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Counterattack, Normandy-1/35
Venko555
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Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - 03:23 AM GMT+7
Thanks Jerry!
Treemendus "apples" doesn't look much to the real ones in my opinion, maybe I will use them for other fruits, but in the end is personal preference
Yes, trees are hard to make and I know that perfect match is very hard to achieve, so I wanted as close as possible similarity to the real apple tree .

So, I'm proceeding with painting the apples. I've had an idea for quick and easy way to paint them nice:

1. Put the apples in a plastic cup
2. Start spraying inside with red paint in light layers-the apples will rolling inside the cup like in lottery. That way the paint will stick randomly and the effect is more realistic

And voila, I think they turned out pretty nice :





Cheers!

Venelin
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Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - 07:57 AM GMT+7
With a gloss coat



Cheers!
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Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - 08:43 AM GMT+7
There you go!! Those look impressive.
J
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Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - 10:33 AM GMT+7
Thanks!

Starting by little to put the handles of the apples and some of them on the tree





Cheers!

V

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Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - 12:00 PM GMT+7
That was like watching reverse engineering of nature -- from apple sauce back to the basket and up onto the tree! They look great! Well worth the effort!

I finally found a use for the pumpkins!

--mike
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Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - 03:20 PM GMT+7
Venelin, these apples are really cool, and well done. You, ( or anyone, including myself); could make them a little bit smaller and use hem as tomatoes too...

Really good thought process put into your whole diorama. I have enjoyed watching I from a distance. Makes me want to build another tree

Okay, maybe not, but yours looks better with every new photo.

Great job V!

Dave
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Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - 04:46 PM GMT+7

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Thanks!

Starting by little to put the handles of the apples and some of them on the tree





Cheers!

V




Hi Venelin,

I'm impressed. Very simple but great result.
Thanks for sharing !

Venko555
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Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 09:05 AM GMT+7
Small progress, I've added the MG 34 on the commander's cupola:













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Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 01:11 PM GMT+7

Hi Venelin,

Mg34 looks great! There is just the ammo belt to paint, e voilà!

Cheers

Romain

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Posted: Friday, August 29, 2014 - 05:31 AM GMT+7
Venelin,

I have to say that apple tree looks fantastic, I will certainly be trying this out. Thanks
Venko555
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Posted: Friday, August 29, 2014 - 10:14 AM GMT+7
Thanks!

Ammo belt painted:





Cheers!
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Posted: Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:08 PM GMT+7


Well done Sir!!!

Cheers

Romain

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Posted: Saturday, July 02, 2016 - 12:20 AM GMT+7
Some progress here

I wanted a small storage farmhouse, so I cut the walls from styrofoam, then carved the stones with a pencil. The door and window framing is from 1mm balsa.

Then the building is primed with Vallejo primer (just in case, not to melt the foam with cellulose primers) and grey Lifecolor paints.



Next I used universal acrylic filler, to imitate the mortar joint. With spatula the filler is applied in thin layer on the walls, then with wet cotton cloth remove the excess. In that way the mortar joint is not very deep, and the wall is not completely flat, i.e. the stones are slightly raised







When all is dry I will finish with oils and pigments, put the door, the window and roof.

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Posted: Saturday, July 02, 2016 - 03:29 AM GMT+7
Very nice effect on the stone walls and I like how you did the corner stones. This is a detail many get wrong,including guys that do the real stone facades on real houses. If you get it wrong,it looks really really fake. Yours is right on the money though. Nice job.
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Posted: Saturday, July 02, 2016 - 04:48 AM GMT+7
Hi Venelin,
great build!
Thanks for sharing.
One thing: the whole Normandy battle took place in June. Also, it is close to the north and the ocean, which affects a quick grow.
Therefore, your apples may be too red for the time of the year.
Have a look in your own garden: they are still pretty small and green.
But it is only a minor detail, if you allow.....

Enjoy the weekend,

P.
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Posted: Saturday, July 02, 2016 - 05:13 AM GMT+7
Thanks for the feedback!

Stones and bricks have to overlap, it's like a law in construction, otherwise the structure is not stable and may collapse

As for the apples- yes, they should be green, but I intend to make another try with the tree, this time better I hope

Quick painting of various stones with oils-Buff, Light and Dark grey. Then brushing pigments-Europe Earth and Dust:









Cheers!

V
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Posted: Saturday, July 02, 2016 - 08:55 AM GMT+7
Love those apples.
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Posted: Saturday, July 02, 2016 - 08:27 PM GMT+7

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One thing: the whole Normandy battle took place in June.



And July and August....

Agreed though the apples are a bit big, but they grow at different rates of course. A friend of mine who fought in Normandy said how they stuffed their pockets with apples. He also said that if you eat only apples, there are, erm, consequences...

A couple of comments on the building, which looks really nice, btw.

If you're going for the Caen area, the stone has a yellow ochre tinge to it.
The door needs some sort of lintel. I wouldn't want to stand in the doorway
For a small building like this, wood would be OK. Should be easy enough to scrape away some of the foam and insert some balsa or similar.

Some photos here which may be of use.

Cheers

Sean
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Posted: Saturday, July 02, 2016 - 09:41 PM GMT+7
Venelin, just great work here the cat looks first rate. The apple tree is coming out very realistic. I can't wait to see more work.

Robert
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Posted: Saturday, July 02, 2016 - 09:50 PM GMT+7
Hi!

The stones are no problem to be colored with oils several times, thanks for the hint, very informative.

The door and the window have lintel, Sean, I made it from balsa, now with the oil wash it's better visible I hope



Door is from balsa wood, added hinges and lock, and then oil wash with Raw Umber and Black. Nails I will add later:






The roof I intend to be from slate stones, like on the picture, is that correct for Normandy buildings?



Cheers!
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Posted: Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 02:10 AM GMT+7
I made the slate tiles from polystyrene sheet 0.6mm and then with Surfacer 500 and stiff brush adding some texture. Painted with grey paints, but I have to make a bit more for the whole roof. Not the best result, but will do the job









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Posted: Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 02:39 AM GMT+7

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The door and the window have lintel, Sean, I made it from balsa, now with the oil wash it's better visible I hope


The roof I intend to be from slate stones, like on the picture, is that correct for Normandy buildings?




Sorry, I didn't see the lintle. Wasn't wearing my glasses. Keep thinking I'm younger than I am...

Tha lates look good and are perfectly fine for a stone barn on Normandy (clay tiles and -to a lesser extent- thatch or corrugated iron being the main alternatives).

Cheers

Sean
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Posted: Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 09:03 PM GMT+7
Many thanks!

Almost ready, the tile cover is from thin brass sheet, primed and Gunze Stainless steel paint. Some weathering will be needed later.







Cheers!
V
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Posted: Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 11:35 PM GMT+7

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By the way, anyone experienced bubbles on Alpine figures?
I just found one unpleasant hole on the nose of one of the spare heads, I think is from bubble. There are some 1-2 tiny ones on the back of one of the hands, although I filled them with putty, no real problem. But on the faces it will be harder to fix, maybe I will try later.
I'm really start to love those figures, and considering buying other sets, but I wonder if this is a common issue or maybe I had bad luck



You got to make sure your not buying counterfeit...alpine does not come with bubbles.
I seen a guy from China trying to sell counterfeit Alpine products on ebay so I contacted Taesung Harmms . Soon after he issued a warning that someone was copyng his products & to be careful.
Venko555
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Posted: Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 11:49 PM GMT+7
I bought them from Lucky, pretty sure they sell the original, but who knows.

Thanks!