1. Copying kits is a crime that hurts original artists & producers. Help support your favorite artists by buying their original works. PlanetFigure will not tolerate any activities related to recasting, and will report recasters to authorities. Thank you for your support!

Completed "Wo Bist Du Amerikaner?"

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by dancap3286, Apr 3, 2015.

  1. dancap3286 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Here is my latest diorama that I have been wanting to do for a long time. It is a diorama that takes place during the ardennes offensive around Houffalize in December of 44'. it's a crashed M8 Greyhound belonging to the 82nd recon of the 2nd armored div. The armored car has lost control in the slippery, muddy/icy conditions and basically wedged itself down a ravine very close to a stream. An SS Jagdpanzer IV and some infantry were in the area and are taking a look see. One of the M8 crew has injured his leg in the accident and is actually hiding under the M8 because he is immobilized from the injury. The rest of the crew will not leave him after hearing of the Malmedy massacres so they are huddled up behind the trailer with guns drawn ready to fight it out if necessary. I'd like to add that I was inspired to do this diorama from the works of 2 great modelers and 2 guys which were responsible for getting me back into the hobby in the year 2000, Marijn Van Gils and John Rosengrant. I know john and always loved his "Lucky Strike" dio as well as Marijn's "Santa is Coming to Town" and many other works of these 2 dudes. This is my spin on a combo of both works with some Dan Capuano thrown in as well. Here are the pics.

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]
    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]
    [IMG]
  2. Bandit 32 New Member

    Another master piece...
    bricks tattoo likes this.
  3. Martin64 A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    Hi Dan,
    as always great work re. painting, details and lifelike natural setting - wild boar (one of Germany`s silver bullets/"Wunderwaffen" back then) included:D . My favorite is the fallen tree- looks like the real stuff. The partly tense (weapons at the ready - shouting) and partly relaxed poses (taking a smoke, changing their gear) of the Germans do not convey the story too much IMHO. On the other side as an American soldier expecting no mercy from these guys I would point my gun already at the threat nearby in a very tense pose (or take deep cover and sh$t my pants - although that might be just the German in me - Americans fight it out of course:)) .
    Anyway that is just nitpicking on a really high level - and your scene is done - so no more chances for changes.
    As said - great atmosphere, perfect groundwork and paintjob(y)!
    All the best, Martin
  4. Pavka Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Poland
    Excellent dio Dan!
    I like it very much.
    Cheers
    Pawel
  5. sd0324 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Fantastic work Dan.




    Steve Deyo
  6. Ferris A Fixture

    Great diorama, this is how it should be done: clear story, excellent composition, lots of details to look at and very well executed!

    Nice of you to credit the modellers that inspired you. My initial thought on viewing was 'this is just like Marijn van Gils' dio', but with the credits that's not an issue. You have also done certain things slightly different. I like the more tense situation in your dio particularly.

    Cheers,
    Adrian
  7. dancap3286 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States

    yea not ashamed at all to give respect to those that inspired me. I had stopped modeling in about 1991 but after a severe back injury in 99 all I could do was basically sit around so i took a trip to the hobby shop and saw the stuff Rosengrant and Mrosko were doing with Warriors and I was floored. That Lucky Strike dio from John stuck in my head ever since. I knew since then I wanted to do something in a similar setting including that classic 5 figure Warriors Ardennes german set. Not too long after I saw the euro militaire military modeling special with Van Gils "last Round" i think it was called and I became totally hooked. I wanted to create something of my own for a long time but with my spin on it. Well, here it is. Thanks.
  8. Mirofsoft A Fixture

    Country:
    Belgium
    Very nice work
    and .. trees that look like trees

    would be interesting to know how you made those trees
  9. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    God you must have a large cabinet. Awesome figures and fantastic level of painting, I keep looking and seeing more details.
    Thanks for sharing (y)

    Bob
  10. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Dan,

    I am stuck for words with this ..incredible work really love the way the figures are telling the story ..amazing details in every area.

    Thanks for sharing a true masterpiece

    Nap
  11. Blind Pew A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Superb ground work mate. Highlights are the trees and the fast-flowing river.
    Excellent all round.
  12. housecarl A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    So much going on, and it's all superbly done.(y)
  13. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    I have just noticed a "wild Boar" near the Stug IV in the tree line, or am I seeing things.
  14. maco61 A Fixture

    Country:
    Italy
    Amazing diorama.
    Excellent setting.
    Ciao by Maco
  15. Huw63 A Fixture

    Country:
    Switzerland
    Superb. I love WW2 armoured cars and your work and detailing of this is marvellous as is the Jagdpanzer too. The figures are incredible too. Overall a fantastic combination of AFV and figure artistry and a great tribute to those who inspired you.

    Cheers

    Huw
  16. MIXVS MINIMAX Member

  17. Fokionas Active Member

    Country:
    Greece
    Simply............WOW!!!!!!!!
    Fokion
  18. Kisifer Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Greece
    I simply love dios like this one. Excellently done!!

    Xenofon
  19. Babelfish A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    I'm sitting here lost for words. This is breathtaking stuff.

    - Steve
  20. davidmitchell A Fixture

    Country:
    Scotland
    Excellent work on all aspects of this diorama Dan.


    Cheers David

Share This Page

planetFigure Links

Reviews & Open Box
Buy. Sell & trade
Articles
Link Directory
Events
Advertising

Popular Sections

Figure & Minis News
vBench - Works in Progress
Painting Talk
Sculpting Talk
Digital Sculpting Talk
The Lounge
Report Piracy

Who we are

planetFigure is a community built around miniature painters, sculptors and collectors, We are here to exchange support, Information & Resources.

© planetFigure 2003 - 2019.