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Distraction: Greta's Revenge

The First Sketch

As soon as I had the story I also had the drawing for it and the final idea was born (fig.1) During the modeling stage some of the ideas drawn out in the sketch were slightly modified

The Figure

This was the first problem and with that also the first challenge. After looking around in my scratch box for parts to scratch built my sniper out. I discovered that I didn’t have parts that would satisfy me for what I wanted to do. I was looking for parts to make a sniper that lay down on the ground aiming his gun. And he had to wear the distinctive White winter outfit.

So I thought that if I don’t have it, I'll make it myself and so be it. I first started to look for scratch parts that I could use. These were a left arm, a right hand, the head with helmet, the boots and the shovel and ammo container. The rest of the sniper I had to make myself. The body was made with DAS clay (the white variant) this is some kind of modeling clay and it dries by air (no baking or other hard things involved) and I modeled the different parts of the body. While I was doing this I used a Sniper from the DML kit as reference for the measurements. I sculpted the two legs, the lower body (part where the legs touch the body, underside of the parka), the upper body, the right arm and last but not least the hood of the parka (fig.2) As the clay was a bit old I still had to do some extensive putty job too (fig.3 & 4).
As I had all these parts I glued them together with ordinary CA glue. With some woodworking tools that I found in my fathers work shed I scribed in details like sewing lines and the webbing he is wearing (belt etc.)

Next came the painting of the figure. I used only humbrol colors for the painting of the figure. The whole suit got a layer of signal white (fig. 5)(don’t know the paint nr.) Let that dry. Then I painted the webbing and the boots in the color black and a little khaki (fig.6). The head was already painted and I only painted the helm again as the white paint stuck not very well during an earlier paintjob. The helmet also got a layer of humbrol signal white. And with some fine touches of German grey to get the effect that the helmet was thrown down a couple of times and that the paint chipped a bit. The gun, shovel and ammo pouch were already painted. The burlap to break the silhouette of the gun barrel was made of a teabag glued to the gun. The glue went through the whole burlap and as the glue dried it became rock hard. I just painted it white and finish

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About the Author

About Robert Blokker (FAUST)

Started modelling when I was about 7 or 8 years old had a little break in between (school, girls partying) and eventually returned when finding this site in 2002. Main interest WW2 German army, wheeled vehicles and radio and communication troops or every other thing that manages to catch my interest...


Nice article Robert, thanks a lot for taking the time to put it together. Lots of good techiques in one place. Roger
FEB 12, 2003 - 09:12 PM
FEB 13, 2003 - 08:09 AM
Very nice! Thanks for sharing.
FEB 13, 2003 - 04:12 PM
Jim Thanks for adding the article to the site and guys thanks for the replies. on the article. I hope more of the contestants will do the same thing
FEB 14, 2003 - 12:27 AM
Robert, Great coverage of the assembly of an even great diorama !!! Compliments all the way. Eagle says : Goed gedaan Jochie..... #:-)
FEB 14, 2003 - 04:45 AM
One of the best winter dioramas i have seen in along time .
FEB 15, 2003 - 03:29 AM
Robert, Very nice dio indeed !!! It was nice to read the tips and tricks !!! Now for the dutchies.... Robert zou je of heb je dit artikel ook in het Nederlands ?? Veel van de tips wil ik graaggebruiken op mijn site voor beginnende bouwers in ons eigen kikker landje . stuur even een ractie naar mij via het e-mail adres op mijn site . mvg Eric
FEB 16, 2003 - 02:49 AM
Amazing. Glad this popped up in Past Features nearly ten years later.
NOV 09, 2012 - 10:43 PM
A nice walk down memory lane. I remember this group build like it was last week. It was cool to read the last paragraph on how it was "the best 2 months on the internet" ... have to agree ... modelling was such a buzz at that time, for me as well. Nice one Robert.
NOV 10, 2012 - 03:08 AM