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Building a summer retreat in the Normandy
jrutman
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Posted: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 08:55 AM UTC
Thanks Erwin and Cheyenne for your very nice remarks!

Got some more putty work done on the Royal Scots company runner. I am a bit pleased with the 303. bandoleer. I must let it dry before I sharpen it up. He is about 95% done and then ready for Earl Sheibe.





Thanks for looking and lurking !
J
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Posted: Monday, July 13, 2020 - 10:15 PM UTC
Beautiful work JR !!
What I like is your ability to not only morph figs. but manage to use a Hornet head with the appropriate expression to suit the current scene . Well done Bro , love it !!
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Posted: Monday, July 13, 2020 - 07:38 PM UTC
It is always nice to behold your work. The last figure I would have thought of to convert to a common wealth soldier would be a Fallschirmjäger!!!
jrutman
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Posted: Monday, July 13, 2020 - 07:25 AM UTC

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Hi Jerry,

Looking good as always.
Great to see how you morph basic figures to the custom ones that you need and that we enjoy.
Keep up the good work.



Thanks Wayne, I will do my best buddy!
J
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Posted: Monday, July 13, 2020 - 07:04 AM UTC
Hi Jerry,

Looking good as always.
Great to see how you morph basic figures to the custom ones that you need and that we enjoy.
Keep up the good work.
G-man69
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Posted: Monday, July 13, 2020 - 01:34 AM UTC

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Oops what were you doing there JR? Brigitte right? As for the duo G, better get me a banjo…but back on topic will there be a smokin’ Panther in the scene? I was looking back at earlier pages & unsure if that’s to come



Tim, you shouldn't have said that, I now have an image from 'Deliverance' etched on my brain, .

Cheers, ,

G
jrutman
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Posted: Monday, July 13, 2020 - 01:22 AM UTC
Brian and Mike,
Thanks for checking in Gents. I will do my best Brian,under your very welcome tutelage concerning markings and kit for Commonwealth subjects.
Mike,yes,it seems so. I did see a notice from a store owner on FB yesterday saying he had a shipment on the way with plenty of Dragon British Infantry in Normandy kits! Right on time. I just hope he advirts it when available.

Here is some progress on these guys. Put on the first application of good ol' putty plus shaved the unwanted details off the "kid" on the left.
Now the putty work continues.


Thanks for commenting and lurking as usual,
J
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Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2020 - 09:36 AM UTC

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I need a bunch more Scotsmen for this ongoing project. Hard to find 1/35 scale British style Infantry kits right now.
So I will crack on with converting them from other sources.


Hi Jerry, I saw your query about British infantry figures last week and did a bit of web-searching myself — came up with zilch as well. So, I had a feeling that much Franken-figuring would commence — already looking great!
🔪😴🗡💆‍♂️🔩🔩... ⚡️⚡️⚡️


—mike
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Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2020 - 06:52 AM UTC
Now we're talking!

This is where the tutorial begins - love it Jerry - 'always get a lot out of these "how to" insights.

Brian
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Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2020 - 06:33 AM UTC
I need a bunch more Scotsmen for this ongoing project. Hard to find 1/35 scale British style Infantry kits right now.
So I will crack on with converting them from other sources.
Here we see a german anti-tank gunner from Dragon.


I posed the legs and torso how I wished it to look. Here so far I just modified the leggings by shortening them a bit and giving him a ladder lace on his boots instead of the German style cross lace.


Next I ground off everything that does not resemble Commonwealth battledress.
I rescribed some of the webbing back onto the shoulders as well.Next,the neck was hollowed out to prepare for his brand new resin noggin from Hornet.


I selected an older looking gent because he will be an "old salt" Company Sergeant Major.



Next i selected arms from one of my frankenstein stashes of older figs.
He will have a Sten but I am still messing with the position of that weapon. Not nailed down yet.


He will be joined by a few more in the Company command group,like this runner.
As you see,he began as a German Para. I will remove all of his bonesack coverall and start the same treatment on him as the Sgt Maj.

Hope this helps illuminate some of the conversion world for some.
J







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Posted: Saturday, July 11, 2020 - 03:03 AM UTC

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Oops what were you doing there JR? Brigitte right? As for the duo G, better get me a banjo…but back on topic will there be a smokin’ Panther in the scene? I was looking back at earlier pages & unsure if that’s to come



Nope,no smokin Panthers here. St Manvieu had no german tanks involved,just Scottish/British.
I used that house as a prototype because it was right in that area and so pretty accurate for the place.
J
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Posted: Saturday, July 11, 2020 - 02:24 AM UTC
Oops what were you doing there JR? Brigitte right? As for the duo G, better get me a banjo…but back on topic will there be a smokin’ Panther in the scene? I was looking back at earlier pages & unsure if that’s to come
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Posted: Friday, July 10, 2020 - 04:19 AM UTC
Hi Jerry,

Another pair of excellently animated figures, you have an amazing eye for detail and balance in your figure rendering, .

Not going to say anything about there being a duo of Tims, .

Cheers, ,

G
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Posted: Friday, July 10, 2020 - 02:37 AM UTC

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Alright so he’s Tim 2, I’m Tim 1 (‘cos I thought of it first) & the others (at least 3) can sort themselves out. OK as you say the pitfalls of posting WIPs, which I think most would agree are presumed posted to generate comments & suggested enhancements before it’s too late. But if anyone’s allowed to be different you surely are! Yeah that was an interesting query about Summer ’44, had me wracking my brains to check I hadn’t forgotten a Winter ’44 or Summer ’43 Normandy campaign…I’m still thinking we must be missing something?



Yeah man,my thoughts exactly,uh...Tim number one.
That reminds me,one night last week I overheard a nice lady standing by a lampost say quite emphatically something like "Ohh yes..That Tim..he numma wun !
J
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Posted: Thursday, July 09, 2020 - 04:03 PM UTC
Alright so he’s Tim 2, I’m Tim 1 (‘cos I thought of it first) & the others (at least 3) can sort themselves out. OK as you say the pitfalls of posting WIPs, which I think most would agree are presumed posted to generate comments & suggested enhancements before it’s too late. But if anyone’s allowed to be different you surely are! Yeah that was an interesting query about Summer ’44, had me wracking my brains to check I hadn’t forgotten a Winter ’44 or Summer ’43 Normandy campaign…I’m still thinking we must be missing something?
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Posted: Thursday, July 09, 2020 - 04:40 AM UTC

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Jerry, just caught back up with this one.

I think these Brits are the best actions poses you have achieved so far - and the bar was already set VERY HIGH.

Keep it coming!



Thanks Tim !
Glad you liked these guys.
J
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Posted: Thursday, July 09, 2020 - 02:42 AM UTC
Tim and Erwin,
Give it time guys,give it time. These are WIP remember? Netting and scrim will be added and all will be well.
The pitfalls of posting WIP. I am still wondering about the "summer'44" query.
J
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Posted: Wednesday, July 08, 2020 - 09:16 PM UTC
maybe beause it is not perfectly round???
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Posted: Wednesday, July 08, 2020 - 05:13 PM UTC
Can’t get enough of the life you inject into your guys, never fails. But Reloading grunt’s helmet doesn’t look quite right to my tired eyes, reminds me of something south-east Asian or maybe French?
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Posted: Wednesday, July 08, 2020 - 04:17 PM UTC

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Beautiful work as always JR , I'm learning a lot watching you do your thing man . Valuable lessons man !!!

Thank you !!



Thanks buddy! very nice thing to write here,
J
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Posted: Wednesday, July 08, 2020 - 04:17 PM UTC

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Is this supposed to be summer '44?



Yes,end of June during Operation Epsom,
J
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Posted: Wednesday, July 08, 2020 - 11:32 AM UTC
Beautiful work as always JR , I'm learning a lot watching you do your thing man . Valuable lessons man !!!

Thank you !!
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Posted: Wednesday, July 08, 2020 - 10:59 AM UTC
Is this supposed to be summer '44?
jrutman
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Posted: Wednesday, July 08, 2020 - 10:42 AM UTC
Thanks for making the comments Jan. I will see what I can do with the green tones. Very hard to get those correct.

Some new characters for the hide and seek in the village of St Manvieu.

Bot Dragon modified figs with Hornet heads and Tamiya kit and rifles. Putty rucksacks and detail are under way.
First is an assistant Bren Gunner with 2 extra ammo pouches.




Reloading grunt


Lots of pics showing the spade carried this way to keep it out of the way when going prone.

Still a WIP,among other things they need the slings,303. bandoliers and pig stickers added.



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Posted: Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 08:01 PM UTC
Hi Jerry, great work, but there is something I have to add to your build. Looking at the grass in your diorama it seems to dry (green/brown, light brown) for Normandy. Normandy is known for it's rainfall and the landscape is far more green (almost unnatural) then some other parts of France. I don't know about your extact timesetting after d-day but it's good to check the wheater reports and link it to your diorama. Maybe you just wanted to add contrast to your diorama. In that case forget my words. But it seems your going all the way on realism. Keep on the good work!