Last year, I learned that gak8346, the painter of most of my modern warship miniatures, died.
His name was Garry Allan Kinsey. We only chatted via eBay messages or blog comments, but he was always personable and dedicated to his craft and his fans/customers. Reading his obituary, he sounds like a modeler I and many others wished we could meet in person.
Finally got around to photographing and uploading my latest set of 1/2400 ship miniatures. I cannot claim that I painted the ships. That honor goes to gak8346 who has a far better eye for painting small modern ships than I do. I’ll stick to other miniatures.
I played with focus stacking and using HeliconFocus got a number of photos of ships at oblique angles. Some post-Cold War GHQ ships:
Bill’s Models was nice enough to create some ships at my request, so I had to get them, including some USNS RO-ROs:
And some merchant ships:
They are all decent ships, but if you are starting out with adding merchant or RO-ROs to your collection, I recommend getting some of the US ships from Viking Forge such as the Sealift Pacific, Cape Isabel and Algol.
I haven’t posted the 1/2400 modern warship miniatures pictures I have accumulated in a while. Since it has been over half a year and the number of pictures is so large, I plan to post the best pictures from a manufacturer each week.
This week the miniatures are from GHQ. Painters are included in the description. You can find the whole archive at When Imagination Fails.
2018 was a marginally better year for painting miniatures. Many of them were ones I bought from av8rmongo. I completed:
6 GHQ M1A2
6 GHQ M2A2
6 GHQ M60A3
6 GHQ M106
10 PFC C-in-C Leopard 2A5
4 PFC C-in-C Lynx C&R
1 M1A2 with Mine Plow
1 M9 ACE
4 M105 Deuce
3 PFC C-in-C UH-60s
3 Heroics and Ross UH-60s
2 Heroics and Ross CH-47s
9 Merkava 4
6 Magach 7C
Vehicles in NATO tri-color camouflage were done with Floquil’s NATO Green as the base, overlayed with NATO Brown and NATO Black. Tracks and windows were then dry brushed with Floquil railway dark gray. I painted the tracks in Floquil Mud and splashed the sides, front and back with the same.
The helicopters’ base was Floquil NATO Green. Windows and wheels were done with Floquil railway dark gray with exhausts in NATO Black.
The Israeli vehicles are done in an unknown Floquil color.
I got out my new macro lens and with a light box, photographed some of the miniatures. I photographed in aperture priority mode at f/16 so I could get most of each miniature in focus. I tried different exposure values to get them bright enough. With the camera settings I used and the light box, I didn’t feel the need to edit them.
PFC C-in-C Lynx C&R
GHQ M9 ACE
GHQ M1A2 with Mine Plow
GHQ M105 Deuce
PFC C-in-C UH-60
Heroics & Ross UH-60
Heroics & Ross CH-47
PFC C-in-C UH-60 close up showing the interior
Various Israeli Microarmor
GHQ Merkava 4
You can see a slide show of all microarmor photographs I have posted: