To My British Paratrooper Page One.
This kitbash I have been planning for quite some
time, loosely based on the gentleman below that I saw at Detling. And it was only recently,
that I have decided to have a go at trying to recreate it in 1/6th scale with
the DiD Michael Taylor figure.
But as usual with all of my kitbashes I never seem
to make it easy for myself, as I have had some excellent help from Rob on the
OSS forum. And I am going to repaint the denision smock that came with the
figure, because not only does it look too new as it is, I want to get the same
effect as I did with my British sniper suit repaint. Also with using the bbi
Roger Cooke radio as well, I can then make him as an airborne radio operator.
This is the headsculpt as it comes in the box, and
after I have given it a treatment of a pastel wash and a drybrush of the lighter
The pictures from left to right above show the
basic headsculpt, the pastel wash and the drybrush of the lighter colours. The
final two pictures above show the excellent
Banjoman beret that I have used in place of the DiD one, and it is a vast
improvement as it is made from one piece of material instead of the two with the
DiD beret. In the final picture above right, I have carefully taken the
parachute badge off the DiD beret, repainted it with some Gunmetal paint and
rubbed it over the top with a pencil to bring out the detail. This was then
placed onto some double sided tape, I then cut around it with my model knife,
peeled it off the backing and stuck it onto the new beret.
These pictures are of the jacket as it came from
the box, and how I have used some acrylic paint to change the colours, so that
are both lighter and also so it looks like it has been worn for a while.
With the pictures above, they show from the top
left to the bottom right how I have repainted the denision smock so it is
completely different as it came from the box. In the final pictures above right,
and I have given the finished jacket a good scrunch up in my hands to loosen all
of the paint and the material. Plus I have given it a light dusting of the grout
dust to make it look old and used. Note: Be
careful about the brass buttons as they might come off when you roll up the
jacket. Mine did, but I just put the button onto some double sided tape, cut
around it with a knife and then stuck it back in position.
With the denision tunic above, I cannot remember
what all of the paints were that I used to re-colour the smock, although I do
know that one of the colours was Tamiya XF-58 Olive Green acrylic paint. The
other colours I believe were the same as the colours I used for my British
Worthy sniper figure uniform
re-paint. I also used some Acrylic Flow Improver to thin the paint rather
than just water, as I found that it helped a lot to keep the paint at a constant
thickness so that all of the paint colours went on the smock evenly.
With the stiffness of the material afterwards, I
found that the smock was not as hard as I thought it would be, I suspect that
Flow Improver helped with this. I also scrunched the smock up in my hands after
I had left it aside for 24 hours, which also helped to remove some more of the
stiffness of the material. Note: Be careful
of the brass buttons on the smock as they could come off.
To be honest the amount of British battledress
uniforms that are available in 1/6th scale does confuse me, but one thing I have
noticed with this DiD uniform. Is the bottom of the trouser legs, as they are a
lot better than the current offerings from Dragon, as these one's taper in
nicely from the waistband to the leg bottom.
When I was aging the webbing below, I wondered how
it would work on the uniform I want to use on this figure? So as an experiment I
rubbed the trousers between my fingers with some of the grout powder on them.
Note: I used only a very light coating of
the grout on my fingertips, and as a result I have changed the colour of the
trousers slightly, compared to the un-touched jacket in the same picture. And by
accident I have rubbed slightly harder on the bottom of the leg pocket, and it
has left a very nice darker patch to simulate dirt.
Note: I think this came about by having dirty hands after doing the
webbing. The centre picture above shows the uniform with the waist belt that I
gave a paint wash to when I was doing the webbing.
The last picture above shows
the Dragon commando knife I used from my spares box, that I have placed in a
pocket on the leg. There already is a slight pocket on the trousers, but I cut
though the seam slightly with my modelling knife and slipped the scabbard into
it. But I found that the knife did not sit right, so I made two small holes in
the back of the scabbard, and I sewed the scabbard top to the trouser leg so it
laid closer to the leg. I replaced the elastic on the top of the scabbard with a
strip of plastic, which was glued in place and then repainted brown.
the webbing for this figure, I have been reading a lot of the posts on the
forums by Tony Barton about the colours of the webbing as used by the British
troops during WW2. And with that information, the pictures above and the one's
from Rob, I have decided to replicate the Green blanco that was used to
re-colour the webbing kit. Also to improve the whole look of the webbing kit, I
have also used some of the brass strap ends as made by Richard Elborne.
In the pictures below I have done a comparison
between the Dragon and the DiD British webbing. As a result for my figure I am
replacing the webbing straps that came with the figure for the Dragon webbing,
as I feel it is a better scale material plus the shoulder pads have a much
These pictures again show the comparison between
the Dragon and DiD webbing, the darker courser material is from the DiD figure.
The belt buckles and strap ends are in the picture on the left, whilst the
centre picture shows the differences in the rear belt connectors and the
In the picture above right, I have soaked most of
the webbing kit I am using for this kitbash in a dish containing some water and
Tamiya acrylic paint XF-13. As this is an equivalent paint colour for the
webbing as described in the excellent tutorial by
Tony Barton for the Blanco colour KG3.
The only problem I found with doing this is the
material used to make the webbing, in that it produced varying shades of the
same colour when it dried off. Which was most annoying as I wanted a worn
blancoed look to the webbing, but some of the pieces came out very light. So I
added some black acrylic paint to the pot of XF-13 and mixed it together to
darken it slightly. All of the pieces went back into a new dish of diluted paint
and then left to dry, this did improve it a bit but still I had some pieces
looking different to the others.
This is when I did an experiment with the grout
powder I have used before, in that I placed some on my bench and rubbed my
finger tips into it, I then rubbed the fingers together and then gently rubbed
this into the webbing pieces. The differences can be seen in the centre picture
above with the gaiters. As the lower one has just the paint wash on it, whereas
the one in my fingers has been rubbed with the grout powder. The other picture
above right has some other pieces with the grout treatment done on them, the bag
has had more attention placed on the edges and the tops of the folds. Which has
added a nice highlight and age to them, compared to the almost original paint
wash inside the folds. Note: Be careful
doing this when you are rubbing the item between your fingers, as you could
break the small brass buckles. Also I have found that by varying the amount of
grout I use, I can get the webbing to almost the same colour for each part.
The boots I am going to use for this figure are
the one's that came with the boxed figure, because I can't really justify
outlaying for a pair of Newline boots for this kitbash. Besides I want to see if
I can improve on the British DiD boots as they are.
These pictures are of the repainted boots which
was given a coat of some Matt Black acrylic paint, plus when dry a coat of some
Matt Medium to reduce the shine. The gaiters were also given a paint wash as
below, then fastened loosely around the ankles, pinched together and sewn tight
at the point marked A above. The gaiter
straps were fastened together so they are tight, the excess strap was then cut
off and I fitted a brass strap end to the bottom one's.
Fitting The Denision Jacket
This one part of the kitbash that I was not
looking forward to doing, because getting the inner uniform sleeves down into
the Denision sleeves can be a real pain to do. So firstly I removed the beret
and the hands, I then put the arms up either side of the head, then slipped the
Denision over the figure's head as shown above left. Then I worked the arms into
the sleeves and then gradually worked the Denision down into place, I then moved
the inner uniform sleeves down inside the jacket and then straightened
everything up. Note: Making sure that I kept
the jacket off the face as much as possible because of the pastels on it. Once I
was happy that I had it all in the right position I adjusted the collar to make
it lay down, I then put the belt on around the figure's waist. And I am very
happy that the paint wash has come out so well on it.
Many thanks to Tony Barton
for his tutorial on re-colouring the webbing kit and the help with the radio set
Rob for all of his help
with the colours for the Denision smock.
Andy (fallingplate) for the help
with the radio and Kim (kimbo21)
for the rifle.