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HARV
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Posted: Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 06:27 PM GMT+7
(Originally posted on 7-14-09)

Here is what I plan on using for this campaign.







I plan on using the prone figure. I have a simple vignette in mind with the sniper hidden among some rubble. I hope it will turn out like I have it pictured in my mind.

Thanks,

HARV
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Posted: Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 06:30 PM GMT+7
Here is my first in-progress photo.



As you can see I still have a way to go on it. I have most of the figure constructed. I also have a basic layout of how I want the rubble to look. I thought I would show some of the other items I plan on using as well.

I hope to have another in-progress photo to share soon.

Thanks,

HARV
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Posted: Monday, August 31, 2009 - 01:25 AM GMT+7
Looks very interesting. How is the quality of the figure?
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Posted: Tuesday, September 01, 2009 - 09:30 PM GMT+7
Russ,


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How is the quality of the figure?



Well I am definitely not an expert when it comes to figures. I am just getting into the figure building part of this hobby. However it isn't too bad as far as I am concerned. The detail is fairly decent and the fit isn't too bad. The separate cloak/cape is molded to fit over the items like the bag and the canteen and it fits fairly decent. In my opinion it appears to be nicer than some of the older figures that are still out there but not as nice as some of the newer stuff that is available. For the price I think it is quite decent. I will have some better close up pictures when I get more work done on it.

Thanks and I hope I answered your question.

HARV
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Posted: Wednesday, September 02, 2009 - 02:25 AM GMT+7
Harv: hi!..
Mate looking at your box art and reading your text, l reckon you could make first class subject, you've probably all ready started though, but try mixing and matching body parts you'll be surprise.....

watching..Phil..
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Posted: Wednesday, September 02, 2009 - 08:43 PM GMT+7
Thanks for the reply Phil.

I appreciate the advice on mixing and matching the parts. I already have this one glued together and finally got the arms and legs like I wanted them. I am hoping it will all work out like I want it to.

Once I feel more comfortable with my work I would like to start mixing different pieces to get some custom figures.

Thanks again.

HARV
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Posted: Saturday, September 05, 2009 - 05:26 AM GMT+7
looking good so far harv good luck
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Posted: Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 12:36 PM GMT+7
Here is in-progress update #2.

I have a pretty good start on my concrete wall rubble.



I have the construction completed on the sniper and the basic painting completed. The rifle is just sitting in his hands for looks right now. I will glue it in place once I have the painting completed. I kept the figure stock other than I added a rifle sling that I made with paper.



I am cutting it close to be finished by the completion date so I hope to have another update to show soon.

Thanks for looking.

HARV
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Posted: Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 02:31 PM GMT+7
Nice job on the figure Randy, i think he will look very nice placed within some rubble.

Steve
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Posted: Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 04:03 PM GMT+7

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looking good so far harv good luck



Thanks Simon


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Nice job on the figure Randy, i think he will look very nice placed within some rubble.



Thanks Steve

Thank you for the comments guys. I appreciate the encouragement. I am still a newbie when it comes to figures but I am gaining a little more confidence with each one I build.

Thanks again and I should have a new photo posted by the end of this coming week.

HARV
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Posted: Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 06:32 PM GMT+7
Here is in-progress post #3.





I still have some work to do obviously but I feel like I am over the hump now. I am hoping to get some work done on it tonight and tomorrow as well. So I should have another in-progress photo to post soon.

Thanks,

HARV
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Posted: Sunday, September 27, 2009 - 06:27 PM GMT+7
Here is in-progress #4.





I still have some work to do. I still have some painting to do. I need to Dullcote everything and add some pastels. I am also thinking of adding more rebar.

I should have another post soon.

Thanks,

HARV
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Posted: Monday, September 28, 2009 - 10:28 AM GMT+7
the sniper fits well with the enviroment you have created, i think the concrete would benefit from some light washes here and there to loose the monotone colour, some greens,greys,violets etc randomely and sparingly applied will add a tinge of colour to it,oils would be best for this.
Otherwise it is coming along very nicely.

Steve
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Posted: Monday, September 28, 2009 - 12:36 PM GMT+7
looking really good harv great job
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Posted: Monday, September 28, 2009 - 08:31 PM GMT+7
Thank you Steve and Simon for the comments. I appreciate the feedback and the advice.

I am wanting to get the interior of the wall to match the smaller rubble so that it looks more like broken and exposed concrete. I was also thinking of adding some black and gray pastels mixed together to look like soot that has settled on everything. I will just have to try some different things and some washes like you suggested and see how it turns out.

Thanks again for everything and I hope to have an updated photo to post soon.

HARV
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Posted: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 09:11 AM GMT+7
no problem harv one thing else ive noticed his uniform is looking very clean in comparrison to his environment i would weather his uniform if i was you add some grime and dirt to him so he blends more readly with his surroundings also when you consider that he would be walking through rubble and dirt plus he is unlikely to have the opportunity to clean his uniform plus all the fire which burnt within russian cities when they were being attacked would leave at least a mild level of soot on his clothes

cheers

Simon
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Posted: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 08:57 PM GMT+7
Thanks again for the advice Simon,

I still have plenty of weathering and dirtying up to do. Once I start with my pastels I plan on giving my sniper a good dusting as well. I am hoping to get some more work done during my next days off from work. I am really glad that the campaign was extended.

Thanks again,

HARV
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Posted: Wednesday, October 07, 2009 - 07:26 PM GMT+7
Hi Randy
Very nice piece, makes me think of "Enemy at the Gates"....
Great work
Cheers
Garth
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Posted: Friday, October 09, 2009 - 12:14 PM GMT+7
Thank you Garth. I appreciate the kind words.

I hope to get some more work done on it today. I actually have a day off from work so I plan on getting some modeling in.

Thanks again,

HARV
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Posted: Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 04:24 PM GMT+7
Well here is my finished project.















Sorry for the quality of the photos. I still have to work on taking better pictures.

My project consisted of the following items:

The prone figure from the Zvezda Soviet Sniper Team WWII kit # 3597.
Make It Fun Styrofoam brand foam for the walls and bigger pieces of rubble.
Kitty litter for the smaller rubble.
Micro-Mark #717 scrap pieces of tubing for the pieces of pipe.
Fibre Craft 26 gauge bright wire floral wire for the rebar.
Pro Art artist pastels.
Tamiya and Model Master paints.
Testors Dull Cote.
Rust-Oleum Multicolor Textured spray paint #223525 Aged Iron. (This was for the base)
A peanut butter jar lid and dry wall mud for the base.

The figure was built straight out of the box with no modifications other that I made a sling for the rifle out of computer printer paper. The poster is one that I found on the internet and scaled down. When I made the walls I just broke the basic shape out of the styrofoam and then covered the pieces with dry wall mud. I made the basic ground work with drywall mud and then stuck the wall pieces and the rest of the ground cover in the mud while it was still wet. I added the rebar after everything had dried. I finished up the figure and glued him in place. I then sprayed everything with Dull Cote to take away the shine and then dusted everything down good with the pastels. I guess that is about it.

As I have mentioned before, figure modeling and diorama building are still fairly new to me so this was yet another stepping stone for me. I enjoyed this project and I am looking forward to my next figure campaign.

Thanks for the campaign idea Simon. I had fun with it.

Thanks everyone for their suggestions and help.

HARV
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Posted: Wednesday, May 05, 2010 - 04:41 AM GMT+7
Another nice project from you, Randy. Very little is visible of the figure, but I guess that is the idea of the sniper
Nice trick with the broken concrete and the iron rods sticking out.

Thanks for sharing
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Posted: Friday, May 07, 2010 - 09:09 AM GMT+7

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Another nice project from you, Randy. Very little is visible of the figure, but I guess that is the idea of the sniper
Nice trick with the broken concrete and the iron rods sticking out.

Thanks for sharing



You're welcome and thank you for the comments and kind words.

I figure that I did a pretty good job of hiding the sniper. I had thought about adding more rebar to the rubble but I didn't want to overdo it. Over all I was happy with the way the project turned out. A friend of mine really likes it as well and he says that it is the best of my vignettes.

Thanks again for everything.

HARV
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Posted: Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 12:32 AM GMT+7
Randy,

several (several!) minutes have passed since you completed your sniper and I am sorry I just found it. Top notch!

Did you ever paint the other snipers? They look like good models.
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Posted: Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 10:35 AM GMT+7
Thank you Fred. I appreciate the kind feedback. That project was a loooooooong time ago. There was more that I could have done with it but all in all I was happy with the end result. I haven't done anything with the other figures. I would like to use the figure with the periscope and the target dummy in a vignette one of these days. Maybe another sniper campaign will come along and I will join in.

Thanks again,
Randy