Preface Lifecolor Painting Guide Vol. 3

This is the third painting guide produced in close collaboration with Lifecolor Acrylic paints by Astromodel S.A.S. from Italy. Alessandro Balbo and Rolando Iezzi, owners of the Astromodel S.A.S. distribution company and producers of Lifecolor acrylic paints and products, offered us the opportunity to produce a unique series of books that include not only painting, but general modelling techniques covering a wide variety of scale models.These books offer essential information on painting, weathering and finishing scale models to the highest standard, while getting the best from Lifecolor paints and products. Each theme will have a full list of Lifecolor's colour paint chips that were used for the painting and weathering processes.Available information on historical facts and real equipment will be added in most cases, which will enrich the content of each book and impart some interesting information to readers. We have three articles in this issue… Plus some extra details offering a lot more information.The first article comprises 10 pages and is written by the well-known Master Martin Hughes, owner of "Scale War Machines" on the YouTube channel. It's all about painting and weathering a 1/35 scale "Paper Panzer" Leopard tank using Lifecolor products, where Martin reveals his approach to painting and weathering a monochrome camouflage. In this in-depth article with its 30 step-by-step photos, you'll see how he used various references in Lifecolor's extensive range to complete a tank in a monotone Dunkelgelb paint scheme and making it very attractive and interesting! Of course, all these techniques can be easily adopted to paint any German tank with a similar Dunkelgelb camouflage!

In the second eight-page article talented artist Theodosis Giannakidis has contributed a unique theme to this volume on the secrets of achieving a natural and realistic finish of a Soviet wooden house. He explains in exquisite detail how to paint and finish a wooden house using Lifecolor wood sets and pigments. The article has more than 20 step-by-step photos with detailed captions and he has also included a couple of photos of the winter diorama featuring this house.

The third article is by the well-known Master Christos Katselos and describes the painting a 1/10 scale Bust of a WWII German DAK Soldier over 13 pages, with some historical data about the insignia and awards. There are 64 step-by-step photos on how to paint flesh, hair, eyes, WWII DAK uniform, helmet, leather and canvas equipment, goggles, a Chameleon, the metal parts and Bakelite grips of the MP40. We must note that Christos calibrated the six shades for the WWII DAK Uniforms for the new Set CS58 and the painted Nutsplanet bust was used for the box art on the cover of this set.We must thank the artists, Theodosis Giannakidis, Martin Hughes and Christos Katselos who took part in this big project, which without their participation, would not have been realized.

Also, thanks must go to the owners and producers of the companies for supporting this work and future books… Alessandro Balbo and Rolando Iezzi (Lifecolor by Astromodel), Thomas Backer (Style Design), Sang-Eon Lee (Life Miniatures), Yannis Papadopoulos (ETA-Diorama accessories), Piotr Koperski and Andrzei Wraclawek (Panzerart), Ben Mirson (MiniArt), Alexander Shurzenko (Master Box), Benny Sa (Nutsplanet Miniatures) and Radek Pituch (Rado Miniatures).

And last, but not least, thanks must go to our tireless English Text Editor Ken Jones.

Editor / Publisher

Stelios Demiras




4 "Paper Panzer" Leopard - Painting and Weathering a Tank with Lifecolor Products

14 Laser Cut WWII Soviet Wooden House - How to Paint a Wooden House using Lifecolor Paints and Liquid Pigments

22 WWII German DAK Soldier's Encounter with a Chameleon - How to Paint a Large-Scale Bust with Lifecolor Paints and Pigments Using an Airbrush and Brushes