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Arnhem Take 2! What if?

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Stephen hutchinson16/07/2017 15:19:07
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I have a need to paint some figures, I haven't had a brush in hand for over a year, and I haven't done a "proper" blog here, so here goes.

The Riich set is possibly a difficult one to use, but I had an idea, after watching a Bridge to Far,

What if, they had a PR event to have a do over after capturing Arnhem, for real, with Churchill and Montgomery walking into Arnhem, past a sign post, to be recorded for posterity by the "paparazzi" of the time, a gaggle of war correspondents, which is possibly another figure set, which could be difficult to use.

The victims




And some help to create a road with a grassy verge for a base



Still getting used to Imgur after PB when down!

Is there anyway to download/link the Imgur photos to the blog, as the link option didn't seem to like any of the imgur choices?

Or is it easier just to load everything into an album on MM?

More once I have sorted out the photo link thing!


Steve H

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Hooch16/07/2017 16:51:26
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Nice idea.
Just rewatching Band of brothers and have watched a bridge too far recently too.
To have the british paratroopers wiped out by a rest and refitting unit is too bad.
Then the bombing of eindhoven was crazy.

Saw that some photobucket images had fritzed out and I havent had emails from them in a bit.
Is Immageshack still around?
Might have to remember my password for that.
Stephen hutchinson17/07/2017 05:46:38
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Has anyone seem a colour reference for Churchill's army uniform?

Other than a colour fill of old black and white film stock?

he seemed to mostly wear the RAF uniform, but I have found some images

Thanks for anything you might find


Steve H





MIKE DURNFORD 117/07/2017 11:09:04
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​ can Google Museums Arnhem - Nijmegen and Market Garden or the here in The Netherlands you have a wealth of information at your disposal.........any problems if I can help I,d be only too pleased to help where I contact me if your need too mike

Chas Kenny17/07/2017 17:07:43
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Winston had been commissioned into the Hussars. The uniform he wore was standard Service uniform with the cap and collar badges of his old Regiment. His rank was that of Colonel.

As for Montgomery. He wore whatever he wanted. If he wanted to wear two cap badges, then he should have worn the cap badge of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment of which he was an Officer. Because he had not been commissioned or transferred into the Tank Regiment, he had no right to wear either the beret or Tank Regiment cap badge.


Stephen hutchinson22/07/2017 14:07:21
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Thanks Mike, the one thing I still haven't found is an Arnhem road sign WWII vintage,

Don't European road signs usually with a red line through it from bottom left to top right as you are leaving?

Still looking, anything you might see locally would be useful.

The uniforms will be fun when I get there Chas, but the base comes first, or it will never get done!

Its interesting and it is pushing the envelope skills wise too.

Never done a base with static grass and tarmac, so here goes,

A deep frame to give depth to it all


Time for tarmac


a layer of filler, Spackle or whatever the local product is, sink in the ironware and away we go
now for gloss enamel and talcum powder


talc top.jpg

Looks good so far


No respect for all my hard work!

Mega thin slip covers inserted around the grid to create puddles



slip glue.jpg

Next will be claycrete on a removable section to create the base for a static grass bank


There are more photos in the album, but IT and photography are not my strong suit!

More next week!

Blog or build, never enough time to do both, sadly

Thanks for popping by

Steve H

MIKE DURNFORD 123/07/2017 08:41:39
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​Steve...Google.... Arnhem ww2 Road Signs lots of them could replicate them maybe from balsa wood plastic card...!!!! take a look my friend hope it helps mike

John Race23/07/2017 09:22:21
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Nice cat thumbs up .This is a very intriguing subject, and what is the talc for ? Grabbing a seat at the front with dark glasses to reduce the flash from those cameras.teeth 2

John .

Steve Jones 1223/07/2017 12:44:06
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JR has nicked my seat again so I will sit behind and keep him in order. He prefers the perfumed talc if you have someface 20

The blog is going well and I look forward to seeing your figure well. God luck


Stephen hutchinson23/07/2017 20:47:33
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Thanks Mike

I will give them a try

The talc is the texture for tarmac,in 1:35 ish scale

The glass enamel acts like glue, I took a leap of faith, as I just couldn't see how it would work, even with the book reference, but it did




Time for some washes to add some age, and get the static grass sorted out!

More soon?

Thanks for popping by

Steve H

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