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3 finished 1/35 germans
meissen
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Posted: Saturday, November 29, 2003 - 04:38 PM UTC
here are the figures i just finished doing. they are from the dragon "frozen battleground-moscow 1941" kit. comments and suggestions are appreciated





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Posted: Saturday, November 29, 2003 - 05:05 PM UTC
Very nice! What kind of paint did you use?

Don Busack
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Posted: Saturday, November 29, 2003 - 05:16 PM UTC
I love the look of these guys and the detail of the top most figures gun.

Very well done, they'll look great with anything you put them on
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Posted: Saturday, November 29, 2003 - 05:24 PM UTC
Wow, nice pics of your even nicer figures...excellent work.

glack
meissen
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Posted: Saturday, November 29, 2003 - 05:45 PM UTC
thanks for the feedback everyone. dbusack, i used tamiya acrilycs and model master enamels for the uniforms, etc. i painted the faces using oils, my second try. i was pretty pleased with how the faces turned out, but i always have trouble painting the eyes. my 5/0 brush doesnt seem to cut it. also when i paint oils, i have trouble getting a smooth flat finish. thinning it helps somewhat, but when its finished, the faces are often bumpy and kinda glossy. is this just how oils are or is there a better way to get a smoother effect?
HARV
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Posted: Saturday, November 29, 2003 - 06:08 PM UTC
They look great!! Great detail!! I love the slings on the weapons and the binoculars strap. What did you use to make them? :-)
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Posted: Saturday, November 29, 2003 - 11:56 PM UTC
Nice work! well painted!
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Posted: Sunday, November 30, 2003 - 12:00 AM UTC
Looks good nice detail painting.
Keep us informed of the progress!
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Posted: Sunday, November 30, 2003 - 02:56 AM UTC
Looks good, I like the painting on them.
One thing I would try to do is even out the sling on the rifle of the 2nd figure.
Once placed in a diorama I would consider adding pastels to blend them into the base.
Arthur
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Posted: Sunday, November 30, 2003 - 04:25 AM UTC
Hi Meissen the overall look of the figs is pretty good,but would have liked to see them in more detail,when using oils to do faces give them a flesh colour in matt Humbrol,this helps soak up the spirit in the oils that give the shiny look,would like to see more your figs they look interersting.
Arthur
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Posted: Sunday, November 30, 2003 - 04:57 AM UTC
Nice figures!

one tip I've heard- have not tried it yet, so use at your own peril
When using oils to paint faces- use a business card as your palette for the oils. the heavy paper is supposed to soak up some of the oil from the paint, resulting in more of a matte finish when you are done.

Peter
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Posted: Sunday, November 30, 2003 - 05:34 AM UTC
thats a great job. there faces came out really nice
dbusack
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Posted: Sunday, November 30, 2003 - 06:06 AM UTC
One trick I have used for eyes is grab a needle rather than a brush. With just a bit of practice you can drop a very small very precise bit of paint.

Thanks for the paint info.

Don Busack
meissen
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Posted: Sunday, November 30, 2003 - 08:40 AM UTC
thanks for the tips everyone. harv, i used aluminum foil for all the straps, id like to get my hands on some lead foil, maybe ill start looking around.
meissen
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Posted: Sunday, November 30, 2003 - 08:40 AM UTC
thanks for the tips everyone. harv, i used aluminum foil for all the straps, id like to get my hands on some lead foil, maybe ill start looking around.
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Posted: Sunday, November 30, 2003 - 09:07 AM UTC
A little trick when using oils is use lighter fluid to thin them it seems to flatten the colors a bit... Nice job on those figures ...Oh yeah a cheap place to get lead foil is of the tops of good wine bottles ...well it is cheap if you are going to buy the wine anyways...lol hick!!

Rick
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Posted: Sunday, November 30, 2003 - 11:20 PM UTC
i can see a fairly good done job there. Figure painting was always my anxiety !!!
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Posted: Monday, December 01, 2003 - 12:43 AM UTC
nice painting and detailing.just a little critic straps could be narrow ..best regards
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Posted: Monday, December 01, 2003 - 01:26 AM UTC

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thanks for the feedback everyone. dbusack, i used tamiya acrilycs and model master enamels for the uniforms, etc. i painted the faces using oils, my second try. i was pretty pleased with how the faces turned out, but i always have trouble painting the eyes. my 5/0 brush doesnt seem to cut it. also when i paint oils, i have trouble getting a smooth flat finish. thinning it helps somewhat, but when its finished, the faces are often bumpy and kinda glossy. is this just how oils are or is there a better way to get a smoother effect?


Hi meissen:
Very nice job. Like it very much.
For the face painting of my figures I do the following:
- I airbrush Model Master Skin Tone (Warm 2003) over the faces in the sprue and let it dry for at least 24 hs.
- When dried I separate the faces from the sprue and place them in the figures.
- I paint the eyes with the point of a needle.
- Paint the lips with very little drop of MM 2003 mixed with red.
- Give a coat of Future.
- Start with the oil washes until I reach the desiered effect.
- Give a mate coat (Vallejo)
- Drybrush the nose with Model Mastrer Skin Tone 2004.
- Some patel chalk in the beard.
and that´s all.
Airbrushing the faces was the better way that I found to obtain a smooth fnish of the flesh.