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Crossing Over

August 26, 2016 in Diorama

This is the companion piece to the recently posted “Last Orders” diorama. Again, it’s a Russian, winter-themed setting.

The bridge figures are 1/35 resin offerings from Alpine and Stalingrad Miniatures. The German personnel are from styrene sets from Zvezda and Dragon. The T-26 armour is also from Zvezda, but I’ve used replacement tracks from Polish firm RPM.

The cart’s coffin is a resin piece from Fields of Glory and the Russian flag is from Reality in Scale.

The figures are all base-coated with Vallejo acrylics and finishes with artist oils.

The bridge itself is a modular construction, in this case two complete sections, with the pieces pre-cut and planed, which required them to be tool-worked to create rough faces. I’ve added scratch-built sections to the same dimensions, and artist oils have been used for the finishes, for character.

The terrain features are from polystyrene, fillers various and craft mediums, and painted with Vallejo acrylics and artist oils.

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26 responses to Crossing Over

  1. Another fine example of your artistic talents, Rob. Nicely done, sir.

  2. I totally love the sense of spring-coiled tension in your dioramas! You are obviously also an expert in painting technique, and love your attention to detail. I always want to see the next 30 seconds unfold from your frozen moment in time.

  3. Beautifully done, Rob! Everything comes together to tell the story. I really like the horsedrawn wagon, and the coffin is an unexpected but telling touch. All the “touches”, which could stand on their own, in my opinion.
    The Eastern Front. Makes me shiver just looking at it. Well done!

  4. A really good story there. That water even looks cold!

  5. Excellent work. A telling touch indeed.

  6. Great stuff, Rob, a complete story very well pulled together.

  7. 🙂 … Greetings … 🙂 :
    Nice work Rob, the story is very simple to catch yet the work is nicely done and detailed.

  8. Excellent work Rob, love your attention to detail, especially the eyes on the figures. What was your inspiration for this dio ?

    • Hi Tom,

      I wanted to make something with a split elevation, and a raised profile, for added interest. With a bridge you naturally need something to span, so the landscape was developed around that idea.

      I spent a lot of time selecting the figures. You can imagine the numbers of Russian/German figures available in 1/35….

      Anyway, it’s always a matter of working the ‘cast of chacters’ into a believable scenario.

      Thanks for the comment.

  9. Fantastic Rob, skills that are beyond me!

  10. Yet another masterpiece Rob.
    Nice to see a dio done on different levels , so to speak.

  11. Nice work Rob, wonderful realism, It looks cold there !.

  12. wow…the title is so aptly put

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