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Baranovich07 Feb 2020 9:56 a.m. PST

Finally got around to finishing my Tiger I winter diorama.

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

I worked through the bizarre glitch with Verlinden's 1:48 German soldiers. I would say that Verlinden makes "heroic 1:48" in the way that Games Workshop makes heroic 28mm, etc.

When I first got them, it was clear they were WAY too tall! Luckily the boot components were separate pieces, and so I cut most of their length off, leaving only like the very shoe bottoms. That brought them down to the height of the Tamiya Panzer crew and infantry. Even though they are bulkier, the fact they have on winter coats over their other uniform cold feasibly make them look thicker. So they worked out ok.

The AFV Club is a really nicely detailed Tiger I model. I went with a pre-zimmerit Tiger, putting it on the Eastern Front near Leningrad in the winter of 1942.

The trees and foliage JTT Scenery products that I modified. I primed and repainted the trees.

The snow effects are my usual snow paste recipe of PVA glue, baking soda, and Titanium White artist's acrylic paint. I also put Woodland Scenics snow flock over the paste while it's still wet.

One new thing I tried was doing footprints in the snow. I let the snow paste was to set for a bit, then I took a spare leg component from the sprues and pressed foot shapes into the snow all around where the figures are standing. Overall the effect is pretty decent and convincing.

Comments and criticisms welcome!

Link to general gallery:
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Pauls Bods07 Feb 2020 10:59 a.m. PST

I really like the muddy track marks, very realistic.
The oil drum as a heater..wouldn´t it melt the snow around it?

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2020 1:50 p.m. PST

Thanks for posting this, and for not forgetting the footmarks in the snow!

Paul is correct about the missing dark ring of melted mush around the drum!

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2020 3:30 p.m. PST

Very nicely done!

Jim

Baranovich07 Feb 2020 7:12 p.m. PST

Thanks for the feedback guys!

Oh darn, I didn't think of the melted circle around the barrel! I will definitely go back in and fix that… :)

d88mm194007 Feb 2020 8:41 p.m. PST

Looks great!
Maybe it was so cold that the fire froze?

Baranovich09 Feb 2020 9:04 a.m. PST

@d88mm1940

Lol! Well I mean it is a Russian winter… :)

Phrodon10 Feb 2020 11:16 a.m. PST

Looks great! Well done.

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