ANTIETAM 17th SEPTEMBER 1862

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Re: ANTIETAM 17th SEPTEMBER 1862

Beitrag von dirk » Di 25. Mai 2021, 19:39

Very nice progress and great research !

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Re: ANTIETAM 17th SEPTEMBER 1862

Beitrag von Wolfgang » Mi 26. Mai 2021, 11:02

Sehr schöne Recherche! Ich bin gespannt, wie du die Topografie umsetzt. Und ich freue mich natürlich auf die ersten Garagenbilder!
Liebe Grüße, Wolle

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Re: ANTIETAM 17th SEPTEMBER 1862

Beitrag von CHRIS DODSON » Mi 9. Jun 2021, 09:46

More chopping.

I was fortunate enough to to have the honour of meeting Massimo from Black Watch Minitures at the last Dioramica where I witnessed his genius in action.

His recent Franco Prussian masters are, as usual, outstanding and gave me an idea.

I hope that he doesn’t mind but I sliced up a Zvezda Napoleonic mounting ADC stuck him to an Airfix surrendering chap, after turning his hands down with pillars.

An Italieri US cavalrymans head and pistol completes the mounting rider.

The horse was from the Napoleonic command set suitably dressed with Greenstuff and bits from another cavalry horse.

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Time for some landscaping.

Best wishes,

Chris

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Re: ANTIETAM 17th SEPTEMBER 1862

Beitrag von Egbert » Do 10. Jun 2021, 06:55

That's a exellent idea for a conversion Chris.
...and very nicely implemented by you.
LG Egbert
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Re: ANTIETAM 17th SEPTEMBER 1862

Beitrag von CHRIS DODSON » Mo 21. Jun 2021, 18:47

Progress

I have been measuring distances in order to start the laying out of the battlefield.

A complete nightmare with different sources using different scales which is understandable but the same source using different scales within its terms of reference?

Bonkers.

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What a lovely garage door.

To save my already adled brain I have relied heavily on Mr Frassanito’s wonderful book as he actually worked out where Gardner took his pictures, what angles, distances etc.

The LOC maps are great for the detailed work.

I have used my bean stick method of laying out the principle roads .

The water courses are my usual method and apart from the creek are mercifully few.

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The northern end of the field showing showing Mr Millers farm, the Mumma farm and the roof of the roulette farm.

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The southern end showing Sharpsburg, the Sherrick and Otto farms.

The Rhorbach bridge will be on a separate section, the frame of which is in the picture.

Lots of manoeuvring to be done, sand pies to be built but it’s a start.

Best wishes,

Chris

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Re: ANTIETAM 17th SEPTEMBER 1862

Beitrag von Egbert » Di 22. Jun 2021, 13:20

Hey Chris,
it looks like you're playing in a big sandpit! :lol:
Nice to see your new garage door.
I am happy that your great work continues!
It will be beautiful again! :roll:
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Re: ANTIETAM 17th SEPTEMBER 1862

Beitrag von dirk » Mi 23. Jun 2021, 19:10

Big boys also like to play in the sandpit. :P
Very nice to see how the distances to the individual farms were.
Interesting representation!

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Re: ANTIETAM 17th SEPTEMBER 1862

Beitrag von Wolfgang » Mi 23. Jun 2021, 19:17

Lasset die (Sandkasten) Spiele beginnen!!!! ;)
Liebe Grüße, Wolle

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Re: ANTIETAM 17th SEPTEMBER 1862

Beitrag von CHRIS DODSON » Mo 28. Jun 2021, 17:53

Battlefield preparation

I have now erected the background sheets for the view to the west.

Whilst not completely accurate they are reflective and when the woods are inserted they will have the ‘feel’ of the rolling countryside of this region.

The weather in 1862 was,after a damp night and misty sunrise, sunny so I am happy with this.

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I have also preliminary sculpted the main watercourses including the mill race at the middle bridge.

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The Nicodemus hill and Hauser ridge are in place along with the principle elevations.

The ground rises gently from the middle bridge to the ridge line and thence down into Sharpsburg. I took a drive with Google Earth along this road with views to the side enroute, very interesting.

The Otto and Sherrick farms are in their approximate positions leading to the mill and town beyond.

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The under lying geology of the area is limestone which shows itself on the surface in places.

I found some limestone in the garden and smashed it up ( inside polythene to avoid injury). The LOC. maps are excellent as to the positioning of these rocks, which certainly in the West wood were good cover for the Confederates.

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The roads have been roughly positioned using balsa for the sunken lane area.

This is the view north from the Newcomer house towards the North wood and Miller farm.

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The ground rises up from the creek before dropping down to the lane itself. This was a primary factor for the bloodbath there in the original battle.

I have a hankering to build the Roulette barn as there is space but we shall see.

It must be noted that whilst the properties far exceed their scale ground space I am trying to replicate the look and the ‘feel’ of the battlefield.

The rules will discount their presence for fire and movement purposes and photographic perspective should provide a realism regarding distances.

Progress.

Best wishes,

Chris

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Re: ANTIETAM 17th SEPTEMBER 1862

Beitrag von Wolfgang » Mo 28. Jun 2021, 18:05

Sehr gut erklärt, Chris! Ich bin gespannt, wie du es wieder von der Perspektive her angehst! Ich freue mich auf die Begrünung und die ersten Bilder!
Liebe Grüße, Wolle

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