I wanted to make a small diorama for my 4 KSLI Battalion HQ in Normandy, 1944. In line with the the pattern established by my platoon and company bases, it would be a round base and, going up another step in size, 60 mm diameter with 5 figures to represent Lt. Colonel Miles, Major Robinson and some immediate support staff. A fairly static grouping, as though they were monitoring the battle and considering what to do seemed appropriate but this is difficult with the late war British Peter Pig figures, as they tend to be in quite dynamic poses.
Battalion HQ would obviously have a radio (more than one really but compromise is needed with only 5 figures). The Peter Pig radiomen models are either walking about carrying the radio or lying prone as though seeking cover - great for mobile a company command or a forward observer base but not so good here so I scratch-built a Wireless Set No. 18 from plastic, wire and some aluminium foil and chose a kneeling gun crew figure as the operator.
I completed the group with a parked jeep (also from Peter Pig) and a standing officer to represent Major Robinson, the battalion 2.I.C.
That radio, cooker, and especially the tea pot / kettle are a tour de force of modelling in 15mm! And a great paint job for a beautifully composed vignette.ReplyDelete
Thanks very much Rob, that's very kind of you. Compared to making 1/1250 scale Phalanx and Goalkeeper CIWS for my ship models, the stove and kettle weren't so difficult.Delete
Smashing work. When in doubt, brew up!ReplyDelete
Thank you John and always a good policy :-)Delete
Really fine work. The composition, brushwork and characterful Piggy figures all come together to make it more than just a HQ stand. I know it is just little squiggle on a yellow square but I had no problem recognizing the Black Bull as soon as I saw the pics. Very well done.ReplyDelete
Thank you. I have some Skytrex transfers for the Black Bull division sign that I'm using on larger AFVs but they were far too big for the jeep (which is funny: I thought they were supposed to be a standard size) so I had to resort to hand painting a yellow square with a black squiggle, like the shoulder insignia on the figures. I suspect these are all over-size and too bright but you need a bit of colour amongst all that brown and green! :-)Delete
Splendid looking command stand, lovely scratch building and painting!ReplyDelete
Best Iain (caveadsum1471)
Thanks Iain, much appreciated.Delete