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Prince of Essling18 Mar 2023 5:47 a.m. PST

Another vey impressive diorama (meant to add to the previous post but failed):

"Large diorama "Cröbern 1813"
First of all, I would like to introduce you to the largest of the dioramas exhibited in our diorama museum.
The theme is an episode from the wars of liberation, the Battle of Leipzig. It is part of our dioramas trilogy on the Battle of the Nations. The aim was to depict the passage of the Austrian reserves through the village of Cröbern, about 12 kilometres south of Leipzig's market square. The scene itself was supposed to appear frozen, so it was fixed to a precise point in time. And so it was! The scene was set for October 16, 1813, at about 4:10 p.m.

The circumstances of what was shown were then also researched in detail. In the Vienna War Archive I was able to view the original reports of the army commanders of that time. All houses of the village as well as church and vicarage could be reproduced precisely in the model.
The diorama was built on a scale of 1/72, but everything shown, troops, landscape,
houses and church are shown 1to1. So an Austrian battalion with a strength of 1000 men was also depicted in the diorama with 1000 figures. Officers, non-commissioned officers, men, pioneers and drummers all in their place in accordance with the regulations. Of course, all in the verifiable formations."

Dn Jackson Supporting Member of TMP18 Mar 2023 6:43 a.m. PST

Very impressive.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP18 Mar 2023 6:44 a.m. PST

this is a terrific book on the building of it, if you can find it:


14Bore18 Mar 2023 7:20 a.m. PST

That is way more than impressive, like having a camera drone go back in time.

Perris070718 Mar 2023 8:21 a.m. PST

Wow. Awesome work!!!

Trajanus18 Mar 2023 9:01 a.m. PST

Wow! That's a lot of painting!

CHRIS DODSON18 Mar 2023 9:48 a.m. PST

Unfortunately these magnificent creations by Wolfgang Meyer and his team are no longer at Hann Munden as the museum has closed.

The dioramas were I believe sold as space was needed at the new museum whose address is

Dioramen-Museum DIORAMICA
Im Gewerbegebiet
Philipp-Reis-Straße 13
37308 Heilbad Heiligenstadt

His wonderful web site has more details and German excellence.


Best wishes,


Fred Mills18 Mar 2023 10:44 a.m. PST

Wow, that is awesome. Thanks also Dave Jackson for the book link.

JMcCarroll18 Mar 2023 1:57 p.m. PST

Now you can see how artillery does so much damage to packed infantry formations.
Does it look like the battalions are in battalion-mass or just columns?
Great job!!!

Personal logo Dye4minis Supporting Member of TMP18 Mar 2023 7:55 p.m. PST

Chris. that and many others are at the new address in Heilbad Heiligenstadt as of last May. I was there for the grand opening and Dioramica 2. There are many more dios on display of the same quality! I MUST if you are ever in the area!

CHRIS DODSON19 Mar 2023 1:16 a.m. PST


It is great to learn that the Crobern diorama is still intact.

I went to the second Dioramica but here is the link to the Third.


Brilliant inspirational stuff.


johannes5519 Mar 2023 1:53 a.m. PST

Is the museum at Heiligenstadt open? Cannot find any openinshours on the website

Prince of Essling19 Mar 2023 2:38 a.m. PST

Many thanks for that link – I am absolutely amazed at all the other work that is showing further down the page…. Museum is now on my must visit list.


sma194119 Mar 2023 2:56 a.m. PST

Amazing work.

Personal logo Dye4minis Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2023 11:29 a.m. PST

Johnannes55: Visiting is by appointment only. Email Wolfgang Meyers for details. Chris, I reckon it was III- the one in May of 2022. The Crobern dio is on display in 2 pieces being too large to display whole as space for people to walk around was mandated. Many more (yet smaller) dios are available upstairs. The competition was held under a large tent just outside the main entrance and was loaded with many awe inspiring displays, each of museum quality.

Museum history in miniature
Philipp-Reis-Str.13, 37308 Heilbad Heiligenstadt

If you do Facebook, more pictures of the inside can be found here:

CHRIS DODSON20 Mar 2023 1:36 a.m. PST

Yes this number three, post Covid at the new location.

I could not attend but hope to go to the next one.

Wolfgang has been both an inspiration and also very helpful to me.

Best wishes,


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