I've painted my first batch of Slammers vehicles to try various techniques and I'm pretty pleased with the results so far. So without further ado, I present Hammer's Slammers Week!
Day 1 - Combat Car
Anyone who has read the Slammers books will be familiar with the M9A1 Combat Car. This is a lovely little kit, a resin body with metal crew and tribarrels, plus an etched brass splinter shield to protect the fighting compartment. The legs on the splinter shield seem slightly too wide/long for the body of the vehicle but this isn't a major problem, you just need to flex them slightly as you assemble the kit. I drilled fairly deep holes for the legs to make sure it's a firm fit. I left the crew and splinter shield off so they could be painted individually. Some Brigade Models jerry cans were added to the back and I carved some footholds up the side of the vehicle for access to the fighting compartment. I still need to add the stowage to the top of the splinter shield, hence the grey undercoat still showing there. An Ainsty Castings etched brass control panel was glued inside the fighting compartment.
|Combat Car - note steps on left side and replacement skirt panels.|
Next was a 50/50 wash of Vallejo black ink and Pledge which was applied generously over the whole vehicle. This gave a good base for applying some decals. As well as the etched stowage baskets from Ainsty, I ordered some Hammer's Slammers decals. These are lovely quality, I trimmed very closely around them to minimise the amount of carrier film, then tried out my new bottle of Vallejo Decal softener. I'm extremely happy with the result, they conform well to the curving shape of the Combat Car's hull. After 24 hours to dry, a couple of coats of Pledge sealed the decals in place.
|Fighting compartment detail.|
|Ainsty control panel, fighting compartment detail.|
The crew were painted using the same colours that I used on the Slammers troops I painted for the GZG web page, Vallejo brown fatigues with Humbrol 86 light olive body armour and helmets, followed by a sepia wash.
I'm pleased with the result, so I'd better get a move on and finish the other four!