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Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 - 03:14 PM GMT+7
Thank you for the tips Nick!

Cheers
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Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 02:17 PM GMT+7
Hi Dave and Dave - yes, thanks for the encouraging words! I'll get back to, and finish this build!

Hi Jorge - thanks! As to the concrete, I cast them using hydrocal - it's similar to plaster but harder. As for the color, I squirt a couple of shots of Vallejo Camo Grey into the batch when I'm making it. In addition to getting a decent color, as its integrated with the hydrocal you can get away with a chip or two and no "bright white" jumps out. Finally, once the material is just about set I spray on, and brush in a wash of alcohol and India ink - this is a model rr technique used for aging materials - usually bass wood. For this, it works great - give it a try!

Thanks for taking some time to leave some comments!

Cheers
Nick
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Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 04:37 AM GMT+7
Hello, Great job!!! I have a question for you: what color did you use to paint the concrete barriers?

Cheers!
Jorge
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Posted: Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 04:27 AM GMT+7
Well nick,
Stay safe on your travels. I'm sure you will find the inspiration to get this done at a point later, even if you must deal with the dreaded wiring. The work you must do to complete this build may be the hardest to get it completed but only do it when you have the inspiration so you don't trash all that you have done so far.

Dave
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Posted: Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 03:15 AM GMT+7
Beautiful work Nick, thanks for staying on it!
This work (of art) is so good that quite a few of the pics seem like we're literally looking out a window onto a real street scene, outstanding! Bldgs, vehicles, figures, and street debris all done expertly.

Looking to see how this turns out
Cheers
Dave
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Posted: Wednesday, March 01, 2017 - 06:09 AM GMT+7
Hi Dave,

I appreciate you checking in! yes, Life has become complicated via work - I have been travelling quite a bit - in fact, I'm writing from a very different part of the world than where I live - and, i must say, I've gotten burned out on the wiring needed to make this build come together - it's close - i just need to get busy with the wiring...yuck!

thanks again, and take care -

Nick
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Posted: Wednesday, March 01, 2017 - 05:51 AM GMT+7
Hi Nick,

I was just thinking about this build and you. I hope all is ok. I totally understand if you have life keeping you from this and time runs short. Trust me, I have a 4 year old and it's been about 5 years since I really got to model like I was before he was born.

Hope you're ok!
Dave
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Posted: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 04:46 AM GMT+7

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That said, I looked back at these photos...yeah...while not bad, these guys needed a lot of work. So, back to the paint shop they went! Mike is right about a couple of giraffe necks, but, I'll live with that. What I couldn't abide was the lack of detailed paintwork. Each vest and pouch received variations in shading. Next, seams, joints and edges all received a black pin wash. This was well worth the bit of time needed to sharpen them up - they now look much less simple and two dimensional.



Hi Nick , well the way you did the clothes hit me first not the necks (i didn't even noticed ). Very well done .

Kurt
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Posted: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 02:28 AM GMT+7
Nice update man !
The good thing about those giraffes is that in a scene this large they will probably not be focused on all that much. Anyway,that is my personal excuse when I see something wonky with any of the figs in my big dio. LoL
This was already epic months ago so anything you add to it now just makes it more "epic-er".
I just love the trash on the street,almost everyone forgets to add that kind of stuff. Maybe some smashed tin cans?
J
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Posted: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 10:06 AM GMT+7
Hi Hans - glad you are liking the build - I really appreciate your nice words!

Hi Kurt - first, I appreciate your words and that you like these guys! That said, I looked back at these photos...yeah...while not bad, these guys needed a lot of work. So, back to the paint shop they went! Mike is right about a couple of giraffe necks, but, I'll live with that. What I couldn't abide was the lack of detailed paintwork. Each vest and pouch received variations in shading. Next, seams, joints and edges all received a black pin wash. This was well worth the bit of time needed to sharpen them up - they now look much less simple and two dimensional.

Ok - back to other parts of the build - happy early New Year! Here's to more good builds to be seen here on Armorama!

Cheers
Nick
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Posted: Sunday, December 25, 2016 - 09:30 PM GMT+7
Hi Nick ,

the figures are great man , love it !

Kurt
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Posted: Saturday, December 24, 2016 - 09:48 PM GMT+7
Only one comment is proper here.
This is pure ART!!!
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Posted: Saturday, December 24, 2016 - 08:01 PM GMT+7
Hi guys - thanks for dropping by!

Dave - yes...wiring...and batteries...and shorts...and still not done. I spoke with a guy at a local old school electronics shop who set me up with the power. This build has several strings of LEDs, hence plenty of power! There is some weight with all the batteries, but this thing is already heavy - you really don't even notice it - and, the lights are bright!!

Hi Mike yeah...I noticed those necks - the heads/helmets are from live resin and they come with very thick necks. I did a lot of carving to make them fit as is! I guess I ran out of enthusiasm on those guys! Now...probably too late to tear them apart without causing damage I don't feel like dealing with - I'm hopeful Romain would let me slide this time!! Lol - I know he wouldn't - haha....but...I'm not tearing them apart now....

Happy holidays and best wishes for the new year!!

Cheers
Nick
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Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 03:12 PM GMT+7
Hey Nick!
The figgies look awesome! These guys shall restore order to the land!

Just an observation: Two of the figures seem to have, as our good friend Romain would’ve said… “giraffe neck.” But I am by no means, an expert on the uniform’s neckline style.

Happy Modeling Holidays! 🍻🥂
—mike
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Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 02:30 PM GMT+7
Stick!!! Wow! Great update dude. 3 six pack, double A's....that things gotta weigh a tonne?

Once while I was pastoring, I had an extra 9volt for my wireless microphone in my pocket. I was at the kit, drumming and singing, and I could swear I was getting a burning feeling in my thigh. I knew I wasn't playing that hard that I would be cramping up. Then I realized I had some change in my pocket too...yeah, shorting out the battery. Good times, me and electricity...

Figures look good sir, you're definitely improving quickly man.

Glad you're getting some bench time, have a great holiday season, and a happy new year well in advance... just in case!

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Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 12:35 PM GMT+7
Hi model builders -

Work, holidays, and life have been limiting the time I can work on this project - nonetheless, I am still on it!

Phil and Mike - wiring...just that easy eh??? I admire you guys who can do it well, and I'm guessing faster than me! yes: red/red black/black and don't cross them, ever! Glad you guys like the "drone" view ha!

Hi Dave - yeah, that light blue three wheeled truck - it's from a line called Owners Club, available through Hobby Link Japan - and not at all expensive. I did do some scratch work on the canvas top over the bed, but the rest is more or less stock. The non-military cars are all made by this company - easy to build, and look acceptable for what I want them for in a dio.

Hi Dave, from the great white north! Yes...wiring....good times, eh??? no....anyway, this build is powered by three, double A six packs - one pack for each block. It's plenty of power - in fact, don't cross the lines, the packs get really hot, really fast...yes, "first hand" knowledge - bad pun, hahaha - they get hot...take my word for it.

Hi Joaquin, glad to see you back around again! Your comments and observations are spot on. It was a lot more fun building walls, figures, vehicles etc...now - organizing infrastructure, wiring assembly sequence...good times....pulling all the pieces together, like I want - so far so good, but not fast progress.

OK - a bit of an update, I've made most of my "good guys" - some Live Resin and Legend and one or two others, all with Live Resin heads and helmets - take a look:







As you can see above, each fig was pretty good out of the box - and just the regular probs...some very fragile weapons, some odd geometry, the heads/neck diameter was huge, so lots of carving, but all in all, not bad.

With paint, but pre-dulcoat:







The guy with the leash, will get his dog eventually....






Finally, there's always room for more and more debris!





And that's where it sits today - still a ways to go, but the end is in sight!

Happy holidays to one and all!

Cheers
Nick


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Posted: Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 10:42 AM GMT+7
Hi Nick,
I just saw these from MAIM, Modern Army In Miniatures — maybe a little dumpster diving for you!

Happy Merry Holidays!!! 🎄🌳🌴🌎🍺
—mike
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Posted: Monday, December 12, 2016 - 08:55 AM GMT+7
Hey there Nick, tremendous amount of progress since last I visited your project back in June. I gotta say that the tangible things we see are fantastic but I know that behind all that is seen there's a multitude of work that are not evident such as all the imagination to achieve such a project and it results. Again, tremendous skill set to build off the imagination and vision to execution is what I admire the most. Those intangible things that no-one sees that we know required lots of research and hours to achieve. Excellent job my friend & thanks for sharing!

JGphins
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Posted: Tuesday, December 06, 2016 - 09:14 AM GMT+7
Hey nick,
Speaking of lights I was just looking on eBay and ran into some small black lights. I was thinking of this build the entire time I was looking at those lights. The seem to be about 6" long. For about $5. I figure they are worth trying out. I didn't order one yet but I'm thinking I will.
That old city Kowloon the walled city is really cool.

I still would love to know where that 3 wheel truck model was from and if they still have that?

Now that I look at this I'm thinking you kitbashed this one.

Well, good to see you back at the dio and keep kicking on it. I know I'm not the only one that can't wait to see what else you come up with before it is done.

Dave
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Posted: Tuesday, December 06, 2016 - 09:01 AM GMT+7
Stick! Nice update good sir

I'm glad that you are also feeling like lighting things up is both a " PITA", but also the right thing to do in our separate instances.

Are you using 9 Volts, double A's, or a combination?

Maybe watch batteries....I've tied and am planning on all 3 types. And I'm currently looking at a USB rechargeable battery or adapter for the same usages. It has some merit for a portability sake.

Even though it's almost 30 below C with our windchill today, everything will be okay now, now that you've posted an update

Great work down there in sunny CA, will have to make it back down there someday... until then, greetings and salutations from the Great White

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Posted: Tuesday, December 06, 2016 - 07:19 AM GMT+7
Hi Nick,
Electronics are not for me. I'd be all like ... cut the red wire? 🤔 ... dzzzzzttt!!!⚡️💥🔥😝
Still, thanks for sharing the inner-most workings of the beast — nice ON/OFF comparison. And I agree with Phil ... the drone eye views are really cool!

Cheers!🍻
—mike
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Posted: Tuesday, December 06, 2016 - 06:19 AM GMT+7
Electrics are easy; red on red, black on black and don't lick both leads of a power cord at the same time.

Super cool! Drones eye view double Wow
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Posted: Tuesday, December 06, 2016 - 05:05 AM GMT+7
Hello model builders, an update, but first, thanks for checking it out, and:

Hi Jerry – thanks for dropping by and the positive words – I really appreciate your comments on the figures! Getting them to first be acceptable, and now looking pretty good – yes – I follow ALL of your WIP images – in fact, if you look carefully you’ll see the J Rutman influence throughout – lots of lead foil fashion – puttied up joints, cut and wired limbs and so on – – and of course, our friend Romain – looking back, his comments were so helpful and formative – particularly his take on eyes, and positioning…I still follow his “rules”, and wonder to myself if they would pass his spot on critique. I, and I’m sure many others, sure miss him…

As to the collection of figures, it took a long time to gather them all. Many manufacturers, some resin, some plastic – You’ll see Paracel, D-Day, MAIM, Industria Mechanika, MB and so on. Many of them I found via Kitmaker reviews, and others by looking at the discount/closeout sections on various web stores – particularly the weird ones, that I guess aren’t all that popular – they’re perfect for this project. Still more to come….stay tuned…

Hi Dave – Thanks for the offer on the signs - - I can’t read a single Chinese character – so, I went for what looked ok – to add some visual, clutter? interest? Who really knows, but I like the look – and, thanks for the translation – I’m glad the signs don’t say anything bad --haha

Hi Patrick (Mr Pacific Islands!), Thanks very much! as you’re well aware, the time to lay the things out just so…it’s almost as hard as picking what to build to begin with!….all part of the fun. Thanks for dropping by - --

Hi Phil – thanks for taking the time to drop on by and the nice words! I’ve got to say, this seems to take a pallet of patience (haha) – never ending stuff to do – especially to get the uh (choose and expletive of your choice) lights to work and then look right!….as for the gal in the Ziggy skirt – we all keep some stories to ourselves – haha! – also thanks for the tip on lighting – I stink at electronics of all kinds – the lights I’m using require a bit of simple soldering, and a battery pack: very good for me – I’ll check your source too -

Mike – thanks for stopping by – yes…as the characters of the movie Bladerunner lament…”time…” there just isn’t enough. Good to be back! I won’t give up on this build, but do want it to be done….

Hi Tim – yes, all the fun – haha! – for work, I need to be a serious guy – I lead a team – the good news, every now and then I can still design stuff, but most of the time, I work on the concept, keep the troops marching – and address all the admin concerns that go with it. Model building lets me march at my pace, and design what I want – if it looks wrong, just tear it out and try again – per Jerry’s comment above, until recently my figures…er, uh, (badly painted mannequins?) hid in the shadows – now, they get to play a prominent role –woo hoo - but, as all of this is on my dime (and not a clients), it’s fine – one mediocre figure is just one step closer to a good one –

Hey Matt – just like you, you know I’m always fooling around with this stuff – just not always with enough progress to post anything interesting –and, life can get complicated – but, the model is back – thanks for dropping by -

Hi Brandi – thanks for the comments – and all the nice words, I appreciate them! As you’ve no doubt guessed, this didn’t come together over night. My last dio was based on a real time event, where accuracy, storyline, and so on was pretty important – for this though, well, not that – more about settling on a concept, storyline and so on – but, nothing real. And, as you noted, lots and lots of scratch building, which was pretty fun too – and not as expensive as using all kits – there is quite a collection of odds and ends in this build.

Finally, you’re another planner – woohoo! Nice to meet you - my degree is in city and regional planning, but it turns out I’m a bit better at design than writing policy – it ain’t me! I’ve been lucky enough to be involved with projects all over the world, so as you can imagine, I keep mental notes of interesting things, people, and places I see along the way, and yes, much of that makes its way into these builds!

Hi Tom – yes, China, I found some images of the old Kowloon walled city - pretty intense place – and nothing like Kowloon today! Those images were helpful in figuring this dio concept out. Where are you staying in China? I’m there 5 or 6 times a year…in addition to being pretty tiring, we’re pretty lucky as we travel all over and get to see lots of interesting/inspiring places. Thanks for dropping in –

Hi Mike – “Chief scratch builder/truck builder extraordinaire”! Thanks for dropping by - As to the figures, I’m glad you enjoy that personality – it’s taken me quite a while to get past seeing them as a necessary evil, and finally actual contributors to the story – I know, this seems obvious, especially for a dio, but man, it’s easier to make a grimy street, than convincing figure….

Hi Kurt - - WHAT?! YOU can’t surrender my brother! Your work with ambient setting and great builds is never far from my mind! Just keep building and posting and we’ll all be fine – including you!

Ok - - on to a small update, highlighted by some mediocre pictures... Some time ago I built the section bridging between buildings. As always, it was fun to build the façade…and less fun to install the lighting….not my favorite thing. The big idea is that eventually, all of the building lighting will be on at the same time, ideally spilling onto the street and lighting the scene. I hope it works – and yes, before this is closed in, all the connections get soldered and insulated. Just too much of a PITA to do all at once!

Enough rambling, please take a look:













and below, the same in daylight



I've got to say - this part of the building -was a hassle - as it's oddly shaped, was difficult to get all the pieces cut to the right size, and of course, it really didn't want to be glued together.






Thanks for checking it out -

Now, back to the real job -

Cheers
Nick
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Posted: Saturday, December 03, 2016 - 02:22 AM GMT+7
Hi Nick ,

I surrender to you and hope you'll take me as your prisoner .... ow boy i'm really in awe with your skills .

Excellent modelling sir !

Kurt
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Posted: Thursday, December 01, 2016 - 02:23 AM GMT+7
Nick, I really like all the "personality" you work into your figures!