I finally finished the scene by fixing all the figures to the base, and doing final touch ups and details to the groundwork.
Now I finished the last two figures for the overall scene. They are stock Dragon injection moulded ones, not the best details, but I reworked them, adding resin boots, new heads of course, and some gear from the spares box. After having painted them, I am quite happy with the results:
Now I have to fix them to the base, and do some final touch ups on the ground work.
After having finished the vehicles, I started to paint the figures for the scene. The first three are stock Alpine offerings, with a slight modification on the guy with the Stug 44:
These figures will be placed on the road, marching into the direction the Maultier is going.
Following these, I will add another three Alpine figures, one from a Charkov set, that will be converted slightly. They will be grouped at the back of the Schwimmwagen, depicting some gathering.
I also finished the Schwimmwagen. After adding all missing parts, I airbrushed it using Tamiya acrylics, and weathered it using a lot of oils, as well as mud made from enamels and plaster.
I also created a base featuring a muddy forest road, with a lot of fallen autumn leaves on each side. I attached both vehicles to the base, and harmonized all mud areas using oils.
Now I will work on the figures, that I have planned to add. I will use quite a lot, five resin offerings from Alpine, and I also want to add three to four figures from a Dragon set, that have to be detailed a bit first.
After finishing the build of the Opel Maultier, I started to work on the Schwimmwagen. The kit is from Tamiya, and I will add PE parts from an Aber set. I will start with detailing the two hull parts, which will also be painted and weathered before being glued together:
Most additional parts are from the PE set, with some scratch built parts from styrene and brass.
I now painted and weathered the interior, and glued the hull together. Then I continued adding details and PE parts:
During the last two weeks, I continued to work on the Maultier. I finished the driver’s cab, added the putty details to the canvas and finally also painted the cargo bay. After a intensive round of weathering using oils, I put all three main parts (frame, cabin, cargo bay) together and added some mud from enamels, also adding plaster. Then I added the wheels and the running gear, and did another round of mud. Finally, I assembled the tracks, using a Friulmodel Pz I set, and redid the mud.
What is still missing is the refinement of the mud coverage, but this I will do when also the Schwimmwagen is finished, so I can do the mud also on the base, and finish all at once, so that the same colors and textures are used.
I also started to build the Tamiya Schwimmwagen, adding PE parts from an Aber set. As there are plenty of reference photos available, some additional scratch built details will also be added.
I started to build the Dragon Maultier, by assembling the individual parts separately (cargo bay, frame, driver´s cab). During the assembly of the driver´s cab, I painted the individual parts already, as they will not be accessible later. Then I kept the roof and the doors separate, and started to sculpt two figures that will be placed inside the cab. Having finished these figures, I placed them into the driver´s cab.
The cargo bay was assembled from the kit, with some PE parts added. From the start, I planned to add a canvas from MagicSculp. So I did not bother to add all the details that will disappear below the canvas, and only added the bars supporting the canvas. Then I added the canvas from putty sheets, and started to add the details.
After finishing the motorcycle, I added two nice Fallschirmjaeger figures from Alpine, that were used almost unaltered. Only the MP 40 of one figure was exchanged against one from Dragon, taken from the spares box. I also added a pair of goggles to the guy with the MP, carefully removed from another resin head.
Painting went quite well and was a lot of fun. Then I fixed the two figures to the base: