General Montgomery and General Patton. There’s a little gap at the base of General Montgomery’s arm, so I’m filling it with putty. The box art featured General Patton’s beloved dog. I thought it was with a dog, but it wasn’t. It’s a little disappointing. It’s hard to make it from scratch. And I chose the beret I was familiar with because I could choose from two types of General Montgomery hats.
German Field Marshal Erich von Manstein. For a general of the highest rank, Marshal, the thin lines on his hat are gold, and the insignia of rank attached to various places are also gaudy and detailed. The lines on the sides of the riding trousers are weird. There may be some extremely fine lines, but they are too thin to draw with a brush. The decoration had a mold, so I managed to draw with a brush.
Hajime Sugiyama, soldier of the Imperial Japanese Army. Marshal Army General Sugiyama was the Minister of the Army at the time of the Marco Polo Bridge Incident and the Chief of the General Staff at the start of the Pacific War. Looks excellent with the gold shoulder cord hanging over his shoulder. It seems that one of his eyes did not open very much because of his war wounds when he was young. It isn’t easy because of the fine face paint, but it happened to be like that.
Marshal Georgie Zhukov. A hero of the Soviet Union. The gold and red insignia of the rank and other various ornaments stand out. Blue riding pants, also red lines on the side, are a bit hard to find, too thin. All six figures in this kit are in a natural pose and easy to paint and decorate. It’s easy to handle because it stands up nicely on the base with a bit of glue.
It is difficult for General Patton to paint the stars on his helmet. It would have been nice to have decals like these fine stars and chest decorations, but it’s challenging to paint because only the figure parts are included. I did a little convex mold on the helmet and painted the stars. A slight help is that the box paintings are helpful. However, not all the boxes and contents matched, and the poses and parts differed slightly.
Marshal Bernard Montgomery. I feel more like Marshal Montgomery in a black beret, so that’s OK. Maybe the mold on his face looks like him. This time, the man is somewhat plain compared to other generals, as he does not have much gaudy decoration other than a beret. The troop mark on the sleeve was hand-drawn with an obvious resemblance.
General de Gaulle. Later president of France. Above all, this figure had a challenging task painting the hat. The embroidery of fine gold feathers is complex. I did my best to paint with the thinnest brush so that it would look reasonable. I felt like a craftsman who drew delicate patterns on ceramic plates.
I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build them little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see me here occasionally.