Saturday, 6 August 2022

Commonwealth Bren Gunner, NW Europe, 1944-45.


Here is a sneak peak of the Commonwealth Bren Gunner from HD Models, available in 1/35 scale.



Cheers,

Calvin



Friday, 5 August 2022

Interview on The Figure Mentors Issue 41 - Historical Edition


Here is a quick shout out to my interview with Jay Martin on The Figure Mentors magazine issue 41 - Historical edition. It is available for purchase and download HERE.


Cheers,

Calvin



Thursday, 4 August 2022

1st Infantry Division - The Big Red One, Operation Husky, Sicily 1943


There is always room for improvement. Whilst browsing through YounTube videos of the Browning 30.cal being fired, I observed that the spent cartridges were discharged from below. I thus went create a pile of spent cartridges at the spot using stretched sprue. I also could not resist adding a canvas ammunition belt on the ground made from a strip of rolled out Milliput for added interest. 


After feeling rather pleased with that, I took another step to spruce up the scene by adding a holster to the figure and a carrying handle for the 30.cal on the cooling sleeve. Now I can say that I am satisfied with this build and time to move on to another project.



Cheers,

Calvin



Wednesday, 3 August 2022

1st Infantry Division - The Big Red One, Operation Husky, Sicily 1943

Having fun with the VFX in Photoshop.

Cheers,

Calvin



Sunday, 31 July 2022

1st Infantry Division - The Big Red One, Operation Husky, Sicily 1943

I took some time off this afternoon to add in the helmet insignia and shoulder patch of the 1st Infantry Division. I also could not resist sprucing up the the water cooled .30 cal Browning MG with a sheet of thinly rolled out Miliput to increase the girth of the barrel sleeve. I also hollowed out the gun cradle with a chisel and a surgical blade. The bolts are 0.25 solder balls flatten against the back of a scalpel blade and attached with AK matt varnish. 

Despite some of the inadequacies compared to some of today's plastic figures in the market, this build was for me another nostalgic indulgence to growing up, watching war movies and building models in the 1980's. Therefore it is of no surprise as to why I eventually choose to represent "The Big Red One" in this piece. 





















Cheers,

Calvin



Friday, 29 July 2022

A 1970's Throwback

A throw back to the 1970's with this classic figure from Tamiya's US Gun and Mortar Team (MM35086). It is built mainly straight out of the box because I wanted it to be a fun build. The head is stock and I must say it does paint up quite nicely despite the age. However this figure has three major shortcomings. First, the shoulders and hands needed to be repositioned to enable the figure to grab onto the pistol grip of the Browning .30 cal. Second, the figure is also seated too low to have direct line of sight from the Browning MG. I propped it higher by making the figure sit on some sandbags made from Milliput. Third and lastly, the shoes needed to be rebuilt as they where sculpted too short and narrow. This was done with some Milliput. The figure is painted with Ak's Gen 3 acrylic paints. .  








Cheers,

Calvin



Monday, 25 July 2022

1st SS-Aufklärungs-Abteilung LSSAH

Here are some new photos of an old box art assignment painted for Alpine Miniatures back in 2006. 






Cheers,

Calvin