After I added the final details, the three figures are now primed and ready to be painted:
The next step is to refine the body proportions by sanding and adding more Magic Sculp. I also started to rework the resin boots in the areas where they have been cut to allow for flexible poses, and to sculpt the trousers:
Now Magic Sculp is added to the wires to stabilize the poses, and to provide a basis for further refinement of the body proportions. It does not have to be nice, only stick to the wires…
I just started to redo the figures that go with the Panzer I and the PaK 37. Here, I would like to show how I build up my figures.
I start with building an armature from wire. I take two pieces of wire (e. g. brass, 0.6mm), and twist them together to form the “spine” (pictures 1 and 2). I then bend the arms and legs (picture 3), and add a “neck” made from a short piece of wire to the spine (picture 4). Finally, I partially fix the armature by adding a “pelvis” and a “chest” from Magicsculp (picture 5):
To get the size of the armature right, I searched on Google for a skeleton picture used by artists to help in painting humans. This was then scaled to 1/35 scale and printed. So I can check the appropriate size of my armature by simply placing it on the printout.
After a long break, I continued to work on the second Warsaw street fighting scene, and started to work on some figures to be added to the Panzer II tank. I bought a resin figure set from Stalingrad. The figures are ok, featuring some nice poses. I replaced the heads with Hornet offerings, and the rifles and the other equipment is from my spare box.
I built all three figures, reworking the poses and fixing some flaws. Then I painted the first figure and added it to the base:
Now I also added the second figure:
Finally, I added the third and last figure to the scene:
I covered the tank with a base layer of Tamiya panzer grey, followed by an oils based filter and pinwash. After that, I added stains, streaks and other details again using oils. Finally, I added a first layer of pigments below the fenders:
Now the tank is finished and attached to the base. The tracks are from Friul. There will be also some figures at a later stage: