Monday, 24 February 2020

SS Untersturmführer, Ostfront 1943-44

Finally done with the renovation work. Moving on to the groundwork and then the painting.





Cheers,

Calvin



Tuesday, 11 February 2020

SS Untersturmführer, Ostfront 1943-44



 

Continuing work on this resculpt of a 1/16 scale figure from AC Model for a collector. The binoculars is from Alpine Miniatures whereas the other accessories are from my personal spares. There is still more work to be done for the winter trousers and the M42 smock before I can move on to the groundwork and commence painting.

Cheers,

Calvin



Friday, 31 January 2020

SS Untersturmführer, Ostfront 1943-44



Just begun on a major overhaul a 1/16 scale figure from AC Model. It has been a long while since I sculpted anything and this is a great exercise for me to get reacquainted. The general pose is quite strong on this piece but I just felt that the details could do with more refinements.

Cheers,

Calvin



Sunday, 5 January 2020

Model Art DVD - Calvin Tan's Guide to Converting and Painting Figures



First of all a Happy New Year to one and all. After several months of hard work by the industrious team at Model Art magazine, I am glad to announce that the third volume of my instructional guide to scale figure modelling (in English) will soon hit the market (hopefully by the end of January 2020). 


Unlike my previous two DVDs which solely showcases my painting techniques, this edition focuses on the conversion and customization of plastic injection molded figures. Using the most current 3D-scanned figures from Tamiya's Wehrmacht tank crew set as a base, I will reveal my strategies, techniques and the materials needed to perform a simple conversion of a tank crew to a Panzer Lehr infantryman.


Great lengths have been made to comprehensively record each step of the process; from the separation of the parts; the re-modelling the figure as well as a bounty of bonus material like detailing accessories, modelling groundwork and painting the Splinter camouflage pattern. 

This is by far the most exhaustive project the Model Art team and I have been involved in and on behalf of our team we  hope that it will serve as a beneficial resource all scale modellers out there.


Cheers,

Calvin



Friday, 3 January 2020

Roll Call!


 A small selection of works done between 2008 to 2019....


as well as a recent contribution to Armour Modelling magazine and a collaboration with Model Art Magazine for my third DVD on converting and painting figures. 

Cheers,

Calvin



Sunday, 8 December 2019

Young Miniatures - Wardaddy, US 2nd Armored Division, 1944-45


A little more refinements done to the bounced light on the face and the insignia. If this exercise has taught me one thing, it is that less is more. Moving on to render the textures on the tanker jacket and the herringbone tunic.

Cheers,

Calvin



Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Young Miniatures - Wardaddy, US 2nd Armored Division, 1944-45

Just started work on this bust from Young Miniatures.  The face was done some years back for a painting demo and I thought I might use it as practice for painting directional light. It is only a quick sketch at this stage to visualize the lighting and the atmosphere. 




A small piece of blue cellophane was placed in front of a lamp to serve as a guide in determining the color tone generated by the blue light over the initial base color. Subsequently the tones and values were matched on a palette and painted directly onto the bust.


Cheers,

Calvin