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Durk27/05/2017 19:09:00
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Hi Andrew, great workthumbs up and in essence relatively easy to make butterflies in scale this way, I would have never thought of how to do this myself, but its a welcome addition to any moderate climate summertime dio. Now to remember and give it a try myself. Thanks for sharingthumbs up.


Andrew Belsey 230/05/2017 13:28:28
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Thank you guys for your company and encouragement. I got back from France and Flanders (Belgium) late last night after a very full weekend. An emotionally as well as physically tiring experience, which leaves me with low mojo for 'playing' with war for the moment.

I visited quite a few graveyards of both sides, but also museums, original and reconstructed trenches and I went to the Menin Gate ceremony. It was the anniversary of the battle at Vimy Ridge, so was attended by a bagpipe band and group from Canada. I also went to 3 locations where my Grandfather and Great Uncle's battery was positioned. Seeing the small area around Ypres and the masses of graves everywhere is very sobering!

I will be back!

Andrew Belsey 203/06/2017 21:36:46
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Sorry for my absence over the last week. I have not felt like posting since seeing the wargraves in Belgium. I expected it to affect me, but not so much. I will post a few pictures of the trenches I visited too.

Yorkshire Trench - Genuine British trench (modern concrete sandbags)


Recreated German trench at Memorial Museum Passcendale 1917.



Recreated British trench at MMP 1917.


Genuine British trench at Hill 62.


Albert Schweitzer said "The soldiers' graves are the greatest preachers of peace".

Edited By Andrew Belsey 2 on 03/06/2017 21:59:59

John Race04/06/2017 03:57:44
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Thanks for posting, yes a very sobering visit, I can well imagine your feelings.roseI can remember to this day a visit to Belson over 40 years ago.


Edited By John Race on 04/06/2017 03:59:30

jimbo04/06/2017 10:22:27
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Hi Andy

I can't imagine the emotions of a visit such as this. So very important that the sites and cemeteries are preserved. Not only out of respect but as a reminder to us all of the sacrifices made.


Just made use of your index to see how you make Fimo sandbags. Very useful and it works wink 2 thumbs up


Edited By jimbo on 04/06/2017 10:24:09

Tim Marlow04/06/2017 10:31:47
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Hi Andy

After just returning from a visit to Normandy, including four War grave cemeteries, I understand exactly how you are feeling. I found it helped to talk to the casualties, but nothing prepares you for the first time you go into one of the larger ones, the visual impact alone is overpowering, literally jaw dropping for the first few minutes.

Just remember that what you do, especially at the level to which you work, is a form of remembrance and helps others understand what occurred.



Andrew Belsey 205/06/2017 13:51:10
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John, Jim, Tim - thanks. I will do all I can to educate, rather than promote war. We do have to resort to violence sometimes to counteract violence, but eventually we have to negotiate.

Darren of Tommy's War has announced my latest creation for him - a larger section of a German trench (see below) It's made for this pair of figures, but could be used for any group or single figure. The box art is being worked on for this and no photos have been released yet - hopefully later this month. There are many exciting developments in the TW pipeline.


There will be six figures released in June 2017, all sculpted by Nino Pizzichemi.

The first two are with the title Trench Raiders and feature the following two subjects;

  • TW32035 – Captain, 1/8 (Irish) King’s Liverpool Regiment
  • TW32036 – Sergeant, 1/8 (Irish) King’s Liverpool Regiment

These two figures depict a night raid on a German trench and are complimented with a superb section of German trench, sculpted by Andy Belsey, which will be available at the same time.

Nino has captured the suspense perfectly and this will be a hugely popular set.


I have seen photos of Nino's figures and they are very good sculpts. Trench raids were an awful activity and Nino has captured the suspense very well.

Edited By Andrew Belsey 2 on 05/06/2017 13:51:47

Andrew Belsey 219/06/2017 08:53:44
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Sorry for my lack of posting recently, my mojo is pretty flat since seeing so many graves in Flanders. I have tinkered with my Poilu a little.

My latest base is released by Tommy's War. It's a little larger than the previous set to accommodate at least 2 figures. Nino has sculpted 2 trench raiders for it and also a German Stormtrooper (optional heads). The base has an optional end which make it more adaptable.




This is the trench raid diorama painted by Ernesto Reyes. A nasty topic, the tension is captured well by Nino and the darkness well by Ernesto.



I hope that these sell well for Darren.

Andy Claesens19/06/2017 10:26:45
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Another superb base Andy,thumbs up

Some great pictures from your trip too.thumbs up

We returned to France in April and laid a wreath on my wife's Cousin's grave 100 years to the day after his death.

I know what you mean by the effect it has. Doing this for a living and then having the opportunity to study and educate others about the conflict, I still find the sheer scale of the numbers hard to comprehend.

We did a couple of Museums, several monuments and over twenty cemetery visits and I have loads of photos, but haven't felt quite able to post them as yet.

Keep up the good work.


Lest We Forget

jimbo19/06/2017 14:14:42
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Hi Andy

I am sure those will be a real asset on the Tommy's War website. The Trench Raider look superb.


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