Saturday, April 4, 2020

Air assets for Spectre Operations

A 1/48 Hasegawa kit of the Dassault Falcon 10 and the Italeri 1/48 kit of the UH-60 Blackhawk.

The figures are shown for scale and are Empress US Army, Spectre Miniatures Suitcase man and some O-scale railway figures of an unknown brand.

And some flight stands to really get them airborne.

The base foot is 10mm mdf, glued in two layers. An old transistor antenna is glued into the hole drilled into the base. On top of the antenna I glued a strong rare earth magnet to connect with the magnet at the bottom of the helicopters. The cup I placed it in serves to enlarge the surface that connectsto the glue. The magnets are so strong that glue will fail to hold them otherwise.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Photo setup

I got questions how I took my pictures. Nothing fancy I am afraid. They are taken with a Samsung Galaxy A8 smartphone and my normal picture setup. This usually is a small diorama background I made specifically for that purpose or a sheet of grey wallpaper sloping up towards the background. 

Lighting is provided by daylight if I have it or my painting lamp. Using the lamp top-down takes care of most shadows since the lamp tube is circular and lights the object from all sides. 

I NEVER use flashlight because the shadows are hideous and it destroys all colour. 

The phone's software takes care of most of the rest. There are two zoom options. When photographing a row of figures you have to account for the fact that the strong curve of this small lens distorts the image at short range. Because of that, figures that you have positioned to look into the lens actually seem to turn away from it. So it is better to take the picture at a bit more distance. 
The software has some simple white range adjustments as well, but that part of the technique is better explained elsewhere. And by other, more knowledgeable people 😁

Sunday, March 29, 2020

More Predators and a Dunwich Horror

The magnificent Predator figures by Prodos (alas OOP now). I was lucky to find the one pack missing from my collection at Crisis in Antwerp last year.  

And because it is a creep as well the old Dunwich Horror by RAFM.

More Vietnam painting

Some of these figures you have seen before but the pictures are better :) 

Sergeants Elias and Barnes from Miniature Wargames Magazine

Some Full Metal Jacket characters by Empress Miniatures

And more figures by Empress. 

The Long Range Recon patrol by Empress.