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Antietam 17th September 1862

Posted by C M Dodson on 15 Nov 2021, 10:12

As part of my ongoing research I located the film that was filmed on the actual battlefield with the assistance of the NOS some years ago.

It is splendid stuff both as a narrative and also uniform/equipment/ scenery etc as they were meticulous in their research.

Happy viewing.

Best wishes,

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Posted by Photoro Man on 24 Nov 2021, 20:01

This is DARTH VADER in person talking. So, must be GOOD!!!!!!!!!
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Posted by C M Dodson on 27 Nov 2021, 15:38

Thank you everyone including Lord Vader.

Tents and conversions

My very good friend Thomas Mischak has sent me the new Hagen command set along with the Lee and Longstreet set for my project.

I can never thank him enough for his kindness.

I have decided to utilise these figures for a Union command scene with our friend George.

The Union HQ was at the Pry house but I do not wish to construct this edifice for just one picture as it is off the table. I therefore thought a command tent would be in order.


Another head swap and ‘Little Mac’ is busy pondering his latest West Point theory presentation in a command tent. Mr Porter ( Fifth Corps) is in attendance.

The tent is balsa , picture wire and tissue. I would recommend using split twigs as uprights as the construction is very flimsy.

The Union staff set up telescopes and binoculars for the good general to observe the action.

I fashioned a large spotting telescope from a thin rod of plastic with glued tissue paper to enhance its bulk and lens/ eyepiece. It is mounted on the Stretlets camera tripod.

George’s map is a reduced print ‘ Ala Egbert style’ taken from an original army map.

I was going to use four horse teams for the artillery but felt that the six horse teams had a better look.


This means lots extra horses so I used tissue and greenstuff to make up the riderless horse packs on the Zvezda Russian artillery horses.

I also found some more surrendering Germans and a cowboy.

They chop up nicely to make Confederate prisoners.

The Stretlets Union officer pose comes in for criticism from PSR and quite rightly so.

However, I think that the idea is sound and by replacing the hand and sword with an Italieri cavalry chaps weapon a more acceptable result is achieved .

The Stretlets bugler in enhanced by chopping off his trumpet and replacing it with an Imex bugle.

Incidentally, this period of the war saw the increasing introduction of bugles as a more efficient signalling system than that of drums.
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Posted by Minuteman on 27 Nov 2021, 20:01

More interesting and informative commentary in the 'build up' to this much-anticipated diorama. It is always interesting to me to have an inside track on how conversions and figures are used to achieve a convincing group of 1/72 model thanks for the insights Chris!
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