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  1. Most fascinating for me is the agony and despair you've captured

    with your figures, especially the stride of the group leader. It's the

    stride and posture of a worn out and broken character. Simply

    fascinating !!!!



    Thank you Lothar,I am happy if you think I succeeded here as that is my favorite thing to try and get across. The emotion.  Not easy with plastic,or oil paint,or sculpting. I have always been fascinated by the great artists like DaVinci,etc.


  2. I received a set of LIVERESIN german helmets to day and I am pumped ! This is the only 1/35 sample anywhere that has the rolled lip around the bottom edge that was used on the vast majority of wartime helmets.

      Here you can compare. Look at the helmets and not the position of them.






    The second pic is the dragon version.

  3. Top Notch stuff Jerry, and I'm with you ....being cheap myself is what led me to scratch building...and the same on figures...all the Old School stuff...lead foil, A&B epoxy putty, a bunch of micro files and a lot of patience.... I am waaay out of practice, and slowly getting back to it....of course now my eyes aren't as they once were so I am eperimenting with different forms of magnification and vision assistance tools....lol.


    Getting my workshop set up is the thing now and very soon I will be back at the bench where I will be attempting to use the techniques I am learning from you as well !



    Nice !! Can't wait till you get up and running.  I succumbed to using an optivisor last year for the first time. It makes things SOOO much easier !

  4. Look up Masterful in the scale modeling dictionary and there you will find this reference behind the definition : Also see; "Jerry Rutman"


    Great stuff J....as always !! One of my favorite aspects of your work is your ability to "take the edge off" these figures and bring the subtlety and reality back to them....the resculpting and repositioning that really brings them to "life"... !



    Very very nice thing to say Joe. Also very creative I might add ! LoL

      One of the things that got me started on all this modification of figs is the fact that they became so cheap along the way. I could go to a show and get a box of 4 or 5 figs from a vendor for 3 bucks maybe. So I no longer had the fear of screwing them up because they cost so little. Just dive in !  The lead foil is cheap as well. Now,the resin heads !  Another story.  But if you practice enough you can get a plastic head to look half decent as well with some tweeking. It's all time and effort driven.

      Thanks again man,that was a nice statement.


  5. Gazzas,Maru and Jim,

      Thanks so much folks for the awesome comments. I am sure it made my morning ! Maru,tell your friends and family hello in India for me ! You always have such nice and polite things to say to everyone on this forum and I am sure everyone here really is happy you belong to the group.


      I got around to the front of this guy last night. Added detail to the ammo pouches and figured out how to make the hanger for them out of PE. Thought he needed a set of binos as well.

      Have a look,




      The bit of foil on the bottom of the binos is supposed to be the leather part that was used to buton them to the front of the tunic so they don't bounce when running,etc.  I didn't do the best on that but hey...it is pretty small.




      Thanks again for checking in and typing something !


  6. I finally wrestled photobucket back into play so here is a smallish update.


     I wanted to include a squad leader here. I picked an older Dragon fig from the Normandy commo troops set. Bit wide in the shoulders and beefy,like most Dragon figs so I put him on weight control using my dremel and knife.





    after the mods






      I also got rid of the sort of goose stepping walk.and added a bit more character and animation to the pose.




    First app of putty includes the ammo pouches,bread bag and filling in the cracks.




    The detail I had to remove because of re-posing now gets added back using brass wire and lead foil.




       Now I will move back around to work on the front,

      Thanks for looking folks !


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