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With The Old Breed…

January 31, 2016 in Diorama

Rob was(is) having issues with uploading/posting photos at the present, so he sent them to me and I’m posting his article for him. – Craig

The diorama depicts the Pacific atoll conflict(s).
Rob can reply to my/his post and offer further information about his submission that I may have gotten incorrect or overlooked.

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23 responses to With The Old Breed…

  1. Thanks, Craig. Looks like we managed two thirds of them in the end. Cheers for the ‘assist’.

  2. Hello, good initiative, would you like me to attribute the article to Rob?

  3. …also Craig, I’d like to know if they were any problems to post these on your end, would you please PM me. The search for Rob’s problem continues.

  4. An awsome diorama Rob. All the small bits of detail brings it to life. Great job on this one!!!

  5. Great work there Rob.
    So much going on.
    Well done mate

  6. There’s so much to look at here, Rob, great work, as usual. Now that you are able to edit the posting I hope you can give us all a description of how you did it, what’s happening, etc.

    • Hi George,

      The original narrative is, ‘A Pacific-themed diorama based on the atoll war 1944-45’. The title is an homage to the Marine memoir of the same name by Eugene Sledge.

      On an MDF base I’ve added polystyrene sections, glued and carved, over which have been layered tissue fixed with water and white glue, this to stabilise the base and to give a sound stratum for painting.

      The overall impression is one of a series of vignettes, referencing cave, beach, hills, scrub and jungle terrain as was found on many of the atolls in the island war.

      There are 30+ figures, painted with Vallejo acrylics. The figures are plastic and resin, from Masterbox, Tamiya, Dragon, and Minisoldiers.

      The tank is a Tasca ‘Easy Eight’.

      The terrain plantings are a combination hand built items and paper items from Fredericus Rex and Greenline. The palm trees are made from feathers and lengths small pine branches.

      The large feature tree is made from joining two pieces of old dried ivy root (drilled through and fixed with a brass pin), to which has been added wire armatures and then painted with a grit/white glue mix to simulate rough bark. I used rubberised horse hair stretched thinly and glued in place, then sprayed overall with light and dark green over which has been added ‘scatter’ from Treemendus. The bark areas were then picked out in oils. The spread of surface roots is epoxy putty. In the ‘crater in which the tree sits there’s a metal tube inserted and under the tree base itself extends a metal rod of smaller diameter that slides into the lower tube section, effectively slotting it into place. The reason for this is to make it more stable but also to ease transport problems (the diorama base is in fact quite low without the tree), as the tree can be lifted off and carried separately.

      The water is water-clear two pack resin, with oils and acrylic paints. The waves are simply rough-torn pieces of plastic kitchen wrapping film pressed and turned into place to add the wave motion effect.

      I think that’s about it!

  7. Thanks for bringing us “up to speed” on this post, Rob (I knew I’d forget something…) – 🙁
    I’ve heard of Eugene Sledge from documentaries and from the mini-series “The Pacific” (which I have on DVD). I believe he went on to become a doctor in Alabama IIRC.

  8. Rob – just love you stuff – so much going on, lots of details, great creativity in creating the landscapes and foliage, great paint work, etc! Just wonderful work!

    I had read two books on the Pacific campaign last year – Bill Sloan’s “The Ultimate Battle” (about Okinawa) and Sledge’s “With The Old Breed,” and the only comment I would have about “realism” is that the uniforms look too clean! While reading of the weather and conditions, my mind is filled with images of a putrid mud-fest! Not a critique of your work at all – it is just stunning – just a comment about the difference of what is in my minds eye as the ultimate representation of the misery of the campaign!

  9. That’s stunning Rob. So much going on that keep finding new parts of the story each time I look at it. Great work on the painting and placement of the figures.

  10. Rob, Bravo! And a great tribute to the Marines in general and Eugene Sledge in particular. I read his book, and it’s one of the best, with Leckies Helmet for My Pillow and Manchesters Farewell to Darkness.
    Just a series of marvelous vignettes, something happening everywhere you look. Another one for a museum. Well done, as they used to say.

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