Hi Mark, looking good thanks for the tips on the build I'm getting close to pulling the trigger and purchase the kit
The LAV is coming along nicely, the Trumpeter LAV's are all pretty nice kits. Just keep in mind that the jerry cans included in the kit will need to be replaced as they are the old metal ones; you'll also need a Platt mount for the VC's 240. Keep up the good work!
Hi Mark, I will be following this build I have this LAV in my wish list, curious on what you think of kit.
Mark, this is really looking good, very clean painting for a "ship guy"...
The stream-crossing idea sounds interesting too. Looking for more.
Looking better. The variations in color look good and add some life to them.
The figures look pretty monochromatic. To bring some more life to them, you could try varying the color on the ammo pouches and such.
The larger, square M16 ALICE magazine pouches with the grenade side pouches only come in green.
You could also do some of the non-ALICE ammo and other pouches in woodland camo to add variety, like on this Marine.
The smaller first aid pouches are usually green.
9mm ammo pouches come in a variety of colors.
Adding darker buttons and snaps will add some variety. You can also vary the color of the boots, you will notice they are not the same color as the sand of the uniforms.
Lastly, the CVC helmets on the armored crewmen should not be all sand. Only the hard shell is painted sand. The side pieces are green fabric and the earphones are black. You could add the boom mikes too.
If I may make a suggestion, for easy, decent looking faces, you might do the following: Overall coat of basic skin tone; followed by a wash of darker skin tone (Vallejo fleshtone shade wash works great) not very heavy; Then dry brush the basic skin tone to blend the shadows; then add a touch of white to the basic skin tone and lightly dry brush some highlights. Lastly, paint eyes , lips, and hair. You are done. With practice this method gives you very decent heads without having to go to oils and all that. Simple and effective.