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.
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.
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