“On The Edge of No Man’s Land” – Part 3
Not feeling very social today so I’ve spend most of the day painting. There’s some progress on the praying soldier bust, I started the helmet, helmet straps, his hair and the lips. So far I’m not sold on the lips and hair (they aren’t done yet but still…).
I also started blending everything together but you can’t really see it yet and it’s still a long way to go before I’ll call it finished.
Next up on him will probably be his uniform so I’ve been searching around looking at photos of the uniforms and man, it’s a jungle trying to hunt down a version that I like.
Apparently the color of them varied a lot during the war depending on, among other things, how much production capacity they had available and the quality of the fabric and dye which was something that became worse the longer the war lasted.
This is one thing I really like with playing a historical (kinda) game, that you end up learning more about the period. I’ve always had an interest in military history ranging from one of the most famous old Swedish kings and his soldiers that was called Karoliner to the world wars.
The part that has always fascinated me hasn’t been so much the actual fighting but psychological aspects and everything that goes on around the fighting like the politics and diplomacy. More or less every time we play Bolt Action we end up discussing different aspects of it and I quite enjoy that.
There are some parts of the fighting that I find interesting as well but it’s not my favorite. I think I inherited my interest for it from my dad who when he was younger had a huge interest in WW2.
Ok, enough of that, back to the painting…
I think I decided to use a Khaki Grey (VMC) as a base and then highlight it up quite a lot and then some weathering.
I was looking at one of the photos of the painted bust they have on Life’s website I found one thing I would like to add to my own, sweat running down his face. I really think it adds a lot to Life’s version and it makes it more interesting and add more realism to it.
The only downside of it is that I have no clue on how to do it yet but I hope I can find something about it online.