To My Gebirgsjager Mountaineer Page Two.
Because of the amount of pictures I am having to
use for this project, and the size that it has finally become. I have had to make a second page to show
how I have put together this kitbash. Also hopefully it will help to load the pages faster, rather than
having them all together on one page, which can cause problems for some
Something else that I have had to try to work out
for the figure, is the
other climbing equipment as shown in the main reference picture. Because the
soldier has not only the hammer hanging from the front of the uniform, he also
has some pitons on a rope as well. Which looking at it is a different diameter
to the main rope that is around his shoulders, so to get this effect I am using
another scale model rope I have here which is 1.5mm in size. Also to add other
effect to the figure, the rope that I am using for the hammer is even smaller at
0.4mm in size, plus to get them all to hang right I am using the DiD metal
hammer and pitons.
Working out the assembly of the climbing rope and
how the figure will hold it, has been one of the items that I have been dreading
doing because when I first started it all I did not realise just what I was
getting myself into. Mainly because I had no
idea about it apart from the main reference
picture I have on the cover of my book. But
with some very generous help, I have
been able to work out how the ropes are tied together.
Because with the tutorial that want to use, which
I have included on my Knots
page. I now have a lot better idea about how to assemble them together, and
as shown on the right it is all done with one single rope, rather than the two
that I thought it was. So this has again has diverted me away slightly from my
original idea of the main reference picture.
Pitons and Rope Assembly
Below are some views of how I have used the
information on my Knots pages, to put together the harness for my kitbash. And
once I had it worked out by following the tutorial, I was surprised at how easy
it actually was to put together.
Is a front
view of the figure with the "Jägerknoten mit Schulterschlinge" which is also
shown on the right. But the problem is that I have been told that I got the
position of the main harness wrong, as it is too low and it is around the waist.
Whereas in the other picture
I have altered it and now it is in the correct position higher up on the
chest, which is more like the original reference picture. Also the ropes for the
hammer and pitons have been changed as well, so that they are now over the top
of the main harness and not under it.
The pictures above are of the figure in the planning stages, as I
needed to decide on the diorama for it along with working out how the figure would
look on the model. The first four pictures on the left, are of the diorama that
I have built for this figure. The other pictures are of how I have set the pose
with the climbing rope.
Various pictures of the
finished figure and diorama
With the figure here I have finally got around to
setting the pose for it, and now finally I can class the figure and the diorama
The only thing that I have left to do, is to
decide which of the pictures I have looking down a mountain that I want to use
on the base.
Adding the picture to the diorama
The last part of this diorama I had to do was to
add the photo to the base, and the only way that I could think of doing it was
by making a paper template as shown in picture 1.
should have done this before I set the rock face and ledge onto the base.
Because I have given myself a lot more work now
with both making the template to lay over the photograph, plus also as shown in
I now also have to cut under the ledge and the
cork bark, to make a slot so that I can slide the edge of the photo under it, so
that I don't have to cut it to the exact shape of the ledge. Picture
3. shows how I have gradually been able to
get the template under the cork bark, and from this I will draw around the edge
to get a better shape. The next pictures show how I will use the template to cut out the shape from the
photograph. Note: It took me a while to work
this out, and what part of the picture I wanted plus I wasted a few sheets of
paper doing this.
It also took a while for me to work out how to
print a Borderless photo as well
shows another template I made that fits onto the base, and slots under the cork
bark. The part of the photo that it covers up, is the part that I have to cut
out to put onto the base. Picture 5. shows
what the cork bark will cover up in the photo, and the image that is left
showing is what the picture will look like on the open flat base.
Note: It also took a while for me to work
out how to print a Borderless photo as well
Picture 8. 9. 10.
shows & 11. shows how I have tried the
different background scenes for the base. And out of them all I am thinking of
using picture 11. The main reason for this is that the mountains in the
photograph, are the closest to the cork bark colour.
I can finally now put the diorama on my shelf, as
the above pictures are of the finished kitbash with the photograph in place.
What has surprised me is how different it looks, to what I had pictured in my
mind at the start of this.
I cannot thank Heeresbergführer
for all of the
superb pictures, and the very detailed help with this Gebirgsjager figure.