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rossgary
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Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 09:19 AM UTC
Hi Folks,
Just thought I'd post a few in-progress pics of my latest effort.
It'll be a three-figure vignette of a possible scenario at the end of the Ardennes campaign 1944.
Three defeated SS troops seeking sanctuary in a ruined church, mindful of the order among allied forces to take no SS or paratroop prisoners. The irony here is that this particular church may have been one destroyed by their comrades four years previously!
Anyway, a few pics to get you up to date.







So, this is where I'm at so far...

I was going to do this as a build log, but I got a bit carried away before I remembered the camera!

As usual, Guys, questions, ideas, in fact any comments at all are always appreciated.

All the best,
Gary
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Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 12:12 PM UTC
Great work, can,t wait to see it finished.
Maki
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Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 08:29 PM UTC
Looking good. It seems each of your new ideas are more complex than the previous... that's cool!

My only nitpick would be a tad longish right arm of the wounded man. Or is it the angle of the photo?

Good work mate!
Mario
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Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013 - 08:11 AM UTC
Very impressive Gary. This is my next goal, to attempt something like this ... some kit bashing, conversions and maybe a little sculpting. Thanks for the inspiration!!
rossgary
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Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 09:16 AM UTC
OK Guys,
I wasn't too keen on how the kneeling officer was coming along.
Re-sculpt time!







I decided to replace the Stg 44 with a panzerfaust. I think it goes a bit better. Opinions?
Right arm and back of the smock to do when I get a chance!

All the best,
Gary
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Posted: Monday, February 04, 2013 - 07:59 AM UTC
OK, another update...
Managed to get a bit more done on this one. Finished most of the sculpting on the figures, just the detail & foil work to finish off now.





Started on the groundwork too. Plenty to do there yet!





The worst is yet to come though.. Painting!
Three different uniforms, four different camo patterns...
Wish me luck

Gary
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Posted: Monday, February 04, 2013 - 08:35 PM UTC

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Wish me luck



Like you are going to need it, eh?

Looking forward to see all the different camo patterns. Do you have enough oven cleaner in your stash?

Mario
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Posted: Monday, February 04, 2013 - 09:04 PM UTC
Hi Gary,

very good sculpting work ! i like the vignette arrangement, it's very realistic and we feel the drama of the scene.

And so good luck for the paint work, what camo patterns have you chose ?

Cheers
nico
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Posted: Friday, February 08, 2013 - 08:47 AM UTC

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Do you have enough oven cleaner in your stash?


I think you know me too well mate! Might be time to buy shares in oven cleaner again guys, Gary's painting!
Sooo..... Not painted so far, but I've got the figs finished & primed... Well, it's a start.
Anyway, here we go...





Yes, he will be holding a rifle. I just forgot to include it in the pic....











So that's where I am so far. It's going to be a few weeks until I can update on this as my company has decided to send me on a little field trip....So, until then,
All the best folks!

Gary.
rossgary
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Posted: Friday, March 08, 2013 - 08:59 AM UTC
Right then, Ladies & Gents....
'Tis finally done!
Painted in one go! No oven cleaner was harmed in this episode...
On to the pics....













Go on Lads, rip it to pieces... You know you want to..
All the best,
Gary
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Posted: Friday, March 08, 2013 - 11:08 AM UTC
Hi Gary,

very very great job on it ! I like it a lot, congrats for such an awesome result !
So realistic !

Cheers
nico
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Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2013 - 08:05 PM UTC
Awsome scene! I love it!
Maki
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Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2013 - 08:54 PM UTC
Nice, I like the facial expressions.

The thing I don't really like is the snow on figures... I think it could not accumulate to that extent if the figures were moving around.
Also, I wish you used more vine leaves, I think the church would look even more derelict that way.

Mario
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Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013 - 05:52 PM UTC
Hi Guys,
Thanks for the kind words
Mario, now I'm looking at it again, I think you're spot on about the snow. It's the first time i've done something this complex, so I may have gone a bit too far with it.. I'll know better for next time though, less is more? As regards the ivy, I'm in two minds there.
Apart from that though, how do you like the pea-dot camo? Believe me, I sweated over that
Thanks for being constructive with it though, mate. I really appreciate it. If we don't know where we are going wrong, how can we get better?
All the best,
Gary
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Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013 - 08:53 PM UTC
I think pea-dot looks good. No oven-cleaner this time?

Mario
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Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013 - 03:43 PM UTC
Wow, Gary I'm always checking to see if you're working on something new and I don't know how I didn't find this sooner. Great, inspirational stuff here

-Conor