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"...and for my sins..."
Posted by TigerII on Sunday, April 18, 2021 10:59 PM

I've started my next diorama. Hopefully it won't take too long to make. Here are three Vietcong guerillas from Dragon. I have one more figure to make and then I'll start the base and accessories. As always all comments and critiques are greatly appreciated.

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
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Posted by Pawel on Monday, April 19, 2021 1:11 AM

Interesting!

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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Posted by keavdog on Monday, April 19, 2021 1:48 AM

Really nice job on the figures.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, April 19, 2021 7:23 AM

Yeah, they came out great!!!

Looking forward to seeing how you use them!

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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  • From: Vancouver, British Columbia
Posted by Bobstamp on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 6:53 PM

Wow! Impressive! 

You received a compliment of sorts from my wife. 

When I showed her the pictures, our conversation went this way:

Susan: "What are they standing on?" 

Bob: "Corks."

Susan: "Corks? Corks aren't that big!"

Bob: "No, that's true. They're corks, I assume, from wine bottles."

Susan: "But...." And then the light dawned. "Oh! I thought they were actual men dressed like Viet Cong!"

I am quite sure that my epitaph will say, "He could never paint model figures so they look real." On the other hand, if I were to try to paint a model Viet Cong figure, he wouldn't look like your Viet Cong.

I was in South Vietnam, with the U.S. Marines, early in 1966. My battalion was soon engaged in combat, at first taking light casualties, and arresting Viet Cong POWs, like these I photographed:

They were thin, poorly dressed and poorly armed. The only armed VC I saw, before I myself was wounded by a rifle bullet and evacuated, was killed by a Marine in my squad. He was just a kid wearing dark trousers and a white singlet and armed with a bolt action Mosin–Nagant carbine, probably dating back to a Finnish model produced in 1938. The images above are included in my photo essay, "37 Days in Vietnam: Photographs by a Marine Corpsman," at https://www.ephemeraltreasures.net/imgs/vietnam-war-slideshow.pdf.

Bob

 

 

On the bench: 1/500 Revell S.S. Hope, being built as the hospital ship U.S.S. Repose; Academy 1/72 F-86F Sabre, and a diorama to illustrate the crash of a Beech T-34B Mentor which I survived in 1962 (I'm using Minicraft's 1/48 model of the Mentor). 

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Posted by TigerII on Thursday, April 22, 2021 9:50 PM

Hey Pawel, Keavdog & Gamera thank you for your comments. Hey Bobstamp please extend my sincerest thanks to your wife for her comments. To you I say 'Welcome home Doc' and 'Calm winds and following seas' and thanks for your comments. I was reading your pictorial. Nice photos. Semper Fi.

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
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Posted by Gamera on Friday, April 23, 2021 9:08 AM

Wow Bob that's fascinating.

 

And the cork story is hilarious, nice to add a little levity to the truth about the VC which is kinda depressing.

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Saturday, April 24, 2021 4:31 PM

I've often wondered about how Dragon got the sculpt for the squatting dude.  It's not really deep enough for that classic Asian squat, which is almost sitting on the heels.

From photos of captured arms, there probably ought to be a touch more bare metal showing, where the finish is worn away.  The grenade portion of RPG are a Medium Green/Nato Green sort of color.  The metal tail out of the RPG stock ought to be worn to bare metal, as well.

The PRC mag bags are a fery medium green, but can vary from a near yellow-green to an ugly blue-green.

All of which can help break up the monotony of all-black uniforms.

Still a great job on the figures, especially gettign to stand on those giant corks.

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Posted by TigerII on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 2:45 PM

Sorry I haven't updated much, was busy with something else. But here are two WIP photos. One is a faded brown wooden floor and the other is a bedroom set w/night tables in resin along with the final figure that still needs to be tweaked. I am scratchbuilding the diorama but things are coming along. 

 

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 3:27 PM

HI;

  I would say this.,You may have stepped on your tongue.Those look more like V.C. regulars to me. The V.C. Guerillas we captured or killed looked more like the Kid in the picture later in the article. With out-dated weapons, that although old, could take out an American. 

    All in all a good job with figures though!

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Posted by TigerII on Thursday, May 6, 2021 12:31 PM

Hey Tanker-Builder you're right but the VC kit I built & painted were made by Dragon Models. Dragon provided the AK-47's although I have some of those outdated weapons you mentioned. But according to the diorama I'm building a lot of the VC were a shadow of their original strength but still better equipped. Thank you for the comment.

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, May 6, 2021 2:58 PM

Well Shoot!

   I commented because I like what you are doing! The subject matter is good and all. Now, gotta ask, What's with the guy in  his green Boxers in a military Dio? Someone caught almost with his pants down?

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Posted by TigerII on Thursday, May 6, 2021 3:28 PM

Big Smile. Thanks buddy. I appreciate your comments. Now if I tell you at this moment about the guy in his shorts you'd get the idea behind my diorama. I'm not ready to disclose that just yet. Soon, real soon.

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
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Posted by TigerII on Saturday, May 8, 2021 12:55 AM

Here is the last figure of my diorama. Definitely not my best pic, but now on to finish the base and remainder of surrounding features.

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
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Posted by TigerII on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 9:00 PM

Here are some more WIP photos. These are all scratchbuilt and don't worry the window will be getting tweaked. So far all my components are coming together.

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
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Posted by Gamera on Monday, May 17, 2021 11:26 AM

Very cool!!! Love the figures and the furniture!

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by TigerII on Sunday, May 23, 2021 10:16 PM

Hey Gamera, thanks for the comments. I've been slow walking these last 2 weeks, but I have gotten some work done and most of my components are almost done and then I put the whole diorama together. Here is one component that went together well. Hopefully more to come in a few days as I call it a completed job.

 

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, May 24, 2021 11:06 AM

Well!

      Geez! lamps with webs and furniture as well as windows. OOOH! this has gotta be good.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, May 24, 2021 11:08 AM

Oh Boy!

    This little dio says a lot and yet is simple in execution. See, Simplicity is definitely better where figures are concerned in nature!

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, May 24, 2021 8:01 PM

Very cool! Looking forward to seeing her all come together Tiger. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by TigerII on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 12:49 AM

Well in my opinion, this diorama is finished. I feel that its not my best, but it is hard to replicate a movie scene. This is my rendition of the opening scene/monologue from 'Apocalypse Now'. I was playing "devil's advocate" when I put the VC in the room, according to what Capt. Willard was saying, but they turned out OK. The figure represents Capt. Willard (Martin Sheen). Well as always ALL comments and critiques are greatly appreciated.

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 8:58 AM

Well;

     Now it all makes sense. There were many years the Darker corner of the room held vignettes like that for me. So Many in fact, that I had to undergo Anger Management counseling! But Now, I can appreciate the Art you have created here concerning the Human condition. Very Well Done!

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 10:22 AM

Oh that's cool! Nice work!!!

Somehow the movie never crossed my mind. I was thinking the guy was seeking comfort with a Vietnamese um... 'working girl' when the VC show up...

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by TigerII on Thursday, May 27, 2021 10:03 PM

Hey Gamera, thanks for the laugh. I like the way you think.Big Smile But as you can see it wasn't that. Now in the flick "The Green Berets", there was a somewhat similar scene; Wink. Also Tank-Builder I'm glad that the ART is appreciated.

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
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Posted by Mac Fixx on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 12:58 PM

I REALLY like this and can relate in so many ways...sometimes far too well. Much like the opening lines to "The Patriot".

You put into tangible form what's there but can't be seen.  Powerful stuff IMO.

Thank you

Mac

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Posted by TigerII on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 9:00 PM

Mac Fixx

I REALLY like this and can relate in so many ways...sometimes far too well. Much like the opening lines to "The Patriot".

You put into tangible form what's there but can't be seen.  Powerful stuff IMO.

Thank you

Mac

 

Hey Mac, thank you very much. I appreciate your comment deeply.

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
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Posted by goldhammer88 on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 10:55 PM

I can feel it....was in Thailand back then.  The whole time I was there, I wanted to be stateside, when I got back, it didn't take long to wish I was back there.

 

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Posted by Mac Fixx on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 11:48 PM

goldhammer88

I can feel it....was in Thailand back then.  The whole time I was there, I wanted to be stateside, when I got back, it didn't take long to wish I was back there.

 

At least "there" it's easier to identify friend or foe. Words don't matter much. It's all about deeds. And they speak first, louder, and are harder to spin.  The road to hell is paved with good intentions doesn't seem to apply...at least as much/often. Just my opinion.

Sorry to get off topic.  This work just really sticks with me and keep going back looking at it.

Mac

 

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