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Counterattack, Normandy-1/35
Modelrob
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Posted: Saturday, July 02, 2016 - 02:41 PM UTC
Venelin, just great work here the cat looks first rate. The apple tree is coming out very realistic. I can't wait to see more work.

Robert
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Posted: Saturday, July 02, 2016 - 01:27 PM UTC

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One thing: the whole Normandy battle took place in June.



And July and August....

Agreed though the apples are a bit big, but they grow at different rates of course. A friend of mine who fought in Normandy said how they stuffed their pockets with apples. He also said that if you eat only apples, there are, erm, consequences...

A couple of comments on the building, which looks really nice, btw.

If you're going for the Caen area, the stone has a yellow ochre tinge to it.
The door needs some sort of lintel. I wouldn't want to stand in the doorway
For a small building like this, wood would be OK. Should be easy enough to scrape away some of the foam and insert some balsa or similar.

Some photos here which may be of use.

Cheers

Sean
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Posted: Saturday, July 02, 2016 - 01:55 AM UTC
Love those apples.
Venko555
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Posted: Friday, July 01, 2016 - 10:13 PM UTC
Thanks for the feedback!

Stones and bricks have to overlap, it's like a law in construction, otherwise the structure is not stable and may collapse

As for the apples- yes, they should be green, but I intend to make another try with the tree, this time better I hope

Quick painting of various stones with oils-Buff, Light and Dark grey. Then brushing pigments-Europe Earth and Dust:









Cheers!

V
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Posted: Friday, July 01, 2016 - 09:48 PM UTC
Hi Venelin,
great build!
Thanks for sharing.
One thing: the whole Normandy battle took place in June. Also, it is close to the north and the ocean, which affects a quick grow.
Therefore, your apples may be too red for the time of the year.
Have a look in your own garden: they are still pretty small and green.
But it is only a minor detail, if you allow.....

Enjoy the weekend,

P.
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Posted: Friday, July 01, 2016 - 08:29 PM UTC
Very nice effect on the stone walls and I like how you did the corner stones. This is a detail many get wrong,including guys that do the real stone facades on real houses. If you get it wrong,it looks really really fake. Yours is right on the money though. Nice job.
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Venko555
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Posted: Friday, July 01, 2016 - 05:20 PM UTC
Some progress here

I wanted a small storage farmhouse, so I cut the walls from styrofoam, then carved the stones with a pencil. The door and window framing is from 1mm balsa.

Then the building is primed with Vallejo primer (just in case, not to melt the foam with cellulose primers) and grey Lifecolor paints.



Next I used universal acrylic filler, to imitate the mortar joint. With spatula the filler is applied in thin layer on the walls, then with wet cotton cloth remove the excess. In that way the mortar joint is not very deep, and the wall is not completely flat, i.e. the stones are slightly raised







When all is dry I will finish with oils and pigments, put the door, the window and roof.

Cheers!
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Posted: Friday, August 29, 2014 - 05:08 AM UTC


Well done Sir!!!

Cheers

Romain

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Posted: Friday, August 29, 2014 - 03:14 AM UTC
Thanks!

Ammo belt painted:





Cheers!
andyevans
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Posted: Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 10:31 PM UTC
Venelin,

I have to say that apple tree looks fantastic, I will certainly be trying this out. Thanks
1stjaeger
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Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 06:11 AM UTC

Hi Venelin,

Mg34 looks great! There is just the ammo belt to paint, e voilà!

Cheers

Romain

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Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 02:05 AM UTC
Small progress, I've added the MG 34 on the commander's cupola:













Cheers!
Giovanni1508
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Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - 09:46 AM UTC

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Thanks!

Starting by little to put the handles of the apples and some of them on the tree





Cheers!

V




Hi Venelin,

I'm impressed. Very simple but great result.
Thanks for sharing !

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Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - 08:20 AM UTC
Venelin, these apples are really cool, and well done. You, ( or anyone, including myself); could make them a little bit smaller and use hem as tomatoes too...

Really good thought process put into your whole diorama. I have enjoyed watching I from a distance. Makes me want to build another tree

Okay, maybe not, but yours looks better with every new photo.

Great job V!

Dave
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Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - 05:00 AM UTC
That was like watching reverse engineering of nature -- from apple sauce back to the basket and up onto the tree! They look great! Well worth the effort!

I finally found a use for the pumpkins!

--mike
Venko555
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Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - 03:33 AM UTC
Thanks!

Starting by little to put the handles of the apples and some of them on the tree





Cheers!

V

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Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - 01:43 AM UTC
There you go!! Those look impressive.
J
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Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - 12:57 AM UTC
With a gloss coat



Cheers!
Venko555
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Posted: Monday, June 30, 2014 - 08:23 PM UTC
Thanks Jerry!
Treemendus "apples" doesn't look much to the real ones in my opinion, maybe I will use them for other fruits, but in the end is personal preference
Yes, trees are hard to make and I know that perfect match is very hard to achieve, so I wanted as close as possible similarity to the real apple tree .

So, I'm proceeding with painting the apples. I've had an idea for quick and easy way to paint them nice:

1. Put the apples in a plastic cup
2. Start spraying inside with red paint in light layers-the apples will rolling inside the cup like in lottery. That way the paint will stick randomly and the effect is more realistic

And voila, I think they turned out pretty nice :





Cheers!

Venelin
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Posted: Monday, June 30, 2014 - 06:11 AM UTC
Apples do come in a lot of sizes and some have odd shapes. I suppose you could use either set here. The ones you made seem a tad too big maybe. The tremendous kit has them the better size but they do look "knarly".
I do like the foliage you ended up with on the tree as it does have an apple tree look to it. Not perfect but pretty close. Trees are really hard to make.
J
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Posted: Monday, June 30, 2014 - 12:34 AM UTC
Thanks, Romain!

They're not painted yet, that color is from the putty, but still look nice . Maybe I will paint them red

Cheers!
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Posted: Monday, June 30, 2014 - 12:13 AM UTC

Hi Venelin,

that's what I call apples!! I like them a bunch!!! Colour is absolutely perfect too!!

Well done Sir!!

Cheers

Romain

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Posted: Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 11:30 PM UTC
Hi,
I've decided to make the apples by myself . All you need is two-part epoxy putty and a toothpick. They're not painted yet, but are looking like yellow apples .
Now I think they are more convincing





Cheers!
Venko555
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Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 06:33 AM UTC
Thanks, Romain

The reason for including apple tree is the more pleasing to the eye effect, and I intend to make some farm structure-shed or similar. Don't worry I will scratch the apples, that's the thing I should have did in first place
I will find another usage of this things, rotten fruits, maybe

Cheers!

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Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 06:07 AM UTC

Hi Venelin.

that's the reason I avoid fruit trees! It seldom pays off to include them!

I am aware that apples are an important item in Normandy, but believe me, there is more "non-apple" vegetation!!

I don't think these "apples"! are a problem! They look good enough to me! After all, they are only 1 element in the dio. Given the work involved, I would not want my spectators to concentrate on apples, but rather on the cat, the figs and the story behind the lot!

Cheers

Romain