So, as I was wrapping up the build portion, I decided I really was not happy with the kit supplied site. At the same time, I did not want to get too crazy trying to scratch something you'd barely see, so I compromised. I drilled out the site portion, and replaced it with a wire ring, similar to what I could see in reference photos:
Wire ring "upgrade":
Mounted on gun:
I also attacked the muffler with the rusting set from AK. I was a little nervous at first, but am really happy with the results:
I realized that painting this would be tricky, so I painted and weathered the inside of the turret before I mounted the gun and the top half of the gunshield. It'll make final painting a little more challenging, but I could not see any other way to do it:
So this is where we stand now: base coat is on, ready for camo to be applied (tonight??). I've also been working on the two figs and a base for this. I'd tell you the title I am working with, but don't want to give it away just yet...
It has been 4 months and 2 days since this duel started and I'm going to call my part of it done. I'd like to go on record as saying that, had this been an actual duel, Dupes would be laying in a bloody heap with is innards oozing all over the floor...
Anyways, let me give you a few updates of where I have gone with this the last month. When we last saw our hero, he was about ready for paint, so...
Cammo (thought I had one 'in progress' but I can't seem to find it):
The above pic is actually a 'completed' pic, at least as far as I have it tonight. It is painted and weathered. I feel like something is missing, though, so I might tweak it a little, but for all intents and purposes this is done.
...some of you might recall that I promised you hay.
Back at the start of this thing, I found the following pic:
I was a little intrigued by this, and I began to imagine what things might have looked like about 15 minutes before the above pic was taken, and I got the idea for a scene/vignette/dio. My working title is something along the lines of "Needles, meet haystack" and, as you'll see, depicts the Wirblewind slipping into position to be covered by hay.
So I started on a base... I figured it'd be simple, just a hole in the middle of an open field (this is it with half of the field 'planted'):
Next, I needed some hay...
Tear apart one natural fiber paintbrush that you but at Micheals for 4 bucks:
I already had two figs in the works (the drive and the vehicle commander - there are pics of them earlier on in this thread) but decided I needed one more. Turn to "German Troops at Work" and:
He ought to do the trick:
Replace his head, modify his arm so it holds a cigarette, and his body so he appears to be leaning and resting on the shovel instead of digging with it:
And then put all the elements together:
Now here's the disclaimer - I'm not all that happy with the composition of this scene. Even though the pic is out in the middle of a field, I feel like there is too much dead space and there are a few other things I'm not please with. So, I hope to re-do the base and try to add some BAZINGA (to quote Sheldon) to it. However, until I do, what I've got will have to suffice. So, there you have it. "Needles, meet Haystack."
Last Edit: Oct 3, 2013 19:48:20 GMT -5 by bbrowniii
I like the scene that you've got laid out here Boyd and the title is perfect! The reason you may think that something's missing is because you've chosen to depict an open field! Maybe add some small elements like a little bush or even just some flowers/plants to break up things just a bit?
Thanks for the comments. I'm glad you like the build.
For the dirt, I simply used some potting soil that I had on hand. I sifted it through a strainer (DON'T tell my wife!!!). I'm not super happy with it, but it'll do in a pinch.
It is funny you mention that. I picked up some of those paper flowers and plants sets at Armorcon this past weekend and got thinking that I might use some of that, plus some of the stuff I got from Armor Farm, to fill up some of the dead space.
I've also had one of those 'camera don't lie' moments. I'm not really pleased with the weathering. I think I'll let this sit for a week or so then take a second look at it and see if I might want to add some more layers to it.
The last time I had posted, I showed you the dio I had worked up. At that point, I was a little unhappy with all the dead space (it is an open field, after all). So, I walked away from it for a couple weeks, puttered with a few other projects, then came back to it earlier this week.
I stood and stared at it for a while and decided I knew what needed to be done: Armorfarm to the RESCUE.
At Armorcon I had purchased a bunch of Armorfarm stuff, so I decided there was not time like the present to use some of it. First, I spent about two or three days trying to pay really close attention to the margins of fields and treelines. There are a number of fields on my way to work (I kinda live in the boonies) so I just tried to get a feel for what they look like. I also used the edge of my own yard as a reference too. Then I busted into the Armorfarm stuff. Initially I used Shrubs, Grass, and Wildflowers. Spent about an hour or so planting my thicket, then I walked away. Came back the next day, did a little more... still felt like something was missing. On day three I tore into the Weeds and, after a little more planting and tweaking, got something I am happy with:
Next I needed some inspiration for the other side, near the pile of hay. Once again, the 'Farm provided the answer. I had purchased a set of their German ration boxes last year, but never used them. So I cut those puppies open, grabbed the Elmer's and went to town. Those things really are cool. Easy to fold and they really look the part. I folded five of them, then added a couple spare digging tools:
I've got a couple other random pieces of gear that I'll add to the pile, but all in all I'm pleased with the more 'cluttered' look of the base:
Just a few more dribs and drabs and I think this one will be done!