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rossgary
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Posted: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 07:49 AM UTC
Hi folks,
Now I've got some enthusiasm back, I thought I'd share a few works in progress I've got on the go.
First up, a pretty simple conversion of a DML figure from their Gen2 'Panzergrenadiers Italy' set:




I did this one on the back of the Styrene/ Resin Quality SBS. Rather than it taking me a month, it only took a
night to do! This is one high quality set! Result!!!
Next up, is one I've been wanting to do for ages. 'Brothers in Arms'




Last, but by no means least, 'To the last bullet'.





I started this one a while ago, but Jerry Rutman beat me to the concept on Armorama with 'Ich hatt ein Kamerad.

That one blew me away completely! I think this one might come close when it's finished though...

No idea when these will be finished, or in what order, but I'm getting on with them now....
All the best,
Gary.
fatbobit
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Posted: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 12:58 PM UTC
Hi Ross,
very very nice indeed...!
I really love the first figure , the scarf is great in my opinion. And what did you used to make the rifle belt .... its very very highly detailed. I also love the other ones , i hope you will finish this very soon i really wouls like to see them painted .
Anyway , again , nice job mate.....congrats...!!!!

Ciao
Alex
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Posted: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 07:30 PM UTC
Gary, it does seem you got the enthusiasm back... you have been very productive.

I like the first figure, although it is a minor conversion it looks great. The scarf and the uniform knee tear look great. Keep an eye on the length of the neck; it seems perhaps a bit too long?

The second set is obviously a major conversion... you have resculpted most of the figures! Again, nice tears and details. What is the story behind the project?

The last one is my favorite. I think the dynamics and sense of action will be superior to "Ich hatt ein Kamerad"... I know this is far from the final setup, but again the necks seem a bit long.

Good work so far, perhaps each of these need a separate build thread?

Mario
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Posted: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 07:47 PM UTC
Great work my friend. I can say you carried DML figures to a different dimension. I liked the brothers in arms pair so much. congrats
tylusfaust
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Posted: Monday, April 23, 2012 - 01:00 PM UTC
Gary,
These are great. What kind of putty do you use? Is it the "green stuff"? I tried using green putting and it was so sticky I could barely control it or shape it. I finally tried "magic-sculpt" and was able to control it alot better with talcum. So what is your putty and can you share something of your technique. Great results!
rossgary
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Posted: Monday, April 23, 2012 - 05:17 PM UTC
Hi Raul,
The putty used is a 50:50 mixture of Green Stuff and Blue/ Grey Milliput. Equal measures for each part. This gives it the ability to take detail like Green Stuff but, can be smoothed and shaped with water and a brush. Very workable for the first half-hour, so the basic details and folds can be sculpted, then after about an hour of curing, the fine details can be added. It dries rock-hard, like Milliput, so details can also be engraved. It can also be sanded or smoothed using a fibreglass pen.
The best thing to do is experiment on old figures until you get the technique right.
Hope this helps.
All the best,
Gary.
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Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 03:51 AM UTC
These figures are explosively good- very dynamic and the sculpting is super clean!
rossgary
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Posted: Tuesday, May 08, 2012 - 11:40 AM UTC
Ok Guys,
A quick update...
'Brothers in Arms': Little bit more done on it. I decided to change the parka on the guy with the head wound to a snow smock. Got the lower part sculpted. I also felt the belt was a bit low, so raised it a bit. I also got his right arm in position, it'l be grasping the wounded guys belt eventually.


You can probably see how the left arm will be positioned from the wire placemarker.
On to 'To the last bullet', I wasn't satisfied with the posing of this one at all.
Firstly, I decided I wanted the scene to be more 'Heroic', depicting a 'Last Stand'. I tilted the head of the shooting NCO a bit further back to start with and gave him a Knights Cross. This involved resculpting the collar area.

I also wanted to put more emotion into the scene, so I decided on the wounded man gripping the NCO's hand. Unfortunately, this involved having to strip away all of the puttywork on the wounded man and starting again!



Personally, I think these pretty small changes make it a lot better. What do you think? Should I have bothered?
I've also started painting on the DML figure, but forgot to take the photos (Must be my age ) Hope to get those out soon! If you're interested, I've also started (finally) on my entry for the Sniper campaign! Pop over there and take a look.
Until next time....
Gary
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Posted: Tuesday, May 08, 2012 - 08:03 PM UTC
The small changes in "To the last bullet" definitely make the scene better... Tilting the head of the shooting figure makes it look more desperate, while the other figure's hand makes the scene much more emotional. I like it.

Mario
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Posted: Wednesday, May 09, 2012 - 01:18 AM UTC
Great figure work. Are they all going for one seen are several smaller ones?
rossgary
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Posted: Monday, May 14, 2012 - 01:52 AM UTC
Anthony, all different scenes.
A bit more of an update, I'll let the pictures do the talking this time....









The pics give an idea of where I'm going with this.
No updates yet on the DML Panzergrenadier or 'Brothers in arms', I got a bit sidetracked with this one!
Sorry about the photo quality, bit wobbly today!
All comments welcome as usual....
Gary
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Posted: Monday, May 14, 2012 - 06:36 PM UTC
Looking good. My first thought was a factory setting but then I felt it was more of a camp scene, with barbed wire posts... something like that, eh?

Mario
rossgary
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Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 02:45 AM UTC
OK Folks, been a bit busy for a while so it's time for an update on this thread.
Finished the construction on 'To the last bullet'. I'll let the pics do the talking..















Now, I just need to paint it!

All comment, questions etc, all welcome!
Gary.
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Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 04:59 AM UTC
Great! First the base looks amazing with all the equipment scattered around. And all the empty shells... a lot of them. It really is "to the last bullet".

The figures look very good. I love the small details you add to the personal equipment: straps, buckles, etc... Are the y-shoulder straps PE or you made those in lead foil? Nice! I like that you tilted the head of the shooting figure; gives a bit more desperate feeling to the whole scene.

Good work!
Mario
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Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 11:03 PM UTC
OUTSTANDING
rossgary
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Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 11:42 PM UTC
Thanks Guys,
Mario, all the webbing etc. is pewter foil or, for the gas mask case strap, electrical tape with the adhesive removed. The only bits of PE are the belt buckles and the buckle for the gas mask case strap. The gas mask case alone took about an hour to do! I thought the amount of spent shell cases (4 mags worth!) would add to the desperation I'm trying to convey in this scene. There's about a hundred or so! All made from 0.2mm Copper wire.
One thing I've learned from this vignette, is that body language is the key to making a scene really work!
Now for the painting. Buy shares in oven cleaner, folks!

Gary.
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Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 10:07 PM UTC
Amazing piece of work Gary. Looking very much forward to next update.
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Posted: Friday, June 22, 2012 - 01:10 AM UTC
Fantastic work Gary .... very inspirational!!