Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Invasion!!! 21st Panzer Division, Normandy 1944


Finally made the finishing touches to this figure just in time for the Shizuoka Show this weekend.






Cheers,

Calvin



Saturday, 4 May 2019

Invasion!!! 21st Panzer Division, Normandy 1944


Trying to complete this piece prior to the exhibition at the 58th Shizuoka Hobby Show next weekend. This is a stock figure that accompanied the Marder III M (Normandy Front) kit from Tamiya replaced a Hornet head to convey a caricatured German response to the D-day landings on the Normandy coast. There are still more work to be done; especially on the boots and trousers.



Cheers, 

Calvin 



Friday, 5 April 2019

US 5th Armored Division, Hürtgen, 1944


I have finally made the push to complete the painting of this sombre scene depicting the bitter fight by the US Army forces during the Battle of the Hürtgen Forest in Fall of 1944. Inspiration of this vignette came from literally thinking within the box as I set upon myself the challenge to create a narrative using just only the contents of the kit. With the exception of swapping the stock heads for the more expressive offerings from Hornet Models and the remodelling of the hands of the kneeling figure, no other alterations were made to the stock Tamiya figures.


 I initially planned to create a solemn scene of the kneeling tank crew in front of a grave marker, but after seeing the half-figure tank driver in the set I though I would change it to a macabre one. However, I did not want to give that away in an instance and hence I had the kneeling figure hold up a tarpaulin to momentarily shield the viewer from the gory of a corpse sawn in half. I wanted the viewer to piece together the elements and form the story once his eyes went around the scene.


Painting wise, the colour palette consisted of various hues of dark browns and greys to convey the mood and physical condition of the subject. I alternated the colour temperature of the skin tones between the kneeing tank crew and his fallen compatriot for greater visual contrast. Image stills from the movie Fury helped provide references for painting and weathering the uniforms.




In all, this has been another engaging project with a stronger emphasis focused on the narrative. I must say that I am on a roll with these new generation of 3D-scanned injection moulded plastic figures from Tamiya. Onward to the next project....

 Cheers,

 Calvin



Friday, 8 March 2019

US 5th Armored Division, Hürtgen, 1944


Managed to get the ground work and sculpting of the tarpaulin done over this week. Next stop, painting.





Cheers,

Calvin



Saturday, 23 February 2019

US 5th Armored Division, Hürtgen, 1944


A work in progress on a narrative I am currently working on using two figures from Tamiya's US Tankcrew (ETO) set swapped out with Hornet heads. The tarpaulin is sculpted with Apoxy Sculpt over a crumpled piece of Tamiya PLA-PAPER. This double layered approach yields a more natural appearance due to the natural wrinkles produced by the PLA-PAPER - as opposed to just using only rolled out epoxy putty which has a high tendency of producing "lasagna" or "Mee Hoon Kway(面片)like results.



Cheers,

Calvin



Thursday, 24 January 2019

The Human Cannonball, 2nd Armoured Div., Germany 1945


Got sometime off tonight to put the finishing touches to this little project. I also added a war souvenir Ritterkreuz from Aber to his zip tab as a tribute to Oddball from Kelly's Heroes. I must say that this is one of the more enjoyable projects I am able to indulge in these recent years. Wonder what I can hatch up again with these new figure offerings from Tamiya......








Cheers,

Calvin



Tuesday, 22 January 2019

The Human Cannonball, 2nd Armoured Div., Germany 1945


Here is another conversion based off a famous wartime photo using Tamiya's Sturmtiger barrel and the US Tank Crew ETO set. I swapped out the original head with one from Hornet Models (which I must say bears an uncanny resemblance to James Franco) and married it with the Tamiya helmet. The arms are re-positioned and jacket seams detailed with thin strips of rolled out epoxy putty. The ambush scheme is hand painted with Vallejo acrylics as I figured it would be easier and quicker than doing a mask and spray with the airbrush. 


I am currently about half-way done on this piece and I reckon it would need another few more sessions to refine the painting.




Cheers,

Calvin