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Cromm Cruac

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About Cromm Cruac

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  1. Pigments - pastel vs real stuff

    Well, when I make washes from the pastels, the dissolve completely leaving just coloured water and some residue. I guess that's why they react with varnish as well. I just hope that real pigments are not and after drying up they retain their colour and graininess. But before I start buying them I'd like to know for sure. Otherwise it would be simply a waste of monies.
  2. Pigments - pastel vs real stuff

    Guys, I've been doing the weathering using pastel pigments and PVC glue/water solution for a while now as they are cheaper. The problem I experience is that although they built up nicely they tend to darken as soon as I apply a coat of the matt varnish over them. See the picture - the pigment on the left is just PVC coated, the right hand side is matt varnish coated. It looks like the varnish dissolves them a little and the lighter tones disappear. I was thinking about moving on to real Vallejo or MiG pigments. My question is, do they darken as well or stay the same are after varnish application?
  3. Thanks for all the comments @Badder, regarding the storage, I've got this perspex case I've made
  4. Somewhere East (He111 & Ju87 Stuka)

    Finally finished. Photos taken and photoshopped with the background More photos in this thread Thanks for watching. THE END!
  5. I've started this one over a year ago and finally have the time to finish but here it is. Somewhere in Russia, probably just before the Battle of Kursk. The models used: Heinkel He 111 H-6 - Revell 1/72 Ju 87G-2 Stuka 'Kanonen Vogel' - Academy 1:72 Kubelwagen and Kettenkrad from the Academy 1/72 WWII Ground Vehicle Set Figures from Preiser and Revell The 'making of' thread is available here. Hope you like it. Thanks for watching.
  6. Somewhere East (He111 & Ju87 Stuka)

    The whole gang + some furniture painted. Everything ready for the final assembly.
  7. Somewhere East (He111 & Ju87 Stuka)

    Nope, not yet. I didn't have time to finish it.
  8. Somewhere East (He111 & Ju87 Stuka)

    Ground base finished. Static grass sown and some turf bits placed here and there. Trees planted. As always, thanks for watching and the comments.
  9. Somewhere East (He111 & Ju87 Stuka)

    Another update. I've started to work on the base. First I've cut the sheet of hardboard to the case size Then made the ground using modelling clay Covered everything in PVC glue and sprinkled with various size of sand. Coarse on edges and mounds, finer in the middle. Sealed everything with a layer of diluted PVC glue. Airbrushed the whole thing with various ground tones. And finally dry-brushed with light colour and pin washed with dark pastel wash here and there. I've put the stuff together to see how it's gonna look (more or less). Ofc I need to add trees, grass and some people Thanks for watching
  10. Somewhere East (He111 & Ju87 Stuka)

    Finally some progress after 6 months. This time I've made some trees for the diorama. After trying many different techniques to make the trees I've used the one described below. First I've created the trunks and branches from twisted 0.25mm copper wire and covered them with a few layers of the liquid latex to hide the wire coils. Then I've added some extra twigs made of 0.1mm wire (2 on the left) and 2mm static grass (right) Painted the trees with Vallejo acrylics. And finally added the leaves made of turf. I've used hairspray as a glue. Thanks for watching and stay tuned
  11. Somewhere East (He111 & Ju87 Stuka)

    Some long grass tufts to be put here and there on the dio. I've made them from jute fibers colored with acrylics.
  12. Somewhere East (He111 & Ju87 Stuka)

    eBay is your next best friend I've got these: latex, resin
  13. Somewhere East (He111 & Ju87 Stuka)

    Resin crates and barrels painted and weathered
  14. Somewhere East (He111 & Ju87 Stuka)

    I've got some resin barrels and crates from eBay, but I thought I'd need some more for this diorama. So I've decided to copy them. I've created the molds from liquid latex. I basically painted originals with many layers over and over until the mold was thick enough to keep the shape. Some of them were then enclosed in small cardboard boxes to keep them together and in shape. Then I've poured the resin into a molds. I'm very satisfied with the results considering that was the first time I've done it. They are pretty good as you see on the pictures. The dark gray ones are originals, the creamy white one are my copies.
  15. Hello Finally I had some time to continue the work on my Ost-Front scene. I've finished the models some time ago: Ju 87G-2 Stuka 'Kanonen Vogel' and Heinkel He 111 H-6. Both in 1:72 scale. Now it's the time to build the diorama for them. The plan is something like that: So, here is what I've done so far: Ju 87G-2 Stuka 'Kanonen Vogel' from Academy Heinkel He 111 H-6 from Revell Perspex box base with both of them arranged: Some SC250 bombs from Czech Masters (6) and one left from Messerschmitt Bf-109 kit: Some SC1000 bombs. Four again from Czech Masters and two from the Heinkel kit. They are a little bit bigger. Not sure which are in correct scale but I've decided to use all of them. The sledges to transport the bombs I've made from matches. Cut, glued, filed, airbrushed, drybrushed and finally weathered with washes. Here is how they look with the bombs: And finally Kettenkrad to tow the sledges and Kubelwagen for pilots (who are not ready yet). Both from Academy kit. The diorama will have some boxes, barrels etc. plus of course ground crew servicing the planes and the pilots resting and waiting for the mission. Thanks for watching.