The story of the Chernobyl liquidators should be well known by now, in part due to the recent TV series. I was interested to see ICM come out with a range of Chernobyl “themed” kits – they make for unusual subjects and in time I will try to build them all. For now, this is their liquidators kit (they call them “Rubble cleaners” #35903). The figures were all decent to put together, perhaps lacking the finest details, such as leather straps on some of them – I built four of the five. The kit comes with a cardboard background but I thought that this demanded a diorama base.
I added some texture paint to a small wooden base to represent part of the roof of a building adjacent to the nuclear reactor. Next, I added some of the kit’s debris bits (the metal girders and graphite blocks) and a variety of plaster bits, stones, wires, rods, lead foil and spare brass pieces to represent the debris from the explosion.
The whole base was sprayed with a 1:2 mixture of Mr.Color “Tire Black” (137) and Mr.Color Leveling Thinner. Individual details were painted with LifeColor “Green Stone” (UA783), “Blue Stone” (UA780), “Black” (LC02), “Red” (LC06), Vallejo Model Color “Intense Blue” (90925), “Black Grey” (70862), Citadel “Runefang Steel”, “Leadbelcher” and Humbrol “Aluminium” (DB0056). Much was then drybrushed with similar colours and the whole was sprayed with a 1:2 mixture of Mr.Color “Clear Gloss” (46) and Mr.Color Leveling Thinner. An oil paint wash was applied and then the whole was sprayed with a 1:2 mixture of Mr.Color “Flat Clear” (182) and Mr.Color Leveling Thinner.
The figures were primed using a Tamiya “Fine Surface Primer” (light grey) spray can. Paints used were LifeColor “Russian Uniforms – M35-41 Tunic” (UA448), “Russian Uniforms – Helmet” (UA446), “Black” (LC02), “Tire Black” (UA733), “Green Stone” (UA783), “Flesh 1st base” (UA709″, “Flesh 1st light” (UA708), Vallejo Model Color “Black Grey” (70862) “Leather Brown” (70871), Vallejo Panzer Aces “Old Wood” (310). They were sprayed with a 1:2 mixture of Mr.Color “Clear Gloss” (46) and Mr.Color Leveling Thinner. An oil paint wash was applied and then the whole was sprayed with a 1:2 mixture of Mr.Color “Flat Clear” (182) and Mr.Color Leveling Thinner. The leather overalls and gloves were painted with a gloss mixture to give them a sheen.
Various AMMO Oilbrusher paints were used for the previous oil washes and incidental details – “Starship Bay Sludge”, “Starship Filth”, “Dark Brown”, “Dark Mud” and “Rust”. Pigments – “Concrete”, “Rubble”, “Russian Earth” and “Dark Steel” – were brushed onto appropriate places to create dust and debris effects. I ground up a graphite rod – the sort used in school chemistry lessons – to use the powder on the graphite blocks and parts of the floor. Finally, I created a water puddle with Humbrol “Gloss Cote” mixed in enamel thinners.