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Italian Alpini, WWII, Graian Alps, June, 1940
SdAufKla
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Posted: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 - 10:46 AM UTC
My latest project.

This is the Hornet, Italian Alpini, WWII, #IH1. It's a classic white metal figure, but as with all Hornet models, the sculpting is outstanding, and I particularly like the pose and the subject.

A little known part of WWII was the Italian invasion of France in June, 1940, through the Graian Alps where the Italians fought against some of the Maginot line forts that were built in the mountains. The Franco-German armastice was signed before things got too hot and heavy along the Italian-French border, but still, the Italian Alpini got their WWII baptism of fire there.

The figure was cleaned-up and primed with Tamiya flat white. I then undercoated it with Vallejo acrylics. For the final colors, I used artist oils blended wet-on-wet.

The figure is pretty much stock. I added the rifle sling and sling swivels and the battalion cockade at the base of the feather.

The base is all scratch-built, including the pitons, carrabiners, and rope (twisted .010 lead wire to get the draped effect).

I still have to spray a coat of Testors Dull Coat to the base and figure and maybe some more pigments to the base. I also have a small brass engraved name plate with the title, etc.

























As always, comments and observations are welcome!
Maki
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Posted: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 - 06:04 PM UTC
Amazing scene, Mike. I really like how you did the figure; very nice and subtle color transitions... you made a "boring" monochrome uniform looking real good. Very nice job on the fleshtones as well.

You managed to make a great vignette, with the scratchbuilt base finely complimenting the great figure. I love the carabiners and rope.

Very, very nice! A real treat to look at.

Mario
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Posted: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 - 06:26 PM UTC
Very nice, clean painting and very smooth color transitions!
Vignette looks really great. Vegetation and rocks are looking perfect. As Mario mentioned the carabiners and rope are great touch completing whole scene.
Stock of the gun looks perfect as well.

You've done a great job!
wildsgt
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Posted: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 - 06:43 PM UTC
OUTSTANDING WORK
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Posted: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 - 10:14 PM UTC
Outstanding piece of work Mike.
SdAufKla
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Posted: Wednesday, July 04, 2012 - 12:28 AM UTC
Thanks for all the kind words, guys!

It was a fun figure to research and paint, and of course, Roger Suanders is one of those sculpters who just makes figure painting a joy.

I'll post a couple more pics when the vignette is completed, but I couldn't resist putting these dry-fit pics up.

SdAufKla
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Posted: Saturday, July 07, 2012 - 10:34 AM UTC
Well, here's one final picture of the completed figure and base to close the loop on this little project:



Happy modeling!