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WIP Critique One down, one to go - 120mm Fallschirmjager

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by NickM, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. NickM Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Australia
    Hi all, I just wanted to show you the latest figure I've completed - a 120mm Jeff Shiu Fallschirmjager from the Ardennes offensive.

    I don't normally go for German subjects, but these figures had so much character they won me over. The moulding and quality of the figures is top notch.

    I will eventually *attempt* to scratch build the rear edge of a King Tiger tank, as per the famous wartime photo of the 3rd Fallschirmjager Division riding into battle.

    Hope you like it so far. Cheers!

    IMG_2594.jpg IMG_2614.jpg IMG_2621.jpg IMG_2626.jpg IMG_2653.jpg Untitled-1.jpg
  2. mil-mart A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Excellent painting all round, especially great work on the face.

    Cheers Ken
  3. Maki Active Member

    Country:
    Croatia
    I like it. Jeff's figures really are something special and you did it justice.

    Great work,
    Mario
  4. housecarl A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Lovely job Nick.
    Carl.(y)
  5. closerlookbooks Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    I like the way you posed the two figures on the base with the one sitting on the edge. What a great idea!
  6. NickolayS Member

    Country:
    Russian-Federation
    Well done! Very good work!
    But shine of a surface spoils it a little.
    Nevertheless coloring is masterful!

    Nicks.
  7. bwildfong Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Canada
    Beautiful job Nick - that "raindrop" pattern on the camo smock scares the bejeezus out of me; guess that's why I cling irrationally to Allied figures! :) You've done a great job on it, and on the rest of the figure as well.

    I like the display with the second figure as well - is that going to be the look of the final display? If so, me likee lots!

    Cheers,

    Brian
  8. NickM Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Australia
    Thanks everybody for your nice comments. Really appreciated!
  9. NickM Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Australia
    You're right about the surface shine, Nickolay, particularly around the bottom of the leg. This became really noticeable to me once I got the figure under the light tent. I'll take some Matt Coat to the worst part tonight, and see if I can dull it down.

    I'm still learning to paint with Vallejo acrylics and for some reason certain colours seem to get this sheen. Perhaps I'm not diluting it enough. Thanks for the advice, Nickolay!
  10. NickM Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Australia
    Cheers, Brian! Yep, I'll be keeping the figures positioned that way, but I'll try to build a small slice of a Tiger Tank rear deck edge on top of the base, similar to the below image. How I'll do that though, I have no idea...lots of plastic card and swearing I think :)

    fjdecember1944ref1.jpg
  11. tonydawe A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    Excellent painting Nick, I hope I get to see this figure in the flesh at our next meeting.

    As for the shine with Vallejo acrylics, I suggest you add a few drops of Vallejo Flat Medium into your diluted paint mix. Another popular solution in to add a very small drop of Tamiya x21 Flat Clear into your paint mix. This is particularly helpful with Vallejo reds, blues and greens which are notoriusly shiny. no matter how dilute you make the paint mix.
  12. NickM Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Australia
    Thanks heaps, Tony. It was actually seeing a few of your figures at the club way back, including your excellent 120mm Falklands Royal Marine, that made me want to go large scale and order these Fallschirmjager.

    I'll get myself some Vallejo Flat Medium and start using that from now on to avoid the sheen. Thanks for the tip dude!
  13. housecarl A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    A touch of Tamiya X21 Flat base mixed in during the painting phase will get rid of any shine Nick.
    A bit of trial and error though, too much and it'll go chalky.:unsure:
    Carl.(y)
  14. NickM Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Australia
    Thanks for the tip, Carl! I will definitely start doing this when painting in Vallejo. It's all a bit trial and error when you start using a new medium, but I'm loving the acrylics so far.
    Cheers!.
  15. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Very nice paintwork. Those two together looks perfect.

    Marc
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  16. FigureLover A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    Geez Nick, that is looking excellent, and will look even better when you have it all together. What I saw at last club was pretty good, now it looks even better. How is your BOB pilot figure coming along?
    Ben
  17. NickM Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Australia
    Thanks, Ben! Nah, no more progress on my Polish BoB pilot yet, but I really need a break from Fallschirmjager so it will probably be next :)

    Hopefully see you at the club soon, mate
    Cheers!

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