|BMP-2 from Sloppy Jalopy|
|Before the repaint - the cannon had been knocked off the turret, and bent a little...|
|Close up of the damage|
|Finished re-paint - the 28mm motor rifleman is from Mongrel Miniatures|
|Rear view of the re-painted model. You can see from this photo why 1/56 scale sucks with 25/28mm models...or for anything, for that matter|
I painted in the "glass" on the search lights and the vision ports. These things seldom look like real glass on actual tanks, but I like adding this effect to models as it makes the ports etc. really pop and gives you a clear idea of what they are supposed to be.
|I need one of those lighting studios for these pictures....|
Last step was the weathering powders - as this vehicle is fighting in Afghanistan, I wanted it to be plenty worn, so I was heavy with the dust and rust on the tracks, and lots of dirt over the engine vents. I blackened the tip of the 30mm cannon as well to give it the appearance of use against the Mujahideen.
I left the original decals I used for the tactical numbers (from a GW Cadian decal sheet of yore) in place, but the weathering faded them out a lot, and I like the look of it.
Overall I was very pleased with the results, and it did not take long at all - just about an hour.
Now that I have more vehicles from Imprint - which are 1/50 scale - my Sloppy Jalopy BMPs may yet make an appearance in a game versus NATO or other opponents on the Fawcett tabletop. I have four BMPs from Sloppy Jalopy - three BMP-2s and a solitary BMP-1. At some point in the future I may give them a similar re-paint (or something different, perhaps, who knows). But that can wait for now, as progress on the Golan Heights Project continues....progress report pending very soon on that...