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Everything posted by bangle

  1. Interesting build! Having never seen any one make a figure from scratch i'll certainly be watching!
  2. I had no idea trains had tyres! I thought about it a bit and decided it makes sense to have a replaceable component. Personally I think grey is boring so i'm pleased your swmbo changed your mind! Sometimes I wish I had just gone for a straight build, it does make a very interesting subject and it does look good completed even with the inaccuracies, but i'm in for the long haul now! It's always good to push your boundaries once in a while.
  3. I've been mostly not making models until about 6 months ago then i've been in the WIP figures section. I have finally found my model making motivation again so the loco may soon be back on the cards. Though I have now got 2 projects on the go so one has to be completed before I dig it back out again. I need a couple of confidence builds before I step once more into the complexities of my loco build! Good work so far Dave, it's always good to know what doesn't fit! I can't even remember any more if i've test fitted these. I may have to look at my own build log and see where i'm at, it's been so long! I'm pleased to hear it's the red and black scheme, it's my favorite! It would be nice to see one of these completed, it so very rarely happens. My build rate is so slow i'm pretty certain you're going to complete the build before me!
  4. Hi! I wish you the best of luck with your build! The Trumpeter kit does indeed have way too many errors to count! Trumpeter do a very good job of making interesting models that are mostly inaccurate. Of course my model is based on the restored version so it does diverge from the kit even more just to make life more interesting. I'd be interested to know what scheme has taken your fancy, is it the classic red and black or the war scheme? It'll be interesting to see your work, i've been toying with the idea of getting my loco out of the box again for the past month or so now so it may yet happen.
  5. He lives with me, he must do! He's also been building models for a few years longer than me. One of the first models (an Airfix mk1 female tank) I built was from his kit stash. He thought i'd never finish it but to his surprise I did and have never looked back since. I would have loved her to come with a set of photo etch glasses, I was a little disappointed that she didn't. Maybe that's why she's looking so nervous!
  6. Phew! After many very tense moments, Fraulein Muller (changed to an unmarried female in my figure rather than an old married lady) is completed! she's very much a plain Jane type character who's a little nervous around crowds. Her bicycle was also a complete pain to make. It's literally the flimsiest and most beautifully completed piece of plastic ever! I can't claim all the credit for this one, it was very much a collaboration between me and my husband. He had the joys of fitting the spokes and aligning them correctly as well as constructing most of the bike and painting the whole thing silver. I'm really not all that great at using Alclad chrome so he very kindly did it for me. My most frustrating moment was getting Fraulein Muller's hands in the correct place, which was a complete pain involving a lot of frustration and almost snapping the bike and/or her thumbs! That said, i'm very pleased with the outcome and I really do think the bike is an amazing piece to add to a diorama. I just might give it a while before I think about ever attempting another one!
  7. They're some kind of knitted pom poms I think. I like your idea better though tram drivers, equipped with party poppers! I decided he was going to be an older guy as the sculpt kinda reminded me of a friend so he's based off him. So my tram driver is actually called Tony which fits rather well I think!
  8. I must be having an off day with this one, he's not my favorite but he just about passes. I made a bit of a mistake with his coloring, I really think I should have added a little more shadow but i'm not brave enough to try and correct him too much! He was also a complete pain to pose. His arm didn't want to go high enough for the handle. I also would have liked to have him touching two controls but it just wasn't going to happen. I notice on the MiniArt version his hand is also way too low and he's standing on a piece of perspex on top! I've made my figure so the handle should just pop in the slot. That's the theory anyway, i'm not going to test fit him too often, I don't really want to snap the handle, though there is a spare. MiniArt provide one for each end when in reality it seems the driver just had one and carried it with him.
  9. Woo! I have a female tram conductor! She was a real pain to paint, she also looks really uncannily like a friend of mine (not quite an accident as the friend in question was my source of wavy blonde hair photos!). It's actually a little unnerving!
  10. This is some great work Badder! I was interested enough to look through all 46 pages in one go anyway. I'm sure when I have more time i'll be raiding your build log for ideas on diorama making. I really like your use of natural materials like the roots and the tea leaves among many other things. I'm sure i'll be back before I have a go at the stonework on the tram diorama base we want to do as well.
  11. Thanks Rob, after a short a small intermission whilst family visits over Christmas i'm back on the figures! Now i'm on the remaining 4, I think these are going to go together slower than the rest as I figure out where to pose some hands and legs. I'm working on the female tram conductor who has loads of little fiddly details to paint.
  12. I finally got round to taking some photos of my latest figure, she doesn't look much like her box art and i'm not so great at painting blondes so she has light brown hair. She does look a bit like she has a smudge on her face in the photo because cameras but in person she doesn't. One of the frustrations of photography I suppose, the camera does pick out every flaw!
  13. I might have to try it, it sounds like a good challenge! After these ones I might have a small break. With 4 figures to go (having finished an as yet unphotographed one yesterday) I feel like i've painted enough figures in one go for my liking. I'm glad I didn't pick an army! Though at some point i'd love to do a diorama with ships, I saw an epic cutting out expedition diorama the other day and I do like making wooden ship models!
  14. Now that would really be great! Also that's very handy info, I think I may have found a face for my loco driver in there.
  15. I've never heard of Bravo-6 but I suppose that's no surprise seeing I haven't really been into making figures until recently. They do look like they paint well, it's just a shame there's a fairly limited choice when it comes to civilians across the board, unless you want a refugee, a lady of the night or a pin-up of course! I suppose it's supply and demand though, most dioramas tend to be military.
  16. On another note I have another figure that I completed late yesterday minus the newspaper of course!
  17. Thanks guys, I'm sure she would! There is indeed a tram figure to go with the figures, David (husband) is busy on the construction, it's a joint project so i'll be contributing to that too. After the figures are mostly done (some will have to do without arms or legs till certain parts are constructed), i'm going to be on wood effect among other things and anything that happens to be my particular strength. David's much better at airbrushing than I am so the exterior will mostly be him. It's the MiniArt tram so it's super fiddly with plastic that likes to fracture when dropped so he's working hard but coming along slowly. This picture was taken last week so there's been some progress since then. It's only one of many test fits as MiniArt likes to make it difficult! Thanks Kev, i've been having a good look at some of the other stuff, I think I prefer the Master Box as it seems much more crisp, particularly the faces. The MiniArt sitting figures and tram crew are really good though. I wasn't as keen on the German Civilians set, I had a bit of a fight with the legs on the tartan lady, I don't like how the legs go into holes on a plate and the break down wasn't as good. The other two sets break off at the shoulder joint and natural points where you'd expect a seam, those ones didn't and their faces aren't as clear. That said, it was a complete nightmare getting the sitting lady in the green dress to cross her legs without looking like she'd dislocated one. I noticed MiniArt don't even try on theirs! I can't complain too much though, all their figures seem nicely proportioned all round and the detail is there.
  18. Nice work! Your cast looks good and cleaning up a few rough edges has got to be better than trying to sort out a broken piece, I find the filling and sanding of resin figures a real pain too! I'll be interested in seeing your work on Akane when you get started, I remember watching Rumbling Hearts, it's a surprisingly hard hitting anime compared to the cutesy outside appearance of the front cover.
  19. Thanks guys! I'm sure Hitler's mustache was very popular in the day . I'm sure that's one fashion that will never come around again! I didn't see it before but I believe you're right crayons, I was looking at figures for my poor neglected BR86 the other day and there's not much to choose from. It's a shame he's not standing! He'd look just perfect leaning over the door of his cab. I looked at the LZ models figures and they look really odd to me, kind of chunky and bow legged somehow, like their hips are in the wrong place. The other figures available from CMK look the complete opposite, all spindly with huge hands and strange trousers! The man shoveling coal looks fine though. Maybe i'll look into it sometime, I do want to finish the loco some day. My next figure is in progress, i've had a little break but i'm back on them. For this one I seem to have accidentally made my old lady look like David Dickinson . I should be finished today so you'll see what I mean soon!
  20. One more figure down, I'm half way through now! This is the old gentleman who won't really seem all that complete till I paint his co-conspirator lady friend to chat to. I'm not as happy with my effort on this one, but not enough to re-do him. His trousers were a complete pain to get the right colour, I messed up and had to change the shade twice! I'm happy with the colour now though, my selection of blues is a bit limited so it took me a while to get the mix right, Prussian blue is a very strong colour to work with!
  21. Of course they are Your grandmother sounds like she was a real character! I'm not sure i'd enjoy a sharp poke to the ribs though! Hopefully not, I might just hide him somewhere! I also like Vallejo though the very first time I used them I hated them as I tried to sand a painted surface and was horrified to see it peel off as rubbery globs. My paints went back in the drawer for a couple of years and I learnt a valuable lesson! Thanks BillyD, I feel like i'm discovering something new each time I paint at the moment. It's been a while since I felt like my model making abilities have taken a leap forward so i'm enjoying the experience. I have a 1/16th scale French figure with my Takom tank so I might give him a go when i've finished these. I've made some significant progress on another figure today as it's my day off so hopefully it will be made by tomorrow.
  22. It's nice to know I can have a little bit of realism into my diorama, I believe the lady in question is based off a well known photo of the time. I'm quite impressed your grandmother managed to live to such an age with all that smoking, she must have been very active! Today's progress involves completing another sitting lady, I think she's the type who is unnerved by strangers! I also took a picture of my gentleman with the suitcase, he's the first one I made of the series and I think I may have improved since I started.
  23. I agree, the tartan lady does indeed look like she's put on a bit of weight! I can't really say my method is my own, I just followed the instructions in a book I bought 'The paint guide for figures of WWII' by Joaquin Garcia Gazquez and they came out really well! I was quite impressed as I have been a pretty poor figure painter before then. I didn't use his color suggestions though, I prefer different tones to what he uses. The core idea I got from his book is to look at the shadows and highlights that naturally form on the figure before it's painted and gradually shade based on that. I found I could tell if i've gone wrong as i'm going along as it really stands out! Also I learnt it's very easy to overdo it! I use vallejo model color paints, a fairly recent thing for me as i've only just converted to acrylics from enamel for hand-brushing so i'm still experimenting with using them. On the whole a lot of this is new ground for me so i'm still learning a lot! I find each figure has a new challenge in it somewhere. For my latest figure it's blonde hair, I had to do a lot of trial and error to find a selection that I was happy with. She's nearly finished now so i'll have some pictures up soon.
  24. Having very recently felt flushed with success at painting up 2 figures for my husband without making them look like googly eyed monsters, I suddenly went crazy and agreed to paint 14 (yes 14!) figures for our next model making project. We're building the MiniArt tram and we're making a nice non-military diorama to go with it. I bought the MiniArt german sitting civilians, tram crew with passengers, the 1930's-40's German civilians and Frau Muller with her bicycle from Master Box. So far i've discovered that 1:35th figures are terribly tricky and photographing them is even harder! I'm doing my best to replicate the images on the box art (I will for ever more despair that MiniArt decided that one particular lady would look lovely in a tartan coat!). I'm just less than half way through, here's the line up so far:- First we have the old lady from the 30's to 40's set, now in the images she's supposed to be looking shocked looking at bombed out stuff, but as trams aren't really all that shocking I turned her into a smoker with the addition of a little brass rod. First she looked like a scary gremlin, but I fixed that eventually. She's standing with her one armed friend, who was actually the first to get painted, he actually has an arm and a suitcase now. I actually enjoyed giving him pinstripe trousers, which are surprisingly effective. I'll have to include a completed picture of him at some point when I can be bothered to faff with the camera again. Next I painted the man I call the grumpy gentleman with the mustache. The next one is my favorite so far, I added a little pattern to her headscarf which was fun. Finally my latest completed figure was the trickiest, yes it's the lady in the tartan coat, this was horribly tricky to achieve but I think I just about pulled it off. Irritatingly cameras have far better vision than we do! I'm working on another couple of figures at the moment, another lady and an old gentleman. I'm hoping by this evening i'll be another figure down!
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