Tuesday, 24 January 2023

USMC BAR Gunner - Battle of the Chosin Reservoir, 1950


I made the best of the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday to finish up this figure commission. This is a 1/16 scale original sculpt made by John Rosengrant, which is based on an illustration by Ron Volstad. It is not for commercial sale and it has only a limited run of 25 copies. This copy is numbered 6/25. It is painted fully in AK Interactive Gen 3 and Abt 502 acrylics. The snow effects are created with glass powder, made by pounding microscope glass slides with the base of a beer bottle in a glass bowl.
In all this was a very enjoyable project and perhaps one of John Rosengrant's finest work in these recent years. The pose, attitude and the attention to details make this a very compelling piece of work . A special shout out to Huang Zhongwen for this wonderful opportunity to paint this little gem.





Cheers,

Calvin



Wednesday, 11 January 2023

USMC BAR Gunner - Battle of the Chosin Reservoir, 1950

 A little more progress on the painting. 


Cheers,

Calvin



Monday, 9 January 2023

USMC BAR Gunner - Battle of the Chosin Reservoir, 1950

A Happy New Year to all. This is a WIP of a special commission job of a 1/16 scale sculpt by John Rosengrant for a collector depicting a US Marine at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War. From what I currently know this is not a commercial kit but a limited run of copies for a closed group of aficionados.  


Cheers,

Calvin



Saturday, 31 December 2022

Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 191, Ostfront 1944

Looks like I managed to keep on track to hammer this figure out before the end of 2022. 











Here's wishing everyone a happy new year!

Calvin



Friday, 30 December 2022

Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 191, Ostfront 1944

I am currently working on this classic Tamiya figure sculpted by Yoshitaka Hirano which comes with the Strumtiger kit. I have always had a penchant for this figure ever since I saw a rendition of this figure by Stefan Muller-Herdmertens back in the early 1990's in Tony Greenland's book Panzer Modelling Masterclass. I swapped out the head with one taken from Tamiya's Wehrmacht tank crew set (35354) and the hand holding the mallet is from Royal Model. I sharpen some of the details like the lapels and left hand with a scalpel and the insignia was added after the tunic is painted. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I can hammer this out before the close of 2022 or at least make this the first figure for 2023.    


Cheers,

Calvin



Monday, 26 December 2022

A Round Up of 2022

This is a round up of  almost all the projects I managed to complete throughout this year.  As you can see, I have been a rather industrious.  The reason being that I have completely overhauled my painting and modelling technique to work faster and more efficiently. I would also like to thank long time partners (Alpine Miniatures and Young Miniatures) and new collaborators(Royal Model, HD Model) for allowing me to paint their box illustrations. Last but not least, I would also like to extend my appreciation to AK Interactive for their generous support in this journey. Here's looking forward to another good year ahead for 2023. 


Cheers,

Calvin



Sunday, 25 December 2022

Unternehmen Greif - Einhelt Steilau, December 1944

I am so glad to get this shelve queen completed before the end of the year. To refresh your memory, this piece was the subject of three YouTube video demos. 




It languished on my shelve for more than two years and until last week when I got over the doldrums and got it completed over this Christmas weekend. As a twist, I decided to portray a German commando from Otto Skozeny's Einhelt Stteilau during Operation Greif - and hence the blue scarf. My apologies to the fans of the Band of Brothers drama series but my impression of this bust is that of British thespian Damien Lewis in a G.I. costume. On a light-hearted note, do consider this as a mash-up of Band of Brothers and Homeland. 



Calvin