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WWI 100th A.G.B.: The Surreys play the game / FINISHED!

Posted by T. Dürrschmidt on 16 Feb 2014, 12:31

Hi Folks!

Watching the movie "Legends of the Fall" recently I saw the quite odd scene when a Canadian soldier kicks a football toward the German lines. I also remembered a flat figure diorama with the title "The Surreys play the game", showing a similar scene. Doing some research at the Internet I found this site here and saw that this really happend in 1916 at the Somme, when the 8th Battalion of the East Surrey regiment kicked footballs while attacking the German trenches.

http://www.queensroyalsurreys.org.uk/new_museum/20th_century_room/Case5/The_Football.shtml

This will be a small scene in 28mm scale to show this strange event, when sports and war met each other.

Figures: Great war miniatures.

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Best regards Thomas
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Posted by Kekso on 16 Feb 2014, 18:04

Hi Thomas. Welcome to GB... I will follow this with interest.
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Posted by T. Dürrschmidt on 22 Feb 2014, 12:28

Doing some "unpleasant" work before the painting process can start.

cleaning up flash and mould lines
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removing the bases (always a problem for pewter figs in dioramas)
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drilling holes and setting brass pins into the figs for better fixing on the ground plate
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Posted by santifernandez on 22 Feb 2014, 12:54

Good primer,Tomas.
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Posted by Peter on 22 Feb 2014, 22:32

Take care of your fingers Thomas! ;-)

Looks good so far! :thumbup:
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Posted by MABO on 23 Feb 2014, 09:29

Tell us more! :-D
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Posted by Hans on 23 Feb 2014, 20:01

Good subject and very nice figures!Will be following this with interest

greetings,Hans.
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Posted by T. Dürrschmidt on 01 Mar 2014, 12:05

First "test painted" figure, painted with different brown / khaki tones (mostly Vallejo and Tamiya).

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Posted by blucher1815red on 01 Mar 2014, 12:53

Hi, not my period, but I love the paintwork on the rifleman, the shading & colour tones are fab, the Lee Enfield looks brilliant.
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Posted by Hans on 01 Mar 2014, 15:06

Lovely painting :thumbup: :thumbup:
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Posted by T. Dürrschmidt on 02 Mar 2014, 11:27

Another pic, showing the painting steps for flesh painting.
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1. dark flesh color over black base
2. medium flesh color
3. lights in bright flesh color
4. further lights in pale flesh color
5. final lights in extreme pale flesh color
6. blending all together with ogryn flesh wash from Citadel (sorry for the bayonet in the face). :mrgreen:
7. adding some detail like eyes (where it fits) and reddish color for the lips.
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Posted by Kekso on 02 Mar 2014, 11:32

This is almost like procedure for 54mm faces
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Posted by armpcm on 02 Mar 2014, 11:58

Very good tutorial on face painting. :thumbup:
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Posted by Peter on 03 Mar 2014, 16:21

Nice step by step on the flesh colours! Looks excellent! :thumbup:
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Posted by T. Dürrschmidt on 15 Mar 2014, 18:17

I have finished painting work on the figures. I have used different "home made" greenish and brownish khaki tones to get some variety to the figs.

Regards Thomas

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Next I will make the "playground".
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Posted by MABO on 15 Mar 2014, 18:37

Great Painting, Thomas. But I did not expect something else ;-)
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Posted by Peter on 15 Mar 2014, 22:41

Excellent painted figures Thomas! :thumbup:

Can't wait to see the playground! ;-)

It looks like this time the English will win the game and not the Germans (soccer wishdom: you can play a game of soccer against Germany, but at the end they win ;-) ) :-D
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Posted by santifernandez on 18 Mar 2014, 14:29

:thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: Yes, is a great job
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Posted by T. Dürrschmidt on 20 Apr 2014, 14:17

I have finished the diorama. I didn´t take much photos of that process. But it was very easy and done in one or two painting / building sessions.

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1. Cut out a thick quadratic piece of styrofoam (Styrodur) with a hot wire cutter.
2. Melt an uneven and heavy shelled surface with a soldering iron.
3. Add a coat of wood filler, mixed with sand and small stones
4. Paint everything in black or dark brown (I used an airbrush for this work)
5. Drybrush the ground work with different shades of brown
6. Add pigments for more reality
7. Add grass tufts and details like barb wire (1/48 photo etched from Verlinden)
8. Glue on the figs (it was very easy with the long nails attached to their feet, just stick the figs into the foam ground with a bit of white glue)

This is the result. Photos done yesterday at high noon outside.

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Posted by Kekso on 20 Apr 2014, 15:03

WOW man, this is amazing :shock: Ground work is great as dynamics of scene too... Like you caught split second of real battle with a photo camera :thumbup:
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