My Normandy-mania during this summer of 2022 has thus far resulted in a lot of projects: Airfix Typhoon; Eduard Spitfire; PSC Universal Carriers; Shermans and Fireflies; a tabletop battle of Utah Beach; and a huge board game of the whole campaign. (The Normandy category button shows them all, and more!) In this diorama I wanted to showcase mainly the British vehicles I have recently completed. You’ll see PSC and Airfix, with vehicles and figures from both makers, in a setting that has stone houses and a walled farm (Airfix’s La Haye Sainte!), recalling the terrain through which British forces had to battle during Operation Epsom in late June, 1944.
I also took this opportunity to put my entire 1944 British Army establishment on parade, including “Monty’s Caravan,” where you can see the Field Marshal explaining a blank map to General Eisenhower. The line-up includes everything I have that might have been found in Normandy, including 1/76 kits, 1/72 kits, old models and new models…
Caveats? Yes, one primarily: I didn’t quite realize when I laid everything out on the road how unrealistically close together they were going to look in the photos. Still, some cool shots resulted, in my opinion! You may also see, if you look too closely, the mish-mash of unit markings I alluded to in my posts about the tanks and carriers pictured here. Ah, well. For me, perfect realism is a sometimes-fun horizon to chase, and nothing more. 🙂
These are excellent! I love the photos, especially those with the very narrow depth of field blurring the foreground. They could almost be stills from a film!
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Thank you! Yes, it’s interesting — I almost always go for as broad a field of focus as I can, thinking that life-size photos generally have that feel, but blurry foregrounds can also highlight the featured item really well. I appreciate your comment!
Excellent work! You have captured the feel of long columns of troops marching through close country..
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That is very kind indeed! Thank you for the compliment! 😉 I read a book over the summer called “Battle of the Odon” about Operation Epsom, and in many of its photos the weather looked misty and/or overcast. I didn’t exactly recreate that! Oh, well — I had fun with it. Thanks again for the note!