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Posted: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 - 01:39 PM GMT+7
Mike Brian,Bill and Cheyenne,
Thanks for the generous words gents ! Mike I used Heki flocking for the basic leaves with special places being embellished with lazer cut paper leaves from Japan.

Here is a quick shot to test my new backdrop for the southern side. Have a look,

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Posted: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 - 04:23 PM GMT+7
Looks great, but where's that Paul Bunyan tree? I know, I know, you won't do some Russians....
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Posted: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 - 04:49 PM GMT+7
Wow...THAT is awesome!

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Posted: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 - 07:15 PM GMT+7
Some seriously impressive work, Jerry.
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Posted: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 - 07:46 PM GMT+7
At every stage it just keeps getting better. Every picture tells a story.
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Posted: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 - 11:50 PM GMT+7
Yowza Jerry - I had your latest image on the screen & when I came back in the room it looked fantastic from a distance as well as close up. You’ve got the overall recession tones/scale-colours almost perfect – btw have you had any fine art/landscape-painting training? I’ll be amazed if you say no.

It depends what your final light source will be but I’d suggest the sketched-in shadows on the interior walls of the destroyed house need to be a little darker and the upper-storey interior wall a tad paler, its hue is more intense than the foreground house wall so tends to bring it forward when it’s supposed to be further away. The background houses/roofs/walls need to fall in line with those shadows because the sun appears to be high & behind them.

That’s an excellent illusion with the painted rubble and destroyed house, very clever - might it be possible to glue some 3D diminishing/faded rubble & broken rafters onto the pile inside the house to blend & complete the trick? Although maybe not because if/when you take photos from that end of the street it might all look strange.

Swear I just saw those guys breathing...



(The weird thing is I’m dawdling with a possible photo-article about scale-colour & a painted backdrop right now, spooky)
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Posted: Thursday, February 08, 2018 - 03:23 AM GMT+7
Greg,Nick,Dudley and Wayne,
Wonderful words of encouragement guys. I appreciate it fellas,
J
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Posted: Thursday, February 08, 2018 - 03:32 AM GMT+7

Quoted Text

Yowza Jerry - I had your latest image on the screen & when I came back in the room it looked fantastic from a distance as well as close up. You’ve got the overall recession tones/scale-colours almost perfect – btw have you had any fine art/landscape-painting training? I’ll be amazed if you say no.

It depends what your final light source will be but I’d suggest the sketched-in shadows on the interior walls of the destroyed house need to be a little darker and the upper-storey interior wall a tad paler, its hue is more intense than the foreground house wall so tends to bring it forward when it’s supposed to be further away. The background houses/roofs/walls need to fall in line with those shadows because the sun appears to be high & behind them.

That’s an excellent illusion with the painted rubble and destroyed house, very clever - might it be possible to glue some 3D diminishing/faded rubble & broken rafters onto the pile inside the house to blend & complete the trick? Although maybe not because if/when you take photos from that end of the street it might all look strange.

Swear I just saw those guys breathing...



(The weird thing is I’m dawdling with a possible photo-article about scale-colour & a painted backdrop right now, spooky)



Thanks Tim.
You have touched on some items I also noticed after seeing this test shot. I always like to put these tests up so I can look at the work and notice anything that doesn't fool the eye. I could see a problem but you identified the precise reason. The color density is off. I think the painting is also slightly out of alignment with the 3D portion as well. The right side needs to come up. Yes,some shadowing on the furthest buildings may be in order but it will be tricky as the distance is enhanced by very light coloring and I don't want to ruin that.
These issues probably result from me NOT having any training in any kind of painting. It is all trial and error,using the same techniques I use in figures and models,etc. 2D is mucho harder though,I think. That is why I am in awe of guys Like Ron Volstad or Don Troiani,etc. Enhancing shape and distance with just color ain't easy,as I am continually reminded.
Ah well,it's a challenge right ?
J
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Posted: Thursday, February 08, 2018 - 06:03 AM GMT+7
Took Tims'words to heart and lightened some colors and added shadow elswhere. I am also more happy with the angles and the placement from front to back of the background.




What say yea ??
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Posted: Thursday, February 08, 2018 - 11:37 PM GMT+7
AYE! Just tried the ol’ go-out-the-room-and-look-at-it-from-a-distance ploy again & it looks superb, you’ve got a great 3D-effect going on in that destroyed house from up to 15ft away. The only thing that jars slightly is the left-hand roof – maybe fade it closer to the centre-right roof shade?

Amazed you’re self-taught – apart from having an inspirational art teacher for a year at school so am I. You reminded me of his opening speech quoting Picasso “The most terrifying thing in the world for me is a blank sheet of paper” and following it with his own motto “So be brave enough to paint it all wrong, it’s the only way to start learning how to paint it right”. As you say, trial & error - & I’d add take a magnifying glass to the experts’ work. He also banned black from the paints cupboard – “There’s no such colour apart from on Model T Fords, look at the spectrum! Mix blue & brown if you want Dark!” We never did get around to painting night scenes…
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Posted: Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 08:58 AM GMT+7

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AYE! Just tried the ol’ go-out-the-room-and-look-at-it-from-a-distance ploy again & it looks superb, you’ve got a great 3D-effect going on in that destroyed house from up to 15ft away. The only thing that jars slightly is the left-hand roof – maybe fade it closer to the centre-right roof shade?

Amazed you’re self-taught – apart from having an inspirational art teacher for a year at school so am I. You reminded me of his opening speech quoting Picasso “The most terrifying thing in the world for me is a blank sheet of paper” and following it with his own motto “So be brave enough to paint it all wrong, it’s the only way to start learning how to paint it right”. As you say, trial & error - & I’d add take a magnifying glass to the experts’ work. He also banned black from the paints cupboard – “There’s no such colour apart from on Model T Fords, look at the spectrum! Mix blue & brown if you want Dark!” We never did get around to painting night scenes…




All good stuff you said there. My remembered saying is from Michelangelo. When asked about sculpting he said. I look at the block of marble and then I remove anything that does not look like my subject.
Simple right ?? LoL
Thanks for the encouragement buddy.
J
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Posted: Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 09:16 AM GMT+7
Hi Jerry - lots of good work and discussion going on here.

I like your readjustment of the backdrop - it looks like you slightly raised the right side - which in turn, slightly adjusted your vanishing point, making the painted building's back wall more in keeping with the perceived vanishing point of the built structure - whew!! A lot of words there! Haha - it looks spot on.

As to the conversation, less is more, keep it simple....for me those are more than simply valid points, and a lot easier said than done! Sort of like the apparent ease in making something look random - it's a lot easier to slip into some pattern or other...which you can't really see while doing it, but becomes immediately obvious when done. I think these challenges make this so interesting to try to do. Like knowing, or more honestly figuring out, when to add lots of detail and when not to - all part of the fun.

Ok - no more coffee for me! Nice work

Cheers
Nick




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Posted: Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 09:46 AM GMT+7

Quoted Text

Hi Jerry - lots of good work and discussion going on here.

I like your readjustment of the backdrop - it looks like you slightly raised the right side - which in turn, slightly adjusted your vanishing point, making the painted building's back wall more in keeping with the perceived vanishing point of the built structure - whew!! A lot of words there! Haha - it looks spot on.

As to the conversation, less is more, keep it simple....for me those are more than simply valid points, and a lot easier said than done! Sort of like the apparent ease in making something look random - it's a lot easier to slip into some pattern or other...which you can't really see while doing it, but becomes immediately obvious when done. I think these challenges make this so interesting to try to do. Like knowing, or more honestly figuring out, when to add lots of detail and when not to - all part of the fun.

Ok - no more coffee for me! Nice work

Cheers
Nick









Yep,correct as usual with your powers of observation. I raised the right side and it still needs a bit more raising I think. I will work on that before I take more pics and after I fiddle with the color values a bit more as well.
The backdrop is actually 3 backdrops,giving away a secret here.
J
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Posted: Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 12:29 AM GMT+7
Great stuff again, Jerry.

This is going to be fantastic once it's done. As Tim said, one can almost sense them breathing...

Maybe put some paint on the edges/back of the foremost backdrop to hide the little white marks.

Really looking forward to the next post(s).

Cheers

Sean

No worries re PM. Thanks

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Posted: Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 03:14 AM GMT+7

Quoted Text

Great stuff again, Jerry.

This is going to be fantastic once it's done. As Tim said, one can almost sense them breathing...

Maybe put some paint on the edges/back of the foremost backdrop to hide the little white marks.

Really looking forward to the next post(s).

Cheers

Sean

No worries re PM. Thanks




Thanks Sean,
I already addressed those white marks. I took the whole thing apart and did more color work,etc. Although I left the white in a few spots because it accented the edge more.
Trial and error. I am now working on the Northwest facing backdrop. Much bigger and so....much more challenging as well.
J
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:56 PM GMT+7
16 August 1944. Kampfgruppe Krause takes up positions along the old city walls of Falaise,the town of William the Conquerer.
Attached to the unit are the 12SS Belgleit Kompanie remnants,which Sturmbahnfuhrer Krause assigns to the northeast corner of the city.



The Kompanie still has a PAK40 75mm anti tank gun and it is placed to cover the road from Caen,in a hasty position covering the causeway across a creek leading into town. Scouts inform the teenage gunners that the Englander are close. The waiting begins.


About 80% of Williams old town is now in ruins because of an Allied air strike in the days previous to the ground troops advance. The much depleted combat elements of the 26th SSPzGren Regt and the Belgleit Kompanie are told to "hold at all costs". It will be machine guns and rifles against tanks and artillery,but hopefully the PAK will give some support and do some damage,at least this is what the young grenadiers tell themselves.

And so.....they wait.
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 03:30 PM GMT+7
Nice shot thru the trees....the story is coming together.
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Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 09:30 AM GMT+7
The Saskatchewans from the Canadian 9th Bde have started their attack much later than planned due to a traffic jam. They and their supporting tanks push south down the road from Caen on the Rue National 158. At around 1600 hours the first Sherman turns the corner and gets ready to cross the causeway over the creek.
The PAK opens fire and knocks out one,maybe 2 or 3 tanks.





Round after round goes down range. AP mixed with HE to go after the infantry on the ground.




With each high concussion blast dust shakes from the ancient roof tops and up from the dusty cobblestones,echoing down the rubble filled blasted streets of Falaise.
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Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 09:37 AM GMT+7
Rottenfuhrer Mahraun,gun cmdr of the PAK,places a MG42 gunner in support. After a few bursts he is wounded.



Sturmann Bassenhauer replaces him but he too is soon wounded by the fragments from the Carpenter shop getting hit by an AP round in the gable.



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Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 10:07 AM GMT+7
Around this point in time LTC Clift,the commander of the Canadian Sask. Infantry Bn ,angry over the delay of the advance,grabs a rifle from one of his grunts and starts to pick off the gun crew of the 12SS Belgleit Kmp PAK40.







Gun commander Mahraun decides discretion is the better part of valor.


And gives orders for the remaining crew to retreat. The testimony of the survivors reads that the gun was blown up but surviving pics show the gun in pretty good order,though inconclusive,as the breech may have been blown.




The crew puts another round down range and leaves in a hurry. The Grenadiers from the 26 SSPzGrenRegt follow up with a delaying action back through the town,taking pot shots and using well placed bursts of MG42 fire to slow down the Canadians until well after dark.A common mistake repeated by the vets that were in these later fights in Normandy called almost every shot that hit someone fired by a"sniper". The truth was,the Germans were so thin on the ground that the "snipers" were actually the very very sparse Infantry,putting in defensive fire. A bunch holes up in the Catholic school and puts up a determined defense until they too,are overwhelmed. The remnants slip out at night to join the remains of Krauses' group and continue the delaying action all the way to Trun and the final escape from the cauldron.
Hope you enjoyed the show. This was the most well documented episode I have had the honor of trying to replicate in scale,having testimonies from both sides and also on the spot before and after pics to use for exact location !
Thanks to all who helped me with this research here.
J

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Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 10:11 AM GMT+7
The thread Turned into a non fiction graphic novel,
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Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 10:16 AM GMT+7
Here are a few more shots that I was too inept to figure out how to use in my narrative.















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Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 01:25 PM GMT+7
SUPERB!! Now that’s what I call a narrative, completely lost track of time going through it. Totally absorbing, beautifully photographed, excellent everything. So much work involved but so worth it, I really hope you’ll do this kind of recreation again…after you’ve had a well-deserved spell at Modellers’ Paradise Resort. Bravo Jerry
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Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 06:34 PM GMT+7
Simply fantastic Jerry. It was like reading an illustrated novel. Very well done and some superb modelling skills.
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Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 08:02 PM GMT+7
Amazing work as I said before every picture tells a story and now we also have the story in the written form. Another piece of history brought to life. An inspirational piece.