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Completed Latest diorama 1/16th scale...

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by dancap3286, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. dancap3286 A Fixture

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    United-States
    Hello all. Here is my latest diorama entitled "SURROUNDED". It is in 1/16th scale and incorporates the 1/16th scale T-34/76 1943 model from Trumpeter along with Verlinden, Airborne Miniatures and some other heads and what not from I don't remember where. The Russian Isba is fashioned from balsa wood, bass wood, plastic card and balsa foam (completely scratched) It represents elements of a Waffen SS division (probably LAH) during the retreats after the stalemate at Kursk. The diorama is painted as always in Vallejo acrylics and extensively weathered with MIG pigments! Oh BTW I gotta remove that Panzerfaust as it does not fit the time frame of the dio.:)

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    Steve Riley, GARRY, SPrimeau and 24 others like this.
  2. Steve Ski A Fixture

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    United-States
    Beautiful work, love the action and the figure rework, etc. Some of those I wish I had grabbed long ago. I really like the ground work and structure, the whole enchilada! Gotta love them large scale dios!(y)(y)


    Cheers, Ski.:D
  3. mil-mart A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    :eek: Stunning work Dan and in 1/16th :awesome: (y)

    Cheers Ken
  4. MBD Member

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    Spain

    :cool: My though exactly...1/16th!!!!!
  5. housecarl A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Impressive work Dan, each figure could hold it's own as a stand alone piece.
    Carl.
  6. tonydawe A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    Wow Dan, a great result for all the hard work you've put into this.:eek:
  7. stu A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Oh boy , that is stunning !!!!

    Stu
  8. Tommi A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    :eek::eek::eek:Speechless! Outstanding workmanship in every respect,
    Thanks for sharing
    Tommi
  9. MCPWilk A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    I'm not a great fan of Nazis, and the LAH deserved whatever they got in Russia. However, this piece of work is just outstanding in both composition and execution. I envy you your skill with a paintbrush.

    Best wishes,

    Mike
    Mike Stevens likes this.
  10. gordy Well-Known Member

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    United-States
    Impressive work Dan! (y)

    Converting 120's is no easy feat!
  11. Sambaman Well-Known Member

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    United-States
    Very nicely Danno! :notworthy:(y)

    Jay H.
  12. Mike Stevens A Fixture

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    United-States
    Nicely done sir! There is a lot going on with lots of eye candy.(y) Congrats, will this one make it to Chicago?
  13. Stephen Ward Active Member

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  14. Joseph Brubaker New Member

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    United-States
    This is an absoluty stunning piece,1/16 in my dream could I ever accomplish something like this,my only sugguestion is I think the uniforms are a little to pristine,some wear and grime,dust would add alot to each,that said sir,Im amazed at your work and all the DETAILS!Again absolutly STUNNING!Thank you for posting and time.Joseph
  15. JasonB A Fixture

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    United-States
    Couple of things. First, really excellent painting and overall presentation, as usual. Your painting technique is one that I strive to achieve (with less than inspiring success to this point). This is something I would like to do with one of my big Trump T-34's, and is good inspiration. I would love to see some pics of the inside of the T-34. Love the sunflowers. For some reason they just set off any scene that they are used in, and yours are excellent. You pointed out the Panzerfaust being wrong for the time frame already. The G43 rifle would be as well, since it wasn't put into production until October '43. I agree with the previous comment that the camo smocks look a little pristine, and could use some weathering/toning down. The other thing that struck me is that, to me at least, there is a bit of disconnect between the actions of some of the figs. One one side there appears action in progress, with the MG team, the yelling soldier, and the guy ready to throw the grenade. The guys on the other side seem to be waiting for something to happen, and are exposing themselves by sitting out of their fighting holes, even though the guy next to them is aiming ( I assume firing) his rifle. How he holds it in the air in that fashion is a mystery to me, as the front end doesn't seem to be propped up on anything. Then the officer in the trench is smoking a cigarette, seemingly oblivious to any action happening around him. I just think a little more interaction between all of the figures would have tightened up the scene a little and focused it better. Its a beautiful piece of work, and something that I would love to be able to achieve. Those are just the things that caught my eye.
    Cheers
    Jason
  16. dancap3286 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Hi Jason, I'm afraid as far as the G43 it's just plain research gone wrong. I probably should have asked some of the experts regarding the timeframe but I thought that I had read a number of accounts of some SS soldiers having them at Kursk so this was after that I assumed it was ok but as usual I was wrong. I did not add the tree limb that the prone soldier underneath the tank would be resting the rifle on yet so I should have stated it was about 95% done. As far as the figures interacting I think they all make sense. I imagined Soviet forces advancing on them from front and rear with the more urgent action coming from the front part of the tank. The officer and the wounded grenadier I wanted as just kinda surveying the situation from the safety of small arms in the trench with the radio operator. Pics are really not that good so I think it might make more sense when you see it as a whole but definitely my error on the G43's. Thanks for the response.
  17. JasonB A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Hi Dan,
    Thats cool, overall the points I made are minor and just personal opinion. The G41 rifle was in service at that time, but it was a bit different than th 43 (and pretty much a complete failure). Steve Reedee is doing some nice rifles in 1/16th that would be really cool. He is doing the Russian SVT40, which the German used a lot of. This would be a nice replacement if you do decide to replace the G43 and want something other than the Kar98. I always like to see the German figures on the Eastern front with captured weapons. Kind of ironic that the "master race" felt the weapons of the inferior Slavs were better than theirs! Airborne Miniatures had at one time, a wounded German sitting with his leg out,pointing, that would have fit in nicely with this. If they make him available again, I will definitely get him. Can't have too many wounded guys. Anyhow, the gears in my head (such as they are) are starting to turn a bit, so thanks for the inspiration. Gotta build that Trumpy T-34 sometime!
    Cheers
    Jason
    BTW, just noticed the link to your website. REALLY inspiring, and humbling, at the same time.
  18. pmfs A Fixture

    Country:
    Portugal
    Stunning Dan!:eek:
  19. gordy Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Dan, be sure to take some photos in the sunlight to give the dio some nice harsh shadows of the figs on the groundwork :)
  20. Marcel Active Member

    Country:
    Spain
    Beautiful piece of work Dan!

    Cheers,
    Marcel.

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