ANTIETAM 17th SEPTEMBER 1862

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Re: ANTIETAM 17th SEPTEMBER 1862

Beitrag von Cryns » Di 29. Jun 2021, 11:58

Hello Chris,

It was not easy to understand the package containing your new garage door. But now it is attached and in place, clearly visible in the photograph, things become clear to me.

Congratulations with the progress of your battlefield landscape and with the constructions of new houses.

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Re: ANTIETAM 17th SEPTEMBER 1862

Beitrag von CHRIS DODSON » Fr 2. Jul 2021, 17:33

Mr Millers Cornfield

I have been constructing the Miller cornfield, one of the many present on the battlefield.

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As previously described the farmers employed a chequer board pattern of sowing.

I tried this but the result is problematic from a visual aspect as the ‘corridors’ for harvesting make the field look very thin.

I decided to place three stalks at each intersection creating the impression of greater density.

This seems to work well but I will scatter my Nigella to replicate the nearly ripe nature of the stalks.

I am very pleased with my snake fencing although some weathering might be appropriate on the diagonals.

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Lots to do.

Best wishes,

Chris

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Re: ANTIETAM 17th SEPTEMBER 1862

Beitrag von Wolfgang » Fr 2. Jul 2021, 22:29

Das sieht schon sehr vielversprechend aus, Chris!
Liebe Grüße, Wolle

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Re: ANTIETAM 17th SEPTEMBER 1862

Beitrag von Salaberry » Fr 2. Jul 2021, 23:32

Hi Chris,
Very nice job on both fencing (yes, more weathering would seem in order) and the crops.
I would say the plantation looks very natural and probably the best you can do at that scale.
Again, my compliments.

Sala

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Re: ANTIETAM 17th SEPTEMBER 1862

Beitrag von Egbert » So 4. Jul 2021, 08:57

Dear Chris,
I only can agree with the others and express my deepest respect to you.
The fields look incredibly fantastic and very natural.
LG Egbert
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Re: ANTIETAM 17th SEPTEMBER 1862

Beitrag von CHRIS DODSON » Mi 7. Jul 2021, 19:15

I have been sculpting the Mumma and Miller farms.

I found a superb resource of pictures taken some twenty years after the battle by brothers T D and Walter Biscoe.

https://antietamscornfield.com/2018/04/ ... ld-biscoe/

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Whilst there have been some changes the ground etc are essentially the same as September 1862, tremendous stuff.

The Mumma farm lies in a hollow which while difficult to represent in scale I have achieved by lowering the barns height a little.

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The straw stubble is cocoa mat fibre torn and chopped.

Looking South towards the Mumma farm from the cornfield, across the harvested wheat field.

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The view towards the Dunker church from the Smoketown road.

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The Miller farm from the direction of the East wood.

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I have a lot of fiddling to do but the project seems to be coming together at last.

Chris

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Re: ANTIETAM 17th SEPTEMBER 1862

Beitrag von Egbert » Do 8. Jul 2021, 06:32

Very nice groundwerk Chris.
The images of the landscape seem extremely convincing to me.
With the first picture I thought for a moment that it was an original recording ...
very well done.
LG Egbert
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Re: ANTIETAM 17th SEPTEMBER 1862

Beitrag von stenfalk » Do 8. Jul 2021, 12:52

Convincing! This is the unmistakable Chris style in the usual precise Chris quality!
Beste Grüße,

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Re: ANTIETAM 17th SEPTEMBER 1862

Beitrag von CHRIS DODSON » Mi 14. Jul 2021, 15:04

Thank you to everyone for their kind words.

SWIFT FLOWING WATERS

The name Antietam means swift flowing waters and co incidently I found a link, somewhat late in the day as sculpting is well progressed that is most informative.

Lots of information here including topography, streams and soil types. I has started to fill the ploughed fields with microwaved soil but realised that this would look strange with sand coloured roads etc.

http://npshistory.com/publications/anti ... 11-413.pdf

However, the Hagerstown pike area is indeed a darker soil type so that’s where it will go. A bit over the top but why not?

Streams.

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Heights

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Soil types

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In the meantime I have been completing the sunken road, Piper cornfield and orchard along with the Roulette farm.

View towards the sunken lane.

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Sunken lane looking north.

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Clip house, the girls are out for stroll.

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Mr Roulettes bee hives and Mumma stream.

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The 132 Pennsylvania regiment suffered here in the original action when a Confederate shell disturbed the bees causing them to swarm.

The Roulette farm under construction.

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The trial photos are a brilliant way to discover errant fencing etc.

Off to the West woods I think next which will start to key things together a little.

Lots to do.

Chris

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Re: ANTIETAM 17th SEPTEMBER 1862

Beitrag von Wolfgang » Mi 14. Jul 2021, 15:31

Das sieht schon sehr gut aus, Chris! Die Fotos suggerieren auch Weite! Der Landschafts- und Häuserbau ist wieder klasse!
Liebe Grüße, Wolle

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