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 figures, 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.
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 base with lacquer paint(Mr.color). Skin color was mixed of titanium white, yellow ocher, and burnt sienna, searching a suitable ratio for trial and error. I used siccative for flesh color and a 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, easily wiped off the paint in case of a mistake. The Enamel is really earlier drying.
I drew the second color dot. After adding the other two color dots and painting the details, it is completed. I still have not drawn eyes at the last moment and now is 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 the middle now. Almost all episodes are sad, probably the happy scenes are only the 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 beautiful women.
Not to mention a story, the reality of the weathering of the German military helmet remained in the impression very much. Interestingly, 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.
The face is a bigger part than the 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 on a 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.
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.
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 atmosphere of the general camouflage is nice. It became a chance 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 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.