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1:35 ICM Tank Crew At Rest (Photographer)
robw_uk
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Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 10:29 PM UTC
All, I am going to give figure work a go to see if this is something I can get to add to dioramas. to start with, I got the ICM kit "Tank Crew at Rest" (the one with the photographer) as I thought of r of uwith my Pz1a taking a snap of his colleagues

so far just tidied the parts up as best i can... but som introductory shots









I have a couple of small holes (assume air bubbles) to fill but so far he has cleaned up nicely...

so a question - for anti-aircraft crew (Pz1a flak panzer) would this be same uniform as normal tankers (so black uniform, grey shirt)?


any guidance, comments, critique (not too harsh, first figure and all that) much appreciated
robw_uk
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Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 08:20 PM UTC
ok - a little progress... well in figure terms a fair amount. he has no gear to add so ready to be painted...

ONE question this time - the 2 "dimples" in his groin, I am thinking they are too deep and "obvious" - should I fill them a little?







(also noticed in the last photo a seam to be adjusted round his arm)
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Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 03:01 AM UTC
Yeah, those sinkholes. They happen when thick plastic mouldings cool (which really isn't so cool )and they shrink into a small depression. You should fill them now, as they will be even more obvious after painting.
robw_uk
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Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 03:36 AM UTC

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Yeah, those sinkholes. They happen when thick plastic mouldings cool (which really isn't so cool )and they shrink into a small depression. You should fill them now, as they will be even more obvious after painting.



thought as much - there were more obvious "holes" rather than deep depressions so they have been done already
robw_uk
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Posted: Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 02:21 AM UTC
ok - started painting... for the trousers I went for a mixture of black and black grey (from Vallejo), for the shirt "mid grey" and white (also Vallejo)...

I started to look at shading last night (maybe it was the light) but cant seem to get to a position where it is subtle but shaded (so far I seem to have "subtle"

should i be looking at pure black for my shadows (at some point - not just BLACK and GREY... i think I am just not going too much towards black so not seeing a contrast - or maybe black trousers (or dark grey) just dont lend themselves to shading....)

argh this post is confusing - but pictures come out and it looks like a guy standing in a light source and having shadows - rather than "look, Rob has deliberately painted a shadow and highlight"... Iw ill try to get piccies up but, if i went for black trousers any tips?
robw_uk
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Posted: Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 08:08 PM UTC
i know one problem - I am not accurate/neat enough with highlight/shading... need more pointier brushes...

any way, this is where I am at the moment.... (whats the best way to strip Vallejo paint?)