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1:35 Figures in Progress w/oils & enamels
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Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2003 - 06:47 PM UTC
Hi Guy's just thought I'd show the 1/35 figures & heads I've been working on. Most will be going into my " Battle for Aachen " diorama. Please be aware that some uniforms are not entirely complete and still need to be shaded & drybrushed Faces are done with Winsor & Newton Artist Oil's and uniforms that are complete are painted with Vallejo Acrylic's and shaded & drybrushed with oil's/enamels. ANY QUESTIONS - COMMENT'S & CRITICISM ARE WELCOME.





























- ralph
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Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2003 - 07:28 PM UTC
Hola Ralph!!

Damn nice job my man!! I really like the dirty look of their faces, which is seldomly seen in miniatures. Only pointer I would have is that the lips seems a little too red, but other then that keep up the great work man!
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Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2003 - 09:17 PM UTC
Hey, don't you think that guy on pic#8 looks like Nicolas Cage? :-)

I like what you did Ralph.. How did you texture the helmet on the figure on pic#1? Baking soda?
That shoulder patches look great, did you paint them yourself?
I love rifle slings and buckles.. Plain copper wire or something else?

Nice job on the faces... Some are really dirty, but as Anders stated some lips are perhaps too red.

Good job, man!!

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Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2003 - 09:34 PM UTC
Ralph

No comments or critics so far I only can say that you have done a very good job. I like the dirty faces hardened in battle. Also the textured helmets are very good. Share with us how you did that.

Great job dude keep us updated because I like to see more of the soldiers and the dio

How many figures are going to be in the dio?? and how big is it going to be??

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Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2003 - 11:48 PM UTC
And THIS is what I like in a froum.....Good photography in combination with excellent modeling !!!!

Very nice input Ralph. Thanks for sharing that with us.

And bout Nicolas Cage.....I agree, it's him alright
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Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2003 - 11:59 PM UTC
That's very nice ! I like the faces very much !
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Posted: Friday, January 24, 2003 - 12:52 AM UTC
Looks quite nice. There's a good uniform feel to the Americans and the German heads, in particualr, have very nicely blended shadows and highlights. My concern in the BAR. The metal work lookk very rough and the casting loks like it could use some cleaning up, i.e., the barrel looks like there are a couple bumps (not the strapping, but not a smooth piece of metal). It alsmost looks like it's corroded, especially enlarged like it is.
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Posted: Friday, January 24, 2003 - 01:40 AM UTC
Wow, Nice job. I will definitely use these as inspiration and comparison.
I have one comment, the hands look to clean. I would make the hands a bit more comperable in shade and dirty as compared to the facec.
I really love the helmet texture. I look forward to seeing the completed dio.
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Posted: Friday, January 24, 2003 - 04:46 AM UTC
I would like to thank you all for your comment's & kind word's. I will answer those of you who had questions.

ANDERS -

Only pointer I would have is that the lips seems a little too red

- Hi Anders ... ok I'll tone it down a bit. However I do give some soldier redder lip's becuse
as humans we're all a bit different in our facial tones. THANKS FOR THE ADVICE.

I really like the dirty look of their faces, which is seldomly seen in miniatures
- Yes, this is very important to me. I vary it from one figure to the next ( some faces are dirtier than other's ) but when you do a great amount of research as I do, and anyone that look's at any photo's of soldiers in action, can see that they're faces weren't exactly clean. They were always outdoors and constantly in dirt, bushes, fixing equipment and cleaning their gun's - etc - etc. and artillery crew's and paratroops were especially filthy. These guy's were at the front line's and in the field for day's and quite often week's at a time without being able to wash & bathe ( not that they enjoyed being dirty they had no choice ).
THEREFORE, when I paint soldier who will be in action or at the front, they should by all means have dirty face and uniforms ....... just the same as any armored vehicle in the field.

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MAKI and FAUST -

How did you texture the helmet on the figure on pic#1?

- Guy's to be quite honest with you, the helmet's are actually molded with that petina surface on it. All's I did was give it a very dirty wash with Humbrol brown - black - and dark green enamels. However, when I drybrush brush HELMET's I DON"T DRAG the brush .... I use a jabbing or stippling motion, which add's a little extra texture to the already petina surface.

[b]That shoulder patches look great, did you paint them yourself?

- No .... those are ARCHER DRY TRANFERS. I really love what Archer has done for us
scale modelers. Never had a problem with any opf their stuff. 100% QUALITY & YOUR MONEY BACK IF YOUR NOT SATISFIED ! ......a manufacture know's they put out a good product, when they can give their customer's that kind of offer.

I love rifle slings and buckles.. Plain copper wire or something else
- The slings are made from the aluminum "pull up top's " from Maxwell House Coffee can's. The ring's are made out of ordinary thin gauge brass wire. ( I can't recall the gauge # ... sorry ). I just wind it around my round nose plier's to make a small loop - make sure it's not out of scale - and cut . THEY WOULD EVEN LOOK BETTER IF I TOOK THE TIME TO ORDER THE ABER OR EDUARD PE BUCKLES SET TO ADD TO THE SLINGS.

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FAUST -

How many figures are going to be in the dio?? and how big is it going to be??

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- Anywhere between 10 to 20 figures, composed of American's & Germans. I still have to build a Panzer IV - and U.S. & German halftracks too. I think you can imagine the size, but it will probably be about 2 feet long X 1 foot wide. And I have to do my best to build a street & building's in the town of Aachen. Or I might have the Americans holding the West Wall east of Aachen at Eilendorf in battle against the 12. and 246.Infanterie Div's.


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EAGLE ( "something I like about your user name ... I wonder ? " lol )

Good photography in combination with excellent modeling !!!! Very nice input Ralph. Thanks for sharing that with us.


- My pleasure Eagle....... thank you ! Actually the digital cam wasn't very good and I thought the photo's could of came out a little better. I've seen dig.cams. that take photo's and they look as if you were literally holding the figure in your hand. Some photo's & cameras ( if not top quality ) really make the figure look completely different than actually looking at it "in person " ..... don't you think ? ( a good example is AL's comment below ... read on )


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[b] AJLaFleche -
My concern in the BAR. The metal work lookk very rough and the casting loks like it could use some cleaning up, i.e., the barrel looks like there are a couple bumps (not the strapping, but not a smooth piece of metal). It almost looks like it's corroded, especially enlarged like it is.

- Hi Al .... yes I know what you mean, but it's the camera. I'm not trying to make excuses, but the figure & rifle LOOK SO DIFFERENT if you were looking at it "in person ". Like I mentioned above to Eagle ..... some camera's could literally make a good figure and other features and detail look really terrible. I"ll see if I can clean up or enhance the photo a bit.

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.SLODDER -

I have one comment, the hands look to clean. I would make the hands a bit more comperable in shade and dirty as compared to the face.


- Yes, your absolutely right slodder ..... " good eye "
Like I said their not 100% complete, and I always go back and do final touch-up's !
THANKS FOR THE REMINDING ME THOUGH. I also still have to airbrush all the figures with a final thin coat of TESTORS DULLCOTE and dust on some pastel's


THANKS AGAIN EVERYONE !
- ralph



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Posted: Friday, January 24, 2003 - 05:01 AM UTC
Great work there Ralph. I love those figures and the uniforms look amazing. I like the idea of the figs with dirty faces and love how you did this and still show that is a white guy under the dirts. I have to agree with slodder though that it seems strange when the faces are black and the hands are really clean. Maybe you´re not finished yet.
Good luck with this dio! Cant wait to see it!
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Posted: Friday, January 24, 2003 - 05:17 AM UTC
Ralph,

You're absolutely right. A Digi-cam can be a pain, since it's nothing like the real thing. It can totaly change the looks of your model. I had the same thing a little while ago, that's why I shoot 50 or 60 pics from one subject and only use the ones that are ok.

Still...very nice work and pics too.
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Posted: Saturday, January 25, 2003 - 03:54 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Great work there Ralph. I love those figures and the uniforms look amazing. I like the idea of the figs with dirty faces and love how you did this and still show that is a white guy under the dirts. I have to agree with slodder though that it seems strange when the faces are black and the hands are really clean. Maybe you´re not finished yet.
Good luck with this dio! Cant wait to see it!



Thanks plasticbattle ! Yes, your right, I'm not 100% finished. I still have to go back and
do a few touch-up's here & there.

- ralph