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French Artillery at Solferino 1859

Posted by Iceman1964 on 04 Jan 2021, 16:34

Happy new year to everybody !

I’m starting a new diorama about the Solferino battle in 1859 (Second Italian Independence war or French-Austrian war) where I will use the masterpieces from Massimo Costa.

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The diorama will also have a group of soldiers hit by an howitzer shot, more or less like this

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while for the explosion I would try to simulate something like this

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The problem now is how can I reproduce the explosion....
Metallic wire with cotton and gypsum ? Some foam ?
Have you suggestions ?

Thanks for the help !!!
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Posted by Ben Bob on 04 Jan 2021, 17:02

It looks promising.

There was a discussion earlier that may be useful to you: http://bennosfiguresforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=102&t=23889

Note my link in that thread has exactly the effect you are looking for.
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Posted by Mai Strac on 04 Jan 2021, 17:14

:-D Great figurines, great idea and great.....modeller!! :thumbup:
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Posted by C M Dodson on 05 Jan 2021, 09:35

This mat help.

Scroll down to the section Boom bang crash .

viewtopic.php?f=11&t=22713&start=240

That picture, whilst dramatic is not a gunpowder explosion as it appears to have a prosperous element.

Gunpowder is a low explosive compared to the high explosives of today.

Best wishes.

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Posted by Iceman1964 on 05 Jan 2021, 10:23

Thanks a lot !!!
The links are a real mine of info ! I think leds are out of my range, I will focus on "cotton & Co".
Very useful the point about low explosives of the time, I hadn't thought about it.
I need now to think and test different ways... stay tuned !
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Posted by Peter on 05 Jan 2021, 13:20

Looking forward to this nice diorama! Can't wait to see the next steps! ;-)
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Posted by huib on 05 Jan 2021, 18:02

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This guy imitates a rocket launch by using painted cotton wool with a tiny led light inserted.
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Posted by Iceman1964 on 14 Jan 2021, 17:56

I’m still thinking about the explosion….
In the meanwhile I have completed the 3 guns, now I’m starting with the figures.

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Posted by C M Dodson on 15 Jan 2021, 09:55

Those cannon are very impressive indeed.

The rocket looks great too.

Do not forget if using cotton wool that it gets fluffier if you warm it with a hairdryer.

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Posted by Peter on 15 Jan 2021, 15:11

I really like how the guns are painted! :thumbup:
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Posted by MABO on 17 Jan 2021, 15:18

Me too, good presentation of metal parts.
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Posted by Iceman1964 on 28 Jan 2021, 18:10

Thanks to everybody for the nice words (Grazie for the Italians ;-) )

I have completed the first gun team, here it is.

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Posted by huib on 29 Jan 2021, 10:47

Very nice. Good painting of the figures.
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Posted by Peter on 29 Jan 2021, 11:41

Excellent painted guncrew! :thumbup:
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Posted by Santi Pérez on 29 Jan 2021, 20:30

Fantastic paintwork both on the crew and the guns, Iceman1964. :drool:

My best congratulations. :yeah:

Santi.
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Posted by Iceman1964 on 08 Feb 2021, 18:05

Also the crew for the second gun is ready.
Slowly but let's go on :-D
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Posted by MABO on 08 Feb 2021, 18:38

Superb painting, Iceman! But the figs are very good as well.
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Posted by Iceman1964 on 21 Feb 2021, 17:27

Completed also the last gun crew ! Now let's try with the explosion , I think I'll go with wire and flocks, I'll show you the results ;-)

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Posted by Bluefalchion on 21 Feb 2021, 21:47

That crew moving the cannon makes for a dramatic scene!
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Posted by C M Dodson on 22 Feb 2021, 09:58

Very nice indeed.

The chap bent with the rope is excellent.

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