Saturday, October 25, 2014

(Completed) Alpine BAR Gunner US 29th Infantry Division

Completed pics of the BAR gunner.

Pretty happy with the groundwork made of tea leaves and dried coconut husks. I am sure there are other naturally occurring material that is suitable for scale modelling :)



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

(WIP 1) Alpine BAR Gunner US 29th Infantry Division

My next project is a BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle) gunner from the US 29th Infantry Division released by Alpine Miniatures.

In my excitement to paint this figure, it slipped my mind to take some WIP photos. Much apologies, here's a photo taken during the rendering of the jacket. As you can see the groundwork is also in progress. More to follow in the subsequent posts.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

(WIP 3) Life 6th German Army Stalingrad 1942

The Jon Sonja colors used to render the completed tunic are as follows:

Base: Olive Green + French Blue + Prussian Blue
Shadows: Base + Prussian Blue + Burnt Umber
Highlights: Base + Skin Tone Base

The key is to paint in thin layers and create a gradual transition of colors that is lightest at the top (shoulder) to the lowest part of the bust. To emphasise the highlights, a mix of Skin Base Tone + White was used  to pick out the highest areas. Likewise to create a distinct shadow area, a mix of Prussian Blue + Burnt Umber was introduced into the darkest folds of the uniform. In some case, I used Carbon Black to further vary the dark areas.

Glass Lenses

A fellow member of planetFigure (Thanks Nap !) introduced me to a product, Kristal Klear, to create the lenses of the glasses. I found a youtube video ( showing how it was done. In the case of this bust, I used a size 2 brush instead of a toothpick to drag the medium across the glasses as the gap is larger.