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Verdun Project 1916

Posted by sansovino on 22 Jan 2016, 11:54

Hi,

I am back after lots of other works which I had to do. I am working actually on a Great War-Diorama, the "Voie Sacrée" to Verdun in spring 1916.
I did a lot of research-work and have collected many fotos on this theme. It´s astonishing how small the range of affordable miniatures to WW1 are: there are rarely poses of marching soldiers and also resting poses in the boxes of big miniatures-producers. And nobody has find interest besides indians to the high number of other colonial soldiers who fought especially for the french in this war.

So I will integrate also some Senegalese and Morrocan soldiers in my diorama. Most of the figures will been alternations or personally new created figures especially many civilians of the time - the population of a small village in between the passing soldiers, carriages and trucks along the sacred road to Verdun. I have used for the soldiers-figures mostly W^D Models - a wonderful small producer of WW1-miniatures - and some Retrokit-, Airfix- and Pegasus-Miniatures and few Early War Miniatures. The bikers are mostly alternated japanese bikers from Hät which aren´t already shaded like all others figures.

Here some first appetizers of the buildings which are build besides two Airfix-buildings by my own.

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Posted by Kekso on 22 Jan 2016, 12:41

This will be great. I can see it already.
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Posted by Beano Boy on 22 Jan 2016, 15:27

Great Stuff! Make a good job of the buildings,and streets and it will be good to cast the eye upon the movement created by the figures. Very interesting Topic sansovino. BB

I`ve got to get me some of those bikers,but not Japanese .
Hat has many sets i have long admired. :-D____ :cowboy: YAHHH! Up In The Saddle Again!"
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Posted by Peter on 22 Jan 2016, 20:58

Sounds and looks like a fantastic project. I will be following this with great interest! ;-) :thumbup:

Why didn't you use the Belgian cyclists?
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Posted by sansovino on 22 Jan 2016, 21:15

Dear Peter,
... I have used the japanese because they were wearing gaiters like the french. The belgians bikers have boots ...
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Posted by Peter on 22 Jan 2016, 21:49

I see what you mean when I do a comparison of the two sets! Thanks for clearing this out for me! :thumbup:
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Posted by Emperor on 22 Jan 2016, 22:36

Sansovino- You gave me now an great idea...
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Posted by Emperor on 23 Jan 2016, 14:20

@Sansovino- can you tell us more of which material did you use for the buildings...
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Posted by sansovino on 23 Jan 2016, 15:01

I am using mostly the waiste-woodboards of building supplies stores - for the houses: thin plywood or HDF (hardboard), the last has the avantage that you can bend it till a certain degree which gives you more possibilities.
Interior walls are mostly constructed with cardboard. And I am using for the surfaces Milliput or Moltofill - both materials which gives you enough time (1 hour) to change still details. And for all further details or applications all materials which seems me suitable like tothpicks or matches.
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Posted by Emperor on 23 Jan 2016, 15:52

@Sansovino- very nice project the buildings look great...I really am looking forward to see the final result...
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Posted by sansovino on 04 Feb 2016, 16:39

... some new photos of the project still in work...

Nothing is already finished. The two ambulance carriages and the civlian carriage are own productions - the way return of the battlefield and the refugees of war. All lorries will been covered finally but here you can see still the troops who are sitting backside.

More troops and civilians will come ...


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Posted by santifernandez on 04 Feb 2016, 20:19

I will continue this project, I am passionate about IGM
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Posted by DickerThomas on 05 Feb 2016, 06:44

looks Great, so far :yeah: :yeah: :yeah:
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Posted by Peter on 07 Feb 2016, 13:11

Very nice progress on this project! :thumbup:
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Posted by sansovino on 14 Feb 2016, 17:29

.. some new pics of the last works....

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Posted by C M Dodson on 14 Feb 2016, 22:39

Hello.

An original idea and some great photo angles. I love the views from inside the buildings outwards. Only a suggestion but watch out for shadowing unless required.

Keep up the good work.

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Posted by sansovino on 20 Jul 2017, 23:36

here are the new link for the photos of the project - thanks photobucket rigid politics

https://photos.app.goo.gl/8ZfY9q5wLAlO84C02
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Posted by Wiking on 21 Jul 2017, 04:31

You build big Dio with a lot of figures. :yeah:
Interesting are the African soldier with her red cap.
Go on!
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Posted by Beano Boy on 21 Jul 2017, 22:14

Splendid Work. I love it all.BB
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Posted by sansovino on 22 Jul 2017, 17:33

Wiking wrote
You build big Dio with a lot of figures.


The dimensions are 36 x 78 cm. The diorama will been finished when I have resolved my closet-problem. It will been still much ground-work to do to create really a realistic warruins-diorama with much rubbish and fragmented parts.

Most of the french africans in brown are 2nd WW-miniatures of the wonderful british pewter producer Early War Miniatures. Some figures are alternations of plastic-french-figures. Their uniforms were nearly the same in both world wars:
http://earlywarminiatures.com/product-c ... ll-fronts/
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