1⁄35MG Gunner, Hungary 1945
When I received the package, I hurried inside and
opened the box. Inside was the two 120mm DML Figures that I won in the
ArmoramA article contest. They were kit #1614 13th Mountain Troop
‘Handschar’ and kit #1617 Fallschirmjager ‘Grand Sasso Rescue 1943’. I
decided to start with the first kit, the Handschar feller.
The kit is up to normal DML standard, perhaps even
better as the face is very well done.
As Always I started off painting the face. I decided
to paint the head on the figure instead of painting it separate. So after I
primed the whole figure in a light gray I painted the skin tones base coat.
I used Apple Barrel Acrylics (AB) Terracotta and AB White until I got a good
skin tone. I used this mix and painted in thin layers until the face was
solidly covered. While this was drying I was preparing the oils. I use
Winsor Newton Oils, and for my flesh mix I use Burnt Sienna, Vandyke Brown,
Tit. White, Naples Yellow, a dab of red, and a dab of Prussian Blue. I fist
paint the whole face in the flesh mixed in a very thin layer, the I add
burnt sienna and Vandyke brown in a 50/50 mix to the shadow areas in small
dots. Then I use a size 1 soft clean brush and mix the shadows with the
previously painted skin tones. After the shadows the high lights are added
with pure tit. white to the high light areas, also in small dots. Then again
blended with a clean brush. I repeated these 2 steps until I was satisfied
with the result. Since I was portraying a veteran SS machine gunner, I
wanted to show some wear and tear of bitter fighting in the past 2 months,
so whiskers were added with Vandyke brown. The eyes were then painted in
acrylics, and when dry, they were washed with a very thin oil wash from the
original skin tone, this adds a little reddish tint to the eyes, which also
helps the impression of being a tired soldier. After all this was done, I
set the figure in front of a light bulb so it would get a nice flat finish
and help the oils dry out faster. This is where the fun began.
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