Jump to content
Gentleman's Military Interest Club


Old Contemptible
  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Posts posted by Spasm

  1. Well worth a look at Don's artwork. His studio/home is both an amazing gallery and excellent military collection. Not too much US Civil War hereabouts so would be great to see some of that as well. 

  2. I expect moulding is a lot easier now than in the 17th century. But good that you are still using those old techniques, which are probably needed on the bigger items.

    I remember when you posted that pipe stove door. I thought it was a strange item to buy but now I see why you have it.

    Some nice EKs there, even one that has been de-nazified. Don't tell me you made these.

  3. Your advice worked very well, brushed on a thin layer into all the crevasses and dips. Waited with crossed fingers and all came out very nicely, thank you.

    No need to shake the table, unless I get on to mammoth stuff like yours, as the thin layer works just fine. (And they are selling before I've had a chance to cast them - which is nice).


  4. Impressively large pieces but I don't have a forklift handy so I'll stick to the smaller pieces I think. It would be good to see some progress pictures.

    I found it difficult to decide on what materials to use for mould making and casting. There seems to be a lot out there, all saying that theirs was the best available. I didn't really want to have a lot of trouble de-casting so I went with a silicon that doesn't seem to stick too much to anything. It takes 24hrs to go off but I think worth the wait rather than ruining the sculpture or mould. It is quite expensive though.

    Here's the next sculpture - about 180mm (7") high - that's going into the mould box and getting the silicon poured over it. I'm going to try to brush the silicon onto the details as I start pouring so hopefully minimising those weenie air bubbles that hang onto them. Fingers crossed that I don't bugger it all up otherwise that'll be 5 days of sculpting out of the window. No stress...:( 


  5. 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 :P 

  6. 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.

  7. 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). :P

  8. 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:


  9. 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.  :D

  10. 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.  



  11. I don't really collect much any more but I can't seem to resist a nice looking Iron Cross or two. I still wander around military shows when I can and also trade the odd bit for my artwork. I've had a shadow frame sitting in the loft for a bit and as I've a few WW2 EKs hanging around I thought it was about time to get them displayed rather than hiding in the back of drawers along with those other few bits and bobs.

    So here was the plan, find the frame in the loft (Jeez, there's a lot of stuff up there) give it a clean, find out that I'd used it for something else previously and had to cut a new back for it:




    Find and arrange the Iron Crosses artistically (wow, found an EKI as well lurking in a drawer):


    Ok, looks pretty nice but there's that gap under the EKI. I needed something to fill it. I've a few various breast and cap eagles but..........aha, I remember having lokked around a show a few months ago I saw some awards mounted alongside what looked like a small train eagle. I'll get one of those I thinks.

    No chance, can I find one on Mr Google? No. Can I find anything similar? No. 

    So, whatever, I'll make one. There's some very talented people on here making their own small figures, tanks, ships etc. I'll therefore have a go at making my own.

    Thinking back to school days playing around with clay, how hard can it be? I tried the air drying clay from the local art dealers - rubbish, it just broke up once dried. I tried carving the next one with the oven hardened clay - it was gonna take weeks.

    So, I sculpted one out of the modelling, sculpting clay available at the art store:


    With a wingspan of 145mm it turned out ok. So I did another:


  12. 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. 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 :P 

  14. 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:


  15. 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:


  16. The whole lot, including medals, is about $300 from a re-enactment supplier. Depending on what size jacket you'd like :P


    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.