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#1 Old Marine

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Posted 08 August 2019 - 04:55 PM

This is going to be a 3 man .50 caliber outpost guarding a crossroad somewhere in the Ardennes during the winter of 1944-45.  Because this is going to be a static, defensive position I started with the MG and dugout first.  Once I figured out the terrain I could them make the figures fit to the environment rather than building the terrain around already built figures.

 

Anyway, this is pretty simple, a piece of bass wood, layers of foam board to build up the hill and then covered the foam board with air dry clay.  The sandbags are made with the same air dry clay and tissue paper.

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Posted 08 August 2019 - 04:57 PM

Adding the figures and some boards.  The figures are modified DML "Battle of the Bulge" set and the guy on the field phone is the old Tamiya figure.

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Posted 08 August 2019 - 04:59 PM

Another view

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Posted 08 August 2019 - 05:02 PM

I did a lot of work on the terrain.  I set up the figures and forgot to take photos of the grass before I added the snow.

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Posted 08 August 2019 - 05:03 PM

Great start and idea looks great, can’t wait for the progress posts.

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Posted 08 August 2019 - 05:04 PM

A close up view.  After the figures cure for a few days and I clean them up some more I can start painting.  

 

I'll post more photos

 

Thanks

 

Dennis

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Posted 09 August 2019 - 09:25 AM

Awesome dio, Dennis! How did you do the barbwire?



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Posted 09 August 2019 - 12:52 PM

Hi Lars,

 

I used very fine wire and twisted the barbs.  I put a drop of super glue to hold the barbs in place and then trimmed them off after it was in place.  It's not exact or perfect but it visually gives the idea of barbed wire.

 

 

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Posted 09 August 2019 - 01:43 PM

Thanks Dennis, very realistic!



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Posted 09 August 2019 - 01:48 PM

Well executed 'frosty' scene there Old Marine!

 

I'll be watching :)

 

Joe



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Posted 10 August 2019 - 02:20 PM

Hey Dennis

Nice work so far on this diorama. I see you're sandbag technique is up to its standards and the barb wire looks very realistic. It's starting to feel very cold in this dio. It must be Dec. 15, 1944. Things will be getting hot pretty soon. Looking forward to seeing this baby as it comes along.

 

Semper Fi.

 

Manny



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Posted 11 August 2019 - 05:28 PM

Dennis,

I love to watch your diorama builds! Looking forward to seeing the progress on this one!

Kat

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Posted 11 August 2019 - 05:46 PM

A close up view.  After the figures cure for a few days and I clean them up some more I can start painting.  

 

I'll post more photos

 

Thanks

 

Dennis

 

Another fantastic and very detailed build...love the C rat boxes on the ground to cover mudd/snow.The rifle with grenade,helmet straps etc..  outstanding.



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Posted 12 August 2019 - 03:59 PM

Looking good that Tamiya sitting figure with the jeep cap is an oldie but a goodie, a very utilitarian figure.



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Posted 13 August 2019 - 06:00 PM

I got the figures painted, still some little details to go, but its almost done.  I'll try to get some better photos.  Thanks for all the comments.

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 06:02 PM

Yeah, that old Tamiya figure with the jeep cap has got to be 30 years old, but it's still a good figure. 

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 06:02 PM

Another view

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 06:04 PM

Last photo for tonight.

 

Thanks.

 

Dennis

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 06:11 PM

Very nice work 

A pleasure to study as its packed with bread crumbs.

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 07:00 PM

Simple subject, nicely executed!



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Posted 14 August 2019 - 10:01 AM

Hey Dennis; excellent work on those figures. It's summertime but I feel their cold. Like Superchief said, its a small diorama but very well executed. 

 

Semper Fi.

 

Manny



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Posted 14 August 2019 - 11:45 AM

Thats outstanding work !

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Posted 14 August 2019 - 01:50 PM

Beautiful ! My compliments. Mike

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 06:22 AM

Very nice work 
A pleasure to study as its packed with bread crumbs.
owen


Could not have said it any better.

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 10:19 AM

Dennis,

Awesome job! I really like the beard on the machine gunner. These pictures don't show the radio operator. I would love to see more of an overall shot.

Thanks for posting!! Kat


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