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Konstantin M. Simonow

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Martin Antonenko, Oct 12, 2021.

  1. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi Martín

    Of course ...getting married , you'd mentioned it previously ....CONGRATULATIONS to you both , have a great day

    I am sure the references you've used will be 100% for this very special project

    I was given these ....they are fun !

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    Nap
  2. Martin Antonenko A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    43. Day, Dezember 27, 2021


    After the pre-Christmas internezzo I turn back to Comrade Senior Political Leader.First, the Gymnastiorka is undercoated - the journey should go in this direction ...:

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    Consequently, the undercoating consists of a mix of these colors ...:

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    Cheers
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  3. Martin Antonenko A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    44. Day, Dezember 28, 2021


    I have my oils mixture...

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    ... tried it on the collar.

    To lighten the base color, I then use the skin tone and a tiny amount of white - to darken I increase the amount of dark green and add a little bit of "neutral black" for the deepest shadows ...:

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    Cheers
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  4. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi Martín

    Nearly missed the updates ...good to see this being worked on , nice start and a good reference and colours your using as always

    Happy benchtime

    Nap
  5. Martin Antonenko A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    45. Day, December 29, 2021


    Today our hero gets his rank insignia!

    Matching to the cap band, they again have the weapon color of the rifle regiments - that is, "raspberry red" ...:

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    The border must be black - our friend is a political officer!

    Until 1938 officers and their political deputies had the same badges of rank - until Stalin, in one of his masterful chess moves of "Divide and Rule", granted the troop officers the right to reintroduce badges of rank with gold borders!

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    Gold in any form on badges of rank was absolutely frowned upon since the times of the tsars - now commanders were allowed to wear it again.

    Their political representatives, however, were denied this right - they had to make do with the less pompous black ...:
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    As requested by the landlord, that of course immediately caused bad blood in the troops!

    Military officers felt elevated (without actually gaining more rights) and their political deputies - usually of the same rank at the time - felt neglected and from then on were only more eager to monitor and control their military colleagues!

    The bad word of "the return of the gold hunters" made the rounds - roughly comparable to the sottise of the "sore throat" in the Hitler army when an officer took irresponsible and bloody risks just to get the "Knight's Cross" that was supposed to be the neck was worn.

    The deliberate unequal treatment reliably prevented the development of real friendships between the troop commander and the political deputy in the Red Army - and that was exactly the goal of the host!

    Well - our hero gets two bars on the badge of rank, which corresponds to the rank of a battalion commissar (= lieutenant colonel) ...:

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    During the war these things were mostly made of lacquered wood, which is why I gave them a thin layer of "Gloss Varnish" ...:

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    Et voilà...:

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    Cheers
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  6. Martin Antonenko A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    46. Day, January 8, 2020

    I'm finally getting back to painting a bit!

    The button placket and the Gymnastiorka shirt up to the harness are painted ...:

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    Cheers
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  7. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi Martín

    WELCOME BACK !...and hello to Frau Rohmann

    Nice work on the rank badges , interesting they were often made of wood as well

    Good start on the placket....will you look at rehighlighting as you progress around the shirt ?

    Following with interest

    Happy benchtime

    Nap
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  8. Airkid PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    England
    I have some officer's pogoni for Armoured troops. The Tanks are gilded pressed tin but the stars are made of something weird - not metal or wood, more like a painted resin. I'm familiar with the late-war British "plastic" economy cap badges but I don't think these Soviet ones are plastic - too soft.
    Comrade Simonov is coming on nicely by the way!

    Phil
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  9. Martin Antonenko A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    47. Day January 10, 2022


    The final lights are on in front!

    The first side part is painted - tomorrow the last lights will be there ...:

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    Cheers
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  10. Airkid PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    England
    Good colour on the gym. (y)
  11. eddie_C96 Member

    Hi Martin, not sure how I missed your entire thread...
    First of all, congratulations on the second project - although, from personal experience, it takes A LOT of time from one's hobby...
    Next, I do not recollect any photos of Simonov (or other Soviet war correspondents) with SMG's which means that they were not officially issued. So if you want him to have one, it should probebly be a trophy - MP38 or similar.
    Third, AFAIK, Simonov never took any photos himself - he was accompagnied by a professional photographer, for this period, most likely Pavel Troshkin (the guy with two cameras from the 1st page). In any case, Zorky was fisrt produced in 1948, so not correct for the period.
    If you really want him to have one, it should be a Leica II or its Soviet pre-WWII clone, FED-1.
  12. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi Martín

    That's a good overall finish on colour on the "gym" , with the final highs in place going to look even better

    Interesting post from Eddie as well

    Look forward to the next update

    Happy benchtime

    Nap
  13. Martin Antonenko A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    Hi Eddie!

    You are right - and you are not!


    Simonov has - rarely! - took part in fighting himself, but sometimes it did, for example in the fall of 1941 in the Crimea during a counterattack against Manstein's troops on the Siwash peninsula near Feodossia.

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    Then of course he was armed with more than one service pistol.


    But in the meantime I have decided differently on this question; my bust will not carry a long gun on my back, but something else ...


    Simonov usually worked with photographers - sometimes when the circumstances brought it, but also not.

    Here is a photo of him with a camera...:

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    The camera he is using in the photo is a Soviet "Zorkij" FED-1 (called "Fedka")...

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    ... a 1: 1 replica of a German pre-war "Leica" ...

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    ... and the best that the Soviet camera industry had to offer ...


    Cheers
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  14. eddie_C96 Member

    This in NOT Simonov, this is Pavel Troshkin.
    BTW, I was not able to find a single photo done by Simonov

    Once again, FED-1 is a pre-war clone of Leica D (Leica II) produced in Kharkiv.
    Zorki (Zorkij) is a different camera (while still a clone of clone of Leica D) produced in Krasnogorsk post war - starting in 1948.
    On the photo, Troshkin is using an original Leica G (Leica IIIa) camera, with a slow speeds selector knob on frontal dial, which early Soviet cameras did not have.
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  15. Martin Antonenko A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    48. Day, January 12, 2022


    I'm done with the first side part of the Gymnastiorka shirt!

    I like this dirty gray-green color better with every stroke of the brush!

    The "blue cast" comes from the light - the fresh color still shines ...:

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    Cheers
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  16. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi Martín

    Good work on the clothing colour , as you've said in previous threads there's so much variation in tone and materials used

    Like the colour with the flash of colour on the collar tabs

    Thanks for update

    Happy benchtime

    Nap
  17. Martin Antonenko A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    49. and 50. Day, January, 12. and 13., 2022

    The second side of the shirt is now also done...:

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    The backside is still missing...


    Cheers
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  18. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Matched areas, painting like this always works well with you ...a good benefit of oils

    Nice front ..bring on the back

    Those awards are looming

    Happy benchtime

    Nap
  19. Wayneb A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Looks very good Martin...watching very closely to see what effect married life has on your talent. Be very careful.

    Wayne:)
  20. Martin Antonenko A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    51. to 54. Day, January 17 to 19, 2020


    I've used the past few days to finish painting our hero's Gymnastiorka...:

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    Cheers
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