Thursday 31 December 2020

Alpine Miniatures - 28th Jäger Division, East Prussia, 1945

I am very privileged to close the year 2020 by painting the box art of this 1/16 scale upcoming release from Alpine Miniatures sculpted by the acclaimed artist John Rosengrant. It has been a while since I painted a sculpture from John Rosengrant and this has been an absolutely delightful experience. Despite a couple of false starts for the Sumpfmunster 44 pattern, I managed to gradually get  the gist of recreating this elusive camouflage pattern using Vallejo acrylics. Evidently the trick is to meticulously stipple the hard edges of the shapes with very thin paint to achieve the diffused look - trademark to this pattern. 

Posing another challenge to this assignment are the markings on the Panzerfaust. My solution was to create my own decals on Photoshop and printing them from my trusty Canon Selphy photo/postcard printer.  Do check out this link for a full run down on my process of creating your very own DIY decals. 

Well, that is all for the year 2020. Despite the pandemic situation with all major scale modelling events called off, it was still a bountiful year with a couple of shelve queens cleared off. Here's looking forward to a better year ahead for everyone.



Thursday 24 December 2020

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

Made some updates to this bust painted back in April this year. I realised that the colour temperature of the warm zone was too cold and desaturated. This lack of temperature contrast resulted in a colour scheme that is dull and thus lacking in visual appeal. The solution as I came to realise from studying cinematography lighting was to employ a complementary colour scheme which in this repainting the warm zone in an more orange hue. I think it looks significantly better and that is another lesson learnt in 2020.

Here's wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!


Friday 4 December 2020

IDF 7th Armoured Brigade, Valley of Tears, Yom Kippur 1973

After a busy week I managed to squeeze some time to take some photos of the tank crew from the Yom Kippur War of 1973. The timing couldn't be more perfect as the Israeli TV series Valley of Tears is currently aired. It is really a magnificent series and possibly the best war drama series I have watched since Band of Brothers and The Pacific. For a scale modeller, there are a lot great references on the uniforms and field gear.  Highly recommended!