by Eamonn Sheahan
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Looking up and out
across the horizon, this elite German Fallschirmjager, highly trained
and superbly equipped, stands ready at his base somewhere in Germany
waiting for his next mission - the invasion of Crete.
For years I had an old
Tamiya Fallschirmjager figure lying in my figures box. I finally thought
it had the potential to make a great vignette in its own right.
The 1/35 scale figure
was heavily converted. I used the head of a figure from Dragon's Monte
Cassino release, detailing it with plastic card for helmet straps.
The belt was also made
from plastic card and the buckle from copper wire. Knee pads were built
up using Milliput two-part epoxy putty. Boot detail was a little vague
so I added laces using scrap plastic.
The parachute needed a
lot of work. I added string from the back of an old picture frame and
detailed the rear with plastic card.
Painting, Finishing and Base
The assembled figure
received a base coat of Tamiya German Grey and was dry brushed with
various shades of grey and green enamels from Humbrol.
The pack was painted
with Tamiya Khaki. The boots received a coat of black, followed by dry
brshing with Humbrol Flat Earth and a final thinned coat of Raw Umber
oil paint to represent the look of leather.
The face was painted
with oil paints, and the uniform was detailed with Verlinden transfers.
A strap was also added to the gun at this point.
The base was made from
balsa wood, stained and varnished . A title plate made from brass was
added, plus dry transfers for the title. I bought the grass from a local
hobby store, dry brushing it various shades of green.
Finally, the sign came
from a Tamiya kit, again using dry transfers for the lettering.
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Text and Figures Copyright 2003 by Eamonn Sheahan
Images Copyright 2003 by Brett Green
Page Created 22 October, 2003
Last Updated 17 March, 2004
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