Plastic Soldier Co. Panther camo paint tutorial

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Plastic Soldier Co. Panther camo paint tutorial

Unread post by Locozugmeister » Sun May 20, 2012 10:18 pm

:bowty: Welcome to the Panther camo paint tutorial. I will be posting some tips and ideas along with pictures of how I paint my models. Feel free to use what ever painting supplies and painting style you prefer. These will just be the basic steps to painting a 3 tone hard edge camo on the Panther.

One of the first things you might want to do is find some referance photos to get ideas for your project. I use Google Images quite a bit for this. I've also found some modeling sites helpfull. Here's a couple examples.
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I'll be posting the 1st part tomorrow and I'll try to keep it just like the build thread.
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Re: Plastic Soldier Co. Panther camo paint tutorial

Unread post by Locozugmeister » Mon May 21, 2012 4:46 pm

:bowty: This will be the 1st part of the Panther camo painting tutorial. I have a few pics I'll post along with some pointers for each. This Tutorial is based on how I paint my models and just for referance. Feel free to do what ever your used to in your modeling. If you have any questions please feel free to ask and I'll do my best to help out.

A)
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I prefer to have my model in 3 sub-parts. Lower Hull/Tracks, Upper Hull, and the Turret. The first thing to do is to get some primer on your Panther. I use Krylon Gray primer and have had excellent results with this. It drys quickly and goes on smoothly. I would recommend a few hours for drying time before painting the first base color.

B)
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Once your primer has dried you will need to get a base color on your model. I prefer to brush paint my minis which allows me to easly touch up any mistakes I make along the way. There are some spray paints available if you choose to go that route. The base coat for German Armored vehicles from 1943 to 1945 was a color called "Panzer Yellow". There are many paints available in this color. I use Testors Model Master Acrylics/Polly Scale and Vallejo paints for all my models as these are readly available for me.. Use what ever paint you like here as there are many good brands available. I would recomend Acrylic water base. The clean up is much easier and no STINKY solvents. For my Panther I chose Vallejo "Desert Yellow" from their Game color line of paints as my base coat. This gives a good representation of Panzer Yellow. Apply this color to the entire model. The tracks will not need to be painted during this step and will be covered later on.

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The next step once the yellow base coat is dry is to paint your first camo color. The 2 basic camo colors used by the Germans were Olive Green and Red Brown. You can choose to start with either one. I started with Testors/Polly Scale "German Dark Olive Green". I place the turret on at this point in order to make sure the lines of color match up when a patch is painted on both the hull and turret. I paint these patches in random small and large irregular patterns not to cover more than half the vehicle. This will leave you room for the next color. There is no set pattern for this camo. During WW II the painting was left to the individual tank Commanders of each unit so, be creative with these colors. Once you have the upper hull and turret painted set these aside and go to the lower hull.
The wheels will be painted in all 3 colors. I usually start with the drive sprocket and paint every 3rd wheel counting the inside and outside road wheels. Eventualy each wheel will have a different color (Yellow, Green or, Brown).

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The next and final step for the 3 tone camo is your 3rd color, Red Brown. I used Testors Model Master "Earth Red" for mine. This color will be applied as in section C in the open spaces left between the first color patches. After you upper hull and turret are done, paint the wheels doing every 3rd wheel as in the pictures.

This will finish part 1 on the basic camo for your model. I'll be continuing on with other parts in this painting tutorial covering the detail painting of the panther. The 2nd part will be posted next week dealing with the Tracks, Wheel rims and, rear hull plate details.

Thanks for following along and good luck with your project. Any questions please ask and I'll try to answer the best I can.
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Re: Plastic Soldier Co. Panther camo paint tutorial

Unread post by FieldMarshall Ober » Tue May 22, 2012 9:20 pm

How do you get the edges of the camo so crisp? The brush seems to run out of paint and become fuzzy on the edges.

I'm off to my LGS to crush the young guys.:lol:
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Re: Plastic Soldier Co. Panther camo paint tutorial

Unread post by Locozugmeister » Wed May 23, 2012 2:20 am

FieldMarshall Ober wrote:How do you get the edges of the camo so crisp? The brush seems to run out of paint and become fuzzy on the edges.

I'm off to my LGS to crush the young guys.:lol:
Dip the brush back into the paint! :Tout: (sorry, couldn't resist)

I tend to thin my paint out just a little and as I'm painting the patch I frequently clean my brush of excess paint. I also paint a second coat on the patches.
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Re: Plastic Soldier Co. Panther camo paint tutorial

Unread post by FieldMarshall Ober » Wed May 23, 2012 2:37 am

Locozugmeister wrote:
FieldMarshall Ober wrote:How do you get the edges of the camo so crisp? The brush seems to run out of paint and become fuzzy on the edges.

I'm off to my LGS to crush the young guys.:lol:
Dip the brush back into the paint! :Tout: (sorry, couldn't resist)
I sincerely hope the Russians make you drive your own train to Siberia. :lol:
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Re: Plastic Soldier Co. Panther camo paint tutorial

Unread post by KennyJman » Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:25 am

FieldMarshall Ober wrote:
Locozugmeister wrote:
FieldMarshall Ober wrote:How do you get the edges of the camo so crisp? The brush seems to run out of paint and become fuzzy on the edges.

I'm off to my LGS to crush the young guys.:lol:
Dip the brush back into the paint! :Tout: (sorry, couldn't resist)
I sincerely hope the Russians make you drive your own train to Siberia. :lol:

And walk back!!! :D
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Re: Plastic Soldier Co. Panther camo paint tutorial

Unread post by RichtervonManthofen » Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:51 am

Thanks that info is invaluable - as I have sitting 5 PSoC Panthers on the shelf waiting to be painted :D

I assume that a Tiger or StuG would be basically done the same way?

On question though.

I was under the impression that the "Small" parts like MGs, Stuff placed on the hull like spare tracks/wheels should be set aside, painted separately and glued on later? I thought that in this case the "camo" should be "not matching" or in case of spare tracks they could be base grey/yellow or even rust-colored to add a nice detail? What do you think/recommend

BTW I have nil to zero experience painting vehicles, but you guys are quite inspiring :D

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Re: Plastic Soldier Co. Panther camo paint tutorial

Unread post by FieldMarshall Ober » Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:13 pm

RichtervonManthofen wrote: BTW I have nil to zero experience painting vehicles, but you guys are quite inspiring :D
Its a ton of fun RvM and surprisingly age is not a limiting factor as I thought it would be. In fact I think I have more patience that i did when I was younger. Pick-up a vellajo starter set (http://www.thewarstore.com/modelcolorsets.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;) for a specific nation and a couple of good brushes and we can help you through with any questions you have. :D
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Re: Plastic Soldier Co. Panther camo paint tutorial

Unread post by RichtervonManthofen » Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:28 pm

Thanks for the link, but I already have the colors (went by the list of colors PSoC suggests for the tanks) - unfortunately I just can't find the time ;)

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Re: Plastic Soldier Co. Panther camo paint tutorial

Unread post by curtm1911 » Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:52 pm

I must agree with Ober here, it is more fun than I expected it to be as well. My KV-1 came out pretty nice, once I figure out how to get my pics of it from attachments in an email to here, I will post them. I am Techno-Challenged when it comes to computers, know enough to get here & myself in trouble sometimes......don't ask but no, it is not porn.....I have also founbd that making 3D terrain is fun also........not sure whether I should Thank dano & Ober & something less flattering for getting me started with modeling.....I find that my "Wish/Want List" is growing exponentially..........:D

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