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Completed 1:35th (Zvezda) Soviet Mtn. Trio

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by kansas kid, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Since the IPMS/USA National Convention has been over a while, I've had time
    to work on the final Soviet WWII soldier for that "Take the High Ground"
    vignette that I displayed on PF some time ago. So now all three of the
    Mountain Troopers are in place. I used only acrylics, painted by hand. And
    the figures are not modified or converted in any way.

    I just tried to come up with a composition where all three would be connected.

    You comments are welcome.


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  2. mil-mart A Fixture

    Rick, great composition and painting, also very nice work on the base.
    Congrats (y)

    Cheers Ken
  3. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Hello Ken, Mil-Mart . . .

    Hi Ken:

    Thank you for taking time to have a look see at this little "outcropping"
    with the 1:35th Zvezda set, Soviet Russian Mountain troops, from WWII.

    And I do sincerely appreciate your encouraging words, my friend,

    The Miami Jayhawker
  4. housecarl A Fixture

    The final figure adds a sense of urgency Rick.
    Very nicely down,
  5. redhorse Active Member

    It all came together really well, very nice job!
  6. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Yo House Carl. . . .

    Hey Carl:

    Thanks for the observations, mate and kind words. I was hoping I might be
    able to develop some visual tension there. But as we all know, re our own
    work. . . we look at it so long, that sometimes our eyes are just dulled to
    what is there. And it takes a fresh eye from Macclesfield, in the United
    Kingdom to well. . . ah. . . to see what is obvious.

    Thanks for the clear vision, my friend.

    Ricardo Jaywalker
  7. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Howdy to the Texas RedHorse. . .

    Hi James:

    Thanks for the kind words, James. . . and for taking the time to have a look.

  8. Meehan34 A Fixture

    Nice composition. it looks like your paint was too thick on your highlites which didn't allow you to blend it out, but 1/35th can be tough to work on. I really like the look of the scene, nice placement of the figures and nice base work.
  9. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Thanks Mike for your comments. And yes, you did get right to the heart of
    the matter, re my problems with learning how to paint with acrylics. I think
    I am improving, but no way am I anywhere near what I see here on PF.

    I will just have to keep at it. Re the washes, either the transparency or
    the opacity of the washes is so critical to each layer applied. And I am
    aware of that situation, but still can't get the wash to be just what it should
    be, so thus still a lot of poor transition from shadow to highlight.

    As you know, I am not the only person who has this trouble. . . IMHO,
    Acrylics are great, . . . but dude, they are not easy. That is oils, big time,

    The Miami Jayhawk
  10. jimmy1969 Member

    Beautiful layout:lol:
  11. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Hello Jimmy

    Hello Jimmy:

    And thank you for taking time to post your comments. I try to get the
    composition right, so it might help to draw the viewer's eye into the

    I do appreciate your kind words,(y)(y)

    The Miami Jayhawker
  12. 1969 A Fixture

    Hey Rickster,

    good to see the mountain troops in their entirety, the third figure added to the scene brings the whole thing together now, I like the fact he is keeping his head down and just waiting on what develops on the outcrop.
    One of my favourite pieces of yours so far mate, really like this trio of Russian troops and the way you have presented them on the great base work.

    All the best mate(y)
  13. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Hello to you, Mr. Readdie. . .

    Hi Steve:

    Wow, you just got back for the eastern shore, and found time to chime in
    here at the tail end of the "trio's debut". . . that was so kind of you, my

    I do so appreciate your kind remarks. . . As I said previously in a thread
    reply. . . dude, I have looked at this piece so long, it is hard for me to see
    it, . . if you get my snow drift. But I did learn some things.

    One was that for me, scale 1:35th is still a difficult scale in which to
    paint acrylics. Read the note I got from Mike and my reply and you'll see
    what I mean. But hey, we do learn by doing. So I need to get involved in a
    lot more "1:35th scale" doing. . .

    Thanks again, my friend,

    Ricardo Jaywalker
  14. John Bowery A Fixture

    Well done and great little scene.
  15. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Hello John, in Brick Yard city. . .

    Hi there, "Indy" John:

    So good of you to take the time to comment, John. And I do appreciate your
    kind words.

    BTW John, I have been to a lot of the IPMS contests around the Heartland
    and several years ago, I finally made it to IPMS Roscoe Turner Chapter's
    contest. I really had a great time. The largest vendor room in capativity,
    (Fer sure, that's a Big TEN FOUR) that I've ever been to that wasn't a National.

    Maybe doing well in the competition was part of the Fun. . . .
    I took six entries and won six awards. hee hee. One was Best of
    Show for Armor, with a WWII Russian Armored car in 1:35th.

    So I have fond memories of Indianapolis, Indiana . . . :):):)


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