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1/35 Scale Engineers laying mines near St. Vith

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Another Covid project.  This is going to be a small figure vignette depicting the Combat Engineers laying mines in the road way near the town of St. Vith in December 1944.  The figures are all my typical mish-mash of parts bashed together from the parts box, DLM Dragon, Tamiya, Miniart, Masterbox, resin, etc.  


The land mines are from the old Tamiya figure kits.  Each set of figures always had a few of these mine included on the sprue.  I never used the mines, they are not real detailed, and over the years I just tossed them in the parts box. I had about 30 of them and finally, having a lot of time to kill, I decided to do something with them.  This whole vignette evolved from those little lumps of plastic.   The crates are scratch built from bass wood and coffee stirrers.  The markings on the crates are not correct, but all I had were some old ammo box dry transfers.  It's not 100% correct, but it gets the idea across.


The other photos are reference I found online to help with the poses and placement of the figures.  


Depending on how long all this lasts I am going to try and do one of these little vignettes or vehicle models for each Division.  We'll see how that goes.  


Anyway, thanks for looking, stay safe. 



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 I worked on the terrain last night.  The base is foam board glued to a thick sheet of plastic sheet then covered with air dry modeling clay.  You could also use spackling compound to cover the foam board.  You need to laminate the foamboard to the plastic sheet with some strong adhesive.  If you just put the clay or spackle on the foamboard it will warp, the plastic sheet should prevent the warping.  Also, once the foam board is firmly glued to the plastic sheet you can seal up the foam board with a coat of primer or acrylic paint.   


After the clay dried up completely, I just painted on a brown earthy color with craft acrylic paints.  I used a dark and light brown and just let the color mix together to get that uneven look.  


After the paint dried up I coated the raised areas, not the road way with withe glue and applied static grass.  After the grass dried up I built up the small stone wall with super glue and small rocks and pebbles from  the drive way.  I found these Green World shrubs and then just glued them in place along the far side of the  road.  I think the stone wall and the shrubs help to frame the figures keep the viewer's focus on the figures.  


After the wall and the grass and the shrubs were all securely in place I applied the snow.  I used the tube acrylic paint because it is very thick.  I put some of the thick paint in to an empty Vallejo white bottle and squeezed out a line of thick white paint along the top of the wall and on the bushes.  I applied the paint like cake icing or silicone caulking.  I then did the same on the ground along the font of the shrubs and wall and on the grass.  Using the little squeeze bottle give you a nice, rounded, natural looking pile of fresh snow.    On the ground I used a small flat brush to smooth out and blend together the lines of white paint.  While the paint was still wet I dusted the whole thing with the craft store snow.  I intentionally left some bare spots and lifted some of the static grass through the white paint.  


I will let this all dry up for a few days while I work on the figures and them go back to work on the road to give it a wet look.  



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Great work Dennis! The soldier with the pickaxe definitely has his work cut out for him trying to make holes for the mines in that frozen roadway. All in all another masterpiece.


Semper Fi.



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Outatanding. They'd probably be from the 291st Combat Engineers. Little unit almost single-handedly punched Peiper right in his stupid nose.

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