Diorama - 'The Muddy Captures'

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Diorama - 'The Muddy Captures'

Joined: November 2nd, 2010, 11:03 pm

November 1st, 2016, 3:21 pm #1

Hello everyone ( As the singer,comedian, Max Bygraves used to say ) ‘Let me tell you a story’( for the UK viewers who may remember him).
This scene depicts the capture of several German troops and a Jagdpanzer by the US Forces somewhere in the Bulge area, as the last of the snow melts, leaving a muddy damp forest floor,the troops and Jagdpanzer are being led back to Allied lines for interrogation and inspection of the vehicle. Hastily painted stars have been daubed on the tank to signify capture.
As they retreat, they pass an oncoming convoy of US troops going the other way that have come across the ditched Kubelwagon which is stuck in the muddy ground.
They check on the Kubelwagon and although it is stuck, other than superficial damage there is a chance to salvage it if they can get it out of the mud.
As the POW’s are escorted back, the rear guy glances across to his unfortunate comrade and contemplates on being a ‘temporary muddy capture’ as opposed to a permanent one such as his fallen comrade.

The title is again, a play on words and depicts a three way short story, the capture of the tank, troops and Kubelwagon all of whom are in a muddy condition – hence the title.

The trees are made from dowel rod, small roots for the branches, painted up, then the branches are coated in white glue and then scattered with grass flock to simulate the pine needles.
The muddy groundwork is real powdered earth mixed with white glue and then painted in dark browns, blacks and numerous washes, then a generous coating of scenic water which gives its damp / wet look. Although the vehicles have been weathered and muddied I have tried to strike a balance so not to hide detail but at the same time, give it a convincing muddy look. Hope it works.

The figures are a mixture of Verlinden, Stalingrad, Legends and Nemrod.

Thanks for all the positive comments on the previous posts on this project, many ideas were given to me and I have to say some I have done such as gloving some of the figures and the recognition flags, some smaller alterations suggested to me I have left as they are. Anyway I am saying this one is done. The vehicles are placed but not yet glued in case I get some other comments on how maybe to improve the look. Cheers
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Joined: June 15th, 2013, 2:21 pm

November 1st, 2016, 4:40 pm #2

Great scene Steve!!!All work is wonderful!!!! Vehicle and figures is very excellent and the dio is very balanced.I love the job on the ground.

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Joined: August 31st, 2011, 2:28 pm

November 1st, 2016, 7:48 pm #3

Hello everyone ( As the singer,comedian, Max Bygraves used to say ) ‘Let me tell you a story’( for the UK viewers who may remember him).
This scene depicts the capture of several German troops and a Jagdpanzer by the US Forces somewhere in the Bulge area, as the last of the snow melts, leaving a muddy damp forest floor,the troops and Jagdpanzer are being led back to Allied lines for interrogation and inspection of the vehicle. Hastily painted stars have been daubed on the tank to signify capture.
As they retreat, they pass an oncoming convoy of US troops going the other way that have come across the ditched Kubelwagon which is stuck in the muddy ground.
They check on the Kubelwagon and although it is stuck, other than superficial damage there is a chance to salvage it if they can get it out of the mud.
As the POW’s are escorted back, the rear guy glances across to his unfortunate comrade and contemplates on being a ‘temporary muddy capture’ as opposed to a permanent one such as his fallen comrade.

The title is again, a play on words and depicts a three way short story, the capture of the tank, troops and Kubelwagon all of whom are in a muddy condition – hence the title.

The trees are made from dowel rod, small roots for the branches, painted up, then the branches are coated in white glue and then scattered with grass flock to simulate the pine needles.
The muddy groundwork is real powdered earth mixed with white glue and then painted in dark browns, blacks and numerous washes, then a generous coating of scenic water which gives its damp / wet look. Although the vehicles have been weathered and muddied I have tried to strike a balance so not to hide detail but at the same time, give it a convincing muddy look. Hope it works.

The figures are a mixture of Verlinden, Stalingrad, Legends and Nemrod.

Thanks for all the positive comments on the previous posts on this project, many ideas were given to me and I have to say some I have done such as gloving some of the figures and the recognition flags, some smaller alterations suggested to me I have left as they are. Anyway I am saying this one is done. The vehicles are placed but not yet glued in case I get some other comments on how maybe to improve the look. Cheers
All comments welcome, thanks for looking








































Hi Steve, you did a great job on military vehicles, terrain and the 'ambiance are perfect, the figures are very beautiful, but I would remove the dead.
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Joined: March 9th, 2012, 4:57 pm

November 1st, 2016, 9:15 pm #4

Hello everyone ( As the singer,comedian, Max Bygraves used to say ) ‘Let me tell you a story’( for the UK viewers who may remember him).
This scene depicts the capture of several German troops and a Jagdpanzer by the US Forces somewhere in the Bulge area, as the last of the snow melts, leaving a muddy damp forest floor,the troops and Jagdpanzer are being led back to Allied lines for interrogation and inspection of the vehicle. Hastily painted stars have been daubed on the tank to signify capture.
As they retreat, they pass an oncoming convoy of US troops going the other way that have come across the ditched Kubelwagon which is stuck in the muddy ground.
They check on the Kubelwagon and although it is stuck, other than superficial damage there is a chance to salvage it if they can get it out of the mud.
As the POW’s are escorted back, the rear guy glances across to his unfortunate comrade and contemplates on being a ‘temporary muddy capture’ as opposed to a permanent one such as his fallen comrade.

The title is again, a play on words and depicts a three way short story, the capture of the tank, troops and Kubelwagon all of whom are in a muddy condition – hence the title.

The trees are made from dowel rod, small roots for the branches, painted up, then the branches are coated in white glue and then scattered with grass flock to simulate the pine needles.
The muddy groundwork is real powdered earth mixed with white glue and then painted in dark browns, blacks and numerous washes, then a generous coating of scenic water which gives its damp / wet look. Although the vehicles have been weathered and muddied I have tried to strike a balance so not to hide detail but at the same time, give it a convincing muddy look. Hope it works.

The figures are a mixture of Verlinden, Stalingrad, Legends and Nemrod.

Thanks for all the positive comments on the previous posts on this project, many ideas were given to me and I have to say some I have done such as gloving some of the figures and the recognition flags, some smaller alterations suggested to me I have left as they are. Anyway I am saying this one is done. The vehicles are placed but not yet glued in case I get some other comments on how maybe to improve the look. Cheers
All comments welcome, thanks for looking








































Congratulations Steve,

it is not easy to incorporate three separate stories in a single diorama, but you pulled it off admirably.

There a few things in regards to the figures that caught my eye:

- still not enough gloves for the timeframe (they were standard issue after all), besides the GI gloves, there were also a lot of "civilian" gloves floating around, from work gloves to those Maud knitted for her Anthony in cold Europe. I am not usually a wearer of gloves, but in my army time, during winter I was grateful for even the lousy ones they supplied us with.

- the bald German guy seems to have a very long neck, at least from what can be seen. If you cannot shorten it, you might want to think about a scarf or muffler.

- the German POW looking over his shoulder (great figure) is pretty thinly clad, maybe you could give him a tent half or at least a scarf? Photos from this period and area usually show a variety of winter gear on German troops - Russia was a cruel, but efficient class room.

Just small stuff, but it may round off the icing on the cake. Other than those points, an excellent diorama and I am looking forward to your next project.

Cheers,

Jens

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Joined: February 16th, 2008, 3:20 pm

November 1st, 2016, 11:30 pm #5

points here and I agree. I think all the POWs could do with a shorter neck. A rule of thimb is getting the chin at least even with the shoulders,if not slightly below. Just about every modeler makes this mistake so don't feel bad.
And course,my pet peave is always the reversible combat suit in the Ardennes. I have yet to see an SS copy being worn in any pic. The SS guys bitched that they didn't get them until Hungary,when they could have used them in Belgium. Having said that,the dead guy is vey well done ! Looks quite dead.
As far as the whole sheebang goes,it is freekin outstanding dude ! The terrain and the mud,the hints of snow and over all wet look really captures the time and place very well. Trees and bushes,foliage in general very well done and of course,the vehicles are the biz. Figures all over the place as well!! NICE.
This is your best yet by far and that is saying something as the first one I ever saw from you was already brilliant!!
Wow! Good way to cheer me up after a kinda crappy week. Model on brother !
J
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Joined: December 10th, 2012, 11:06 pm

November 2nd, 2016, 4:40 am #6

Hello everyone ( As the singer,comedian, Max Bygraves used to say ) ‘Let me tell you a story’( for the UK viewers who may remember him).
This scene depicts the capture of several German troops and a Jagdpanzer by the US Forces somewhere in the Bulge area, as the last of the snow melts, leaving a muddy damp forest floor,the troops and Jagdpanzer are being led back to Allied lines for interrogation and inspection of the vehicle. Hastily painted stars have been daubed on the tank to signify capture.
As they retreat, they pass an oncoming convoy of US troops going the other way that have come across the ditched Kubelwagon which is stuck in the muddy ground.
They check on the Kubelwagon and although it is stuck, other than superficial damage there is a chance to salvage it if they can get it out of the mud.
As the POW’s are escorted back, the rear guy glances across to his unfortunate comrade and contemplates on being a ‘temporary muddy capture’ as opposed to a permanent one such as his fallen comrade.

The title is again, a play on words and depicts a three way short story, the capture of the tank, troops and Kubelwagon all of whom are in a muddy condition – hence the title.

The trees are made from dowel rod, small roots for the branches, painted up, then the branches are coated in white glue and then scattered with grass flock to simulate the pine needles.
The muddy groundwork is real powdered earth mixed with white glue and then painted in dark browns, blacks and numerous washes, then a generous coating of scenic water which gives its damp / wet look. Although the vehicles have been weathered and muddied I have tried to strike a balance so not to hide detail but at the same time, give it a convincing muddy look. Hope it works.

The figures are a mixture of Verlinden, Stalingrad, Legends and Nemrod.

Thanks for all the positive comments on the previous posts on this project, many ideas were given to me and I have to say some I have done such as gloving some of the figures and the recognition flags, some smaller alterations suggested to me I have left as they are. Anyway I am saying this one is done. The vehicles are placed but not yet glued in case I get some other comments on how maybe to improve the look. Cheers
All comments welcome, thanks for looking








































wow Steve, that looks fantastic!

You used every square inch of that base, and a huge one at that. Obviously a labour of love ... man, that is a lot of work. Again, extremely well done.
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Joined: May 16th, 2009, 9:02 am

November 2nd, 2016, 9:45 am #7

Hello everyone ( As the singer,comedian, Max Bygraves used to say ) ‘Let me tell you a story’( for the UK viewers who may remember him).
This scene depicts the capture of several German troops and a Jagdpanzer by the US Forces somewhere in the Bulge area, as the last of the snow melts, leaving a muddy damp forest floor,the troops and Jagdpanzer are being led back to Allied lines for interrogation and inspection of the vehicle. Hastily painted stars have been daubed on the tank to signify capture.
As they retreat, they pass an oncoming convoy of US troops going the other way that have come across the ditched Kubelwagon which is stuck in the muddy ground.
They check on the Kubelwagon and although it is stuck, other than superficial damage there is a chance to salvage it if they can get it out of the mud.
As the POW’s are escorted back, the rear guy glances across to his unfortunate comrade and contemplates on being a ‘temporary muddy capture’ as opposed to a permanent one such as his fallen comrade.

The title is again, a play on words and depicts a three way short story, the capture of the tank, troops and Kubelwagon all of whom are in a muddy condition – hence the title.

The trees are made from dowel rod, small roots for the branches, painted up, then the branches are coated in white glue and then scattered with grass flock to simulate the pine needles.
The muddy groundwork is real powdered earth mixed with white glue and then painted in dark browns, blacks and numerous washes, then a generous coating of scenic water which gives its damp / wet look. Although the vehicles have been weathered and muddied I have tried to strike a balance so not to hide detail but at the same time, give it a convincing muddy look. Hope it works.

The figures are a mixture of Verlinden, Stalingrad, Legends and Nemrod.

Thanks for all the positive comments on the previous posts on this project, many ideas were given to me and I have to say some I have done such as gloving some of the figures and the recognition flags, some smaller alterations suggested to me I have left as they are. Anyway I am saying this one is done. The vehicles are placed but not yet glued in case I get some other comments on how maybe to improve the look. Cheers
All comments welcome, thanks for looking








































One of those dios that you can spend ages staring at as there always seems to be something new where ever you look. I wouldn't comment on the rights or wrongs of the figures as I'm far from an expert, but they along with the vehicles and the groundwork look great to me. Nice one. Oh, and I'm one of those Brits who does remember Max. "I've arrived and to prove it, I'm here!"

John.
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Joined: May 13th, 2014, 7:06 pm

November 2nd, 2016, 12:59 pm #8

Hello everyone ( As the singer,comedian, Max Bygraves used to say ) ‘Let me tell you a story’( for the UK viewers who may remember him).
This scene depicts the capture of several German troops and a Jagdpanzer by the US Forces somewhere in the Bulge area, as the last of the snow melts, leaving a muddy damp forest floor,the troops and Jagdpanzer are being led back to Allied lines for interrogation and inspection of the vehicle. Hastily painted stars have been daubed on the tank to signify capture.
As they retreat, they pass an oncoming convoy of US troops going the other way that have come across the ditched Kubelwagon which is stuck in the muddy ground.
They check on the Kubelwagon and although it is stuck, other than superficial damage there is a chance to salvage it if they can get it out of the mud.
As the POW’s are escorted back, the rear guy glances across to his unfortunate comrade and contemplates on being a ‘temporary muddy capture’ as opposed to a permanent one such as his fallen comrade.

The title is again, a play on words and depicts a three way short story, the capture of the tank, troops and Kubelwagon all of whom are in a muddy condition – hence the title.

The trees are made from dowel rod, small roots for the branches, painted up, then the branches are coated in white glue and then scattered with grass flock to simulate the pine needles.
The muddy groundwork is real powdered earth mixed with white glue and then painted in dark browns, blacks and numerous washes, then a generous coating of scenic water which gives its damp / wet look. Although the vehicles have been weathered and muddied I have tried to strike a balance so not to hide detail but at the same time, give it a convincing muddy look. Hope it works.

The figures are a mixture of Verlinden, Stalingrad, Legends and Nemrod.

Thanks for all the positive comments on the previous posts on this project, many ideas were given to me and I have to say some I have done such as gloving some of the figures and the recognition flags, some smaller alterations suggested to me I have left as they are. Anyway I am saying this one is done. The vehicles are placed but not yet glued in case I get some other comments on how maybe to improve the look. Cheers
All comments welcome, thanks for looking








































The details and the terrain are excellent. I like how you've "layered" the dio so that three different levels/stories are portrayed.
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Joined: February 16th, 2008, 3:20 pm

November 2nd, 2016, 1:51 pm #9

type that in before but what a super way to show a lot of action clearly. Stepped terrain ! Simple yet brilliant.
I have looked at this a lot since it was posted. Lots to see and be amazed by.
J
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Joined: November 2nd, 2010, 11:03 pm

November 2nd, 2016, 11:09 pm #10

Great scene Steve!!!All work is wonderful!!!! Vehicle and figures is very excellent and the dio is very balanced.I love the job on the ground.

Ciao
Hi Luigi, really appreciate your positive comments, Thanks very much buddy.
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