Arnhem Take 2!

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Hi Steve,

I use plain old Vallejo Model English Uniform for well er English uniforms :D

Looking interesting so far.

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Thanks for some common sense Chris

I have fallen down the "right colour" rabbit hole :roll: :lol:

English uniform colour

Just one of many :roll:

Keep it simple ;)

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Excellent research Steve, certainly something I should keep handy when I do some British subjects...some day :lol:

As far as other nations' uniforms are concerned, colours varied widely both in production and in the field, depending on use, climate, sun and how often it was washed. I have a feeling it might be the same with these folks, even if they would wear something more fancy than the common people in the field.

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Thanks Philipp

It is part of the hobby I enjoy as much as building, scribing, and painting, but it can distract from the real direction of your project :roll:

And yet another update :o

The chocolate pudding has finally dried.

I put it out in the sun, and it dried out, so I have painted a layer of the acrylic brown to cover up the white spots, and she is ready for static grass
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I have detached the base from the frame and

NOTE to SELF

do wet work before repainting the frame :oops: :evil:
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I'll repaint it later this weekend

Now it is time to add the tarmac texture using talc, which is "glued" to the base with enamel gloss paint
I have used an old pair of Anna's shoe pop socks as a sieve
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A coat of primer and black for the recessed grid and manhole

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Gloss on
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Next is the talc, and it looks like a sugar topped pie :lol: :lol:

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A few hours to dry and

IT WORKED :shock:

It looks even better in the flesh so to speak, but her are some close ups, still stunned how good it looks 8-)

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And now painting the figures has to happen, but first a gloss coat on the back of the cover slips, which will be puddles of standing water around the grid, if you hadn't already guessed

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Once inserted into the space carved for them, some filler to blend and a gloss over with talc to add texture

And back to a wet palette, artist blotter, a top paper and a container to hold it all

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Figures Next

Scary

More soon?

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Re: Arnhem Take 2!

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Look stunning Steve! :D

I've really come to enjoy the base-building part of diorama modelling and it's always cool to follow along when others try out new stuff - the talc-texture ( ;) ) looks stunning!
I've only ever used it to keep the Vacutherm vacuum forming pressurised silicon from sticking to the cobbler's last :lol: .


Really looking forward to see how this will eventually turn out :D !


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Hey Steve, that talc powder works a treat!! Image


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Thanks chaps

Great texture, never used it for cobbling though 8-)

There is a story to be told there, Raoul ;)

Some progress, and some fun too,

Added the cover slips to the base and blended them in
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Nobody respects my space or work station, especially the cats,
This is Daisy :evil:
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Just got to pick the cat bum fur out of my tarmac road :lol:

Tried some shading which failed dismally :oops:
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But it does go back to the beginning nice and easily ;)
more of that shortly
And I have painted figure :o :shock: 8-) :roll:
The wet palette is back in use :?:

Over the past year, I have thought long and hard about my figure painting and its demise, WHY?

I am not artistic in the slightest, I can follow a plan, understand a technique and am stubborn enough at times to keep
at it until it works,
At best it is 3D paint by numbers, there is no artistic flair, though I can dream, and keep trying, so
I have stopped the industrialization of figure painting, no multiple mixes in tubs of 5 highlight and shades,
trying to paint a dozen figures at once, just do one at a time and the variation of the colour mix will add to the reality,
as the shot of the combat blouson shows, they are all different.
So onward.
The wet palette
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And it is English Uniform, Chris ;)
The trousers
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And the blouson is a slight variation, a splash of English tanker to add a little green
The finished figure, uniform wise
Belt, puttees and boots next
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I'm reasonably happy with my first figure after my sabbatical :D

And more :o

The static grass has been really fun and looks quite good too
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And the base and frame almost ready, weathering and feathering the join with the home made grass clumps
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Quite a lot done ;)

The next few weeks will be slower as I am back onto more normal shifts
But more painting for sure

Thanks for popping by

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Despite the fierce feline oppositin this looks really nice :D

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Nice job. Love the static grass.
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There's the very reason why the cats have no access to my build room :lol: .
Of course one of ours is...quite destructive...throwing down stuff to see if it breaks, you know the deal :lol: ...
Now that I think of it- isn't Daisy also one of those unhealthily smart Bengal-monsters? :lol:


In spite of your statements your figure modelling is really great Steve! Don't undersell yourself! :!:

Of course I have to echo everyone else here: the static grass looks really good... might be a cheaper option in comparison with the tufts I use!

I much prefer to do "base-pre-shading" with the AB, it creates nice subtle transitions.

The whole talc powder thing isn't too interesting, it's just a maintenance thing with vacu-forming ;) .


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