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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse19 Jan 2019 10:03 p.m. PST

"To borrow someone else's phrase, the challenge of constructing a diorama of Waterloo is really a question of scale. To keep to 20mm scale requires a model One Centimetre to the Metre, but unless one has a big enough space and enough figures for every soldier present on the battle (some 180,000), this is simply impractical…."





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I can not imagine how incredible it will look once this project is finished.


Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2019 3:29 a.m. PST

Genius. Exactly what we needed to see, a correctly proportioned field in a larger scale (hard enough in 3 or 6mm!). So impressive even for a compact field like Waterloo. (and we see those carriages again..drool)

One really cannot appreciate it until actually walking the field. Hougoumont is now quite a distance from LHS (since the orchard and the wood were both felled and ploughed. The footprint of the whole Hgmt complex was quite a substantial barrier on 18th June….much more than just the famous buildings and formal walled garden.

This is genius though. A thought. With landscaping to recreate the contours, why not use the loose soil to create some kind of mound. You could even stick some kind of critter on the top……..

Stoppage20 Jan 2019 4:23 a.m. PST

Wow! 20mm TEW(m)T

Personal logo 4th Cuirassier Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2019 4:30 a.m. PST

So needs a space about 40m by 30…doable. Are accurate topographical maps for the era available? Wonder how he will handle the necessary bonsai hedges and trees? Models wouldn't be weatherproof enough… A splendid act of total pottiness…

thomaspicton Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2019 6:41 a.m. PST

Thanks all, I know I'm mad, but it's a pleasurable sort of madness!

Perris070720 Jan 2019 11:21 a.m. PST

That will be freakin' awesome! Keep us posted.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2019 11:39 a.m. PST

4th C raises the question of contemporary maps.

Sure there are. 200 years of farming (Glaciation long done) would have done nowt, until the Netherlanders raised their mound. Even then, crops back then could be over the height of an infantryman (certainly at Q Bras, when not trampled before the action)

Oberlindes Sol LIC20 Jan 2019 12:37 p.m. PST

Beautiful stuff!

It reminds me of games I played as a boy with army men in our fairly large backyard. I would lie down and look over the grass to see how far away I'd set up the other side.

Marc the plastics fan20 Jan 2019 1:42 p.m. PST

And by the time you charge entry fees to us fellow madmen, you will be able to recoup some of the raw materials costs. Le5 us know when the doors open – I'll be first in queue😀😀😀

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse20 Jan 2019 2:56 p.m. PST

Happy you enjoyed it boys!.

Congrats ThomasPicton!!!!


14Bore20 Jan 2019 4:13 p.m. PST

A warehouse floor maybe but a great idea.

Lord Hill20 Jan 2019 4:20 p.m. PST

This is great and realises something I've dreamt about since childhood. I always imagined one day having a massive dutch barn where it could all be laid out. It's looking increasingly unlikely I'll ever manage it myself – dutch barns within commuting distance of London are a bit outside my budget! – but seeing these pics is fascinating. Great stuff, keep us posted!

thomaspicton Supporting Member of TMP21 Jan 2019 4:49 a.m. PST

Many thanks to you all. I'm thinking of convening a meeting of similar fanatics to discuss options. Fortunately, I'm just out of the expensive Dutch barn commuting ring around London, so if I can persuade the wife, it might just be possible!

freecloud21 Jan 2019 5:21 a.m. PST

Such small ambition – we neeeeed Aspern Essling with a mini-Danube recreated ;)

Also Ausrians are easier to (spray) paint :D

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse22 Jan 2019 12:09 p.m. PST

Dude!… Aspern Essling?… (smile)


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