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Completed Das Boot

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Steve Ski, Jun 7, 2023.

  1. 1969 A Fixture

    The tones look right for the scale to me and you have to allow for wear and fading, bet you can see that light at the end of the tunnel now with this project.
    Cheers mate
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  2. Steve Ski PlanetFigure Supporter

    Thanks, Brother, I'm ready for the next project, believe it or not, this has been a slugger.

    Thanks, Kevin!

    Thank you, Malc!

    You and me, both, Biggsy. I think they will pop nicely when they're all on board.

    Lol, you'd a thunk it, but I really am having fun working these coats and trousers. There aren't 500 figures to do and the patterns are so much easier, HA!:ROFLMAO: :D Thanks, Nigel;)

    Thanks, Brother, and yes, you are correct. It's all coming down to the wire. In fact so close, I see some Rangers on the horizon, and they're on the bench ready to go.;)
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  3. Steve Ski PlanetFigure Supporter

    Fritz Completes the Crew


    Well, for an SBS, I’m seriously lacking in-progress photos, but I am happy to say all the figures have been completed and they are ready for mounting on the deck. This has been a long slog, but that light at the end of the tunnel, happily, was not a train coming from other direction, we are done. HA!

    Fritz had a few uniform differences from the rest of the crew, so attention had to be paid to a few items specifically, namely the cap, life jacket and legging. I know most reference photos will show a darker, more towards the black shade for Fritz’s jacket, but I wanted to keep the tones similar. Artistic license takes precedence in this case. I’m pretty happy with his final appearance regardless of the shades not exactly being accurate. But hey, call it shimmering glare from the ocean reflection, right? Sounds good to me.

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    So far, to date, this is the fastest turnaround for a set of figures completed, ever. I don’t ever recall getting a set done so quickly, but I’m happy with the final results and thanks for following along.

    In Conclusion

    The poses and action portrayed by this set of figures is incredibly well done. Jeff Shiu has a knack for creating realistic scenarios and figure interactions with great effect. However, in all honesty, this has been a difficult set to work with. This set required much more than the average amount of filing, reshaping, as well as scribing-in important details. I did make quite a few corrections and some minor alterations, which became frustrating, and delayed the build.

    I am happy to find that Jeff has taken the concerned complaints to heart and has recently addressed these issues with his latest release. Quality control appears to be back in order, from sculpting to casting, and I look forward to seeing what other adventures Jeff will take us into. Sculpting is an art form I could never attempt to venture into and we as painters appreciate all these guys and gals who work the putty to make us happy. Kudos to them all!

    Thanks for watchin. Cheers, Ski.
  4. MalcC A Fixture

    The final figure is brilliant. loving the smooth brushwork, tones and textures.
    Its an absolute joy watching this come together.

  5. Briggsy A Fixture

    Great final figure, artistic licence is important and anyway soldiers and I assume sailors like the older worn and faded kit rather than the brand new correct colour. I reckon that is pretty universal, then take into account War time issues, especially for the Germans from the mid war years on and getting the right shade wasn't quite so important anymore. It's been a great SBS to follow, if I can find a spare afternoon I might even watch the film again.

    Cheers Simon
  6. Steve Ski PlanetFigure Supporter

    Thanks for following along, Malc!;)

    Thank you kindly, Simon. Final complete pics posting right quick.
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  7. Waterlooman A Fixture

    Superb work Steve - paint - shading all excellent.

  8. Nap Moderator

    Hi Ski

    Nice final figure and a excellent SBS ...you've done yourself proud

    Look forward to seeing all the crew together

    Definately no train crash here

    Happy benchtime

  9. Nap Moderator


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