This is my rendition of Jaguar's "Beginning of a New End" vignette, depicting the famous photograph of Red Army infantry raising the Red Flag over the Reichstag.
The medal on the base is a "Victory over Germany" badge that was widely issued at war's end. Because it is genuine (albeit relatively common), I didn't want to use any glues to keep it fixed; luckily I had a bit of Blue-Tack sitting around to keep it attached.
As usual, I used Acrylic paints to apply a basecoat, followed with the creation of shadows and hilights with custom-mixed oil paints. For these figures, I experimented with Vallejo acrylic paints, using them to create sharp hilights on corners or very exposed areas, such as the tip of the nose or the cheekbones. I'm content with the results, but I know I can do better.
The supplied resin flag was of very poor quality, as it was pitted with airbubbles and nearly a millimeter thick! I used thick alluminum foil to make a new one. The figure that stands in the foreground was also poorly cast and was replaced with a figure from Alanger's "Stalin's Cossacks" set. He sports a new face from Hornet and a 'Pilotka' sidecap from a DML kit.
|Before oil washes|
Here's a before and after shot, which hopefully shows why I love oil paints so much. A few washes of browns and tans, an ta-da!
|After oil washes|
|A version of the original 1945 photograph|
Finally, here is a colorized version of the original photo. Note that there were about a dozen different photos taken of this specific incident, so the poses are a little different from the ones in this photo.
Thanks for lookin'!