Friday, 30 July 2021

The Accordionist - Italy 1943

Some progress on the painting of the figure this evening.  




Cheers,

Calvin



Saturday, 24 July 2021

The Accordionist - Italy 1943

Another figure from Tamiya's German Soldiers at Rest set. This time I decided to modify the standing soldier with the two loaves of bread to an accordionist. 

 
To accommodate the accordion from Miniart, I had to slightly reposition the left arm and remodel the fingers with stretched sprue. The front section of the accordion bellows were not well moulded and had to be rebuilt using stretched sprue. Finally, the shoulder strap is made from Tamiya Pla-Paper and the buckles formed with epoxy putty. 

A scene is composed with a piano and seat from Miniart. The ornate tiles are made using the Canon Selphy photo transfer technique onto epoxy putty. 


Cheers,

Calvin



Thursday, 22 July 2021

High and Dry - Scharführer, SS-Totenkopf Div., Hungary 1945

New photos of an old project made in 2001. It is a Hornet figure swapped out with a Hornet head posed on a T-34/76 ChTZ turret from Tamiya. The groundwork was built up from parts found in my scrap box. This is personally one of my favourite builds mainly because I really had fun putting it together. I entered it in the Euro Militaire 2001 competition and it was awarded a Silver medal in its class.




Cheers,

Calvin



Sunday, 18 July 2021

Sanitäter - France 1940

I made some corrections and enhancements over the week; added the Sanitäter sleeve badge and changed the piping colour on shoulder board because the service branch colour for the Wehrmacht medical troops is blue instead of purple. 






I also remade the egg as I felt the yolk was a tad too flat. I rolled a tiny ball of epoxy putty and immediately painted the surface with yellow followed by a glaze of clear yellow for to enrich the tone. This was left to firm up for 30 minutes before being pressed into the egg whites which was formed by building up about five layers of Vallejo matt varnish. A final coat of AK Interactive gloss varnish was applied over the egg for a glistening shine. 


Cheers,

Calvin



Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Sanitäter - France 1940

 Finally completed this simple project using the stock components and some tender loving care. You got to admit that this classic still holds up  rather well against the backdrop of digital 3D scanning technology.  







Cheers,

Calvin



Monday, 12 July 2021

Sanitäter, France 1940

Added a few personal accoutrements like the handkerchief and a butter dish. Elements like these might seem banal but they help to fortify the narrative of a soldier preparing his supper. 


Cheers,

Calvin



Saturday, 10 July 2021

Sanitäter - France 1940

The figure is now "armed" and the scene is progressively coming together.







Cheers,

Calvin