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



Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Alpine Miniatures - SS Schutze KG Hansen Poteau 1944

Finally calling this recreational project done. The method for painting the Oak-leaf camouflage Zeltbahn is documented in my intermediate guide to figure painting published by Model Art magazine.  








An idea of scale.

Cheers,

Calvin



Thursday, 1 November 2018

Alpine Miniatures - Waffen-SS MG Team, Kharkov 1943

I am finally done painting  the box art of these two wonderful sculpts. Christmas has came early as these two should hit the shops sometime in November. 




Cheers,

Calvin



Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Alpine Miniatures - Waffen-SS MG Team, Kharkov 1943

I am putting aside the SS Schutze for the moment to focus on the painting of the box art of the Alpine Miniature's upcoming release. These videos document the clean up of the molding seams and the modeling of  the groundwork.








Cheers,

Calvin



Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Young Miniatures - Waffen SS Dispatch Rider, Ostfront 1944

The 1/10 scale Waffen SS Dispatch Rider bust from Young Miniatures is featured in this upcoming November, 1000th special edition of Model Art magazine. A special shout out to Norio Takemura and Manabu Sakaki for making this happen.



Cheers,

Calvin



Monday, 15 October 2018

Alpine Miniatures - SS Schutze KG Hansen Poteau 1944


Moving on to the back of the greatcoat this evening.

Cheers,

Calvin



Thursday, 11 October 2018

Alpine Miniatures - SS Schutze KG Hansen Poteau 1944




A video of  today's painting session in real time.

Cheers,

Calvin



Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Alpine Miniatures - SS Schutze KG Hansen Poteau 1944



Progressing on to the trousers, great coat and details.

Cheers,

Calvin



Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Saturday, 6 October 2018