Monday, 9 October 2017

Steam Tank (1)

Yes there will be more than 1 Steamtank however at present I only have 1 finished so I can only show 1. (That makes sense). Again a little dark for photography but never-the-less I have attempted it. Hence the blue hue.

The model is of course an Ironclad (LINK) Miniatures model. The Smoke stack was wonky when I got it from a friend, so rather than re glue it I accepted it as it was and am happy with it being a little off  true.

I see this as a rather small 2-3 man contraption driver and gunner and maybe a third stoking the boiler. The Vehicle commander will most likely double as the gunner and the driver as the engineer.  You may see it differently maybe in your version it carries a whole squad. That is your choice.

I did try 2 different camouflage schemes but eventually settled on plain blue. The camouflage schemes were not working for me, perhaps I was trying to be too clever. So by settling on plain blue it can serve as a double role. 1 it can be a police vehicle for sorting out the local criminal masterminds, or 2 it could be Royal Navy Issue. I am happy with both of these ideas an it will look jolly suitable for the Royal Naval landing PARTY.

Either way I am happy. It was a gift from a friend and as such is doubly Cherished. I need to take a photo next to some troops to give an indication of scale. Sorry I did not I promise to do so in the future, maybe when I get the next one finished (Which is a very different design) If you reall the pic from 1st October.

That's it for today now I really must get on with the Burpas I have started. But first I need to go to town and buy some superglue to attach them to bases.

All the best Clint

24 comments:

  1. I think the blue works very well on the tank. Good stuff Clint. :)

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    1. Thank you Citizen. The blue has come out quite well in the end, despite needing about 6 (thin) coats to disguise the previous colours.

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  2. A fun piece Clint, clever idea of using the blue colour to give it a duel role

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    1. Thank you Dave. Now I need to think of suitable colours for my next tank. maybe a black or dark grey with a German cross. That has already been suggested by Matt at the club.

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  3. Yep like it in blue it looks good.

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    1. Thank you Simon. It does work as one solid colour. But I am sure given enough practice I COULD make the camouflage work (It was a VERY different camo to modern camo.

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  4. Looking good. I like these Ironclad tanks - I have one of the other version you were given.

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    1. Thank you Edwin. Matt wants me to do the other version as a German tank. As yet I am not sure. I think I need to start and see how I feel.

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    2. I gave mine a traction engine vibe - black and gold. But the beauty of these things is that you can do whatever you like with them.

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    3. Thanks Edwin. Traction engine would be a good place to start. I shall ponder it. It just might be the thought arrow I need.

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  5. Marvellous stuff, Clint, and a nice royal blue. Good call on the chimney stack too. It makes it look like a well worn machine rather than something straight out of the factory.

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    1. Thank you Simon. I suspect the Royal Navy would correct the stack! But for now I am happy. We can assume it has just happened.

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  6. Nice job Clint - the blue and the wonky stack both work well to give it plenty of character.

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    1. Thank you Addict. It is always a puzzle to work out how to paint science fiction elements. Should we paint them as we see camouflage etc today or paint them in a very different way altogether?

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  7. I have to agree with the other comments - the colour scheme and wonky stack work very well.

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    1. Thank you Bryan. I have no issue with the wonky stack although I would have tried to get it more upright IF I had been starting from scratch. As for the blue I do like the 2 uses for the colour. I hope the next come out just as good.

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  8. I do like the idea that this is an RN landship, the blue fitting admirably to this idea; the smokke stack just looks to me like one of those steamers that had their funnels sleeked back.
    On first view of this I did wonder why the Burpas were getting a tank though!

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    1. Thanks Joe . The Burpas are coming along slowly but they are getting there.

      I feel the RN deserves a bigger and better land ship. however this one will do for now even if just limited to harbour patrols.

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  9. That's rather a nice shade of blue you've got there Clint!

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    1. Thank you Ray. Not really your cup of tea I know (Steam tanks). So it is good to see you comment outside your special field of interest.

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  10. Very nice. Looks like a steampunky Italian Cv3 tankette.

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    1. Thank you Carl. It is far too big for a CV3 and yet I still know what you mean.

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    1. Thanks Andy. This was one I was looking at myself. And then it was a gift so I feel really blessed to have it.

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