Saturday, December 22, 2012

Publications, Super Model no 43, Wykonywanie zimmeritu z masy Magic Sculp

Preview sample of the newest issue of polish Super Model magazine, delivered directly from the publisher, with my article regarding creating zimmerit antimagnetic paste in scale models with the use of sculpting putty  Magic Sculp. Wkrótce w sprzedaży.

The Bodi, Hungarian spg Zrinyi Crewman, figure ready

Sculpting the tommy figure was one thing that kept me busy for the last couple of days, but the other was to finish the Zrinyi crewman. I found just the right time to finish the figure for Roman before the end of the year and even the armageddon. 
Detailed tutorial on how to do simple conversions to turn stock figures into really original  pieces and paint a figure in one evening will be featured in Mr. Black Publications nearest Scale Model Handbook volume, available in early 2013. 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

British Tommy boy, 1/35 - finished

Yet another thing for today's update, I have managed to finish the british soldier figure. The figure will be available due soon from Adalbertus of Poland. Stay tuned.

Publications, look inside Euromodelismo 229...

The mailman dropped the latest Euromodelismo today and I must admit that Pere did a great job, spreading the article about my soviet Pz IV Ausf. E on 20 pages. Spanish readers get a deep look inside the build of the model itself and the diorama too.  The article focuses mostly on the idea and the use of various technics, not the media itself, since I mostly use traditional oil paint based washes and filters so you don't need to spend a lot of money on brand made modeling weathering media. Some sample pages below. Hope you enjoy.

Friday, December 14, 2012

400 000 hits!

I just noticed that the pageload counter passed the 400 000 hits. I'm very happy that my works presented on this blog gain evergorowing interest and draw attention of so many people. This score is the best gratification so a big thank you and feel free to visit me here anytime you like!

British Tommy Boy, new figure sculpt, 1/35

As some may remember, in 2011 I made a figure of a leaning british soldier for polish figure producer Adalbertus. The figure was used in the diorama "Jerry got his!" that was published in Canfora's On Display vol. 2 - StuG III. Recently I'm finishing second figure for the set, the standing brit (commercial verion of the standing brit form the "Jerry got his!" diorama). The figure should be available in sales in early 2013. The progress so far is as follows:

Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Bodi, Hungarian spg Zrinyi Crewman, 1/35 conversion

Just recently my friend, Roman Volchenkov asked me if I could do a small converion along with a paintjob for him. The subject was a hungarian tank crewman of the Hungarian Royal Army from WW 2 era. The figure came from the excellent Krisztian Bodi series. The thing to do was to rework the lower part of the trousers since the SPG crews wore short boots only and the figure comes with the high boots. I did the job with magic sculpt and greenstuff. The pictures below show some of the process on the figure. I'm currently proceeding with the paintjob. The figure will eventually find it's home aboard a Zrynyi self proppeled gun from Bronco.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Publications, Soviet Pz IV E, Steel Master no 116, December-January 2012/13

Upcoming issue of Steel Masters marks my debut in this french language magazine devoted to AFV miniatures. The soviet Pz IV E article is spread over 12 pages of this issue. Hope you'll like it. My thanks goes to the editor, Emilien Pepin.
Amicalement votre.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Reich on the rocks, east Germany, April 1945

To add a bit of spice to the JS 2 I continued with a small story depicted in a scene from the countryside around Berlin. The tank is accompanied by a recon squad that captured a german soldier and after some interrogation they're giving info about the area to the crew. As I always use to say, each model has to have his own story. Everything, except the tank, is being scratchbuilt. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Lifecolor "easy 3" set - 4 BO green - bringing the JS 2 to life

Having more free time lately I managed to progress with the Stalin beast.  The Lifecolor paints faded nicely after filters and brownish washes and the tortoise is being brought to life. As you can see the initially vivid colors, after a layer of clear gloss and artistic oil paint based media turned out very well into the desired color palette. I usually choose a lighter color for soviet world war II armor and this one was no exception. 
Further weathering will be made with the use of Lifecolor pigments. As for now tracks were fitted for the photo purpose and will be dismounted from the tank for further weathering process. Note the glossy appearance of the model is due to the yet visible gloss cote.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Lifecolor "easy 3" set - 4 BO green - JS 2 tank

Lifecolor has recently developed a line of sets to ease modellers with applying the color modulation style on their models. I started testing the sets with the good old DML JS 2 late prodcution model. The sets comprises of a ground medium green shade, a flashed green shade for highlights and a deep tone for shading. The paints are actually ready to go but I added few drops of thinner just in case. Besides taking care of the initial modulation I also started working on some scratches and chipping made with a light green color (mixture of the ground shade of green and light sand color from the "german AFVcamouflage" series from Lifecolor). 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Alpine Miniatures, US Tank Crewman, 1/35 WiP

I got back to Alpine Yanks that I was paiting  some time ago and this evening I present another one close to get finished. Since I need this figure for a spring '45 scenery I did a small conversion changing the winter footwear for a lighter one, airborne lookalike.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Review, Scale Model Handbook Figure Modelling vol. 4 - Mr. Black Publications

Lately I received the latest release form Mr. Black Publications - The Scale Model Handbook Figure Modelling vol. 4 that I would like to review in a few words. The publisher gives us another volume of his quite new series (they are on the market for a year or so). The line is dedicated to figure modellers but as far as I know there is a greater variety of subjects to be published in the future. The edition is printed on a good quality paper with large photos. The publication is spread over 50 pages. There are some award winning authors involved in the project to  guarantee the quality of the work. On the cover of this volume we have a Boudica painted by the South American master Ernesto Reyes from Venezuela and the article about painting the figure opens the volume. There's also a second article from this author, painting feldgrau tones on a German Schutze. Although the series is mostly focused on historical miniatures, from time to time the publisher offers a bit of diversity and present articles about WW 2 subject. In this case besides the mentioned Schutze article we get a beautiful rendition of a MG 42 SS Gunner from Kazufumi Tomori. 
The other authors are Aleksander Michelotti from Italy, and Greek miniaturist Grigoris Marmatakis and Christos Stamatopoulos.
The publication offers good quality photos in big resolution (although I find them too dark at times) with a lot of text describin used technis and media to get the best effects. 
Some sample photos below.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Publications, Euromodelismo no 229, October 2012, Meeting the partisans diorama

Fresh news from Accion press. My 'Meeting the partisans' diorama is now available in spanish in latest issue of Euromodelismo. 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Summing up Scale Model Challenge, 2010-2012

To summ up the competition organised by the dutch Scale Model Factory club I'd like to say that during the last 3 years I managed to win 4 bronze medals, 4 silver ones, 1 gold and also a special prize. I'm must say I'm least but pretty happy with this contest. Hopefully more to be added to this list next year.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Publications, Military in Scale, September 2012, Bystro, bystro! vignette

 Yet before I left for Holland the mailman brought me my latest publication in Military in Scale with the Bystro, bystro! vignette. Here's a look inside the article. Although Traplet already closed the title I think this issue is still available on the market. Don't hesitate to get a copy. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Scale Model Challenge 2012, Eindhoven, Holland, Photo Report

Below you will find a number of photos from the trip and the show, do enjoy, there were some real gems out there.

Entering Germany and heading westwards...

The Ruhr...

Aitor Azkue brought his mega dioramas - the first to go luftwaffe scrapyard

Scale Model Factory stand was full of brilliant works, here Roger Hurkmans' WW 1 dio

Excellent sea dioramas

Some hippie tanks from the Lebanese border

David Parker's (AFV Modeller's editor) Tiger II B in 1/16 took gold

Excellent winter camo on a quarterscale JS 2 from Peter Horvath

Another sea monster, a U-Boot

The always pretty StuG

Kamil Feliks Sztarbała (Poland) won bronze with his Libyan militia hilux

Kristof Pulinckx got gold for his Iraqui Enigma

Sven Frisch scored with bronze for his newest production - the Elefant

While Adam Wilder was doing his true steel demonstration, this piece was to be found on the tables from the afv masterclass, a great rendition of what Adam touhgt about at his seminar

Aitor Azkue's second big deal - downed Henkel 111 in Norway, gold medal in dioramas and the Best of Show as well!

Robert Doepp brought several of his recognizable pieces, among this panzer crewman bust

Roman Volchenkov scored bronze for his 1/48th scale AA Stag

Richard Polderman and Bas Hermsen joined forces to show this beautiful 1/48th scale Steyr Funkwagen

Another gold medal winner, the unbeatable Volker Bembennek

Peter Horvath's another masterpiece, Saipan Sherman

Another cool scene from Scale Model Factory's stand, Roy Schurgers' Peeping Tom diorama

Finally another medal for polish modeller, Rafal Bulanda's scratchbuilt SU 122-54 won bronze

And that's it for now, hope you enjoyed. If you want more, be there next year and make the difference ;)