I have just completed a painting tutorial for the Empire Steam Tank and thought that I would share the finished photos before the tutorial release later this week.
I am not going to give away too many secrets here, you will have to watch the vid for that ;) but I used a graphics pen to do the text. This tip was given to me by Matt Perks (ubique-matt.blogspot.com) and has saved me tip and stress when doing text. I still feel I can improve in this area but that will come with practice.
The steam tank captain does look more like Santa than a hardened veteran but I like the idea of a professor fighting with his inventions than a sword and shield. As a side point you can build the steam tank engineer with a more grizzled look with the ample head and arm configurations provided in the kit.
Every steam engine should have a red section on the valve, and of course the needle should be kept on the danger line at all times!