Wednesday, August 29, 2012
DUST Allies Mickey Walker Painted Up!
Old School here with my kill point for the week, this time, I am showing off my first DUST Warfare model; the Mickey! When I first saw Paulo Parente's artwork for DUST Tactics, the Mickey was the very first walker I saw and I thought it was cool and I wanted to paint one some day. It is fitting then that my first model in my Allies army is the famous M2 Medium Walker. Let's take a look at the pics:
The camo pattern was done using the putty method detailed in a recent article and is meant to mimic the camo pattern of the US Marines in the island hopping campaign. I was crafty in keeping the original stencil work that came on the model as well!
I added the sandbags and wire as well as my flock mix, which turned out pretty nice. Gale Force 9's dead grass as well. The tank received a heavily watered down delvan mud wash all over, with a second wash targeted to look like the tanks I have worked around in the field. I then used a straight sepia wash on the features that face the ground, followed by a painted on rust pattern using vermin brown. I really wanted to make the tank look like it has seen some shit and the crews have hardly had time for good maintenance.
As far as the kit goes, they may pre-prime the models, but they also leave the mold lines. This isn't a problem for a hobbyist as the tank come right apart and you can clean it up and glue it back together in minutes.
There are many variants that come in the kit. The kit makes a walker capable of being 4 different variants right out of the box. I really like them all in terms of looks and I am quite happy with how the tank turned out. I really enjoy the weird walker look that incorporates some realistic WWII era tank chassis and weapon themes, like the missile racks (they still look like that) and the turret. I also enjoy applying my knowledge of how the tanks look to the minis. This tank also received a final dry brush of bleached bone to give it that chalky look on the corners and bolts as real military vehicles look.
Here is the walker, both turrets and the barrels all together. Not a bad purchase altogether. Now I want to get my hands on some infantry!