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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 12:37 pm    Post subject: BRASS FOLIAGE Reply with quote

In the resource section you can find details of the availability of etched brass foliage.

I`ve used this quite a bit now so wanted to pass on my learning experience to the lads who may be interested in camming up their AFV`s.

A Dragon Armour Panther which I`ve repainted.



Here is the brass foliage that I chose. It`s the Beech version and comes surrounded by a brass `frame` which I first cut off and then made sure that all of the leaves were flat.



I then undercoated the whole thing on both sides with a thinned down Humbrol mix I made, choc brown in colour. I then let it dry for a day.

Next step I gave both sides a good thick coat of green 112 mixed with signal yellow, allowed it to dry and then dry brushed with yellow. Next, I painted the branches a dark brown and then highlighted with 110. Having let it all dry for a day I then gave the whole thing a good coat on both sides with Testors matt laquer, brushed on not sprayed. Leave to dry.

Note: At this stage I have not seperated the branches out or cut any parts off until the thick coat of laquer has dried. I found through experience that this is the best way to keep the paint on the brass as you obviously need to handle the branches. They survive this process best by being protecting the paint with varnish.

Next I cut out three sections of branches from each sheeet and shaped them by hand before super gluing onto the panther. Don`t be shy about using lots of glue. If you want the foliage to survive being handled during a game, then make sure it is on properly. The glue stains will be hidden as I shall mention later.

Once each branch is on, fiddle with it to give it the right shape before touching up any bits that show brass shining through. Leave to dry for a good while and then give a thin coat of Testors matt varnish to hide the glue stains and it should look something like this....









I would advise keeping away from the Oak type. It is tempting because the leaves are nice and big but because of the thickness of the brass branches I don`t think it looks that great. What do you think?

( 21st Pz. Div. vehicle by our Ray, figures by me )



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that Jon,

Stuff looks great......oh and nice to see you!! Very Happy Wink

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

.... and you mate. Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They certianly bring the models alive Jon. Great stuff, and thanks for the tutorial Smile

I hear lots of good stuff about testors, where can I buy some from?

I will have a go at the brass foliage one day...(the day that never seems to come LOL).
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Jon. I was tempted quite often to by photo-etched parts, but always left them in the shop, due to the high price. To see your work is even more tempting me now! I think, I wait for the next group build, and if it fits to put some foliage on that project, I´ll give it a try! Great tutorial, I´ll follow it certainly... Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers lads.

Matt, I searched all over the Uk for an outlet only to discover an outfit called `Horsing Around`, literally at the top of my road! Embarassed


The matt varnish (laquer) is 100% flat matt, the best I`ve ever used. However be aware that it contains nasty things that make you glow in the dark.
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The more serious issue is that unless you varnish a figure first (any varnish but gloss is best) it will trip acrylic paint straight off. Over humbrol enamel paint I have never had a problem.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most interesting - I'm sorely tempted to get some....

Nice panther BTW
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers Bob.

Just checked .... www.horsingaround.com £2.34 ex VAT Wink


If you want to nip round mine at some point Matt, I have a spare bottle (or half dozen!!). Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

great stuff jon thanks..
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TSM,
Man that is one hard lookin' panther. The brass foliage really sets off your paint job on that vehicle though. SOMEDAY I'll get around to trying to 'repaint' my Dragon panthers as well although yours is damn fine lookin'. Thanks for the tut, big thumbs up on this one. One of the mods should make this a sticky.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks lads, appreciate the feedback.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love that foilage... after seeing it in Al's resource thread I wondered about the best way to use it...

Thx for the guide.

Its actually spured me on to start building my dragon Nashorn Smile Smile Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

if your using it as foliage on the ground, mix in some horsehair, or door matting material between the etch, this will bulk it up and make the whole thing look less sparse. also look at real plants before you start to bend your brass, the etch is intended to be folded over quite a lot and twisted about.

oh, one final tip, running thick-ish PVA glue along the brass "branches" will round them out a little and give them a little more "body" so they don't look so flat!

nice panther jon. i've thought of doing the same but don't have the heart LOL! - i'm such a coward! Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

btw.. so the white mark normally left by superglue is removed when varnish is placed over it, that right?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

elhiem wrote:

I hear lots of good stuff about testors, where can I buy some from?


Testers will strip the meat off a whale,it can strip off washes and shading with two strokes of the brush,my best advice is gloss varnish the model before matting with testers.

I know this from experience Sad

Nice tutorial Jon Smile

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