Modelling Panzer Crewmen of the Heer
Reviewed by John Prigent
|Publisher and Title||Osprey Modelling 8, Modelling Panzer Crewmen of the Heer, by Mark J Bannerman, Osprey Publishing Ltd|
|Media and Contents:||82 pages, soft cover, full colour|
|Price:||US Price: $18.95, UK Price: £12.99, available online from Osprey Publishing|
|Review Type:||First Read|
|Advantages:||Interesting selection of projects and subjects and colours; good photography; appropriate for a range of skills|
Here is a handy book for all of us who need to paint Panzer figures.
short sections on tools and materials and on choosing a figure it
launches straight into the way to paint black Panzer uniforms –
something which gives many of us problems. Next come Afrika Korps
uniforms (just as good for Italy and even Southern Russia) and
finally the reed-green summer uniform issued from 1942. All
excellent, and just what Panzer modellers wanted – but there’s more!
The next chapter deals with sculpting your own figure, maybe not
something many of us have dared to try but here’s how to do it, and
using the available head, hand and boot sets will take most of the
terror out of it. Then there’s a chapter devoted to painting 1/48
scale figures, using different techniques to those for the earlier
chapters. This gives even more opportunity to try differing methods
and see which ones suit you best! Special Techniques chapters then
show the painting of faces and other bare flesh areas, painting
“tan-water” (or “marsh”) pattern camouflage clothing, using oil
paints for Panzer black uniforms, and realistic weathering
techniques for clothing. Finally there are chapters listing the
websites of the main good figure manufacturers and suggested further
reading in books and on websites, as well as colour swatches for
suggested colour mixes.
This book has something for all levels of figure painting, from those who just want basic, simple figures to give scale to their models to those who want to produce Gold Medal winners.
Thanks to Osprey Publishing for the review sample