Monday, 9 January 2017

Kursk - modelling the terrain

 Aristotle 'Sandy' Brown, our resident 1/72 Civil Engineer has had his work cut out for him doing the terrain for this famous action. Not since Stalingrad, when his men had to roll down their sleeves when it got a bit 'parky' and get an extra issue of tea, has the team had so much to do. Not this time building but digging...
Firstly, once the bulldozers had put the hills up, there were the trenches
 ...and on the hill overlooking Ponyri Town and railway station. The mid green shows the gradient of the hill
 The white part of it is a cutting...
 A feature of the battle was the digging in of Russian armour. this made for a much smaller target being hull down, as they say, and afforded greater frontal protection
 Ponyri is just having the final touches administered...
 Sandy is well pleased with the works so far...and he's got a Studebaker S6 to get about in from those terribly descent American Lend-Lease chappies. Very handy for bringing up a wet brew.
 ...the team finish of the last of the tank bays...making sure they've got the measurements right
 The wire was a job but the Russian infantry moving into the line like the look of it
 Some above ground bunkers...so, no Mexican waves from the trenches in front or they'll never play the violin again.
 Obligatory anti-tank ditch...can't make it too easy for Harry Hun. He'll have a slog on his hands
And...more trenches. Did I mention trenches?

Next: Intermission or 'What I did in my holidays' - New Year game was Rio Coa 1810 (or how to roll more 6's than the other guy). Good result and not a dry eye in the house

18 comments:

  1. That is a superb set up- really captures the right look.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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  3. What a fantastic battle field. I can not wait for the battle to start

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    1. Thanks. I'm looking forward to it as well. Just a few more bits and pieces to go.

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  4. A spectacular and beautiful battlefield, wonderful!

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  5. I wept tears of joy reading this. I cannot wait for the battle to commence!

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    1. Dry your eyes Steven you'll need all the tears you've got for the casualty lists. Lots of new stuff built and painted...and you know what happens to the new stuff

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    2. Yep. It gets killed second, right after the nicest painted kit.

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  6. I marvel at your ability to create such stunning terrain - brilliant!

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    1. Thank you Stryker. Sand really gives you a lot of options and very few joins to worry about.

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  7. Respect!

    Outstanding all around.

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    1. Cheers Paul. Hope the game lives up to expectations now!

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  8. Beautiful work, Simon, please pass on the appropriate congratulations from STAVKA.

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    1. STAVKA is pleased. The accolade from Comrade Stalin is that if it all goes belly up we can shoot ourselves rather than be shot by the NKVD...nice of him really

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  9. Beautiful job. Hard to beat a sand table. Looking forward to the game which I am sure you will enjoy.
    Chris

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  10. Thanks Chris. The advantage is you can't get a perfectly flat surface but the disadvantage is...you can't get a perfectly flat surface

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