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Team Yankee Leopard Week – We Paint A Full West German Army

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We're excited to be painting up a FULL West German Army from Team Yankee by Battlefront!

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John will be talking through the stages he goes through when painting up an army like this. This includes adding a few twists of his own; moving away from the colour schemes in the book.

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What Are John's Plans For Painting The West Germans?

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We get stuck into an awesome PVLOG where we're painting up a full army of West Germans for us to use in our games of Team Yankee.

In this first video we're talking with John to find out what his plans are.

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The Army Is Built & Ready To Prime

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With the plans lain out we turn our minds towards what colours we're going to be using and how we might approach priming these awesome models.

Thankfully there are plenty of neat paints out there within the Army Painter Range designed for this particular job!

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Getting The First Layers Of Camouflage Down On The Army

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With the primer down we start to look at the way in which we're going to camouflage these tanks.

Within the book you might find some helpful guides to get you started.

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Adding The Second Colour For The West German Camouflage

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With the first bit of camouflage done we move onto adding the second and with that the pattern is coming together nicely.

Using an airbrush is certainly making this job very easy indeed!

The Army Is Looking Mean

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Time To Get The First Details Done On The West Germans

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With the main camouflage patterning done we move onto working on the first detail work for the West Germans.

This is the stage where you start to make the vehicles pop and make them look a lot less like toys!

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Next Up The Highlights For The Armour

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While you might not have thought it you do need to so some highlighting on tanks! So, we get stuck into the work on the armour and show off a few funky techniques.

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Getting Transfers Onto The Vehicles For Added Character

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Now we move onto the tricky business of transfers. This can be a very fidgety part of finishing off your model but John shows you how you can do it with very little fuss.

Also make sure to follow any kind of guides out there when adding transfers so you get the right markings on the right vehicles!

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Adding Gloss Varnish To Help With The Washing Step

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...the next step involves some gloss varnish which will eventually help with the washing step.

It might make things look a bit shiny but have no fear, John has plans!

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Giving The Army A Wash to Bring Back the Details

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Now it's the all important Wash stage where you start to bring back some of the details that might have been lost in the painting process.

The Gepards Are Looking Sweet!

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Time To Get Some Dirt On The West German Forces

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No vehicle is complete without a good layer of dirt and grime to show that it has been used on the battlefield.

With that in mind we're going to be showing you how you can add just the right amount of grime to your armour without it looking strange!

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Bringing Out The Final Details

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With the aid of Strong Tone and Worn Rubber from Army Painter we start to pick out some more of the Final Details on these tanks.

...lets see how these tracks turn out.

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The Army Is Finished & On The Table

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With the army finished we get it down onto the table so you can see it in all of its glory. It's a good feeling when your army makes it to the battlefield and it all looks ace!

What do you think of the final look?

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Finished Miniatures 360° Video

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And with that we had to show off the wonderful miniatures from this range in 360 degree awesomeness.

We think these vehicles have turned out very nicely and we can't wait to get them down onto the tabletop so we can play with them.

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machinegod
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Wow!…This looks so awesome!…Love the way You get the small details to pop out.

undeadking
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How come john gets all the best jobs. Lucky, lucky man

sercoffee
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Need to get an airbrush…

thardinger
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I really like the wheeled AFV’s of the German army that is what the American army is missing really to make them look more interesting.

benc
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Nice. NATO tricolour is achievable with brushing and looks great. I’m working on the other 4 Leopards this weekend.

stonewall
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Great step by step tutorials! I would love to see this for other games as well!

lasse
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You guys should change the name of the title for these tutorials, from “We Paint A Full West German Army”, to… JOHN Paints A Full West German Army! 😉

fatweaver
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this really starting to make me venture into this game, now i know how to do effective cammo

dorthonion
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Fantastic work John!

durin
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That’s some serious horde painting 😉

petdrb
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Looks great. How much total time do you think you have invested? I only get infrequent small chunks of hobby time right now.

johnlyons
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I think this force took about 25-30 hours including drying times. Say however, you got a starter box. That would maybe take 3 days total, so long as your comfortable with an airbrush and have all the material you need at hand 🙂

dropship
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Efficient and highly effective. End result looks great.

guillotine
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Awesome work @johnlyons!

The Team Yankee paints look rather good. The primer colour is beautiful and I was impressed how well that camouflage brown went over the dark green.

bucketknight
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That looks like a fairly simple, yet very effective paint job. It also shows how useful an airbrush can be. (Maybe I should start saving for one.)

But what did you do to the rocket pod on the helicopter? I know you were in a hurry to finish this army, but that should have gone together a bit better.

johnlyons
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I was largely building these kits without instructions. The heli with the wonky pods was the first one I built.

minty45
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Makes you wonder what you could achieve John if u were given more time. They look great though.

sathuli
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Nice terrain and a fully painted army…look great.

nicholascarreau
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Man, Props to you. Incredibly well done mate!

mkus
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Very nice and motivating, thanks for the clips!

lblunchboxlb
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Great painting tutorial!

mitchland
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Agreed, great job guys!

jlamanna
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Looks fantastic. Do you think its worth painting the tools on 15mm? (I’m used to 28mm, Team Yankee is my first time into 15mm)

Also, for the windows did you brush on the gloss or airbrush?

johnlyons
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It really is a matter of taste and time. Paint what you feel comfortable doing. For the most part, the tools would have had paint on them, generally green handle with the metal in black. To to honest, the drybrush stage gives the tools enough definition for a “tabletop” standard.

suetoniuspaullinus
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@johnlyons
Top drawer stuff Sir!

My Kampfgruppe Müller has arrived yesterday and the NATO Green spray can today.
Just waiting for some magnets now so the assembly and painting can commence!
Got some nice ideas for the infantry as well for when they come out..
Next on the shopping list will be the Marders 😎

minty45
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Should come with magnets?

skillamac
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The new battlefront plastic kits don’t come with magnets, turret pegs instead. However they still have the space for magnets (5mm x 1mm if I remember correctly) should you wish to use them..

nekomata
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They look great! I really need to start using my airbrush…

blaeyn
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What about the ground troops?

silverskates
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I love a good hobby vlog

omgourds
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Awesome! Thanks!

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