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Kampfgruppe Krause at the Falaise Gate
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Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 08:56 AM GMT+7

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Hi Jerry, Everything about that figure looks great ó from his facial expression, right down to the watch! I gotta' ask: How did you achieve the clear on the goggles?

Cheers!🍺
ómike



Thanks man,
The goggs were done first with overall dark grey,then the inner rims were given a black line,then the lenses were done with the hair color,but streaky and more dark in the middle,then the lenses got a satin varnish. Accents were done on the frames with black and light grey.
I believe that covers it.
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Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 10:01 AM GMT+7
Wow! I had to go back for a closer look through my "beer goggles; the lenses actually look clear!🍺

ómike
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Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 12:24 PM GMT+7

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Wow! I had to go back for a closer look through my "beer goggles; the lenses actually look clear!🍺

ómike



Smoke and mirrors buddy.
J
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Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 03:15 PM GMT+7
Hi Jerry - wow - this guy seems to be shaping up to be one of your best - really something to see - and then look at again and ask - how did he get that guy to look so good?!!?

Nice!

Cheers
Nick
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Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 11:16 PM GMT+7
The guy that lost his ear ....WOW !
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Posted: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 01:23 AM GMT+7
Nick and Maarten,
Thanks gents,for the very nice comments. I appreciate them men,
J
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Posted: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 02:15 PM GMT+7
Hey Jerry!

Those wounded guys look pretty darn good. I really like how you replicate the hair the way you do. It makes the figure look more realistic than you already make them look. Great job!

Cheers,
James
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Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 12:44 AM GMT+7
Mmm Herr Goggles is just superb. Superb! Did you check out what I meant about Caravaggio Ė the expressions, drama etc? Btw how come you of all people donít have a Contributorís Award? Did they run out??
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Posted: Friday, September 15, 2017 - 02:01 AM GMT+7
Thanks Jim and Tim.
I always appreciate when you guys take the time to comment,it means a lot to me.
I have not checked out that artist but I promise I will. I have a few 1/1 scale honey do projects under way and am kind of distracted right now.
J
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Posted: Monday, September 18, 2017 - 12:42 AM GMT+7
Hi, Jerry. Like so many others, I'm intently following your progress on this diorama and look forward to every new installment. I took particular notice when you referenced the two books on Waffen SS camouflage by Silvestri. Your camo painting is inspiring. I just bought the first volume and you were absolutely right, it's amazing. It's full color and huge. The book must weigh at least 6 pounds! It pretty much supersedes every other reference I have on waffen SS camo.

Thanks!

Chris
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Posted: Monday, September 18, 2017 - 03:02 AM GMT+7

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Hi, Jerry. Like so many others, I'm intently following your progress on this diorama and look forward to every new installment. I took particular notice when you referenced the two books on Waffen SS camouflage by Silvestri. Your camo painting is inspiring. I just bought the first volume and you were absolutely right, it's amazing. It's full color and huge. The book must weigh at least 6 pounds! It pretty much supersedes every other reference I have on waffen SS camo.

Thanks!



Chris




Glad to be of assistance Chris,
Kind of pricey books but chocked full of info for sure. The second book has all kinds of cool stuff,including non standard cammo and the late war sumpfmuster,etc.
J
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Posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 05:43 AM GMT+7
Jerry, the figures look amazing! I've always wondered how to do the pea dot pattern, and similar. Now I know, I may turn my hand to some late war Germans. Thanks for the tips and inspiration.
Cheers
Matthew
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Posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 07:26 AM GMT+7

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Jerry, the figures look amazing! I've always wondered how to do the pea dot pattern, and similar. Now I know, I may turn my hand to some late war Germans. Thanks for the tips and inspiration.
Cheers
Matthew




Thanks a lot Matt,
I encourage you to try. You will never improve unless you try and then practice a lot.
J
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Posted: Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 01:04 PM GMT+7
Jerry, you sir, are a genius. I tried your way of doing Oakleaf smocks. 150% improvement straight away. Looking at the photos (I don't know if I read them correctly however) it looked like you did the light green as dots until it built up into a solid mass so I tried that approach. It looks really good (for me anyway lol) as there are no smooth lines anymore and the colours look more accurate. While nowhere near your standard, which I don't think I'll ever achieve even by constant practice, I'm really pleased with the results so many thanks for putting me on the right track. Now I can make a start on the rather large pile of SS figures I'd planned on using for my big dio which I keep promising myself to start.I've already got all the buildings, figures and vehicles for a couple of options but have just kept putting off starting until I could paint smocks reasonably. Doing an SBS was really helpful. You ought to do more of them as your figure work is outstanding and it helps us improve ours. many thanks mate..Karl
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Posted: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 02:00 AM GMT+7

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Jerry, you sir, are a genius. I tried your way of doing Oakleaf smocks. 150% improvement straight away. Looking at the photos (I don't know if I read them correctly however) it looked like you did the light green as dots until it built up into a solid mass so I tried that approach. It looks really good (for me anyway lol) as there are no smooth lines anymore and the colours look more accurate. While nowhere near your standard, which I don't think I'll ever achieve even by constant practice, I'm really pleased with the results so many thanks for putting me on the right track. Now I can make a start on the rather large pile of SS figures I'd planned on using for my big dio which I keep promising myself to start.I've already got all the buildings, figures and vehicles for a couple of options but have just kept putting off starting until I could paint smocks reasonably. Doing an SBS was really helpful. You ought to do more of them as your figure work is outstanding and it helps us improve ours. many thanks mate..Karl



Hey thanks man !
High praise indeed and it made my day !
I look forward to whatever your end result is and hope you post pics here ? Yes,building up dots is the method. I tried at one time to exactly replicate what goes on inside the dark green areas but it is such a small change from the dot method it didn't even show up in 1/35 scale. I am too old to paint stuff for no purpose or where it can't be seen. Why waste my time ?
I would be happy to do another sbs . What would you like to see ? I just did one on the erbsenmuster.
J
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Posted: Sunday, October 08, 2017 - 01:22 AM GMT+7
I have been busy with a 1/1 scale painting project but had a few hours here and there to start on the base.
There were a lot of angles and contours here to bring into play to show this particular part of 1944 Falaise.
I had wood left over from yet another remod house project so it got some good use here to build up the relief. This view is looking into town.



More plaster and endless scribing. This view is looking out of town and down the causeway. I had to narrow the width of the main road. It would take up way too much space to be portrayed in the correct width and so I threw down a healthy hand of artistic license cards,hoping to be forgiven !



A few with the building mock ups added.






Doesn't look like much but that little bit there took a lot of time and thankfully so,because it distracted from the awful real world events.
Be safe out there and hug your loved ones and friends,
J

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Posted: Sunday, October 08, 2017 - 03:15 AM GMT+7
Wow! He's back - I have been wondering what's been going on with this build - clearly it was not forgotten or left on the bench to collect dust - haha - looking really good and interesting Jerry - will be cool to see what you do from here!
Cheers
Nick
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Posted: Sunday, October 08, 2017 - 09:44 AM GMT+7
Hi Jerry ,
wow man it's looking fantastic already , love those cobblestones and i know these kind of roads all to well . So take your time don't hurry although i'm very patiently looking forward for the outcome of this epic build . A big hug from your Belgian buddy .

Kurt.
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Posted: Sunday, October 08, 2017 - 02:19 PM GMT+7
Iíll 2nd that emotion Jerry, Iíd imagine we all do. Thatís a great-looking base youíve er cobbled together - now for the real fun part...every stone has to be a slightly different shade...cue Vincent Price laugh
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Posted: Sunday, October 08, 2017 - 07:16 PM GMT+7
Hi Jerry
As usual you are delivering a top notch job. Something about the guns position bothers me, though. These guns were often very well consealled, so maaybe it would be more realistic to place it against the wall of the building, instead of out in the open of the cross road.
In this way, the lay-out of the whole scene could be made smaller, and in my humble oppinio, more effectfull.
Just a friendly thought
Jacob
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Posted: Monday, October 09, 2017 - 02:50 AM GMT+7
Nick-thanks for keeping up with this often delayed project brother ! Not forgotten,just not much bench time.
Kurt-thanks ol buddy, my brutha frum anutha mutha !
Tim-there goes that way with words again-LoL Thanks man.
Jacob-Yes,I see your point and agree but however in this case I have the eye witness account plus an actual photograph of this PAK in its' position at the city gate. At this point the 12SS was hard pressed to keep ahead of the allies advance and only had time for a hasty delaying position. If you look back through this thread there are pics of the actual location and buildings,etc. There is no cover here at all. The gun was positioned to cover down the causeway and hopefully knock out the leading tank coming down the Caen road,maybe blocking the road a bit and slowing things down. KG Krause with the attached BelgleitKompanie could only hope for a delaying action in Falaise and delay they did,the young grenadiers sold their lives dearly.
As I said earlier in this thread,this is one of the most well documented small unit actions I ever had the honor of trying to recreate in miniature,with personal anecdotes from both sides plus the exact location and even a pic of the actual gun in place. It may have been pushed to the side but it still sits in its' wartime location in the picture I have from right after the war.
J
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Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 12:41 PM GMT+7
Maybe easier to figure out the lay of the land with some colors blocked in ?




Base color on the cobbles

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Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 04:53 PM GMT+7
That looks awesome, Jerry!
Q: What tool did you use to scribe the cobblestones?

ómike
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Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 01:45 AM GMT+7

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That looks awesome, Jerry!
Q: What tool did you use to scribe the cobblestones?

ómike



I used a scribing tip chucked into a pin vise . The tip used to work a lot better before I broke the tip off ! LoL
I feel bad about it because it was a gift from a fellow modeler.
I have found that various size nails work well for this.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 05:26 AM GMT+7
Calling on my good buddies Sean and Frenchie (and anyone else with the desire to chime in ),
If you look at the house behind the gun on the first page of this thread that Sean graciously provided a picture of,you can see the modern and also the immediate post war views of "my" corner house. It looks to me that after the war the bank was made to be closer to the roadside and steeper as well. I am using the older pic of the gun to illustrate this because it sits further to the left in the 1944 picture,meaning the road and shoulder were wider then. Also,looking at the side and front views of the building it has appeared that the door on the side may have also been added post-war. If you look at the facade,the new windows look like they were added under a long ,older header that may have once supported a shops' picture window ? Maybe it was a shop with front door,etc ? I see I also have to add an unusual power line pole and small tree as well.
J