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Campaigns: Quiet Professionals
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Jaster
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Posted: Saturday, July 16, 2005 - 02:12 PM UTC
My "Quiet Professionals" story...

This sounded like a great Campaign, Special Ops units and similar units are a favorite of mine. My original idea was a Minuteman from the American Revolution. Well, that didn't pan out so I went with a sniper...

I had a pic from Iraq as my model (Pic #1) as a go by. I looked around and decided, partly a budget issue, to use the old DML/Dragon U.S. Sniper Team as a basis for this dio.

I decided to make my own walls from plaster of paris so I made forms and "cast" the basic walls- Pic #2. This was the first time I have used P of P. It took forever to dry but worked out OK.

I made a concession to the real thing and decided to use the Barrett .50 sniper instead of the 7.62mm rifle in the real pic. The figure in the Sniper kit also had incorrect body armor so I decided to make my own. I used some "lead" foil to fashion a new vest. I am not really happy with it so far so I may re-do it with the time extension. Pics #3-5 show the figure w/ the "body armor"...the sheet plastic on his back is to add bulk. The vest conformed too closely to the figure and looked too thin.

Next I went back to work on the base. (Pics #06-#12) I scribed the block pattern into the walls, put the plumbing in, added damage and tried to add texture. Painting was an experiment (well this whole project was an experiment but...). Washes, drybrushing and dealing with the mega-absorbency of P of P was an learning thing. I'm not really overjoyed with the outcome but will live with it.

Assembly of the base was next. I trimmed the pieces and made a BIG mistake in sanding. Faulty sanding techniques led to non-flat edges. Elmers Glue was used for putting it together. Another so-so decision. Since I had created NON flat edges I had to fill the gaps- more plaster of paris! As I worked it into the cracks I busted one of the glue joints loose. Also I noticed that the blocks do not line up correctly- I hurried too much and failed to pay attention to the details.

The final two images show the sniper (partially done) in the base. I need to add debris, "stuff" and obviously finish the figure.

The figure is turning into a project...its been WAY too long since I painted a figure and it shows. I am not happy with the second color for the 3 color Desert DCUs, or the Woodland pattern on the vest. I'm also not happy with hard demarkation between colors. I'm going to apply a wash over the figure to try and tone down the demarkation.

The Barrett is coming along as are the various accessories for the figure.

Well, I'm (re)learning a lot, having fun and now with the extension I may be able to finish it with a spotter as well.

Comments & criticisms are welcomed and encouraged!

Jim


PIC #1



PIC #2



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ShermiesRule
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Posted: Saturday, July 16, 2005 - 02:31 PM UTC
Looking great! The .50cal will look great too
merkava8
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Posted: Monday, July 18, 2005 - 03:03 PM UTC
Looks great so far. Just a question, how close to the picture are you going? I only ask this because the guy in the picture is wearing desert MARPAT and your guy has like you said the 3 colour BDU's.
Jaster
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Posted: Tuesday, July 19, 2005 - 11:51 AM UTC
I am using the picture as a guide...In other words I am a chicken and am not ready to attempt MARPAT! 3 color Desert DCUs were the easy way out for me.

Thanks for your input and nice words. I have forgotten so many techniques, this has been a real re-learning process. I'll post more pics as I move along.

Jim
HeavyArty
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Posted: Tuesday, July 19, 2005 - 12:16 PM UTC
It looks like it is coming along. The base looks great. The colors on your 3-color DCU are off though. It should be a base of sand, then khaki green squiggles and then smaller brown shadows around the khaki green. Looks like you used sand, brown , and another shade of sand. On the woodland vest, the squiggles are too big and not squiggly enough, too straight. Check here for a great article on painting DCU and woodland Camo.

You can see some I have done in DCU w/woodland vests here on my Rangers on an MH-6J MELB (Mission Enhance LittleBird):


Has lots of promise good luck on it.
rv1963
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Posted: Tuesday, July 19, 2005 - 12:38 PM UTC
That looks amazing so far i really like the the tiles, i will be watching and waiting for this one to be finished.
Jaster
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Posted: Tuesday, July 19, 2005 - 03:13 PM UTC
Thanks for the encouragement. Its' a "work in progress".

Hvy- Your right...I am not happy w/ the intermediate shade at all. I guess I have to buck up and start over I was not at ALL happy with the vest either. I'll be taking an official Armorama Re-Do on these items. I'll read through the article- Thanks!

And again thanks for the encouragement!

Jim
Prato
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Posted: Tuesday, July 19, 2005 - 11:31 PM UTC
Jim,
Nice going on your project! keep it up, you're on the right track! And keep us posted!
Cheers and happy modelling!
Prato
Trisaw
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Posted: Tuesday, July 19, 2005 - 11:55 PM UTC
Looks great, you Gino and Jim. Hang in there!
eerie
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Posted: Sunday, July 24, 2005 - 12:58 AM UTC
That is a very nice littlebird. but i thought Rangers work with Blackhawk while Deltas work with Littlebirds?
Davester444
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Posted: Sunday, July 24, 2005 - 01:01 AM UTC
Nope, photo here of Rangers deploying from a Littlebird.

http://www.janes.com/defence/land_forces/gallery/fortbragg/gallery/16a.shtml

Great little dio you have there, Jaster.
HeavyArty
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Posted: Sunday, July 24, 2005 - 02:18 AM UTC

Quoted Text

That is a very nice littlebird. but i thought Rangers work with Blackhawk while Deltas work with Littlebirds?



Nope, Rangers and Delta work together and 160th SOAR (Special Ops Aviation Regiment) supports them both. They all use LittleBirds, MH-60Ls, MH-47s , etc