Manufacturer: Heroics & Ros
Genre: 1/300 WW2 Wargaming
Comments: These models are painted in two different styles.
The middle one is the style I currently use, involving highlighting by dry-brushing and shadowing with a sepia ink-wash, and it has had its barrel replaced with a brass pin (the muzzle-brake is super-glue gel). It's been varnished with Humbrol's new formulation matte-coat, which isn't really very matte at all — it's more of a satin finish, which is bloody annoying.
The two outer ones were painted many years ago in a much flatter style.
Heroics & Ros are a venerable brand, and though they're not nearly as detailed as GHQ or C-in-C they're a lot cheaper, and for the most part are perfectly adequate for wargaming identification purposes.
These are the same models, all re-barrelled and repainted in a style that is new to me. Once the dry-brushed highlights and ink-washed shadows are laid down, the individual panels of the vehicles are painted in a flat colour.
The reason for this is that these Heroics & Ros models have a relatively coarse surface texture compared with the higher-priced brands, and dry-brushing catches this texture and leaves a grainy effect. Painting the individual panels in flat shades smooths out the surface imperfections visually.
Once that was done, I added some more ink-wash with a small brush to localize the effect and varnished them.
The yellow triangular unit markings were drawn on in Badger Air-Opaque liquid acrylic with a sharp-nibbed mapping pen.