I tried making a slightly larger military figure than the one I usually make. It is finished in August 2015.
I have been making 1/35 small military figure, so I tried this 1/16 German soldier for a change. Tamiya’s world figure series is well-suited to the exercise of figure painting, the price is reasonable.
It’s my first time to make such a big figure. My usual standard is 1/35, it’s very different impression. Anyway, it seems interesting.
Backside likes hollowed out.
Now it’s assembling, I cut out each part from a runner. There seems no problem about put together.
I wonder when is the best timing of painting while assembly. I want to make up as much as possible. Oh, the earpick is nothing to do with the modelling.
Roughly I completed this figure. I need to erase parts joint line here and there later.
I adjusted submachine gun to be put straight along the eye direction. The most difficult work is sub-machine gun and both hands holding. This is like opening of the movie 007.
It’s approximately 4 times larger size paint area than 1/35 scale, 3D volume is approximately 8 times?
I cut out the brass board for the strap of sub-machine gun. After the surface is cleaned more, I’ll start painting.
This figure’s surface does not dry at all even I have been waiting for a couple of days. Long waiting is a usual situation of oil painting, I forgot to mix siccative while painting uniform and helmet. I was painting while listening to the radio, slowly leisurely moving brush and forgot the siccative.
Skin color was painted in oil on where the based with lacquer paint(Mr.color) . Skin color was mixed of titanium white, yellow ocher and burnt sienna, searching suitable ratio for trial and error. I used siccative for flesh color and small part, so I think dryness is faster. It glares overall, doesn’t it? The next step is camouflage painting, I’m feeling dizzy….
I used Tamiya Enamel Color for drawing camouflage dots, the first color is black green. The oil and Tamiya Enamel, both of them easily wiped off the paint in case of mistake. The Enamel is really earlier drying.
I drew the second color dots. After adding the other two color dots and painting the details, it is completed. I still have not drew eyes at the last moment and now the time to challenge, maybe it’s blue eyes.
Now I’m watching a German war drama “GENERATION WAR”, “UNSERE MÜTTER, UNSERE VÄTER” in Germany. It has passed for a while since it was released. I felt the story was very good, even I’m in a middle now. Almost episodes are sad, probably the happy scenes are only first 15 minutes. It’s a colorful and clean image. Because Germany made it, about the historical investigation of the military uniform, I think it is correct. All the performers are handsome and are a beautiful woman.
Not to mention a story, the reality of the weathering of the German military helmet remained in the impression very much. It is interesting that the reaction against the war of an older brother and younger brother changes extremely in the middle. Though I have yet watched only two-thirds, I think that this is a considerable masterpiece.
Outstanding weathering is given on a 1/1 scale, and the soldiers appearing in the “Generation War” are splendid. It wasn’t possible to make my model close to this reality, but I painted some colors for change mild gradation on the single color accessories such as a helmet and a gas mask case, shoes. A helmet soiled with rubble and mud raises the sense that he had fought it out.
He is holding MP40 submachine gun. The fitting of both hands was difficult. The belt buckle has a small mold, after drybrush it’s excellent.
The face is a bigger parts than 1/35 scale, it is easy to paint. Because it is easy to show the details even if I look at distance same as 1/35, the painting is difficult. I should study it a little more. I describe his pupil and the borrowed light in his eyes, I was not able to describe it very well even in 1/16 big scale. It’s also difficult using a double loupe. Maybe I should better buy a higher magnification tool. A brush never moves without sight.
The accessories such as a helmet, I did weathering with the pastel. Because I hated coming off later, I sprayed a matte clear coat to fix the pastel.
I wonder the gradation over the combat boots and the leggings made of canvas well.
Because a face was the most important part of the figure, it was given priority to easy painting than assembling, and should have thought about a production process. After assembling, it’s harder to paint the face than I had expected.
The camouflage uniform contains a dot with many colors. I drew the light and shadow on the base color flat earth.
I took much time to finish up this figure. The big figure seems to have a lot of details that we must care about. I think the atmospheres of the general camouflage is nice. It became a change to make a large scale figure.
Next time, I would like to express more vitality and more completeness which is likely beginning to move.
I corrected his right eye because it’s a little large…
Because it was hard to be able to see the whole face behind a machine gun, I had a shot from the bottom.
I painted the helmet weathering tone a little darker.