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German SW Afrika Camel Scout, ca. 1915

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Dan Morton, Nov 28, 2009.

  1. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    This is a 1/16th scale of a 1915 German Southwest Afrika Camel Scout. His cocarde is that of the German Colonial Corps. The scout is wearing a tropical weight light grey shirt with collar and Colonial khaki shade trousers, a pre-war ammo holder, 1898 Mauser Gewehr rifle and boots.

    The camel was originally from a Verlinden kit. The tan resin parts are from Model Cellar. I'm not 100% certain, but I believe the head is from a Dragon kit. The figure is made from a mix of Magic Sculpt and Kneadatite (aka Duro). I intend to add some scrub grass and a bit more sand and gravel. The reason the figure looks a bit greasy is I cleaned it with Vitalis (a US commercial brand of hair oil) and it hasn't quite dried. By using Vitalis, generally I avoid the ugly grey precipitate depositing in folds. Ugh! The oil in the Vitalis eventually dries out leaving a relatively clean finish.

    I originally intended to add a map and compass, but I'm not sure I can fit it in the figure's lap or on his upper thighs.

    Hope you like it!

    All the best,
    Dan

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  2. billyturnip A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    I said the Kiwi camel bloke was your best yet but this one is it's equal. Good work!!! :)

    Roger.
  3. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Thanks Roger!

    All the best,
    Dan
  4. Tarok Active Member

    Country:
    Australia
    Fantastic figure, Dan. Any plans to do figures of the invading South African forces or others from assault on the Ramansdrift police station?

    Rudi (y)
  5. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Glad you like it, Rudi! I really like some of the stuff you've done also!

    No plans to do any SA soldiers, etc.

    I'm at work on two French Tirailleurs Marocain now. After they're done, I'd like to go back and complete a mounted Austrian cavalryman I started a long time ago.

    Fyi - I've just removed all the gloss by dusting the figures with talcum and then blowing that off.

    All the best,
    Dan
  6. captnenglish Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Dan, you know this is my favorite of your sculpts to date!!!!
  7. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Many thanks Matthew! My favorite sculpt is always the one I've just had an idea for or the one I'm currently working on. Incidentally, if you're still interested in painting this one, drop me an e-mail.

    All the best,
    Dan :)
  8. Major_Goose Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Greece
    Wow thats really beautiful work ! Congrats !

    Costas
  9. tonydawe A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    Like Roger, I think this is your best work to date Dan. This one and the Kiwi are stunning pieces of kit bashing and sculpting.
  10. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Costas and Tony - Many thanks gentlemen!

    All the best,
    Dan
  11. housecarl Forum Moderator

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Great sculpting on both Dan. DJ Parkins is still producing weapons.
    Carl.
  12. yeo_64 Active Member

    Country:
    Singapore
    EXCELLENT WORK, Dan !

    Dan, my friend :D,
    EXCELLENT WORK all around, Dan (y)(y)(y)(y)(y)(y) !!!!!! I have to agree with the rest, these are your BEST work yet ! Cheers !
    Kenneth.

    P.S.- The news boy is done. Just have to find the time to take the pictures :p !
  13. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Carl and Kenneth - Many thanks!

    Kenneth - I'm really looking forward to seeing the newsie from 1917!

    All the best,
    Dan
  14. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Still looking for painters to do the German schutztruppe!

    All the best,
    Dan
  15. Roman Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Beautiful work. But I think that the soldier is a bit to small compared to the camel. It might be the photo. I can be mistaken. Anyway one of the best pieces I have seen.
    Regards
    Roman
  16. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    OMG. . . Dan in Omaha. . .

    Hi Dan:

    I am relatively new on the site, and I'm not familiar with your work, Dan. . .
    or I should say some of the past pieces that some of the others have
    mentioned in this forum thread. Wow, are you talented. Yes, I am familiar
    with that Verlinden Camel. But you've taken off from that four legged creature
    and really are off in the stratophere now, mate. Ah it seems I can't spell
    stratosphere correctly. Yeh well, :confused: :confused:

    This will be a very eye catching, wonderful piece when you are finished. I
    hope you'll find time to keep us informed of your progress via WIP photos
    and text. News as eleven???? (y) (y) (y)

    Wow, just super.

    Jayhawker
  17. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Roman - The German soldier is scaled for about 5 feet 9 inches in height and I think if you saw him standing next to the camel, you'd agree he was about right. Maybe not. The (related) New Zealand soldier was scaled for about 5 feet 4 inches in height and he really looks small indeed. Making him so short was a scaling and sculpting choice and I think he looks OK also. Not to say you aren't entitled to your opinion, Roman. No problem and thanks for the compliments!

    Rick - Many thanks! I don't paint, so I'm looking for a painter to complete the vignette. If the painter will allow me to do so, I'll be glad to post WIP photos.

    All the best,
    Dan
  18. 1969 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Dan fantastic work on this one mate and i agree your best so far, i just love the concept of the work and the fact it is different from the norm, your sculpting and conversion work has made it what it is and i like it.

    A big well done mate from me (y)

    Steve
  19. John Bowery A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Dan,
    Another excellent piece.
    Cheers
    John
  20. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Steve and John - Many thanks!!

    All the best,
    Dan

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