Hi guys - thanks for dropping in and leaving your thoughts - I really appreciate it!
Each of you have posted some amazing work on your blogs - I think I've drawn inspiration from each of you at one time or other! It's a fun hobby and great forum.
I've taken lots of photos of the now completed project - I went outside for the sunlight - which always amplifies the good, and less good...! Unlike Jerry's current project - I didn't use a backdrop - I should have - maybe even a simple beige to blue/grey panel.
The reason? Well, when outside, on a dio with no solid walls to block the background, all of the real scale background just doesn't disappear! Trees, shrubs, hippies, buildings, hipsters, light posts, kids, cars, dogs, moms with kids, trucks, bike riders, cops - everything in my neighborhood! While all fine in real life....not great for pictures of a 1/35 world!
Hopefully I'll post the images next week some time....for now thinking about what's next. Maybe finish the Bladerunner? Start getting serious about Mike K's scratch building campaign? Or - start something else?
Thanks for dropping by -
Whatever you decide to move on to it will be fun to watch !
Hi guys -
Thanks for having a look, and sorry about the delay in posting.
Work has been a headache.....I just haven't been in the mood to do much...but, since the last post, I've made progress -
Tim - hahaa! either barney rubble or nick the blockhead!!
Hi Charles - - thanks for stopping - by and leaving some comments - about your question, you'll see below each that section of debris is built on little modules (the pic is of the underside) - using scrap material (bass wood etc) for the base. It's fairly light and durable, and easy enough to modify if needed.
Hi Mike and Jerry - yes, random, it's really hard to believe how hard it is to stay random. Jerry, i remember once you summarizing the situation pretty well - expressing that subconsciously, your mind is looking for order - and unless you go out of your way to break the order, you will indeed create a pattern - it's funny - I've seen this - completely unintentionally, objects being placed in the same orientation and equidistant from each other! you know if we (i) tried to do it would be next to impossible - lol - also...on a separate but related note, I've noticed when painting camo on uniforms, or chips on armor, the brush strokes can slip into patterns as well - same length, shape, direction and angle -weird eh?
Ok - enough - please see some updates below - starting with T-55 number two, done:
And there you have it! another T-55 - - I've really enjoyed these builds - so much so, that I'm considering another for this dio! they're fun to build and a challenge to deconstruct and then weather -
And - back to the dio. Charles asked about the base of the modules, please see below:
I've been on a real kick lately to use anything I have laying around before I buy new stuff - even remnants of strip wood. This is the underside of one debris module - as for the top of the debris module:
Above you can see the light colored textured material - it's just uncolored pumice gel.
and above, some paint added - and the dark area, where the burned AFV will be placed.
Above, you'll see a bit more of the street- the pumice gel is painted and another layer of painted but unweathered debris added (along the left side of the street - visually it really pops out!). This "shiny new" debris will first get a wash of grimy dust, and then more and more pigment!
thanks for checking it out - next time...maybe another T-55??!! lol
Hi guys - thanks to all of you for taking some time to look, and leave some comments!
This one still has a long way to go, so the positive words are really appreciated! - As all of you know, large scale tedious and repetitive tasks....take a lot of time and energy - and can become downright demoralizing!
Agustin - yep, it's a scratch build - converting the Academy M1151 into an M1165A1, then the elements that make it the SOCOM expanded capacity version. The bedrails, pioneering tools on the hood, and front bumper are among the most apparent changes from the previous versions. A deep junkbox is helpful for this conversion....haha!
Hi Rob - I'm glad you noticed that bumper! I have been looking for a reason to try and build it. As for the overall image, thanks alot - I'm glad it "almost" passed your "eye" test. Backdrops are always hard - I've concluded that I prefer a generally similar, but obscure background over something more precise - as a viewer you might be less likely to pick up on problems with scale or perspective. We'll see what happens here...and, your reference images helped this built a lot.
Hi James - thanks very much! I appreciate it! The process that we all take to get it where we want it - it seems different each time - and how it will settle out? - I'm not sure how I'll resolve the backdrop question...we'll see!
Hi John - thanks - and i appreciate your word choice - that it "captures a feeling" - seems on some projects, that's more relevant than including EVERY detail...per above, you never know! It is a strange challenge -to show enough...if not, that's really obvious - or, showing too much...can be fine, but also unnecessary - ask me how I figured that out!! haha
Tim and Cheyenne!! haha!thanks, brothers! Lets hope it flies when it's done!
Hi Mario - I'm glad you recall that build - it was a lot of GMV's! - each inspired on some level by your outstanding work! - similar, but not near yours. This one is getting better I think - I tried to tighten up a few details, and be less fussy a bout others - thanks!
Hey Jerry - haha - you know my pattern: finish a project, get a bit burned out, obsessively start something new...then start a post...and hope for the best! Seeking the convincing realism is a fun part too - looking for ways to convey real scale from small scale is fun- And - as I noted above - a key to this, is your fundamental rule: keep random stuff random - not as easy as it sounds....
Peter, Nacho, Dave, John, Jason, and Tom - thanks very much for taking sometime to leave a comment - I really appreciate it! Let's hope it turns out ok!
OK - on to today's post. I have not been following a particularly rational sequence with this build - As the building and debris have been going, I've had a few vehicles underway too.
Below - an "other" guy's vehicle damaged by unknown sources - but, the result is a broken front axle and burned tires. Continuing my self-imposed tradition of making some things harder than they have to be, this one received scratch built stand off armor. My reference photos typically show slat armor - but, having scratch built a few of those, I opted for bar armor. While not all that easy to do, substantially less bad than the alternative - Please take a look:
Yes...tedious. With some color, and as just finished:
This will wind up amidst the rubble, in front of the damaged building. For an "el cheapo" kit - as I recall, less than $25 usd, plus some extras, I'm pleased with it!
On the other side of the spectrum, I'm still working on T-55 number two (converting to a T55 AMV) - and still enjoy it! not easy at all:
Like the first one, this will receive more parts and much more damage - you can see missing ERA blocks up front and damaged sub frame.
Thanks for having a look!