Daily Archives: November 21, 2010

Painting: Land Raider Crusader

The first step on the journey towards a finished Land Raider Crusader has been taken. A small step, but a step nonetheless. New models in the gallery by the way!

The first stage always takes some time with me, but that just allows me to be more resolute next time.

The Painting: Land Raider Crusader posts

Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 2
Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 3
Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 4
Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 5
Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 6
Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 7

It may be a little soon to start showing off the painting process just yet, but I wanted to assure you all that I’m actually doing something while you wait. As you can see, I haven’t been able to do awfully much so far, and that’s why there will be 2-3 days between painting posts from now on, at least until there is no more exam reading to do. One more thing I should say is that I will be “dividing” the posts from now on. There will always be some info for those of you that are new to the hobby, and I can imagine that the more experienced will find this, well, less interesting. So all the basic tips and tricks will from now on be located in the last paragraph of the post. Anyways, let’s have a look at what I’ve done so far:

First of all: I chose a light colour for the interior because this is what is usually the case in real life (as far as I know). At night, all lights on tanks will be reduced to a minimum to avoid detection. Having a light, fluorescent, interior simply makes it easier to see for the crew. I know this because I was the driver of an armoured vehicle during my military service (that’s not even half as cool as it sounds). The next stage of painting will be all the metallics, and probably the seats. As all of this will be barely visible when the model is complete, I won’t be spending a lot of time on this.

I know it doesn’t look like I’ve done much so far, but it actually did take it’s share of time. The faster you paint, the more you spill, and the more you have to paint over afterwards. I also spend some extra time in the beginning contemplating on what’s to come. The thinking is half the job you know! The paint used is Dheneb Stone, which is a foundation paint. This means it will only take one or two layers to achieve the right colour, even when painting directly onto the black undercoat. If you spill into cracks, use Black Ink to correct. The ink, mixed with a little water, will run into any cracks, and should be fairly transparent if you spill some on the surface.

Comments in both English and Norwegian are appreciated!