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  1. Display Eagles

    They are very nice, one a bit on the rude side and probably best to display in the man cave. Some are very large pieces and must use a fair bit of material to both mould and cast. Are some of them concrete? or are you using a material to fill and then painting. It would be good to see the process in action with some stages pictures. Do you do the sculpting as well as casting from original items? it all looks pretty interesting. I'm impressed, although your brickwork could do with some pointing
  2. Display Eagles

    Thanks Gents, thanks. Hopefully they are inspirational, they certainly have been for me. I've jumped in and even ordered more resin mould type stuff. Go to your local art dealers and jump in. It's really not that expensive, no matter what you are interested in, have a go. There's always Mr.Google, Mr. Youtube and even me to ask for help. But I've found that getting older automatically unleashes a want to get to the 'devil in the detail' no matter how long it takes. Just have a look at Peter's uniforms or Brian's furniture or even Chris's trench in his garden.
  3. Well worth the effort to display them in this fashion. They have some substance now and take up the space they deserve. Right good choice of pictures as well. Nice one.
  4. Display Eagles

    Thank you Peter. I thinks it's about getting stuck in and having a go, and realising that it's not going to be done in an hour or so. These took two or three days each after a couple of massive failures and me balling up lumps of clay that took hours to form into ugly ducklings instead of proud eagles. Same as those uniforms you do, invest the time to learn something new. You never know when someone may need an eagle sculpted (as long as it isn't an emergency).
  5. Display Eagles

    The completed shadow frame with eagle and EKIIs, looks pretty good but still to get onto the wall
  6. Hmmm.......I wouldn't, not a good portrait IMO. And WW2 at that. Surely, there's something more fitting somewhere as they did like the posing photos in WW1. Given the Rommel photo above, someone has to have a nice one.........
  7. Display Eagles

    Cold casted a few more to try out the mix. The aluminium powder will give off a gas if mixed too thickly (just as in cement when going for water proofing) and gives an Aero bar density. About a quarter of one half of the mix seems to be about right (that'll be an eighth then). So, I have a few miniature eagles now: And here's the prototype all ready for the display (I might do another concentrating on trying to keep the flat surfaces flat) but it looks sort of beat up, which is fine as it's only 5 inches wide:
  8. Display Eagles

    Thanks Mike, maybe not a medal but how about one of the French Eagles captured at Waterloo, or maybe a Roman Eagle from the lost Ninth Legion? Just the thing to fill that gap in your collection until a real one comes along.
  9. Here's the biggest pictures I can find, maybe others have better higher quality ones....
  10. Display Eagles

    Thanks Chris And here's the SS Eagle alongside an EKII with a bit of patina added. I can feel skulls, crossed machine guns, stick grenades and badge type things coming on.
  11. Display Eagles

    This one is an SS eagle with a wingspan of about 170mm, again not too clumsy. Rather than just paint them and use, I thought I'd have a go at moulding them (as the moulding stuff was next to the clay in the art shop). Here's the moulds complete with the pesky little air bubbles: having done a bit of research with Mr Google I added aluminium powder to the resin when casting. Here's the SS before any cleaning up: And here's the miniature train eagle after some cleaning up and some polishing. Also a picture alongside an EKII. Not bad for a first try but I need to get those flat surfaces better. And I have a fair bit of modelling clay left.
  12. Marine On Guadalcanal

    Very nice painting and expertly carried out. A moment caught in time during a lapse in the fighting? Maybe a letter from home, or maybe a letter found with the flag that belonged to its original owner? It's very difficult to capture a moment like this without it seeming posed. Only a very few artists can achieve that in my opinion. Don has captured the moment and has complemented it with his amazing artistic capabilities and skills. Wonderful painting.
  13. Moving up

    German Air Force Panavia Tornado at the 2011 NATO Tiger Association air display in Cambrai, France Sturmgeschütz III Winterschlacht im Osten 1941/42.....a frost-bitten dawn advance on the Eastern Front. Sunday 17th September 1944 Early morning on the 4th May 1982, Operation Black Buck Two's stick of twenty one 1000lb bombs hits the Western end of Stanley Airport's runway. Black Buck One's craters from a few days before can be seen across the runway.
  14. Moving up

    Here's another, wrecked KV1
  15. Strange Creatures, These Collectors

    Yes, having just attended a show today, pack and price everything up, try to get it all into the car, set up display tent in field without it blowing away, set up tables, put everything out on display, enjoy the talking to loads of people, and then only sold stuff out of the 'junk bin' for a few quid (not even enough to cover the entrance fee) I'm thinking the same thing. But maybe also moving on a bit.
  16. Moving up

    Thanks very much Gents, very much appreciated. I'm glad you enjoyed them.
  17. Strange Creatures, These Collectors

    It seems as though you would drive through snow storms to attend shows but, it seems, happily walk round without any dough about your person. Is there some form of plan here? Or is it just a collector's thing? I'm interested, as I do have the occasional stall at events with painted objects for sale and no one ever seems to have any money. I've always wondered why that is......
  18. Moving up

    Thanks Egorka, it's mixed media as I use a sprayed intercoats to protect the layers of pencil drawing and washes as I progress, particularly if I'm airbrushing (not that I use much airbrushing these days - I can't be bothered getting it out and cleaning the thing afterwards). All the colours are acrylic paint. Yes, I had problems with keeping the items on the side of the T34 but superglue and gaffer tape sorted that out
  19. Moving up

    Painting of a small group I have to a sailor who was awarded the war badge in August 1943. I have a few of his other photos, one of which includes all of the crew with their names written on the reverse: A Commando service certificate overlaid with campaign stars, a marine cap badge and a mint FS fighting knife: And, my painting of a group to a Senior Sgt. tank driver who was awarded the Stalingrad Defence Medal. Along with his award certificate and a few other bits and bobs:
  20. Moving up

    Thought I'd copy ya'll into a few more recent paintings: First up is a painting of a Panzer Badge and Cert that I have. Interesting in that it is dated early January 1945 and to a member of the Lehr Div Jager Abt. 130 who were in action around Bastogne in the Battle of the Bulge: No idea who the signature is though. Next up is a Purple Heart certificate and medal overlaid with a WW2 M4 M1 bayonet. Made by Imperial but came with a late 1960/70s WD made scabbard. Next is a painting of a Hindenburg Widow's cross and the original certificates bought from a GMIC member Painting of a Guardsman's medals, memorial scroll, King's letter and plaque complete with all the envelopes and postal stamps:
  21. These are the books that are worth a look. Volume II is probably the better, given that it is the later war period. Pretty expensive but if you have a search they can be had a lot cheaper - I've seen them for less than $50 on ebay. Sorry I don't have them. I am tempted though.
  22. The whole lot, including medals, is about $300 from a re-enactment supplier. Depending on what size jacket you'd like http://www.surcompany.com/listing1-waffenss/sspolizei/tunic3.html The 4.SS were mostly around the Balkans at the time of the defence of the Bridgehead. So I wouldn't have thought they would have been entitled to the Kuban Shield. However, the owner could have transferred in from another unit who were entitled or even a member visiting the area for official or even non-official duties could have got roped in. Award of the shield wasn't just the 60 days for being there, it was also for being wounded or involved in a major operation at the bridgehead. They lost their police badges and heer eagles in 1942 having been 'adopted' into the Waffen SS. Which, I suppose, is when they got their SS arm eagles. I have seen on a forum that they had at least 2 Panthers later in the war - both of which were broken down (there's a surprise). But I suspect mostly Stugs and Panzer IVs but they also had Panzerjager regt later on so maybe a few tank killers as well.
  23. Ah, ok. That's a Close Combat Assault Clasp. Could be Bronze Silver or Gold.
  24. I believe (always say that as there's always someone who is more knowledgeable than me) that they are: 1 is the ribbon for the War Merit Cross 2 is the Kuban Arm Shield 3 is the SS member's tunic breast badge for those who were not entitled to wear the SS collar badge Cheers, Steve