[Birthday Present]
Kalweit

One present done, on to the next. Originally, this one should have been done for Christmas as well, but time was just too short...

I paint miniatures during my lunchbreaks. More than once, my boss entered my office while I was painting and always looked very interested at what I was doing, while stating that he could never paint such small details and would not have the patience for such a hobby. Also more than once he said, that at some point in time I have to paint him a miniature too.

That point in time is now :-)

While I cannot do Christmas any more, his birthday is in January, this I should be able to make.

The miniature(s) I choose are linked to his ancestry, which includes smiths from eastern Europe, these were called Kalweit in certain areas.

I ordered a pack of smiths from Foundry, and by chance came across some Russians from the Seven Years War with a suitable pose and horse - I am not sure whether the Seven Years War affected any of my boss' ancestors, but that is an uncertainty I am willing to take for artistic reasons :-)

The models are cleared of flash, some minor filling/resculpting done, and are ready to be base coated.


[Birthday Present]
Kalweit

After gluing the models to washers for easier handling, I airbrushed them with 74.602 Black Surface Primer.

I then started to block in the colours:

  • Beige clothing

    70.819 Iraqui Sand

  • Red clothing

    70.814 Burnt Cad. Red

  • Blue Clothing

    70.899 Dark Prussian Blue

  • Brass

    70.801 Brass

  • Skin

    70.815 Basic Skintone


[Birthday Present]
Kalweit

I painted in some more details, then sprayed the models in gloss varnish to protect the work done so far, and to provide capillary action to the washes that will follow.

  • Beige clothing

    70.819 Iraqui Sand

  • Red clothing

    70.814 Burnt Cad. Red

  • Blue Clothing

    70.899 Dark Prussian Blue

  • Brass

    70.801 Brass

  • Skin

    70.815 Basic Skintone

  • Hair/moustaches

    72.047 Wolf Grey

  • Boots/helmets

    70.861 Glossy Black


[Birthday Present]
Kalweit

The two Russians are nearly done, only some minor details and the rifle left to be done.

  • Beige clothing
    • 70.819 Iraqui Sand
    • 73.203 Umber Shade
    • 70.917 Beige
  • Webbing
    • 70.819 Iraqui Sand
    • 73.203 Umber Shade
    • 70.837 Pale Sand
  • Red clothing

    • 70.814 Burnt Cad. Red
    • 70.814 Burnt Cad. Red

      &

      70.947 Red

    • 70.947 Red
  • Blue Clothing

    • 70.899 Dark Prussian Blue
    • 73.201 Black Wash
    • 70.899 Dark Prussian Blue

      &

      70.962 Flat Blue

    • 70.962 Flat Blue
  • Brass
    • 70.801 Brass
    • 73.204 Flesh Wash
    • 70.801 Brass
  • Skin
    • 70.815 Basic Skintone
    • 73.204 Flesh Wash
    • 70.815 Basic Skintone
  • Hair/moustaches
    • 72.047 Wolf Grey
    • 73.201 Black Wash
    • 72.047 Wolf Grey
    • 70.919 Foundation White
  • Boots/helmets

    • 70.861 Glossy Black
    • 70.861 Glossy Black

      &

      70.919 Foundation White

    • 73.201 Black Wash

[Birthday Present]
Kalweit

The Russians are nearly done. The only parts left black are the rain and the horse's lower leg, which I will paint when tackling the horse.

I then started with the Kalweit himself:

  • Shirt
    • 70.976 Buff
    • 70.837 Pale Saand
    • 70.951 White_
  • Socks
    • 70.837 Pale Saand
    • 70.951 White
  • Apron
    • 70.871 Leather Brown
    • 73.201 Black Wash
  • Skin
    • 70.872 Chocolate Brown
    • 70.804 Beige Red
    • 72.703 Pale Flesh

[Birthday Present]
Kalweit

The Kalweit himself is nearly done, only the hair is to be painted.

  • Shirt
    • 70.976 Buff
    • 70.837 Pale Saand
    • 70.951 White_
  • Socks
    • 70.837 Pale Saand
    • 70.951 White
  • Apron

    • 70.871 Leather Brown
    • 73.201 Black Wash
    • 70.871 Leather Brown
    • 70.871 Leather Brown

      &

      72.040 Cobra Leather

    • 72.040 Cobra Leather
  • Skin
    • 70.872 Chocolate Brown
    • 70.804 Beige Red
    • 72.703 Pale Flesh
  • Shoes
    • 70.984 Flat Brown
    • 72.091 Sepia
    • 70.984 Flat Brown
  • Trousers
    • 70.985 Hull Red
    • 72.091 Sepia
    • 70.985 Hull Red
    • 70.814 Burnt Cad. Red
  • Tools, metal

    • 71.065 Steel
    • 73.203 Umber Shade

      &

      73.201 Black Wash

  • Tools, wood

    • 70.941 Burnt Umber
    • 70.875 Beige Brown

      (stripes)

    • 70.876 Brown Sand

      (stripes within the Beige Brown stripes)

    • 70.941 Burnt Umber

      (redefine grain, cross through some of the lighter stripes)


[Birthday Present]
Kalweit

The hair of the Kalweit was painted:

  • 70.821 German C. Beige WWII
  • 70.858 Ice Yellow

Bucket

  • Wood

    • 70.984 Flat Brown
    • 70.929 Light Brown
    • 70.856 Ochre Brown

      &

      70.858 Ice Yellow

  • Rope
    • 70.882 Middlestone
    • 70.917 Beige
  • Water

    • 70.816 Luftwaffe Uniform WWII
    • 70.816 Luftwaffe Uniform WWII

      &

      70.844 Deep Sky Blue

    • 70.844 Deep Sky Blue
    • 70.961 Sky Blue

Anvil

  • Wood
    • 70.984 Flat Brown
    • 70.822 German C. Black Brown
    • 70.975 Military Green
    • 70.986 Deck Tan
    • 72.091 Sepia
  • Metal

    • 71.069 Rust

      &

      71.065 Steel

    • 71.065 Steel


[Birthday Present]
Kalweit

Today I painted the horse. Time gets short (Birthday is on Monday), and there is some trouble with DHL and delivering the glas dome... let's see...

Horse

  • Lower Inner Body

    • 70.877 Goldbrown
    • 70.877 Goldbrown

      &

      70.951 White

      (3 steps with more white added)

  • Body Colour Transition

    • 70.877 Goldbrown

      &

      70.981 Orange Brown

      (4 steps with more Orange Brown added)

  • Upper Body

    • 70.981 Orange Brown
    • 72.091 Sepia

      &

      70.596 Glaze Medium

      (applied as thin glaze in 4 layers, each layer receeding towards the top)

    • 70.981 Orange Brown

      (dots)

    • 70.981 Orange Brown

      &

      70.951 White

      (added more white in 3 steps, each time smaller dots)

    • 72.091 Sepia

      &

      70.596 Glaze Medium

      (applied as thin glaze to mute pale dots)

  • Hooves

    • 72.042 Parasite Brown
    • 72.034 Bone White

      (applied as vertical stripes)

    • 73.203 Umber Shade

      &

      70.596 Glaze Medium

      (applied as 4 thin glazes)

    • 72.034 Bone White

      (applied as vertical stripes within the first stripes)

  • Hair

    • 70.950 Black
    • 70.986 Deck Tan

      drybrush

    • 73.201 Black Wash
  • Black Legs
    • 70.950 Black
    • 72.155 Charcoal Black
  • White Markings

    • 70.986 Deck Tan
    • 70.986 Deck Tan

      &

      70.951 White

    • 70.951 White

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Kalweit

I finished the horses equipment.


[Birthday Present]
Kalweit

Finally, only two weeks late, I have the glass dome - not that DHL delivered it, I had to fetch it from the post office - not that DHL informed me it was there or even tried to deliver it to my home first...

Now the challenge now is to build all of the diorama in 1.5 days... Thank you DHL.

The first test positioning:

I cut a circle from plastic card on to which I will mount the diorama, to prevent to get colour or stuff onto the wood.

I settled for an open sided shed as the Kalweit's workshop, of which a small edge is represented by the diorama. I conctructed the beams and glued them into place.

The smithy itself is missing a chimney, and my beam construction only has two vertical supports - so the chimney will form the third for added stability. I cut three pieces from wood rod, and inserted pins.