I've been working on a commission off and on since Games Day - met the guy there, referred by a fellow painter - for a squad of 5 Tiger I tanks from the Flames of War game. He actually wants them painting to a display-type standard while still suitable for tabletop use, and it's kinda nice to be able to go all-out on something for someone else in a different style of painting and modeling than what you're used to.
I've never painted any WWII models before - the closest to these things I would say I've done would be some Battletech figures back in the day, and I'm talking when I was, like, 15 years old. I've been doing a lot of reference to get the colors and appearance right - I know the client is reassuringly saying 'just paint 'em like the back of the box,' but there's a lot of stuff that isn't visible from the single static pic on the packaging. Maybe I'm a stickler, but just like with my 40K painting I'd like stuff to be painted 'historically'- and 'realistically'-accurate if I can get it.
There's been a lot more progress since the following pictures were taken, but I figgered I'd start at the beginning and see what people thought - or ideally I could get some feedback/suggestions on painting these tanks specifically since they're for the Flames of War game and that's a system I'm not at all familiar with - they're Michael Wittmann's unit from . Oh, and this is the first time I've used my airbrush for camo patterns!
I did somewhat of a sunbleaching effect from top-down along the lines of what I've read about in the AFV modeling comunity (like on Armorama, for example) - I don't know if it necessarily turned out properly, but the client likes it so far, so there's that. [B]The third pic is more washed-out looking than in reality, however, even despite the intentional mixture of GW Bleached Bone into the color mix.[/B]