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Completed 1/16 DAK Infantryman, Tunisia 1943

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Peter Day, Jun 26, 2021.

  1. Babelfish A Fixture

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    Tremendous work. Greatcoat colour looks fine to me. The light blue scarf adds a nice splash of colour without being overpowering.

    I wish I could knock 'em out as fast as you do Peter. And as good!

    - Steve
  2. Peter Day PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Cheers Steve. I realise that I'm very lucky to have the time to do this stuff.

    Ammo pouches and bread bag:

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  3. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

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    The photo that was subsequently colored shows a Obergefreiter of the 200th Panzer Grenadier Regiment, which was part of the 15th Panzer Division, in Libya in 1942 - and not in Tunisia in 1943 ...:

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    And - as much as I hate to say:


    Your coat has clearly become too light - these things were brown-olive ...:

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    Coats in "your" color were worn by "political leaders" of the Nazi party...:

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    With the color of his coat he looks like a Nazi party boss with a steel helmet in the final battle for Berlin in 1945 ...



    What is also wrong at your figure:

    Belts and straps of the Afrikakorps were not made of leather (as you show it), but of fabric!

    These items were all reworked pieces of originally British production that were captured en masse by the Wehrmacht on the beach of Dunkirk in 1940 ...

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    So-called "Y-belt"...:

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    Cheers
  4. Henk Well-Known Member

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    Looking good Peter. I like the leather, and the finish of the helmet.

    Whilst I agree somewhat with Martin (I would have gone for a green, or faded green), the variety of colour(shades) as issued, combined with the very destructive environmental conditions, make arguing about the "correct" colour a bit superfluous. The execution of your chosen scheme is great.

    Edit:
    Having just read the rest of the post (I should refresh the page before replying...:LOL:),
    I would add that using WWII photographs is tricky, and should not be used as 'absolute truth' that this never happened, or that always happened. The German Army Command changed their orders regarding the wear of headgear, unit insignia, rank insignia, general uniform issue etc very often, and the troops in the field should as often ignore these orders,..
    Leather webbing may not heve been routinely issued, but that does not mean that veterans, or replacement troops, didnt bring their own.
  5. Peter Day PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Martin - I never intended this to be an accurate depiction of a particular place or time, just a generalised DAK man late in the desert war who has bought some of his European theatre equipment with him, having been brought in as a replacement (it did happen) Not that I care much as I'm really not interested in that type of accuracy, just getting a general feel and trying to bring out 'character'.

    Henk - We all now what was issued and what should have been worn, but a lot of swapping and replacement of equipment went on. I'm just trying to use my imagination and have fun. Oh the Uniform Police!
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  6. Stephen Hutchinson PlanetFigure Supporter

    Morning Peter

    Love the colour palette, it looks the part, and by 1943, anything was good as the DAK were on the run!

    Another exercise in drapery, and love the blue scarf, well done.

    Have a good day with the finish, and the artistic license is always fully paid up for use on your figures

    Regards

    Steve H
  7. custer760 Well-Known Member

    Love your style Peter.As Always a pleasure to see your artwork...bravo
    Regards
    Pete
  8. Peter Day PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Steve - Enthusiasm for this one a bit dimmed, but I'll see it to the end, which should be today (granddaughter arriving tomorrow and she's at the height of her 'Terrible Twos', so best to get it out of the way). May have time for another figure before we go off on holiday next week. Hope all is well with you.

    Pete - Thank you. I always enjoy painting this greatcoat - it has rhythms - a sweep of interest up the right sleeve, across the chest, down the left arm and down the front left of the skirts - the sculptor knew what he was doing.
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  9. Nap A Fixture

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    England
    Hi Peter

    Nice to see the updates ....great colour matching on the lower part of the greatcoat , do like what you've done equipt wise ......as with all conflicts the supply of equipt had regulations of course but more than often much variation in use were seen

    You enjoy finishing this s off and enjoy those terrible twos .........

    Happy grandfathering

    Nap
  10. Peter Day PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Thanks Nap. Granddaughter proofing the house now this is finished.

    Here he is:

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  11. Nap A Fixture

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    England
    Hi Peter

    Nice result ...he looks tired and weary as well thanks for sharing

    Hope the visit is fun

    Happy tines to you all

    Nap
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  12. 1969 A Fixture

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    Lovely result with this one Peter.
    Steve
  13. Martin64 A Fixture

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    Very nice paintjob as usual Peter.
  14. Peter Day PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Nap - Thank you. Lots of coming and going at the Chateau Day this week. Hopefully I'll get a bit of bench time before going away.

    Steve - Many thanks. Glad you like him.

    Martin - Many thanks also.

    This chap has been reminding me of someone while I've been working on him and I've just worked out who:

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  15. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Stunning work Peter! (y)

    Cheers,
    Ken
  16. Stephen Hutchinson PlanetFigure Supporter

    Morning Peter

    Great finish and a timely full stop ready to repel boarders LOL

    Have fun with the terrible twos

    You know you love it!

    Have a good week/weekend

    Regards

    Steve H
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  17. Peter Day PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Ken - Very kind, many thanks.

    Steve - Certainly going to carry on painting - she seems to have got bored with the idea of Granddad's paint box, thank goodness. I have another Tamiya figure on the go at the moment, but I won't blog it, just show it when it gets (hopefully) completed.
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  18. misfit151 A Fixture

    It never fails to amaze me what you can do with these kits Peter......first class (y). Mike
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  19. Fredericus Active Member

    Fantastic paintjob!
    Complimenti
    Federico
  20. Peter Day PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Mike and Federico - Many thanks.

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