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Antietam 17th September 1862

Posted by huib on 26 Nov 2019, 18:30

Very atmospheric pictures, Chris!
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Posted by Kostis Ornerakis on 26 Nov 2019, 21:19

Wonderful work! :thumbup: :-D
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 26 Nov 2019, 21:46

Love that checkered shirt!
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Posted by Bessiere on 26 Nov 2019, 22:51

That really caught me too. Many of the rebs wore homespun and uniformity was limited to shooting at Unionists.
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Posted by Bill Slavin on 26 Nov 2019, 23:51

Thought that town looked pretty 21st Century!
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Posted by C M Dodson on 27 Nov 2019, 09:37

Hi Bill.

It’s my home town.

The picture is a test shot to find the flaws.

The mould line on a chaps hat for instance.

If you expand the pictures it is amazing what corrections you’re eyes automatically have made.

The camera is merciless however.

Best wishes,

Chris
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Posted by C M Dodson on 04 Dec 2019, 16:56

The Sherrick Farm

Built around 1835 and located east of the Roman bridge, en route to Sharpsburg lies the Joseph Sherrick Farm, adjacent to the Otto Farm.

This picture was,taken four days after the battle by our friend Mr Gardner.

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Joseph and Sarah Sherrick abandoned their prosperous farm upon the arrival of the Confederate forces whereupon, being between the lines it was looted by Union forces prior to the battle.

However, $3000 in gold, hidden by Joseph in a stone wall survived the engagement!

The farm house is a brick affair with a substantial cellar complex exposed on two sides.

The NPS has recently renovated the property to its Civil War appearance.

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The property features an unusual roof with twin rear chimney and a wrap around veranda to the side.

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Once again the LOC has some wonderful reference material for the amateur builder.

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I constructed the main property as per usual and then built the veranda separately.

The basement area has been constructed on two sides as my sand table will provide the ‘hill’ for it to sit in.

I have commenced the painting but there is still a lot to do tidying it up and putting it together.

Personally I am not happy about the width of the ridge tiles compared to the original. The camera never lies!

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Posted by C M Dodson on 04 Dec 2019, 16:57

Stubby fingers again. Roman should read Rodman ( Burnside) bridge.

Whoops.

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Posted by C M Dodson on 10 Dec 2019, 15:44

Sherrick Farm 2

The property is largely finished but as usual my ‘friend’ the camera has highlighted a few errors.

I will sort these out as I progress onto Mr Sherrick s neighbour, John Otto and his des res enormity.

The rear of the property will be buried, as per the original into the hill it will sit on.

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Happy modelling.

Chris
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Posted by Bill Slavin on 11 Dec 2019, 03:44

Aha! A sand table!
Bit by bit, Mr. Dodson, your secrets are revealed. A very nice build - it will look great in your diorama.
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Posted by Graeme on 11 Dec 2019, 03:45

You have brought the disparate pieces of this house together very nicely. Excellent rendition of a most unusual building.
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Posted by C M Dodson on 11 Dec 2019, 08:49

Thank you both for your kind comments.

Bill, there are no secrets that’s why it’s on WIP.

If you go to the Building of Quatre Bras,

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You will see the table and it’s progression.

Sand is a fantastic medium for modelling.

Best wishes,

Chris
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Posted by C M Dodson on 13 Jan 2020, 17:19

Straw stacks

The harvest was well underway when the opposing armies approached Antietam.

Hay/straw was stored in the form of ‘straw stacks’ and the wonderful Cyclorama ‘ The High Tide of the Confederacy by Paul Philippoteaux ( of Waterloo fame) has examples for us to see.

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I used card formers and then stuck woodland scenic straw to them.

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The stack is then trimmed.

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I am of the opinion that the straw is too yellow and have used a grey wash and umber ink to tone it down.

Still a work in progress I think, but it’s a start.

Happy modelling,

Chris
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Posted by C M Dodson on 16 Jan 2020, 20:09

John Otto Farm

Located opposite the Sherrick Farm on the Burnside road leading from the Rohrbach bridge to Sharpsburg sits the John Otto Farm.

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Built in approximately 1790 in the antebellum style, the farm stayed in the family until 1976 when it was sold to the National Park.

The original property, once again, is massive.

The LOC is a powerhouse of detail following their documentation of the property.

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I considered the size and have decided to omit the shutters and therefore reduce the length of the model.

I hope the purists will forgive me but I do not want to have a battlefield full of office blocks.

However, I hope that the ‘feel’ of the property will be retained.

I have temporarily stopped work on the building as I awaiting the railings to arrive in the post.

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Happy modelling,

Chris
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Posted by Beano Boy on 17 Jan 2020, 10:21

i`m O K with your shrinking the actual size of your building. i do likewise on certain scratch-built stuff. The work looks real super cool to me. BB
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