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Painting a big a** PanzerPainting a big a** PanzerTutorial

kyoshinheikyoshinhei3 år siden
GSC/Max Factory surprised a lot of people when they announced that their Figma Panzer IV Ausf. D would be unpainted. Sure the tank itself doesn't look bad as it is but if you're a completionist like me and also had your eyes on the optional part set things were a bit different. The wooden parts would end up gray and the spare tracks wouldn't match the color of the main tracks.
That was a weird move on their part as having to paint your Figma was something unheard of at the time and I'm convinced that most of the usual target Figma consumers are not necessarily also into Plamo and painting.
But anyways, it so happens that I do build Plamos so I have the tools and I have the paint. So let's paint the damn thing!

Before I start, note that this is not exactly a tutorial, more a sort of photonovel I shot while painting the tank a few months ago so a few steps (like taking the tank apart or shadowing) won't be very detailed here. Also at the time I had just gotten my macro lens so I've been playing with it a lot ^^

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That's one big box

Here it is out of the box, the unpainted plastic looks quite shinny.

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Someone's having a nerdgasm here

Some parts as well as the optional accessories come on runners.

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"Heeee... So you you need all these on a tank?"

The main body of the tank comes assembled so first it must be taken apart. One problem I encountered is that many parts of the tank are actually glued together. So yeah, Max Factory expects you to paint it yourself but does not provide the means to properly disassemble it... This means I had to do some prying and a few things broke during the process. Fortunately, those are hidden when the tank is assembled so it's no big deal.

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"Heavy... and I'm sleepy..."

After cutting the parts off the runners, let's sand away the residue from the gates. Also let's erase some flash lines from the molds while we're at it.

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A bit overexposed, I should try to master my camera settings one day.

The track are made of soft plastic so I gave them a quick bath to clean any excess chemicals that would mess with the paint later.

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Lukewarm soapy water and a bit of scrubbing.

I set up the parts for painting.

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All steady and ready to be sprayed.

First I apply a layer of primer.

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You don't know hell until you've tried to balance a Figma holding an airbrush 10 times its weight...

Then correct a few imperfections with putty and sanding.

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"That's too much work, why bother with details like that?"

I prepare the colors I will need.

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For a Panzer I could have simply used german grey as is but I wanted to achieve the bluish grey tint from the anime.

After painting everything blue-grey, I went on to add the other colors, the wheels for example are a lighter gray than the rest of the hull.

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Gotta use masking trick since the wheels can't be taken off without suffering severe damage.

I added some shadowing to the armor along the way and the smaller details and the tires were handpainted.

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A well earned rest

Since I was unsure of how well the paint would hold on the soft plastic tracks, I simply did a bit of drybrushing to give them a metallic look.

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I painted the spare tracks black and drybrushed them too to match the main tracks.

When the paint is done, it's time for a generous layer of flat topcoat.

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I put 3 layers on the parts more likely to experience friction, like the base of the gun, the wheels and the underside of the turret.

Now we can finally reassemble the tank.

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"Sleeping like this is bad for your skin, you know!"

In preparation before applying the decals, I smoothen the area with some very light abrasives (3000).

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This is to minimize the silvering under the decals.

Unfortunately the decals are stickers and not waterslide, oh well...

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Careful not to trap any bubble inside.

After a final coat of flat to seal the decals, the last step is to add the accessories.

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The emplacements are marked on the hull but you have to drill your own slots to attach the accessories.

Annnnndd its all done!

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Now it really look like in the show.

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To give you an idea of how big that thing is, that's a 27" monitor behind it.

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From behind

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"Panzer vor!"

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"Let's take a souvenir picture!"

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"Cheeeese!~♥"

Was this instructive?
Do you want to take up Senshadô now?
See you in the comments.

P.S.:
If you're interested in this kit (or one of the others: ITEM #367290 and ITEM #464804) but don't have the tools/time/money for a full paint job (which I assume is most people), here's the bare minimum I would recommend doing:
- Handpaint just the parts that shouldn't be grey. If you also skip the light grey of the wheels, that leaves only brown for the box on the side and the handles of the tools, black for the spare tracks and black or dark blue for the tires.
- Spray a few layers of flat topcoat to break the shine of the plastic.
If you do just this, it should stay within the $15~$30 range.
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Cute blog and nice work! :D
3 år siden
It looks good too if you add some weathering and panel lines.
3 år siden
Loved how the girls helped you lol

= )

Tia
3 år siden
kyoshinhei3 år siden#14641341Ah, the Tiger... I'm really divided about this one. I'd love to get it but I have no idea where I would put it. Finding a good spot for the Panzer was tricky enough. And if I get the Tiger, it would make more sense to display it with Ausf. H so I'd probably have to buy that too. Raaahhh, collector's dilemmas!
First world problems! XD
3 år siden
Valestein3 Here with you to Knight
Dude, I know that feeling! I'm doing a figure reviewing figures type review and setting them is the hardest part. I'm not the fastest shooter but it takes me quite awhile just to get all the photos up but only takes me minutes just to write up everything lol
3 år siden
Valestein33 år siden#14644830Still though, why do I have the feeling this project was harder than it sounds?
You're right, I do skip/gloss over some of the difficulties like taking the tank apart with minimum damage or masking some areas for painting. Still it wasn't that bad, merely time-consuming due to the sheer size of the beast ^^

Honestly, the absolute most painful part of it was by far posing the figures for the shots. They would drop the parts every now and then, one would topple over while I'm posing another one and vice-versa when I put the first one back on its feet, and again, and again, and them wham! Domino on the whole team, try again sir. All of this very dangerously close to open paint pots. Seriously THAT's the stuff of nightmares XD
3 år siden
Valestein3 Here with you to Knight
Interesting! I love how you incorporated the girls into the process. It gives the blog some charm and character.

Still though, why do I have the feeling this project was harder than it sounds?
3 år siden
Blackfire893 år siden#14641847well, i would buy it if it would look like what you've made of it, but i wont buy someting i have to paint >_>
Yeah, I thought it would turn off a lot of people but apparently sales were sufficient to warrant two other tanks so... if Max can turn a profit out of unfinished goods I guess they'll continue.
But I can't help but thinking they should have sold this fully painted and equipped, even with a price tag of 20000~25000 yens I believe it would have sold.
3 år siden
well, i would buy it if it would look like what you've made of it, but i wont buy someting i have to paint >_>
3 år siden
TomTheCat3 år siden#14632078I really loved that short story! Figmas assembling and painting their tank, awesome XD
FYI: The wheels driving the tracks (The front ones on this tank, on other tanks they may be the rear ones) are called "drive sprockets". The wheels opposite the drive sprockets are the "idler wheels". Those at the bottom are the "road wheels" and those at the top are the "return rollers".
And thanks for reminding me that there's a Tiger coming up. I passed the Panzer IV due to space issues, but a Tiger might be just the one thing to have... Unless they're going to sometimes making a StuG III, or possibly even a King Tiger >_<

Thanks for the info ;-)
Ah, the Tiger... I'm really divided about this one. I'd love to get it but I have no idea where I would put it. Finding a good spot for the Panzer was tricky enough. And if I get the Tiger, it would make more sense to display it with Ausf. H so I'd probably have to buy that too. Raaahhh, collector's dilemmas!
3 år siden