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Antietam 17th September 1862

Posted by santifernandez on 17 Nov 2020, 19:48

Chris,I follow his diorama closely, I like it more every step of the way.
What is your opinion of the latest Hat figures?
They're worth it?
Santi.
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Posted by C M Dodson on 17 Nov 2020, 20:17

Hi Santi, I hope that you are much better.

It’s probably best to see what PSR has to say about these figures.

I like them but mine had a lot of flash especially around the legs and where the musket and head ‘meet’.

One of the officers has no sword scabbard and the mounted guy is very small.

The annoying thing is that the paint will not adhere to the plastic very well despite washing in detergent.

I will try PVA / undercoat to see if I can get a better result.

They as stated are very Perry, with lovely faces which brings them alive.

I have lots to paint as a result.

Best wishes,

Chris

I like the
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Posted by CPN on 17 Nov 2020, 22:48

C M Dodson wrote:Hi Santi, I hope that you are much better.

It’s probably best to see what PSR has to say about these figures.

I like them but mine had a lot of flash especially around the legs and where the musket and head ‘meet’.

One of the officers has no sword scabbard and the mounted guy is very small.

The annoying thing is that the paint will not adhere to the plastic very well despite washing in detergent.

I will try PVA / undercoat to see if I can get a better result.

They as stated are very Perry, with lovely faces which brings them alive.

I have lots to paint as a result.

Best wishes,

Chris

I like the


Hi
For difficult plastic such as Zvezda for example I use PVA tacky as a basecoat and then I prime them Vallejo polyurethane Primer. Eventually once the figures are painted I varnish them with vallejo mat polyurethane. So this is the best that worked for me.
I hope this helps.
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Posted by C M Dodson on 18 Nov 2020, 09:21

Hello CPN and thank you for your tip.

I shall give it a go.

Best wishes,

Chris
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Posted by Bessiere on 19 Nov 2020, 00:05

Sorry to bother you but I'm stuck Mr. D, I have all my figures painted and ready to go for a diorama but having never built one I don't know where to start so far as what to use for a base then covering it. I know the layout of everyone but any quick tips you could share would be immensely helpful and gratefully received.
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Posted by C M Dodson on 19 Nov 2020, 10:57

Hello Mr B and thank you for asking about dioramas.

As you are probably aware, I use a sand table so sculpting terrain etc is easy for me.

Most diorama makers use styrofoam it seems, cut, shaped, sealed and dressed.

The Bennoes forum is full of skilled modellers and is well worth a look at the WIP section.

I have also attached a couple of links that you may find useful.

viewtopic.php?f=11&t=20932

U tube is a treasure trove of ideas and our railway modelling friends are always leading the way with superb realism.

https://youtu.be/bO6K1eBFVsc

Wolfgang Meyer is my hero and Gerschite in Miniturian is a wonderful resource.

https://www.geschichte-in-miniaturen.de ... 1&start=50

Thank you for thinking about me and I hope that this is of help.

Best wishes,

Chris
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Posted by Huggy on 20 Nov 2020, 19:28

Hey, I have bought some Italeri ACW and whilst they are superb figurines I'd like to mix in some other ranges to get some variety. What other ranges would work well with them?
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Posted by C M Dodson on 20 Nov 2020, 19:44

Hello and thank you for your question.

The best arbitrator for your question would be the Plastic Soldier review who have an unbiased opinion and actually display the figure heights making comparisons easier.

Personally, the Itallieri seem to go well with the Revel/Accurate figures along with Imex, Hat and Stretlets.

The Call to Arms are great but are quite small in comparison.

As for metals, I like the Kennington range through SHQ miniatures and also, although they are a bit smaller the Newline figures from their vast range. The bareheaded gunners are great for conversions.

Best wishes,

Chris
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Posted by Huggy on 20 Nov 2020, 19:52

Thanks! Just the answers I need. PSR is probably my most visited site in the last month. But it is hard to compare pictures.
SHQ and Newline were also on my radar, together with Jacklex. But again hard to find pictures of them side to side with soft plastic figures.
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Posted by Huggy on 20 Nov 2020, 20:02

Man this topic is great. You are a talented man mister Dobson. I'll spending some time here to prep for my own ACW project.
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Posted by C M Dodson on 20 Nov 2020, 21:02

Just a thought regarding the Jacklex troops.

They are advertised as ‘old school’ and indeed they are in that style.

I want troops to be as lifelike as possible and whilst Jacklex were very generous when I ordered some cannon their figures are not, unfortunately to my personal taste.

Best wishes,

Chris
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Posted by Bessiere on 20 Nov 2020, 21:07

Very kind of you Mr D, many thanks! I think I like the idea ofusing rolled flat clay, putting that down moist so I can impress the figure bases. This will be showing Bavaria in mid-April so growth won't be very tall and not much to hide the join. I did manage to run the wires for 2 led's down through a cannon barrel and out an opening on the bottom side so I can completely hide the wiring. Working on the fire/smoke billow now so the final pieces are starting to come together at last. This whole experience has done nothing more than give even more respect to those like yourself who build massive dioramas with 10 or even 100 times what I am attempting.
Gratefully yours,
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Posted by C M Dodson on 20 Nov 2020, 22:59

Sounds interesting Mr B.

Best wishes,

Chris
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Posted by C M Dodson on 23 Nov 2020, 17:03

Texas Brigade

Forming half of John Bell Hoods Division under the command of Colonel William T. Wofford the Texas Brigade had earned itself a reputation as the Confederacy’s shock troops.

The original unit reported some of the highest unit casualties at Antietam and the First Texas lost its flag along with nine standard bearers.

This flag, known as ‘ Mrs Wigfall’s wedding dress’ ( the original Colonel’s wife and daughter made it) was inscribed with the battle honours of Gaines Mill and Seven Pines.

I have used a generic Texas State flag along with a battle flag to represent the brigade rather than an individual regiment.

The troops are a mixture from various manufacturers along with head swaps.

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Lots to do.

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Posted by Peter on 23 Nov 2020, 20:21

Great! :thumbup:

Lots to see! ;-)
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Posted by Susofrick on 24 Nov 2020, 13:25

Agree with Peter! This is better than TV! By a lot! :-D
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