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'A gaping silken dragon,/Puffed by the wind, suffices us for God./We, not the City, are the Empire's soul:/A rotten tree lives only in its rind.'

Thursday, 26 April 2012


The T34 newbuild is complete - and I have dived in with the Mig pigments:

As you can see, I gave it laldy (a Scots word, the meaning is probably reasonably clear). I had a little attempt at using the pigments as per the instructions (instructions! What true born Briton ever bothered with the instructions?!). What they say is that the pigment should be added to the model, then, afterwards, fixed with turps. Now,  I tried that but it had the effect of diluting the pigment and smoothing out the dust-like, or mud effect. So, I reverted to my pastels technique of applying thinners then the pigment. 

Well, chaps, what's the opinion?


  1. Looks good and quite natural to me.

    Does it rub off?

  2. Hi Paul. After it had thoroughly dried, I blew off the excess. Handling it has very little effect, although I suspect that, over time, some of the pigment will rub off, but not much. It certainly doesn't look as if it will ever be back to the bare paint job. Worth doing, I think. P.S., good for covering up mistakes!

  3. That looks very good and very natural.

    1. Thanks, PK. Actually, the pigments look even better in the flesh, as it were. Worth using I think.