FOW Sherman Tank w/custom base WIP

bought this little tank a while ago and I am kind of on a painting kick right now so im going through my old bin of projects and finishing  some stuff up.On one hand its fun just to do and on another its nice to finish up things you have had sitting around for years.

Flames Of War 1/100 scale(15mm) Sherman tank

Started with a small piece of wood and in pencil just traced out the general lay out of things.

In Photoshop i created a quick store front to print out and glue to a card then cut out the  separate layers of card creating a 3D building face.the brick base was made of Sculpey and i filled in the back of the building with Celluclay a wet paper clay that dries light and strong and is great for filling in spaces .I then smoothed out the seams with a 2 part putty and sanded it .

I baked the wood and the Sculpey bricks together but attached the building piece after .I'm pretty sure Celluclay and 2 part putty is not good to have in the oven .

After priming it with grey spray primer paint  i did a burnt sienna  acrylic base coat .

Sherman tank in the land of chocolate!

First pass paint on the base using hobby acrylics

Sherman tank paint pass  and a second pass of ware on the base 

 Some details.Its hard to tell but i shrank the window and the door by adding a paint boarder around the edges.It helped the scale of it over all.


 A penny for scale. 

WW 2 fighter plane engine studies

I was Doing some plane concepts the other day and realized i kept falling back on certain things .A hinge works like this .A vent looks like this. A pipe attaches like this.I was finding it wasn't looking very convincing to me and it didn't give me allot of variety to" jam" with in whence to  kick forth.

 My idea at that point was to try and add to my Brain library .I gather up a heap of reference and just redraw what was there in front of me .I found  the shapes can look like a big mess but allot of the times your forcing your brain to conjugate what your looking at which  was pretty cool .The more you understand how something works the better you can twist it and still have it look good. The vocabulary of an engine tends to be intake /exhaust /thrust and if you can describe these in a new way  or  specify  how it works better in your image than you will probably have something people will like and relate to .

Since i did this study i have not yet gone back and tried more plane concepts  but i do know i put a few more things   in my brain Library  and this is a good thing.