To My Handschar Feldgendarmerie Page.
This figure was supposed to be made in another
kitbash, but because I did not have the correct collar insignia for it, I had to
abandon it until now. And now after finally being able to get hold of a boxed DiD Slavko
Juric figure from a fellow modeller Govy.
And with the very generous help of my fellow
modellers, I have finally been able to assemble the figure as below. The
pictures on the right here, are what I have used for my reference material
The headsculpt that I have chosen for this figure
is the DiD Slavko Juric head which I put onto a Dragon body.
had to have a paint over with some Model Color 540
Matt Medium paint, as I found that the head was a bit too glossy for me. Doing
this also helps the pastel chalks to stick better as well.
To better explain this method and the pastel washes, I forgot that I did a
by step PDF with my Russian figure.
The first three pictures below show the head as it
came from the boxed figure, the next three pictures show the headsculpt after I
have given it a pastel wash.
I also used a Dragon tunic instead of the one
supplied in the boxed figure, as I wanted the white edging on the collar for
this figure as it is needed for the rank of Oberscharführer.
The picture on the right here, shows the Handschar collar tab that I had
very kindly re-coloured for me by Stephan.
The patch I believe was sold by a
German online shop, and although the scimitar detail is very good, I was
told that the Black background needed to be re-painted as it was not dark
enough. He also supplied me with the blank patch for the other side of the
collar, so that they both matched.
With the shoulder boards for the figure I have had to adapt a
pair of Toys City one's, and as shown below in the first picture it shows how it was
when it came in the insignia accessory pack. The next picture shows how I have
carefully removed the top part of the shoulder board, the purpose of this is so
that I can repaint the bottom part of it Orange, which is needed for the
Note: The only
problem with doing this is that even when the paint dried, it stayed as glossy
as the second picture above. So to dull the boards down, I rubbed some Orange
pastel chalk on my fingers, and then rubbed the board between them. This did
help to lose the glossy shine. The final picture above right, shows all of the
insignia in place, complete with the Toys City pips as well.
The middle picture shows the insignia in place, the third picture
above shows the One Sixth Scale
King cuff title, above it is a Dragon one. And I am very impressed with the weave
on the material that it is printed on, also at how clear the wording shows up
and how it all seems to be in scale as well. The final picture right, shows the
arm insignia that I have used with this figure, the Feldgendarmerie and Croatian
shield's I got in a recent trade, and at the bottom of the sleeve is
the cuff title. Note: To position the cuff title in the right place, I used the
very useful information I found in a post on the SAG forum -
Cuff title position
The trousers for this figure that I was going to use were the plain brown one's that
came with the figure, but after some thought I have changed them for a pair of Battlegear Toys pea dot camouflaged trousers instead.
replaced the plastic type of boots, as they do not have the laces detail on
them. Even though it will not be seen under the gaiters, I just prefer to have
the detail there. So for this figure I used a brown pair of DiD gebirgsjager
With the DiD gaiters that I wanted to use with
this kitbash, I found that I could not get them as tight on the leg as I wanted,
and I found that the problem is that they only had one thread for the lacing at
the top as
shown below left. So I replaced the thread as shown in the next picture, but for
the lace here I used a longer piece of thread. Note:
I have found to get the thread though the eyelets easier, I put some superglue
on the each of the thread ends, I wiped it on a cloth and leave it to dry.
I then put one end of the thread through the
eyelet at the bottom of the gaiter, and pulled it up loosely inside the gaiter.
And I then used the other end to lace up the outside as shown, and after putting
this through the eyelet at the top I now have two thread ends inside the gaiter
to tie off. So now I can put the gaiters on the figure, and I can also pull the
threads on the outside tighter to make the gaiter look more realistic.
The fourth picture above shows how I have fitted
the boots, note that I put on the gaiter first which is pulled up the leg out of
the way. The last three picture's above right, show the gaiter's on the figure, and because I now have two thread end's I can get
the gaiter tighter.
Note: But do take care
if you try this method, as the bottom buckles are fragile, and also you do not want
to pull out the lacing buckles.
During my research for this figure, I found the
picture on the right in one my books. This shows how because apparently the Handschar
troops were not issued the 'Y' straps
for supporting the belt, so they had to improvise with a bread bag strap instead.
And to replicate this on my figure, I have used a strap
from the DiD Reinhardt Witt engineer's bag. I had a lot of help
with finding out about this item, from the
forum post I made
Although the strap as made by DiD is not an exact copy with the
type of material used, I am going to use this one rather than having to try to
make one. Also I have to repaint it as well, because the colour was too light
for what I wanted it for. In the pictures above, the left one shows the plain
strap from the box, the middle picture shows it after I have given it a repaint
with some Tamiya XF-13 green acrylic paint, which I have tried to match with the
The other pieces of equipment that I am using with this figure
are a Toys City pistol and holster and a DiD leather belt, both of which have
been given a repaint with some Matt Medium acrylic paint and then given a
drybrush of some pastel chalks. The instructions of this are shown on my
Alterations 2 pages. I
also used a DiD water bottle and the metal mess tin.
The main weapon for this figure is a metal MP40
machine pistol made by DiD. This was altered the same as the MP40 that i used
with my German Pioneer figure. Because I did not like the flat look to the paintwork that it has,
firstly gave it have given it a wash of thinned Black acrylic
paint, the reason for this is to add some depth and
shadows to the weapon.
The picture on the right shows the finished weapon, where
once the wash was dry I then gave it a very light drybrush dust
over with some Tamiya Gunmetal powder, to add some highlights and then on the
wear points such as the trigger, cocking handle and the magazine areas I added a light drybrush of some Silver powder.
Various pictures of the figure
Stephan for his excellent help with the insignia on my figure, as he did some amazing
work with it.
for his excellent help with my German figures.
I have also had a lot of help in these forum posts
regarding my figures -
Forum post Two.