Saturday, 25 September 2021

Landser - Stalingrad 1942

I added the bread bag strap onto the helmet and remodelled the awkward looking arch at the crotch to the accompaniment of the Sprue Cutter's Union podcast interview with Marijn van Gils. I do highly recommend it, furthermore it is rather enjoyable making models whilst eavesdropping into modellers in the background talk about modelling.  (P.S. I was kinda expecting Marijn to talk about the hate mail though :p)
 







The hands were separated along the edge of the folded sleeves and reconnected using small magnets to ease the painting of the tunic. 

Cheers,

Calvin



Thursday, 23 September 2021

Landser - Stalingrad 1942

A little more work today. I decided to break down the wall section and correct the top profile of the steel helmet. 









Monday, 20 September 2021

Landser - Stalingrad 1942

A quick build up of the third figure from Tamiya's German's Soldiers at Rest set upon an urban backdrop. The brick wall section is from Hero Model, textured with Tamiya putty and the ends nipped of with a pair of nippers to simulate battle damage. The tiled floor is made from rolled out epoxy putty instead of sheet styrene as I wanted an uneven surface. 



The main body of the field stove is made from curled up paper stiffen with superglue with a plastic rod for the chimney. Other bits of details are fashioned from paper, styrene and epoxy putty. 
 



Cheers,

Calvin



Monday, 13 September 2021

Spearhead, US 3rd Armoured Division, Paderborn, Germany 1945

The Battle of Paderborn was hard fought by the US 3rd Armoured Division towards the closing stages of the war in Europe. I wanted to summarise the bitter mood from the aftermath of the fighting by contrasting the tank crew's weary "thousand-yard stare" and his nervous grasp on his cigarette against his one foot on the severed gun barrel of his adversary - a symbol of a costly victory.

The figure was painted with a mixture of Vallejo and AK Interactive Gen 3 paints. Colour for Vallejo Acrylics mixes can be found HERE from an earlier project. I used a combination of grey and dark brown tones for the shadows areas to render a sombre mood. Warms tones are employed to direct the viewer's gaze towards the face and hand. All is done to tell the story of the battle and especially when all the visual elements meld, even a single figure can create a strong impact. 






Cheers,

Calvin



Friday, 10 September 2021

Spearhead, US 3rd Armoured Division, Paderborn, Germany 1945

A very enjoyable painting session this evening accompanied by Jim and Barry's podcast Small Subjects



Cheers,

Calvin



Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Spearhead, US 3rd Armoured Division, Paderborn, Germany 1945

 More progress on the painting over the past weekend. 

Cheers,

Calvin



Thursday, 2 September 2021

Spearhead, US 3rd Armoured Division, Paderborn, Germany 1945

A little more progress this evening on the face, barrel and groundwork. 



 Cheers,

Calvin