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Completed 1/16 Germans In Europe "Countryside Assault"

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Dr Force, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. Dr Force Well-Known Member

    Hi All

    After many months of hard graft, lots of advice and some real patience I am pleased to say my current project is now complete.

    It started out as two figures with my own sculpt but it just did not look right so having taken advice from members I settled on the less is more philosophy which has paid off.

    The Jeff Shui figure is wonderful. I cannot recommend this guy highly enough!!

    I have added some Barbed wire (homemade) to give some interest and I am pleased with the results.

    I hope you all like it and it's on to my next project.


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  2. housecarl Moderator

    All you hard work and perseverance has paid off Dave, cracking result.
    Hopefully I'll get a look at FW?
  3. billyturnip A Fixture

    I like it. Particularly the very realistic looking face and groundwork.

    gordy likes this.
  4. pava Member

    very realistic looks good
  5. pava Member

    I just saw the veins on his hand it looks perfectly
  6. Dr Force Well-Known Member

    Hi All

    Carl many thanks for your comments, I actually feel like I am improving as each one get's done so I am getting more and more in to it. I may bring it to FW but not sure about transportation etc, but yeah maybe my friend.

    Roger, thanks for your comments also. The face has improved thanks to some critique from other helpful memebers, i just added more shadow where appropriate which has helped bring the face more to life. The groundwork was a labour of love but bloomin hard work, even the barbed wire took ages (made out of copper BT cable)

    Pava ,thanks for dropping in.
    The painting simply enhances a beautiful sculpt and jeff had sculpted the veins in so just shows you he is a master in his field as far as I am concerned, although I did make sure they were highlighted with a bluey/green colour of the veins seen in real arms.
  7. Edorta A Fixture

    Fantastic David. The figure in the field, gun, uniform tones. In addition, the use daylight to take pictures give an extraordinary realism.
    Tell us please, as you did the barbed wire, I'm very interested.

  8. MCPWilk A Fixture

    WW2 Nazis are not my thing, but the standard of modelling on show is superb. The figure is beautifully animated and detailed. The ground work is inspiring and exemplary. The overall effect is outstanding.

    Best wishes,

  9. Dr Force Well-Known Member

    Hi Eduardo

    Thank you so much for your comments, it makes the whole thing worthwhile.

    The barbed wire is made from 2 thin, long peices of copper wire (found in telephone cable) I attached both ends to a pin vice and twisted in the opposite direction to create the twisted length.

    All you need to do then is take some single bits of the same copper and twist around the long twisted peice at consistant distances (does not have to be exact) to secure the barb in place simply dab with very thin superglue and trim the excess. All you then do is repeat all the way up the line..........it's time consuming but gives a very good effect.

    I then sprayed with grey primer and left it as I wanted it to look quite fresh rather than old and rusty.

    I hope this helps but if you would like me to demonstrate using pics in another thread then please just ask.

  10. Dr Force Well-Known Member

    Hi Mike

    Your compliments have made my day!!!! This has taken many hours and to have members like yourself give such positive feedback makes every minute worthwhile.

    If I can give people a bit of enjoyment looking at my work then that is mission acomplished for me, I am glad you like it and I hope to have more work to show very soon.

  11. Ferris A Fixture

    Indeed, a cracking result Dave!
    It's quite an uncommon base for a running German figure, but I see him now running through a dried creek in the Ardennes, or Eastern Poland for that matter. Quite original.

    How did you paint the gun metal? It looks very good.
    I have this on the bench with only the face painted so far and feel inspired to get on with it. Thanks!

  12. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Aw dude, . . . Doctor Force:

    this is the bee's knees. . . Really just icredible feel for how to do terrain,
    ground cover. I just love this and wish I could do it. . . Am ah saying I'm
    doin' the Kermit THE Frog thing again???? Aw no. . . . Green with envy,
    Miss Piggy. . . .

    Jusssss kiddin' Doctor. . . just beautiful work. . . and so so creative, taking
    the hobby above what it is for most of us, and raising it to an art form.

    Indeed. . . . talent will be served,

    The Miami Jayhawk
  13. Dr Force Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys

    Adrian, the gun metal is done using the following method.

    Paint the whole piece in matt black (acrylic) leave it to dry overnight.

    Mix a small amount of enamel silver with black and thin with thinners so when you put it on a price of paper it's a light transparent grey. Make sureyou do not have much on the brush as you need to ensure it does not go into any crevices, these need to stay black.

    Leave to dry and continue with another thin wash.

    Leave to dry overnight and then grab a 2B pencil and go overall the edges and any areas that are prone to scuff. I also then added scratches etc and it turned out well.

    I hope this helps matey!

    Hey Kermit :-p

    thank you so much for your kind and humourus comments. I am glad you like
    it. Groundwork is so important when trying to get a sense of reality whichis critical to me as I want to create a feeling of the atmosphere, environments the second world war endured.

    Planning, patience and study is the key and remember there is no need for exspensive stuff, you can find 90% in your garden, woodland, shed and park.

  14. mil-mart A Fixture

    Dave a brilliant finish, stunning groundwork mate and it's been a great SBS thread to follow. Congrats
    Whats next.?

    Cheers Ken
  15. Dr Force Well-Known Member

    Hi Ken

    Thanks for dropping in matey.

    I have a massive project in mind which I know will take around a year so will combine it with other smaller efforts.

    I'll post on VBench tomorrow/Sunday with the next effort.

    Thanks matey and see you at FW

  16. unknown01 New Member

    Indeed a ground work is amazing.
    Very wonderful.
    I also liked a figure very much.
    I congratulate completion.

  17. pmfs A Fixture

    Hi David!

    You achieved a great result with this work. Love it!!!
    The barbed wire it looks out of scale in the last photo, perhaps is from my eyes?!:cool:
  18. Dr Force Well-Known Member

    Hi Both

    Thanks for your comments and input, I am so pleased you like it.

    The Barbed wire is in scale it's just the close up picture makes it look far bigger than it actually is.

  19. JasonB Moderator

    Hi Dave,
    It came out great. As good as the fig turned out, I gotta say I think the groundwork steals the show. Nice!
    One thing that you may want to try. I use about the same method on my weapons, painting them flat black, hit them with some silver drybrushing, but instead of the pencil, I use graphite grease. Its nothing but powdered graphite just like pencil lead, but in a very fine powder that you can rub on with a finger or cotton swab. I have had a bottle of it for probably ten years and have a lot left. Just have to be careful because it comes in a squeeze bottle, and it very easy to create a nice cloud of powdered graphite. The advantage its that its very fine and you can rub it on without any worry of scratching off any of the paint, and it creates a very nice metallic surface.It can also be used to polish metallic basecoats to a almost mirror sheen, though it does darken them slightly of they are a light metal color like aluminum.
  20. Dr Force Well-Known Member

    Hi Jay

    Good to hear from you and many thanks for your comments.

    Interesting note about the gun metal mate, that stuff may just quicken the process as they way I currently do it takes alot of time.

    I'll have a look around for graphite grease to see if its out and about on the UK market.

    I think you will like my next project mate and as always I will be relying on your proven expertise to get the history straight.


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