The company website states:
“The latest issue of your favorite magazine concentrates on an important aspect of any build: accessories. The details and optional accessories that bring realism into your modelling projects, add narrative, or complete a diorama. These accessories present interesting painting and weathering opportunities. For example, few WWII German projects are complete without “German Jerry Cans”, stowage and sandbags are a popular subject with armour modeler’s, tank ammunition and ammo crates including the different metallic areas and textured woods. Mig Jimenez, explains the processes behind painting and weathering a large fabric gun mantlet: adding interest and texture to the material. Each technique and effect explained in this latest issue can be applied to a range of subjects: whether a beginner or experienced modeler this issue will leave you inspired for your next project”
One of many titles in their Weathering Magazine series, this latest issue adds to Ammo by Mig’s extensive line of modeling paints, books, and supplies. Printed in typical soft cover magazine layout and size, it comes on glossy paper with colorful images on 68 pages. The magazine is divided into 8 sections with an accompanying forward written by the Chief Editor, Sergiusz Peczek.
German Jerry Cans Set WW2
The first article German Jerry Cans Set WW2 written by Kreangkrai Paojinda, uses accessories from Miniart’s # 35588 kit to highlight his weathering techniques. The examples include accessory finishing techniques for heavily worn with rusty chipping, standard chipping, bare metal scratches, and winter white wash jerry cans effects using Ammo by Mig products. This section is presented on 7 pages with highly detailed crisp images. All covered in 25 easy to follow steps using Ammo by Mig primers, paints, washes, and varnishes. The author’s writing style and photo captions make for an enjoyable read and an excellent How-To.
Sandbags & Stowage
Another well written article with beautiful images is presented on the next 6 pages written by Łukasz Kapelski. The writer gives us an in-depth how-to on finishing the accessories most modelers use, sandbags and stowage. Although he doesn’t state which stowage and sandbag manufacturers he uses in this presentation, he does offer the names of various manufacturers for the reader. As in the previous article, Ammo by Mig products are utilized including making use of the new range of Shaders. Being inspired after reading this article, I can’t wait to try out his techniques on a few of the sandbags I have in waiting.
Tank Ammunition and Ammo Crates
By far the longest article is written by Sergiusz Pęczek covering 11 pages. The author uses another Miniart kit, “Soviet Ammo Boxes with Shells kit # 35261, to give us an in-depth look at his techniques for finishing shells and ammo crates. As before Ammo by Mig products are used mostly; however, Allclad II Metal paints were used for the shells. What I found most interesting was the amount of coverage the author presents in getting the ammunition ready for painting. He describes in extensive detail his techniques using scrapers and various grits of sandpaper. Amazing photographic detail is incorporated giving the reader an up-close view. Not left out, the ammo wooden crates are given the same amount of coverage explaining in detail with clear images his techniques.
The Devil is in the Details
Next up is an article by Artur Miniszewski presented on 7 pages of his techniques for finishing small accessories such as oil and petrol cans, and beer crates. The author uses two of Miniart’s kits, #35595 Oil and Petrols 1930-40s and #35574 Beer Bottles and Wooden Crates all in 1/35th scale.
Next is another excellent article written by Paulo Carrelo. The article covers painting and detailing wooden stocks as well as techniques for finishing the metal barrels. Covering six pages, detailed crisp images are included along with captions allowing the modeler to follow along as the author paints weapons. He used both 1/35th and 1/16th scale weapons to showcase his skills in differing techniques. This article was of particular interest to me as I find painting weapon wooden stocks a challenge.
How to Paint a Mantlet Cover
Moving on we find an article written by the master himself, Mig Jiménez. Covering 8 pages Mig focuses on painting mantlets using only brushes after the initial priming of the base coat with an airbrush. Not only does the author use his line of acrylics, but he relies on Oilbrusher colors for convenience. What I found interesting and is helpful for the beginner is that Mig describes his use of different brushes, such as flat and round brushes, to blend and contrast areas of the mantlet.
Artur Miniszewski writes another article on painting a Mantis Miniature’s American driver figure in 1:35 scale. Painted in GI Green the reader can follow along as the writer initially airbrushes the base coat continuing with brushes. The author goes into excellent detail of his processes in painting the clothes, but he omits his face painting techniques.
Next up is a short 4-page article on painting furniture by Chema Martínez. Using Miniart‘s Furniture Set # 35548 in 1/35th scale, Chema takes us on a journey into his wood painting techniques. Techniques he uses in painting the wooden surfaces of WWI airplanes. He also states for the purposes of writing this article, he used the Ammo by Mig’s Wood Effects Set A. Mig-7801. The author uses a photoetch template from RB Productions (RBT028 / RBT029) to achieve a wood grain effect applying A. Mig-0076 Brown Soil over a light brown base. On the tabletop the author uses a couple of wood grain decals supplied in the paint kit from Uschi van der Rosten, a German based aftermarket accessory manufacturer. Even though the article is presented on four pages, a huge amount of pertinent information was packed in. Another excellent article written by one of many contributors in this issue of Weathering Magazine.
All the authors presented their material in an easy-to-read format along with the addition of excellent photographs. Captions with the images were detailed. Not only was the magazine a joy to read, but it has inspired me to implement some of the techniques within. Being this was my first exposure to the series of weathering magazines by Mig Jimenez, it certainly won’t be my last.
I highly recommend “The Weathering Magazine Issue 32: ACCESSORIES” for the basic to the advanced modeler as another excellent resource.
My thanks go out to Ammo by Mig Jimenez and IPMS/USA for allowing me to review this magazine.