A dogfight during the Battle of Britain. In the distance can be seen the famous radar towers, the eyes of the RAF.
About this creation
I had built the spitfire and the 109 so naturally I had to make a vignette.
A overall shot so you can see the planes better.
Basically the same shot just a different angle. A little trivia, one of the radar towers is photoshopped. I didn't have enough of those mechanical hand pieces in black and I wasn't about to bricklink a single mechanical hand piece so took a cheaper alternative. You didn't even notice right?
A better look at the cliffs and landscaping. I knew I wanted to stagger the cliffs like they are in real life, and didn't want to build a flat wall (which would be boring). The problem is once I staggered them the tiles on the top didn't match up correctly so I had to carefully position the tiles to cover up any gaps. This also led to a layered landscape, which I'm quite happy with.
I've built a lot of minis, but I really like vignettes. It gives the minis a "job" or something to be put in instead of just building a ship. Of course building vignettes means you have to get involved with scenery and all that extra stuff, and it is a whole lot more work, but I think it is worth it.
Quoting Tbone Tbl
I've never used other programs much, when I started using editing programs we already had elements so I just stuck with that.
I've used a bunch of freeware over the years; the best I've found is Paint.NET. (which actually does have the levels option, but the trace tools are limited) I've played around with it quite a bit, and I've gotten the hang of near Photoshop-grade MOC posts. Our computer's getting old though, (we're only running 1024MB of RAM, with a Centrino Duo processor, no specialized video card) and I'm pushing for a Mac. That should speed things up, and Macs ship with iPhoto.
Quoting Brickdoctor -
So did you use the 'Trace-Copy-&-Paste' method or the 'Take-Two-Pictures-&-Combine' method?
I actually used the levels option I have with photoshop elements. I outlined the the gray piece and by clicking the gray area made all the gray turn black for the selected area. This allowed me to keep the lighting affects.
I probably could have left the lime green out. I was going for that patchwork field look you see from the air, where all the fields are different colors.
So did you use the 'Trace-Copy-&-Paste' method or the 'Take-Two-Pictures-&-Combine' method? I assume it's the latter, since you were able to get different lighting angles on all three towers. I really like the landscaping. It's probably the hardest thing to build, because it's so unpredictable and asymmetrical.
I like it
February 6, 2010
I think a dewotine flying around would be cool.The 109 and spitfire are too common.
Very nice. A great idea to display your awesome planes like that. I also like the inclusion of the radar towers. My only nitpick however is that grass. Using all those different colors of green makes it look rather patchy and random. it would probably look better if only two shades had been used. ~T