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Painting 1/72 Swedish dragoons - Part two - painting riders and making bases

Dalibor Čavić, 17th January 2022

In the first part, I briefly explained who the dragoons were and how I painted their horses. In today’s article, I will describe how I painted the dragoons themselves and how I arranged the bases.

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Although it looks comical, and often very painful, this is the most practical way to paint 1/72 riders from my perspective. With a pin, I drill a 1mm hole in the rider's groin, and then insert a toothpick inside. I dip the other end of the toothpick into some old piece of styrofoam. This way I get a very practical holder and stand for painting and storing riders.

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After priming, I paint the faces first. Basic skin color, Reikland Fleshshade and then highlights and blush-like effects as much as possible on this scale. Then I paint the dominant color of the uniform that I will be able to wash and black parts. In this case it's blue which I then washao Nuln Oil. After the Nuln Oil dried, I did the highlights on the blue divisibles and then devoted myself to the yellow....

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Diorama USSR 1986 – part 1

Marko Paunović, 17th January 2022

In this series of articles, I will write about making a USSR diorama in 1986. I will show how I made the "terrain" and the model myself, how I painted them and what effects I used. In addition, vegetation and slices will be discussed.

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In the first article I will describe the making of the terrain. For the base I took a picture frame that I got in Lesnina. Size is 13 x 18 (opening). The idea I got was to put the van, UAZ 3909, as a wreck next to some Soviet statue. I opted for a sickle and a five-pointed hammer. I googled that there were several versions of such a statue, so I decided to do it because it seemed popular in those parts of the time. I made a statue shape on a computer and printed it out on self-adhesive paper.

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The idea behind it was to cut out the shape of the statue from the sticker and stick it on the styrofoam. Then I cut out the styrofoam and have the shape of a statue.

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Be careful when cutting and sanding before the next st...

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Pouring the paint into new bottles

Marko Paunović, 17th January 2022

This next article was written by our long time member who now lives in far away Germany, Berislav Tušek.

 

Introduction

Dear hobby friends, it was my turn to give in under Marko's relentless pressure and to dare to write an article. I hope you won’t be overly sorry for wasting time after reading it.

I decided to write my own review of the issue I have been dealing with lately, and that is the transfer of Citadel paints from their Copyright bottles into some more meaningful ones, i.e. into dropper bottles (i.e. nozzles).

First a little introduction. I started working on hobbies in parallel with the first film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and I used Citadel colors almost exclusively. After a few years break, I returned to the hobby and started buying Citadel paints again, probably because I knew them best. Over time, ie after watching a bunch of videos on wet blending and other techniques, I started to get some Scale 75 because I probably expected the color...

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Agram Group Build Report 02/22

Krunoslav Belinić, 17th January 2022

In this series of articles we will follow our Goran, Kruno, Dalibor, Domagoj i Marko while making dioramas and painting figures divided into several projects as a part of Agram Group Build Projects. The main idea is to let everyone make something on each project and the chief rule (apart that there are no rules) is not to tamper with another persons work. To let everyone partake and make several Frankenstein monsters…

KRUNO: The model already had “gaps” between the parts after assembly. I used GSW green stuff in tubes to fill in the gaps. The tube has a thin funnel on top that helps significantly with the delicate wear and tear of things. However, with larger gaps, it was more convenient for me to squeeze things out on a piece of paper and then use a shaping tool to insert it into the "hole". I tried to press the stuff as deep as possible into the slits so that when the material dries it holds the rubber firmly.
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The material shrinks during drying, so after two hours it...

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Magnetising a Harlequin

Domagoj Krpan, 12nd January 2022

Some time ago, rumors started about how the new rules for harlequin are coming out, and with that, the equipment they will be able to use will change. To make sure that space clowns could stay relevant no matter what shite happens in the rules, I decided to try magnetizing miniatures for the first time.

To try the magnetization without destroying the fresh model, I took the ebay rescue miniature which I got very conveniently. I like to do new things with older or cheaper models, so that I don't have to cry about the money and time spent or wasted. What we need for magnetization is a model, more precisely a torso and a limb that we want to magnetize, a magnet of the appropriate dimensions and a hand drill with which we will use a drill of the appropriate dimensions. The magnets I prepared for the harlequins are 2mm in diameter, so I also prepared a 2 mm drill bit.

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Once we have prepared everything we can start having fun. I would recommend that smaller and more delic...

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Painting 1/72 Swedish dragoons - Part one - painting horses

Dalibor Čavić, 10th January 2022

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Dragoons initially used horses only for mobility to the battlefield, and then fought as infantry. From the 17th century they began to fight like real cavalry, ie using swords and firearms riding. This kind of army was therefore very popular because it had much greater mobility than infantry, and they did not have such a high price as heavy cavalry. The Great Northern War took place in the early 18th century, and the leaders of the warring parties were tsarist Russia on the one hand and Sweden on the other. This Star set in the scale of 1/72 represents the dragoons of the Swedish King Charles XII from the period of the mentioned Great Northern War. Although Zvezda is still known as one of the better producers of 1/72 figures with the technology of injecting plastic into molds (mass production), the set is very interesting, but not technically excellent like many other sets of figures from this Russian manufacturer. Horses have a lot of mold lines, and the number of poses is...

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