Sunday, December 30, 2012


The previous photos I uploaed were saved as Adobe RGB pics.  These are sRGB.  I want to see if there is any difference in quality. 

USMC Hue, Vietnam 1968

Here is the finished USMC Radioman.  Enjoy

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

It's Out of the Bag!

For the past couple of months, I was working on two projects-  both Christmas presents for my son and daughter.  Since they occasionally follow my posts, I could not post pictures.  Here they are-

My daughter loves pirates:

My Son always has liked Star Wars:

Saturday, December 22, 2012

More Work!

Here is quick update.....

Face Done...

 Radio and Smoke

Friday, December 21, 2012

Update on the USMC Radioman.....

Did a little more work and while snapping pictures, the shutter dies on my camera- again!   Expensive fix.  So here is the progress...



Sunday, December 16, 2012

Finally ! An Update

Holiday Greetings Everyone

I have been busy- doing all sorts of things, including painting.  I was finishing up some "top secret" stuff- I will post pictures on Christmas.  I have several things going on at once.  Below is Young Miniatures USMC Radioman- Vietnam.    I am doing this for a friend.   Some in Progress shots, nothing spectacular.    I developed a chipping technique for metal- I have used it for years.  The metal item is undercoated in any shade of metal you like.  Then liquid masking fluid (essentially liquid latex) is applied where you want chipping.  Then the color is sprayed.  Using your fingernail or a toothpick, you scrape the masking away.  You can paint he object in layers to show different chipped layers of paint.

Here are some pictures of the bust and helmet- in progress of course.  I pre-shade with darker colors of the final color.


Sunday, November 25, 2012

So.....What's new?

I have been working away on several projects at once. Two of them, I can't show pictures just yet.  Stay tuned.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Magazine Article

Check out this issue of MMI.  It has the write up of the PMC Machine Gunner.  

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A Little Update

Just a quick update on the Max Wunsche Panther Commander figure.  I strated adding the "yellow" spots, which in reality they are a yellow ochre color.  Shown is the first coat.  I need to add another coat, then shade and highlight.   

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Panther Commander Camo....

Started work on the camo for the tunic.  Italian camo...  
Here is a pic of a Zeltbahn in my collection for reference.
Here is the work so far....

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Face Painting

Today I worked on the face of the Max Wunsch project.  I used acrylics, as usual.  This time I tried a technique of blocking in the colors then blending the transitions.  Usually I would paint the face all one base color (Sand Brown) then add highlights and shadows.  This was about twice as fast to paint and I think gives better results so far.

Monday, October 1, 2012

New Project

Since I have temporary dispensation to work in the air conditioned house, I have been on a roll.  I have started building the Young Miniatures (surprise) "Max Wunsche"  Panther commander kit.   I have been toiling away on the cupola portion. 

The cupola has two major parts- the inner part that forms the base and the outer part that ends up as the outside of the cupola.  You fit the periscopes, then glue the outer to the inner.
I decided to mount the periscopes then paint the interior the standard "buff" color.  To keep everything square I used some temporary brass pins to hold it together.  I also ditched the resin portion of the hatch that acts as the hinge rod.  I replaced it with aluminum rod for durability and added a matching sleeve in the cupola.  The pain the back was fitting the MG ring.  Heat is your friend here.  I spent a lot of time lining things up- figuring how to mount all this to a wood base and pinning the figure to fit nicely so it doesn't pop out of the turret. 

Crap, this is a lot of stuff to write about this.  Most I've written in a while.  Here are a couple of photos.


War Daddy

Here is Life Miniatures "War Daddy" 1/16 scale figure.   Enjoy!