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La Belle Alliance

Posted by Captain Sibourne on 06 Jan 2019, 23:37

Dear Forum Members,

I promised to follow up my recent entry on 2/1 Chasseurs by placing them on my diorama. They are joined by 1/4 Grenadiers and the Imperial headquarters. More on this on my Blog at https://generalpicton.blogspot.com/2019 ... art-2.html. Hope you like them!

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Last edited by Peter on 07 Jan 2019, 14:55, edited 1 time in total.
Reason: Fixed last picture!
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 07 Jan 2019, 01:31

Bravo on the saddlery of the mounted officers!
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Posted by Beano Boy on 07 Jan 2019, 05:43

To create the illusion on a grand scale using buildings,terrain and figures is certainly a kinda mix of magic!
Well done on your display. Very nice to see La Belle Alliance scratch build. :thumbup:
The Napoleon conversion with his leg up on the drum is certainly cool. :thumbup:
Thank you for taking time out to display your hobby style work here on this rich slice of the Forum. :thumbup:

Captain,I noticed that you were up in the wee small our of this morning too. :coffee: BB
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Posted by Captain Sibourne on 07 Jan 2019, 09:41

Thanks BB, it did take a lot of work, but was fun to do. I was in bed by 2300, is that very late?!
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Posted by C M Dodson on 07 Jan 2019, 09:47

Morning Captain.

This is the stuff!

The 'Grand manner' in action.

Lots going on, a visual treat to the eye and the ' feel' of the occasion.

The buildings look good and as usual a lot of fine research. I know, from my aquatic Bras digging around that a lot of ' contempory' pictures etc are completely contradictory causing us modellers a huge headache.

The coach is a really nice touch.

Marvellous.

You have inspired me back into the garage, despite the cold.

Best wishes,

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Posted by C M Dodson on 07 Jan 2019, 09:48

Aquatic Bras?

I did not spot the predictive text in action.

It's not that wet in the garage.

Quatre Bras.

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Posted by Captain Sibourne on 07 Jan 2019, 10:16

Aquatic bras, as worn by ladies at the seaside as the top part of their bikinis?! Anyway, many thanks, it's all coming together although where the hell it all goes, I don't know. I'm thinking of holding a meeting of like-minded fanatics to consider this vexatious topic. Somewhere like the National Army Museum would do. Let me know if you'd like to come as you have skills that still evade me.
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Posted by Beano Boy on 07 Jan 2019, 11:09

I guess it was a glitch on the Forum Captain,I was still up a 5.40 a m and your handle was on display in the box `Who`s on line'. So I thought you were a night owl like myself. :coffee: BB
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Posted by FredG on 07 Jan 2019, 12:48

C M Dodson wrote:. I know, from my aquatic Bras digging around


The urge to get myself into trouble is almost overpowering. ;-)

Now where did I put that hair shirt
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Posted by C M Dodson on 07 Jan 2019, 14:55

Hello Captain S.

That's a very kind thought.

The actual Waterloo museum would be my suggestion, If they have the space.

Thank you for your kind comment.

We all have plenty to learn and I like to spread the good word in order to help others.

The QB research and build section has lots of ideas but anything specific just e mail me and I will see if I have a suggestion.

Best wishes,

Chris
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Posted by Peter on 07 Jan 2019, 15:14

Excellent work! Can't stop looking at it! :shock: :thumbup:

And this work should best be shown here: Musee du Caillou, napoleon's last HQ

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caillou_Museum
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Posted by Santi Pérez on 07 Jan 2019, 18:30

A great building and an impressive display of the elite of the French Napoleonic Army. :drool:

My best regards, Captain Sibourne. :thumbup:

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Posted by Captain Sibourne on 08 Jan 2019, 09:50

Thanks Santi, that's two of my Guard Battalions done, I've another five in the production line.
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Posted by Wolfgang Meyer on 08 Jan 2019, 11:24

Good work! I love these big dioramas! :yeah:

If there were some hobby friends joining together, you might get a huge 1/1 Waterloo diorama. Also with the exact topography. But you would also have to create a lot of space in the Waterloo Visitor Center.


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Posted by Captain Sibourne on 08 Jan 2019, 23:48

Dear Wolfgang, many thanks and I'm glad you like it. There are some notable Germans who have produced dioramas of the battle - I'm thinking of Thomas Mischak, Hans Slaager,Niels Rullkotter and Arndt Wolfram whose work I have long admired. Then there is 'Mr Waterloo' (Rene Betgem) who seems to have gone a bit quiet of late. And of course for compositional skills there is the incomparable Chris Dodson (he of the aquatic bras). A combined effort by us all would surely produce the required total of British, Dutch-Belgian, Hanoverian, Nassau, Brunswick, Prussian and French forces!
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Posted by sansovino on 09 Jan 2019, 12:44

Simply impressive.... a dream of a diorama! All fits together to create a great scenery!

How long did you worked for this diorama? And is the building a own construction - with which materials?
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Posted by Captain Sibourne on 09 Jan 2019, 16:22

Hi Sansovino, I have about 40,000 figures which are in various states of preparation, some finished others partly done and others unpainted. I've been collecting since 1972. The models are all scratch built and carefully researched. I am building to their proper scale and while I know war gamers tend to use scaled down buildings to fit the reduced number of figures they use for their units, I build to full scale. The models are made of card and painted with acrylic paint. The diorama is constructed in sections made of polystyrene covered with teddy bear fur which is then painted with a dilute acrylic paint to replicate the rye and corn fields of Waterloo. The figures are a mix of metal and plastic with many conversions. Some figures are vintage, others modern. Hope that helps.
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Posted by Kekso on 10 Jan 2019, 10:17

Captain Sibourne wrote:I have about 40,000 figures


:shock: :shock: :shock:
I don't think I have more than 1.000. And 99,9% of them are unpainted :oops:
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Posted by Susofrick on 10 Jan 2019, 11:00

It's marvelous!
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Posted by Graeme on 10 Jan 2019, 16:21

A wonderful landscape filled with hundreds of splendidly painted figures, what could be better?

Your La Belle Allience model is excellent, the pave looks great, the coaches are very nice, your converted figures work very well and your Guardsmen are magnificent. Well done!

C M Dodson wrote:Aquatic Bras?

I did not spot the predictive text in action.


Makes you wonder why they call it "predictive" text, how likely is it you were ever going to want to type that? :mrgreen:
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