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The battle for Plancenoit

Posted by Captain Sibourne on 22 Mar 2021, 23:20

Very true!
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Posted by Bill Slavin on 24 Mar 2021, 00:35

The diorama is looking fantastic. Regarding initiative and formation, isn’t all military discipline solely to get humans to do horrific things that are against their nature without thinking too much about it?
I certainly agree that troops in strict battle order, all doing the same thing is the only reasonable way to accurately portray a Napoleonic battle, outside of skirmish lines. What I love, both in your and Chris’s dioramas, is that moment where the discipline of the lead troops is often devolving in to a free for all as they come into contact with the enemy.
My own units, for gaming, of course are always an unrealistic mixture of many poses, but that’s partly because I’m too cheap not to use everything in the box coupled by the fact that I would get bored painting troops all in strict battle order!
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Posted by Captain Sibourne on 24 Mar 2021, 04:30

Thanks Bill! I like troops in reasonably similar poses grouped together but with small differences. That is what is so good about the new Strelets and, indeed, with metal makes like Art Miniaturen and Franznap. The human eye is drawn to patterns and can notice when figures are too often repeated. I break this rule with marching units, where troops are supposed to be in-step. This is an issue with casualties where one cannot use over familiar figures such as the Airfix dead Frenchman too often. The pleasure of our hobby is the great variety now available and the possibilities afforded by conversions. I also use quite varied figures in squares and have just finished two squares which show the variety sought:

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Posted by Graeme on 24 Mar 2021, 06:54

Great progress on this project, everything looks fabulous. That first aerial shot posted in February is awesome, what an impressive sight.

Captain Sibourne wrote:A few more pictures, because the light was interesting:

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The battle scenes in the sunset glow are just wonderful, I really enjoyed seeing those. 8)
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Posted by Bill Slavin on 24 Mar 2021, 14:05

Yes, I have been viewing those new Strelets sets with interest! Hopefully they will make some Peninsular war stuff.
And the lighting did look fantastic on your dio, by the way.
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Posted by Captain Sibourne on 24 Mar 2021, 15:44

Thanks all, I'm a terrible photographer and just got lucky with the evening light through a sky light which gave that nice effect.
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Posted by Captain Sibourne on 04 Apr 2021, 21:54

Happy Easter folks! Some updated photos of the next section of Plancenoit:

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This is the high road at the southern edge of the village along which the 25th Lutzow Freikorps fought.

More on my blog at http://generalpicton.blogspot.com about how I intend to make these figures.
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Posted by Bill Slavin on 05 Apr 2021, 03:58

That village is looking fantastic. Your diorama grows more remarkable every day - I look forward to seeing the village in completion.
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Posted by Captain Sibourne on 05 Apr 2021, 07:04

Thanks Bill, I put the road on yesterday and will be working on the scenery today. My father makes the buildings - still going strong at 82!
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Posted by C M Dodson on 05 Apr 2021, 08:16

Very nice indeed .

I really like the homogenous look of the buildings.

The overall effect is excellent in recreating the built up area.

Best wishes,

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Posted by Egbert on 05 Apr 2021, 11:17

Really fantastic ... G
Great representation of the "old" Plancenoit. :thumbup:
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Posted by sansovino on 05 Apr 2021, 12:37

Your work is outstanding which makes me speechless and dreaming. I can already smell the taste of powder and sweat. So many actions and situations.....
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Posted by Peter on 05 Apr 2021, 13:29

Looking forward how you will make the figures. I've seen the pictures on your blog and I have an idea what you are up to, but I'm still curious how they will look. :thumbup:

And congrats to your dad for those buildings! Love them! :thumbup:
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Posted by Captain Sibourne on 05 Apr 2021, 17:46

Thanks all, some very kind comments. I'm also taking to Speira to get some Lutzows made!
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Posted by Bessiere on 05 Apr 2021, 23:19

The new buildings look fantastic as does the scenery - it just keeps getting better. Your squares look great too. I don't know how you can crank them out like you do. Pure persistence and hard work I can only assume.
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Posted by Captain Sibourne on 06 Apr 2021, 09:51

Thanks Bessiere, all that plus quite a lot of help!
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Posted by JueHue on 06 Apr 2021, 19:50

You did a wonderful piece of work. It's not my period, but I still love it.
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Posted by Captain Sibourne on 07 Apr 2021, 12:18

Thanks JueHue!
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Posted by MABO on 08 Apr 2021, 19:25

Captain Sibourne wrote:Thanks all, some very kind comments. I'm also taking to Speira to get some Lutzows made!


That would be great for sure!
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