Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sherman 105 w/M8 ammo trailer

I just finished painting and weathering the trailer from New Tiger Model Designs for the Sherman 105. These trailers were often issued for M8 GMC or M7 Priest, they could carry a load of various ammunition ranging from 75 to 105 mm, all packed in tubes or special containers. Having the trailer ready I can proceed with the figures and with placing the tank onto the diorama base. Next step is to finish the assembly and paintjob of a Willys Jeep that will be there as well.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Alpine Miniatures US BAR gunner figure conversion

I just got back from Dublin, Ireland where I had the pleasure to run two figure sculpting seminars at the IMSS annual show. I will post a short report about the show later on. Now I focused on a quick figure conversion, a new Alpine release - US BAR gunner. The conversion is about changing the gun into a M1919A6 on bipod (late war variant of the famous .30 cal). I will work more on the ammo pouches since the figure has the ones that were designed for BAR gunners and I need to rework them for the ones that were issued to M1 Carbine armed troops. Moreover I decided to rework the trousers sleeves and make gaiters instead. I will hopefully post a sbs about this little conversion project. I'm hoping to be ready with this in the next couple of days. Stay tuned for more.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

M4A3 Sherman 105 revised

Today I have finished refurbishing my vintage 2009 Sherman 105. The improvments cover adding thinned down lamp guards, 3d printed periscope guards, additional stowage, new side mountings for dustcovers and the excellent Browning .50 and commanders cupola from Tasca kits, repainted hull sides and in general redone weathering.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

"En route to Berlin, April 1945, WiP

I have finally finished painting the figures for the IS 2 diorama. Captured SS Charlemagne officer is the last addition to the scene. Now on to the scenery...Still a lot to do there.

Monday, May 5, 2014

"Range finders" update, 2. FJ Div. meets 11. Pz.Div., Kirovograd 1943/44

Final layout of the "Range finders" scene can be seen on the pictures below. I made some research and found the perfect time period for this scene when 2. Falschirmjhager Division was operating together with 11. Panzer Division in the Kirovograd area in late 1943/early 1944. So we have a FJ trooper discussing things with the recon troop of the armored unit their cooperating with along with the tank crew in the background.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Soviet Razvedchik figure, finished 1/35

Having the time and passion for more modelling I finally managed to finish painting the last of the Soviet troop figures for my Approaches to Berlin with IS 2 tank  diorama. The figure was painted in similar colors to the troop commander standing on the IS 2 tank and discussing their position with the tankists. Now on to the Waffen SS camouflage schemes...

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Working title "Range finders...", beute T-34/76 w/Schurzen

I was finally able to find some time for modelling so what I did? I figured a layout for one of my latest builds, the German captured T-34/76 with Pzkpfw III mounted Schurzen. The scenery will be rather simple, plain terrain, slightly steep - early 1944, a recon troop in a Schwimmwagen approaches crew of the beute Panzer with some news and scan the horizon for some enemy movement in the nearby area. One of the recon troopers makes his look through his sniper rifle, or maybe aims a bear in the far distance...? I usually try not to complicate too much and use the figures in simple interactions between them. Must say it's a common thing to hear - "how many pointing at something/looking at something figures have you seen! not again!" but the question really is how many GOOD figures in these poses have you seen? There are some simple niunances of human body ofently ommited by modellers while using commercial figures, especially injected plastic. With self made sculpts you have full control of the process from the initial part right up to the end. Some just remember to not be afraid of trying new things, even if you ruin a figure you can always repair it and with more own input you get a more original figure! 
With this scene I plan to add yet one more to accomplish the uneven count of the figures (now there's six buy real life doesn't like symetry) so I will place yet one infantryman there. The passanger of the Schwimm may change a bit since I'm not quite happy with it's actuall pose. Let's see what I can make out of it!