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KFS Miniature's 120mm U.S. Soldier
keo
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Nordjylland, Denmark
Joined: January 30, 2006
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Posted: Monday, October 15, 2012 - 09:35 AM UTC


The first time I saw this figure on Figure Planet I knew I was in love. He really shows a bad ash attitude I like, and I just had to have it. Dealing with this company is extremely fulfilling; I received the figure three days after I made the order, and was updated all through the process. Now that’s the kind of business that deserves acknowledgement for sure. At this forum there was some discussion about the size of the helmet. To me it didn’t seem so much an issue with the helmet as an issue with the head itself. If you measure the head, the figure stands more than eight heads high which is a bit too much. I therefore tried different heads from my spare box and found one that seemed to fit much better. The shouting animation of the head also gave some more character to the figure I think. Now he was a bad ash NCO shouting commands to his platoon!

I had some trouble with the uniform – which one was I going to paint? On the kit box is a light grey dude with a yellow stick gloving at his left side. This may be very artistic – a kind of impressionistic post doomsday scenario, but I wanted a more “realistic” portrait. I searched the net for US Special Forces in Afghanistan and found one wearing the newest multi cam uniform with a grey/light stone multi cam chestrig. I therefore decided to base my version on this.

Painting the uniform, and everything else for that matter, was done with Vallejo paint. To paint camouflage uniforms is a challenge, however, I have found a process that I find useful for these. First I paint the entire uniform in the dominant color (in this case: a greyish green), then I add all the other colors - in this case a series of endless dots of two shades of brown, a green, an off white and a black gray. I then give then entire area a highly diluted spray of the base color to bring it all together. In some cases, like this one, I give the model a very, very light dry brush to let the folds etc. stand out more clearly. The shades are then made with diluted washes of sepia and umber – I use both water and glaze medium for this. The idea is to start with almost no shade, and then progressively work up to almost undiluted shades. The highlights are made in the same manner only with light grey and off white colors. I know that many instructions tell you to make shades first and the highlights later, but I have found it works better for me, if I work with both progressively. In this way I feel I have better control of the process, and can better judge where to stop and where to go on. The rest of the figure is painted with conventional techniques.






Trisaw
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California, United States
Joined: December 24, 2002
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Posted: Monday, October 15, 2012 - 11:53 AM UTC
Nice paintjob on the figure!

Please explain the head size more. Is the head too tall? Did you use the DML 1/16 head as a replacement? Does it come with the resin base?

How was the fit and the mold casting? I am interested in buying this figure myself if reviews are very good. Thanks.
Maki
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ARMORAMA
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Croatia Hrvatska
Joined: February 13, 2002
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Posted: Monday, October 15, 2012 - 07:29 PM UTC
Looking real good. How about some more detailed pics on a neutral background? I would love to see the Multicam better.

Mario
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HISTORICUS FORMA
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Warszawa, Poland
Joined: April 23, 2003
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Posted: Monday, October 15, 2012 - 07:46 PM UTC
Very nice work. Thanks for sharing!
keo
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Nordjylland, Denmark
Joined: January 30, 2006
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Posted: Monday, October 15, 2012 - 07:53 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Nice paintjob on the figure!

Please explain the head size more. Is the head too tall? Did you use the DML 1/16 head as a replacement? Does it come with the resin base?

How was the fit and the mold casting? I am interested in buying this figure myself if reviews are very good. Thanks.



No the head is too small, not too tall - in my opinion at least. The replacement came from my spare part box so I can't say where it comes from. It is plastic though, so either Tamiya or DML.
There is no base with the figure. It is a flawless casting with very clear details. The fit is excellent and the number of parts are low. A torso, two arms and the helmet - that's it. I Can highly recomend it.
keo
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Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 02:39 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Looking real good. How about some more detailed pics on a neutral background? I would love to see the Multicam better.

Mario



Here are a couple of close ups of the multi cam.



jccraemer
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Joined: December 24, 2007
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Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 07:24 AM UTC
nice job on the figure kenneth love the camo job.
john