Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner
"Modelling Waffen SS Figures"
is available online from Squadron.com
Figure painting is hard enough without worrying about intricate uniform
The camouflage worn by the Waffen-SS can pose all sorts of challenges and
those of us that have tried their hand at painting this know the potential
heartache that awaits.
Here is a book designed to help alleviate any fears.
figure modeller Calvin Tan takes the reader through a series of chapters,
each introducing a new set of skills. These skills increase in complexity
until ultimately, the modeller is exposed to techniques for designing ones
The book consists of eighty pages and contains over three hundred colour
photographs. This number is necessary due to the step by step nature of the
illustrated techniques. The images are well produced and although there can
be as many as six per page, this in no way detracts from the lesson being
Also dispersed throughout the book are five colour charts. These show the
various patterns seen on the soldiers and represent the “Plane tree”,
“Dot/Pea”, “Italian”, “Oak-leaf” (spring) and “Oak-leaf” (autumn) examples.
Matched to the colours used are the appropriate Vallejo paints (which the
author uses) and the proportions used to mix the different shades.
All of the figures worked on in the book are in 1/35 scale although you
would swear they were larger when looking at the quality of the finished
product. A number of different plastic and white metal subjects are used but
obviously the techniques can be applied to resin figures as well.
We start the book with a project that teaches the reader how to paint a
camouflage smock. Simple techniques on how to improve the figure is also
covered as well as the task of painting faces.
Techniques for improving the soldier’s equipment, the way it’s carried and
even creating a simple base, all come under the spotlight.
The second chapter is a bit more involved as a tank crew member has his
overalls converted into a jacket and painted in the “dot pattern”
camouflage. The author shows his deceptively simple way of using rolled
putty of various shapes to achieve his goal.
Chapter three continues this theme except the conversion is a lot more
complex and two figures are involved. Super detailing these items is also
covered, with the use of photo-etched parts, rod, tube and the inevitable
putty; the making of a MP40 stock being particularly interesting.
The last section sees the biggest challenge tacked…the dreaded sculptured
figure. The author takes a commercial head and proceeds to build a body
under it. The methodical approach is easy to follow and does convince the
reader that it is possible!
A list of recommended figure sets and accessories rounds out the book,
complete with a table of books for further reading and research.
This is a well thought out book with plenty of advice to convince the
reader that they too can accomplish first class results.
The logical layout displays the author’s full range of skills, from basic
painting to creating a whole new figure. Applying these talents to the
popular subject of the Waffen-SS will ensure a deservedly wide readership.
Thanks to Osprey
Publishing for the review copy
|Modelling Waffen SS
(Osprey Modelling 23)
Author: Calvin Tan
US Price: $17.95
UK Price: £12.99
Publish Date: October 10, 2005
Details: 80 pages; ISBN: 1841768375
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