Thursday, 3 December 2015

Defending the Walls by Beano Boy

Because the actual  size of the entire diorama is so large. I set up my smaller  five by two and a half foot table in order to work out  sections of walls and buildings which avoided me having to lean over a large layout table. In this way i determined to teach myself just how it should and would all go together. 




Defending the Walls

I scratch built my own walls with firing holes through the actual brickwork. A sample wall section was set up for a test photo shoot.It revealed that my soldiers looked oddly like they were peeing up the wall in a public toilet. A Rather Unpleasant View. Cutting each hole out wider and placing my figures all angled as if medieval archers shooting through defensive slits in castle walls avoided that unseemly sight. One at each side of the hole,and one getting ready to fire from center spot and others loading muskets further back improved the photo shots immensely .So a much better scene was achieved that stretched out along the entire wall section. So the decor on the other six wall sections followed suit . That left another two that would have firing platforms in position,because the walls were higher near the main gate of Hougoumont.







  Italeri model soldiers converted with a hot pin used to form shako covers and some a simple twist to   the head.


Above French Line Lancers cross the Orchard  as part of the massed cavalry charges  that took place. They were caught in a crossfire from the garden wall too.

Eventually these walls all manned and well protected will skirt along on two sides  of the formal garden which by 1815 had a hodge podge of unkept knot gardens  and a few trees. A large  Hawthorn hedge ran along the entire back end of that garden.


This photo shot shows my impression of the far corner. A birds eye view from above the Wood. French troops straggle blindly out from the wood and are shot down in open ground of the cabbage patch which ran the entire length of the gardens front wall. Beyond the corner running to the left,French infantry are in the Orchard. They too are heavily engaged by fire coming from the wall.


        ( Sorry about the Mop seen through the window )


Setting up the wall sections,and firing platforms. Each toy soldier fixed in place by blu tac. The platforms were made of matchsticks and look more pleasing to my eye than firing steps i made before. Poetic Licence applies here ,because they are not ment to portray what the real ones looked like back in the day. Stuff dragged from the house like furniture and doors coupled with shaken  lose formal garden concrete walls  would have hastily made up the firing positions needed to aid shooting over the wall. This is my opinion based upon hard evidence seen in photo`s showing the destruction of the walls in the formal garden.



Above directing fire over the wall and through it toward the wood . Beyond the wall the cabbage patch.


Setting the Lt Company of the 1st and 2nd British Guards in the front building of Hougoumont. From there they supported both main gate and walls.


Birds eye view of the French frontal attack. The view is from over the stables.

( Lots of the buildings can be viewed in earlier Post on this blog.) On this topic i wanted to explain and show Defending the walls.

Thanks for stopping by

BB

6 comments:

  1. Nice, very nice! Come on Frenchies, destroy these beautiful walls!

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  2. Wow, that's a stunning sight and epic in all ways possible. I'm impressed!

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  3. Thanks Phil, for the comment. I guess modern war gaming fellow would blast the walls with lots off cannon,but alas in reality Boney or his brother prince whats his name,never did. BB

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  4. Hi Russ,thanks for your visit and comment. Often is he case I drift back and do a little more work on this place.Those photo`s are 3 years old and i dare say I could re-shoot many of them again for much better pictures. Perhaps next year i might.Last year I made lots of tree`s for the wood including the three giant Oaks,that stood in front of this place,and the giant haystack too,where Pvt Clay, fired from. BB

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  5. VERY NICE WORK I HAVE TO POST SOME MYSELF ...MAKING TREES RIGHT NOW ...APPLE TREES BY THE FRAM HOUSE RIGHT ...I STILL HAVE NOT HEARD FROM BLUCTHER RED 1815 ...ITS BEEN SINCE APRIL OF 2015 I JUST PRAY HE IS OK .....HE HAS THE BEST PAINT ON SOLDIERS EVER I MISS HIS WORK ...THANK GOD WE HAVE YOU PAUL HOWES ..ITS JUST SO NICE TO HAVE PEOPLE THAT LOVE HISTORY AND HONOR THE PEOPLE THAT HELP MAKE IT SO..... PAUL HAVE A BLESSED X MAS ....AND MAY I SAY ...KEEP HISTORY ALIVE WITH WHAT WE DO ....FOR OTHERS TO SEE HOW IT REALLY WAS ....UP CLOSE WITH OUR WORK ...

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  6. Hi John,nice of you to pop by. Making tree`s that sounds good. Happy Hols to you too.

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