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Dragon Fallschirmjager
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Posted: Sunday, May 09, 2010 - 12:25 AM UTC
Hi all,

Taking a break from all things Vietnam at the moment. Latest figure is Dragon Fallschirmjager tank rider Ardennes with a Hornet head.

All comments appreciated.

Cheers,

Andy



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Posted: Sunday, May 09, 2010 - 03:09 AM UTC
Very nice work!

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Posted: Sunday, May 09, 2010 - 03:17 AM UTC
Is it really 1/35 scale? Superb work!
All details, like face, unifrom, gear etc are painted perfectly.
You should enter our contest. Just follow the rabbit, I mean link
Thanks for sharing!
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Posted: Monday, May 10, 2010 - 05:57 AM UTC
Thanks for the comments guys.

Mark, praise indeed coming from you - thanks.

Marcin, yes it is 35th scale. I have the failing eyesight to prove it ! No competitions for me, it's just for fun. Thanks anyway.

Andy
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Posted: Monday, May 10, 2010 - 11:01 PM UTC

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No competitions for me, it's just for fun. Thanks anyway.



We all do it for fun, at least I hope so. Besides competition is fun too.
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Posted: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - 12:09 AM UTC
Great work on a very difficult camo scheme... any tips on painting marsh pattern?

Any ideas for the groundwork?

Mario

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Posted: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - 05:35 AM UTC
Hey Mario, thanks for the comment.

Nothing special about the marsh pattern. Just painted it up like a normal splinter camo, then mixed the base tone with the splinter colour 50/50, thinned it a bit more than usual and outlined the splinter pattern to get that soft edge to it.

There won't be any groundwork as such - this will be another epic tank rider model (might get this one finished !) I am using both Dragon FJ sets and having them stood on the back of a King Tiger with a motorcycle despatch rider shouting up to them. This is figure no.2 finished, only another 6 to go then the KT crew and the KT itself.

I do set myself unrealistic targets sometimes

Andy
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Posted: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - 07:37 AM UTC
Thanks for the tip... I have Jeff Shiu FJ in 120mm and was thinking of making marsh pattern jump smock. Seeing what you acomplished in 1/35 sets very high standards for me too.

Good call on the tank riders, it should be an interesting display once finished. Keep us posted on the progress.

Mario
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Posted: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 04:36 AM UTC
Hi all,

Just for the sake of completeness, here is figure No.1 from this project. Figure No.3 is WIP and I will post this one when it is finished.

Any questions, don't hesitate !

Andy



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Posted: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 05:17 AM UTC
really nice painting Andy !
I do confirm, the marsh pattern is really nicely rendered.
Are you using acrylic ?

Best,
Julien
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Posted: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 06:45 AM UTC
Julien,

Yes it is all acrylic, mainly Vallejo, but sometimes I use Lifecolor if I need a specific colour (I use their Field Grey in preference to the Vallejo one for the trousers). Sometimes I add a little Tamiya flat base to some Vallejo colours to stop them drying with a sheen. Also, you don't tend to get this with Lifecolour.

Thanks for your comments.

Andy
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Posted: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 11:21 AM UTC
Stunning camo job Andy. Love both of them.
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Posted: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 07:40 PM UTC
Frank,

Glad you like them, thanks.

Been meaning to ask you, are there any model shops in or around Donegal ? My wife's family live in Derry and I need my model fix when I go over ! Send me a PM if you would'nt mind.

Slainte,

Andy
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Posted: Monday, June 14, 2010 - 06:52 AM UTC
OK then, WIP on figure No.3. So far the head and helmet have been painted. Used the kit head here, because I didn't think it looked too bad (although the helmet seems to sit a bit high), and scratchbuilt the chinstrap from paper. I think I have overdone the highlights on the face, but anyway.

Smock is base coated here. I used a 2:1 mix of Vallejo 885 Pastel Green and 924 Russian Uniform. Stay tuned, more soon !!


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Posted: Monday, June 14, 2010 - 10:40 AM UTC

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Been meaning to ask you, are there any model shops in or around Donegal ? My wife's family live in Derry and I need my model fix when I go over ! Send me a PM if you would'nt mind.


Sorry Andy ... havenīt seen this thread since the last post. I have been living in Sweden since 1996, so really donīt know of any. I seriously doubt it though. You might get an occasional kit in a toy shop, but I have never seen any in Letterkenny which is the biggest town in Donegal (where I come from). Derry city might fare better, but I wouldnīt get my hopes up.
If you have any interest in "local" history, books shops have improved a lot. WW1 is pretty well catered for as well, whereas WW2 is more general. Sort of a pot-luck and depending on your own interests. I checked out some of the bigger magazine outlets in Derry city the last time I was home and couldnīt even find anything modelling related.

If you canīt do without some models, best advice is take some with you, sorry to say.
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Posted: Monday, July 12, 2010 - 06:13 AM UTC
Thanks Frank, as I suspected.

Anyway, back to the plot. Been a while since I put brush to torso what with the football and the sunshine but here is progress so far on fig No.3.





Upper part of the camo smock is getting there and I have started on the equipment. Not entirely sure I'm happy with this one, probably because I had a break and then returned to it.

Obviously all comments gratefully received, and as always, apologies for the crap photos.

Andy
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Posted: Monday, July 12, 2010 - 06:32 AM UTC
What is it that you don't like about this one? I think you are on the right track and although it takes some time to go back to your finest painting after a long break, I think you are doing a great job.

Mario
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Posted: Monday, July 12, 2010 - 06:49 AM UTC
Thanks for the encouragement Mario !

I'm not 100% happy with the face and the way the helmet fits. I will live with it though, if I change it now I'll never get anything finished.

Andy

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Posted: Monday, July 12, 2010 - 07:09 AM UTC
I understand about the helmet, it does look to be sitting a bit high... I know how it is when you start thinking something doesn't look as good as you'd like. I usually strip the figure and start over but I really don't finish much that way.

Mario
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Posted: Friday, August 20, 2010 - 08:56 AM UTC
OK, so the more I looked at this, the more it looked odd. You know what it is like when something is nagging you, and I'm afraid I am an ultra-perfectionist to the point of never getting anything finished !

I decided to replace the kit head with a Hornet one and I think it suits the pose a bit more. Comparing the original pictures, the kit pose looks too stiff. What do you think ?

All of the equipment is finished now and I have made a start on the camo for the left arm. I am planning on having the helmet hanging from the belt at the front right side of the smock.

That's all for now - all comments welcome, as usual !




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Posted: Friday, August 20, 2010 - 09:16 AM UTC
Andy you are doing some great work on these fgiure mate, very nice work on the cammo patterns.

Where in the East Midlands are you ? Im in Leicester.

Steve
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Posted: Friday, August 20, 2010 - 09:22 AM UTC

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Where in the East Midlands are you ?



Thanks for the comments Steve, I live in Mansfield, just north of Nottingham (Someone has to !)
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Posted: Tuesday, October 05, 2010 - 12:05 AM UTC
OK, I'm calling this one finished. As usual, comments or questions welcomed.




Done, done, and I'm onto the next one
(apologies to the Foo Fighters !)

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Posted: Tuesday, October 05, 2010 - 05:24 AM UTC
Hi Andy. Another stunning figure. I have these figures and the relief on details is only so-so, so this is top painting in my books.

Did you ever make it to Donegal? How did that go?
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Posted: Tuesday, October 05, 2010 - 07:50 AM UTC
amazing working