It would be a hard fought out fight and as more and more French were thrown into the fight around this place formally named Goumont, the wood afforded them ample cover from which to range shot upon the defenders,but the cabbage patch stretching along the entire length of the wall was wide open ground affording one no cover at all.
DEFENDING THE WALL
Although not the correct firing steps as used upon that day, match-sticks look more pleasing to the eye. I had always been fascinated with the woodland in front of what Lord Wellington referred to as Hougoumont,and for us Brits this miss-quote has stuck to this very day. Over the years making tree`s with the purpose of seeing the sight of them captured in photographs was a goal that drove me onwards, but it also entailed making stretches of wall too. Slowly things started to slip into place,but of course the main massive works was making the complex of buildings that would represent Hougoumont. It took years and only working from pictures in books borrowed from the City Library in Norwich. There was no Internet in those days, and so using a magnifying glass to determine what needed making was my only option.
SOLDIERS AND BUILDINGS
The Back Gate
ALWAYS MAKING PROPS FOR BETTER DISPLAYS
I love scratch building and have taught many on the Internet in topics, that yes of course takes time, but cost Pennies rather than Pounds. Here I am raising the stone work on a small medieval storage building.Small houses can be seen in the background
Often I would chill out and relax having a break from project Hougoumont. and build houses for Honey Well my mythical Township,of which as it sprawled out it took an entire room to accommodate it and its railway layout. A something I like to work on too,now and again. It is so much fun that I wish never to reach its end. Above the long lines of Terraced Houses stretch out along my table all made of paper card. With the walls having been raised by see through resin to form each brick,and the roofs scribed out with an old Parker Pen,and the chimney with pots of paper ,the painting was about time to begin.
The end result of some of my own design work paid off,and as I also collect diecast toys what better place to present them,and much better write story`s of those that live there,in many a period in time.
Fantasy & Sci-Fi sets feature greatly in this tiny make believe place too
A RADIOACTIVE PARTY
Here a shinny screw driver stands in for a dropped bomb.
As evening closes in, Force Fields protect these Alien Pepper Pots,but from what?
ABOVE HONEY WELL IS DESTROYED
A PLEASANT RETURN
However painting Napoleonic toy figures draws me back and gradually regimental coloured units make their forlorn hope charge upon one table
The Thin Red Line,and the Massive Battalions
Rise up me lads,your time has come.
OUT FLANKED THE FRENCH ARE DUE A PASTING
Reserves Defending The Gateway
The cavalry Screen masks the placing of Guns and the oblige movement of French Infantry entering the wood.
Defending one third of the entire wall firing through holes
LA HAYE SAINTE UNDER ATTACK
No Green Uniformed German Troops Painted AS Yet.
Above most seen are Conversions
After Years Of Painting I Began To Show Them.
THE DOVE COTE AND WELL
THE TROOPS ARE POURING IN
LOOKING DOWN ON MY VERSION OF HOUGOUMONT
THE BACK GATE
The French Are Filtering Out Of The Wood
THE POST MILL
THE GHOST AT NIGHT
An Old Photograph of 660 French Cavalry.
GUNS MOVING UP
It is all in the game plan of Paint & Play!
A wonderful hobby of compulsive behaviour for a growing Beano Boy.