To My Gebirgsjager Climber Page.
This page and kitbash is another that I have been
meaning to make for quite a while, but finding the time for it has always been a
problem for me. So after finding some spare time I have finally got
started with the figure and the diorama base that I wanted to make as well. As I
have always liked the other mountain dioramas that I have seen made by my fellow
modellers, so I had a go at making mine.
The diorama base for this figure is shown on my
other page - Mountain,
the main reason for this is that I keep this page to a reasonable size so that
it is easier to load.
The headsculpt for this figure is another DiD one,
and this time it is from the Russian Rurik figure. Which like all of the
headsculpts that I use for kitbashes it has been given a pastel wash to add some
shading to it.
The first pictures are of the head as it came from
the manufacturer, and the others are after I have given it a Light Brown pastel
wash as I wanted a light colour to the beard growth this time, after that I gave
the head a drybrush of some Flesh pastel chalk
The uniform for this figure is a mix of Dragon
clothing that I have bought loose, I used a plain Dragon German tunic, a white three pocket windproof jacket
which is I
believe from the Alfons figure, and the trousers are from the Pieter Volpert
set. In the last three pictures below I have applied some Brown pastel chalk
onto the uniform to look like dirt.
These pictures show the
basic pose that I wanted with the figure, where he is climbing up onto a
mountain ledge. The only problem I found with the uniform trousers was with the
pose, since the leg bottoms came up above the boot tops, so I have had to fit a
pair of Toys City
puttees to cover the gap. I have also used a pair of DiD white
gloves on the
hands, which like the uniform also been rubbed over lightly with some Brown
pastel chalk to add some dirt to them.
The boots are from
DiD, which I have repainted a
Brown Colour to
both dull them down and to take away the new look that they have. The reason for
doing this is that although they do look good when brand new, for my kitbashes I
much prefer to have a sort of used or
weathered look to
The equipment that I have used for this figure is
also a mix of the different 1/6th scale companies, all of which has also been
weathered to make
them look like the soldier has had them for a while. In particular with the
waist belt I have used here it is a Toys City one, as I have found that with a
wash over the buckle with some Black acrylic paint, and once it is dry and wiped off
it does help to bring out the buckle detail.
The rest of the pieces on the belt are as usual a
mix of the different manufacturers, the Kar 98 ammunition pouches and breadbag
are from Toys City, the shovel, mess tin, gas mask case and bayonet are from
DiD. All of which have been also
weathered to take
away the new look that they had.
The weathering of the crampons was quite easy
since they are made of metal, and for this I just scraped along all of the edges
with my model knife to remove the paint. The straps were also repainted with
some Model Color 873 US Field Drab acrylic paint. The fitting of the crampons
onto the boots was at times a real trial for me, as I would have them almost
ready to buckle up and the metal support at the back would come out. Which I
then had to refit back into place, tighten up the straps and try to buckle up
again. And at the same time make sure that the front part of the strap was over
the toe of the boot. Note: I also lost count
of the times that I stuck the spikes into my fingers whilst doing this.
With the fitting of
the crampons on my figure, I found some excellent help from Patrick -
Another excellent link from Patrick with
information about tying crampons to the boots is here -
Why I like the DiD parts compared to the other
manufacturers, is because of the metal pieces such as the ice pick above. Since
I can add some more realistic wear detail to it with the metal, when compared to
adding paint to plastic to get the same effect. And with the pick head as shown
at the top above left, this was done by rubbing over it with some fine sandpaper. Also with the
wood I rubbed over it with some Dark Tan shoe polish, which was then rubbed off
with a soft cloth. I also did this with the ice pick head cover, plus the wrist
strap was also repainted with some US Field Drab acrylic paint.
Note: Hold the flat part of the pick head
whilst sanding it, because mine was moving slightly due to the soft metal.
Another item that I wanted with this figure is a
pair of snow shoes, and after seeing the superb 1/6th pair as made by Patrick, I had to see if I could have a go at making a pair for myself.
Patrick's tutorial in PDF format is
And in this
fusilier1944 have made some excellent 1/6th scale snow shoes. This is another
link that I found very helpful with my Gebirgsjager figures, especially with the reference pictures of the real snow shoes as shown above left. In the other
pictures I have made the snow shoes by following a tutorial about it, and from the reference pictures I have made the rings for the front and the wire clamps for the back of the boots.
These were test fitted around a pair of boots to make sure that they look the same, I then painted them with some enamel Gunmetal paint and when dry I fitted
them to the snow shoes. The straps came from another pair of crampons which I also repainted
with some US Field Drab acrylic paint. The last
two pictures are of a boot fastened to the snow shoe as a trial fit, and of the
shoes with the loose straps.
The backpack for the figure is a Toys City one
which I have weathered slightly by using some fine sandpaper on it. The pictures
are from the left a brand new rucksack, the next three are after I have used the
sandpaper lightly on it, the next two are after I have given the rucksack a
drybrush of some Tamiya Light Sand and Rust
The purpose of all this is to age the bag, plus add a slight discoloration of
dirt on the bottom and the around the straps.
The main weapon that I have used with this figure
is the Soldier Story wood and metal Kar 98 rifle.
With this rifle I took the sling off and wiped
over it on both sides with some Dark Tan shoe polish, which was then wiped over
with a soft cloth to get a slight shine. I also painted over the sling edges
with some Burnt Umber acrylic paint, as they looked too light in colour. The
wood parts of the rifle was also wiped over with the same Dark Tan polish to
darken the wood slightly, this was gently rubbed with the soft cloth as well.
I then drybrushed all of the metal parts with some
Tamiya Gunmetal weathering powders, plus a very light brush over with the Tamiya
Silver weathering powder to highlight the edges.
This is the figure on the cork base I made which
was designed around the stepping up pose that I wanted with this figure, plus I
have added all of the equipment that I wanted the figure to be equipped with.
Note: With the final setup for the pose I
decided not to have the crampons on the boots, so I have placed these under the
lower flap on the backpack.
Various pictures of the figure
I would like to thank
RogueJK for his excellent help with my German figures.
Heersbergfuhrer for all of the superb pictures and the
detailed help with my mountain figure.