Painting & Displaying Military Models Volume 1 The Spanish Way

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Painting & Displaying Military Models Volume 1 The Spanish Way

Post  Jenny Ryan on Mon Jan 05, 2009 6:26 pm

This book is a beautiful big coloured book , featuring some amazing works by some very talented Spanish Modellers , other than Mig Jimenez the rest are not as immediately recognisable . This is part one of a two volume set , it is divided into sections which will link to the second volume with the other matching sections .

The first section is the Four elements , Earth , Water , Wind & Fire
of these Wind & Fire are covered in detail in Volume one

Wind is covered in an amazing diorama by Andres Bernal where a wildly careering Sd.Kfz 253 into a big pile of leaves , the leaves look like they defy gravity , as if they are floating . The effect really is amazing .

Fire is covered in a diorama of a burned out T-26 which has a brilliant step by step guide to how it was painted & the wide variety of mediums used to create the effects . There is some great theory of composition of dioramas here as well . This is done by Chema Cabrero .

The second section is the Four seasons , spring , summer , autumn & winter . The two seasons covered are spring & winter in volume 1

Spring deals with a model of a Sig 33 auf Pz I Ausf. B . A very well done model of the Alan kit with aftermarket & a very worn winter whitewash by Juan Luis Mercadal & some brilliant melted slushy snow .

Winter by Francisco J. Arevalo is a diorama called the Suburb & is set on the fringes of Kharkov 1942-43 with a Pz III , again this vehicle has a superbly weathered whitewash , a beautiful russian house corner & a great step by step of a product called signifer snow which creates an amazingly lifelike effect .

The third section is spaces , Streets , Facades , City & Factory . The spaces covered in volume one are city & Factory

The city model is a large 1/72 scale diorama called a streetcar named defeat by Javier Franco . It is a large diorama on two levels with two large buildings , a streetcar or Tram multiple buildings & a lower level with a railroad & a large retainer wall . All this comes together to make a highly detailed city section .

The Factory model is a beautiful diorama by Javier Redondo of a Russian T34 called Stalingrad' son . Beautifully complex ,detailed multi levelled diorama of a factory ruin . It appears larger than it is which I suspect has something to do with the T34 being on a dramatic angle , the vehicle is climbing a busted wall about to drop onto a lower levelwith two hopper cars . a very well thought out diorama !

The fourth section has a invited builder , none other than Mig Jimenez & also a full reference on the Sig 33 auf Pz I Ausf.B by Guillem Marti & beautiful colour profiles of the Sig by Claudio Fernandez

Mig as the guest builder takes us through the painting & weathering of his amazing Bronekater , all covered in beautiful photography with all his amazing weathering techniques .

The section on the Sig 33 has over 60 photographs of this distinct vehicle , along with a unit by unit history of them , they are remarkable photos , none of which I recall seing before with some super diorama ideas combine this with 8 sets of front & side colour plates showing a diversity of schemes , if you are getting the Dragon kit , this book is a must have book . Do not contemplate not getting it for it shows the sort of detail that is invaluable , the type of men , the uniforms & the terrain give all the diorama ideas you will need .

This book is published by Xtreme modelling , it shows in how professionally set out it is , I liken it to an ideal coffee table book on modelling such is the quality of the paper , photography & layout .

My sincere thanks go out to Jose Azorin , the editor of this amazing book , for the review copy . Thoroughly recommended .

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Looks like a nice publication

Post  Panzer on Sun Jan 11, 2009 6:56 am

Looks like a nice publication.


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Nice review!

Post  Shaggy on Sat Jan 24, 2009 3:42 pm

I really didn't realize how in depth this book was until I read your review. It's now on my "Must buy" list along with the Squadron figure book you also reviewed.
Keep up the good work, Supreme Blondness Very Happy

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Re: Painting & Displaying Military Models Volume 1 The Spanish Way

Post  Tarok on Sat May 09, 2009 9:25 pm

Excellent review Jenny. I'll definitely have to pick this one up!


(p.s. thanks for the link Wink )

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Re: Painting & Displaying Military Models Volume 1 The Spanish Way

Post  Jan Peters on Sat May 09, 2009 10:37 pm

I'm sure it will be an inspirational read Smile
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Re: Painting & Displaying Military Models Volume 1 The Spanish Way

Post  Hauptmann T on Sun Aug 16, 2009 10:43 am

Thank you for a great reveiw..! Shocked Until I saw your reveiw,I wrote this book off as a "cheap wanta be" but now,its been ordered. Very Happy Thanks and great job. bounce

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Re: Painting & Displaying Military Models Volume 1 The Spanish Way

Post  tigertanktoo on Wed Mar 02, 2011 4:14 am

Guess I better start looking for this one then. I've got some roses to plant and could use the diorama help aid book. Thanks Jenny. clown

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