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Steve Jones 1215/06/2017 17:05:59
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What a great idea! The paintwork is really good. Looking forward to seeing this come together


Kimmo Happonen15/06/2017 20:39:14
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Thanks Jose and Steve! A little more progress today...

Camo and parka have now been hit with highlights and shading, and seams sharpened up. I gave everything a top coat of matt varnish with a touch of the parka base colour to tone down and blend everything a little. It looks a fair bit better in real life, my camera is not doing me any favours and I can't be bothered to set up the lights and what not for good shots just yet so these will have to do for the moment.






Next up will be the rain marks, then I can get on with the white areas and details .


Kimmo Happonen16/06/2017 16:14:02
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I went and added the rain marks and also got most of the white areas done along with other touch ups. I'm not totally happy with the rain marks, but those are a royal pain in the backside to do. Fortunately, at arm's length you don't really see them as much as sense their presence. I'm still undecided about the blue for the scarf, I want a splash of colour and would like something other than a red tone.




I also got the face mostly done up today. I decided against doing the eyes as they are in a deep shadow area because of the cap. I may need a darker wash in there to bring out some of the detail a bit better.



More to come over the next couple of days.


Durk16/06/2017 18:34:07
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Hi Kimmo, great to see how this has progressed. Rain marks are indeed one of the biggest pains. I dilute the paint very much and get the (for me) best results, but still frequently have to redo and cover the not so good marks with base coat, to redo them.


Edited By Durk on 16/06/2017 18:34:25

Peter Day 116/06/2017 20:10:43
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Very nice work again Kimmo - the camo looks great. I find it a complete pain painting rain stripes at 120mm, and I don't think I'd even attempt it at this scale.


Kimmo Happonen16/06/2017 23:21:21
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Cheers Dirk and Peter, rain marks were invented by some sadist I'm sure. I m using thinned down paint, the problem seems to be a little bit of inexperience on my part and the brush not quite capable of holding the point. I did redo a few patches along the way, fresh paint comes off easily with a moist brush. Since the camo layer is sealed, I can always remove the rain marks without damaging the underlying paint using diluted airbrush cleaner and a cotton bud. I'll get on with other details and see how I feel about another attempt, the effect is there, just not the level of execution I'd like. Oh well, practice makes perfect.


Kimmo Happonen19/06/2017 22:22:31
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More progress, the Stug now has markings, conveniently leftover from Tamiya's Stug III.


The head is now almost done, I just need to add the eagle and cockade.





And a test of how the figure looks in situ. You'll notice the scarf is a bit darker now. I did a little shading on the pants, not much as it is all but hidden, just enough to not have it a solid blob of grey.




Things are starting to take shape nicely. I'm still undecided about the white wash.


Kimmo Happonen20/06/2017 22:27:32
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Getting closer and closer to calling this done. I painted the cockade and eagle, attached the head, and added drawstrings from wire. The Ppsh was painted up and some semi gloss added to it and the belt.






The Stug has been weathered as well. The jury is still out on whitewash.


Next up I'll finish the base and see how everything looks tacked in place.


Steve Jones 1221/06/2017 16:48:21
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Wonderful work mate. The figure is outstanding. Will you be painting the wood/base a dark glossy colour for contrast or leaving as is?


Kimmo Happonen21/06/2017 18:10:51
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Cheers Steve! The base will be a "cherry wood" similar to what I had done with my SBS for Vallejo Primers. The base the Stug is on is actually my cutting block. I realized I don't have any photos of the base proper. I'll fix that with the next update.

In the meantime, I made good use of GIMP (which is a good free alternative to Photoshop) to see what a whitewash might look like.


I'm thinking this might not be a bad idea.


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