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Unfinished 'Nam Diorama

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by harrytheheid, Aug 18, 2019.

  1. harrytheheid PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    China
    This is an old diorama from around two years ago with Bravo6 figures on the M113 in front.
    I'm posting it here in the WIP section because I obtained additional Bravo6 figures for it about twelve months ago, but still have to paint and locate them into the scene.
    Sorry for the poor quality, the photos must've been just WIP snaps for my own info and taken using a phone.
    M113 Diorama_17-May-2017_u_BM.JPG

    M113 Diorama_17-May-2017_w_BM.JPG

    M113 Diorama_17-May-2017_x_BM.JPG

    M113 Diorama_17-May-2017_y_BM.JPG

    M113 Diorama_17-May-2017_za_BM.JPG

    M113 Diorama_17-May-2017_t_BM.jpg
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  2. Chris Oldfield Active Member

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    England
    Nice job, Harry - loving the groundwork & the palm trees!
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  3. harrytheheid PlanetFigure Supporter

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    China
    This was in response to Fogie's comments about Bravo6 figures in a different thread.
    I should have actual WIP photos in a file somewhere. I'll post them up when I find them.
    Cheers
    H
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  4. Ned Ricks Active Member

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    United-States
    Hi, Harry -
    Your cavalry ACAVs look very good. In this picture, you will see the same red and white guidon on the hull depicted by your decals. An extra touch might be a roll of fencing carried above the driver's head laterally on the front slope. As seen in the photo, at a stop, this was set up to provide stand off for RPG rockets ACAV with RPG fence RVN.jpg The vertical fence posts you see are supporting the wire sheets.
    A scale substitute may be the fabric used for a wedding bride's veil. In the US this stuff is called "tulle" and it is a mesh that can be painted rust and gray, etc.
    Best wishes from an old Cav guy,
    N
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  5. MoboSchreuder A Fixture

    Looks great

    Mobo
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  6. harrytheheid PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    China
    One of them's from Academy, the other is Tamiya.
    Here's the first photos of the Tamiya build;
    M113_f.jpg

    M113_h.jpg

    M113_g.jpg

    M113_j.jpg

    And here's the Academy example;
    Academy M113_b.JPG

    Academy M113_d.JPG

    Academy M113_c.JPG

    Academy M113_o.JPG

    There'll be more WIP photos tomorrow, (my time zone).
    Cheers
    H
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  7. Steve Ski Well-Known Member

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    United-States
    Dio looks great to me, my favorite era, actually. Great work Harry, please post some close up when you can, love to see em.

    Cheers, Ski.
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  8. harrytheheid PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    China
    It's one of my favorite eras as well.
    I wonder where the diorama is right now? Must be upstairs still waiting for those additional Bravo6 figures. I'll have a hunt for it in the morning.
  9. Sgt. Red Active Member

    Cool diorama!!!
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  10. harrytheheid PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    China
    Found the rest of the old WIP photos.
    There's a lot of them and some might well be out of sequence, so I'll keep my comments to a minimum.
    Most of this is self-explanatory in any case.

    Decals applied to the Academy kit;
    Academy M113_r.JPG

    Academy M113_s.JPG

    Academy M113_t.JPG

    Academy M113_u.JPG

    Meanwhile, back at the Tamiya kit;
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    And a little bit of pre-shading;
    5. .jpg

    6. .jpg

    Then the fun started.
    The eagle-eyed might spot that I got those yellow stripe decals on wrong....:shy:....unfortunately, I can't even try to claim it as a "deliberate mistake"....:arghh:
    7. .JPG

    8. .jpg

    No rust depicted on the vehicle bodywork of course, but I did try to suggest an overall red-ish color for the weathering.
    9. .JPG

    More streaks, dents and dings;
    10. .JPG

    And that was just about enough.
    11. .JPG

    TO BE CONTINUED....
  11. harrytheheid PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    China
    Cheers - I'll try and get better photos of the completed diorama.
    Thanks for the suggestion. I might try it on the next M113 that I build.
    Glad you like it Mobo - there's more to come.
    Cheers.
    There's a few close-up's among the WIP photos, but I'll try and get better examples later this week.

    Thanks to all who've responded to the thread.
    :)
  12. Tony Dawe PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    Australia
    I’m following this post closely. Although it’s not strictly a figure subject, I do a few armour subjects from time to time and have just started on an Australian M113 project from 1966 .
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  13. harrytheheid PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    China
    CONTINUED FROM THE PREVIOUS WIP POST....

    With the Tamiya model almost finished, it was time to see how the Bravo6 figures could be used.
    3. .jpg

    This is the Nam Tankers set of three figures.
    Bravo6 Nam Tankers.jpg

    4. .jpg

    Sorry about the poor quality photos.
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    And I painted the kit figures along with the Bravo6's while I was at it, although I ended up only using two of them.
    The rest of the kit figures are now in a box somewhere to be used in a future project.
    6. .JPG

    So, while the figures were put to one side and allowed to dry, the weathering on the Academy M113 got done;
    7. .JPG

    For this diorama, I wanted both AFV's to be heavily weathered.
    I use a range of products from various manufacturers, but seem to remember both vehicles were done with Flory Models pigments in the running gear, and their clay-based washes on the superstructures.
    8. .JPG

    Here's YT links to using both products;




    TO BE CONTINUED....
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  14. marco55 Well-Known Member

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    United-States
    Damn nice work Harry. Didn't know you did modern.
    Mark
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  15. harrytheheid PlanetFigure Supporter

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    China
    Anything from Fantasy to Greek Mythology to Medieval to 30YW to Post-Vietnam is fair game Mark. Depends what piques my interest at any given time.
    If I can find the ex-HDD the photos are stored on, I might do a couple of WIP threads on this WW2 scenario....
    Fig 5.JPG

    ....and this Korean War diorama.
    DSC_0011.JPG

    :)
    Cheers
    Harry
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  16. marco55 Well-Known Member

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  17. harrytheheid PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    China
    CONTINUED FROM THE PREVIOUS WIP POST....

    Now that the M113's and figures were pretty much finished, it was time to consider the items I wanted to add to the diorama base.
    I think the ruined Buddha Temple was a resin product from Verlinden. Wasn't all that impressed with the side walls, so I used White Milliput to beef them up and redefined the stonework.
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    The Temple kit didn't include a back-wall, but the tin lid off a box of Green Tea was used for that.
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    Then I had a play around with the basic look of the diorama. The lion statues were from my spares box. White Milliput was used to beef up the homemade back-wall.
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    Smoking was still one of my many disgusting habits back when this diorama was built, (although I'm a real virulent Anti-Tobacco Nazi nowadays), so a bunch of empty fag packets were used as formers for the basic groundwork.
    The wooden base also got a couple of coats of grey primer to stop it warping later in the construction process.
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    Then strips of newspaper soaked in dilute white glue were laid over the old fag packets to form a hard shell for the contours of the Celluclay groundwork.
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    And then a couple of Celluclay layers were shoveled onto the diorama base.
    This is a shot of the back-wall. Once the Celluclay had cured, the rear area of the wall was built up using the cheaper Yellow/Grey Milliput, as can be seen in the final photo in this post.
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    And at this point, everything was left for a day or two to settle down and dry out.
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    TO BE CONTINUED....
  18. harrytheheid PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    China
    CONTINUED FROM THE PREVIOUS WIP POST....

    Got some color laid down onto the groundwork....
    M113 Diorama_16-May-2017_n.JPG

    ....and checked the layout.
    M113 Diorama_16-May-2017_o.JPG

    Started adding the foliage....
    M113 Diorama_16-May-2017_r.JPG

    ....and checked the layout.
    M113 Diorama_16-May-2017_s.JPG

    So, lets see if the figures add anything to the scene.
    M113 Diorama_18-May-2017_zc.JPG

    M113 Diorama_18-May-2017_zd.JPG

    And it was at this point I realized that it made more sense to swop the vehicles over, with the Academy M113 in front and the Tamiya bringing up the rear.
    M113 Diorama_18-May-2017_ze.JPG

    M113 Diorama_18-May-2017_zf.JPG

    M113 Diorama_18-May-2017_zg.JPG

    TO BE CONTINUED....
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  19. Chris Oldfield Active Member

    Country:
    England
    Like what you did with the Buddha temple walls Harry - nice one!
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  20. harrytheheid PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    China
    Adding a touch of verdigris to the Buddha and Lions improved them as well Chris.
    You'll see that in the next set of photos.
    :)
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