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120mmPainting 3-color DBU
Groundwork and Layout of the VignetteThe base supplied with the kit just doesn't do the figure justice. Instead, I was thinking of making a small vignette, thus utilizing the action pose of the figure much better. I decided to go with a rather simple idea, something one can see quite often on news footage from Iraq these days; a soldier is about to enter a house and inspect it for the possible insurgent threat. I used wooden blocks to build the house structure. After covering the wood with a layer of plaster, I drilled some bullet holes in it and painted it using enamels. Weathering was performed by several thin washes and weathering powders. The groundwork was kept to the minimum, sand surface with small pebbels.
I made a wooden ammo crate and added some debris as well as Iraqi leaflets I found on the internet. I also used Mission Models .50 caliber shells; the calculation of the scale difference revealed an almost perfect size match of 1/35 scale .50 cal shells to represent 1/16 5.56mm small arms shells.