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AMMO by Mig- The Weathering Magazine - Urban

ISBN Number:
2340-275X
Published:
Sunday, November 14, 2021
Publisher:
Ammo by Mig Jimenez S.L.
Retail Price:
$14.99
Reviewed By:
Joseph McDaniel

AMMO by Mig- The Weathering Magazine - Urban

The Weathering Magazine line's newest issue, number 34, is devoted to urban settings. Four of the six articles provide step by step methods for building a variety of structures and weathering them, along with vehicles and a jet plane. The other two articles show urban camouflage on a tank and a Gundam figure.

The Inside Scoop

Format - softcover, portrait format

Page Count - 70 high gloss pages

Size - 8.5” x 11.5”

Photos - Color, ranging from full page to six sharp, glossy images on a page

Extras - The first and third articles have QR codes that can be scanned with a smart phone or tablet and which then bring up step-by-step painting and weathering for the vehicles in the articles.

All text and photograph captions are in English, except for the QR code extra articles, which are also in Spanish

Table of Contents

No Escape

The first article, No Escape, by Imad Bouantoun who constructs the two buildings and both vehicles, and Le Xuan Giang, who builds and paints the seven figures,  has 84 steps over 17 pages, with an additional QR code that when scanned with a smart phone or tablet opens up seven pages with 14 step-by-step photos and captions covering the assembly and painting process of a damaged Diopark civilian car and 14 step-by-step photos and captions covering the assembly and painting process of a knocked out Takom T-55 AMV tank.

Mr. Bouantoun details the materials and processes for building, painting, weathering, and damaging the base, buildings, windows, doors, stairs, balconies, roofs, curtains, placing rubble on the street, and placement of the two vehicles. Since this is an Ammo by Mig publication, as you might guess, mostly Ammo by Mig products are used, although a couple of non-Ammo by Mig products are used and mentioned. The QR code SBS is not quite as detailed, but does cover how the car and tank are damaged and weathered, and the various MIG products used. One oversight by whoever did the final editing is a comment in one of the captions where the author suggests removing one photo as it shows a competitor's product in the photo. Although he credits Mr. Le with painting the figures, no photos or other information covers that.

Example of the articles step-by-step process for construction, painting, damaging, weathering

Berlin Brigade Chieftain MK10

The 1/72 scale Takom Chieftain MK11 and Chieftain MK10 kit is the second article. The author, Alex Clark, shows in 29 steps over eight pages how he built, detailed using after market kits, painted and weathered the MK10 in the Berlin Brigade's "geometric rectangular pattern that obscured the silhouette in this urban landscape". Unlike the previous article, Mr. Clark uses several Tamiya colors to achieve the tri-color Berlin Brigade colors, using Tamiya tape to mask off the various areas. He then turns to Ammo by Mig paints and oil colors, as well as washes, pigments, and other weathering products. There are no buildings or QR code in this article.

Crossing the Line

The third article, by Wu Jiasheng, presents 40 steps over nine pages building a diorama with two vehicles, ten figures, and a damaged railway station. This is also the only other article with a QR code, which when opened details the 29 steps to build, paint, and weather the Meng M4A3E2 Jumbo, and the 31 steps to build, paint, weather, and damage the running gear on the Border Models Pz.Kpfw. IV. Ammo by Mig products are used throughout the 17 pages covering both builds.

In the magazine article, Mr. Wu details the materials for the base, station platform, partial roof, ground cover, rails and ties, benches, some large cable reels, composition of the scene, including vehicle and figure placement, then the painting, detailing, weathering, and damaging of the station, platform, rails, ties and ground. Although mostly Ammo by Mig products are used, there are some Tamiya paints as well. There are two photos and a brief caption listing the figure manufacturers (no kit numbers), upgrading the heads or boots, and using putty to correct or enhance clothing.

Grounded in Concrete

The fourth article, Grounded in Concrete, by Karol Konwerski and Marcin Blanc, might not at first seem applicable to mostly armor modelers, but actually, there are some relevant techniques in building the base, the terrain, trees and vegetation, walls, sidewalks, and concrete. The six page article is divided into 15 steps building, painting, and weathering the MIG-15, and 16 steps building, painting, and detailing the base and the small park upon it. Again, mostly Ammo by Mig products are highlighted, but there are a couple of competitor products used as well.

New in a Town

The fifth article, New in a Town, by Daniel Morcillo, depicts a 1/100 scale Bandai Master Grade RGM-96X Jesta kit (Gundam) "integrated into an urban environment". Although the 33 steps and photos over eight pages show the Gundam on a base with some damaged Jersey barriers and a shattered building, the article is only concerned with painting and weathering the Gundam figure. Ammo by Mig paints and weathering products were used to paint the three blue shades of urban camouflage, as well as various washes, pigments, chipping and weathering products.

The Hive

The sixth and final article, The Hive, by Le Xuan Giang, depicts a moment's respite in the Vietnam War from the North Vietnamese perspective. The 14-page article is broken down into sub-sections. In the first part, Mr. Le describes in 30 steps how he designed, constructed, damaged, painted, and weathered the building. In the next part, he builds, paints, weathers and details accessories like weapons, sandbags, pallets, furniture, and windows in 18 steps. Next, ground work and vehicles are built, detailed, painted, weathered, and placed into the scene in 24 steps. Vehicles used are the Academy M113A1 APC and M151 MUTT.  Finally, Mr. Le portrays the painting and detailing of 20 figures over seven steps. Ammo by Mig acrylic paints, pigments, washes, glues, pastes, shaders, and other products are used.

The final page of the magazine is a brief article about the next issue in this line, which will cover Grey. Although which specific subjects will be covered is not revealed, there are tantalizing clues, with references to Feldgrau, Dunkelgrau, American jet fighters, science fiction space vehicles, and ships.

Highly Recommended for Beginner to Advanced diorama and vignette builders.

Thanks goes out to AMMO of Mig Jimenez for this review magazine.

Reviewed by Joseph "Mac" McDaniel

 

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