Cold War Gone Hot – The Venlo Counter Strike
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I decided to have a change of pace just lately. This is the Mini-art Dutch house.
I've always been a great fan of some of the "Cold War gone hot" books such as Gen. "Shan" Hacketts "Third World War" and "Third World War - The Untold Story". I'm also a fan of "Chieftains" by Bob Forrest-Web, "Team Yankee" by Harold Coyle as well as Jim Clancy's "Red Storm Rising".
I'm doing a series of diorama's, they will involve Chieftains, Leopards some WP vehicles of the period.
As you can see, I've started off with the base and weathered it. I'm now working on the house itself. I'm at the stage of painting the bricks in contrasting colours of red. I'll weather with artists oils, which will get into the gaps between the bricks and give a "mortar" effect as well as toning down the contrast between the colours of the bricks.
I found putting the house itself together a tad difficult. They come in vacform on sheets of plastic. Detaching them is easy enough, but great care must be taken on getting the angles right. Mimi-art have a video on their website on how best to do it.
I think that the worst part of the Mimi-art dioramas/houses, is that they supply generic doors and window frames, so from Normandy to Austria, via Holland and Belgium, there was only the one style of door and frames! I'm going to adapt the items to give them a more modern look...
The BMP and BTR have been used to try and give a conceptual view of what I'm planning.
Comments and suggestions on how to improve the diorama will be gratefully received!