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Dragon Fallschirmjager
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Posted: Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 05:14 AM UTC

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I've had this thread book marked as a reference for quite some time.



Mike,

Thanks for the kind words. I must admit, I'm not the fastest painter in the world and I tend to get distracted but I am determined to get this project finished

Unfortunately I don't have any SBS photo's on the marsh pattern but I plan on having one of the remaining figures in this smock so I can do a SBS on this camo too if it helps.

Watch this space

Andy
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Posted: Monday, March 21, 2011 - 09:08 PM UTC
OK, that is this one finished. Nothing unusual with this one, painted the same way as previously described. I like the interaction between these figures and the Hornet heads really set off the poses.





As always, let me have your critique/comments.
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Posted: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 12:12 AM UTC
Hi Andy,

Really nice work, very neat.
The right guy is excellent, his facial expression is really natural.
And the light of the match is the kind of small detail taht really makes the difference.
One comment on the guy on the left : it seems that is head is over proportionned compared to his body. That appears to me when you compare his neck with his shoulder. Maybe it's the angle of the picture, because when I look other picture of the figure it's less evident.
Sorry for the comment that comes maybe too late. I had to experience the same myself, because dragon figures are sometimes too small compare to hornet heads..
The dio looks promising anyway when we see the figs.
Best,
Julien
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Posted: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 01:24 AM UTC
Great work Andy, although neck of the figure with a match seems a bit too long, but thanks to that you got different height of figures.
What will be next? Pea pattern maybe?
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Posted: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 03:44 AM UTC
Julien / Marcin,

Mmm, think you are right, hadn't spotted that before. Luckily for me the heads are not fixed so I can remove some of the neck from the "match" guy and lower the head slightly. I never fix the heads until the figures are in place on the diorama, it gives me the opportunity to do some final tweaks with regard to their line of sight.

Thanks for pointing that out, you never really notice the finer details until the pictures are taken.

Andy
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Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 07:01 PM UTC
A more in-depth feature article on painting the splinter pattern has now been posted here

Hope I have covered everything but ask if you have any questions or comments.

Andy
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Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 07:46 PM UTC
Thanks for taking the time to write the article for us, Andy. I love SBS stuff and this is one of the best we published in a long time...

BTW, hopefully the entire FJ build will also turn into an article once the vignette is finished.

Cheers,
Mario
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Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 02:00 AM UTC
My pleasure Mario.

I'm going to start another SBS on the marsh pattern in the next few days so you can get started on another banner for me

Andy
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Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 02:14 PM UTC
Andy,

You deserve a medal for those SBS.
It's really nice of your part to share your techniques with armorama fellows, specially beginners, that will help a lot for sure.
And it is what this site is all about, share knowledge between people having the same hobby.
Bravo !
Julien
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Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 09:14 AM UTC
great work love the match
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Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 06:33 AM UTC
More time for an update on where things are now. I thought about creating a separate thread for this bit but thought it would be better to keep everything together for now. So please bear with me if this is not your "thing".



As you can see I have been spending some time putting the actual tank together and working out the composition. I used a spare set of the FJ's because I didn't want to get fingerprints all over the painted ones ! The King Tiger is from Dragon and I have been (painfully !) putting the Fruil tracks together for this and texturing some of the armour plate prior to sorting out all the etch details. I have got to a stage where the remaining unpainted figures all interact with the vehicle so this had to be done first.

In between time, I did spend some time cleaning up the despatch rider but haven't done the upper torso yet. It is amazing how much the detail will pop out of these Tamiya figures if you get at it with a scalpel blade. Hornet head again here, obviously just blu-tacked in at the moment. The bike will be getting a full-on Aber set on it so that will be testing to say the least.

Tank crew are not the final figures I will be using, waiting for some resin goodies to arrive but these will do as "stand-in's" for the moment. Again, the miniart wall is there for composition purposes only, I may use this but haven't decided yet.

Anyway, a picture speaks a thousand words, or so they say, so please let me have your thoughts on the layout.







Thanks for all the input and for those of you that found the splinter camo article useful, I am sorting out one for the marsh pattern (in between other things )

Andy
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Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 08:56 AM UTC
Looks really busy, I like it. The interaction between the figures seems logical and I think you have a real winner here.

Cheers,
Mario

BTW, I just noticed your sig line... cool. Is that something from your autobiography? :-)
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Posted: Friday, April 15, 2011 - 08:19 PM UTC
Looks like very busy scene and I can't wait to it finished.

Is the courier talking to tank commander? if so, it would be better to place him at the side of the tank. I'm not sure if you would be able to change all figures' position so their attention is drawn by courier at side of the tank.
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Posted: Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 12:38 AM UTC
Thanks Guys,

Mario - If she only knew the cost of some of this stuff !

Marcin - The despatch rider is shouting up at the FJ's on the back of the tank and the tank crew is looking back to see what all the fuss is about. I am using this Pegaso figure for the commander, when it arrives.



I am using one of the Trisar Normandy Tiger crew figures for the loader.

If you take a look at the original photos, the interaction is purely between the rider and the fallschirmjager but it will be difficult to carry this off without forcing the viewers perspective.

I think the last WIP shot tells the story more than the others.
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Posted: Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 02:37 AM UTC
Hi Andy. This should be a stunner when finished. The figures are painted superbly. Thanks for your steps by steps ... they´ll come in handy.
I have these FJ figures as well, and one thing I see is there is very little releif in the details. Have scribed along them in advance of painting?
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Posted: Saturday, April 23, 2011 - 07:12 AM UTC
Thanks Frank,

Scribing the detail is something I have started to do on some Dragon figures but I didn't do it on any of these other than the despatch rider. All of the FJ's are already primed ready for paint so I don't want to have to re-do them. Agreed, it does make painting that bit easier if the detail is sharper but I love a challenge

Not much progress at the moment, the weather is far too good.

Andy
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Posted: Wednesday, February 08, 2012 - 08:10 AM UTC
Well will you look at the date of my last post on this blog, I am so ashamed

Anyway, I haven't given up on this just yet. In fact, I have another figure WIP for you good folks (just don't hold your breath for it to be finished soon !)

More splinter;




I promise I will continue working on this - sorry.
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Posted: Wednesday, February 08, 2012 - 08:45 AM UTC
Hi Andy, I was just thinking how we haven't seen you in a while here... hope you are doing good, mate. I know you were tired of all the splinter, but you did took a long break, eh?

Good to see you back. Now go on and work some magic on those figures!

Mario
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Posted: Monday, October 17, 2016 - 10:05 AM UTC
Morning Andy
did you finish this one with the KT and Fallschirmjager?
I found it researching Luftwaffe splinter camo smocks.
Superb work and a great SBS too.
I will be following your instructions to the letter.
A massive thanks, as I have had the Fallschirmjager sat primed for ages, looking for the inspiration to get started.
regards
Steve H
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Posted: Monday, October 17, 2016 - 04:58 PM UTC
Talk about being late for the party ! Andy, these are the finest Dragon figures I've ever seen ! Thanks for the SBS. I'm going to "borrow" most of your tips for my next figure and see where it goes.
BTW, did you ever finish your diorama ? If so, could you please share some pics with the Armorama members ?
Thanks !
Tom