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Completed 1/35 scale Dragon conversion, Volkssturm

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Von Luch, Feb 12, 2010.

  1. Von Luch Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Here's another conversion I did some time ago. This one is a 1/35 scale Dragon conversion from Frozen Battleground (Moscow 1941) kit, guy walking in foreground with rifle. I wanted to create an older Volkssturm militiaman from the NSDAP.

    The modeling consists of changing out the head for a resin Warriors Volkssturm head, I believe the helmet is of the air civil defense. The red numbering on the helmet indicates the volunteers Battalion/Gau/District. I found some pictures with this numbering on some of their helmets used to ID each other on the front lines, not sure if it were really necessary, but they did it. Of course he wears the first issued arm band, given to the East Prussian Volkssturm, first to be called up to fight. also gave him standard gear (Lead foil straps). The coat is a Nazi party coat (NSDAP), yes, he was a party member that lived in E.
    Prussia. Personal items I gave him were the HJ pin he wore on his left arm, commemorating his son that fell in Normandy and also added a scarf he wore on his belt. Painted in acrylics and oils. Ground work, Oregano for leaves and Celluclay/paint for mud, and busted up Barbed wire and post.
    This poor old guy probably didn't live too much longer, by the looks of him, about to go up against a Russian T-34! There should be some more detailed photo's later in the thread from my good friend Mrosko, whom now owns the piece!

    Thanks for looking.

    Jim

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  2. dinovision79 Active Member

    Country:
    Hungary
    Hi Jim,

    great idea! Good call on the subject and the conversion and painting are very well done!

    Denes
  3. housecarl A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Excellent figure Jim.
    Carl.
  4. mil-mart A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Jim, great conversion and excellent painting. Many thanks for the notes on your choice of clothing and insignia, it really brings the figure to life , great research.

    Cheers Ken
  5. Uruk-Hai PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    Sweden
    Very nice. I like the overall feeling of the subject.

    Cheers
    Janne Nilsson
  6. citrico Active Member

    Country:
    Chile
    great subject, beautiful work
  7. ubbi Active Member

    Country:
    Italy
    As usual a great work, well done Jim !!

    cheers

    stefano
  8. Von Luch Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Denes- Thanks for the compliments! Like a lot of modelers, modeling for me is more than just sculpting and painting, but more like taking a step into the world of imagination and creating some sort character or sometimes personality. Dragon models has really made it possible for me to carry this out, with all the kits available today, the conversion choices are endless. Thanks again!
    Carl- As always, thanks for your kind words!
    Ken- Thanks Ken for the great feed back on my work. I really appreciate it!
    Janne- Thanks for the compliments, much appreciated!
    Andreas-Thanks for the the encouraging words!
    Stefano- As Always 'STARCHILD' (see below), thanks for your blessed words!

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  9. 1969 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Jim another very nice figure and nice subject you have covered, your standard of conversions and painting is very high and consistent.

    Steve(y)
  10. unknown01 New Member

    Country:
    Japan
    Excellent work!
    I liked the feel of a material of the uniform very much.
    The ground work is also wonderful.
    I congratulate completion.

    Mitsutaka
  11. SPrimeau Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Jim nice job. Like the colors of the figure and groundwork- they work well together.
    Scott
  12. Von Luch Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Hi Scott,

    Thanks for the compliments! I wanted to go with something a bit different or obscure, and after doing some research on the many different possible uniforms the Volkssturm could have used I put this guy together. I really enjoyed modeling the groundwork too, creating that mud effect and dead leaves, giving that overall fall feel. :D

    Jim
  13. Von Luch Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Hi Steve,

    Thanks for the kind words!(y) It's definitely a challenge keeping these standards let me tell ya, as you might agree! You have to keep pushing along though, producing more quality works, while your eyes and coordination are still good! I'm 39, and by the looks of a lot of the very impressive work out there with the older modelers, I have a long ways to go, fingers crossed!:cool: Provided of course something debilitating happens to me. :eek:

    Hi Matsutaka,

    Thanks for the kind feedback! It was nice to model something different and creating that fall feel.(y)

    Jim

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