Those who follow my blog will know of my liking for the famous 95th Rifles of the Napoleonic period, so when I first found out about Berdan’s Sharpshooters I was very interested in them, but I didn’t really ever think of making a diorama about them. However that all changed when Strelets released their recent series of ACW figures that included a skirmishing set of Confederate soldiers. On seeing them reviewed on the PSR, I thought, wow, I could use these boys as Berdan’s boys!
After I painted them up I added some figures from the Firing set to bulk out the Union side as well as some of the Strelets Union Cavalry skirmishing, just to mix things up a little. At this point I should also point out that I have done a little show of horse handlers that a lot of us feel have been ignored in the Cavalry set so far and I’m thinking Marvin, that fine painter of horses, will be impressed with that (sorry mate I could only fit in two horses in the end but started with four).
This diorama is probably the quickest I have done so far, the reason being that I had a clear vision from the start of what it was going to look like; the ridge with the Berdan guys about to spring an ambush from amongst the fir trees, and the troops marching (all Strelets figures).
One problem I have is with trees. I have tried many of the model ones produced but have never been really happy with them, so again I have taken the easy way out and used Dave’s (IMP) method of making fir trees which I feel give a more natural look. Thanks Dave, I’ve made quite a few now!
Well not many new changes from the norm apart from the use of plaster cloth wrapped over blocks of Styrofoam which worked well for the hilly landscape and saved on the expense of using lots of foam board to build up the ridge. I suppose the smaller size made it easier too having only 90 figures to position.