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Styrene to resin quality SBS/ Build log
rossgary
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Posted: Thursday, March 08, 2012 - 08:59 AM UTC
Hi Guys, I've tried to enlarge the photos of the detail.




Hope you can see it a bit better in these.



Guess which idiot forgot to do the gaiter strap retaining loops?

Mario, I'm going to have another look at that arm. It seems to look fine on the figure, but as you say, thicker at the cuff on the photos. very strange...
I'll have a look in the local flower shop for the mesh, but I did find something ideal! Only problem is, it's part of one of the wife's dresses! Am I brave enough to cut a bit off without her realising, or will her built-in radar catch me? Dare I risk my life for my art? If all posting suddenly stops, Please remember me......
Gary
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Posted: Thursday, March 08, 2012 - 09:34 AM UTC
Great details! I really like the belt and all the equipment strapped to it... you did some fine work there. Do you use some kind of a visor for such tiny details?

I'm sure you will do the gaiter straps equally well.


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I'll have a look in the local flower shop for the mesh, but I did find something ideal! Only problem is, it's part of one of the wife's dresses! Am I brave enough to cut a bit off without her realising, or will her built-in radar catch me? Dare I risk my life for my art? If all posting suddenly stops, Please remember me......



Hope to hear from you again soon.

Mario
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Posted: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 07:30 AM UTC
Great pleasure to follow all steps of this built.Congrats Gary.
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Posted: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 08:21 PM UTC
Gary, details on the equipment look amazing (you should change the title, you've passed by "resin quality" and it seems you are still accelerating ) Are you using only pictures for reference? I owned WWII uniform some time ago and I must say that what you're doing here looks perfect!
As for the fence... man, I have destructive influence on people...

I'm looking forward to seeing some more from you.

A.
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Posted: Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 01:14 AM UTC
OK guys, very quick update...Work intrudes yet again

It's now primed and ready for painting. Hopefully, I should get it done by the end of next week. It all depends on how many times I screw it up and it goes into the oven cleaner!
Mario, no visor, just reading glasses. The mesh? Mission accomplished! And I'm still here! Who needs Ninja training?
Sorry, but no photos yet but hopefully, all should be revealed next week!
Gary
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Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 06:43 PM UTC

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It's now primed and ready for painting.



Is it work again or just several oven cleaning experiences? Hope to see some photos of the painted figure soon.

Mario
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Posted: Friday, March 30, 2012 - 10:27 AM UTC
A combination of both, I'm afraid. You are right about the oven cleaner though. The figure has just gone into it for the second time!
I keep getting the face perfect, then make a total b******* of the camo. Just can't seem to get it together on this one! Giving up is not an option though! I have done the base, so hopefully some pics will be uploaded soon....
Gary
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Posted: Friday, March 30, 2012 - 06:52 PM UTC
I know how it goes... Most of my figures have seen more oven cleaner than my oven. Oh well...

BTW, I see you have started a blog website. Nice!

Mario
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Posted: Sunday, April 08, 2012 - 07:31 AM UTC
OK My friends, time for a quick update (at last)!
I finally finished the groundwork.





All painting in Vallejos. Flowers from Fed Rex with a thin wash of the appropriate colour. Ground cover is the old faithful oregano, stuck in place with PVA and washed & highlighted. I threw a few Fed Rex oak leaves in there too. Don't know if you can see them though?
I think I've finally got the camo right at last (3rd time lucky?). It still needs a sepia ink wash to tone it down and blend in the colours yet, so don't be too harsh with me


Well, I thought this wouldn't take as long as it has but, c'est la vie!
I've now got a day to finish it, otherwise it'll be another week.Work intrudes yet again! Wish me luck......
Gary.
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Posted: Monday, April 09, 2012 - 12:32 AM UTC
The groundwork is really cool; I love the colors those flowers give to the scene.

The figure is coming along nicely; hope you will find the time to finish it soon. Some projects seem to take much longer than originally planned, but it is well worth it in the end.



Mario
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Posted: Monday, April 09, 2012 - 04:17 AM UTC
OK Guys, I'ts done!!!
So, without further ado.. The pics

















This figure has been a real test for me. Quite a few firsts. For instance, I've never resculpted as much, never done extensive groundwork like this and never painted camo as involved as this. I can say that, at times, I never thought I'd get it done! I have made quite a few mistakes along the way though. It's the third time it's been painted. If it looks a bit shiny, it's probably because the paint is still wet!
Hope you all like it and it's been worth the wait.
All comments, questions, ridicule etc.. all welcome!
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Posted: Monday, April 09, 2012 - 07:07 PM UTC
I like the original idea behind this SBS and I hope people see the posibilities of converting plastic figures. It requires some "surgery", but the end results can be really impressive. I hope we can do a full feature with this figure real soon so your work doesn't get lost on the forums.

The conversion work is amazing, I'm still blown away by the detail work on the equipment and uniform. The scenery looks really cool and gives a nice setting to the figure. BTW, how do you like it? Do you think anything could have been done differently or needs improving?

Thanks for taking the time to do all this Gary!

Cheers,
Mario
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Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 04:21 AM UTC
Hi Mario,
Glad you like it. To be perfectly honest with you, I learned a lot from doing this figure. Probably more than anyone following it did! I'm now finding the resculpting pretty easy. I'm also getting better at finding the right pose for the figures. I also think the groundwork came out of it pretty well, considering I've never tried anything this complex before. I think the biggest mistake I made was in thinking I could get it all done in a few sessions - didn't quite work out like that! I admit, I got bored with the figure about halfway through, especially when it came to painting it and continually making a mess of it! I came very close to throwing it in the bin a few times. It's pretty hard to get back into it after you lose interest.. Maybe I just need to have more patience? I seriously do need a lot more painting practice though...
I think overall though, it's come out OK. I am pleased with it but, i'm not sure that it has the 'spark' to make it stand out though? Or am I just being over-critical? I think my next effort will be a bit more simple though.
I just hope that everyone else following this thread enjoyed it!
Onwards and upwards,
Gary.
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Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 07:05 AM UTC
Very impressive! Great job!
rossgary
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Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 11:48 PM UTC
Thanks Roy, Nice to know someone likes it!
Gary.
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Posted: Friday, April 20, 2012 - 09:30 AM UTC
Excellent work Gary.
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Posted: Friday, April 20, 2012 - 04:10 PM UTC
Thanks Garth.
Gary