Some painting done
Some painting done!

The underside also got a thin layer of a lighter colour. I will paint with the lighest colour later, trying to create variations.

As soon as the wheels are painted properly on both sides, I will start adding a black/greyish rubber paint to the rims. And then I’ll start assembling wheels and tracks.

Matilda tank, almost done!

The tank commander got some dry brushing with tropical tan, and some details painted. I also added a wire to his mic.
The tank itself got some more dust and sand. I used both pigments and diluted sand colour. Need to practice more to get it look like sand entered every nook and cranny.

Tank commander in place.
Tank commander in place!

I’ll check it over and then I’ll take some better pics for the final reveal.

Matilda tank – weathering

I started weathering the tank with oil washes, Vallejo and Lifecolor paints, and Tamiya weathering sets. Building up both dirt, rust and dust.

Weathering started.
Weathering started.

Quite happy with how it looks so far, but looking at the pics I realise it needs some more in the openings among other places. Maybe some more sand and grime.

Last thing to do is to finish the tank commander. It’s been a while since I started this kit, so I’m not sure which colours I’ve used. Have to do a search for British desert camo during WW2.

Matilda tank, old Tamiya, long overdue update.

I think I started this one last year, and the reason it stopped was that the decals fell apart and I couldn’t get hold of new ones with less than buying a new kit. Time went by and recently In made a decision to try and finish it anyway.

So I handpainted callsign and numbers and then masked for the white and red markings on the sides of the hull and turret.

Masked and ready for paint.
Masked and ready for paint.

Next I painted white and then masked off for the red colour. Here’s how it turned out.

Markings done!
Markings done!
other side
Other side.

I noticed that the red and white fields wasn’t same size as the other side. Might have to try and adjust that somewhat.

Left to do now is finding the figure and do some weathering.