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Chernobyl Deactivators

Following on from the previous ICM Chernobyl-themed set, I have completed their “deactivators” one. I split the four figures into two mini-dioramas, using the various paints shown in the pictures. The bases were wooden discs, textured with AK Interactive “Concrete” paste and suitably weathered. I think I shall end up doing all their Chernobyl sets – ICM is one of my preferred model makers.

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SU-100 build – Part 4:Weathering

  • The exhausts were painted with the various colours of the LifeColor rust set.
  • Paint chips were simulated using LifeColor “4BO Var.” (UA239) and Vallejo Model Color “German Camouflage Black Brown” (70822), applied with a sponge or fine brush.
  • The entire model was washed with a dilute mixture of Winsor & Newton “Raw Umber” and “Lamp Black” oil paints (ratio about 5:1) in enamel thinners – the excess being cleaned up with a dry brush or cotton bud.
  • Lowlight contrast was added using AMMO Oilbrusher “Starship Bay Sludge” and highlight using AMMO Oilbrusher “Olive Green”.
  • To the some of the vertical and sloping sides of the hull and turret Abteilung 502 “Starship Filth” (Abt510) and “Sepia” (Abt002) were added. Then, using a flat brush, the oil paint was drawn down the sides to simulate streaks of dirt or rust.
  • To simulate dirt the hull, engine deck and fenders were selectively treated with a wash of Abteilung 502 “Light Mud” (Abt125) and “Dust” (Abt003) in enamel thinners, with the excess being removed using a dry brush. These two oil paints were also added as dots to vertical and sloping sides of the hull and drawn downwards using a flat brush to simulate streaks of dirt.
  • The entire model was sprayed with a 1:2 mixture of Mr.Color “Flat Clear” (182) and Mr.Color Leveling Thinner.
  • “Medium” and “Dark” colour pigments were brushed onto the lower half of the tank and the wheels and fixed with a 1:1  mixture of AMMO “Pigment Fixer” (A.MIG-3000) in enamel thinners, added by brush.
  • Before the tracks were fitted, AK Interactive “Dark Steel” (AK086) pigment was brushed on onto the raised parts of the tracks in contact with the ground or running gear, as well as the edges of the metal tools and the machine gun.
  • The upper part of the tank and the top of the turret was treated with mostly “medium” colour pigments.
  • Vallejo “Carbon Black” (73116) pigment and Tamiya “Soot” powder was added to the exhaust area.
  • Abteilung 502 “Sepia” (ABT002) and “Engine Grease” (ABT160) oil paints, in varying dilutions in enamel thinners, were added to parts of the vehicle, to simulate oil and fuel stains.

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SU-100 build – Part 3:Painting

Primer: Tamiya “Fine Surface Primer” (light grey) spray can.

Basecoat: A 1:2 mixture of Mr.Color “Russian Green 4BO” (511) and Mr.Color Leveling Thinner.


  • Road wheels: Mr.Color “Tire Black” (137)
  • Spare tracks: Tamiya “Dark Iron” (XF-84) or Vallejo Panzer Aces (304)
  • Headlight: Humbrol “Aluminium” (56)
  • Stowage items: LifeColor “Russian Uniforms – Helmet” (UA446), “Red” (LC06), “Vulcanized Rubber” (UA732), “British Uniforms – Green Tone Gears” (UA441), “British Uniforms – Battledress Light Tone” (UA443). Drybrushed with LifeColor “Soviet Army – 7K Green Yellow” (UA242), “Dust Type 2” (UA706), Vallejo Model Color “Pastel Blue” (70901), “Old Rose” (70944).

A 1:2 mixture of Mr.Color “Clear Gloss” (46) and Mr.Color Leveling Thinner was sprayed over the entire model and the decals applied. Gloss was reapplied to the areas with decals, in order to protect them for subsequent stages.