Tamiya 1/16 Wehrmacht Machine Gunner
Let me start by saying two things; one, this is not an aeroplane so apologies if you're disappointed and two, I really suck at taking photos!
This little effort started out with a block of wood. Yes, a block of wood. One of our sons is a carpenter and last January I spied some rather nice timber in the back of his ute (Australian for 'pickup' to our American friends!). And then I thought, hmmmm...
I've always wanted to try my hand at figure making/painting and rather than lash out on something expensive I reckon the Tamiya 1/16 figures are a great place to start. Nice level of detail, easy to assemble...you know, it's a Tamiya thing.
So with nice block of wood and Tamiya kit to hand I started work.
Of course I had to do some research first. And I got all confused after looking at the heavily washed, highlighted and muti-shaded figures I'd seen and thought I'd never be able to emulate any of these. That's when I decided to keep it simple. Basically all I did was:
- Assembled the figure, leaving off the machine gun and various accoutrements.
- Airbrushed Humbrol grey/green as an undercoat.
- Applied a dark brown and black acrylic wash.
- Highlighted everything with various Humbrol enamels.
- And painted the face with Andrea acrylics.
The base was stained with Japan Black and then given a couple of coats of polyurethane applied with a cloth.
Five months to build and paint you ask? Yes. I don't like to be rushed! Plus there's that little matter of having to work for a living. Sigh.
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