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G-man69
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Posted: Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 05:23 AM UTC
Hi Erwin,

Thanks for the kind words, and yes, I'd already clocked your figures, they've given me something to try and emulate, .

Thanks, and cheers, ,

G
G-man69
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Posted: Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 05:20 AM UTC
Hi Brian,

Thanks for letting me know, if I do find out anything I'll let you know.

I'm presuming...dangerous I know, ...that once I have an answer that it'll apply to any vehicle that used a given radio set, ?

Cheers, ,

G
Golikell
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Posted: Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 07:25 AM UTC
Your progress is clearly visible and looking good. If you need soem guidance with painting faces, look at my post on this forum, called, Big 'Un. I posted some pictures from painting faces of a Dragon artillery crew.
BootsDMS
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Posted: Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 06:59 AM UTC

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Hi Brian,

Good to hear from you again, and thank you, though I suspect the 'folds' in the suits are not very realistic, .

As for the antennae, no I haven't forgotten them, you taught me well regarding that matter on my Conqueror build. One of the things I did learn on that build is to leave the antennae to last as I am a tad hamfisted and kept knocking them off, .

Though the one thing I have forgotten is the length of British AFV antennae...are you able to remind me please, ?

Cheers, ,

G



Gareth,

I'm afraid I'm not enough of an expert for WW2; I seem to recall that the old "Larkspur" (post war) antennae came in around 4' lengths but that's probably not much help. Unless a WW2 expert pops up with the answer I'm afraid I'd cast around for photographs and make an estimate. One thing I would say is that they're normally much longer than most modellers display, but again that's not much help!

Keep at it.

Brian
G-man69
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Posted: Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 05:23 AM UTC
Hi Jerry,

Thanks, ...shows my ignorance though, I hadn't even realised it was 'Earth Week', .

Cheers, ,

G
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Posted: Friday, April 24, 2020 - 01:17 AM UTC
Good to see so much natural greenery during "Earth Week",
J
G-man69
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Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 11:49 PM UTC
Hi Brian,

Good to hear from you again, and thank you, though I suspect the 'folds' in the suits are not very realistic, .

As for the antennae, no I haven't forgotten them, you taught me well regarding that matter on my Conqueror build. One of the things I did learn on that build is to leave the antennae to last as I am a tad hamfisted and kept knocking them off, .

Though the one thing I have forgotten is the length of British AFV antennae...are you able to remind me please, ?

Cheers, ,

G
G-man69
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Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 11:42 PM UTC
Hi Jberardi,

Thanks for the kind words, they're much appreciated, .

The 'ivy' or general growth is all natural stuff scavenged from the garden. The fine looking growth is just moss shredded and soaked in neat white glue and applied to the wall.

The larger leafed 'plant' is a weed that grows prolifically in the cracks down here in the South West of the UK (see image below).



I soaked various strands in diluted white glue and stuck them to the wall, the hope was that the glue would not only bond the stuff to the wall, but also help preserve it. Initially it looked more like water lily than 'ivy' (see image below).



But purely by fluke, it 'shrunk' and 'dulled' down as it dried, and became a tad less garish (see image below).



Ready to be painted as necessary, .

Thanks again for your positive feedback, and cheers, ,

G
G-man69
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Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 11:24 PM UTC
Hi Tim,

Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated, . As this build is more of an experiment I'm quite happy to take onboard your suggestion regarding dusting down the intensity...it's all good experience, .

Cheers, ,

G
G-man69
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Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 11:21 PM UTC
Hi Jerry,

Thank you for your positive feedback, it would look better if I could build and paint figures like you do, you must have the patience of a saint, ,

Cheers, ,

G
G-man69
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Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 11:17 PM UTC
Hi Cheyenne,

Thanks for the kind words, , but compared to your work I still have a long, long way to go to achieve the visual beauty and complexity of your work, .

Cheers again, ,

G
BootsDMS
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Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 05:49 AM UTC
Gareth,

This has just come together very well; your figure work is certainly going in the right direction and you're clearly a Master of the Milliput - and put my puny figure efforts into the shade.

I would just add one thing, and it may be purely as a result of your sequencing, but please don't forget the antennae ("aerials" if you must(!)) to me they always make the model look ready for the working day as it were.

Keep it up Gareth - very good work indeed.

Brian
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Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 02:54 AM UTC
G:
Looks amazing. Agree with the others that the scene flows better now with the current color palette. What did you use for the ivy? Off the shelf product or scratch built?

Jim
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Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 01:01 AM UTC
Yep good decision it all looks even better now - maybe the ivy could stand a dusting to turn the intensity down a tad?…but I’d be too scared to mess with it, looks fine as is. If you’re still worried about the figure painting you could always slip some test shots into the Constructive Crit forum when nobody’s looking – it’s not my strongest suit either but I’m sure JR & others could lend a hand
jrutman
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Posted: Sunday, April 19, 2020 - 01:48 AM UTC
I also think t's a big improvement,
J
cheyenne
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Posted: Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 10:13 PM UTC
Nice G , yes it does look better , the colors now flow together .
That tanks still knocks me out , beautiful !!
G-man69
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Posted: Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 05:31 AM UTC
Hi all,

Having found a bit of time, after a few days break, to revisit my build I found that I really did not like the look of all the straw coloured long grass, ...it was too uniform, and stuck out (no pun intended) on the scene like a sore thumb.

So I decided to paint it (see images below), amazing how that managed to kill a good few hours, .















Cheers, ,

G
G-man69
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Posted: Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 05:19 AM UTC
Hi Erwin,

Thanks for the positive feedback, .

Cheers, ,

G
G-man69
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Posted: Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 05:18 AM UTC
Hi Ryan,

Like you, I have been slacking a tad, the weather has been too nice to stay indoors all day, but today wasn't so good, so got a small amount done, ...hopefully you have managed to get back into the swing of things, ?

Our good ladies don't understand us, buying bits and bobs regularly keeps us out of mischief...least that's what I tell mine, .

Cheers, ,

G
Golikell
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Posted: Monday, April 13, 2020 - 10:53 PM UTC
Hi G.

No worries. Everything in due time...
The figure looks great. Love the facial features. With time and care, this will turn out to be a very good figure.
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Posted: Monday, April 13, 2020 - 09:17 AM UTC

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Hi Ryan,

Again my apologies for not responding sooner. It's good to see you back, you'd been a tad quiet...how goes your multitude of builds?

Thanks for the YouTube links, I think they will be very useful, .

As for putting me in 'hock', so far your recommendations have been very well received, though sneaking any purchases past swmbi (she who must be ignored) is getting harder since the COVID 19 lockdown...she's always around when the postie comes a calling, . As an aside, thanks to any posties that might use this site, and thanks to posties worldwide for continuing to deliver any goodies we purchase from online retailers...and thanks to those retailers too, .

Cheers, ,

G



G,

I have slacking on my builds. Glad yours is going well. Need to get going again, the paint barn is backing up. Glad to hear the links and tools are useful. Can’t help with the other problem. Mine gave me the side eye today when the post lady dropped off a mate’s kit. Might have to wait till the middle of the week to make another hobby order. Two in a week will get her feisty and I got no place to go. 😂 Cannot help with the millput issue either.
G-man69
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Posted: Monday, April 13, 2020 - 05:20 AM UTC
Hi all,

Not managed to get much done these last few days due to being outside making the most of the good weather...without breaking any government guidelines in place during these difficult times, .

What little work I have achieved has been centred around filling in all the big gaps left between the various parts used to create my Cromwell crew.

Below is one of the figures that is almost ready to paint 'properly'...term used loosely, .









Apart from filling gaps and adding folds, I've also had to 'build-up' the left arm to look more like a 'pixie' suit, as opposed to the standard British infantry uniform.

Below is the same figure with a rough coat of paint, hopefully this will allow me to see where I need to clean-up and rework some of the detail, .









Has anyone else mixing small amounts of 'milliput', . I'm mixing tiny amounts, but ensuring, as best I can, that it's equal parts but it's not curing properly...though I guess when using such small amounts even small deviations have a big impact, .

I've checked online and it says that the unmixed product has a shelf life of approximately 2yrs, and I've had this box only about 12 months, though I have no idea how long it might have been 'on the shelf' prior to me purchasing it, .

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated, cheers, ,

G
G-man69
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Posted: Monday, April 13, 2020 - 04:55 AM UTC
Hi Ryan,

Again my apologies for not responding sooner. It's good to see you back, you'd been a tad quiet...how goes your multitude of builds?

Thanks for the YouTube links, I think they will be very useful, .

As for putting me in 'hock', so far your recommendations have been very well received, though sneaking any purchases past swmbi (she who must be ignored) is getting harder since the COVID 19 lockdown...she's always around when the postie comes a calling, . As an aside, thanks to any posties that might use this site, and thanks to posties worldwide for continuing to deliver any goodies we purchase from online retailers...and thanks to those retailers too, .

Cheers, ,

G
G-man69
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Posted: Monday, April 13, 2020 - 04:46 AM UTC
Hi Erwin,

Again, sorry for the delay in responding.

That's an excellent first try at face painting, I'd be happy if that was my norm, yet alone a first attempt, .

Thank you for the link, I've downloaded it and will give it a try, .

Cheers, ,

G
G-man69
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Posted: Monday, April 13, 2020 - 04:43 AM UTC
Hi Brian,

Sorry for the delay in responding, been trying to make the most of the good weather these last few days.

Thanks for the kind words, and I look forward to seeing the results of you really making an effort, .

Cheers, ,

G