I represent no political bias though my miniature creations and my striving aim is to articulate humanity within the context of military history. It is thus my pleasure that I present to you my weblog Perspectives in Miniature
I am so glad to finally clear the stock pile of work in the office after Penang Show from two weekends ago. This week I treated myself to some bench time to continue work on the example piece I used for my demo on painting camouflage patterns from the show. It is the first time I am trying to replicate the Blurred Edge camouflage pattern and it is still a work in progress as I hammer out the kinks on how to effectively render this pattern.
This a second version of the original box art I painted from Young Miniatures. It started out as the subject for a painting demonstration of the face at the Shizuoka Hobby Show last May and subsequently the camouflage smock at the Belgian Scale Modelers Convention earlier this month. I continued work on the scarf and the accessories upon my return and modified the kit pipe into a calabash pipe. A very fun project in all and now back to clear some of the existing projects lying on the back burner.
A simple conversion based off Tamiya's US Tankcrew Set (ETO)(35347) inspired by a Young Miniatures bust. The head is taken from Tamiya's Wehrmacht Tankcrew Set(35354) whereas part of the lower arm holding the grease gun is taken from Tamiya's Pioneer Team and Goliath Set (35357). Cheers, Calvin
Trying to complete this piece prior to the exhibition at the 58th Shizuoka Hobby Show next weekend. This is a stock figure that accompanied the Marder III kit from Tamiya swapped out with a Hornet head to convey a caricatured take of the impending Allied invasion on the Normandy coast. As of this moment, more refinements need to be devoted to the Splinter pattern trousers - reckon that will take this weekend to complete.
I have finally made the push to complete the painting of this sombre scene depicting the bitter fight by the US Army forces during the Battle of the Hürtgen Forest in Fall of 1944. Inspiration of this vignette came from literally thinking within the box as I set upon myself the challenge to create a narrative using just only the contents of the kit. With the exception of swapping the stock heads for the more expressive offerings from Hornet Models and the remodelling of the hands of the kneeling figure, no other alterations were made to the stock Tamiya figures.
I initially planned to create a solemn scene of the kneeling tank crew in front of a grave marker, but after seeing the half-figure tank driver in the set I though I would change it to a macabre one. However, I did not want to give that away in an instance and hence I had the kneeling figure hold up a tarpaulin to momentarily shield the viewer from the gory of a corpse sawn in half. I wanted the viewer to piece together the elements and form the story once his eyes went around the scene.
Painting wise, the colour palette consisted of various hues of dark browns and greys to convey the physical condition and the convey the mood of the subject. I also alternated the colour temperature of the skin tones between the kneeing tank crew and his fallen compatriot for greater visual contrast. Image stills from the movie Fury helped provide references for painting and weathering the uniforms.
In all, this has been another engaging project with a stronger emphasis focused on the narrative. I must say that I am on a roll with these new generation of 3D-scanned injection moulded plastic figures from Tamiya. Onward to the next project.... Cheers, Calvin
A short WIP on a narrative I am working on using two figures from Tamiya's US Tankcrew (ETO) swapped out with Hornet heads. The tarpaulin is sculpted with Apoxy Sculpt over a crumpled piece of Tamiya PLA-PAPER. This double layered approach yields a more natural appearance due to the natural wrinkles produced by the PLA-PAPER - as opposed to just using only rolled out epoxy putty which has a high tendency of producing "lasagna" or "Mee Hoon Kway(面片)"-like results.