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1/35 scale 29th Infantry Division, Omaha Beach Normandy, D-Day Figure Vignette

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As the primed figures dry I build up the beach sand and the ripples in the sand with Epoxy wood filler. This stuff works good for the terrain and you have time to sculpt and move it around, but once it dries, it is hard to sand or shape.

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Attaching discarded gear left in the surf and initial painting of the sand.

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Building up the surf with the acrylic clear gloss Gel medium. The Gel goes on milky white, but dries perfectly clear.


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Quite amazing! The detail is outstanding!


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Painting the figures. I set the figures up on wooden skewers. I attach them with Super glue in a spot that won't be seen. I rough in the uniform colors in batches. I paint all the faces and hands, then paint all the jackets , then trousers, then leggings, etc. I paint in batches to keep the colors uniform.

 

After painting and when the figures are ready to be placed on the groundwork I carefully just snap them off of the sticks.

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Wonderful work and very powerful. Thanks for sharing this with us :)


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VERY nice. Thanks for sharing your passion, patience and skill.

 

Ken


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Duty is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less."

GEN Robert E. Lee

 

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Dennis,

 

This is breathtaking! You sure packed an amazing amount of detail in such a small area. Thanks for the detail shots showing your work in progress.

 

....Kat


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wow that is nice! I like these custom dioramas for the creativity that is showcased.

 

RC


"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."

*Sherlock Holmes in "A Scandal in Bohemia"*

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Very dramatic scene and I do admire your skills making this diorama.

Such vignettes would go perfectly with any D-Day related collection.

 

Erwin


704th Tank Destroyer Battalion

 

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Wonderful work, It is a labor of love.


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That's a well-staged little-diorama. So much action contained within such a small space...it really captures the moment. Great job Dennis!


"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Wow you did a great job I would be proud to display it if I were you.

 

-Dave


Collecting WWI 26th Division Machine Gun and Infantry related Helmets, Equipment, Groupings, Photos and Dog Tags!


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Dennis

You did an outstanding job on this diorama. The painting is A one Thanks for sharing you project

 

Tom

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AWESOME!

 

Dennis, you have captured a moment in history beautifully. The faces, uniforms, sand and water are painted so well as to look real.

 

Excellent photography and presentation. A true artist. Well done! Bob


- Dedicated to my Uncle Ches -

General Ferdinand Joseph Chesarek

United States Army
Feb. 18, 1914 to Nov. 20, 1993

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The master is back! Thanks for sharing this incredible vignette with us. Hard to say what I do admire most. I think it's the "amount of dynamic" concentrated on a few square centimeters. Super realistic figures, great base including different elements. Seems one can hear the whistling bullets... You did an outstanding job!

 

Lars


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I like everything about it: composition, detail, accuracy... Captures the look and feel of the moment.


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With reference to the Sailor, having talked to several WW2 boat crewmen, if they lost their boat, they were shoved onto the next boat leaving the beach. One gentleman I talked to made 5 trips to Iwo Jima the first day, loosing three boats and crews, along with three helmets and his shoes and of course, the Marines he was carrying. He was aCox'n and needed in the boats, not blocking the beach. It was several days before he actually got back to HIS ship, driving boats where the Cox'n had been killed. Other than his first crew, which he never saw again, he did not know any of the guys in the other boats who were from different ships so he did not know if any survived. Other former boat crewmen I've talked to told very similar stories. All those Soldiers needed everything that was on the ships, and needed it now. Boat crews were much more valuable in the boats than clogging up the beach. One old Sailor I knew was a "Bow Hook", and was physically dragged and tossed onto a departing boat by a Beach Master who thought the young S2/c was not moving fast enough to the boat. By the way, love this model, captures the moment fantastically!

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That's an award winner! Simply amazing down to every detail. Thanks for sharing. I love seeing this stuff.



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Here is the vignette on the display shelf with the ETO items. It looks a bit lost in the photo but in person it looks a bit better.

 

Sig, thanks for the anecdotes about the Iwo Cox'ns. I was hoping that some one would have some info on what happened to boat crewmen that had their boats shot out from under them. I would imagine that experienced boat handlers would be in demand and too valuable to just leave stranded on the beach. Some times the efforts of the Navy guys, the troop carrier pilots and crewmen and other support guys get overlooked. It was bad for all of them.

 

Thank you all for your comments, it's encouraging.

 

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This is the box art for the DML 29th Infantry, Normandy set of figures. This is a nicely done set of figures, lots of detail, clean molding and good poses. Well worth the money.

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