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Counterattack, Normandy-1/35
jrutman
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Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 07:09 PM UTC
Yes! That apple tree rocks ! Maybe a little less steel wool and a little more leaves next time but it looks great !
Now all you need are a few bottles of Calvados lying around ! LoL
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Venko555
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Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 07:02 PM UTC
Apple tree is ready, this time I added steel wool for volume, also repainted the apples-most are green. I didn't have enough leaves, but I think is convincing
That's for now.







Cheers!
Venko555
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Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 09:54 AM UTC
Thank you, Jerry!
I'm waiting for the ivy leaves and two Alpine SS infantrymen and will continue. Also will put the apple tree in the end

Regards,
jrutman
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Posted: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 11:17 PM UTC
That looks great man !
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Venko555
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Posted: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 07:01 PM UTC
Some changes here, I decided to make the fence from rocks, more realistic I hope. And ivy branches here there, the leaves will put later.







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timcc2008
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Posted: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 09:49 PM UTC
This was a great post to follow. Do you have any updates since the last post?
Venko555
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Posted: Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 10:01 PM UTC
I have the leaf punch for oak leaves and already tried it with real leaf. Cutting is nice, the shape is good, but it seems the leaves are slightly big for 1/35 as advertised. But it's not a big problem and the punch will do the job



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Venko555
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Posted: Friday, August 12, 2016 - 06:55 PM UTC
Thank you very much!
The small branches are made from material used in plumbing (don't know the English word), painted in brown color :





Cheers!
Paulinsibculo
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Posted: Friday, August 12, 2016 - 01:51 PM UTC
WOW!

That tree looks splendid!
Venko555
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Posted: Friday, August 12, 2016 - 11:13 AM UTC
Hi,

I wanted another tree here, so I decided to try the wire tree technique. The wide sections are covered with DAS clay, the branches with cheap filler. After a while with a toothbrush I've made the bark texture. The trunk is painted first with dark brown acrylic, after that with dry brush several lighter shades.
I like how it turned out (for a first try), this have to be an oak by the way
Next-the foliage and some moss on the bark.











Hope it looks the part
Cheers!
Venko555
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Posted: Friday, August 05, 2016 - 03:25 PM UTC
Thanks!

Small update-some wild flowers here and there



Cheers!
strongarden
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Posted: Monday, July 25, 2016 - 07:55 PM UTC
Venelin
This is awesome work, well done sir!
The efforts you've put in w/ the tree and apples are well worth it. The Tiger and crew are perfect, and the out-bldg. w/ walls are a good balance to the beastie. sweet

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Dave
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Posted: Monday, July 25, 2016 - 03:00 PM UTC
I echo the others , it works for me too !

Kurt
Venko555
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Posted: Monday, July 25, 2016 - 09:59 AM UTC
Thank you very much!

I hope to make more progress soon,

Cheers!
justsendit
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Posted: Monday, July 25, 2016 - 02:21 AM UTC
Outstanding work! This is coming along very nicely!

—mike
cheyenne
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Posted: Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 11:22 PM UTC
very cool , lifelike in all aspects , nicely done .
jrutman
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Posted: Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 08:32 PM UTC
Every little thing you add makes a big improvement! Very believable Normandy scene here.
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Venko555
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Posted: Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 08:30 PM UTC
Next, the soil and grass:

Soil is made from tile grout (coloured), the grass is applied with the applicator, the long tufts are put manually. This is early stage, there will be bushes, Ivy on the wall and the cabin etc.



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Venko555
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Posted: Monday, July 11, 2016 - 09:45 PM UTC
I made dry stone wall from plaster, mixed with white glue. Door is from balsa and can be opened






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Venko555
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Posted: Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 04:49 PM UTC
I bought them from Lucky, pretty sure they sell the original, but who knows.

Thanks!
easyco69
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Posted: Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 04:35 PM UTC

Quoted Text

By the way, anyone experienced bubbles on Alpine figures?
I just found one unpleasant hole on the nose of one of the spare heads, I think is from bubble. There are some 1-2 tiny ones on the back of one of the hands, although I filled them with putty, no real problem. But on the faces it will be harder to fix, maybe I will try later.
I'm really start to love those figures, and considering buying other sets, but I wonder if this is a common issue or maybe I had bad luck



You got to make sure your not buying counterfeit...alpine does not come with bubbles.
I seen a guy from China trying to sell counterfeit Alpine products on ebay so I contacted Taesung Harmms . Soon after he issued a warning that someone was copyng his products & to be careful.
Venko555
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Posted: Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 02:03 PM UTC
Many thanks!

Almost ready, the tile cover is from thin brass sheet, primed and Gunze Stainless steel paint. Some weathering will be needed later.







Cheers!
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Sean50
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Posted: Saturday, July 09, 2016 - 07:39 PM UTC

Quoted Text



The door and the window have lintel, Sean, I made it from balsa, now with the oil wash it's better visible I hope


The roof I intend to be from slate stones, like on the picture, is that correct for Normandy buildings?




Sorry, I didn't see the lintle. Wasn't wearing my glasses. Keep thinking I'm younger than I am...

Tha lates look good and are perfectly fine for a stone barn on Normandy (clay tiles and -to a lesser extent- thatch or corrugated iron being the main alternatives).

Cheers

Sean
Venko555
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Posted: Saturday, July 09, 2016 - 07:10 PM UTC
I made the slate tiles from polystyrene sheet 0.6mm and then with Surfacer 500 and stiff brush adding some texture. Painted with grey paints, but I have to make a bit more for the whole roof. Not the best result, but will do the job









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Venko555
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Posted: Saturday, July 02, 2016 - 02:50 PM UTC
Hi!

The stones are no problem to be colored with oils several times, thanks for the hint, very informative.

The door and the window have lintel, Sean, I made it from balsa, now with the oil wash it's better visible I hope



Door is from balsa wood, added hinges and lock, and then oil wash with Raw Umber and Black. Nails I will add later:






The roof I intend to be from slate stones, like on the picture, is that correct for Normandy buildings?



Cheers!