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I have learned a lot from my Ligny project and decided to employ some ideas to a different era..
The following is the result.
The T34s are mainly repainted die cast models I picked up at a wargames conference and the troops are from various manufacturers including SHQ, Italieri, Hat, PSC etc.
I have also converted many of the casualties.
The barbed wire is from Pegasus and at 28mm scale is slightly too big. However I hope that it does not detract too much.
The die cast models are brilliant because you can set fire to them without them melting!
The basic idea is pinched from one of my favourite war films, The Cross of Iron, with some additional research about Eastern front defences. Fellow modellers may find this link interesting.
Great job! Incredibly well done.
Superb, take a bow
Excellent. I am quite impressed.
How long did it take you to build the project?
Stunning!! Great job.
Thank you very much to everyone for their kind comments.
Most of the elements were from my old wargame stock and were therefore to hand.
Whilst research, upgrading,barbed wire obstacles and conversions took a week or so the setting up and photography took a couple of days..
Thank you again.
Thank you to Bill and James for their kind comments.
Whilst destroying our creations is not in our normal DNA it saves a lot of space and pacifies the Feldmarschall.
I am not sure what make two of the T 34/85 s were as I got them in winter colours at a show and repainted them.
Two are the Del Prado magazine items with plastic 85 gun turrets which work well as per the original!
I got a large amount of Panthers, Tigers, Sherman's and T 34 s from the magazine via the late Model Zone shops in the UK. They are well detailed and at five English pounds were a bargain.
I am still thinking about a railway element for you Bill but in the meantime I am back in Belgium as Blucher has big problems.
I believe half the fun (and frustration) is in the build. And for those of us with limited space, the rest is in photographing to chronicle our achievements. Choosing the right light and angles can be so important and rewarding when you take out the album for a trip down memory lane.
In both cases the work displayed was phenomenal. I was particularly impressed with the backdrops for your pictures which seemed to add the touch of fog or battle smoke, that heightened the effect.
Atmospheric, superb diorama and photography--magnificent!
Striking pictures of an excellent display. In black and white I believe a couple would have even passed for era pictures.
And I'm SOOooo glad you mentioned the metal tanks lent themselves to being set on fire. While they truly added to the realism, it would have been a shame to sacrifice models in that fashion. It still irks me that I once broke down a dozen tanks for their running gear to convert Opel trucks into maultiers before I learned about the kits available through Plastic Soldier.