Friday, 8 March 2019

US 5th Armored Division, Hurtgen, 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, Hurtgen, 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



Friday, 11 January 2019

Young Miniatures - Alter Hase


What better way to kick off 2019 by sharing a recently completed box art assignment from Young Miniatures of an "Alter Hase" or "Old Hare". It has been a fun assignment to be able to go a little adventurous particularly with the painting of an ugly Nordic pattern scarf as well as a gaudy floral gift box. I guess I would not have done so if not for the candlestick in the grenade bag; speaking of which marks my first time using the Non-Metal Metallic (NMM) rendering technique on a larger sized object. I am satisfied on how it shows up but I do reckon more practice is needed to perfect it. It is always fun and refreshing to always try out new things. In all the sculpt is quite clean with lots of possibilities to exercise the skills and imagination of the painter - especially on the camouflage smock and scarf.

Finally a special thanks to Young-Bok for giving me the privilege of painting this fine sculpt.


Cheers,

Calvin



Saturday, 15 December 2018

US Tank Crew, 2nd Armoured Div, ETO 1944-45


Took some time over the last two days to finish up the painting double for the filming of Calvin Tan's Basic Guide to Figure Painting DVD. The face and uniform are painted with Vallejo Acrylics and Andrea Colour according to the methods depicted in the DVD.

In this variant, I did not hand paint the the Armoured Division shoulder patch, but instead used the ones made by Archer Transfers. I adopted what I now call a "low depth of field" approach to painting; meaning to only direct the viewer's focus toward a specific point and blurring out the rest. I did so in this particular piece to circumvent the main drawback of injection moulded figures by only raising the tonal contrast of the areas that registers the best definition of details. Regions lacking in definition were rendered with darker analogous colours and low tonal contrast to reduce their visibility. A good example would be the use of Vallejo SS Camouflage Black Brown and Andrea Slate Grey to create the mud stains on the bottom of the overalls. This harmonizes the figure with the ground work to enhance the atmospheric perspective of the entire composition.












Cheers,

Calvin



Friday, 14 December 2018

DVD Reviews of Calvin Tan's Basic Guide to Figure Painting

Dear All,

I would like to share some reviews of my basic guide to figure painting. First up is an extensive review by Adam Norindrnbergen posted on his website The Modelling News


The second has been out for quite sometime and it is a video review by Brian Stanley.


I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you for Adam and Brian for taking the time to provide us their honest opinions on the DVD.

Cheers,

Calvin