Save the template above by right clicking and select 'Save Picture
As' Then print it out at A4 using software such as Irfan, Photoshop
or Paintshop Pro. Irfan can be downloaded from www.irfan.com
Cut out pieces
Stick the paper template to a piece of mounting board with masking
tape. Then cut out the pieces using a steel rule and a scalpel. As you
cut them the paper will be slightly pushed into the cuts by the blade,
which will stop the template moving, even when cuts have been made all
over it. To enable this to happen, don't be tempted to lift up the paper
up halfway through.
It should be fairly obvious where the pieces go, just stick them together
with PVA (or if you are impatient use UHU,
which dries a bit quicker). The thin strips make the edges look more
substantial than they otherwise would.
The contents of the skip tend to take longer than the skip itself. First
pack out the bottom of the skip with scraps of foamboard, or modelling
clay. Stick some large bits of debris in - a few offcuts of mounting
board, chunks of plastic torn from an old floppy disk with pliers etc.
Finally cover any of the packing which is still visible with PVA and
sprinkle with coarse sand. It is best to paint the contents before you
paint the skip itself.
skips are yellow, but they are also often seen in dark green, dark
blue or white. If you are using yellow then don't use a really
bright yellow like this.
use more of a yellow ochre such as this, which will look more natural
shade yellow, wash it with a leather colour like this. Then drybrush
over with the original basecoat.
Finally drybrush on a highlight of the basecolour mixed 50/50 with
white (make sure the wash is completely dry or it will smear horribly.
Thin vertical streaks of different coloured browns can be painted
on to look like rust and mud (see TIE-fighter for details). You could
also just take an old brush, put a little paint on (standard consistency)
and make some random splattery marks around the base of the skip.
To add detail to your skip you could print out a logo and then
stencil it on, like the logo on this
tank. You could also print out markings (particularly the classic
industrial diagonal striping and glue them on).