Tuesday, 22 January 2019

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


Here is another conversion based off a famous wartime photo using Tamiya's Strumtiger 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



Sunday, 9 December 2018

10th SS Panzer Division Frundsberg, Holland 1944

Here it is, the SS Panzer Artillery crew all done.  Apart from some minor enhancements on the trouser pocket flap and shoulder boards, the rest of the figure is stock. I used the insignias from ARCHER Transfers to convert it to a 10th SS Pz-Div, 'Frundsberg' Rottenführer. The figure is painted with a mixture of Andrea Color and Vallejo Acrylics. The 10.5 cm leFH18 hollow charge shells came along with the sprue, whereas the zeltbahn is sculpted from epoxy putty to add some variation to the groundwork.

It was immensely enjoyable figure to paint given the fact that this figure was realistically created from live digital 3D scans. Moving forward I think it would be a wonderful idea if Tamiya could apply the same technology to re-tool their older releases like the 88cm Flak crew or even the German Panzer grenadiers. 

I would like to extend a special thank you to Nobuo Yoshioka of Tamiya for providing me the sample sprue to create this piece during the 2018 Shizuoka Show. 







Finally here is a light hearted meme to conclude this post.


Cheers,

Calvin



Wednesday, 28 November 2018

10th SS Panzer Division Frundsberg, Holland 1944

A few months ago I used this stock figure from Tamiya's Italian Front Wespe as a demonstration piece at the 2018 Malcom Show in Penang. It was shelved until late last week that I renewed interest in it and decided to convert it to a Panzer Artillery crewman of the 10th SS. Pz.Div. "Frundsberg"as a companion piece to the 9th SS.Pz.Div forward observer on the rooftop.




Cheers,

Calvin



Thursday, 15 November 2018

9th SS Panzer Division Hohenstaufen, Holland 1944

Completed this piece a while back using the figure from Tamiya's German Pioneer Team and Goliath Set(1/35 Military Miniature Series No.357). The roof and gutter pipe are fabricated from sheet polystyrene and ivy leafs from Fimo Deco Gel. Just in case you were wondering, the head is from the stock kit and paints up quite well IMO.




Cheers,

Calvin