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Makhno191818 Jul 2019 7:15 p.m. PST

Hi all, to commemorate the crushing of the military by Spanish workers in Barcelona (among other cities and towns) 83 years ago, and the unleashing of social revolution in those locations, I'd like to share my progress on various dioramas. Thanks to all who've contributed thoughts, resources, opinions etc as I learn a new hobby!

Below are some early efforts of mine to build a couple of dioramas, one of the July 19th storming of the Barcelona Telephone Exchange by CNT workers, another of the Durruti Column which formed in the following days, to liberate the "Second City of Anarchism," Saragossa, and spread anarchist-communism across Catalunya and Aragon in its wake.

These are works in progress, I hope to have something completed a year from now. As you can see, nothing has been based (beyond simple washers hit with spray primer), I plan to decorate the bases in place as I finish the dioramas. Beyond the plastic and metal minis, other materials are oil paints and various construction-industry materials (such as MH for the Telefonica's exterior) and construction-site debris, such as wires, as is fitting of the subject. Lastly, nothing is arranged where I intend it to stay, simply laid out for the sake of some photos to share for an anniversary and a quiet message board topic.

The minis are from many sources, and theres a lot of conversions going on. I've started on many other units, nationalist and republican soldiers, paramilitary groups etc, which I am disinclined to share on this particular occasion!
As always, comments and suggestions appreciated and welcome:

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martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Jul 2019 1:06 a.m. PST

Well M . that is very appropriate. This sort of thing should be put out in a local library for a month so that folk can discuss the war and learn stuff too. Your dioramas make greta discussion pieces. People might ask about the crazy armoured vehicles or flags and then get back some good SCW knowledge.
Power to your elbow!

Makhno191820 Jul 2019 4:04 a.m. PST

Hi Martin, thanks so much for your encouragement and great idea about the library. That'll be a goal for next July! Peter pig doesn't do 1/72, 20mm do you? The figures above are from minairons, irregular, bandera (RH Models shipped them to the USA for me!), and platics like bum, red box (boxer civilains 1900), and hat russian and german tank riders. The armored vehicle is nothing but scrap sprues and index cards, glued and painted. Next steps for me are finishing the building inside and out. Thanks again.

Mike O20 Jul 2019 5:34 a.m. PST

Wow! Awesome stuff, Makhno!

Lee Robertson10 Apr 2020 12:16 p.m. PST

Bit late to the party here but what an interesting project Makhno. Where on earth did the facade for the telephone exchange come from?

Makhno191810 Apr 2020 4:36 p.m. PST

Thanks Lee. For the telephone exchange, I built it. Mostly scraps from work, plywood for the frame, mh compound for the plaster. I recently made some smaller homes for battles on the Aragon front, and after wondering about recreating stucco effect for those, just bought a tub of stucco repair. Both mh and the stucco patch worked great.

Since ive been mostly stuck at home, ive had a lot of time to work on the telephone exchange project. Im hoping i can finish it in the next few weeks, im excited to share it. Id love to see more of your work, Lee (and anyone else working on scw stuff during this pandemic!). Thanks again!

Lee Robertson15 Apr 2020 4:13 p.m. PST

Well please make sure that you do post the photos as it would be great to see the finished project.

Sadly, I have to admit that I havent yet completed a lot of my SCW war stuff but where all of my other stuff is concerned you are more than welcome to come and see my blog at link

Always welcome mate ;)

Makhno191817 Apr 2020 4:32 a.m. PST

Anyone have a suggestion for a good (free and user friendly) way to post photos? Im thinking of starting a blog or otherwise set up a dedicated page for sharing photos of my minis. Lee i see u use blogspot, how do you like that?

Lee Robertson17 Apr 2020 6:00 a.m. PST

I cant help you with posting photos on TMP but as for a free blogger I have to say that I really like Blogger. If you are happy to get into the formatting side of things you can make it look quite snazzy.

It does everything that I need it for currently although I havent yet explored any of the embedded video functionality… if there is any

Anyway, I would recommend it…

Makhno191817 Apr 2020 6:30 a.m. PST

Ill check it out. I have wordpress but it puts images (at least as far as ive figured out) in this gallery view which isnt great for sharing. So ill give blogger a shot, if it goes well maybe ill have some photos to share tonight

Simon E Davies24 Apr 2020 4:56 a.m. PST

I have returned to the Spanish Civil War recently, inspired by a friend's new rules. I am also very inspired by the Anarchist revolution in Catalonia – they may not have had all the answers, but I think they had some good ones. Anyway, in response to the request for photos, here is my progress since lockdown – a semi solo game with a friend directing the Nationalists on Facetime.

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I hope this works – I have never tried to post an image here before!

Mike O24 Apr 2020 6:14 a.m. PST

Sorry Simon but your link just takes me to a Facebook page under the name "Thorvaldr Ulfsonnr" with nothing about SCW gaming I can see. But then I'm pretty useless at those "social network" sites

Read this FAQ on how to post images and links on TMP:

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Makhno191824 Apr 2020 2:19 p.m. PST

Same boat…i dont use facebook. Thought to ask my wife to sign in so i could look but i havent figured out a good way to ask that yet!

Simon E Davies25 Apr 2020 7:51 a.m. PST

You've gone to the right page, so I don't know why you cannot see the images. I did read about how to post images first, but it doesn't seem to allow me to upload an image from my pc rather than linking to another web page.
Have I got this wrong and if so, can anyone tell me how a computer illiterate person can do this?!
Cheers
Simon

Simon E Davies25 Apr 2020 8:58 a.m. PST

I think I have solved the problem – created a flickr gallery and uploaded the photos of the first game played with my new Peter Pig figures. A company of Guardia Civil and a falange of Falangists (!) attacking a hill defended by part of an Anarchist column. With the rules I am using three bases of three figures represents a centuria so this is roughly a battalion scale game.

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Hope it works this time!

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