Author Topic: newbie here, actual work in progress :)  (Read 5579 times)

March 09, 2011, 07:02:39 AM
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franck

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Hello there !
after lots of years building war machines i finally turned to the dark side of modelling : science fiction. I must admit that it renewed the fun of building something, no limits unless imagination.

so here is my actuel project mixing kitbash and scratch:

I called it "MARU" for Medium armored Recon Unit, it is a hovering AFV.
as I see it :
vehicle crew : 2 (1 pilot/comp specialist, 1 weapon engineer)
tactical team : 6 men or 4 with heavy assault equipment

it started with a Trumpeter US Army "Stryker" :







the turret came from a Lego toy :





secondary armament :



general view :









then painting begun after a Citadel Chaos Black primer : USMC green paneling.



enlighted with usaf light grey :



in order to create visual interest the various armored panels were treated with filters done with oils (mostly yellows and ochres)
markings are from various AFV decals and handpainted (for the top recognition panel)







at this point it was time for a first weathering done with acrylics, using the hairspray method for heavy wear and airbrush for the dust effects :











Now i have to stop a little the work on it, as i will integrate the MARU into a little dio, i will have to manipulate it, so no times for pigments and pastels yet.

all your comments are more than welcomed !

Franck.
« Last Edit: March 10, 2011, 11:43:25 AM by franck »
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March 09, 2011, 08:32:03 AM
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March 09, 2011, 11:24:52 AM
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Awesome.  I like it a lot.  Please post again.
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March 09, 2011, 05:29:16 PM
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March 10, 2011, 09:54:16 AM
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thx guys, I will post new pics as soon as i will have been able to find some time to work again on this one, actually professional life is kinda on the priority side  8)
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March 10, 2011, 10:44:00 AM
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Looks awesome Franck! I love those bright orange panels on the back. It's a great splash of color.

March 10, 2011, 11:46:01 AM
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thanks Michael, i've hesitated a lot before going on with the airbrush but finally i think it gives the model a good visual interest while staying on the "realistic" side ... i hope at least  :D
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March 12, 2011, 12:38:22 AM
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Very cool! I agree about the orange. Really complimentary with the green. Nice weathering. Really creative too.
Great job man!


I just looked at this again. Just had to add that I really think it's soo original.. I like it a lot.
I love the striker too. I have one on the shelf.
A maple leaf? You Canadian? Me too eh  8)   But I have defected to the land of the free for a while.  :shifty:
Cheers .
« Last Edit: March 12, 2011, 06:49:54 PM by Grail »
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March 12, 2011, 09:24:52 AM
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Newbie? Lolwut? You don't look like one to me. Love the concept. I don't like the color, but I think that's because I liked the grey of the plastic.

March 12, 2011, 02:15:30 PM
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thx guys, it's truly appreciated  :-)

Newbie? Lolwut? You don't look like one to me.

LOL, i mean i'm a newbie here on this board, i'm modelling for more than 40 years now  ;)
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March 13, 2011, 12:06:40 PM
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Me likey! What a cool build!
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March 14, 2011, 05:18:11 PM
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Really nice. The chipping and weathering on those shovel thing'ys - sorry don't know what they're called :) - is really top notch.

March 15, 2011, 04:49:58 AM
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thanks guys !

A maple leaf? You Canadian? Me too eh  8)   But I have defected to the land of the free for a while.  :shifty:
Cheers .

yep I live in Quebec for the last 15 years, been born in France 46 years ago :)
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March 29, 2011, 05:30:08 PM
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Nice work Franck,
Great concept and execution. So believable I almost expect to see it on the TV news.
The paint detail on the dozer blade is very well done.

I think maybe a couple of white verticle stripes on towards the end of the main weapon barrel would enhance the look of the model.

March 30, 2011, 12:11:23 AM
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Great work on the paint and weathering! I've never seen a machine like this before.

April 01, 2011, 04:27:35 AM
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many thx guys ! sorry for the late reply.

i have to say i have not done anything more on the MARU as i didn't had any time for me lastly ... it should calm down around next week !

Franck
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May 14, 2011, 05:38:11 AM
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It doesn't look like newbie job to me ;).

Nice
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May 14, 2011, 09:28:26 AM
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Beautiful weathering! Great photos too, so crisp and clear. Really nice idea. You gunna do the crew and the tactical squad eventually, too?
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