AK Interactive is widely available in many parts of the world. My part isn’t one of them so I’ve been curious when, once in a while, an AK item makes its way to the shelves at a shop near me. Usually this takes the form of paint sets, washes, or other ‘technical’ unguents and potions designed to take your modelling to the next level. If that level be up or down depends on how adept you are at figuring out just what to do with said potions.
The DAK Profile Guide, however, had me from the moment I opened the cover.
For a modeller interested as much in creating hard-wearing, durable surfaces as fine detailing and near photo realistic finishes, the AK potions are really cool but often impractical, especially at the price they go for in Canada. Topcoats like Future, Testor’s Dull Cote, and Vallejo Matte Varnish will often obscure the subtle effects that AK products produce so, except when I put them to use doing the very rare ‘display case only’ model, I often take a pass on them.
Do you think maybe we should wallow in the sweet mud of self-satisfaction, rest on our laurels, and pause a moment to smell the Woodlands Scenics roses, or at least the drying top coat?
I mean we’re talking a 60+ model, late-war, 28mm German model army here: armour, transport, units, objective markers, roads, buildings both whole and destroyed, forests, crates, boxes, roads, a river, bridges, sheets of decals from across the globe, and that’s just my stuff. The work of a year and a half, minimum.
Gaming buddy Seth – the British Paras to my Panzer Lehr in this pursuit – has invested just as much time and energy into recce jeeps and units upon units of tough as nails paras itching to get in the fight.
OK, topcoat’s dry. Must be time for a new WWII army and theater!