A Southern Biff's Return to Modelling

so does the kit come with an electronic static applicator to make the grass stand up? Loving the interrelation in your diorama ground work between machine and nature.

edit to add that first pic 390, the grass looks wind blown, superb.

It is very good, but if his mrs knew how much that had cost, she'd have his b0ll0cks for breakfast!
 

Themanwho

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so does the kit come with an electronic static applicator to make the grass stand up? Loving the interrelation in your diorama ground work between machine and nature.

edit to add that first pic 390, the grass looks wind blown, superb.
Yes, it's £60 for the Micro applicator kit (dunno why it's called micro really, it was fine for the size I'm doing, presumably model railway types want to do acres at a time), but the effect is brilliant. As I said above, I wish I could take credit, but it is so easy to use.
 

Themanwho

LE
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It is very good, but if his mrs knew how much that had cost, she'd have his b0ll0cks for breakfast!
Shhhh!



As it is, she's often buying ridiculously expensive doodads for card making, crocheting etc, so I'm fairly safe. But no reason to make a song and dance about it FFS!
 
Shhhh!



As it is, she's often buying ridiculously expensive doodads for card making, crocheting etc, so I'm fairly safe. But no reason to make a song and dance about it FFS!

Think yourself lucky. My mrs has just rediscovered a doll called pippa she used to have when she was a kid. This thing is 6" tall and they go for bloody hundreds and the stupid accessories make my indulgences look cheap as chips. Shed loads of shit is coming though the door this week - first envelope arrived today. 50 sheets for a dress thats about four or five inches long. I asked her is she pans to put pigtails in and sit on the floor and play dressing up when she gets all this shit. She wasnt amused....
 
Think yourself lucky. My mrs has just rediscovered a doll called pippa she used to have when she was a kid. This thing is 6" tall and they go for bloody hundreds and the stupid accessories make my indulgences look cheap as chips. Shed loads of shit is coming though the door this week - first envelope arrived today. 50 sheets for a dress thats about four or five inches long. I asked her is she pans to put pigtails in and sit on the floor and play dressing up when she gets all this shit. She wasnt amused....

don't put her off, you can justify that next Meng kit you've had your eye on.
 

Themanwho

LE
Book Reviewer
A summary of the last couple of evenings' efforts:

First, dead leaf ground cover (dried out, crushed and sieved leaves from the garden) around the PAK position, additional piles of dark earth from the second mortar strike (in the top right), fallen down into the position burying duck board and thrown further into the position by the detonation, also breaking the planking revetment on the opposite side of the connecting trench:

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The dark earth is just lumps of polystyrene with brown ballast stuck on, then painted with acrylic nicked from No1 daughter.

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I was so pleased with the effect that I decided to do the same to the cart track to give it some texture, and then the crater. I also repainted the tank tracks with darker brown:
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Themanwho

LE
Book Reviewer
Now I'm just working out where my trees should go now This one defintiely needs to go next to the MG position, it was made specifically for it:

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Around the PAK trench this is as far as I've got, although there area couple of trees to go forward (left) of the trench and half a dozen bushes to fill in between them:

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It's key that you should be able to see the detail through the trees, so I'm loath to put too much foliage in:

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Themanwho

LE
Book Reviewer
a masterpiece is slowly emerging here.
Having seen the ridiculously detailed and realistic work of you and others on here, you definitely get a funny for that! This isn't false modesty, and I'm very proud of what I've managed to do so far - it's far better than anything I've ever done before, but I know that my vehicles are nowhere up to the standard shown on here, and the figures I still have to build will not be either. But thank you for the very kind words.

As far as I'm concerned this isn't a competition (I have no doubt you feel the same way), it's a bit like how I felt about running (before my back and knee failed me!): the only person I was ever running against was myself. I know where I am on the talent totem pole, and I'm very happy with where I sit.
 

Helm

MIA
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Having seen the ridiculously detailed and realistic work of you and others on here, you definitely get a funny for that! This isn't false modesty, and I'm very proud of what I've managed to do so far - it's far better than anything I've ever done before, but I know that my vehicles are nowhere up to the standard shown on here, and the figures I still have to build will not be either. But thank you for the very kind words.

As far as I'm concerned this isn't a competition (I have no doubt you feel the same way), it's a bit like how I felt about running (before my back and knee failed me!): the only person I was ever running against was myself. I know where I am on the talent totem pole, and I'm very happy with where I sit.
I think you're selling yourself short mate, yes your work may not be of the highest standard, but none the less it's a master class in how to intelligently lay out a diorama. everything on there is placed with thought to the why and how, that is an art in itself.
 
Having seen the ridiculously detailed and realistic work of you and others on here, you definitely get a funny for that! This isn't false modesty, and I'm very proud of what I've managed to do so far - it's far better than anything I've ever done before, but I know that my vehicles are nowhere up to the standard shown on here, and the figures I still have to build will not be either. But thank you for the very kind words.

As far as I'm concerned this isn't a competition (I have no doubt you feel the same way), it's a bit like how I felt about running (before my back and knee failed me!): the only person I was ever running against was myself. I know where I am on the talent totem pole, and I'm very happy with where I sit.

bollox. Great job. I’d be well chuffed with what you’ve built and I’ve really ended watching it unfold.

nice one
 

Themanwho

LE
Book Reviewer
Last night and this morning, there's been quite a bit of progress. I finally got round to laying the 6mm wild meadow grass (keeping away from the treelines), which has come out pretty good. I promise I'm not on a commission to WWS, but their static grass applicator is bloody magical:

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With the large tree to be positioned above the MG42 trench, the area around it won't have grown as much, and under the Carrier what's the point?

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I tried to brush the grass between the Churchill and M5 tracks as if swept by the bellies of the tanks; it hasn't quite worked as planned but there is a suggestion of it to be seen:

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Boxy

GCM
Last night and this morning, there's been quite a bit of progress. I finally got round to laying the 6mm wild meadow grass (keeping away from the treelines), which has come out pretty good. I promise I'm not on a commission to WWS, but their static grass applicator is bloody magical:

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With the large tree to be positioned above the MG42 trench, the area around it won't have grown as much, and under the Carrier what's the point?

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I tried to brush the grass between the Churchill and M5 tracks as if swept by the bellies of the tanks; it hasn't quite worked as planned but there is a suggestion of it to be seen:

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That grass effect is amazing, ok the tools are good but it’s down to the operator as to how they are used
 

Themanwho

LE
Book Reviewer
I have worked out where I want my trees and bushes, and there's still a good view of the PAK position:

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I'll try to get some better photos.

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Themanwho

LE
Book Reviewer
Flash deployed:

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Themanwho

LE
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That grass effect is amazing, ok the tools are good but it’s down to the operator as to how they are used
Thanks, I'll happily take the compliment, but I have to say the applicator is bloody amazing!
 
Last night and this morning, there's been quite a bit of progress. I finally got round to laying the 6mm wild meadow grass (keeping away from the treelines), which has come out pretty good. I promise I'm not on a commission to WWS, but their static grass applicator is bloody magical:

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With the large tree to be positioned above the MG42 trench, the area around it won't have grown as much, and under the Carrier what's the point?

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I tried to brush the grass between the Churchill and M5 tracks as if swept by the bellies of the tanks; it hasn't quite worked as planned but there is a suggestion of it to be seen:

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The long dry grass really brings it to life IMHO - very realistic.
 

Themanwho

LE
Book Reviewer
In answer to @Boxy 's post earlier (so far):
It will be interesting to see how the completed diorama compares to the initial sketches
The storyline of this diorama has changed a bit; originally it was going to be an 2-cab light armoured recce patrol being briefed just behind the line somewhere in the low countries late 44-early 45, but I decided that three vehicles (M5, Carrier and briefing commander's jeep) would be too crowded, especially with the German positions having grown from the original plan:

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This has now been binned in favour of a more specific time and place, the commencement of OP VERITABLE, the clearance of German forces from the west bank of the Rhine in Holland and Germany, starting 08/02/45, around the area southeast of Nijmegen. Being of little tactical use in wooded close fighting, the light armoured recce element is being used to gather int from captured positions, whilst the armour and infantry of 21 Army Group is slugging its way into the Reichswald, smashing into the first German defensive line:

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The PAK position, overlooking a wooded track and small meadow with a flanking MG42 trench providing enfilade cover previously fired on an advancing Churchill, which sensibly scooted back out of sight and called in a mortar stonk which took out the PAK. Combined armour and infantry assault then took the PAK position and the MG trench, and have since advanced up the track (and out of sight).

Still to be added to the diorama are British infantry advancing up the cart track, and (possibly German POWs being escorted to the rear, either down the track or following the Churchill tracks. And of course the Recce wagon crews, along with whatever else hasn't made it onto the model yet....

I walked this area on a Brigade Battlefield Tour fourteen years ago; the three veterans who we escorted were all of the opinion that this was the hardest fighting they'd ever seen (and one chap had been at Alamein, whilst another had fought through GOODWOOD ; both were infantry).

Anyway, that's the plan at the moment....
 

Themanwho

LE
Book Reviewer
The long dry grass really brings it to life IMHO - very realistic.
Thanks. See previous posts for eulogies to WWS Applicator!
 
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