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Completed Critique Hurtgen Forest, Autumn 1944

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by NickM, Sep 8, 2016.

  1. NickM Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Australia
    G'day all,

    Here's the latest figure I've completed. A 1/16 US 1st Infantry Division (Big Red One) officer in the Hurtgen Forest, October 1944. As with all Alpine figures, the character, sculpting, casting and overall quality are brilliant - a pleasure to paint.

    You can read about the groundwork here on my previous post:
    http://www.planetfigure.com/threads/hurtgen-forest-autumn-1944-part-1-groundwork.76999/

    This was a bit of an experiment, trying to capture the effect of rain, wet and misery. Hope you like it!

    Cheers

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  2. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    That is beautifully done Nick,(y)
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  3. alamac Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Australia
    Very Very nicely done Nick, great effects
    Cheers
    Al
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  4. mark126804 Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    That is stunning work, wonderful ground work, Nick.

    Mark
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  5. captnenglish Well-Known Member

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    United-States
  6. bwildfong Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Canada
    That rain effect is awesome Nick - from the splashes in the puddles to the wetness on his jacket, it all looks really authentic! I'd say your experiment was a complete success!

    Cheers,

    Brian
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  7. sd0324 PlanetFigure Supporter

    This is very cool. Really different. I like it.

    Steve
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  8. billyturnip A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Excellent Nick, your wet effects are very convincing.
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  9. tonydawe A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    A very worthy winner of Best Of Show at WASMEx last weekend. Lifting that bar ever higher Nick. Well done mate.
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  10. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Wow, superb painting, groundwork looks fantastic and the weather is looking cold and very wet, very well done.
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  11. housecarl A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Congratulations on the well deserved award Nick.(y)
    You really captured a moment in time.
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  12. NickM Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Australia
    Thanks for all your comments, guys. Much appreciated and I'm glad you like it (y)
  13. bucsfan21 Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Nick, Really nice job on the figure and groundwork! What a cool presentation. Man, your staging of the figure really is brilliant. The Alpine figure is a gem indeed and you really did a superb effort on the greens and browns. Nice effect of weathering and rain drops as well. The more I look at this piece, something new grabs my attention! Well Done !!! Thanks for sharing!

    Best of Everything, Terry Martin-member of the illustrious Atlanta Miniature Figure Society of Atlanta, GA
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  14. Ferris A Fixture

    Oh yes, your expeiment certainly paid off Nick!
    Superb attention to detail, truely giving the miserable atmosphere you were going for.
    Very cool and congrats on the award!

    Cheers,
    Adrian
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  15. tomifune A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Just a super presentation of realistic conditions put in miniature. The bunker is perfect as they are scattered throughout the hills and are hard to find.
    Here are a couple I found when I was there:
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    Bob
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  16. clrsgt A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Very well done. The rain effect is particularly effective.
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  17. T50 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Excellent work!!!
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  18. ErGide72 A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    This is so magnificent!!! :wideyed::wideyed:
    I've been a lot of times in this region (family), and your vignette really breathes these woods!

    Very inspiring, makes me want to do mine Hürtgenwald; although a bit smaller (1:35)

    Erik
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  19. NickM Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Australia
    Thanks for the comments everyone (y), much appreciated.
    Thanks Bob for the pics too - one day I hope to visit both the Ardennes and Hurtgenwald, and see where it all took place!
  20. phil_h A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    As others have said, this is just flat out amazing. One of the most atmospheric pieces I've seen (y)
    Phil
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