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C M DODSON11 Sep 2018 8:31 a.m. PST



French 2nd Legere, Colonel Pierre-Francois Maigrot commanding, upon discovering the Ferme de Piramount is not occupied by Allied forces, continues its advance towards Thyle.

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They are supported by the 1st regiment, Chasseurs a Cheval, Colonel Pierre-Joseph Simonneau commanding. This regiment has occupied the village of Thyle thus cutting the Allied line of communication between Quatre Bras and Ligny.

The Duke of Wellington and his entourage returning from his meeting with Feldmarschall Blucher discover this uncomfortable fact and are forced to make a wide detour in order to return to his command.

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6th Regiment, Chasseurs a Cheval commanded by Colonel Paul-Eugene de Faudouas are engaging the Dutch 27th Jagers, Lieutenant-Colonel Willem Grunebosch.

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The French 4th Legere Colonel Vincent Peyris is assaulting Ferme de Gemincourt supported by the advance of 2nd Brigade, 5th Infantry Division ( Marechal-de-camp Baron Toussaint Campi).

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As the pressure grows on the Allied position the remaining reserves are summoned.

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General Willem, The Hereditary Prince of Orange-Nassau, leads the 5th Dutch militia forward in order to support their comrades in Gemincourt.

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Allied forces are heavily engaged in the outskirts of the Bois de Bossu in an effort to slow the French advance.

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However, the 7th Belgian Line, Lieutenant Colonel Francois van de Sande whilst attempting to form square, has been attacked by the 6th French lancers, Colonel Nicholas-Marie de Galbois commanding.

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The French advance is remorseless but Dutch Belgian resistance is fierce.

Altijd Orange boven!

Leave de Prinsen van Oranje!

Artilleryman11 Sep 2018 9:16 a.m. PST

Brilliant imagery.

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2018 9:39 a.m. PST

An absolutely outstanding presentation! It was most enjoyable to view.

DeRuyter11 Sep 2018 9:56 a.m. PST

Wait all I get is "ERROR – no url for link"? Darn work firewall I suppose!

Glencairn11 Sep 2018 11:15 a.m. PST

Blimey..looks so realistic! Well done !!

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2018 11:56 a.m. PST

It is like all your previous postings.

The imagery is of Spielberg quality…it looks so like SPR on Omaha Beach.

The modelling is great, but it is the photography that gets me every time. You somehow get depth of focus right for each subject, yet the lighting is superb.

I wish I knew how you did this. Do not tell us though. It would spoil it! Let us just wonder………..

Kevin in Albuquerque Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2018 7:18 p.m. PST

Ditto to all of the above…

Personal logo svsavory Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2018 7:57 p.m. PST

Splendid, as usual. Thanks, and keep them coming!

winser5412 Sep 2018 7:03 p.m. PST

What a terrific pictorial. I am more than impressed; I am inspired.

C M DODSON18 Sep 2018 10:29 p.m. PST

Thank you to everyone for their kind comments.

Many thanks also to Thomas Mischak and Kia Furrman for supplying some of the dead and wounded Dutch Belgians.

The action is increasing in tempo and Allied reinforcements are on the horizon.

Thank you again.


Widowson19 Sep 2018 9:58 p.m. PST

Here, once again, Dodson proves that 1/72 plastic is THE ONE TRUE SCALE. Conversion and adaptability of figures, and especially casualty figures, which no lead collector can afford, shows the superiority of even HaT's weakest offerings. Brilliant photography. I cannot figure how the smoky background is achieved, unless it's a couple of guys smoking cigars.


And great generalship by the French at Quatre Bras. It's amazing Napoleon did not win the campaign. I guess he was just too old and too worn out from building the army and preparing for the campaign. In his place, I would have given Ney command of the Guard, since Mortier was disabled, and kept him close at hand. But that's just me . . .

C M DODSON19 Sep 2018 10:14 p.m. PST

Dear Mr Widowson,

Thank you for your kind words but I really can not accept your highlighted, but kind claim.

Please visit this web address to see the masters of the one true scale in action. Wolfgang is the man who inspires me.


Whilst most of the troops are plastics giving super value for. money I do use metals from Hagen, Franznap ,Schilling and Art Minituran to name a few.

The smoke is generated from a theatrical fog machine suggested by the wife( Der Feldmarschall) after she got fed up with a bee smoker that I used to use.

To be fair, super battle smoke but the smell was terrible.

Thank you again.

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP30 Sep 2018 9:44 a.m. PST

They are supported by the 1st regiment, Chasseurs a Cheval, Colonel Pierre-Joseph Simonneau commanding. This regiment has occupied the village of Thyle thus cutting the Allied line of communication between Quatre Bras and Ligny.

Do you have, or can you cite, a source for the 1st Chasseurs a Cheval being in Thyle at the time of Wellington's return from Ligny?

The regiment belonged to Pire's light cavalry division and they were on the other side of the battlefield, to the west of Piraumant. There was French infantry near Thyle, but not any of Pire's light horse.

In point of fact, had not elements of the 95th occupied Thyle?

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP30 Sep 2018 10:31 a.m. PST

How wonderful.

I did say that you should not tell us. But you you have now told us a little of your secrets.

A fog machine. A fog machine!

Truly we do live in an age of miracles.

As for TOTS, the snag is, indeed, that the offerings from across the Rhine have been simply incredible, for at least a decade now. Way ahead of what I call TOTS……

But I have this historical investment….and have recently discovered Paul Hicks' work!

C M DODSON30 Sep 2018 1:22 p.m. PST

Hello Mr Brechtel.

Thank you for your query.

There seems to be a slight misunderstanding here.

As I have stated before this project is a ' re fight ', with the initial dispositions as the starting point. The participants movements are dictated by me with Inherent military probability being the guiding factor.

In the original action the 1st and 6th chasseurs indeed moved to the west of Piramount as you have stated and missed the opportunity of capturing the Duke by a few minutes. My command order was to invest Piraumont, cut the Nivelles -Namur Road, with the 2nd Legere at Thyle and thence advance on the crossroads.

The 95th Regiment of foot were engaged at Thyle in the original action as you state but had not arrived at the battlefield at 2.40PM. Indeed at the original event, as part of the vanguard of the Fifth Division ( The position of honour) they arrived at apporoximately 3.00PM on the Brussells Road and then commenced their deployment.

Sources, Robinson, Field and Franklin.

Thank you again for your interest.

Best wishes,


C M DODSON30 Sep 2018 1:33 p.m. PST

Hello Mr D.

Mr Hicks is excellent.

However TOTS has Massimo, Schilling, Schamling and Francessco at Franznap to name a few.

Wait to you see Wolfgang Meyers Danube crossing diorama later this year.

It elevates our craft to an art form.

Best wishes,


Marc at work01 Oct 2018 6:50 a.m. PST

You tell 'em Chris – there is only TOTS, and it is smaller than 28mm (which is a size not a scale anyway…). And Liam, 1/72 is so economic you won't even feel the financial outlay compared to those big boys of yours :-)

Fantastic work, although I am now looking forward o the Danube crossing – I have a lot of Francesco's work to supplement my 1/72 plastic armies, and love the individual customisation work he is providing – even though I wish he would cast them…

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP01 Oct 2018 11:06 a.m. PST


Thanks for the information. I hadn't realized that. Well done on your part and the diorama is excellent.

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