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Posted by Bluefalchion on 23 Jun 2013, 23:28

So I have some of the Atlantic Deutches Afrika Korps from the 1970's. It's a widely panned set, but it is a good source of Pith helmets and other early war looks. I thought I would try some conversions to make them a bit more accurate. Ditching the thick bases may also help, I feel, in allowing them to mix better with my DAK from other manufacturers.

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Posted by TinPusher65 on 24 Jun 2013, 03:52

Bravo! :thumbup: :love: :love: I've always liked the Atlantic sets - I drooled over a many set when I was a kid in Germany. A real nice job on coverting poses and the rebasing really helps the look. The running soldier that's firing is a great pose! Keep up the great workBlueFalchion,Keep on Modelling! :-D
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 24 Jun 2013, 04:38

Thanks for the positive feedback, DeathDealer65. I drew more than a little inspiration from your U.S. WWII conversions, obviously. I did like the way the running and firing guy came out. He is currently primed black and awaiting his first coats of paint.
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Posted by TinPusher65 on 24 Jun 2013, 04:48

Yeah Buddy they look great :-) , I've been painting away on the troops while watching a marathon run of "Combat!"...I've been mulling the idea of dedicating the troops as the 30th Infantry Division - Red oval with Blue outline and 3 x's for the arm patch.
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 24 Jun 2013, 05:16

Unit patches on 1:72 scale soldiers are boss!
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Posted by KenzoSato on 24 Jun 2013, 18:37

Very good
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Posted by Peter on 24 Jun 2013, 20:20

Now I would like to see these painted ;-) :thumbup:
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Posted by peterh on 24 Jun 2013, 20:36

excellent job on those !
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 24 Jun 2013, 20:44

Peter--

You will see them painted soon!
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Posted by Peter on 24 Jun 2013, 20:46

Bluefalchion wrote:Peter--

You will see them painted soon!

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Posted by Frankzett on 25 Jun 2013, 07:56

Very nice conversions - indeed!
But I don't know any reference for shorts worn by DAK infantry troops in battle. They should have breeches. We often see this mistake with many Sets, Airfix, Esci or Caesar, I know.

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Posted by Bluefalchion on 25 Jun 2013, 16:28

It's true that regulations required the soldiers to wear long pants during combat, but it is difficult to tell how often they were obeyed. The initially issued, tight fitting riding breeches (called johdspurs) proved to be very uncomfortable and were discarded quite quickly. The Pith helmets, also, were generally not worn in combat, however I have encountered some exceptions in films and photographs of the time, although some might be poses for propaganda films.

I thought about trying to use some modelling putty to give the figures breeches, as I have attempted with the NCO who is raising his MP-38 raised in the air, but the result was less than satisfactory.

Thanks for the input. The shorts question is something I have really wrestled with.
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 14 Jul 2013, 15:23

I thought I would give a little update. First, I have painted some of the Atlantic guys. Still awaiting some final detail, a wash for the flesh parts, and base terrain/rocks/shrubs/gravel etc.

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Next, I have made a few more conversions. As you can see, elements from other sets are starting to creep in. I wanted to do all Atlantic parts and accessories, but we can't always have things are way, can we?

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I am especially proud of this one. I think my conversion has a much more natural throwing motion, as contrasted to the original pose found on the end of the stick:

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Posted by TinPusher65 on 14 Jul 2013, 23:35

Great Conversions and painting! I especially like the Standing/Firing/leaning forward Soldier and the Grenate Werfer which shows nice dynamics,nice effort! :thumbup: :-D
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Posted by KenzoSato on 15 Jul 2013, 13:37

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Posted by Peter on 17 Jul 2013, 15:33

Really nice conversions and paintwork! :thumbup:
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 25 Jul 2013, 02:10

Here is a little update. The first four guys are basically done. The running/shooting pose is intended to have a heavily worn helmet, so the spots are where the paint wore off and it is getting rusty. I hope you enjoy them.

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Kneeling conversion. The helmet is intended to be freshly painted and in good repair.

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Next we have our officer. He is a little too well equipped, but that is Atlantic's fault.

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Here is the running guy and groups shots. I was not thrilled with the way the flesh wash interacted with the humbrol enamel flesh paint. Next time I will probably put a layer of lacquer over the flesh before applying the wash.

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I hope you enjoy them. Comments and criticism welcome.
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Posted by TinPusher65 on 29 Jul 2013, 19:12

Hey these are Great! The linework on the Uniforms and Equipment is very nice,I haven't tried that technique out yet. I also really like the nicked and rusty Stahlhelm! Those Desert boots with all the laces look time consuming but the detail really pops. Good Show Mate! I've always liked the History of the Afrika campaign - I was born in Ethiopia Afrika while my Dad served U.S.Army in the 60's!
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 30 Jul 2013, 03:55

Thanks for the feedback DD65. The desert boots were easy. I started out with black primer and just painted the sections right to the borders. The laces are just dry-brushed, Atlantic sculpting was helpful in that spot.

Most of the existing DAK steel helmets I have seen were in that beat-up shape or worse. Apparently the desert was a tough place to keep the equipment in inspection shape.
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Posted by MABO on 30 Jul 2013, 08:41

This is a really good job on your converted figures. I like your painting style!
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