Saturday, July 17, 2010

"Ditched" - Second Debut

I was delighted when Sven Frisch offered me a opportunity to have my work published, at the time I was still working on the Flammpanzer diorama when I expressed interest in submitting an article for Military in Scale. The article was published in March issue of MIS.

Content of issue

Friday, December 18, 2009

Xtreme Modelling issue 37 "Ditched"

The Flammpanzer 38 article will be featured in the upcoming issue 37.
Contents of the issue

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Flammpanzer 38, Finished

After what seemed like forever, the vignette is completed. On the whole this was a challenging and enjoyable project to paint. The Hetzer was originally part of a group build that ran last year over at Mig forum. For some reason I'm attracted to wrecked vehicles, this gave me the perfect opportunity to exercise painting skills and diorama making. One of the hardest challenges I had was how to best capture the feel and look I was aiming for from a WW2 photo in Italy. Planning and composing the scene was essential for the scene to work, just as much as the painting and finishing of the vehicle. The possibilities in building wrecks are huge - in terms of representation of battle damage, as well as the painting techniques that can be used. Modelling and painting a wrecked vehicle was a new experience for me and a rewarding one at that. Of course I had helpful feedback from some modelling friends in the course of the project. Sven Frisch, Radek Pituch and others, Thank you.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

After a long hiatus, I'm back with an update. The base is progressing with the accessories painted and weathered. The model is in its temporary final resting place, with a bit of integration left before fixing down to the groundwork. The litter/clutter and the zeltbahn were made from Magic Sculpt. I'm thinking about adding some snow/slush melting from winter.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Past few days I've worked on the base work. As I love making diorama/vignette scenes; I enjoyed it immensely. It is at this stage, every step of the vignette takes planning. The assembly of accessories, selection of items. Composing different elements, referencing black & white photographs of abandoned/wrecked vehicles, checking the placement of every objects to get them to sit and look natural and realistic.

The initial groundwork provides a base for further earth and soil added later. There will be some painting and weathering next though not too much as the groundwork currently is pretty spot on. Addtional debris, vegetation, litter will be added after that.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Flammpanzer 38 - painting update

After several tweaks on the burnt and rust areas, painting is almost done. I struggled with the painting at times but when it came through I was quite happy with the results. After my discussion with Sven Frisch (Migs forum), I re-worked areas on the front glacis, increasing the burnt areas for a more smoky and sooty look. Left side of the vehicle received some traces of green base color, not much but to show the entire left amrour totally burnt. Lower hull and running gear got some amendments. The right side received some burnt effects as well to show the effects of the fire that didn't burncompletely leaving some of the camouflage behind. Ashes are a mixture of pastels powders.

Thanks to Sven for the advice and guidance pertaining to the painting/weathering discussion! You drew some points and thoughts through the process on the finishing effects.

There are still some areas that need work to tie in with the groundwork after the model is placed in the scene. Now on to the vignette.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Crusader III - Finished

Built straight from the box. I went for a heavily weathered finish although I would have prefered a more balanced, subtle finish. Not the best photos but these photos will do for now. Thanks for looking.