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Personal logo wrgmr1 Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2017 5:01 p.m. PST

Hi Gents,

All 12 boards are near completion. Final browns painting is done, just need to add some green grass in the rear lines, sandbags, muddy water in deeper shellholes, casualty figures and more details.







German 1st, 2nd and 3rd lines.



Comments are welcome.

KSmyth19 Mar 2017 5:55 p.m. PST

Great work Thomas. Hope to see it in person. Is this just your work or did the other members of the White Rock posse help out?

Vimy Ridge19 Mar 2017 7:34 p.m. PST

Looking spectacular!

Personal logo wrgmr1 Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2017 9:29 p.m. PST

Thanks Kevin, bringing it down to Enfilade Saturday afternoon, so you should see it in person. I don't have enough space to photograph the whole table!
Chris was a big help in the initial stages, helping with gluing the sand, he did the initial brown layer of paint and the first dry brush. Without his help, I would not be able to get these ready for Trumpeter Salute April 1st.

Thanks Vimy Ridge, it should look really good when it is finished. I really guessed as to the condition of the trenches, without any real information. I would have liked to have some better information regarding the strong points, other than a map. But it should work out well enough.

Personal logo wrgmr1 Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2017 9:21 a.m. PST

A few more pictures of work over the weekend.

Green on Vimy Ridge.



Sandbags and green on German second and third line trenches.



Vimy Ridge21 Mar 2017 11:28 a.m. PST

Really looking the business! Remind me again which part you are doing? Be interesting to compare your table to ours from a scale perspective once both are ready to go!


Personal logo wrgmr1 Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2017 11:54 a.m. PST

Here is a link to my first post.
TMP link

Scale is 28mm 87th battalions attack on hill 145. My understanding is that this was toughest part of Vimy.

Vimy Ridge21 Mar 2017 12:50 p.m. PST

It was one of the points that caused a lot of problems to be sure. I believe the error in judgement of the Battalion Commander was responsible though. Had the bombardment been levelled on this part of the trench I would have to believe that the 87th would have fared much better – but that is hindsight. His reasoning was sound in many ways. He would be better able to defend in a counter attack, and there was a good chance that the gas/smoke and preliminary bombardment would have done the work without the morning barrage dropping on the German trenchline – so while easy to say now – that was not a bright idea, in the time and context it isn't really such a bad idea – just took too long to develop I think.
Hope I get a chance to see it in person as I am really liking the look!

Hope you got to have a read of this:


Personal logo wrgmr1 Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2017 1:53 p.m. PST

Shawn, Thanks of for the link.
Interesting reading for sure. I wish I had this 2 months ago! I've created Bater, Basso and Bed Bug as well constructed trenches, not the demolished ones described by the report. However my front line is not as well constructed. Oh well artistic licence. :)
The last picture above is a section of Batter and Basso.

Vimy Ridge21 Mar 2017 2:07 p.m. PST

Actually I think you have it close to right! It was only the final barrage on the morning that they called off, there was plenty of prelim stuff. So it looks and sounds to me like you have it very close! Many parts of the trench line were literally unrecognizable due to the 10 day bombardment and then the walking barrage. Put into context you had the equivalent of 1 18pdr every 6meters firing 3 rounds a minute for 15 minutes per lift on the morning of 9 April! So I think you have it right. :)

Personal logo wrgmr1 Supporting Member of TMP22 Mar 2017 10:17 a.m. PST

Thanks Shawn, that makes me feel better.

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