They are 4 infantry figures of British troops in the battle of North Africa. A while ago, I made Tamiya’s Valentine tank the North African front-line version, so I’ll line them up. I don’t make British tanks very often, so this is a good time to make British military figures. It would look better with tanks.
The package of this figure of El Alamain of the British army seems to be an early one of Dragon, so I didn’t expect much for the molding of the kit. If you look closely, the clothes, fingers, and equipment seem to be quite good. I think it is as good as the Gen2 series which is said to have excellent mold. Rather, Gen2 has fine parts and it is troublesome to assemble, so this kit has a better impression.
At first, I was thinking of replacing it with a resin head, but the soldiers in this kit are all pretty thick around the neck and take a lot of space at the base of the neck, so it’s difficult to match it with a resin head. The mold on the face looks pretty good, so I’ll try to assemble it as it is.
I just blew the surfacer #1500. This time, the strap of the firearm used the Abel etched parts. There are small parts like the buckle, but I can’t work on such small parts, so I just simply attached them.
This time, the skin is exposed a lot, so I used a Tamiya flat fresh base coat. After I blew the surface, I thought it would be okay for their molds, but the coating is very thin, so the mold doesn’t seem to be a problem.
The uniforms are painted in beige tones such as Vallejo desert yellow and German camouflage beige. If it gets too close to the skin color, the color distinction will disappear, so I should avoid it.
Four British soldiers of the North African front line have been completed. I have been making them in parallel with German fighter planes for a while. The skin part is oil, so it takes quite a long time to dry.
Because it is a hot desert area, the color of the skin is slightly tanned even though it is white people. El Alamain is the hardest time for the Germans when their supply lines are fully stretched. I read in a book that General Rommel could have occupied Egypt and the Middle East and joined the Soviet Union’s southern front if he continued to win. It’s a grand strategy. It is said that General Rommel himself is a competent commander at the front. General Montgomery’s Eighth Army suppressed them with material and pushed them back to Libya and Tunisia.
This British military unique helmet is cool. Since it is easy to process even from a thick iron plate, it seems to have better protection than the previous one. However, the exposure of the ears and the back of the neck is bigger than other helmets, so that is the weak point.
Helmets, socks, and leggings were painted in olive drab color, but military uniforms and accessories are in middle stone and sand yellow, and they are almost the same color, so it is hard to distinguish belts and suspenders. I changed the color a little to make it easy to distinguish. The overall color is North African and nice feeling.
I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.