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WIP Critique The Jager

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Briggsy, Sep 12, 2023.

  1. Oda A Fixture

    Excellent work so far.Can't wait to see him painted.

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  2. Briggsy Well-Known Member

    Thank you Oda, going to have to be a delayed start, I'm duty grandad today, my daughter is getting married tomorrow and I have to take my eldest son and his wife to the airport early hours of Sunday morning.

    Then I think I'll need a rest.

    Cheers Simon
  3. Nap Moderator


    Not busy then Simon !

    Enjoy the grandad duty ...more a pleasure I'm sure

    Have a amazing day at your daughters wedding ...bet you look dapper ....congratulations to the happy couple

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  4. Briggsy Well-Known Member

    The groom wants guests and everyone to wear suits no ties and Hawaian shirts. Not sure that counts as dapper but certainly different.

    Cheers Simon
  5. Nap Moderator

    That will be fun .......you wearing a grass skirt as well

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  6. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

    A better man than me with all the dark art of scratch building. Looking really good and I don't envy you with the painting
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  7. Oda A Fixture

    My most heartfelt wishes for your daughter and her new beginings mate.Fatherhood (and "grandadhood") are two of the things that IMHO are worthy of postponing your modeling plans.When you get your rest,I'll be waiting for the updates on your great creation.

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  8. Briggsy Well-Known Member

    The painting will be fun, well apart from some of the smaller details like the field badge on the Jager helmet. Lat night I stole a few minutes and put a cross of Magicsculpt on it to give me a fighting chance at getting the quartered pattern on it.

    Cheers Simon
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  9. Briggsy Well-Known Member

    Many thanks Oda, yes good excuse to leave the bench for a while, it would be more than my life's worth to not attend because of modelling!

    Cheers Simon
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  10. NigelR A Fixture

    Nice work so far, and the neck definitely needed shortening, so very well done for doing that.
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  11. theBaron A Fixture

    You're correct, I misspoke, the Mecklenburgers were the 14th battalion. I've got several of Stadden's castings of the Mecklenburgers, including the Duke and the Fahnenträger. The flag is just a piece of plain tin sheet, so I had to paint the details. They make a pretty display, though.

    Looking forward to following your build!

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  12. Briggsy Well-Known Member

    Nigel, thanks for that and yes the neck needed shortening

    Cheers Simon
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  13. Briggsy Well-Known Member

    Brad, you had me worried that I'd got all my research mixed up, wouldn't be the first time. The old Stadden castings were all rather charming but some of the detail of the period, like the flag were a bit crude, that said I'll leave flags to better more patient painters than me.

    Cheers Simon
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  14. Briggsy Well-Known Member

    Got back to the bench briefly yesterday, had to stop though, well England were playing, nuff said.

    I sprayed the figure with the usual gray car primer and once set did my final checks for surface blemishes etc. I discovered a little but also noted his missing chin strap, water bottle strap and what I assume are mess tins strapped to his pack.


    The pack needed a bit of attention from the dremel before making the mess tins with Magicsculpt and redoing the badger head. All straps were made from post it note paper. Another coat of primer and I might get round to painting.

    Found on Pintrest a Mecklenburg shako complete with cap badge and field badge, that's going to be fun to try and paint, maybe a slight simplification is in order.


    Cheers Simon
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  15. Rob Well-Known Member

    He is looking ready to go now. Not a flashy uniform but very smart, nice dark base for all the colourful piping and braid.
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  16. Briggsy Well-Known Member

    Yes pretty somber dark green really dark blue-black and red piping, maybe the lanyard and medal will pick it up. Just gonna have to wait and see how it comes out.

    Cheers Simon
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  17. MalcC A Fixture

    this is going to look good.

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  18. Briggsy Well-Known Member

    I flipping well hope so after all the missing bits I've been back and added. Incidentaly the first German soldier I've painted since packing in WWII armour modelling a few years ago.

    Cheers Simon
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  19. theBaron A Fixture


    I'd be careful, if you're going off the illustration in your original post. That has the color much too dark. The 2 Saxon battalions wore a dark green tunic, but the others all wore a lighter shade of green. It's very close to the color that German police forces wear today. That's no coincidence, because the police forces in Germany share origins in the Jäger and Schützen detachments that every ruler in Germany, great or small, maintained. They were usually the most reliable men in his service.

    This is an example from 2016, to give you an idea:


    I don't know of any color references among brands that you probably use, but as a comparison, I've used Tamiya's X/XF5 Green as the base color for Jäger tunics.


    Also, I use the craft store brand Americana (a water-based acrylic), and its Forest Green is a good match. Its Hauser Dark Green is a good match for the Saxons' color, too. Here's a link to their color chart, on which you can see those colors:


    There should be no blue or black in the base color at all.

    Your second illustration is better than the first, but it's still a little too dark.

    Hope that helps, prost!
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  20. Briggsy Well-Known Member

    Very many thanks for that Brad, saved me making quite the error, I was looking at the second image for the colour, as to my eyes the Becker print looks dark blue, probably down to the limitations of printing.

    The blue-black was for the trousers not the tunic. Must admit of all the colours there are green for me green is the hardest, it either works or I make my own mini disaster area. But what's life without a challenge or two.

    I have collected a lot of digital images (from pintrest) of the Knotel illustrations but from your reference even these are too dark.

    So I'd better crack on and do some painting, but face first.

    Again many thanks.

    Cheers Simon
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