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TOPIC: "House to House" May 1968 Vignette COMPLETED!

"Contact!" Tet Offensive Vignette 02 Dec 2017 14:30 #73

The groundwork was then painted a base coat of flat black. This is what it looks like before the second coat as once the first coat dried I saw all of these spots where the paint did not quite make it's way into the texture. The piece of wood is just holding up the running Soldier until he is glued permanently to the base.





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"Contact!" Tet Offensive Vignette 02 Dec 2017 14:44 #74

Here it is with the base earth color. The base color is Vallejo Earth Brown highlighted with Vallejo Tan Earth. You can see the impressions of the boot prints a bit better now than when it was primed with black.







And here it is with the figures and barrels:













That's all for now. Thanks for looking.
Cheers,
James
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"Contact!" Tet Offensive Vignette 02 Dec 2017 23:24 #75

Brilliant idea with the shutters; they turned out perfectly. I also love the ground work. Most effective appearance of mud/soft dirt. Way to go!


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"Contact!" Tet Offensive Vignette 03 Dec 2017 08:09 #76

Excellent. :soldier
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"Contact!" Tet Offensive Vignette 03 Dec 2017 09:25 #77

Looks great :thumbsup
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"Contact!" Tet Offensive Vignette 11 Dec 2017 12:06 #78

It has been about a week or so since I last posted any progress. I did start painting the M79 grenadier, but took a break from that when my rubble and debris products from DioDump arrived so I could get the groundwork completed. Here is the progress I made on the figure to this point. I still need to paint outline and do the dark shadows of the uniform and flak jacket, paint the canteen along with the 40mm bandoleer and claymore bag, paint the left hand with M79, add the helmet, and add an M79 round into the right hand. I think he is coming along nicely and did not want to finish the figure prior to the finalization of the rubble and debris so I wouldn't ruin the paintjob on the figure.



I started adding the rubble and debris from a product by DioDump out of the Netherlands. It contains all kinds of good stuff that can be dropped onto a diorama as is. However, the battle damage depicted in this vignette was minor, so it had to be placed sparingly and much of what came in the container was not used for this project (but will be helpful in future project). I kind of wish I had this stuff before I used the putty for the groundwork as this would have been better installed when the putty was still wet, but I think it worked out OK. I had to paint the two barrels at the end of the divider wall so I could set them in place so the debris would meet up to it. When I initially placed most of the debris, there was a gap between where the debris ended and the barrel started. This needed to be filled in as did some areas along the wall. I used a MIG product for attaching gravel and pebbles and it seemed to work OK. The only downside I found was that some of the sand was getting into the holes where the pins of the figures are going to be placed. Other than that, I am pretty pleased with the debris.







Then I added some grass made from jute twine.











And here it is with a few of the figures in place to show some of the area that still needs some attention. I left off the grenadier and the rifleman since the debris product was still setting and I did not want to disturb it. Later I will be adding some Vietnamese language newspapers, shell casings, empty magazines and bandoleers, an expended M72 LAW, the VC's AK47, perhaps the crushed drum or another item to fill that space, and some other random stuff scattered across the vignette.











Now, back to work on this.

Thanks for looking.

Cheers,
James
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"Contact!" Tet Offensive Vignette 11 Dec 2017 13:33 #79

Lots of action there. :popcorn
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"Contact!" Tet Offensive Vignette 11 Dec 2017 15:27 #80

Wow, that is looking fantastic! The added debris really enhances this scene. Will you also add bullet holes to the outside of the barrels to show the results of incoming fire?


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"Contact!" Tet Offensive Vignette 11 Dec 2017 22:05 #81

Thanks, guys.

I had done some weathering on the crushed drum as well as the one knocked over, then I read Duke's comment about the bullet holes and added some. I was thinking there was something that still needed to be done to them. The standing drum is a solid resin piece from Armand Bayardi. I used a pin vise drill to drill holes all the way through, painted the hole black and outlined in grey. The shrapnel hole in the knocked over drum was drilled then roughed up with a knife.











And here are some shots of the through and through bullet holes in the standing drum.









And here is a shot of what it looks like with the dead VC or NVA is in place.



That's all for tonight.

Cheers,
James
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"Contact!" Tet Offensive Vignette 15 Dec 2017 19:55 #82

I've taken a break from the groundwork to get some painting done on the figures. Since I had started the grenadier, I am in the process of finishing him. Hopefully I will be done with him this weekend.

In these photos, I still need to finish painting the boots, left hand, and M79 (the left hand holding the M79 still needs to be added once painted). Since most members of 2/47th Infantry (Mechanized) had faded helmet covers and that is how I am going to have most of them depicted, I painted general shapes of the Mitchell Camouflage Pattern since they will not be very visible once I fade out the cover.













The following photos are of the figure with the helmet cover faded out and dusty/dirty as well as his trousers dirtied a bit. I still need to finish painting the boots and add the left hand with M79.

















Next time I post, I will have photos of the completed figure prior to mounting to the base and then some of the figure in position in the vignette.

Thanks for looking,
Cheers,
James
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"Contact!" Tet Offensive Vignette 15 Dec 2017 20:59 #83

You nailed the flesh tones. :notworthy:
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"Contact!" Tet Offensive Vignette 16 Dec 2017 07:33 #84

Looking good :thumbsup :thumbsup :thumbsup
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