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Rorke`s Drift 1879

Posted by Rich W on 13 Dec 2020, 01:32

This looks excellent! I'm very jealous of what you've got set up here!
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Posted by Wolfgang Meyer on 13 Dec 2020, 19:16

Here is an overview of the previous diorama. Below right, that's where the orchard is coming. It is surrounded by a deep irrigation ditch and a wooden fence (under construction).

Now it's time to build the barricades and the greening. At the same time, Massimo Costa is modeling three dead British officer's horses for me and Jos Geurts is taking care of all the bushes and trees, including the orchard.


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Posted by Peter on 13 Dec 2020, 20:32

I like this movie! ;-)
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Posted by Wolfgang Meyer on 28 Dec 2020, 17:20

Rorke`s Drift 1879 Diorama

I reworked the rock edge again. I worked very small stones and rubble between the rocks. That works a lot better now!


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Posted by tullo on 28 Dec 2020, 17:55

wau very good...nice
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Posted by Wolfgang Meyer on 05 Jan 2021, 23:15

Thank you!

We are currently experimenting with greenery.

First attempts at greening on a test display by Jos Geurts for the Rorke`s Drift Diorama.

1. Original earth, as it is applied on the diorama
2. Brown and beige fibers 1mm and 2mm high
3. Mixture of 4.5 and 6mm high green fibers as something "taller grass"
Color: Lush spring green, Heki steppe grass mixture and early autumn

There are additional fibers 12 mm high as "higher grass". Sometimes even higher fibers in certain places, so that the grass is sometimes over waist-high. In front of the hospital and in the orchard the grass will be thick and high.


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Posted by Peter on 06 Jan 2021, 10:12

I like this earth test! Looks very natural! :thumbup:
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Posted by Wolfgang Meyer on 06 Jan 2021, 13:52

Thank you Peter!

Rorke's Drift Diorama Greening Test 2

The next step is the greening test for the Rorke`s Drift Diorama. We then see how it works later in the diorama. The whole thing has to be applied to an area of 2 square meters.

Today, another 6.5mm green fibers were applied in some places on the already 6mm high grass surfaces. This creates grassy areas of 12.5 mm high meadows, i.e. waist-high.

Shown here with a few Napoleonic art figures in 1/72 scale.

Construction report for Rorke's Drift Diorama:
https://www.geschichte-in-miniaturen.de ... f=36&t=671

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Posted by Wolfgang Meyer on 07 Jan 2021, 16:34

Another test to determine the height of shrubs and bushes!

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Posted by Peter on 11 Jan 2021, 13:23

It looks better and better! Keep them coming Wolfgang! :thumbup:
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Posted by T. Dürrschmidt on 17 Jan 2021, 11:09

Incredibly good researched and created….the ultimate diorama reference as always.
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Posted by chance57 on 26 Jan 2021, 18:32

very,very good,
i can't even imagine to work on so huge project
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Posted by Pocho Azul on 26 Jan 2021, 18:47

This is freaking gorgeous! What time frame of the battle are you focusing on?
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Posted by Wolfgang Meyer on 27 Jan 2021, 00:22

Thank you! I represent the first evacuation of the hospital.

Best regards, Wolfgang


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Posted by Wolfgang Meyer on 31 Jan 2021, 13:54

Here is another picture. The figures are inserted right at the end of the diorama building.

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Posted by Peter on 31 Jan 2021, 14:29

I like how that building and figures are painted! Looking forward to the progress. :thumbup:
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Posted by PaulRPetri on 31 Jan 2021, 18:06

Wolfgang your talent is beyond compare..... I have no words..
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Posted by Wolfgang Meyer on 03 Feb 2021, 17:08

Thank you!!!

At the moment I had time to work on Rorke's Drift Diorama again.

I started building the barricades. To do this, I have to make around 900 sacks of corn out of light, self-hardening modeling clay. It's going slowly, but then there are also 900 different bags and I can stack them up in such a way that it will look very natural. I hope to finish this weekend. In the picture there are only just under 200 sacks of corn, most of which still have to be painted.

I decided on a brownish jute tone. In total I need three different colors for the bags.

Here also a current photo of the rock edge between the two kraals in the present. Then another picture of the same area in the diorama. That's how I plan the greening between the stones there.



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Posted by Peter on 03 Feb 2021, 18:09

Every time I look it has become more impressive! And so realistic! :thumbup:
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Posted by Susofrick on 04 Feb 2021, 07:50

Peter wrote:Every time I look it has become more impressive! And so realistic! :thumbup:


As usual with Wolfgang's work! Great stuff and great to follow!
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