Retreat From Moscow 1812

Size: 60cm (2FT) X40cm (1.4FT) 2kgs

This diorama is still the small size, just a little wider than the Vikings diorama to allow for the three paths which I’d decided on. As for the weight, again I kept it to a minimum with a thin base board, foam core to form the terrain covered by a thin layer of plaster. I have long had the desire to do a snow diorama, a challenge I admit, as I live far from any snow and have not had much chance to know …

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Viking Raid

Size: 60cm (2ft. ) x 30cm (1ft. ) 1.7kgs.

As with the Viking diorama I have stayed with the smaller size. This decision meant I had to make a big change to my original scheme which was to incorporate a Viking ship (I had one but after I’d made the base I found it wouldn’t fit). With the necessary change of plan, the end result was a scratch built fishing boat and a smaller area of water with a little creek and jetty .

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Roman Ambush

Size: 50 x 28 cm 1.8kgs

I decided that it was time to go down a bit in size as I am always saying, room, I need more room! So the answer was go smaller and this was the result. There are 285 figures on the board so it is pretty crowded but that was the effect I was hoping for as the roman battles would have been very ‘argy bargy’. The idea came to me when I was reading about the roman ambush in a Germanic forest.

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US Civil War

Size: 82 x 62 cm

Being much bigger than the last, I ponder why it is that they are increasing in size again? I hold accountable the standard size timbre sheets that I use for the bases. The Medieval village was constructed on one base sheet whereas this one started at half the size. Somehow along the track it doubled itself to be the largest yet. Looking at it now, it’s not the best idea having two that need to be joined.

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Euro/Arabic Fantasy

Size: 40 x 67cm (15″ x 26″)

Again, the reason for this diorama was another Christmas present, this time an African house. Great, but what to do with it? Well for some strange reason I had taken a liking to the uniforms worn by the Imex American infantry guys from the Mexican/American War but didn’t know what to do with them. I did what any sane person would do, put it off and waited for a better moment.

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Medieval

Size: 72 x 62 cm

My second project was inspired by the trip I planned to take my family on to the U.K. A lot of research was going into the holiday; what to do to see and do and this gave me an idea. I’d do a medieval village! My next consideration was which figures to use and after a quick look on the Plastic Soldier Review site…bingo! Stretlets Medieval Britain and some Roman Civilians.

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Napoleonic

Size: 104 x 30 cm

I started with a base that measured 30×52 cm but as I progressed I found that it was too small. After adding another base alongside it, the diorama spanned 104×30 cm. The idea you start out with isn’t always going to go the way you intend, but that’s part of the fun. The subject, I say now, is not based on any true historical event but is just something from my imagination.

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