Sunday, 23 December 2007

Season's Greetings and One Year On....

Wow! it did not occur that this blog has been going on for a year now. It has been really fun and encouraging to receive many positive responses and queries about my works and techniques (especially the one about the Fimo Deko Gel). So just to kick up a notch from the small clump of undergrowth from base of the SS Deutschland figure I though why not make a hedgerow during this festive lull based on the techniques described HERE .

Dried sea-foam weed was used as a base to construct the hedge. The texture of the stem is re-created with a thick coating of Gesso primer(type used by artists to prime their canvases)

The sea-foam weed is undercoated with flat black applied with an airbrush.

The individual leaves are carefully attached on to the sea-foam with superglue (yes I know, it's crazy)

Got a little cross-eyed when I took this picture.

Three days old and there's still a lot of bald spots to cover. Thought it does not look like a Christmas tree but it will have to do for me. So here's wishing everyone and all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



Sergiusz Pęczek said...

Hello! It's amazing! One question where I can buy this sea-foam weed? Is it the same that was in Verlinden stock some years ago? Best regards and Merry Christmas!

Sergiusz Peczek

Anonymous said...

Very good idea. But can you tell what extcaly is sea foam ? And can it be primed with black spray ?

YongA01 said...

Hi Calvin,

Hats off, that is why your hedgegrow is always more realitic than others I had seen ...given your effort. Well done

Anonymous said...

Wow, that`s a pretty crazy method. But it looks really really nice!

m(_ _)m

Anonymous said...

Ooops, I neglected to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Again, that`s a pretty awesome Christmas Tree

CALVIN TAN said...

Hi Sergiusz,

you that's the same one that was sold by Verlinden at a more exorbitant price if I recalled correctly. I do believe that some craft shops have them in stock if you search hard enough. I got mine many years back at a clearance sale at a local craft/home-deco shop.


CALVIN TAN said...

Hi Allan, that's something for you to look forward to the next time you're in town!


CALVIN TAN said...

I'm not sure what sea-foam weed is exactly (God knows if it's an undiscovered virility drug) but that's what some modellers like Steve Zaloga refered to in his Osprey title Modelling the M4(75mm)Sherman. It could be primed with black spray as a more convenient option but you might need to exercise some caution in not to spray too thick a layer of paint.


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