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Another Day in Sunny Libya-Ramcke Brigade
beachbum
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Posted: Friday, February 03, 2006 - 02:30 PM UTC
Hi All,

Managed to finish a mini-dio featuring Ramcke Brigade in North Afrika. I wanted to feature them as they have entered Fallschirmjager folklore. I'm sure most of you know of it but for those who are not familiar with Fallshirmjagers, the story is basically about how during the retreat of the Afrika Korps, Ramcke's brigade named after their colorful leader, Bernhard Hermann Ramcke managed to escape with his men while many other corps surrendered. He and his men were abandoned by Rommel during the retreat from El Alamein because they had no organic transport. While wandering along in the desert they captured a British motorized column and made their way to Tunisia. He gave old Rommel quite a shock apparently when he planted himself at Rommel's doorstep who had given them up for dead or captured.

Sadly though he lost 450 men in the process. Of the 4000 strong brigade of Fallschirmjagers that came to North Afrika only 600 remained.

The dio featured here is a bit ironic as it does feature some transport. A VW beetle the Fallschirmjager have managed to "relieve" the Luftwaffe off. The Oberst and Major are sharing strategic and tactical updates respectively, or at least that's the rank I tried to give them. The Feldwebel comes by after night duty to shave and casts a slight resigned smile to himself as being a veteran he knows trouble is brewing. A guard walks by suprised to find the Oberst by so early.

Thus its just Another Day in Sunny Libya.










Last but not least a shot of the interior of the VW with a worn out driver seat and scratchbuilt upholstery on the panel which I submitted for Move It Again.


Thanks for viewing. All comments welcome.
PanzerKarl
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Posted: Friday, February 03, 2006 - 02:37 PM UTC
Very nice dio i like the figure who is having a shave nice touch.

cheers karl
jlmurc
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Posted: Friday, February 03, 2006 - 04:15 PM UTC
A super diorama that tells a story that you can see by the way in which the figures are placed and painted. The VW is fabulous, nicely worn and looks used.

John
beachbum
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Posted: Friday, February 03, 2006 - 04:37 PM UTC
Many thanks Karl, Vanderboer and John for the encouragement. Still experimenting with telling a story in smaller dios although its much easier to tie the various elements together.
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Posted: Friday, February 03, 2006 - 04:40 PM UTC
Looks great CK, I love the idea of the guy shaving....
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Posted: Friday, February 03, 2006 - 06:45 PM UTC
Great job CK! I like the groundwork... mind sharing some tips?
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Posted: Friday, February 03, 2006 - 07:26 PM UTC
Interesting mix of figures. Nicely done base. I think you've captured the scene well.
modelci2000
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Posted: Friday, February 03, 2006 - 07:30 PM UTC
It was my fist car ! lovely turtle in action , I love this
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Posted: Friday, February 03, 2006 - 08:45 PM UTC
Very nice job,I agree that the guy shaving is a great touch.
Very good indeed
Pedro
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Posted: Friday, February 03, 2006 - 09:00 PM UTC
Nice work, very yellowy but it goes very well together.
The VW looks excellents and hte shaving figure it a very nice addition. and nice ground work.

Frank
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Posted: Friday, February 03, 2006 - 09:07 PM UTC
CK,

a very nice little scene. The small scene with the fellow that is shaving is superb !

There's only one thing that is a bit out of tone and that is the maps. They look a bit on the bright site, like if they are too new to fit in the scene. Perhaps you can tone down them a tiny bit...just to avoid the bright white....
beachbum
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Posted: Friday, February 03, 2006 - 09:21 PM UTC
Thanks a bunch Dave. The shaving guy is actually the basis of the title of the dio and I was hoping that he'll anchor the whole dio. Actually he didn't start out shaving or for that matter have hair or a scalp to begin with.

JM actually I'm in the midst of trying to write an article for Armorama on Groundwork together with 2 other members here and I hope to include this desert dio as well. Currently the article is in a close fight against procrasination.

Thanks for the support Scott. Murat the VW is probably one of my favorite softskins as well. A car before its time. Thanks Pedro as well.

Francois you're right it is yellowy. Actually the tropical issue for the Fallschirmjagers according to Osprey's book was even more yellow but I didn't seem to have got it completely.

Danny thanks for the suggest on the map. Unfortunately I printed them on the normal bubble jet printer and when I tried my usual method of aging them, namely giving them a few drops of tea, the color faded. Should have used the map I had with the laser printer but I didn't have the Tunisia/Libya map for them.

Appreciate the feedback guys.
shonen_red
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Posted: Friday, February 03, 2006 - 09:23 PM UTC
Splendid dio! Even just looking at the photos, it tells a story of it's own. Good job! Care to tell us what figures did you use?
beachbum
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Posted: Friday, February 03, 2006 - 09:42 PM UTC
Thanks Ralph. The Colonel is a nice resin figure from Kirin's 3 fig Ramcke Brigade. The rest are a mix of DML Ramcke Brigade and Fallschirmjager Rgt. 3, Sicily.

No major surgery was preformed this time as far as I remember although most of them got arm swaps and the shaving guy had hair and scalp made of AB epoxy. Shaver and shaving kit , mug plus gas canister case used to keep the Feldwebel's stuff scratchbuilt along with the usual rifle strap.

I hope your Fallschirmjager PAK crew is coming along well.
jackhammer81
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Posted: Friday, February 03, 2006 - 11:04 PM UTC
CK, I think its great, from the guy shaving all the way to the scratch work on the interior. The ground work is awesome as well. The only nit pick I have for you is I think as being in the desert the tires could stand with a little more dust, just my two cents. Excellent work though!!! Cheers Kevin
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Posted: Friday, February 03, 2006 - 11:09 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Danny thanks for the suggest on the map. Unfortunately I printed them on the normal bubble jet printer and when I tried my usual method of aging them, namely giving them a few drops of tea, the color faded. Should have used the map I had with the laser printer but I didn't have the Tunisia/Libya map for them.



CK,

probably a few strokes with a pigment or a bit of brownish chalkdust can also do the trick. Stay away from fluids, but perhaps a powder / pigment can help you out.
Mech-Maniac
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Posted: Saturday, February 04, 2006 - 02:38 AM UTC
Very nice, how did you do the scratches on the fender?
SnakeEye
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Posted: Saturday, February 04, 2006 - 04:07 AM UTC
Congratulations Beachbum,
I liked very much the whole scene and especially the shaving guy. I have only one comment. I am not sure about the G-43 rifle hanging over the shoulder of the FJ. I think that it is appeared later.
beachbum
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Posted: Saturday, February 04, 2006 - 06:39 AM UTC
Many thanks Gentlemen.

Kevin its more dust for the tires then. That's a very good idea Danny to use pigments. Lucky too as I was just going to dab the map undersides with super diluted watercolor.

Shain the scratches on the fender as well as over certain parts of the body were done by first applying a coat of chrome from a Auto primer spray can. I then applied the basecoat and let that dry overnight. Scratches were created using an emery board, the ones uses by women for their nails are excellent as they have a coarse and fine side. As I was telling someone I now can be found ocassionally hanging around the women section of the pharmacy.

SnakeEye your'e dead on for the G43. Should have done my homework more thoroughly. The G43 predecessor the G41 was around for testing in late 1941 but the G43 came out in numbers probably around late 43 and early 44. Ah well....let's hope no one else will spot that. :-)
Murdo
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Posted: Saturday, February 04, 2006 - 06:43 AM UTC
That is just SHEER CLASS!
spooky6
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Posted: Saturday, February 04, 2006 - 09:50 AM UTC
Brilliantly done, CK. Just so cool to see a dio centered around a VW instead of the usual half-track or Kubelwagen.

Only thing I can add that the others haven't already is that you've missed painting the Colonel's Iron Cross (or is it Knight's Cross?) ribbon that runs through his buttonhole.
Simon
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Posted: Saturday, February 04, 2006 - 11:47 PM UTC
Nice work. I like the figures and you've done a good job on the vehicle as well.

Thanks for sharing

Simon
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Posted: Sunday, February 05, 2006 - 12:22 AM UTC
Very good dio! Love the shaving guy!
So many details, also. What is the itme laying on the front seat?

Paul